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Land and Water Conservation Fund

09/16/15 at 12:21 PM | by David Leinweber

At the end of this month, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire unless reauthorized by Congress. Established in 1964 through a bipartisan act of Congress, the fund uses royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf to conserve important natural resources and expand access to public land. The money comes from

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The spawn is on! Fish responsibly

09/07/15 at 06:15 PM

It's that time of year again, the colors are a-changing... And I'm not talking about the leaves. I'm talking about big, toothy, brown trout. It's spawning season when the males take on a pumpkin orange that sometimes makes them sitting ducks for anglers and the females get ready to lay their eggs in shallow water. Tread lightly!

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Denver Post Dumps Its Fishing (and Hunting) Coverage

08/26/15 at 06:44 AM | by David Leinweber

The Denver Post, which serves the most “outdoorsy” consumer market in the United States, if not the entire world… Has decided to can its outdoors column.

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Autumn angling opportunities abound!

08/26/15 at 06:16 AM

With the unusually high flows of the spring and most of the summer, it is in my estimation that this fall season will be one for the books. This autumn season should be phenomenal statewide and present some of the best fishing of the year. I challenge all of you to think outside the box and check out one of many different areas to fish this fall season. We have a lot of water in this state and most of it will be completely empty of people and full of fish.

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Top 10 Things to Consider When Fly Fishing Small Streams

08/25/15 at 05:39 AM | by David Leinweber

Here are my Top 10 Things to Consider When Fly Fishing Small Streams:

1) Hike, then fish - In my observation, few anglers will hike one mile to go fishing. My estimate is over 80% of anglers will not hike a mile and less than 5% of anglers will hike three miles. What this means to the experienced small stream angler is the farther you get from the trailhead the more eager the fish will be.

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Good things come in small packages

08/05/15 at 06:15 PM

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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Are you soaking up more than rays?

07/28/15 at 07:35 PM

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. In addition, one in five Americans—potentially you or a fishing buddy—will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. Of course the best defense in battling the sun is prevention. The intensity of the sun is also enhanced being in or near the water. Sun protection on the river is imperative!

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Backcountry Angling: What is the appeal?

07/26/15 at 10:44 AM | by David Leinweber

Of all the different disciplines of fly fishing, Backcountry Angling delivers the broadest form of adventure on a budget. Adventurers who travel the world come to Colorado to experience the wilderness and beauty we have just out our back door.

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Know your Trout!

07/22/15 at 08:48 PM
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Taking Care of Business ... On the River

07/11/15 at 09:40 AM | by Vince Puzick

Another company picnic? Wrinkled hot dogs. Over-cooked burgers. Volleyball over a sagging net. Sand in your flip flops. How about a little something different? Why not book a company fly fishing trip with our Orvis-endorsed guides? Late summer and early fall offer great fly fishing opportunities in Colorado, and our guides create the right atmosphere for corporate teams that work together to now play together. Check out this group from GE Johnson.

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6 Tips to Wade Safely!

07/07/15 at 01:56 PM | by Vince Puzick

Flows are coming down and we’ll be out chasing some hungry trout in our local rivers before long. While fishing from the banks provides a lot of opportunity, many of us will don our waders, or slip on our wading socks for some wet wading on the hot summer days, and venture out into the river. Practice these tips for safe wading in our beautiful waters.

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Meet Scott Voyles

06/30/15 at 09:47 AM | by Vince Puzick

Scott Voyles was born and raised just up the pass from Angler’s Covey in Woodland Park. By the time he was eight years old, he was tying flies and learning the art of fly fishing from his dad who was “always chucking dries. He was obsessed with it.” Two powerful forces at work – nature and nurture – are at the heart of Scott’s passion for fly fishing.

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Beaver Creek or Bust

06/30/15 at 08:12 AM | by Becky Leinweber

Although we knew this wasn't going to be the ideal fishing trip, my daughter Rachel and I were both itching to wet our lines so we set out anyway. Beaver Creek is one of my favorite small streams - both the lower stretch near Penrose and the upper section out of Skaguay Reservoir. It is one of the most beautiful hikes and usually fishes well. After all of the rain and runoff, I was curious as to whether it was blown out, off color or in decent condition.

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AC Guides hit the South Slope!

06/24/15 at 06:16 AM

The south slope reservoirs on Pikes Peak opened up for the season last weekend. The opening of this area has been anticipated by everyone in the shop, and we were all excited to make the trip. On Father's Day, we assembled a crew of AC guides to head up to the peak. Its about an hour and a half drive form the shop to the gate. We arrived and checked in with the rangers at the gate.

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Bug me no more!

