Thursday, January 27, 2011

San Jaun River Trip - We Need You!

Well its going to be a whole lot more fun than basic training, I can assure you that much.

We need to fill three spots. So grab your buddies and lets get going.

Details:
Dates: February 25th(optional), 26th, & 27th Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Cost: 2 Nights $299
3 Nights $349
Whats Included:
1 Guided Float Trip, 2 Nights Lodging, 1 Breakfast, 12 Flies

Find out more and register online, here.

I cant wait to hear from you all.

~Russ

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 29, 2011 Fly Tying Clinic 10:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m.


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Andrew Grillos began his career in the fly fishing world at a young age.  He first picked up a fly rod around age 10, started tying at age 14, and by age 16 was a production fly tyer.  He then chose his college based on the fishing surrounding Gunnison, Colorado and began working as a full time guide almost immediately after moving to Gunnison.  As his 9th year guiding is coming to a close he draws upon experience gained while guiding in Western Colorado, namely on the Gunnison River in the Black Canyon and on the countless rivers and streams in the Upper Gunnison basin.  Over the last 9 years Andrew has also had the pleasure of guiding for some of the top outfitters in Alaska, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand.  Recognized as a Guide Ambassador for Simms, Andrew's done a fair amount of product testing and development around the world.  As a Signature Fly Tier for Idylwilde Flies, Andrew's unique fly designs are recognized and widely distributed.

Andrew's fly designs are typically inspired by a desire to solve specific problems that he has encountered while guiding around the world.  Guiding clients that had a tough time following a large hopper as fish were taking the dropper was one motivation for the Sideshow Bob.  Getting tired of dealing with "buoyant" foam caddis patterns sinking after a couple fish was one motivation for the Bob Barker.  Take the El Camino: it's a stonefly adult that remains buoyant and easy to see while riding low in the surface film.  Another extremely important part of Andrew's fly designs is durability.  By taking advantage of synthetics like foam, rubber, and synthetic dubbings he's created a number of flies that can catch fish all day long and not sink or fall apart.

To Andrew fun has always been priority number one with his guiding, fishing, and fly tying.  His hope is that his flies maximize angling time and effectiveness, resulting in a good day!

Fishing Report is: I Suck.



There comes a time when even the self-proclaimed "seasoned" veteran fly fisherman finds him or herself being humbled.

Not necessarily because the "fish won", or " it just wasn't in the cards today", or "the fish gods weren't on your side". It's one of those days when you just flat out suck.

My dad, visiting from Missouri, accompanied me on a trip to Basalt along with my mom, wife, and retriever to fish the Frying Pan. After getting settled into our room at the Green Drake Motel downtown, my wife April, dad, and I drove up the canyon late in the afternoon to find a quick stretch to wet a line.

With me driving, we (I) decide to head down Rocky Fork Creek Road with about 15" of fresh snow on it in an "All Wheel Drive" SUV. As I head down the embankment, I quickly realize that I've made a huge mistake. This particular SUV handled like a POS when mixed with snow and gravity. The Toilet Bowl would have to wait, as I decided that if I'm going to get stuck, I'm going to get stuck while it's still daylight. And that I did. Forty minutes of spinning, pushing, praying for upward momentum...the SUV finally makes it back on the main road.

That was the first indication that on this day, I would flat out suck.

As we land in a much safer parking spot along the river, we prepare to gear up. Two failed knots, three dropped flies, and twenty minutes later with the sun dipping, I realize that I most certainly might flat out suck today.

Stepping into the river with the excitement of a seven year old kid, I hastily start choosing my riffles and casting line out quickly to beat dusk. Third cast I clumsily end up in a tree above and behind me. As my line snaps with the entire twenty-minute assembled rig hanging from a branch, I know for certain that today...I just flat out suck.

A lot of this suckiness continued. And although we were able to salvage about a half dozen trout within the short window of daylight that we had, I sucked. My mechanics, decisions, judgement, and wits were all absent. The years and years of experience, adjusting, learning, and knowing...absent. I was a poor fisherman. I sucked.

So my updated fishing report for the Frying Pan is:

If you have a capable four wheel drive vehicle, are flawless at tying knots on the first attempt, are aware of obstructions in your casting lane, and time sensitive enough to be on the river between 12pm and 3pm...then you can probably have a pretty good day.

