It's been a dry fly paradise on the Fraser River!
Don't leave your dry flies at home!
The hopper/dropper bite is on at Willow Creek!
The water is on it's way down and the fishing is heating up!
It's looking like another great weekend in Colorado is upon us. Here are my top 5 favorite places to wet a line these next few days.
The good times keep on rolling with Trouts Guide Service!
Come fish our Exclusive Property this Saturday!
Trouts exclusive property Willow Creek was the star of the show this week.
Trouts Outfitting/Communications Manager Kyle Wilkinson is having a little fun right now.
Reaping the benefits of private water.
The rivers remain high, while our guide's nets remain full!
The rain is giving Colorado a two day break this weekend, which should translate to " Go fishing this weekend."
We were about 30 minutes into our first day as our guide Kecho (like “catch you”) quickly decelerated the boat and excitedly yelled “Permit!!!, big school man, big school”.
It was another fish filled weekend for Trouts Guide Service!
Trouts Guide Service spend the last few days of May down at the Dream Stream. The sun was shining and the fish were hungry.
The trout are staying rowdy at the Rowdy!
With the day off from the shop and no guide trips on the books, Trouts Fly Fishing Guides Mitchell Blain, David Luna and myself decided to head out and get into a little runoff trout action of our own.
It's been a brotherly few days on the South Platte.
From the sounds of it, Belize might be fishing better than Cheesman Canyon right now.
It's been a wild few weeks of weather around here- thankfully the fish haven't seemed to mind too much.
Just you......and the moose.
Trouts customer Todd Whitfield hasn't been discouraged by the high water.
Another fish filled week has come and gone. Check out a few photos from some of our private waters.
It was a dry fly, drift boat, and fish filled week on the 'Horn to say the least.
The fishing remains good around the Front Range. Get out and take advantage of it!
Trouts Guide Service has been keeping busy lately....as in busy netting a whole lot of fish!
Another week of great fishing accompanied Trouts Guide Service's latest trips!
Baetis, Browns and 'Bows. The fish are on the feed on the S. Platte!
The girls get it done on the South Platte in a BIG way!
You’ve gotta love springtime in the Rockies!
Despite the cloudy weather and dirty water, the fish were still biting on the South Platte yesterday!
Despite the less than ideal conditions, It was a great day in South Park!
Things are heating up on the South Platte!
Dave from the shop decided to take a solo trip to Deckers this past Sunday- just in time to put his camera's auto timer to the test.
Learning to fly-fish is always an adventure and guiding people who fall into this “learning” category is without a doubt one of my favorite things to do.
Sometimes persistance really does pay off.
I've been told more than once, "Dude, you just gave away the playbook"....well, here I go again.
Love was in the air at Deckers this past Saturday.
Remember that McDonald’s commercial from the Super Bowl?
It's a new month out there folks....read on to become 500 words the wiser.
Cody was able to sneak out of the big city for a 3 day retreat in Basalt. From the sounds of it, there's still a few hungry trout in that valley.
Sometimes you've got to call an audible.
Sometimes you've got to dance with who brought you.....
American's were not the only thing eating over the Thanksgiving holiday!
The big ones are biting at Deckers!
Another day at the big D.....
Black Friday....more like Brown Friday
If you're not heading to the ski hill, head to the river!
Sometimes you've gotta go with the (lack of) flow.....
You gotta love it when the Boss says "Let's close the doors and go fish!"
It's a great time to be a fly-fisherman in Colorado!
The fishing is grand at the Granby Ranch!
Late October. Bighorn River Montana. 4 days to do nothing but fish....This is gonna be good.
The weather is going to be amazing this weekend, get out and sight fish!
The sunny conditions at Deckers this weekend meant one thing.....let's go sight fishing!
The sun was shining and the fish were hungry at Deckers yesterday!
It was Fall fishing at it's finest this weekend at the Granby Ranch!
October.....it just feels good to say.
The other day I approached our owner Tucker with an idea.
Back in college I made the mistake of leaving a birthday card from my mom out on the kitchen counter, which inevitably found its way into the hands of my roommates. Unfortunately my mom's nickname for me was divulged, beginning what would become my new moniker for my roommates and friends alike. Luckily that name has since died been reserved for my mother once again, but the memories of said episode will always be a fond memory of my younger years.
