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Angler's Covey Giveaway

12/06/16 at 11:06 AM | by Vince Puzick

Angler’s Covey wants to recognize community members who are, at times, over-looked and under-appreciated for the work they do: teachers, fire fighters, and police officers. The best part? The recognition will come from you as part of our #ACgiveaway. We want you to submit the name of a deserving teacher, fire fighter, or police officer to receive a ½-day guided fly fishing trip for two people.

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Customer Spotlight: Wyatt Webb

12/04/16 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

Wyatt Webb was stationed in Korea when the fly fishing bug bit him.  And he wasn’t even near a river or high mountain lake. His roommate, a soldier from Loveland, Colorado, told Wyatt that when he got back stateside, he should check out Angler’s Covey if he was interested in pursuing this fly fishing adventure.  And he did.  Here’s Wyatt’s experience.

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Why Do You Fish?

11/27/16 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

When we posed the question “Why do you fish?” on our Facebook page, the 30+ comments revealed a whole range of motivations for joining the adventure. From the spiritual to the humorous, here’s why we fish.

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Guide & Staff Gift List: Clothing

11/25/16 at 10:37 AM | by Vince Puzick

When you ask the staff and guides at a fly shop to suggest gift ideas, be prepared for a rock solid list! Whether shopping for a newcomer to the adventure or an experienced angler, we've got you covered. And speaking of being covered -- we're starting our series of Holiday Gift Lists with a look at clothing.

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Get to Know Steven Armijo

11/16/16 at 08:55 AM | by Vince Puzick

When he talks with customers in the shop, Steven Armijo wants them to have a unique experience. “When you fly fish, you are very focused: choosing a fly pattern, making the cast, getting the drift right. I want people to have that same focused, personalized experience even when they are in the shop.”

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November Surprise: Fantastic Fall Fishing

11/14/16 at 06:52 PM | by Vince Puzick

With these recent temps hovering around the 70 degree mark – in mid-November? Whaaaattt? – some of our guides have been talking about this “fall” fishing with springtime temps! So make yourself some iced tea, put on the sunscreen and bug repellant, and read on!

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Could Fishing be Better?

11/10/16 at 01:21 PM | by David Leinweber

As a business leader, protecting your investment is always paramount, especially considering the long view of your business success. So when it comes to protection, conservation, and increased access of our local fisheries it only makes sense that Angler's Covey has, for years, been at the forefront of protecting places where trout live.

Hopefully as a fly fishing enthusiast you also want to see your local fishing resources thrive. If that rings true for you, would you consider collaborating with Angler's Covey in order to see our fishing resources protected and improved?

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Fly Tying for a Cause

10/25/16 at 09:24 PM | by Vince Puzick

It’s pretty cool when over thirty people come together to tie some flies, talk about fly fishing, drink some beer, and support a great cause. That’s exactly what happened when the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited members gathered at Red Leg Brewing Company to tie up some flies in support of Casting for Recovery.

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Class Close-up: Hone Your Streamer Technique

10/12/16 at 01:15 PM | by Vince Puzick

One of our top classes is coming up over the next two Saturdays – our 301 Streamer Class. This two-part class –classroom presentation and streamside – will help you hone your knowledge of fish behavior, gear, and streamer techniques to target those big, hungry browns.

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Public Lands, Public Access

09/30/16 at 10:09 AM | by Vince Puzick

One of the most important topics in the realm of environmental policy issues right now is access to and protection of public lands. And it is a complex topic, for sure. Angler’s Covey, as a member of the outdoor recreation industry, has always strived to be a steward of our natural resources through our support of and collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, and Trout Unlimited. As David Leinweber, owner of Angler’s Covey, says “We can be the eyes and ears of the forest” (Gazette). Why is the topic of public access so important – economically, environmentally, and recreationally?

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Fall Fly Fishing Photo Contest

09/02/16 at 07:51 PM | by Vince Puzick

Angler’s Covey Fall photo contest. Submit your fall fly fishing photo for a chance to win a half-day guide trip with one of Angler's Covey's guides.

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Spinney Mountain Reservoir Fall Forecast

09/01/16 at 04:08 AM | by Vince Puzick

Fall is just around the corner and that means exciting changes at Spinney Mountain reservoir! The ambient air temperature has been dropping and so has the water temperature at Spinney. Thanks to consistent precipitation this summer the reservoir is 96% full. As of this writing, inflows were 174 cfs and outflow was 155 cfs.

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Colorado's National Parks

08/30/16 at 05:09 AM | by Vince Puzick

100 Years and counting! The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of providing recreational activities and great outdoors adventures since 1916. And two of Colorado’s four national parks offer great fly fishing through the fall season!

