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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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Guide Yard Sale — October 20

10/19/18 at 09:08 AM | by Vince Puzick

It's that time of the year again when our guides are looking to make room for new gear by having a huge Guide Yard Sale, tomorrow, October 20, beginning at 9:00 am!

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Twenty Days in September

10/07/18 at 05:43 AM | by Vince Puzick

I failed miserably at Orvis's #20Sepdays challenge to get out on the water and fish for twenty days in September. I didn't come close to twenty days (a mere six -- I think I actually got out to the river more days in August than I did in September!) and my pictures weren't even competitive with the fantastic photos submitted by fellow anglers. But, hey, is it really a fail?

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Getting INSPIREd

10/03/18 at 04:18 PM | by Vince Puzick

Participating in Creek Week is always a cool experience. We get a chance to get outdoors, give back to the fly fishing community, and help conserve our fisheries. This year, there was an added bonus as the trash we picked up became part of a collaborative effort called the Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project. Art, nature conservation, and outdoor recreation all weaved into one big community effort to INSPIRE creativity, conservation, and community.

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Fall Fly Fishing Etiquette and Ethics

09/22/18 at 05:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

Fall fishing offers some great opportunities to hook up with some big fish throughout our South Platte drainage. The Dream Stream, Cheesman Canyon and Deckers, and Elevenmile Canyon are all renowned fisheries and for good reason – beautiful water holding hungry fish. For these reasons, Jon Easdon, Director of Services here at the Covey, reminds us of the etiquette and ethics that contribute to a good day on the water and ensure healthy fisheries for the future.

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Giving Back: Cleaning Up and Volunteering

09/15/18 at 07:45 AM | by Vince Puzick

One of the guiding principles the shop lives by is giving back to the community. That principle can be seen carried out in a handful of ways throughout the year – whether it’s with the Fly Fishing Film Tour and supporting Project Healing Waters, volunteering time and effort with the Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited, or working with others to preserve and conserve our local fisheries. Check out these opportunities to get involved and give back!

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A Dog's Life: Training Your Fishing Buddy

08/13/18 at 07:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

Anglers can train their dogs to be good fishing companions. As with any training with our four-legged friends, it takes patience, repeated practice, and strong commands to teach your dog good streamside behavior. Justin Brenner and his dog, Ebony, talk about how to shape your dog into a good “fishing dog.”

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Covey Dog Days: Gear-up Your Pup

08/06/18 at 05:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

The dog days of summer sometimes require extra attention to gear and accessories. Oh, we’re not talking more sunscreen and bug repellant. We’re not talking that new extra-wide brimmed hat. We’re talking gear for your four-footed fishing companion. Check out this list of gear for your hound.

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Dog Days of Summer

08/01/18 at 07:38 AM | by Vince Puzick

In honor of the dog days of summer we are going to have a month long series of blogs, Facebook posts, and Instagram activity. Follow #coveydogdays for all the action on our social media. We want you to post photos and stories of your adventures with your dog – fly fishing adventures are preferred but we’re suckers for cool photos of dogs in nature! And watch this blog space this month for tips on fishing with your pup, dog safety in outdoors, and doggie gear!

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The Beauty of a Half Day

07/20/18 at 05:22 PM | by Vince Puzick

Those of us who live in or around Colorado Springs are lucky. Within just about an hour drive, or maybe 90 minutes if you lengthen the radius a bit, we can be in any number of high quality fisheries. From Deckers to the Dream Stream, Beaver Creek to Elevenmile Canyon, we can find the fish of a lifetime or the best fishing day ever. And we can capture those great experiences in a half-day trip.

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Staff Spotlight: Becky Chaney

07/17/18 at 07:05 AM | by Vince Puzick

Becky Chaney, our new Executive Assistant at Angler’s Covey, and her husband have owned a cabin near Divide for many years. For eight years, they made almost monthly treks to the cabin from their home in Kansas City to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer: a more laid back lifestyle, beautiful hiking spots, and fly fishing. Finally, in October of 2017, they made the big decision and made the move to Colorado for their permanent residence.

