February 3, 2020

The Blue River below the Dillon Dam can be a fickle beast, but is highly regarded for its beefy mysis shrimp eating bows, year-round fishing and its ease of access. While it can be even more challenging this time of year, the winter is one of our favorite seasons to hit the water. In the warmer months, the Troutlets (aptly named for its proximity to the Silverthorne outlets), sees a tremendous amount of angler pressure resulting in ultra picky trout and in some cases a frustrating time on the water. The winter months can be equally frustrating, but if you can manage to weather the cold, you’re bound to have a good time. We’ve found that the Blue is an ideal location for teaching anglers how to properly fish the winter months and we’re excited to announce we will be doing another round of winter fly fishing clinics this year! We booked up fast so stay tuned for more clinics and fish alongs this year. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an update on how the Blue is fishing and talk th...

October 28, 2019

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. 

South Platte Basin

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 Brewery in 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...

September 23, 2019

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.

  1. 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...

August 19, 2019

In past blogs we’ve covered How To Read a River, Top Flies For Summer and How to Set Up Your Nymph Rig, among other topics, but what happens when you find yourself battling that trophy trout you’ve always dreamt of landing? Here will we lay the groundwork for you to effectively set the hook, fight and land that hog on the other end of the line. 

Setting the Hook


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...

April 22, 2019

We all have our go-to flies for each of our favorite rivers. Like a trusty canine companion, they are always there for you when you need them most and can be counted on day in and day out. Here, we’ll discuss our staple flies for one of our favorite rivers in Colorado, the South Platte. Regardless of the time of year, season or weather, these flies are sure to give you the edge you need to have a productive day on the water. 

Black Beauty: 

Category: Imitative nymph
Family: Midge 
Life Stage: Larva/Pupa

This must have fly is highly effective on the South Platte, or any tailwater for that matter. Depending on how the head is tied, the Black Beauty imitates both midge pupa and larva. This pattern consists of nothing more than some black thread and dubbing, fine copper wire and a glass bead (optional). Midges are a trout’s primary food source year round and the Black Beauty effectively imitates a large portion of the many midge species found in Colorado. While size can vary, on the South Pla...

February 4, 2019

Winter is one of the most highly underrated seasons to fly fish in Colorado. While many of the state’s best fisheries are covered in ice this time of year, there are a number of great freestone and tailwater options that provide some of the best winter fly fishing in the country. In this blog, we will explore some of the many great winter fly fishing destinations in Colorado as well as few added benefits to hitting the water this time of year. 

Why You Will Love Winter Fly Fishing
If you can endure numb fingers and toes as well as frozen guides and line, fly fishing in the winter comes with a number of perks.

Fewer Crowds: When it comes to Colorado fly fishing and outdoor recreation in general, the crowds can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating at times. In the winter, the fair weather angler has hung up their waders until spring leaving the river to the few of us willing to endure the harsh elements. 
Hit the Snooze: In the warmer months, if you’re not on the water shortly after sunr...

January 14, 2019

For the most part, winter fly fishing calls for microscopic nymphs and the occasional streamer. However, under the right conditions, fishing dry flies can be very productive and frankly, a nice break from the indicator crazies. You know that feeling, your indicator twitches ever so slightly and you set the hook to only find moss on the other end of the line. Then, you repeat that drill until you’ve lost your mind. Well, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Here we’ll discuss some of the intricacies around dry fly fishing in the winter and how to have a productive day on that bone chilling water. 

 Photo Credit: Dustin Doss @ddoss86

  1. Only cast to rising trout: This is a great rule to live by year round, but it is particularly important in the winter. If you are not seeing trout actively feeding on the surface, you’re better off nymphing. In the spring, summer and fall, you can easily entice a curious trout with a beefy dry fly, despite no hatch activity, but in the winter, trout are...

October 8, 2018

Fall is here! Up your game by implementing these 8 tactics for Colorado fly fishing in the fall.

August 28, 2018

Once a year my family and I go to Swan Lake Montana for about 10 days to water ski, relax in the sun and drink beer. There we pray for sunshine and blue bird skies, but on the river we take joy in the company of overcast skies and low light. While there a number of fly fishing fundamentals (i.e. river flow, water temp, water clarity and air pressure) to consider, the condition of the sky is easily one of the most important of the bunch. Here’s why…

Trout are more active in low light:

Cloudy skies and better yet, overcast, are an anglers best friend. Cloud cover gives the trout a sense of protection from aerial predators as they are more sensitive to changes in light intensity thus giving them an advantage over their foe, the hawk. As a result, the trout will move about the water more willingly and feed more confidently. This combination of confidence and willingness gives anglers far better odds of landing a fish. Conversely, on blue bird days when there is not a cloud in sight, trout wi...

July 26, 2018

Fly fishing is an art that has been passed down for generations and it is our duty to continue to do so. We find so much joy in teaching others to fly fish and we hope you will too!

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