Good luck out there. And try not to suck.




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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Protect Our Rivers Plate

CTU's 'Protect Our Rivers' license plate bill is scheduled for its first hearing THIS Wednesday, January 26th at 1:30pm in the House Transportation Committee.  Committee members include the following:
Reps. Vaad, Looper, Priola, Barker, Brown, Ramirez,  Scott, Tyler, Fischer, Jones, Gardner, Hamner, and Williams. 
 If any of the above Representatives are from your district, please consider calling or writing an email to express your support for the bill.  Don't know who represents you or how to get in touch
with them? Click here to enter your zip code for a list of your elected officials and their contact info.  
 For more information on the 'Protect Our Rivers' license plate, click here.
 Erica Stock | Outreach Director
Colorado Trout Unlimited

Fishing Competition Blues - Pueblo Frostbite Comp

When things life tosses you a bone that has been chewed up and left for trash. See what you can learn from it, otherwise its just another piece of trash.

Needless to say there has to be something to learn from tough days on the water and overcoming the pressures of competition fishing.


Day 1: Practice
Typically its the first day on a new stretch of water before a comp when your learning curve has to adjust and sometimes dramatically. Spend time fishing different flies, experiment using new techniques and just knock out a few of the cobwebs, especially this time of year. Bottom line, figure out what they are eating and get fish into your net.


Its tough to imagine what beat your going to draw in the comp so prepare yourself for tough fishing. Practice on super spooky fish in hard to fish water. If you can get them there, you should be able to get them most anywhere. Get your head in the water and by the end of your first day of practice have a few confidence flies, know what type of water to target and hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. I ended up with 10 fish in the bag after our 6 hour session and Patrick had a few less, but we were fishing water with less fish and less structure, so we figured we would be fine.


Day 2: Considering that your experience on your given comp water is limited to one day of practice and you base all your decisions off of these one set of conditions. When factors arise outside of your control like a change in, water level, weather, or whatever, you mist be prepared to adapt. This might be the single hardest thing for anglers to do. Get outside of their comfort zone, fish a different style, change up their flies, or wade into a different type of water.

This might have been the fatal flaw in our teams plan...we were stubborn. We stayed within our comfort zone. I hooked up with the above rainbow in the first 15 minutes and then spent a fish-less hour in the same spot, fishing the same way, without any results. Strike 1.


The long walk back to the parking lot with the team downstream of us. They reported a big bagel or 0 fish. This was a sad lot of folks, but we still all had smiles on our faces.

Lets talk about strike 2. That occurred during lunch. This is where anglers with a super short term memory shine. If you have the worst or best session, you need to leave that behind and move onto the next. Forget the old and start anew. We held on to the tough morning and then got a report, that the beat we were planning on fishing reported zero fish in the morning. Another huge blow to the old confidence.


So, we worked water that we were comfortable with, fished in the same manor that we did in the morning. Pretty much just sucked it up.


And what were the results of our stubbornness? Fish hooked, but not converted. We struggled with our equipment, fought long leaders, and got pissed off. Dropped fish that would have put us on the board and boosted morale.


Towards the end of the day, when the fishing actually began to turn on, we were so mentally defeated that there was no way to actually achieve success and score points. More fish were hooked and not converted into points. I mean we really tried, but somewhere mixed up our egos and stubbornness we got our asses handed to us.

Patrick showing everyone what he really thinks of the way the team fished on January 15th.

All that remains is an opportunity to look back and analyze what went wrong? Tough beats, sure, its all in the luck of the draw, but it really comes down to the mental edge. Learning from others, ourselves, and what the water has to teach on any given day.

I await the next chance to wipe the slate clean, get out there and do it all over again. Each day is different and a new chance to draw that all star beat.

~Russ

Friday, January 21, 2011

Boulder Creek Baby!

Today I decided to take advantage of the nice weather we were having in town and string up the rod and hit the creek for awhile. I headed to one of my favorite winter stretches by the library, nothing like fishing and shooting the shit with some local bums...

