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Time on the River

03/26/19 at 06:15 AM | by Vince Puzick

I’ve been thinking about time lately. How much we have. How we spend it. How an investment in time pays off. And since this is a blog for a fly fishing shop, how does time come into play?

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Tips and Techniques for Early Spring Fishing

03/19/19 at 06:18 AM | by Vince Puzick

The Colorado weather in early spring can be a fickle beast. 60 degree temperatures one day can change to snow and highs of 35 degrees the next. With fish waking from their winter doldrums, though, and bugs on the move, the opportunities are there! Three of our guides offer some tips for fishing in the early spring season.

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5 Unconventional Patterns for Early Spring

03/14/19 at 06:19 AM | by Vince Puzick

When it comes to springtime in Colorado, the warmer weather and longer days spark a flurry of bug activity. Fish start coming out of their winter metabolism to an increasingly varied menu. While there are some obvious spring fly patterns to focus on, we wanted to talk about the top five sleeper patterns every angler should be carrying this spring.

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Be THAT Person

03/11/19 at 06:22 AM | by Vince Puzick

We’ve all had that moment when we crest the hill right before the pullout of our favorite fishing hole. Maybe we even hold our breath for a split-second in anticipation. If we see that the pullout is empty, no truck already claiming it, no angler down in “our” hole, we may even let out a little “whoop” and a “yeah, man!” Or sometimes we have to exhale with an audible sigh, a slap on the steering wheel, and a “dang it.” (The language used may be different – but this is a family blog.) We’ve all been there. And we’ve experienced both sides of the scenario. What’s an angler to do?

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Ritual & Routine

02/14/19 at 05:27 AM | by Vince Puzick

When does routine become ritual? I love the routine of fly fishing and have come to believe that the routine is part of the beauty of it. And I have come to believe that routine is merely a fine line away from ritual.

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Class Close-up: Winter Fly Fishing

01/23/19 at 05:35 AM | by Vince Puzick

Hoping that Guides Kenny Romero and Scott Voyles could teach this old dog some new tricks when it comes to winter fly fishing, I participated in their Winter Fly Fishing class this past weekend. This two-part class – lecture and streamside – was a great way to flatten the learning curve, learn some new approaches, and hone some skills to increase the chances to catch those winter fish.

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Fly Fishing Film Tour 2019: Top 5 Reasons to Go

01/17/19 at 09:05 AM | by Vince Puzick

Here are the top five reasons to attend the Fly Fishing Film Tour on February 2! Get your tickets now!

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Connecting with Blaise Gabriele

01/07/19 at 06:40 AM | by Vince Puzick

Something happens when you talk with Blaise Gabriele, a new member of the Angler’s Covey sales force and up-and-coming guide. Whether you’re talking about one of his three interests – cooking, music, or (more importantly!) fly fishing -- you can’t help but hear the passion in his voice. And the three interests all have one thing in common: they connect people.

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Facebook Friends Reflect on 2018

12/31/18 at 05:08 AM | by Vince Puzick

We invited our Facebook friends to share their 2018 Highlights as part of our “reflections” series. We also asked them to include a challenge they faced – and hopefully overcame – this past year. Here are their responses.

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Our Guides Look Back on 2018

12/28/18 at 08:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

Our Guides reflect back on the fly fishing highlights of 2018. Their comments about what made 2018 memorable swirl around three themes: working with clients, the weather and flows, and those single moments that stay with you for a long time. And they remember one of their own, lost too soon.  

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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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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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