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Guide Reviews: Leaders and Tippet

02/27/16 at 11:45 AM | by Vince Puzick

We asked the Guides at Angler’s Covey for their go-to leaders and tippet products. Surprisingly, there was a lot of agreement on their choices. Kenny Romero may have captured the overall gist of the Guides’ responses, though: “use the right size leader and tippet for the conditions. Having a wide variety of different size leaders and tippets keeps you in the game regardless of the conditions you’ll meet on the water.” How do the Guides’ choices line up when it comes to leader and tippet?

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Guide Reviews: Must-Have Accessories

02/24/16 at 07:38 AM | by Vince Puzick

You know, if you ask ten guides (who happen to be standing around the fly tying table) what they would recommend when it comes to fly fishing gear – from waders to rods to tippet -- you will get ten different responses. Well, that’s exactly what we did. We asked Angler’s Covey guides what gear they use and why. Their responses? We’re going to start with a fun one first – what accessory is a must-have.

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Pat Dorsey Presenting at the Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Show

02/23/16 at 07:55 AM | by Vince Puzick

 Pat Dorsey, author of Colorado Guide Flies and Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine, will be presenting on March 5 at our Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Show. Pat will share his tailwater expertise with us on where to fish, when to fish, and what to use to get more fish on and to the net.

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Meet Paul Martinez: Colorado Born & Raised

02/20/16 at 06:18 AM | by Vince Puzick

Paul Martinez, a Colorado Springs native and a guide for Angler’s Covey, has fished all over the world over the last 30-some years. New Zealand. Patagonia. Scotland. Ireland. He’s caught tiger fish in Africa. But when he’s asked what he wants people to get out of a guide trip with him, he says “A great Colorado experience.” Yep, there’s no place like home.

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Fly Tying 301: Blessing and Ramirez

02/16/16 at 08:18 AM | by Vince Puzick

Two of the premiere guides in Colorado (and beyond) will be teaching our 301 Fly Tying classes to wrap up the month of February. Greg Blessing and Juan Ramirez are well-known around these parts – and so are their fly patterns. In fact, both are featured in Pat Dorsey’s newest book, Colorado Guide Flies (available at the shop!).

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The Reel Deal: New Reels for 2016

02/15/16 at 02:10 PM | by Vince Puzick

It's not all that often that you find quality gear and a great deal. But it looks like these new reels from Ross and Redington are going to change that stereotype once and for all. Here are a few of the new offerings around $100.00 that we're pleased to offer for the 2016 season.

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Couple's Evening on the River Guide Trip

02/13/16 at 01:58 PM | by Vince Puzick

Looking for a special Valentine's Day gift? How about a customized Couple's Evening on the River guided trip?

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A Culture, A Community of Fly Fishers

01/06/16 at 06:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

I like fly fishing for the solitude it can bring into a person's life. Standing at the river, alone with nature in that way that confirms and affirms life, we are revitalized to be back among people and back in our day-to-day lives. Over the past year or so, I have also come to see how fly fishers come together in a fly fishing culture, in a fly fisher's community.

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Anthony Surge: 2015's Most Memorable Trip

12/29/15 at 08:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

Anthony Surage reflects on his most memorable guide trip in 2015.

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2015 in Review: Angler's Covey Reflects

12/28/15 at 07:34 AM | by Vince Puzick

2015 will go into the books as the year of water. Water. Annnnd … more water. We saw flows like we had never seen before in our major fisheries – freestone and tailwaters – as a result of snowpack, late season snowstorms, and springtime rains that dumped even more water into the run-off. But it was more than just a soggy year. The Guides at Angler’s Covey reflected on 2015 – and this is what they found memorable.

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Guide Trips: A Great Gift Idea

12/21/15 at 05:56 AM | by Vince Puzick

Thinking of a gift that will make the 2015 Christmas memorable? How about giving the angler in your life a Guide Trip with one of our Orvis-endorsed Guides? We offer a range of guide trips that will be an unforgettable experience in 2016.

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More Christmas Gift Ideas

12/18/15 at 04:55 PM | by Vince Puzick

Santa was checking his list again. Who was naughty? Who was nice? Well, David Leinweber showed up on one of Santa's lists. Rachel's name appeared on the other one. (Santa swore us to secrecy about which list!). See what David and Rachel have on their Christmas Gift Lists!

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Christmas Wish List from Angler's Covey Guides

12/17/15 at 04:33 AM | by Vince Puzick

While Santa decides which of our guides and staff has been naughty or nice this year, we caught up with a few of them to see what was on their Christmas list this holiday season. We have items for that angler in your life – male or female, experienced or just starting in this adventure – and for all budgets! Check out this list!

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The Project Healing Waters Patriot Award

11/30/15 at 03:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

If you know David and Becky Leinweber, then you know they are not the kind of people who pat themselves on the back or try to bring attention to themselves. So, when I tried to get them to say a few words about receving the Patriot Award from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, it was harder than getting a trophy brown trout to take a fly in Cheesman. But, I persisted (good anglers persist, right?). Here's the brief interview from David and Becky on their recent recognition.

