If there is one thing we love almost as much as fly fishing, it is beer! Especially, local craft beer after a long day of chasing trout. Over the years, we've driven the roads to our favorite rivers countless times and on these trips we've had the opportunity try a variety of beers from some incredible breweries across Colorado. Like fly fishing, we enjoy new experiences and sharing them with our friends. So in the spirit of knowledge sharing and for the love of beer, here are our favorite post fly fishing breweries.
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Dream Stream: If you are coming from Denver, there are a couple of different routes you can take to the Dream. However, we prefer the scenic route via highway 285. On this route, you can hit Mad Jacks Breweryin Bailey, Colorado. The beer is great and it couldn't be more accessible.
Deckers/Cheesman: Due north of Deckers, on your way through Evergreen, Colorado, you will find Lariat Lodge Brewing. We are a little biased having grown up in Evergreen, but th...
As we transition from summer to fall, it’s time to start reevaluating our fly selections. As we enter the fall season, most of the summer hatches subside and trout begin to key in on a few specific bugs. It is common to see multiple mayfly hatches, such as red quills and tricos, carry through September, but BWOs will be a key food source for trout through mid-November.
There’s no denying it! Fall is one of our favorite times of the year to fish. Gone are the blistering hot days and sluggish trout. And gone is the rubber hatch of drunken city dwellers looking to escape the heat. As sure as the trees change color, so too will your approach to fly fishing. Here we’ll discuss our top 8 tips for fly fishing in the fall.
Terrestrials: Bug activity during the fall is aptly named in that flies, particularly terrestrials, literally fall from the sky. By now, your eyes are in desperate need of a break and you’ve developed early onset wrinkles from squinting for hours on end at those micro dries. Fear not. Dry fly fishing in early fall, prior to the first real frost, means you should break out the big guns. After an ant has hatched underground it develops wings and travels to surrounding colonies to mate. Then, when it is finished cross-pollinating and nearing the end of its life, the ant is attracted to the water making it a prime target for hungry trout. W...
Are you looking to take your fly fishing addiction to the next level by learning how to tie your own flies? Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned angler, tying flies is a great way to pass the time, save money and challenge yourself. Similar to catching your first fish on a fly rod, catching a fish on a fly that you tied is exciting and rewarding. So if you’re looking to give fly tying a try or already know how to tie a few flies, we invite you to come, drink some beer and tie flies with us at Woods Boss Brewing.
This is arguably the most important part of the process and if done right it will make your life a heck of a lot easier as you are fighting a big fish and preparing to land it. There are a number of things to keep in mind when setting the hook and while it will take time and practice, making this step second nature is imperative to your success down the line.
Always be prepared to hook up: It is easy to get caught up in our thoughts and the scenery, but if you are not prepared to set the hook, odds are you will lose the fight. As such, if you find that you are distracted, stop and take a minute to recoup. Treat every cast as if y...
What’s not to love about summer fly fishing? The weather is nice, the water is warm enough to wet wade, cold beers never tasted better, the trout are active and bug life is booming. All those things are nice, but if we had to pick, we’d say that our favorite thing about summer is the number of hatches that occur. Summer is the season of opportunity where the trout are less selective and most flies in your box seem to work. Along with the emergence of terrestrials, most rivers and creeks in Colorado will experience a variety of mayfly, caddis and stonefly hatches throughout the summer months. As a result, it’s hard to select a bad fly, but to help you narrow your selection, here are our top eight flies for summer.
Parachute Adams – The Parachute Adams is an incredible dry fly that is deadly year-round. Its primary use is to imitate mayflies, but if you’re in a pinch, it can imitate midges and caddis. However, cross species imitation will require you to vary the hook size. If y...
Trout are concerned about one thing, survival, and their survival relies upon their ability to avoid predators, conserve energy and consume food. Based on these three factors, we will discuss the primary sections of a river where trout hold.