Monday, September 29, 2008

Alternatives For Autumn Fly Fishing

Most fly anglers have fond memories of fishing during the Autumn months, but not many of those memories tend to be outside the traditional trout stream. All along the Rocky Mountain Front Range there are area lakes and reservoirs that have ideal temperatures and conditions. Just like the trout in the streams, many species like walleyes, wipers, and carp are on a feeding frenzy to get ready for the 'lean' winter months.

There are large schools of baitfish this time of year. It is important to find these schools because it will be the primary food for many of these larger fish. Look for the birds, head for the shores where waves are breaking, and find submerged trees or other cover. The most important thing is to be on the search.


The Hunter

A good sign of strong schools

Freshwater Vampire

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Fly Patterns For September From FlyCurrents

Tungsten Miracle Nymph

Poison Tungston

CDC Biot Rusty Spinner

Black Killer Mayfly

Olive Killer Mayfly

Tungsten Micro Cronocone

Cardinal Midge

Don King

Hi-Vis Parachute Midge

Micro Tungsten Blueberry

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Here are some recent images of the Trico hatches happening throughout the region. These tiny mayflies (hook size #24-26) will continue to hatch daily for the coming weeks and generally start around 10am to 11am. Because of the size of the flies, fine tippets, and delicate presentations fishing a trico hatch can be difficult but truly rewarding. Get out and test your skills.

Trico Spinner

Trico Spinner

Trico Spinner

Trico Spinner

Fly Fishing Retailer Show

"Could Be Better, Could Be Worse"

This common phrase to describe things as being about the same is a good way to sum up the Fly Fishing Retailer 2008. No one really expected the amount of new products as last year and frankly from a retailer's point of view that is a good thing. Even though it is exciting to see the new stuff it generally means that shops have to blowout a bunch of 'outdated' product and bring in the 'shiny' things which deflates the ability to keep floating.

If you have been to the previous FFR's, one thing that everyone seemed to agree on was that Cloudveil had created a pretty good stir of things for the last couple of years. They seemed to be putting up a strong alternative to Simms and Patagonia in the soft goods market. Wow, where's Cloudveil in FFR 2008?

Unfortunately, one of the underlying themes I saw at the show was that, like everything else, the prices of most products are going up. I guess the silver lining can be that it shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone.

This is not meant to be an obituary for the show or industry. Contrarily, I feel like all factors being considered, that things are good for the simple reason that things are not too bad. It may sound silly simple but it's just one person's opinion.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fly Patterns

Amy's Ant

Amy's Ant

J.C. Special

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fly Patterns and Fall

Hatchmaster BWO

Hatchmaster PMD

Idlewyld Hopper

Spitfire Nymph

RMNP Brown

As we move into the fall months fishing around the Rockies has been excellent! Great water flows, bug activity and active trout from almost all the destination within the Fly Currents network! Now is the time to hit your favorite rivers!