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AC Guides hit the South Slope!

06/24/15 at 06:16 AM

The south slope reservoirs on Pikes Peak opened up for the season last weekend. The opening of this area has been anticipated by everyone in the shop, and we were all excited to make the trip. On Father's Day, we assembled a crew of AC guides to head up to the peak. Its about an hour and a half drive form the shop to the gate. We arrived and checked in with the rangers at the gate.

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Bug me no more!

06/22/15 at 06:33 AM

While all the rain this spring has our gardens lush, our fire danger low and our rivers running abundantly, it’s also contributed to an increase in things that go bite in the night or day. Yup: mosquitos. Anecdotal evidence suggests that we not only have local beasties that are more abundant, but also a new and different variant whose bites are more painful and lead to more swelling. News reports suggest that the increased breeding opportunities are not necessarily going to lead to an increase in West Nile transmissions, but even without the disease factor, it pays to avoid the bites, in the first place.

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Stillwater Dry Fly Fishing

06/17/15 at 03:36 PM | by Vince Puzick

When it comes to stillwater fishing, most people fish subsurface, primarily nymphs, wooly buggers, streamers and slump busters. But did you know that during the summer months dry fly fishing can be the most productive fly fishing strategy? There’s nothing like a 22” rainbow “exploding” into the air as he attacks a #16 Elk Hair Caddis or #18 Griffith's Gnat! Although subsurface stillwater fly fishing is day-in and day-out the most productive type of fly fishing, stillwater dry fly fishing is often overlooked. This past month I’ve caught more fish on dry flies than nymphs and wooly buggers combined. As the water temperature has increased (62 degrees at Spinney last Sunday at 10:30 AM) the dry fly action has been excellent!

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The Callibaetis are popping!

06/17/15 at 10:39 AM

The Callibaetis hatches on our south park reservoirs are a thing of beauty. These hatches happen every year, and the stillwater fly fishermen eagerly await their arrival. I was up on Eleven Mile Reservoir last week, and we saw "columns" of this big mayfly over every rock outcropping along the lake. I knew then, it was just about to start. Yesterday on Spinney, I was pleasantly surprised to catch quite a few fish on Callibaetis.

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Guides' Father's Day Gift List

06/17/15 at 07:18 AM | by Vince Puzick

Shopping for gifts for the fly fishing father can get a little tricky. Sometimes, dad is like a familiar stretch of your favorite tailwater – you just know him and the perfect gift, but at other times he can be as tough to read as a freestone river -- it’s difficult to know what he would like. Whether he is new to fly fishing or a seasoned trout bum, we can help you get your dad into some gear that helps him get into fish.

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Fishing the Chironomid

06/04/15 at 12:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

Fly fishing some of our many reservoirs in Colorado this June? Don’t leave home without some chironomid patterns in your fly box.

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Class Close-up: Stillwater Float Tube Fundamentals

06/01/15 at 12:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

Stillwater fly fishing has some of the same qualities that attract us to fly fishing rivers and streams. Every day can be a very different experience. New challenges arise every time out. Conditions change with different seasons with their own demands on reading the water and having good technique. But stillwater fishing has its own spin on these qualities. Float tube fly fishing on Catamount or Spinney reservoirs can expand your opportunities and grow your fly fishing adventure.

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Stillwater Specialist Kenny Romero's Spinney Res Update

05/23/15 at 06:23 AM | by Vince Puzick

The early season ice-off action for hungry rainbows from the shore at Spinney Mountain Reservoir was good, but nothing compared to the action now! As the water temperature has risen and bug activity has increased, the stillwater fishing success at Spinney has really taken off. High flows due to run-off? Stillwater fly fishing gives anglers a great opportunity to hook into some great fish!

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Meet Justin Brenner: Colorado Born & A Covey Guide

05/17/15 at 06:01 AM | by Vince Puzick

Justin Brenner was supposed to be born in a hospital in Englewood, Colorado. His mother, along with Mother Nature, had different plans. Because of a snowstorm that prevented his mom and dad to get back to Denver, Justin was born in Alma, Colorado. No wonder that he has Colorado mountains in his blood.

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Thanks Steve

05/08/15 at 08:10 PM | by David Leinweber

Ten years ago Steve Gossage joined the ranks at Angler's Covey and soon became my right hand man. His strength was something I could lean on with the stress of running a small business...

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Class Close-up: Aquatic Entomology

04/29/15 at 10:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

Other than building up your knowledge base, deepening your understanding of bug life, and dramatically increasing your productivity on the river (i.e. catch more fish), why would you even consider taking a class on aquatic entomology and fly selection? The Bug Guy, Robert Younghanz, offers a few good reasons.

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Product Review: Simms Rivertek 2 Boa®

04/29/15 at 07:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

These boots are made for wading! I broke in my new Simms RiverTek™ 2 Boa® wading boots last week on the Arkansas River during a great caddis hatch. The boots feel great -- they're lightweight, the StreamTread™ is "grippy" enough, and the Boa cable system makes for an efficient and secure fit.

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Caddis Hatch is Happening NOW

04/24/15 at 05:57 AM | by Vince Puzick

If you’re literally waiting for Mother’s Day to fish the Mother’s Day caddis hatch on the Arkansas River, you should go ahead and make other plans. Make those brunch reservations to spend time with the woman that brought you into this world. My point? Do not wait! The hatch is happening now – as in, right now. Go!