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Don't Find Yourself in Hot Water

07/12/18 at 06:48 AM | by Vince Puzick

At some point nearly every summer talk turns to water temperatures. And rightly so. In Colorado, and in cold water fisheries in general, fish thrive when water temps are in the 50-60 degree range. As we approach the mid-point of summer, and the dog days in August, it’s vital to pay attention to the conditions around us – including the temperature of the streams and rivers we are fishing. In fact, it really is a life or death situation for our trout.

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Now That's a Funny Story

06/22/18 at 05:19 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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Kids Say the Darndest Things: Happy Father's Day

06/16/18 at 07:15 PM | by Vince Puzick

I started thinking about how an appreciation of the outdoors gets passed along from one generation to the next. As we approach Father’s Day, I reached out to the children of some of our Guides to see what they learned from their fathers about life in general, about nature, and about fly fishing, specifically. From seven years old to over thirty, there are some universal truths from these “kids.”

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Lessons Learned. Memories Made. Fathers Fishing.

06/13/18 at 05:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

Awhile back I asked my brother and sister what they remembered about fishing with our dad. Although my dad occasionally fly fished, we mainly fished with spinning rods and reels. Lessons from fishing are some sort of a universal learning, though, right? On this Father’s Day, here are some memories — and memories in the making — in recognition of fathers and fishing.

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Father's Day Surprise

06/11/18 at 10:05 AM | by Vince Puzick

Two years ago, Dave Herber shared this story of a Father's Day Surprise. What a great way to spend some time with your dad! Or, dads out there, maybe this is the year you'll share the passion with your children!

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Guide's Father Day Gift Ideas

06/09/18 at 07:51 AM | by Vince Puzick

Our Guides weigh in with their top picks for Father’s Day gifts.

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June 2: Get Outdoors Day - Colorado Springs

05/29/18 at 07:57 AM | by Vince Puzick

If Memorial Day is seen as the national launch to summer, then our local, hands-on start to summer is "Get Outdoors Day -- Colorado Springs" this Saturday, June 2, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Memorial Park and at Prospect Lake. This FREE event has activities and experiences for kids and adults. Biking, kayaking, paddling SUP boards, fly fishing, spin fishing, and more ... are all on the agenda. But that's only a little slice of what's in store!

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Awesome Mom: Edie Wren

05/20/18 at 05:45 AM | by Vince Puzick

It only takes a few minutes of talking with Edie Wren to know why her son, Hunter, nominated her, and she was selected, as “Awesome Mom” in our Mother’s Day contest.

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Celebrate OUR Public Lands: May 19, 2018

05/16/18 at 05:37 AM | by Vince Puzick

In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to celebrate Public Lands Day. The third Saturday in May is now designated as a day to celebrate all that public lands offer the citizens of Colorado, from our forests, rivers, and grasslands, to the state parks that belong to us all. So, this Saturday, May 19, get outdoors and enjoy our wild places!

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Small Stream Satisfaction

05/13/18 at 07:09 AM | by Vince Puzick

Our great adventure of fly fishing is awesome in the fact that it is not just one great adventure. That’s the beauty and the “life-long learning” aspect of it. Sometimes you want to chase the slabs, the hawgs that get all the Facebook likes and Instagram love. But maybe sometimes you want a little something different. And when I say little, I mean small – as in small stream satisfaction by fishing some of our backcountry creeks and streams.

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Time for a Small Stream Adventure!

05/09/18 at 06:33 AM | by David Leinweber

Of all the different disciplines of fly fishing, Backcountry Angling delivers the broadest form of adventure on a budget. Adventurers who travel the world come to Colorado to experience the wilderness and beauty we have just out our back door.

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Current Conditions and a Wacky Spring

05/04/18 at 05:19 AM | by Vince Puzick

The conversation at this time of year turns to spring run-off and questions about how high the flows may get and how long run-off might last. Well, this year it’s going to be pretty much a crap shoot in terms of trying to make any sort of prediction because of our relatively dry winter, at least in some parts of the state, and our current snow pack. Our resident and expert entomologist Robert Younghanz, “The Bug Guy,” weighs in regarding current conditions.

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