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Remember that one ... place

08/18/16 at 08:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

Sometimes I take pictures of odd places and weird stretches of river. It probably seems strange to some people. I have taken my share of “fish porn,” too, those pictures of beautiful rainbow and cutthroat trout happily held in outstretched arms. But lately I have turned my camera to the place rather than the fish.

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Hail? Yeah!

08/16/16 at 09:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

After the damage from our recent hail storm in Colorado Springs, insurance adjusters swarmed to our town. A group of five chose a day of guided fly fishing during their visit.

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Kenny Romero's Spinney Res Summer Report

07/29/16 at 05:48 AM | by Vince Puzick

We are well into Summer and the fly fishing at Spinney Mountain reservoir has been outstanding!

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Don't Get Yourself in Hot Water

07/22/16 at 06:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

One of the most important factors in a trout's environment is cold, clean water. Trout LOVE cold water and therefor thrive in places like Colorado. Even at our elevation, though, most of our streams, lakes, and rivers can be negatively affected by water temperature.

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"Fool the Fish" -- David Caraghar

07/13/16 at 02:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

David Caraghar developed a motto when he first started fly fishing some 60 years ago: “I’m not leaving the river today until I figure it out.” The motto came about when he was fishing in Cheesman Canyon, a section of river that could “humble you more than any other stretch of the South Platte.” He'd stick around until he had hooked up with a fish, even just one, and figured out that day's challenge. Seems like he lives by that motto still today: looking for new challenges and always “figuring out” the best approaches as a guide and a fly fisherman.

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Off the Beaten Path: Fishing Alpine Lakes

07/09/16 at 07:07 AM | by Vince Puzick

Colorado has over 2000 lakes that sit above 10,000 feet above sea level. A good number of those are above timberline (12,000 feet). Summertime affords us the opportunity to explore these alpine gems.

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Yield

07/07/16 at 08:50 AM | by Vince Puzick

So it is probably one of the most written about topics in fly fishing (other than “what’s hatching?”): etiquette on the river. Do a Google search on the phrase “fly fishing etiquette,” and you get 239,000 results (in 0.43 seconds, I might add). While it is difficult to all agree on or come from the same school of thought on what defines “proper etiquette,” there is one basic “rule” on which we all can agree: respect the other angler’s space.

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Livin' the Good Life: Meet Dave Herber

07/06/16 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

Dave Herber, an Angler’s Covey guide for the past eight years or so, has had a connection with the shop for over 20 years. In fact, as a professional in the photography business in 1990, he was hired by the owner, David Leinweber, to do some marketing photographs for the shop. He wasn’t even a fly fisher yet, but that was going to change ... in a big way!

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Be Safe from Insect-Borne Illness

07/02/16 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

The Zika Virus has been in the news a lot lately because of its rapid spread and significant impact on the babies of pregnant women once infected, confirmed to be the cause of severe fetal brain abnormalities, and the fact that there is no vaccine. (The CDC notes that it also affects adults with different symptoms.) Like so many illnesses, it is spread by infected mosquitos. The good news is that this virus is not yet in Colorado. The bad news is that you could easily travel to an infected area on vacation. And right here in Colorado, other mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile Virus, are prevalent.

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Introducing Tricorythodes: The Trico Mayfly

07/01/16 at 07:48 AM | by Vince Puzick

Ah, it's that time of the year that all fly fishermen and women look forward to, the time when we squint our eyes and frantically throw size 26 dry flies to rising trout. Trico’s (pronounced TREE-co, often mis pronounced TRY-co) are a small mayfly prevalent from about mid July to late September. Tricos are small, ranging from 3-7 millimeters in length. They become a staple on most every cold river in the west. On the South Platte, they turn into the preferred meal of trout. These hatches can be so intense that their swarms look like smoke above the river. Because of the density of these hatches, they tend to lure all of the trout to feed on the top column of the river.

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Shedding Some Light

06/23/16 at 08:47 PM

 I try to be as observant as I can while on the water. Turning rocks to observe potential buffet items, peering around the dog-legs of the river for other anglers, even reminding myself to look up every now and then to catch glimpse of a soaring eagle or to perhaps be captivated by overhanging cliffs and pine-laden tree lines.

Despite my frequent reminding, I know I am missing things. The black bear tracks tell another story, and I don’t really want to know how many trophy fish I’ve probably waded past who were hiding on the edge of a seam. With so much going on around me – the fishing, the beauty of the land, the presence of other life – there inevitably will be details that go unnoticed.

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Families That Fish Together ...

06/19/16 at 05:58 PM | by Vince Puzick

Dave Herber and "Hopper" Juan Ramirez had a great trip on Friday with this family: a mom and dad, two teenage daughters and Dalton, the 11 year old son.

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