The Anglers All Blog
When we think about fishing midges, many of us default to tailwaters and winter fishing. But that pigeonhole doesn’t do this little fly justice. Midges are a critical year-round food source for trout in rivers, creeks and lakes alike. This summer and fall, show your midge box a little more love.
The High Country, for those willing to put themselves through the additional efforts, are rewarded with a landscape that can be simply described as magic. The High Country is where it all starts, the headwaters of our major rivers, the most pristine environments, where we are lucky to stand on the edge of an infinity pool and take it all in. Here
Some of the best fly fishing waters in Colorado are clustered together in different parts of the state and connected by beautiful mountain passes, creating perfect road trip opportunities. Over several days of fishing, it’s possible to hit half a dozen or more of the state’s best rivers and lakes.
Colorado is home to more than 40 designated wilderness areas, and scores of other alpine destinations that are scattered with lakes and lined with beautiful little trout streams. When mid summer temperatures take hold at lower elevations, there’s no better place to be than in the high country.
Here along the Front Range and throughout Colorado, summer is the time to enjoy great dry fly fishing. Whether is a subtle sip from a rainbow working a riffle or a hopper-crushing splash from a brown trout against a cut bank, there’s something about the visual nature of a dry fly take that’s just out of this world.
As you think about those surface strikes and hitting the water this summer, here are 4 dry fly tactics you might want to try:
The Mile High 25 resembles a scavenger hunt on steroids but with a twist. The movie “Rat Race” comes to mind. Each year, teams of two anglers pair up for a non-stop fishing adventure that distributes participants all over the state. During the 48-hour timeframe, anglers search for and catch as many species on the fly as possible with a mission to CATCH-VIDEO-RELEASE each fish.
We have some incredible fishing opportunities on deck this summer. Both are adventures you can only experience here in Colorado, and both are adventures you can drive to, skipping airports. First, we’ll be setting off down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. If you’ve never experienced it, put the Gunnison Gorge on your list. Next, we’ll be taking you to the high alpine waters of the Flat Tops Wilderness.
We love our home river on the South Platte. It’s popular for good reason. There’s potential for big fish and the fishing can be excellent. But let’s face it – even weekdays can be busy, let alone weekends. And while the fishing is good, it’s also very challenging, especially for new anglers. So what’s the alternative?
There’s no time like the present. If you’re a new angler or looking to get started, we’re here to help. Like many things, fly fishing has its own language and getting started can seem intimidating. Don’t let that stop you. Ask us as many questions as you need. And take advantage of some helpful fly fishing resources.
When you stray from the standard 9-foot fly rod, there are advantages in going either direction. Shorter rods tend to be more accurate and offer better handling in tight quarters. While longer rods tend to offer more power and distance. But it’s not always that simple.
Here’s a quick guide to fly rod length and why it matters to you as an angler:
We’re excited to announce that the Mile High 25 multi-species fly fishing tournament is back for its 5th consecutive year! Get ready and get your team registered. It’s happening June 27th and 28th.
Fortunately, the bulk of the Mile High 25 has always been handled remotely. So we’re already set up for a great event in 2020. To keep with social distancing practices, the opening kick-off and closing awards events will be handled a little differently.
We use the Albright knot to make the connection between the backing and fly line on setups 5-weight and under. You can use this knot anytime you need to make a connection between two lines that have very different diameters. This includes building wire leaders for pike, adding a shock tippet for big game species, and many more applications.
There might be more fly fishing opportunities closer to home than you think, right here in the Denver Metro area. We often meet anglers who are surprised to learn that they can find pike, bass, panfish, walleye and carp willing to eat a fly – all right here in town.
Over the past several years we’ve had fun creating all kinds of new video content for the Anglers All YouTube Channel. And since we’ve been spending more time at home, eagerly anticipating our next fly fishing adventures, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the most-watched videos.
In the meantime, we’re all spending more time at home. So we might as well fill up those fly boxes! Want to tie a specific pattern? Give us a call. We’ll gather the materials and ship them to you. If you need ideas, see our YouTube Channel for a long list of instructional fly tying videos.
It has been a strange couple of weeks for everyone. Fortunately, the fishing around here has been great.
The fly shop remains open. We’re working hard to keep everything clean and all classes and other events that would normally congregate people have been cancelled or postponed.
As a part of our travel program, we love to explore far-flung destinations. But as spring arrives, we’re looking forward to fishing some of our favorite home waters right here in Colorado. This summer, we have multiple trips on the calendar to the Flat Tops Wilderness and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Did you know that we carry every fly line in every taper from both Rio and Scientific Anglers? We call it our “Linebrary”. We have a full lineup of fly lines for freshwater or saltwater, warm water or cold water, stillwater, anadromous, streamer lines, nymphing lines, dry fly lines and all-purpose lines.
The Anglers All crew has been out on the water over the past several weeks, testing out new gear and putting some fish in the net.