Let's face it, we all have...
Exploring the Hoback, Snake and Buffalo Rivers is a must for any fly angler and it's only 8 hours away.
Trouts Guide Service was on the water this weekend and the fish were hungry!
The Green Drake Diet. The Frying Pan River has been on fire lately.
September will be a great month for fly fishing in Colorado. What to expect and where to go this month!
As to be expected, the fishing was phenomenal, the scenery spectacular, and the wildlife abundant.
A day on the Colorado with weather, is one you will always remember.
When an old friend from out of town calls and wants to go fishing, you go!
Trouts Guide Service has been on the water every day this week and the reports coming in have been nothing short of outstanding. It's not always a guarantee that a guide will be grinning ear to ear by the time we reach August, however this has definitely been the case this week.
With Baby Ladd due to makes it's grand debut in roughly 4 weeks, the wife and I decided to head to the High Country for a couple days of float fishing on the Colorado River.
Our friends down at Duranglers in Durango, CO recently sent us a detailed summary of fishing conditions for the month of July. Sounds like an ideal time to get down south and enjoy some great summer fishing, check out the report for yourself!
Durango July Fishing Report
June has come and gone and with it, a month of unreal fishing has passed. Not to worry, July is the high point of our summer fishing season and it continues to be great in our small slice of fishing heaven....
Being creatures of habit, it's understandable that anglers sometimes have a hard time adjusting to change. We get used to seeing and fishing rivers during certain conditions, and when these conditions change it can be difficult to adjust how you're fishing to remain productive. This scenario has proven particularly true this year with the abundance of water flowing through our States rivers and steams, all thanks to a record snowpack from the winter season. This in...
The South Platte River below the Cheesman Reservoir is still a little high but extremely productive at the end of June. Cody and I took a trip up to Cheesman Canyon yesterday and fished for most of the afternoon. When we fished the river the water was at 520 cfs but the clarity was excellent and we could see fish moving around as we hiked. After hiking for about an hour, we scoped out a few holes and decided to pull our Sage fly rods out to try our luck.
We both set up our...
River: Colorado River (Pumphouse Recreation Area to Rancho Del Rio)
Flows: 2,800 cfs - Colorado River at Kremmling
Clarity: Chalky Brown, 6-12” of visibility near the banks
Insects Observed: Pale Morning Dun, Stone Flies
Guides: Rob Waters, Bryant Compton with Vail Valley Anglers
The coffee was already on when my alarm hit at 6:30am, thanks to my father who flew out with his fiance from the West coast to join Kaily and I on a...
The above photo and following text correpsondence was received this afternoon from an unnamed anger:
"Uhhhh the Eagle is RiDICULOUS!! We boated at least 30 all on dbl dry rigs. I guess last night was the first they keyed into the caddis hatch."
Full translation not provided, but we think you can get the general idea.
Give the shop a call for more up to date river reports from across the state. With runoff in it's final days, fishing is starting to explode across the...
Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service just wrapped up another successful On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School this past weekend. River flows on the North Fork of the South Platte River are on the decline making this a great destination for new as well as experienced anglers. With the weather temperature holding in the mid seventies, the river flow right at 345 CFS and sunny skies, we were able to enjoy the first day of summer here in Colorado at the Rowdy Trout Ranch.
The Blue at Silverthorne is still a little higher than the 51 year median average and currently sits at 701 cfs. When I fished the Blue at Silverthorne on Wednesday the levels were a little higher at 812 cfs but fished exceptionally well all things considered. I moved up and downstream from Silverthorne and had the best luck in the slower moving pools after the longer whitewater runs. I only fished for a couple of hours but the time was very productive as I adjusted weight and strike indicator...
Every once in a while you have a day of fishing that inspires you. These are the days when everything comes together the way you expect it to, yet still offers welcome surprises in the way of an empty river, hungry fish, and wonderful company. For me, this is what makes fly fishing such a wonderful pursuit, and will forever have me coming back for more.
It all started out harmless enough; a day of fishing with my long-time friend and mentor John Cochran, current GM at Vail Valley...