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Go-To Flies for Winter Tailwaters

11/23/15 at 04:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

We asked some of our guides at Angler’s Covey for their top go-to flies for fishing our local tailwaters. In this blog, we focus on patterns for winter fly fishing. Jon Easdon gives us his top patterns for Cheesman Canyon. Scott Voyles and Robert Younghanz report in on their choice patterns. Finally, Greg Blessing and Dave Herber suggest patterns that are deadly on all tailwaters.

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Fishing Is Healing: Behind the Journey of a Warrior

11/21/15 at 09:20 PM | by David Leinweber

Meet Saul Martinez, retired Army infantryman and Purple Heart recipient and learn how fly fishing changed him forever. When the attacks on the United States occurred on September 11, 2001, Saul Martinez was a high school sophomore in Bloomington, California. As a young adult, Martinez carried a deep appreciation and strong sense of patriotism for the United States that naturally lead to a growing curiosity about the military. After the attacks on his country, it was no longer a question of if he was going to enlist; it was a matter of when.

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Caution: The Ark's flows will fluctuate 11/2-11/4

10/30/15 at 03:06 PM | by Becky Leinweber

We received word from Colorado Springs Utilities that they will be conducting some testing on their valve systems on the Arkansas River below Pueblo Dam on Monday, November 2 through Wednesday, November 4. Flows are expected to bounce from 60 cfs to over 1000 cfs during that time. That means it's not a good time to be in or even on the banks of the river! Play it safe and find another place to fish during this time and shortly thereafter.

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The Dream Comes Clean

10/25/15 at 04:12 PM | by Vince Puzick

Angler's Covey river cleanup day on the Dream Stream was a huge success today. We teamed up and cleaned up all of the trash from 11 Mile Reservoir to Spinney Reservoir. Overall, we packed two 40 gallon trash bags full of trash. See pictures here. Thanks to Justin Brenner for the idea!! Huge thanks to all that helped: Josh Heney Bob Taylor, John Houck Charles Huff, Caleb Heney, & Mike Amacher. See pics!

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Escaping the Fall Angler Hatch

10/21/15 at 03:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

Fall in Colorado’s high country is an absolutely enchanting season. It is a time when the leaves are changing, the nights are cool, and the fishing is hot. October, in particular, is a very exciting time for fly anglers, as some of our fisheries offer the opportunity to find very large fish during their annual spawning runs. With the surge of large fish moving into certain rivers, however, comes an equal if not greater influx of fly guys from all over the world hunting that “fish of a lifetime.”

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Join Us: Dream Stream Clean-Up

10/19/15 at 06:23 PM | by Vince Puzick

One of our commitments at Angler's Covey is the conservation and preservation of our fisheries. Over the years, that commitment has taken on different looks. From our involvement with the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited to our message of conservation in our classes and on our guide trips, we work to protect the very thing that brings us pleasure, joy, and is at the heart of our adventure. And now, this Sunday, we are going to get our hands dirty with a clean-up trip to The Dream Stream.

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Fall Fishing is Awesome!

10/12/15 at 05:54 AM | by Vince Puzick

The action right now is awesome. Maybe it is a combination of great temps -- it's October 12, but we're experiencing temperatures in the low 70's in the mountains (and the forecast looks the same for this week!) -- and the higher flows from earlier this summer, but for whatever reasons, the fishing right now couldn't be better.

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Zack Tokach: Student of the Game

10/08/15 at 05:48 PM | by Vince Puzick

With his arm up over the table at the restaurant, wrist at an angle as he pictures the drift, Zack Tokach, guide at Angler’s Covey, hook sets with his envisioned rod. As we talk, I get the impression that Zack is right there, on the river, reading the water, seeing the fish, as he explains the joys and challenges of fly fishing in general, and guiding, in particular. Zack is a student of the game, a life long learner of his craft.

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Product Review: Simms Wading Staff

10/02/15 at 05:54 AM | by Vince Puzick

While fishing the Arkansas River last week, I tried out the Simms Wading Staff.  Although the flows were not particularly high, the rocky bottom of the Ark was slick and, characteristic of the river, had its unexpected holes and drop-offs.  In short, I was glad I had the Wading Staff.

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Fall Fishing Fanatics

09/27/15 at 01:24 PM | by Vince Puzick

Headed up to see the fall colors this weekend – and I’m talking browns and rainbows! Absolutely gorgeous up around Salida on the Arkansas this weekend. The fishing was great – mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Fish are hungry and active as they are increasing their calories and proteing to prepare for winter. Admit it -- you want to be a fall fishing fanatic!

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Fall is Here. Winter is on the Way -- Time to Gear Up, Not Down

09/16/15 at 01:58 PM | by David Leinweber

As the seasons change, new fishing opportunities arise calling for shifts in fly selection, rods, reels, tactics and clothing. Fall is here and winter isn’t far behind.

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