Monday, October 26, 2009

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Education Update ~ Fall 2009

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Front Range Anglers is offering TWO beginner classes in November.


COST: $79
DATE: November 8th from 8am-12pm

Instructor: FRA Guide, Anne Reid

This women's-only class is a beginner's introduction to the world of fly fishing. This 4 hour class begins with 2.5 hours of classroom instruction covering knots, basic rigging and the basics of dry fly fishing and nymphing. The second part of the class is conducted at a nearby lake and students are taught the fundamentals of casting. Equipment is provided if needed and the introductory book Curtis Creek Manifesto is provided and included in the cost of the class.

For more information or to register online, click here


COST: $150
Instructor: Rob Kolanda
Class Dates: Thursday Evenings: November 5, 12, 19, Dec 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm

This 4 week introductory course provides beginning fly tyers with basic techniques required to tie the majority of fly patterns. The course is unique in that it will promote use and technique of tools and materials through patterns relevant to local Colorado waters. Basic Nymphs including Zebra midges, RSII’s, Pheasant Tails, and dry flies including Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis will all be covered. Classes typically run 2 to 2 1/2 hours and will be 1 night a week for 4 weeks.

Equipment is provided during class. Students will receive a 10% discount on all tying tools and materials purchased while attending class. There are two recommended texts: "Successful Fly Tying" by Brad Befus, and "Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple" by Skip Morris. Both are available at the shop

For more information or to register for the class online, click here.

Front Range Anglers FREE Fly Tying Clinics

11/14/2009Jay ZimmermanGenetically Altered Creations
Our in-house mad scientist doing his thing. Oh yeah- he has a couple of new hot flies out from Umpqua. Just wait and see what this guy can do with a few odds and ends, hook and thread.
11/21/2009Mark McMillenCarp and Bad ass Bass Flies
Local guide and resident enthusiast shows his favorite Carp and bass flies and talks techniques for tackling local warmwater predators.
11/28/2009Thomas ZiglerProven Patterns for tough Smallies
Thomas has managed and guided in shops in Missouri, neck deep in bass country. His tying and fishing insight for Smallies, Largemouths and Spinning Deer poppers is unparalleled.
12/5/2009Mike KruiseFront Range Guide Patterns
Owner and guide for Laughing Grizzly Fly shop in Longmont ties Guide patterns for local streams. If your looking for new ju ju for the Park or Big Thompson this is a must see.
12/12/2009Chris ShrantzBig water Patterns
Boulder Boat works manager and designer for Umpqua Feather merchants shares tying and fishing techniques drummed up from his 20 plus years of industry and guiding experience in Colorado and Wyoming. Chris is an exceptional tyer, angler, and presenter, and his shows are always well attended. Come early!
12/19/2009Larry JurgensSmall Flies for Big Fish
Local tying expert and personality shares his latest and greatest patterns for Baetis, Caddis, and Midges for Colorado rivers and lakes. He also enjoys left wing political conversations.
12/26/2009Jay ZimmermanChristmas Vacation
Come hang with the Grinch and speak freely about the holiday season.
1/2/2010JD MillerBest flies for Montana
Ex-boulder flyfishing professional gone Idaho guide comes down to share his favorite imitations for the Henry's Fork, Madison and others. Planning a trip to Montana or Idaho next year? JD will help point you in the right direction.
1/9/2010Paul PrentissOur Man
Paul will be tying up some of his time tested patterns that continue to produce on the front range and beyond.
1/16/2009Charlie CravenProven CO Patterns & Book Signing
Owner of Charlie's Fly Box, esteemed fly designer, author and all-around good guy comes back to Boulder to show off his new creations and sign copies of his book.
1/23/2010Al RittTools for the serious Tyer
Peak Vice Representative and signature fly designer for Montana Fly Company shows his newest creations for local waters and shows off his favorite tools to make every tyer's efforts easier.
1/30/2010Pat DorseySouth Platte Tailwaters
South Platte Guru does his Flyfishing Tailwaters Presentation to compliment his new book "Flyfishing Tailwaters". Bring your book in for signing or get one here and learn to tackle your favorite tailwater with the master.
2/6/2010Greg Garcia"Rojo Midge"
Greg Garcia will be in to show off his newest patterns available from Umpqua Feather Merchants, as well as show his Colorado staples. A fantastic demonstrator and instructor!
2/13/2010Wallace WestfieldtBug ID and Local Water Flies
A guide's view of entomology presentation simplifies bug ID and fly selection for local water. Wallace has been a local guide for several Colorado outfitters over the past decade and his insight is invaluable.
2/27/2010Patrick Knockendoffell