Anyways, the warm weather made for some pretty decent fishing. The water is running pretty low on the creek right now, around 28 CFS. So the fish were pretty spooky, keeping a low profile and remaining stealth was the name of the game. Despite the sunshine I didn't see many rising fish, a few were sipping what looked like emerging midges in some of the slower pools. I opted to throw a single nymph rig using a size 20 black beauty and was able to pick of a few nice browns. It sure felt good to get out and throw the rod, but I can't wait for summer when the browns will be slamming hoppers and streamers, rather than selectively eating flies the size of a staple!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beginners Fly Tying Workshop $90 per Student

Have you acquired a bunch of tying material and tools? Or have you have always wanted to enjoy the thrills of catching fish on a fly that you created? Then we have the class for you!
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 31th, 6pm – 9pm
COST: $90

The quickest way to get started tying your own flies is to learn 6 basic techniques: tying on thread, winding thread, whip finish, selecting material, tying in material, and applying material. Front Range Anglers is offering this convenient three hour workshop designed to teach the very basic techniques used to tie flies. Although some flies will be finished in this workshop, the focus is on learning the technical skills to tie flies rather than the actual production of flies.

Equipment and materials are provided during class.

Students will receive a 10% discount on all tying tools and materials purchased for the two weeks following the workshop.

Instructor: Wallace Westfeldt

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 22, 2011 Clinic with Rob Kolanda

Rob Kolanda is a Colorado native who resides in Longmont, CO.   He has been involved in the fly fishing industry for the past 16 years including time at Front Range Anglers, Rocky Mountain Anglers, and Taylor Creek.  Aside from managing various shop and guiding operations, he has been a signature fly tier for Solitude, and a key member of Fly Fishing Team USA.

Towards the end of 2010 Rob started Calder Inspired Products which represents Hardy & Grey's Ltd. in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Rob's fishing prowess and innovative fly designs are renowned across the country.  He is an expert in a variety of European fishing techniques.  His clinic will focus on the patterns he uses, and how he has fished them in the many competitive tournaments in which he has participated.

Fish Lottery.

Last night after I got home from work, I had a package waiting on the front porch for me. It was a book I had ordered about fly fishing Missouri--the state that I was born and raised in. As I flipped through this book that will remain nameless, I became disappointed. The book left out a ton of fantastic water that most definitely should not be overlooked. But as the disappointment quickly turned into acceptance, I started thinking about all the water listed, all the water not listed...and then I started thinking about all the water.

It's difficult to wrap your brain around, but there is an obscene amount of fishable water out there. And by "out there", I mean exactly that. Everywhere. Missouri, Colorado, most everywhere.

And that got me to thinking about fishing as much of that water as humanly possible. My thought process resembled that of trying to answer the question of "If I won the lottery, how would I spend my money?".

Jeez, if I had the chance to fish any and all bodies of water that my heart desires, how would I go about it? Where would I start? Where would I finish? Would I finish? Would I just fish until I physically or mentally couldn't take it anymore? I'd like to give it the ol' college try.

Then I started thinking about it in realistic terms--not just "spending my make-believe lottery winnings". How would an everyday, average Joe afford something like this? Could I balance a feat like this and my grown-up-type responsibilities? Hmmmm.

These are valid questions. And comparing this to winning the lottery is valid also, because this is exactly what I would do if I won the lottery: Fish as many places that I could fit into the remaining years of my life. Every state, every continent, every lake, river, creek, and sea. Sounds nice, huh?

I'm still thinking about it. I'm thinking about how to pull this off. The thought of fishing everywhere, for everything, greatly appeals to me. About as much as winning the lottery--which, at this point may be the only way to accomplish this.

If I figure it out, I'll let you know. If I win the lottery, though, I can assure you that you won't hear from me for quite a while.


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Monday, January 17, 2011

What's Missing at "The World's Formost Outfitter"

This may seem self serving but it not meant to be.  Every year I get a new edition of the Cabela's Fly Fishing Catalog.  Its become a super-sized publication at 202 pages.  They've got it all including Winston (the last major hold out).  Why bother with your local fly shop.  After all, you can thumb through this magnificent publication full of great pictures and plenty of grip and grin guide photos/endorsements, pick up the phone or log on to their web site and you are done.  But think about this ... WHO IS GOING TO
--tell you where to go and what to use
--explain how good that new rod material really is or if the claims made by Super Duper Reel are true
--give you the chance to try out gear or offer loaner/rental equipment when you need it
--tell you what fly line will work best on the rods you have or want
--spool new lines and rig you up for fishing salt and fresh water
--sit down and show you how to tie a particular fly
--get specialty items not in the catalog or on the internet
--teach you or members of my family how to tie flies, cast, and rig equipment
--be open every day so you can pickup the flies, tippet, leaders you need for fishing right now
--be there on a winter weekend morning for a cup of coffee to talk fishing or let you participate in a free clinic.
--suggest guides and destinations or gear based on personal experience rather than paid endorsements.
--make donation to charities you care about
--make arrangements for a local guided trip
--offer your son, daughter, or grandchildren someplace to go and hear about fly fishing.

