The Anglers All Blog
The difference in water conditions between June 2018 and June 2019 was remarkable. Consider this: during the 2018 Mile High 25 tournament, snowpack levels were about half of average. Runoff was hardly factor worth noting. Fast-forward to this year’s multi-species fly fishing event, and snowpack was nearly double average levels.
Have you noticed? The late summer light is turning gold in the evenings. Kids are going back to school. Temperatures along the Front Range are still in the 90s, and we’re seeing some of the best fishing of the year in Colorado. But restless as we are for new adventures, the subtle change of seasons has us thinking about our big travel plans this coming fall and winter.
The 4th Annual Mile High 25 multi-species fly fishing tournament was unforgettable. A crazy June storm made the fishing conditions challenging to say the least. These hurdles created a wide-open field for any anglers willing to brave soggy conditions and frozen fingertips. Six teams caught 12 or more species in two days of fishing. And 15 species proved to be the winning number in the 2019 Mile High 25.
If you don’t lose any flies throughout a day of fishing, you weren’t trying hard enough. Right? But there’s no need to be wasteful. Check out our latest video, as Jimmy shows us how to save a snagged fly, using the roll cast method.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at FlyCast for a little bit of fun this summer. The team at FlyCast has put together a fly fishing quiz. And to make things interesting, we’re throwing in some cool prizes. Think you know your stuff? Then it’s time to test your knowledge. If you’re brand new to fly fishing, don’t let that stop you. Wild guesses are totally welcome!
“In the next two to three weeks, as water levels fall and clarity begins to improve, fishing can be the best of the year…”
That’s what we heard when we recently asked Anglers All shop owner Chris Keeley for his thoughts on the current runoff conditions in Colorado.
“Whether it’s a single-day trip or a multi-day adventure, chat with any associate here at the fly shop and you’ll learn about the most productive water for what you want to accomplish, and the best guides to help you along the way,” said Anglers All travel coordinator, Andrew Pulford. “We’ll help you get the most out of your valuable time on the water.”
After a wet and snowy spring, we’re glad that summer weather has finally arrived here in Colorado and along the Front Range. As we look forward to all the fishing opportunities over the next few months, we wanted to highlight our upcoming summer classes here at the fly shop.
“Over the past 15 years, I haven’t missed a week of fishing because of runoff,” Anglers All manager Greg Garcia recently mentioned. “There are always opportunities to fish rivers here in Colorado.”
First, proper line management will help prevent your fly line from becoming wrapped around your reel seat. Second, it will help your flies turn over with accuracy, rather than falling into a pile of crumpled leader at the end of your cast.
Is anyone else ready for summer? While the cold weather won’t seem to let go, we’re busy planning our summer fishing excursions. And we’ve been working hard to bring you some awesome backcountry fly fishing opportunities here in Colorado! Here’s a look at what we have on our summer travel calendar, right here in our back yard…
2019 marks the 90th Anniversary of the R.L. Winston Rod Company. To celebrate this milestone, our friends at Winston are releasing a series of special edition legacy fly rods. This special run will feature some of Winston’s most revered models, including the Boron IIT, the DL4, the WT and the IM6.
We first experienced the fishing at Cinco Rios Lodge in 2015. Since then, we have enjoyed sharing the adventure with many of our friends and customers. 2019 marked the fifth consecutive year of sold-out trips to Cinco Rios. It has quickly become one of our most popular travel destinations. The two trips in 2019 are barely behind us, but we’re already looking forward to our return to Chile in 2020!
It’s an exciting time of year at Anglers All. We are busy preparing for the annual Clave on April 20th to ring in the fly shop’s 65th anniversary. 65 Years! I’ve only been here for three, but I feel like I’ve heard a lifetime’s worth of stories about the shop in that time.
We’re back with a new video in our rigging series. This time, Davis James offers some insider tips on how to tie a figure 8 loop knot. This knot is ideal for your fly-to-leader connection when using big game leader material that can be stiff and difficult to work with.
It’s 2019 and the fly fishing world is anxiously awaiting spring hatches, ice off, and the arrival of migrating tarpon. We are approaching another busy time in the fly shop and reflecting on the year past.
In both cases I think about our old friend Dick Mill.
Spring is officially here! In addition to the excellent dry fly fishing, now is a great time to be throwing streamers. Plus, it won’t be long before we’re casting to big trout at ice-off on our favorite mountain lakes, or even bass fishing here in the Denver area. To celebrate, we’re tying up one of our favorite crossover patterns, the Clouser Minnow.Spring is officially here! In addition to the excellent dry fly fishing, now is a great time to be throwing streamers. Plus, it won’t be long before we’re casting to big trout at ice-off on our favorite mountain lakes, or even bass fishing here in the Denver area. To celebrate, we’re tying up one of our favorite crossover patterns, the Clouser Minnow.
We are celebrating 65 years in Littleton, Colorado and you’re invited!
Save the date on Saturday April 20th, 2019 for the Anglers All Clave and 65th anniversary celebration. We’re also commemorating 50 years with our friends at Colorado Trout Unlimited. This is going to be one heck of a party, and you don’t want to miss it.
There’s a reason that Belize has been a top saltwater fly fishing destination for so many years. It’s accessible. It’s affordable. And the fishing can be incredible.
When planning travel for our customers and for ourselves, there’s another big reason we love to recommend Belize. In Belize, there is something for everyone.
We’ve enjoyed fishing the Purple Haze in a number of situations. This versatile fly can be fished on the swing and is a great pattern for trout spey enthusiasts. But it’s equally as effective when drifted as a baetis emerger.
Spring is approaching and the days are getting longer. If you’re not already thinking about fishing opportunities, you should be! We have enjoyed good fishing on local tailwaters all winter long, but spring will bring with it a new set of opportunities.
If you or someone you know is learning how to fly fish, or ready to learn, it’s time to get registered for a Fly Fishing 101 class. We offer dates every month from May through September, and registration is now open.
What if Patagonia and Danner got together to create a world-class wading boot? Good news. They did.
Meet the new River Salt and Foot Tractor wading boots from Patagonia. They were co-developed with Danner Footwear, and each pair is handcrafted by Danner in Portland, Oregon.
The Taylor River Lodge has it all. Beneath a canopy of spruce trees and the steep granite cliffs of the Taylor River Canyon, the lodge is fronted by a mile stretch of the Taylor River. It’s a private oasis where adventure meets pure bliss. The Taylor River Lodge might be as far away as we could get – without actually leaving Colorado.
The Taylor River Lodge is an exclusive...
We’re back with the third installment on streamer fishing with certified master casting instructor, Jonathan Walter. In the third video in this series, Jonathan provides some very practical tips on how to cast streamers and helpful presentation techniques.
If you didn’t catch our previous videos with Jonathan Walter, be sure and take a look. In Part 1, Jonathan covered some line...
“Rio Manso is a place that has stuck with me since I first arrived,” Anglers All travel coordinator, Andrew Pulford recently told us. “I think I’m pretty sentimental about it. But it really is, my absolute favorite fishery I’ve ever had the chance to visit.”
You’ll find Rio Manso Lodge in the heart of Patagonia. It’s where Argentina’s world-class hospitality meets some...