Fun Behind the Vise
Guide extraordinaire and fly tying madman always brings new ideas to the vise. Trout and Warmwater enthusiasts will walk away with new tricks and inspiration.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dream Stream -- Continues to Produce

The fun is not over yet. We have been getting daily reports of big fish moving into the river. As of this weekend there has been a reduction in the number of males being caught, but there are some big females in the water still. What has changed in the last week or so is the number of Kokanee's in the river, they have started to run hard. What that means for anglers is big lake rainbows following up the salmon chowing down on eggs, if you can find a pod of Kok's slide back a few feet and you will hook into some big healthy rainbows.

The run is not over yet so pack your things and get up there early because we have been seeing the most action right off the bat, the first few hours of light, then things slow down a bit, but it has been turning back on around two or three.

Try drifting leeches, eggs, worms, and when things get techy midge and bwo patterns. Remember everyone is trying to have fun and catch fish so leave your tough guy attitude behind. There will always be some one in your favorite hole and the river is going to be crowded no matter what, but there are a lot of fish and a lot of bends that hold fish.
Have fun were all fisherman out there. Get out and slam some hogs!

Bead Sizing Charts

Handy Bead Sizing Charts
These charts are a "generalization" bead sizing chart.
You as a fly-tyer select the bead size so that the finished fly has the appearance that best appeals to you.
For an enlarged view click on picture frame.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Midge/Chironomid Pattern

Click on the picture for an enlarged view.

For the pattern recipe and the tying instructions go to
Or click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section. ~ LoJ

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Colors

Nymphing Techniques -- Watch Out!

Bad technique can land you one of these! Bummer...

As the summer season comes to an end and the fall colors start to fade, anglers are forced to look to sub-surface insects as the primary source of trout food. Last weekend one of my good friends from Chicago Andy Rosenthal, came out and we spent the weekend on the Taylor and the East rivers around the quiet mountain town of Crested Butte (although when we finished up late Saturday night it was a different story). Andy, someone who hasn't spent a lot of time throwing a lots of lead and I offered up a few tips.
Slow down, lots of weight means that you have to control things and the best way to reduce tangles and hang ups is to make slow deliberate casts. Keep your line short, move up to the fish and make sort accurate casts that go in front of the fishes face. And make sure not to bring the flies across your body, if that means casting over your opposite shoulder, please do it. By doing this you will achieve a better drift and reduce the chances of catching yourself!

Bad Placement yields bad results.

Often self surgery can be the best way out, your buddy will do a hack job and like it.

When it comes together.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Trip of a lifetime

Here at Front Range we have been looking to put together a trip to one of the many famous fisheries somewhere on this big blue planet. I had posted a previous poll asking people to make a choice on where that might be. The responses that we got made it clear that we have a bunch of trout junkies who read our blog.

So with that being said I have added a new poll, this one is lists the best trout destinations on the planet; Chasing untouched trophy browns in the gin clear waters of New Zealand, hunting trophy rainbows with dry flies (and catching a few salmon along the way) in last frontier Alaska, heading down south and fishing in the remote wild stretches of Patagonia's famous rivers, and a choice that is a little closer to home, Montana the trout epicenter of the US.

I know some of you have voted but we want to put together the best trip possible and we need your input. Look at the top of the page on the right hand side and you will find the poll.
Thanks and dream big!