Trouts Fly Fishing just wrapped up our annual hosted trip to the Rio Grande River. This trip has proven to be a great fly fishing adventure in the past and this year it was no exception.
The big question on everyone’s mind as we packed up our gear and headed out the door: with the abnormally high flows this year across the state, what was the river going to look like and more importantly… would we find the bugs?
After a five hour drive from Denver we arrived in Creede...
The first time I ever tried to hit a salmonfly hatch was on the banks of the Deschutes River in central Oregon. I did my planning, my research, and lined everything up with a buddy who lived in Portland. After a three hour flight and a 2 ½ hour car ride we arrived on the Big-D and immediately found giant salmonflies in the grass, willows and Russian olives.
They were seemingly everywhere.
Then, without ceremony, my buddy grabbed a bug and chucked it into...
Fishing the South Platte River over the past week and a half has been dynamic. This past Saturday, we saw a significant increase in flows during our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School. The river was high when we arrived and we saw it increase throughout the day. The flows near Deckers actually quadrupled over a 24-hour period. Even with rising water levels, the fishing was still good.
During our class we stressed that weight with our students. Using weight to ensure your...
The crowds on the South Platte near Deckers were heavy this past weekend due to Memorial Day and higher flows on other rivers in Central Colorado. On the positive side, the increased angling pressure didn’t seem to impact the fishing on our recent client trips. We successfully landed a few rainbow trout that were measured right at the twenty-inch mark as well as a number of smaller brown trout.
Springtime weather in the Rockies can be variable at best. We saw a...
The Fryingpan River in late May
Late spring is always a dynamic time of year here in Colorado. From a weather perspective, you never know what you are going to get when you head outdoors – especially up in the mountains.
The good news is that there are almost always great fishing opportunities if you want to find them. This past weekend I traveled up to the Roaring Fork River Valley. You know summer is on the way when high mountain roads like Independence Pass...
10 Things To Know About Fly Fishing For Carp On Denver’s South Platte River
If you have been following Trouts Fly Fishing or visited us here at the shop, you know that most of us here are unabashed carp junkies. Here is a quick list of things you should know about carp and the Denver South Platte River if you decide to take on this challenging species on the fly.
1) The Denver South Platte River is a section of the larger South Platte River...
Here is another interesting article by Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post about the challenges and rewards of fishing lakes and reservoirs here in Colorado.
“With runoff upon us and Colorado's river on the rise, area anglers are turning their attention to the lakes and reservoirs to get their fishing fix. Not that they ever turn too far away.” – Scott Willoughby and the Denver Post.
Stay tuned to Trouts Fly Fishing over the next few weeks as we highlight...
Flows are currently rising on bear creek with current flows above 115. When I started fishing the creek on Sunday the water was at 100 cfs around 3:00 PM and slowly dropped to 94 cfs as I was leaving around 7:00 PM. Water clarity was a little murky when I first started but appeared to improve as the afternoon continued. For the latest bear creek flows: click here
The fishing was slow but I was able to catch quite a few sticks as I adjusted my weight. My only bite of the day...
Andrew P, a shop client, shows off his first ever fly caught carp from the Denver South Platte River in May - Nice work Andrew!
People ask me all the time: “What is a good time to fish the South Platte River in Denver for carp?” My first answer: “It depends a lot on the flows.”
On a recent scouting mission to upper section of the South Platte River – closer to Chatfield Reservoir – the water was low and clear. Before I had set out, I...
The fishing on the main stem of the South Platte River continues to be excellent with flows right in line with historic averages. On one of our recent guide trips we started fairly early and we were on the water before 8:00am. The water was clear and the Stream Flow was at 288 CFS. We had clear skies and the river was pleasantly un-crowded. We began fishing just downstream of Deckers and found a few feeding rainbows right out of the gate. From a rigging perspective we went...
I could see the big tail standing straight up out of the water from almost a quarter mile away. The fish had to be huge.
“You see the fish now?” asked Julian Cabral, our guide and host at the Whipray Caye Lodge in Southern Belize.
“I can see it,” I said. I could feel my heart rate picking up already. I tried to take a deep breath.
“OK, we’re going to pole over there and then get out of the boat,” said Julian. He...