06/22/15 at 06:33 AM

While all the rain this spring has our gardens lush, our fire danger low and our rivers running abundantly, it’s also contributed to an increase in things that go bite in the night or day. Yup: mosquitos. Anecdotal evidence suggests that we not only have local beasties that are more abundant, but also a new and different variant whose bites are more painful and lead to more swelling. News reports suggest that the increased breeding opportunities are not necessarily going to lead to an increase in West Nile transmissions, but even without the disease factor, it pays to avoid the bites, in the first place.

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Stillwater Dry Fly Fishing

06/17/15 at 03:36 PM | by Vince Puzick

When it comes to stillwater fishing, most people fish subsurface, primarily nymphs, wooly buggers, streamers and slump busters. But did you know that during the summer months dry fly fishing can be the most productive fly fishing strategy? There’s nothing like a 22” rainbow “exploding” into the air as he attacks a #16 Elk Hair Caddis or #18 Griffith's Gnat! Although subsurface stillwater fly fishing is day-in and day-out the most productive type of fly fishing, stillwater dry fly fishing is often overlooked. This past month I’ve caught more fish on dry flies than nymphs and wooly buggers combined. As the water temperature has increased (62 degrees at Spinney last Sunday at 10:30 AM) the dry fly action has been excellent!

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The Callibaetis are popping!

06/17/15 at 10:39 AM

The Callibaetis hatches on our south park reservoirs are a thing of beauty. These hatches happen every year, and the stillwater fly fishermen eagerly await their arrival. I was up on Eleven Mile Reservoir last week, and we saw "columns" of this big mayfly over every rock outcropping along the lake. I knew then, it was just about to start. Yesterday on Spinney, I was pleasantly surprised to catch quite a few fish on Callibaetis.

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Guides' Father's Day Gift List

06/17/15 at 07:18 AM | by Vince Puzick

Shopping for gifts for the fly fishing father can get a little tricky. Sometimes, dad is like a familiar stretch of your favorite tailwater – you just know him and the perfect gift, but at other times he can be as tough to read as a freestone river -- it’s difficult to know what he would like. Whether he is new to fly fishing or a seasoned trout bum, we can help you get your dad into some gear that helps him get into fish.

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Fishing the Chironomid

06/04/15 at 12:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

Fly fishing some of our many reservoirs in Colorado this June? Don’t leave home without some chironomid patterns in your fly box.

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Class Close-up: Stillwater Float Tube Fundamentals

06/01/15 at 12:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

Stillwater fly fishing has some of the same qualities that attract us to fly fishing rivers and streams. Every day can be a very different experience. New challenges arise every time out. Conditions change with different seasons with their own demands on reading the water and having good technique. But stillwater fishing has its own spin on these qualities. Float tube fly fishing on Catamount or Spinney reservoirs can expand your opportunities and grow your fly fishing adventure.

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Stillwater Specialist Kenny Romero's Spinney Res Update

05/23/15 at 06:23 AM | by Vince Puzick

The early season ice-off action for hungry rainbows from the shore at Spinney Mountain Reservoir was good, but nothing compared to the action now! As the water temperature has risen and bug activity has increased, the stillwater fishing success at Spinney has really taken off. High flows due to run-off? Stillwater fly fishing gives anglers a great opportunity to hook into some great fish!

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High Flows and the Magic of the Stonefly

05/21/15 at 06:13 AM | by Vince Puzick

Flows are up and will be rising more in the next few weeks. What’s an angler to do? Saturday, at the Covey’s Learn to Fly Fish Day, I was able to talk with a couple of guides about what fly patterns are their go-to flies and what they do with them in the higher, faster flows. One word: Stoneflies.

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Meet Justin Brenner: Colorado Born & A Covey Guide

05/17/15 at 06:01 AM | by Vince Puzick

Justin Brenner was supposed to be born in a hospital in Englewood, Colorado. His mother, along with Mother Nature, had different plans. Because of a snowstorm that prevented his mom and dad to get back to Denver, Justin was born in Alma, Colorado. No wonder that he has Colorado mountains in his blood.

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Thanks Steve

05/08/15 at 08:10 PM | by David Leinweber

Ten years ago Steve Gossage joined the ranks at Angler's Covey and soon became my right hand man. His strength was something I could lean on with the stress of running a small business...

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Class Close-up: Aquatic Entomology

04/29/15 at 10:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

Other than building up your knowledge base, deepening your understanding of bug life, and dramatically increasing your productivity on the river (i.e. catch more fish), why would you even consider taking a class on aquatic entomology and fly selection? The Bug Guy, Robert Younghanz, offers a few good reasons.

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