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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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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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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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    When: Jul 01, 19 6:15 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    Women's Discover Fly Fishing

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    When: Jul 06, 19 8:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    Orvis 101 Introduction to Fly Fishing

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