So if you place that order with Cabela's or a similar outfit think about what your not getting and have the potential of loosing.  Whether you do business Front Range Anglers or another dealer, the issue is the same.

Friday, January 14, 2011

IN MEMORIAM, William Marsh “Bill” Bower

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William Marsh “Bill” Bower died in Boulder on January 10.

    It is a significant event for the Boulder Flycasters; Bill was a founding BFC board member and will be missed.

    First, Bill Bower was the last living bomber pilot of Jimmy Doolittle’s historic raid over Tokyo early in WWII.

   He went on to a distinguished career in aviation and almost everything else. He was certainly one of Boulder’s most distinguished citizens and a mighty 93 at his death.

    But important to Boulder Flycasters: he was the chapter’s second president and was early and closely associated with Hank Roberts, Boulder’s pioneering manufacturer of fishing tackle and creator of what I believe to be the very first “fly shop”, as opposed to “sporting goods store”, in the nation.

     Bill Brewer was one of those who, in the midst of those exciting times for Boulder angling, met in 1968, with several other prominent anglers, upstairs over Hank’s beautiful shop in Walnut Street. There they began the BFC. Bill was a mover and shaker in all this.

     Though he was no longer active in the chapter when I got back to Boulder in 1991, the club was nevertheless close to his heart. One day during my editorship of the chapter’s newsletter, Bill called to say he had something of interest to show me. I went to his house, fell under his quietly magnetic spell and was shown a commercial display of 106 of Hank Roberts flies on a two foot square of faux knotty pine background.

     It was exciting for me as I too had an early association with Hank Roberts and admired him immensely.

     In  short, Bill wanted to give the flies to the chapter. I quickly grabbed at them, restored them where a few moths had got to them, and moved the club to have the display nicely framed.

    After which, the chapter placed the framed piece on permanent loan to the Boulder Historical Museum on Euclid Street where it remains today. It can be said that Bill Bower and Boulder Flycasters stepped in to rescue  an artifact of much importance to the city of Boulder and to its anglers.

    In the process of acquiring these flies, I visited Bill twice, and, like everyone else who knew him, came away in awe of this giant, but serenely quiet, modestly genial man of such wide and varied accomplishment.

    We recall that Izaak Walton titled his great book about us fishers, THE COMPLEAT ANGLER. Well, I think Bill Bower was the complete citizen, if not the complete man. The nation, the city, the BFC, and I are fortunate to have had him on our side.

Gordon Wickstrom

The Bouldercreek Angler

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fishing Trip Check List

The other day in the shop I got asked by a customer who was preparing to leave on a trip to Argentina what my packing list looked like and in what fashion I pack up my things. I was slightly taken back by the question as I had never thought about it, but we all have our own style and systems in place. As I prepare to leave for the Ice Off fishing comp in Pueblo, CO I thought I would share my experience and my list.


Usually I spend a lot of time preparing, meaning spinning up a few choice flies that I refer to as my confidence flies. Pimp the box, flies catch fish, bottom line. A few rows of fresh midges and anchor flies in the right weight round out my tying. Load those babys into the boxes and wave them goodbye knowing you'll see them soon.


Next its a gathering game, finding what rods are going to be coming along and then making sure I have the matching reels and line. Check.


Get the pack dialed, tippet, leaders, indicators, floatant, fly boxes in place? Good. If not make a list. I see too many customers who come into the shop saying "I know there was something else...."

Net, waders, boots. Better bring an extra net and waders...who knows what the rocky road may hold? Better safe than sorry, been there and done that and I hate loosing fish and being wet and cold. Check.

A few layers for the clothing category, this is the area to focus the least on. Well at least get on Noaa.gov to check out the weather.


