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Never the Same

08/13/12 at 09:13 PM | by Vince Puzick

Heraclitus is famous for his quote "No man ever steps in the same river twice." His philosophy captures the fact that both the river and the man are different. In my short time of fly fishing, I have experienced the same sense of newness every time I go to the river.

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08/13/12 at 07:09 AM

One my favorite moments is when my Suburban comes to a stop at one of the thousands of Trailheads located across Colorado. My door swings open to the fresh air of excitement...

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TU: Conservation nerds and the tale of Hermosa Creek

08/13/12 at 05:43 AM | by Vince Puzick

Here at TU, we spend a lot of time talking about watersheds.

We conservation nerds can find the most befuddling things to occupy the hours of the day. But, much to the dismay of our poor, bored-to-tears spouses and significant others, this notion we love so much here – the idea of protecting quality, connected, large-scale chunks of habitat – is catching on.

And it’s a good thing, too.

Case in point: the community reaching out to preserve Hermosa Creek in Colorado.

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Tip & Technique: When You Can’t See Your Fly -- Guess!

08/09/12 at 05:38 AM | by Vince Puzick

Sometimes while fishing the Trico hatch I lose the fly. I just can’t find it on the water. But I catch a lot of fish by guessing. But it is not just random guessing -- it's somewhat logical and informed guesses. If you also lose your fly here are a few tricks. Read more ...

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Fishing Terrestrials

08/06/12 at 06:23 AM | by Vince Puzick

We've had some great reports from our guides and customers about the action with Amy's Ant or a variety of grasshopper patterns. But what are some "need to know" when it comes to fishing terrestrials? Here are some tips from Orvis ... Read more ...

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Arkansas River Legacy Habitat Improvement Project Continues

08/03/12 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected 11 projects to improve fishing around the state that will share in nearly a million dollars in matching funds as part of the 2012 "Fishing is Fun" grant cycle. Projects receiving funding this year include a partnership with the City of Pueblo to improve seven miles of aquatic habitat on the Arkansas River through Pueblo. Read more ...

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Hoppers and Ants in August

08/01/12 at 09:10 PM | by Vince Puzick

What do some of our guides and friends suggest about fishing in August? David Caraghar likes to start fishing in the afternoon after 3 pm and fish until dusk. Think Hoppers and Amy's ant. Read more ...

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It's Hopper Time

08/01/12 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

This is hopper time! Check out this Hopper Juan pattern ... sold at Angler's Covey. Read more ...

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Christo's "Over the River" delayed

07/31/12 at 09:45 PM | by Vince Puzick

Christo is delaying his plan to drape 5.9 miles of fabric over the Arkansas River as local lawsuits and federal appeals continue to plague the famous artist's grandiose project. Read more ...

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Stillwater: Fishing Spinney

07/31/12 at 05:59 AM | by Vince Puzick
Kenny Romero with a catch at Spinney

I fished Spinney Saturday and Sunday with particularly good success on Sunday. Saturday was very hot and the fish were not on the move. The bite really slowed down in the area I was fishing around noon. Saturday afternoon/evening brought rain showers and cooled things down. That did the trick for Sunday. Read more ...

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Widen Your View, See More Fish

07/28/12 at 06:37 AM | by Vince Puzick

I was fishing the Blue River at dusk on Thursday and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a rise in the shadow just downstream from me closer to the bank. Then I received this email from Anthony Surage:

"An important skill to develop is to see the bigger picture while fishing. I try to use my peripheral vision to pick up other fish that are rising outside of the main run I might be fishing. Out of the corner of my eye, I might catch a glimpse of a surface disturbance upstream or downstream or across or maybe even just behind me..." Read more ...

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Wait a Minute, Cast Somewhere Else

07/25/12 at 07:06 AM | by Vince Puzick

Ernest Hemingway had his Old Man and The Sea. Angler's Covey has Anthony Surage who offers this tip for fishing the trico hatch in 11 Mile Canyon. One of the most simplistic tricks, but most effective and overlooked, while dry fly fishing the famous South Platte Trico Mayfly hatch is to simply cast somewhere else. I have watched fly fishers cast again and again over the same fish in the same exact drift line hoping the fish will eventually take the fly. Read more ...

