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Dads, Pass It Forward

06/13/19 at 06:57 AM | by Vince Puzick

My Dad taught me to love the outdoors. He taught me to respect it and never take it for granted. He showed me what really mattered in life, and that it was far beyond material possessions or social status. No matter if it was on the water fishing or tracking an elk in the backcountry, the lesson was always the same: appreciate every chance to get outdoors. He made me who I am.

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Now That's a Funny Story

06/11/19 at 08:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

When I interviewed Kevin Gossage for our Father’s Day feature about memories he had fishing with dad, Steve Gossage (one of our long-time guides here at the Covey), Kevin told me about the time fishing below the dam at Estes. It was such a funny story, I had to confirm with Steve.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

06/10/19 at 07:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

Give the gift of adventure. There is nothing like fishing with Dad. An all-inclusive guided trip is the perfect Father’s Day gift. And now until June 16th, take $50 off ANY guided trip booked by 6/16. The trip can be scheduled for any time, but must be booked by 6/16. Read our Guides' ideas for more great Father's Day Gifts ...

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Get Outdoors Day: June 1, 2019

05/29/19 at 09:37 AM | by Vince Puzick

You’ve probably figured out that we’re pretty much in love with fly fishing. Truth be told, though? We’re mainly in love with getting outdoors and enjoying all that Colorado offers in its 22 million acres of public lands. That’s why we love supporting Colorado Get Outdoors Day this Saturday in Colorado Springs' Memorial Park from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

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Women’s Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Retreat

05/21/19 at 07:07 AM | by Vince Puzick

You can hear the excitement in Becky Leinweber’s voice when she describes the upcoming Women’s Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Retreat. “We want to offer something different to women other than strictly a fly fishing camp.” It’s safe to say that the 4-day, 3-night retreat, June 20-June 23, will certainly be a unique experience for women wanting a rejuvenating escape to nature.

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Review: "Mastering the Short Game"

05/18/19 at 03:55 PM | by Vince Puzick

In the intro of his new DVD, Mastering the Short Game, Landon Mayer says that he believes “there’s always a better way to find and catch more and larger trout.” His DVD makes us all believers by the time the video ends. Landon takes us through the sequence from chasing big fish to getting them in the net whether we are nymphing, fishing dries, or stripping streamers. This video is one that you will want to view, and view again, throughout the season.

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Looking Forward

04/29/19 at 08:54 PM | by Vince Puzick

Orvis 2019 Fly Shop of the Year. We think it has a nice ring to it, and we’re proud to have recently received this honor from Orvis – based on many criteria including reviews of our guide services, customer satisfaction, and product line. More importantly, we’re motivated to continue to serve the Pikes Peak region, and the fly fishing community at large, as we reflect on this accomplishment and envision our future efforts.

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Tips for Stillwater Success

04/24/19 at 05:45 AM | by Vince Puzick

Stillwater fly fishing can be one of the most effective and thrilling ways to catch large trout in Colorado. Many fly fishers overlook this fantastic opportunity in favor of rivers and streams because they believe that stillwater is too mysterious, or they just aren’t aware of the great fishing available on our local ponds, lakes and reservoirs. Fantastic fly fishing is just waiting for you in town, or a within a short one- or two-hour drive from Colorado Springs on the Pikes Peak water shed, on reservoirs on the South Platte river drainage, or on the many high country lakes “just up the road.” Kenny Romero gives the low-down for success on our stillwaters.

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High Flows and the Magic of the Stonefly

04/18/19 at 04:55 AM | by Vince Puzick

Flows are up and will be rising more in the next few weeks. With the high snowpack this past year thanks to the snow gods, we are anticipating high flows and, depending on the warming trend over the next several weeks, perhaps a longer run-off season. What’s an angler to do? Go bigger with the bugs, heavier with the rigs, and really be careful out there as you work the banks of your favorite fishery.

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Chasing the Challenge

04/16/19 at 03:58 AM | by Vince Puzick

And then my changed mental attitude came to me: when we go to the river, we are chasing the challenge. We may feel the challenge more when we venture to new water, or we may feel it when we try a new approach like czech nymphing, or fish more technical waters like Cheesman Canyon or, fish pressured waters like the Taylor. In fact, most of the time we thrive on those new challenges each time we take them on.

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Waiting for Ice-Off!

04/10/19 at 02:30 PM | by Vince Puzick

As of April 11, per the CPW website, "Spinney Mountain State Park has no estimate for opening at this time. They have increased the water flow into Spinney Mountain State Park so the ice is now floating which will help it break up." -- Read more about strategies for fishing our still waters when ice off happens!