Throw it all in a pile a few days before your trip and then dump it all into a bag. Then panic a bit, as to make sure you really have everything, I think this looks too light, I must have forgotten something. Run around and grab a few things your sure you wont use, trust me you will be glad you packed them. Ah the tying kit, camera, sunscreen, oh god what else have I forgot.
Too late Got to GO!

~Russ

Surface Film - A photography Experience


So for those of you who are online and reading other blogs you probably have seen this, but this is curated by my good friend Tim Romano and I would feel guilty not posting this for you all to see.
The idea is for everyone to get together, drink, eat, laugh, and look at the country's best photographers at Anthology Gallery down in the Santa Fe art district in Denver. Not only do you get to do some day dreaming as you look at stunning images, but a portion of proceeds from sales go to TU. So, Ill be there along with every other angler on the front range, mingling and enjoying. Stop by the shop for more info or click on the link below.

More Info

See you all there!

~Russ

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Off Season Thoughts


As the nation is getting hammered with record low temps, ice, and snow, it's easy to decide NOT to go fishing on your day off. Hell, I awoke to frozen water pipes at my house this morning--can't imagine how my rod guides would fare on a half-frozen river.

So, what does the fly angler turn his/her attention to in the "off season"? There are a handful of activities to keep us occupied during these frigid months.

Obviously, tying, tying, and more tying. It's a pleasant surprise to open a restocked fly box in March. Experimenting with new patterns and cranking out the old ones is one way to escape redundancy and make your time away from the water productive. Check out our website for materials, tools, and instructional books & DVDs.

Destination trips are a possibility...for some. Expenses are certainly an issue, especially for your "trout bum" types. I'm yearning dearly for a Belize, Christmas Island, or even a Keys trip right about now. Especially after my aforementioned water pipe issue this morning. There are definitely ways to make these trips work, you just have to be savvy about balancing your time and money. I've been exploring different options for a trip, and it looks like a good way to save a dime is to utilize those travel websites for cheaper airfare--and also explore different places to stay as an alternative to booking rooms at lodges or expensive hotels. http://www.vrbo.com/ is good resource for that. For a trip a little closer to home, you may want to check out FRA's San Juan River trip scheduled for late February www.frontrangeanglers.com/catalog/san-jaun-river-trip .

The "off season" activity that I've found myself engaging in the most is drinking. Not excessively--at least for the most part. I'm lucky to live in a place where craft beer, great whiskey, and surprisingly good wine flow like trout streams. As a proponent of supporting local businesses, here is quick list of Colorado favorites that keep us sane when we're not able to fish. In my eyes, drinking is the next best thing! Hey, don't judge...

http://www.odellbrewing.com/ -- O'Dell Brewery out of Fort Collins...you gotta try their Bourbon Barrel Stout. 5 Barrel Pale Ale is my go-to Pale--so good.

http://www.boulderbeer.com/ -- A hometown favorite here in Boulder...hence the name. Boulder Beer is locally famous for their Hazed and Infused! Mmmmm.

http://www.stranahans.com/ -- Amazing whiskey straight outta Denver! This top-shelf elixir is bound to keep you warm at the fly tying table. Cool fact about Stranahan's: You can volunteer to bottle for a day at their distillery. Your pay? A bottle of whiskey that you bottled. Sweet!

http://www.balistrerivineyards.com/ -- Sure, it's a little chilly to sit outside at Balistreri's patio and enjoy a bottle of Colorado Little Feet Merlot (grapes are actually stomped by kids at the Festival Italiano!), but picking up a bottle to enjoy with medium rare NY Strip makes sense to me!

http://www.mountainsunpub.com/ -- As you may have heard, Front Range Anglers moved locations about a month ago. We absolutely love our new home, but one aspect of the move that is hitting employees pretty hard is the fact that we are no longer next door to Southern Sun Pub & Brewery. If you're in the area of South Broadway in Boulder, be sure to stop by for one of their daily specials and a pint of delicious craft beer. My favorite? It's a toss-up between the Colorado Kind Ale and the Old School Porter. Same brews reside at their sister locations, Mountain Sun in Boulder and Vine Street Pub in Denver.

Well, FRA helps you out with your fly tying needs and your destination trip needs. Maybe we need to start hosting brewery, distillery, and winery tours! Then we'd have your "off season" completely covered! Hmmmmm...something to think about...


