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11/20/19 at 05:32 AM | by Vince Puzick

November 30, 2019 is the official “Small Business Saturday,” and we are offering great deals after the turkey, before the leftovers, and as a more satisfying day than Black Friday.

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Annual Guide Yard Sale: Saturday, Oct. 12!

10/10/19 at 05:56 AM | by Vince Puzick

One of my favorite events of the season is this Saturday, October 12, at the Covey. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., it's the annual Guide Yard Sale. Our Guides spread out their used gear on our lawn (well, on large tables, mainly) for sale at great prices. Yes, their gear is slightly used -- but also really well maintained because they make their living using it. And, as Jon Easdon, Director of Services, says "the rods have all sorts of good fish karma all over them." What else makes this a great event? I asked a couple of guides for their perspective.

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Andrea Pasquan: Entrepreneur. Adventurer.

10/01/19 at 07:38 AM | by Vince Puzick

“I wasn’t trying to be nomadic,” Andrea Pasquan says almost near the end of our interview, but “that’s where life was kind of taking me.” When she describes the past fifteen years of her life, though, after graduating from Azusa-Pacific College in 2004 to being hired as Angler's Covey's Executive Assistant in May of this year, she uses terms like “pilgrimage,” “mission,” and “big experience person.” And, oh, the experiences she has had.

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Finding the Familiar

09/19/19 at 11:08 AM | by Vince Puzick

This isn’t a story about sibling rivalry (although that sounds like a good idea for down the road). This isn’t even a story about fly fishing. This is a story for appreciating what we have, not taking things for granted.

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Party at the Ponds & More at the Covey

09/11/19 at 04:06 AM | by Vince Puzick

We have some great events coming up with food, gear, and contests to make your fly fishing adventure even greater!

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Transitioning Into Fall Fishing

09/10/19 at 08:49 AM | by Vince Puzick

Mid-September. The temperatures are a bit sporadic with summer heat lingering on some days but the cool mornings and angle of the sun hints more of autumn. It's a beautiful transition from one season to the next. With this Spring's high flows behind us, with the summer monsoons and dog-days in the rear view mirror, this late summer and early fall fishing promises to be a great season.

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Jim White's Fly-Fishing the Artic Circle to Tasmania

08/04/19 at 06:06 AM | by Vince Puzick

Jim White’s recently published book, Fly-Fishing the Artic Circle to Tasmania / A Preacher’s Adventures and Reflections is part travelogue, adventure, and reflection on a life. Jim’s storytelling is what you might expect from a preacher and an angler: humorous, detailed throughout, and more than just fishing stories. Jim will be at Angler’s Covey on Sunday (he’s a former minister, right?), August 11, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. to present a slide show and talk about his book.

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Dog Days of Summer

08/01/19 at 06:05 PM | 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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Our Guides Review Packs & Slings

07/28/19 at 01:28 PM | by Vince Puzick

One of the most important purchases a fly fisher will make is the pack, sling, or vest. To help you make an informed decision, we turned to our Guides to see what they use and the reasons why they made that choice. They all agree that amount of storage, degree of waterproof / water resistance, and comfort on your body are their major criteria.

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Forecast: Dry (flies) & Hot (action)

07/22/19 at 10:03 AM | by Vince Puzick

With flows finally dropping to more routine levels, the mid- and late-summer fly fishing is going to be fantastic. The late and long run-off has set the calendar back a little bit, but dry fly fishing is heating up and it’s only going to get better. What’s in store for the dog days of summer?

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Water Temps & Healthy Fish

07/12/19 at 09:33 AM | by Vince Puzick

Optimal water temperature for trout is about 40 to 65 degrees, plus or minus a few degrees on each side. On the high side of these temperatures, trout can easily become stressed and lethargic. When trout are caught in high water temperatures, the mortality rate is extreme.

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Stillwater Sizzling Summer -- Sales and More!

06/28/19 at 12:10 PM | by Vince Puzick

The action on our local stillwater fisheries -- Rosemont, North and South Catamounts, Antero and Spinney Mountain reservoirs -- is heating up. This winter and spring provided great snow pack and now all of our stillwater reservoirs are full of great water! Kenny Romero, Angler's Covey guide, gives us a look into what's happening right now on our local stillwater!

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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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