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Mastering the Short Game with Landon Mayer

03/30/19 at 06:06 AM | by Vince Puzick

Landon Mayer will be at Angler’s Covey on April 7 at 3:00 pm, to share his knowledge and expertise on “mastering the short game” to land big fish on the fly. Landon’s presentation and demo will address techniques, rigging, and fly selection to meet the challenge of high water conditions, in particular, and for chasing big fish, in general.

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Early Season Prep: #1 Thing To Do

03/26/19 at 06:22 AM | by Vince Puzick

It’s not often you get a chance to pick the brains of several guides from Angler’s Covey in the same day, but the annual cookout to kickoff the season gave me the chance to ask them all the same question: “What is the Number One item, the item at the top of your “to-do” list, as we start a new season?” And, true to form, six guides each gave a different answer.

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Time on the River

03/26/19 at 06:15 AM | by Vince Puzick

I’ve been thinking about time lately. How much we have. How we spend it. How an investment in time pays off. And since this is a blog for a fly fishing shop, how does time come into play?

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Tips and Techniques for Early Spring Fishing

03/19/19 at 06:18 AM | by Vince Puzick

The Colorado weather in early spring can be a fickle beast. 60 degree temperatures one day can change to snow and highs of 35 degrees the next. With fish waking from their winter doldrums, though, and bugs on the move, the opportunities are there! Three of our guides offer some tips for fishing in the early spring season.

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5 Unconventional Patterns for Early Spring

03/14/19 at 06:19 AM | by Vince Puzick

When it comes to springtime in Colorado, the warmer weather and longer days spark a flurry of bug activity. Fish start coming out of their winter metabolism to an increasingly varied menu. While there are some obvious spring fly patterns to focus on, we wanted to talk about the top five sleeper patterns every angler should be carrying this spring.

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Be THAT Person

03/11/19 at 06:22 AM | by Vince Puzick

We’ve all had that moment when we crest the hill right before the pullout of our favorite fishing hole. Maybe we even hold our breath for a split-second in anticipation. If we see that the pullout is empty, no truck already claiming it, no angler down in “our” hole, we may even let out a little “whoop” and a “yeah, man!” Or sometimes we have to exhale with an audible sigh, a slap on the steering wheel, and a “dang it.” (The language used may be different – but this is a family blog.) We’ve all been there. And we’ve experienced both sides of the scenario. What’s an angler to do?

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Ritual & Routine

02/14/19 at 05:27 AM | by Vince Puzick

When does routine become ritual? I love the routine of fly fishing and have come to believe that the routine is part of the beauty of it. And I have come to believe that routine is merely a fine line away from ritual.

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Class Close-up: Winter Fly Fishing

01/23/19 at 05:35 AM | by Vince Puzick

Hoping that Guides Kenny Romero and Scott Voyles could teach this old dog some new tricks when it comes to winter fly fishing, I participated in their Winter Fly Fishing class this past weekend. This two-part class – lecture and streamside – was a great way to flatten the learning curve, learn some new approaches, and hone some skills to increase the chances to catch those winter fish.

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Fly Fishing Film Tour 2019: Top 5 Reasons to Go

01/17/19 at 09:05 AM | by Vince Puzick

Here are the top five reasons to attend the Fly Fishing Film Tour on February 2! Get your tickets now!

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Connecting with Blaise Gabriele

01/07/19 at 06:40 AM | by Vince Puzick

Something happens when you talk with Blaise Gabriele, a new member of the Angler’s Covey sales force and up-and-coming guide. Whether you’re talking about one of his three interests – cooking, music, or (more importantly!) fly fishing -- you can’t help but hear the passion in his voice. And the three interests all have one thing in common: they connect people.

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Facebook Friends Reflect on 2018

12/31/18 at 05:08 AM | by Vince Puzick

We invited our Facebook friends to share their 2018 Highlights as part of our “reflections” series. We also asked them to include a challenge they faced – and hopefully overcame – this past year. Here are their responses.

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Our Guides Look Back on 2018

12/28/18 at 08:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

Our Guides reflect back on the fly fishing highlights of 2018. Their comments about what made 2018 memorable swirl around three themes: working with clients, the weather and flows, and those single moments that stay with you for a long time. And they remember one of their own, lost too soon.  

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2018: A Bucket-List Highlight in Pictures

12/26/18 at 05:05 PM | by Vince Puzick

Some year-end highlights capture three or four events that made the year significant or memorable. I'll be doing a blog in the next day or two that compile our Guides' memorable events for the year. But my memorable event for 2018 spanned one week in Alaska. I suppose bucket-list material is worthy of its own blog. And the trip to Alaska is most definitely worthy.

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A Fishing Tale

12/24/18 at 12:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

Twas the night before Christmas; Santa needed a break Work had been non- stop and there was lots at stake. As he flew over the South Platte he knew it was fate ...

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    Orvis 101 Introduction to Fly Fishing

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