Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A special customer appreciation event for our internet customers! Win incredible prizes now through Sunday!
A special event for our friends that visit the shop digitally: We were extremely honored to see over 500 of our local customers join us at the shop on April 13th for our in-store customer appreciation event. Everyone enjoyed meeting our special guests, getting their product questions answered, and winning some serious prizes!
But we also realize that our loyal customer base extends beyond Colorado's borders, into nearly 120 countries to be exact. While we would have appreciated it, many of you just couldn't jump on a plane to join us! Some of you even sent us messages saying "Hey, what about us?" Well, we heard you and you're right.
We appreciate everyone that is a member of the FRA family, even if we can't see your smiling faces walk through the shop door or talk fishing in person. So in honor of all of those that join us digitally, we are throwing a five day Customer Appreciation Event just for you. From now through 11:59 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 5th, every online sale over $20 will get you an entry into our customer appreciation drawing. The more you purchase, the more entries you receive. If you do happen to be local, you can even buy online, and pick up in the shop. On top of that, we'll even give you a $50 FRA gift card for future purchases when you purchase more than $500 during the event! Just our way of saying "Thank You" digitally.
We thank each and every one of you for choosing Front Range Anglers for your fly fishing needs and information, and hope to see in you in the shop one day.
|Entry into the raffle is based on dollar-value spent from May 1 - May 5. Minimum of $20 purchase to enter. Receive an extra entry for every $100 spent. We'll hold the drawing on Monday morning and post the winners to our Facebook page. Make sure to "Like" us if you haven't already! Here's what you could win...|
|Scott S4 9'0" 5# Rod - valued at $745|
|Ross Evolution LT 2 Reel - valued at $299|
|SA Sharkskin Trout Ultimate Taper WF4 - valued at $99.95|
|FRA Gift card for $100|
|One of two MFC Fly Selections - valued at $25|
|A signed copy of John Gierach's No Shortage of Good Days - valued at $15|
$20 minimum purchase = 1 entry
$100 purchase = 2 entries
$300 purchase = 4 entries
$500 purchase = 6 entries
$800 purchase = 9 entries
$1000 purchase = 12 entries (max 12 entries per customer)
Monday, April 22, 2013
Here's hoping everyone enjoyed Earth Day! Did you know that it is also National Parks Week? From today until this Sunday, you can get into any of our 400 national parks for free!
While the front range is getting snow at the moment, later this week the weather is supposed to clear, and it should be a great time to check out Rocky Mountain National Park.
To celebrate the beginning of the RMNP fishing season, we've got a pattern from Steve Schweitzer that works great for high altitude fishing. Introducing the Spun Bunny Muddler!
Monday, April 15, 2013
Thanks for making it a success!We wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for taking advantage of the nice day and making it out for our Customer Appreciation Day and 31st Anniversary open house last Saturday. We truly appreciate all the great comments we received about the presentations and activities we had available throughout the day.
All of our representatives were kept busy with questions throughout the day, which just goes to show the level of passion that our customers posses about their gear and the sport. We look forward to the bug activity picking up over the next few weeks and providing you with whatever you need to enjoy a day on the water.
In addition to all of the free activities throughout the day, we also gave away thousands of dollars of giveaways. The lucky winners are listed below. Make sure to swing by the shop to pick up your prize!
|Sage One Rod||Nathan Nelson|
|Simms $500 Shopping Spree||Tom Dowd|
|Hatch 4+||John Kinney|
|YETI Roadie 20||Larry Jones|
|Ross LT2||Jean Bettenhausen|
|Costa Glasses||John Bishop|
|Smith Forum Glasses||Mark Feigal|
|Umpqua Deadline Bag||Henry Beer|
|TFO BVK 5 Wt||Justin Johnson|
|SA GPX 5 Wt||Bob Burnette|
|SA GPX Hover WF6||Madoka Meyers|
|SA VPT WF4F||Amanda Regan|
|Fishpond Pawnee Gear Bag||Don Holmstrom|
Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
"I am 30 years of age and hail from Craig, Colorado or Craig, America as it is affectionately known by the locals. In this area one is always confronted by mother nature. Drive in any direction and you'll be in some of the best fly fishing waters on earth. You can hunt 20+ pound pike, ambush 4-pound smallmouth bass, or chase trophy trout on the same river - the Yampa River or Bear River as translated from the native designation. If it swims in this watershed I chase it.
