Friday, April 30, 2010

Getting Ready for 2010

I thought I was coping well this winter. I had a plan. I was going to keep busy and be totally prepared for the next year. I cataloged pictures from the year, broke down and cleaned reels and line. I washed and patched my waders before folding them in the closet for the season. I re-felted and re-studed my boots and backup boots. I refilled the stuff to make stuff float, sink, indicate, and tie things to. I replaced bent hemostats, worn clippers, dull knifes, and non-retracting retractors. I called to renew my Fly Tier subscription which I found out was good until 2014. I paid for two more years just to be safe.

Then I retyped my fishing log and marked my days with coded flag pins on the large stream map in the office. I consolidated the odds and ends of picked through fly boxes and made lists of the essentials to retie and then a second list of local variations and then a third list of possibly useful flies and then a fourth list of saltwater flies that looked too cool to pass up (for some reason I have no desire to catch a permit but some primal urge to perfect a crab pattern).

After a considerable amount of further puttering, I settled into a tying routine. Work was hard to come by this fall so I would wake up and make my sugar mamma a pot of coffee, and pretend to be searching the classifieds when she emerged from the shower. I would scribble down a few phone numbers, write some combination of milk, eggs, cheese and salad fixings before making up chores that would be hard to prove I didn’t do (oil the refrigerator flanges or snake the kitchen drain). Invent tasks that would be hard to track: call Mom to check in on her arthritis. Introduce myself to the mailman. Analyze the dog’s gait. Then label it in giant letters; TO DO LIST. Kiss wife goodbye. Make another pot of coffee and retreat to the office. Then it was just me and the vise. Day after day I filled box after box. I was going to be okay.

The first sign of trouble came when I missed New Years Eve. Unshaven and still in my bathrobe, my wife walked by in a cocktail dress. I coughed out of surprise and then ran with it. Thinking fast, I placed a stream thermometer under a lamp until it read 102. “I had better stay home honey... but…no reason that you should not go out.” Later that week, I woke up to capture a Nyquil dream of a creeping stonefly with bobbin and thread. In the morning it looked like Alexander Calder threw up on a hook.

Most of January, February, and March is a blur. I remember picking undercoat fur dubbing straight from the dog and apologetically buying a new coffee grinder when my wife found a near perfect batch of pearl-flash, rusty dun in the old one. From the bits and pieces I can recall, it seems as though we moved, I landed and lost a job, my dog learned that the sofa is largely edible and I think one of my parents may have become gravely ill. Just like forgetting a new acquaintance’s name during the first sentence, it is a little too late to ask about the details now.

The severity of my seasonal depression always comes to light in a shocking way. You never know how deep you are until you have an epiphany. “Rock bottom,” is the preferred term at AA. I was reading an article about the Iditarod and how the dogs teams are in danger of falling through the ice on the rivers and all I could think about was how unfair it was that the trout and young salmon should live with the knowledge that at any moment the could be startled by the intrusion of 13 furry beasts and a sled.

Spring has come in earnest and the veil has lifted now. Even runoff can’t scare me. My dreams are hopeful and the thought of trout sipping mayflies doesn’t make me tear up. Fish reawaken to feed and we don’t have to explain why anybody why we put up with ice forming in our guides just to get skunked by fingerling trout who are just as depressed as we are.

But this year I promise that I will enjoy each day more because I know how fleeting it is. And this joy will make the pain that much worse when it fades again next year. All we can do is smile when all the pieces come together and we are fortunate enough bring another trout to hand. And maybe, just maybe, I will get it right this time round.

Mark Appling

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sylvan Dale - Spring Hog Fest 2010

High muddy water got you down? Check out FRA's Spring Hog Fest at Sylvendale Guest Ranch. We have reserved the ranch during the peak season at Sylvandale (not easy to do), this means that all the private lakes are in perfect shape, clarity and water temperature, and that the hatches will be coming off strong. Beatis, Midges, Chironomids & Leeches will all be hot fly patterns fish both under the water and on top! For $250 we are giving 6-8 anglers a chance to catch fish that will weigh out to 10+ lbs during prime season at Sylvandale. Don't miss out on the opportunity! Space is limited and filling up quickly!!!

The Details:
Cost: $250 (includes rod fee, lunch, flies)
Date: Sunday May 16th all day!
Transportation: Carpooling and Caravan available
Call or email for more info:

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Oncorhynchus Clarki Stomias

I headed out to Rocky Mountain National Park last weekend with my friend Nick and was amazed at the amount of open water; most creeks were flowing well. We took a long hike and and found some real solitude up in the high country.

We weren't really expecting to catch many fish, but we were wrong. The Greenbacks were really aggressive. We ended up landing at least 30 fish and having a truly amazing day. We watched the nearby peaks get pounded with snow all day, while it was "Bluebird skies" above us. Luck and some exploring lead to a some great fish in some gorgeous areas.

The High Country is slowly waking up, so check it out!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

General Purpose Attractor

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

Simms Wader Trade In Program!!! Get $50 Bucks OFF!!!

Hey All here is a new program designed to help retire your old leaky worn out waders and get you into a new pair of shiny Simms Waders. How does this all work your wondering...well its simple really, just read on!

Recycle your old breathable wader (doesn't have to be Simms) and trade up to Simms. Get a $50 rebate on G4Z, G4 Pro or G3 Guide™ series waders (excluding G3 Guide™ Pant) or $25 rebate on any Headwaters™ series wader. You get GORE-TEX® waders, a fat rebate, and Simms will recycle your old wader for you (turning it into the recycled waders program).

Not too bad, just a few more steps and the cash is as good as yours!

How Does It Work? Well its Easy, Really.

1. Sign Up For Voucher here.
2. Print Voucher Delivered to your Inbox.
3. Bring Trade-In Breathable Wader + Voucher to Front Range Anglers
4. Receive Rebate On the Spot.

Sweet...and now the details.

Offer good through May 31, 2010 and while supplies last at participating retailers. Limit 1 voucher per customer (or e-mail address); Simms G4Z, G4 Pro, G3 Guide™, G3 Guide™ Convertible, Headwaters™ Stockingfoot, and Headwaters™ Pant waders when presented with any brand of breathable wader for trade-in at time of purchase. May not be combined with any other offer or discount. May not be copied or reproduced by anyone other than Simms Fishing Products. Offer valid only in the United States.

Promotion ends May 31, 2010. Any vouchers presented after that date are void and will not be honored.

You MUST PRESENT THE EMAIL VOUCHER at a Participating Retailer to obtain Rebate.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Carp Fishers Unite!

A cleanup effort on the South Platte through Denver has been scheduled for April 25th. A fun list of fanatics will be on hand to talk carp, clean one of the funnest stretches of river Carp habitat in the state and consume a couple of cold beverages.
A great way to check out some great stretches of the Platte and pay it forward to our favorite Colorado bottomfeeder. Check out the link below and get involved! A pre-cleanup pep rally the 24th at the Thin Man Tavern promises to be a fun time.
Carp Clean-UP

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Soft Staz Dad (A Molting Crawdad)

By: Larry O Jurgens
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

Monday, April 5, 2010

Catch & Release on Boulder Creek

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(the above photo was taken by Nick Granato of Salt Lake)