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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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Lamborn Votes: YES to first step in Selling Our National Forest

06/16/16 at 03:00 PM | by David Leinweber

Yesterday, Doug Lamborn voted YES to a bill that would turn over vast swaths of our country's National Forests...

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Jamie Roth: Sharing the Passion

06/15/16 at 09:27 PM | by Vince Puzick

Jamie Roth is no stranger to the fishing opportunities in our Pikes Peak region.  He fished Cheesman Canyon with his father when he was in middle school.  Back then, he fished it with spinners and a spinning rod and reel – some lessons learned from his dad who was a shore angler back on the East Coast.  Then, one day, Jamie was on Gill Trail that leads into Cheesman Canyon and parallels the river.  From that vantage point above the river, Jamie watched a fly fisherman’s steady rhythm while casting.  “I had to try that.” 

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Rick Murphy: Angler's Covey Veteran

06/03/16 at 10:16 AM | by Vince Puzick

A couple of shoulder surgeries – three actually – over the last two years has changed Rick Murphy’s experiences out on the river, but it has not diminished his passion for fly fishing at all. How could it? He’s been at this for a long, long time. From commercial fly tyer, to saltwater fishing, to guiding our great fisheries in Colorado – Rick Murphy, one of Angler’s Covey sales staff, has pretty much done it all.

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Injury in Cheesman. Lost gear.

06/01/16 at 07:36 AM | by Vince Puzick

Pat Dorsey posted the following on his Facebook account about a fellow angler who fell and was injured last week in Cheesman Canyon. Please call the shop at 719-471-2984 if you have any information about the lost gear. Thank you.

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Runoff? Stretch Your Adventure

05/23/16 at 07:45 PM | by Vince Puzick

As the weather begins to change to a consistently warmer temperature, the annual assault of melting snow ensues. And with melting snow comes something with which every fly fisherman is familiar: run-off.

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Bachelor Party in the Canyon

05/22/16 at 08:01 PM | by Vince Puzick

Nine young men camped out in 11 Mile Canyon. The occasion: a bachelor party. They chose a guided fly fishing trip as the highlight of their gathering.

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Deckers Clean-Up: Giving Back

05/19/16 at 02:59 PM | by Vince Puzick

Part of the responsibilities of a fly shop is to promote the great adventure of fly fishing while working toward the conservation of local fisheries. To that end, Angler's Covey has, from the outset, embraced the conservation efforts to protect our local rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. The clean up of the Dream Stream in October and this Sunday's clean up of the South Platte at Deckers are two grassroot efforts to conserve those popular fisheries.

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Class Close-up: Streamer Fishing

05/11/16 at 05:56 PM | by Vince Puzick

Jamie Roth, one of the instructors for the upcoming Two-Part Streamer class, gets excited about the possibilities with streamer fishing. “This is a great technique for spring run off. You’re chucking big nasty flies for spring meat eaters.”

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Bug of the Month: The Caddis

05/11/16 at 05:15 AM | by Vince Puzick

"The Bug Guy," Robert Younghanz discusses the caddis -- our May "Bug of the Month." Check out the video!

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Kenny Romero: Spring Fishing on Spinney Res

04/30/16 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

Throughout the Spinney fishing season, Kenny Romero will be providing updates on fishing conditions and tips and techniques at Spinney and other local stillwaters. This is the first blog in that series. In addition, Angler’s Covey will be offering Stillwater classes and float tube classes throughout the year. Watch this space and our Calendar page for updates!

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Greg Blessing: Senior Guide

04/29/16 at 10:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

When you talk with Greg Blessing about fly fishing and guiding in Colorado, it’s like talking with a neighbor you run into at the grocery store. The conversation comes so easy and you realize that the man has a huge history. He has definitely seen some changes over the 25 or so years he has been doing this. And like the neighbor who has been firmly rooted in the area over all that time, you can’t help but hear the passion in his voice.

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New Reservoir Planned in Park County

04/16/16 at 11:16 AM | by David Leinweber

...reservoir is likely to be designed and completed by 2022. Wild Horse would provide Aurora with 32,400 acre-feet of water storage. The city is expected to complete the purchase and sale contract for the sea-horse-shaped reservoir by August of this year. Aurora Water officials say the project will cost the city $92 million to build out.

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Look, On the Horizon: Caddis!

04/16/16 at 07:44 AM | by Vince Puzick

We may be watching the April 2016 Snowpacalypse right now, but it is going to move through fast. And when it does -- action on the Arkansas River! The famed "Mother's Day Caddis Hatch" is already showing signs of matching the epic hatch of last spring when the fishing was on fire. Don't wait until mid-May to hit this freestone!

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Dream Stream Habitat Restoration: Volunteers Needed

04/14/16 at 10:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has been doing a stream habitat improvement project on the Charlie Meyers SWA for about 2 years. This project is near completion and one of the final steps is to plant willows in strategic areas to stabilize the work and improve the habitat.

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4 Recent Developments In The Public Land Heist

03/31/16 at 04:52 PM | by David Leinweber

A number of presidential candidates have endorsed selling off public lands. On both sides of the aisle, candidates have rejected land transfer proposals, but others have been vocal that public lands should be transferred or sold.

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The Orvis Recon

03/31/16 at 02:38 PM | by Vince Puzick

The Orvis Recon: For the anglers who chase blue lines on topo maps and spend their nights bent over satellite imagery, plotting the next day's adventures. For those who manage riverside meals of granola bars and jerky, hastily consumed while watching rising fish. For anglers who would rather spend the day in the front of a skiff than behind a desk.

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