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Michael McMillan: Passion and Stewardship

04/21/15 at 06:14 AM | by Vince Puzick

Michael McMillan brings two main qualities to work every day as a new member of the Angler’s Covey staff: passion for the outdoors and enthusiasm to help others enjoy their experiences in all of what Colorado has to offer.

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Hell NO!

04/16/15 at 07:27 AM | by David Leinweber

Have you been paying attention?

There seems to be a subtle push from political leaders to possibly gain the largest land grab in history. Are you prepared, as fly fishing anglers, to pay rod fees to land owners to have access to our local streams, rivers, and lakes?

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Cody and Jackie: The Honeymoon's Not Over

04/15/15 at 06:06 AM | by Vince Puzick

Cody Ensanian and his wife, Jackie, decided to travel to Colorado for their honeymoon in June 2014. They chose Colorado Springs as a base camp, so to speak, for hiking, camping, and fly fishing adventures. Who knew that by September they would be making Colorado Springs their home and, a few short months later, Cody would be one of the new staff members at Angler’s Covey and Pikes Peak Outfitters?

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Spinney Opens THIS Friday, April 10th at 6:01 AM!

04/07/15 at 09:05 PM | by Becky Leinweber

That's right, folks! Spinney officially opens this Friday! Do you feel a scratchy throat coming on? A cough and sneeze and the need for a "sick day"? If you've never been to opening day at Spinney, then this is your year! These fish haven't seen a fly or lure since November and are hungry and eager! It can be a busy time with many fellow fishermen, but the payoff is rewarding and the camaraderie can be fun.

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Class Close-up: 301 In-Depth Nymphing

04/07/15 at 09:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

90% of a trout’s diet comes from food sources below the surface. 90%. Sure, that 10% of the diet on the surface can be more exciting – there’s nothing like the sight of a fish hitting your caddis or BWO. But there is something to be said for feeling that strike under the surface and the fight begins. If you want to increase your chances of hooking up with more fish – and often times much bigger fish – then consider taking our streamside 301 Nymphing Class this Saturday, April 11.

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Class Close-Up: Aquatic Entomology and Fly Selection

04/06/15 at 05:36 AM | by Vince Puzick

Match the Hatch. We hear the phrase often enough but when we are just starting out, we may underestimate just how important this skill is. We focus so much on the adult flies on the surface, we may miss all that is happening deeper in the river. Robert Younghanz’s classes, Aquatic Entomology and Fly Selection, are aimed at taking us under the surface to learn about the trout’s food source.

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Match the ... Hatch Chart

03/27/15 at 08:15 PM | by Vince Puzick

One of the questions posed at CMCTU’s monthly membership meeting concerned stream reports — how often are they updated? How reliable are they? The responses from the Angler’s staff and guides raised some interesting points — which really came down to growing as a fly fisher.

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Flows Fluctuate at Pueblo Tailwaters

03/27/15 at 09:49 AM | by Vince Puzick
        1. If you have watched the flows on the Arkansas River tailwaters below Pueblo Reservoir, you have seen some fluctuation over the last month and some high numbers. The reason for the high volume of water flowing out of Pueblo: get more water to John Martin Reservoir.
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Browns Canyon to Boathouse Cantina: Colorado Springtime

03/24/15 at 08:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

The first days of spring in Colorado mean that you can ski one day and fish the next. Or even ski in the morning and fish in the afternoon. One of my favorite destinations for this "Colorado combination" is up around Salida where I skied Monarch on Sunday and fished the Arkansas on Monday in temperatures that were topping off around 63 degrees. I'll spare the details of my trips down greens and blues and just share the story of my browns.

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Dream Stream Fly Fishing: Being Willing to Just Keep Walking (Mind set for a big fish)

03/24/15 at 06:16 AM | by Becky Leinweber

Sometimes a man has to just keep walking. Such was the case when I found myself on the "Dream Stream" section of the South Platte River in South Park. I had to keep walking along the meanders on down toward 11 mile reservoir looking for a hole or run to fish in between the crowds. I carried 2 rods rigged and ready, in case I found an opening; in case I spotted a big fish. However, I never saw a big fish. I never found a good run. With the Platte flowing at a trickle of 50 cfs. I simply could not find good holding water that was not already occupied. Fly fishers were holding tight to whatever water they could find and were not budging.

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Spring Pilgrimage: Fly Fishing the Shoshone and Bighorn Rivers

03/18/15 at 12:55 PM | by David Leinweber

It’s become a spring tradition to head north for a fly fishing trip in some of my favorite country in the west. My son Chris and I have fished the Bighorn near Fort Smith, Montana in late April for several years now. This trip usually includes some good friends but on occasion finds us sharing time alone together on what is truly one of North America’s best Trout streams.

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Exclusive Interview: Hank Patterson

03/16/15 at 11:33 AM | by Vince Puzick

“I tell people that it's Norman Maclean who invented fly fishing,” Hank Patterson says about half way through our interview. And what do you do when you hold somebody in such high regard? You make a pilgrimage to his home waters. You film the pilgrimage. And you call the film “Hank Patterson’s Reel Montana Adventure.”

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