Pat Timmins, owner of the Rawah Ranch, will give a special presentation at Trouts Fly Fishing on Thursday May 15th from 6-7pm. Pat will be talking about the North Park area of Colorado and the Big Laramie River. Perched in the Colorado Rockies at 8,400 feet, the ranch is also the location of our Hosted trip that is coming up in July and is home to two miles of the legendary Big Laramie River. The Big Laramie meanders carelessly right through the middle of their property,...
A few weeks back, I decided to schedule a float trip with western Colorado's oldest guide service, Taylor Creek Fly Shop. After getting everything scheduled and booked, I began preparing for my first time on the Roaring Fork River. Taylor Creek Fly Shop is one of Trouts Fly Fishing’s approved outfitters and I was able to experience first hand why they are on our short list.
Date: 5/4/2014, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Roaring Fork River @ 700 cfs
Rods: Sage One 905-4...
With temperatures in the 70's & 80's over the past few weeks, Colorado’s Warm Water fisheries are coming alive. As water temps warm, Bass, Pike & Carp, are moving into the shallows to feed on the newfound abundance of spring, creating unique sight fishing opportunities for the fly fisher. As spring further asserts herself, these fisheries will only continue to improve, and conveniently provided some excellent alternatives to the increasingly turbid, runoff trout...
The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish well as we push into spring and the flows continue to rise. Higher flows are dislodging a lot of debris, bugs and other organisms into the river and the water also has a nice stained color and fish are actively feeding throughout the day.
On the day we fished the South Platte River with our On-Stream Beginner School, the stream flows at the gauging station near Trumbull were right at 290 CFS. We found most of our...
Who's having more fun here?
The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish extremely well. The stream flows from below Cheesman Canyon have been fluctuating but the fishing has been consistent. Trouts Guide Service has been out on the water quite a bit throughout the month of April and the early spring conditions have been great. Here is a quick account from a few of our recent client trips:
“The clouds were around all day and a little rain sparked the...
Saturday was our first Intermediate Clinic of the 2014 season and focused on switch and spey casting techniques for both Colorado trout and salmon or steelhead for the traveling angler. The Lower Blue is flowing at a higher-than-average level and this created the perfect scenario for switch rods. The weather was warm with some clouds and the river flows 710 CFS with off color clarity.
We spent the first half of the day getting comfortable with casting techniques, working on the...
Fishing trips are a special thing. The utter simplicity of walking away from your day to day life to focus on nothing more than fooling a fish to eat your fly. A time when the biggest decision you have to make is between 4X and 5X leaders, and what kind of meat you're going to throw on the girll that night. Is it a Makers night, or maybe should we throw ourselves a curve ball and bust out that bottle of Knob Creek? Awe yes, fishing trips are a special thing.
Trouts Fly Fishing is happy to announce the successful kick off of our 2014 Fly Fishing Education Curriculum. On Saturday March 29th we had our inaugural On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School where we were able to introduce the sport of fly fishing to a new group of students.
The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River were right around 125 CFS and the water clarity was excellent. With clear water and temperatures right in the mid 50s it was classic springtime conditions...
Photo Courtesy of Tim Romano
I’ll have to admit, when I first got wind of this story from the Field & Stream Fly Talk crew I was a bit suspect. Then… I saw the video.
Just like all wierd stuff that goes down with a fly rod, sometimes you just need to see it to believe it. Tim Romano and Joe Cermele certainly take the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to a whole new level. Warning: you might need to be a full-blown fly...
My eyes had to adjust to what I was looking at. I hadn’t seen anything like it in almost 10 years. The large mass of grey/brown color could easily be mistaken for a patch of Caribbean turtle grass or coral… but it wasn’t turtle grass or coral. It was a massive school of Bahamian bonefish.
“You see how those fish are starting to move to the left,” said Sparkles, our guide from the Andros South Lodge. “Show me the cast –...
With March nearly half way over, it's time to start looking forward to spring and summer, and the amazing fishing options these times of year have to offer. The winter of 2013/2014 has been tremendous, with ample snowfall across the state. While winter is certainly not over, it is fair to say that we are looking at a very healthy snowpack leading into our spring and summer fishing seasons. Currently we are at a Statewide Snowpack of 116% of the historical average, well...