At the FRA Saturday morning clinic I would like to briefly talk about piscivory. Some data suggests that when a fish of any species becomes piscivorous (a fish eater) it rarely eats anything else. The upper end of a trout’s predatory limit is one-fourth of their total body length though their preferred slot is one-third. With this in mind think of a 30 inch fish, its upper limit would be a 10 inch fish. More surprising would be thinking of a 15 inch fish and the upper limit of its predatory scale is 5 inches. As trout fishermen we rarely think of fishing with offerings this big. That’s why I want to focus on this upper range for these piscivorous predators.
I will be tying some of my foundation minnow patterns, along with other large food prey items. With my KMA Minnow I want to introduce you to stacking materials. I think stacking dubbing is a great way to familiarize ourselves to this art which the pinnacle is stacking deer hair. We have all seen these beautiful deer hair flies but if you’re like me I had no idea where to start. Only after a very good friend of mine and deer hair guru, Jason Goodale, showed me the nuance of deer hair did I feel comfortable enough to attempt to use this advanced tying technique. In my opinion this is the perfect missing link in the transition to deer hair. Essentially, stacking material is stacking material; we are all a lot more familiar with dubbing than some with deer hair. I will go into more detail on Saturday, hope to see you all there."... Caleb
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 11:28 PM
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
|Rob hitting it big in Slovenia for Fly Fishing Team USA!|
Fly tying is inextricably linked to the evolution and history of fly fishing. While basic fly tying methods and techniques have not changed dramatically since its origin, there have been incredible changes to tools and materials, especially with synthetics, hook designs, and vises.
Tying flies is not just an extension of fishing enjoyment; it inherently improves your ability to catch fish through the creation of food sources and knowledge of their behavior. While you don’t have to tie flies to be a successful fishermen, you will never have the edge that accomplished fly tiers enjoy.
Rob Kolanda (see below for more about Rob) will be hosting a beginning class on February 10, 2013 for $69.95 and an intermediate session on February 24, 2013 for $79.95. Both classes will be 3 hours in duration and limited to 6 students. The shop will provide all necessary materials to complete the sessions and can (if needed) provide the students with the necessary tools.
Why take such courses? “I can watch Internet videos, buy books and DVD’s, and go to Saturday morning clinics.” All true, but nothing speeds up your proficiency and knowledge faster than one-on-one help from a seasoned tyer. As an additional incentive, Front Range Anglers is offering a 15% discount on any material or tools you purchase. In effect, this will probably cover most of the instruction fees.
The rapid growth of fly tying is being driven by readily available digital/hardcopy information, specialty materials, and knowledgeable fly shop resources combined with fly fishermen who are pressing to move to the next stage. Don’t miss this great opportunity!
About Rob Kolanda
Rob has been involved in the fly fishing industry for nearly 20 years, including time at a number of fly shops. Aside from managing various segments of the retail business, he has been a signature fly tyer for several companies, and a key member of Fly Fishing Team USA. Throughout his years as a competitive fly fiersheman, Rob has collected five Gold, five Silvers and a Bronze medal with the US National Fly Fishing Team, was a winner of the America's Cup and a two time winner of the South Platte Carp Slam.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
|Scott on the hunt. Finding fish and presenting the fly directly in front of them was the key.|
With this recent unseasonably warm weather (we're going to be flirting with 70 on Wed. in Denver) a few of us from the shop decided to see how the Deckers area was fishing. We were streamside by 9:30 a.m. and even with the warm weather, it was still chilly assembling our gear. For the first hour the prime fishing real estate was based more on how much sun we could bask in, not how fishy the water looked. While we didn't set any records for number of fish caught, all in all we didn't have too bad of a day considering it was mid-January.
|A colorful 'bow that came to net on a small midge larvae.|
While it looked as though we might get some fish looking up with the number of midges buzzing around, it turned out to be an all nymphing game. All of us were running some type of attractor such as an egg pattern up top with a tiny midge pattern trailing behind it. Olive seemed to be the color of choice, although a black UV Midge emerger in size 22 did pull a few fish as well.
We were surprised how many people showed up for being the middle of the week in the middle of January. I guess the nice weather has that effect...
|So much for solitude by fishing mid-week!|
Monday, October 22, 2012
Boulder Flycasters is working through one of its long term members, Ron Donahue, to assemble flies for use by two very worthy organizations. Project Healing Waters who sponsors outings for military personnel and veterans. Their program is specifically designed to help our American heroes get back on their feet physically and/or emotionally. Reel Recovery that helps men with all forms of cancer share their stories, learn how to fly fish, form lasting friendships, and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.