Colorado Fish Stocking, the best possible way

I just got an email from our friend Tim Romano on a recent story that he did for Field and Stream about the stocking program that we have here in Colorado. What you will find out might just cause shock and here to learn why.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our Waters are in Jeopardy

In addition to the economic aspects, anglers lead the nation in volunteer conservation efforts on behalf of improving fish habitat, water quality and related environmental areas. “There was no mention of the fishery conservation efforts which anglers have led for over 50 years in every state – an environmental success story that has no equal in the world”, said Phil Morlock, Director, Environmental Affairs for Shimano. “The Task Force did not make any distinction between the dramatic differences between harmful commercial fishing harvest methods and recreational fishing, even though we spelled it out for them in detail,” added Morlock.

Claiming to be the result of a public consultation process the report states, “Having considered a broad range of public comments, this report reflects the requests and concerns of all interested parties.”

The original White House memo and not surprisingly the Task Force report contains multiple references to developing a national policy where Great Lakes and coastal regions are managed, “consistent with international law, including customary international law as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” - a 300-page treaty the U.S. has never ratified.

“We question what implications there will be for state authority and jurisdiction in the Great Lakes and coastal regions if the U.S. adopts the U.N. Treaty,” said Pfeiffer.

The report makes it clear that future authority for implementing the policy for coastal and inland waters will fall under White House jurisdiction with a new National Ocean Council comprised of over 20 federal agencies at Cabinet Secretary or Deputy Secretary level. No reference to Congressional jurisdiction is indicated.

“This significant change in U.S. policy direction is the result of a 90-day fire drill process as ordered by the President that, not surprisingly, lacks balance, clarity and quality in the end product,” said Morlock. “People who simply want to take their kids fishing on public waters deserve better from their government,” he added.

Shimano is joining with other members of the recreational fishing industry to urge anglers to contact their members of Congress and the administration to request this process be required to adopt the economic, conservation and social contributions of recreational fishing as key elements of the policy. It is critical that we ensure Congressional oversight and state jurisdiction and management continues.

E-letters can be sent to the administration and members of Congress by visiting The future of fishing is in your hands.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bill’s Black Adult Midge

This pattern was originated by Bill Fitzsimmons, a previous owner of Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt, Colorado.

This is a very effective pattern for all seasons.

For the pattern recipe and the tying instructions go to
Or click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section. ~ LoJ

Fall Photo Essay

Howdy Folks,
Just wanted to share some of the latest adventures from the last months weekend trips. I managed to get in a few great trips: three days in Jackson Hole floating and getting way back into the Jackson wilderness, a Saturday on the Blue, Wednesday evening out on my home stretch of Boulder Creek, and a twelve hour day on the Dream Stream. All of our waters are in great condition and fishing very well, the crowds have dissipated for the year, with the exception of the Dream Stream. The cool air and solitude is a warm welcome to what lies ahead. I hope you enjoy these pics and Ill see you on the water or in the shop. Click on the photo or follow the link below.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Here is why I Love Boulder Creek

This is my home water; tread lightly, pick up trash and go barbless.
Catch and release is a given.
Click on Photos to enlarge....enjoy.

Rigging up to do some damage on the Creek.

In the low flows look for fish sitting up tight to structure, if not right under the current.

Often the creek is full of wildlife, Bears, Fox, Deer and a host of other creatures.
Here Partick checks out this little mule deer.

Fall is my favorite season the Browns in the creek get really aggressive and the colors of these wild fish are second to none.

Stealth is the number one concern when fishing low water, often single dries on light tippet are the ticket to finding fish, but dont over look streamers...or a mouse!

Distance from a hole is your friend, use your friends to your advantage.

Drag free is the only way to present a fly to hungry browns, sometimes that means doing whatever it takes.

My home pool, a three minute bike ride from my house to this sweet spot.

All these photos were taken today, the first of October with FRA's guide Patrick, he knows Boulder Creek probably better than anyone else in the state.
Get out and Fish!
Photos by:
Russell Miller

Baetis Time Again!

Baetis time is here again!
When fishing, I fish this fly as a dropper or the bottom fly in a two fly set-up. I have much better luck when using 6X or 7X tippet. Be prepared to lose some flies as the fish critters take this fly with gusto!
Good Luck!!!

For the pattern recipe and the tying instructions go to
Or click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section. ~ LoJ