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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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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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