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Save Bristol Bay

07/23/12 at 06:09 AM | by Vince Puzick

The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It's also home to enormous mineral deposits-copper, gold, molybdenum-estimated to be worth over $300 billion. Now, two foreign mining companies are proposing to extract this mineral wealth by digging one of North America's largest open-pit mines, the "Pebble Mine," at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. Read more ...

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"Almost a fish with every cast"

07/20/12 at 04:42 PM | by Vince Puzick

Angler's Covey Women in Fly Fishing group headed up to Chalk Creek, situated between Buena Vista and Salida, and fished Chalk Creek. Sharon Wright reports back that "Chalk Creek is a wonderful small stream ... Read more ...

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Fly of the Week: The Bubble Back Midge

07/17/12 at 07:54 AM | by Vince Puzick

Let’s take a look at a midge fly that might not be well known but is extremely effective for those who know it and fish it: Murphy’s Bubble Back Midge created by Rick Murphy in 2002. Read more ...

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The Big Thompson

07/17/12 at 05:41 AM | by Vince Puzick

The Big Thompson in and near Rocky Mountain National Park is fishing really well right now. The flow is at 144 cfs and has been stepped down some which means that bugs are popping downstream. ...

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Taking Care of Our Fish: Water Levels and Photos

07/13/12 at 04:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

As you make your plans for your weekend, temperatures are going to be up again. Colorado Trout Unlimited recently posted on its website: "Across the state, stream flows are down and temperatures are up. And fish, especially in the upper Colorado, the Fraser (and the Yampa) are stressed out." ...

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More from Pueblo Reservoir

07/13/12 at 03:55 PM | by Vince Puzick

Steve Gossage reports from the field: "I guided in Pueblo yesterday. We stayed lower (around the nature center). It was good in the morning.....but got tough later in the day. ..."

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CFS, Flows, and Safe Wading

07/12/12 at 01:18 PM | by Vince Puzick

When you check out the “Where to Go” link on the Angler’s website and head to one of the many rivers or streams listed there, you will see a “Current Flow” report for the specific river or stream. But what is “Cubic Feet per Second” (cfs) and what does it mean for wading the river? ...

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Tricos in the Canyon

07/12/12 at 01:11 PM | by Vince Puzick
19" rainbow in the canyon

Anthony Surage's fishing report from the field: "I guided yesterday in upper 11 mile canyon. Trico's are falling, trout are rising. I took out a wonderful couple who caught a good number of fish including a 19 inch rainbow. ...

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Spinney Reservoir Report

07/10/12 at 06:01 AM | by Vince Puzick

[Jeff Cooper] fished Spinney from the bellyboat on Sunday, July 8, from 6:30 a.m. until about 2:00. about 50 to 150 yards out from shore at the first big parking lot. The top producers were callibaetis nymphs of any style in about a size 16 and small woolly buggers. ...

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Dream Stream is Fishing Well

07/09/12 at 06:32 AM | by Vince Puzick
Dream Stream from Midcurrent

After about a half hour of the PMD's coming off strong, I switched to an Amy's Ant with a Bead Head PMD dropper about 18 inches below. This was the killer combination. Most fish took the dropper with a few here and there hitting the hopper ...

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Chalk it up to small streams

07/06/12 at 05:39 PM | by Vince Puzick

Took a break from the Arkansas today and fished Chalk Creek -- my first small stream experience.  It won't be my last!  Had steady action from mid-morning through mid-afternoon on #16 Tan Foam Caddis.  Small browns hit them behind rocks, in the riffles, and against the banks.  Check out Colorado Small Streams under "Where to Fish" then come into the shop for your flies. 

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Arkansas Tailwaters

07/05/12 at 08:29 AM | by Vince Puzick

Jon Kleis reports that "The Arkansas river below Pueblo Reservoir is fishing insanely good right now!  ... Good patterns to carry are: Beadhead Hare's Ears size 16-20, Beadhead Pheasant Tails size 16-20, Olive Sparkle Pupa size 16-18, Mercury RS-2's size 18-22, and Barr's Emergers size 18-22.  All these fished under an indicator with a good amount of weight above your flies."  Read more from Jon's blog here:  Colorado Flyfisher.

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Red Hot Spots and Fire Bans

07/03/12 at 06:16 PM | by Vince Puzick

No doubt this goes without saying, but as a reminder, Governor Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order on June 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. banning open burn and private use of fireworks in the State of Colorado. .... The fishing is hot, too, though around the state.

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