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Monday, January 10, 2011

THANK YOU!

Thanks to all you folks who came out to the Fly Fishing Show over the weekend and supported FRA! And even if you didn't purchase a screamin' deal from our booth, thanks for hanging out and supporting fly fishing in general!

This year was a huge success, with record attendance--at least for our booth! You guys kept us on our toes and as a result, we witnessed our best sales results to date! It was a pleasure hanging out with the who's who in the industry--from Steve Rajeff's casting clinics to watching Dave Whitlock draw one of his famous fish pics. If you couldn't make it out this year, be sure to hit it up next year. It should be an even bigger turn out.

And once again, from the staff at FRA....THANK YOU!


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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Czech, Czech, Czech It Out.


When it comes to fly fishing, I suppose I'm a bit of a traditionalist. I tend to overthink the art of fly angling more than I should. If a technique can be done with conventional gear, I'm usually a little reluctant to embrace it. Hell, it took me 20-some years to finally use a bobber...a'hem, indicator.

Nit-picky? Yea, probably. But although I still lean towards more traditional methods, I've learned to appreciate other extremely important aspects of fly angling and keep an open mind when it comes to straying away from traditionalist's ways.

One technique that has intrigued me for the last couple years is Czech Nymphing. But, seeing as how I get caught up in my own technical "ruts", I hadn't given it a shot...until now.

I figure what better way to start the new year off than to open my mind to different fly fishing techniques and embrace them to the fullest? So I start reading up on Czeching, and come to find out, it is very traditional. Just not here. If you're not familiar with Czech Nymphing, it's a fairly simple method of long fly rods, longer leaders, and heavy flies. Essentially, the object of the game is to "swim" your nymphs along the bottom, thus eliminating your dead drift, detecting strikes by feel.

Okay, here's where my "hillbilly-ness" is going to shine... Bear with me.

While growing up in Missouri, my dad, uncle, friends, and whatever other fishing buddies I had would frequently fish the large lakes and reservoirs for bass and crappie...conventionally, not with a fly. We would spin fish with grubs or Mister Twisters or curly-tail jigs or what have you. When crappie fishing, especially in Spring, there is an effective method of boating monster crappie in shallow brush called "Doodle Dippin". At least that's what we called it (and NO, it's not a penile reference). Doodle dippin' is when you troll your boat up onto some brush or a crappie bed close to the bank, and with a long rod (usually with either a telescopic rod or old fly rod--generally rigged with an incredibly cheap reel and equally as cheap line), you dip your grub or jig into the brush. The water is normally very clouded, so your proximity to the fish doesn't effect their appetite. After dipping your jig into the brush, one of three things happens. You either get hung in a branch, have to break your line, and then ruin the fishing hole; You come up dry, for whatever reason; Or, you hook into a 12 inch papermouth slab. That's doodle dippin'.

This is where I'm going with this...

Czech Nymphing is basically doodle dippin'. There are slight differences, and although "Czech Nymphing" sounds much more respectable than "Doodle Dippin", the technique is quite similar.

I took this technique to a mini-tailwater close to home the other day that wasn't too iced over, and within my first five or so casts, I landed a nice brown. The rest of the day brought several more brownies--all caught by feel.

I can appreciate this method. I'm on board with this method.

So, while I don't live in Missouri anymore, and I only get the chance to limit out on crappie on a 35,000 acre lake maybe twice a year now, I still get to doodle dip. Or as us sophisticated trout anglers refer to it as: Czech Nymphing.



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Fly Fishing Show


Hey gang.


January may not be the ideal time to log in those long days on the river, but it is ideal for picking up some screaming deals at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver!

For the first weekend in January (Jan. 7-9), forget about wading through icy-sludge hatches, sliding down snow-capped banks, crawling back up that bank on all fours, breaking ice out of your guides every two minutes, and having to thaw your waders, boots, net, fingers, and toes out for about three days after your trip...

Instead, come on down to the Denver Merchandise Mart and check out our booth for great bargains and awesome new 2011 products! We'll even be doing a raffle for a gorgeous Winston WT 8', 3wt matched with a Galvan OB-2! Daaaang!

And as a heads-up, our shop will be closed on Sunday, the 9th. We'll all be at the show!

See you there!



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