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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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Checking it Twice: Guide's Gift List

12/12/18 at 09:01 PM | by Vince Puzick

Some of our guides were checking their lists and checking them twice. They wanted to zero in on some of the best gift ideas for the fly fishers in your life. This is part two of our list and continues the ideas from last week.

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Potatoes or Sour Grapes?

12/06/18 at 04:04 PM | by David Leinweber

Potatoes or Sour Grapes?

A couple of years ago, we gathered our staff from Angler’s Covey together for a fun outing on one of our local small streams. We had a ton of fun and caught a surprising amount of fish. So, when we got home, we wanted to share our experience but not everyone likes us pointing out their secret favorite spot…

Hence, the creation of Potato Creek, aka Grape Creek, southwest of Canon City. I share this now because the gem and amazing spot is possibly going to be exposed to significant degradation and we could possibly lose a valuable resource.

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Guide's Gift Ideas for 2018

12/04/18 at 06:33 AM | by Vince Puzick

Need gift ideas for the fly fishing enthusiast in your life? Or maybe you are picking out your own stocking stuffer? The guides at Angler’s Covey have identified their top choices for Christmas 2018. And we have an added bonus. On Saturday, December 8, many of our Guides will be at our Open House on the sales floor to answer questions, share their views, and talk about their fly fishing passion. Read on for our first round of Guide's Gift Choices for 2018!

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The Secret Season: Upcoming @ The Covey

11/29/18 at 04:42 AM | by Vince Puzick

As we head into December, many of us around the Covey start to think about “The Secret Season” – those winter days on the water that present a new challenge for the adventurous angler. When there are few people on the water and others may be chasing other snowy pursuits, the winter months provide unique opportunities for those who take the time to learn the how, when, and where to pursue sluggish winter fish. Here are some of the Shop's offerings as we head into The Secret Season.

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Shop Small on Saturday, 11/24

11/16/18 at 05:34 AM | by Vince Puzick

David and Becky Leinweber have been co-owners of Angler’s Covey since 1999. With that kind of history, they have had their share of challenges and joys of owning a small shop. They have worked through incredible changes in their nearly 20 years of being at the helm of Angler’s Covey. I had a chance to talk with both them as we approach Small Business Saturday on November 24.

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Staff Spotlight: Jared Sanders

11/06/18 at 09:28 AM | by Vince Puzick

If you ask Jared Sanders to name his greatest passion in exploring the outdoors, he has a difficult time narrowing it to one adventure. And that is what makes Jared the ideal Assistant Manager at Pikes Peak Outfitters – sister shop to Angler’s Covey.

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Why tie?

11/01/18 at 05:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

So maybe you’re like me. You’ve been fly fishing for a little while now. “Match the hatch” is not just a catchy phrase --you’ve gotten better at picking the right bug out of your fly box when you're fishing the South Platte or the Ark. And here you are, at the precipice, ready to tackle tying your own flies. So, what’s the motivation to take that step? What are the fly tying techniques that produce effective flies with efficient use of time?

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Hypothermia: Symptoms and Response

10/30/18 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

The cold weather is not far away and it is time to be prepared for the challenges that the late season and winter fishing can create. Neil Luehring, one of our fly fishing guides and retired Captain on the Colorado Springs Fire Deparment, reminds us that hypothermia is a threat anglers face in fall and winter because of two crucial elements: water and dropping air temperatures.

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