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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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The Griffith's Gnat

03/26/16 at 10:32 AM | by Vince Puzick

The Griffith’s Gnat. Sometimes it’s as if this great fly is overlooked as anglers reach for a more hyped dry fly like a Caddis or Blue Wing Olive. I’ve found the Gnat to be productive when other flies just aren’t working -- both on tailwaters like the Uncompaghre and freestones like the Roaring Fork. Do you have a Griffith’s Gnat in your fly box?

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Close-up on Umpqua

03/24/16 at 08:17 PM | by Becky Leinweber

Although they are known mostly for their flies – and well they should be – they are also manufacturers of packs and bags, leader and tippet, tying materials, and more. But let’s start by discussing their flies.

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Guide Reviews: Waders and Boots

03/23/16 at 07:51 AM | by Vince Puzick

The difference between a comfortable fly fishing trip and a not-so-comfortable trip often comes down to two pieces of equipment: your waders and boots. Our Guides weigh-in with their thoughts about wader and boot choices.

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BWOs are Popping

03/19/16 at 06:51 AM | by Vince Puzick

With this typical spring weather, some sun and then cloud cover with cool temperatures, the conditions are right for Blue Wing Olive hatches on our tailwaters and freestone rivers. From Deckers to the Arkansas running through Bighorn Sheep Canyon to the Roaring Fork, this pattern is catching fish.

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Guide Reviews: Lines

03/03/16 at 03:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

What's the shortest distance between your fish and the net? A tight line. Different fishing challenges and conditions call for different line types. Our Guides weigh in on their choices for fly lines.

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Guide Reviews: Reels

03/03/16 at 10:19 AM | by Vince Puzick

Reels. Sometimes they are the misunderstood workhorse of your fly fishing equipment. We talk a lot about rods -- flex, action, length -- but sometimes demote the value of a good reel. Some believe that a reel's purpose is merely to hold the line. Well, that belief is shattered when you hook up with a hawg and hope that the drag is set right. Here are some thoughts from our Guides about the reels they use.

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Guide Reviews: Rods

03/02/16 at 07:42 PM | by Vince Puzick

Rods, reels, and line. The basic gear for your fly fishing experience. Although there are many variables to take into account when selecting a rod, our Guides share their thoughts on the different rods out there.

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Landon Mayer: 101 Trout Tips

02/28/16 at 12:20 PM | by Vince Puzick

“The fish you land teach you something; the fish you lose teach you everything.”

So begins Landon Mayer's introduction to his book 101 Trout Tips / A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques. You know this book is going to be one worth reading more than once. On March 5, Landon Mayer will be talking about these tactics and techniques – and more -- at the Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Show. I had a chance to talk with Landon and get a brief overview of his presentation.

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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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