"We started out a month ago with Project Healing water and the response was very strong. As such, we decided that it would be appropriate to extend the coverage to another group, Reel Recovery, that the BFC has helped in the past....Ron Donahue"
Ron is doing his level best to match every 6 flies or more flies tied by the participants. If you are interested in helping Project Healing Waters click here or Reel Recovery click here. If you want to do something for both just signify this in the comment section. The value of this kind of gift is immeasurable.
IF YOU DON'T TIE FLIES AND WOULD STILL LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, WE CAN SECURE A SELECTION OF 1/2 OR 1 DOZEN PATTERNS FROM A COMMERCIAL SOURCE AT COST. SIMPLY FILL OUT THE SAME FORM AND DESIGNATE THIS INTENTION IN THE COMMENT SECTION. YOU WILL RECEIVE A CREDIT CARD BILLING VIA EMAIL FROM THE BFC.
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 1:00 PM
Friday, September 21, 2012
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 4:40 PM
Monday, September 17, 2012
When fishing the Chubby or a large hopper/stimulator with droppers in fast water I want my nymphs to drop quickly through the water column and stay there. I don't like or use split shot and was interested in using small flies on heavy wire hooks in size (12 & 14) to achieve this requirement. My solution ended up being a product brought into the shop in the spring of this year from Spirit River, Tungsten Tear Drops in 2.3 (14) and 2.8 mm (12) (available in black nickle and gold). They were the just the right fit on a Tiemco 3769 (2X heavy).
Here is a 2.3 mm teardrop on a 3769 size 14 hook. They are slotted so they can fit around the bend. I apply a thread base and a drop of superglue to bind them to the shank.
I wanted these flies to be pretty indestructible so I coated the wraps with UV Clear Fly Finish from Loon (Clear Cure Glue works just as well). They were to sit in the middle of the rig and their primary job was to sink the trailing fly, size 16 to 18 beadhead (non-tungsten). The fish loved these flies and they proved to be just as effective as the trailing pattern.
I used thread and or krystal flash on the bodies and tied in florescent orange hot spots.
The teardrop shape made out of tungsten added a huge amount of weight - over 2X a standard tungsten bead.
The Teardrop Nymph is now SOP in the fly selection I carry with me. I haven't used them on still water yet but I have a feeling what the result will be.
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 10:26 AM
Friday, September 14, 2012
Couple of weeks ago Randy Hanner pointed out that we had just received some black Chubby flies with a purple underbody and they were definitely "hot". I tied some in a size 10 and took them out for a trial run this morning. My first fish was an 17-inch rainbow who thought the fly was just the ticket. He was the best of the day but I caught another 1/2 dozen on the black chubby plus quite a few on the two droppers. One of these flies I'll post on the blog in the next few days. It's a great new pattern I've been fooling around with lately.
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 5:39 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Condensed Beer For BackpackersGood news for backcountry beer addicts who don’t relish carrying cans of beer in their packs. Pat’s Backcountry Beverages will begin offering a dehydrated beer in January of 2013. The concentrated liquid is poured into their plastic bottle, mixed with a carbonating agent and water, and a few minutes later you’re drinking beer. There’s also soda available if you need something besides water for mixing drinks.
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 1:51 PM
I just returned from a tip on the Big South adjacent to Comanche Peak Wilderness area to fish for Brookies and Cutthrout. I ran across this video from Corey Kruitbosh which struck a definite cord. Corey provided all the head shots for the September Newsletter feature story on on streamer fishing...enjoy.
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 1:26 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Mostly overcast today with an occasion breakout of sun.
Warm weather and low flows keep the dry fly action on South Boulder Creek at an exceptional level. I'm fishing A two fly setup. A size 14 or 16 olive/orange XO with rubber legs up front trailed by a size 18 Adams or black flying ant. 80% of the takes are on the trailing fly.
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 7:13 PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Over All Results
1st Place -Team 8 Packo Rice = 83 inches 3 carp
2nd Place - Team 9 Bever Demoss =71.25 3 carp
3rd Place - Team 6 Muchow Stuart = 54 2 carp
4th Place - Team Maytham Beranto=53.5 2 carp
5th Place - Team Maynard Davis =53 2 carp
1st Place - Doug Long $2,088.42
2nd Place - Will Rice $1,200
3rd Place - Trevor Tanner $ 525
4th Place - Phil Beranto $ 475
5th Place - Andy Sutthoff $ 410
Posted by Paul Prentiss at 8:26 AM