On these recent outings, we’ve found ourselves fishing patterns at opposite ends of the spectrum. Either we’re catching fish on streamers. Or we’re doing work with small midges. And there’s not much in between.
How do you know when a fly line needs to be replaced or just cleaned? In our experience, many anglers put up with poor fly line performance much longer than they should. A new line or a clean line will float higher on the water, allowing for better presentations and longer drag-free drifts.
When Greg Garcia introduced the Rojo Midge with Umpqua Feather Merchants in 1999, purple was one of the original colors. But was ahead of its time, and the purple variation was discontinued a short time later.
Now 21 years later, the Purple Rojo Midge is back!
Why trust Anglers All with your travel plans? We’ve actually been there. When talking about remote destinations like Brazil, there’s no replacement for first-hand experience.
Before we get into this week’s fly tying tips, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate Greg Garcia on seven years here at Anglers All! We couldn’t have asked for a better manager or all-around great guy to work with.
This week, we’re introducing a new video series. With Greg behind the vise and our favorite media guy, Davis James, behind the camera, we’ve begun developing a series on fly tying tips. Our goal is to address common frustrations with fly tying. We hope this series helps make your fly tying easier, more efficient and more fun.
“Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time at Rio Manso and it has become my home away from home water,” commented Anglers All travel coordinator, Andrew Pulford. “The crystal clear rivers of Patagonia just feel too right to stay away from.”
One of the most confusing aspects of fly tying can be thread selection. Sorting through a myriad of fly tying threads with varying labels can be intimidating.
We touched on this topic in a blog post a couple of years ago, so we thought it would be worth revisiting. Where should you start when choosing thread?
After the holidays, you might find yourself with a few new gift certificates or cash burning a hole in your pocket. As we look forward to spending our holiday cash, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our fly fishing goals for 2020. What is one new fishing experience you’re hoping to tackle next year? And what do you need to make it happen?
Our very own Jimmy “Bags” Juliana recently turned 40. Don’t forget to remind him next time you’re in the fly shop. On the bright side, Jimmy’s birthday trip to Texas proved to be a perfect testing ground for some of the newest 8-weight fly rods from Sage, Scott and Winston.
We’re fortunate to have several nearby Colorado tailwaters that offer great fishing throughout the winter. This holiday season, we hope you’re able to escape town and spend some quality time on the river. Cold days can be a peaceful time to fish. But one of the most annoying things about fishing in sub-freezing temperatures is the buildup of ice on your rod guides.
If you’ve been curious about fishing opportunities in Patagonia, this casual happy hour will be a perfect opportunity to learn more. Patagonia is a captivating destination. The incredible variety of waters, the fishing, the food, the people and the breathtaking landscapes together create a wonderfully unique experience.
Check out the latest video in our Fly Tying Fridays series on YouTube. This time, Ben Baxter is tying one of our favorite streamer patterns: Galloup's Peanut Envy. This pattern began as a tribute to Russ Maddin’s popular streamer, the Circus Peanut. Kelly Galloup’s Peanut Envy is a bit lighter, more understated, and features a slim profile.
On Thursday, November 7th, the Simms G4 Roadshow is coming to Anglers All. Join us between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for an exclusive look at the new G4 Pro Collection. Simms reps will be on hand to help with fittings and answer questions.
Streamer fishing is a ton of fun. It can be a productive way to fish during the fall months. But honestly, we love fishing streamers throughout the year, any chance we get. You can fish streamers in big rivers, small creeks and everything in between. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a hard-hitting strike with a streamer on the swing.
This week, we’re revisiting our “What’s in the Bag?” series and we’ll take a dive into the fly fishing setup of our media manager, Davis James. This time, Davis walks us through his bags for three different types of fly fishing missions. Whether he’s heading to an alpine lake, on a drift boat, or shooting photo and video content for Anglers All, Davis is prepared.
Fall is here and so is a new season of fly tying classes at Anglers All. Join instructor Greg Garcia for our Fly Tying 101 and 201 series of classes. Greg is an Umpqua Signature Fly Designer, and an outstanding fly tying instructor. These classes are an awesome learning opportunity.
Ever been excited about a new pair of waders? We have. The new G4 Pro Collection from Simms has been years in the making. And after tens of thousands of hours of field-testing, they’re finally available.
If you haven’t already watched them, go check out Part 1 and Part 2 in our Mile High 25 recap series. The 2019 multi-species fly fishing tournament was a ton of fun, thanks to great people, crazy weather, and a mad dash across Colorado to find 25 different species of fish on the fly.
Anglers All media manager, Davis James, recently made a pilgrimage to visit our friends at Winston Rods in Montana. While at the legendary headquarters in Twin Bridges, Davis had the opportunity to take a first look at the new Alpha+ series of fly rods.
A Saltwater fly fishing trip may be much more accessible than you think. It may seem intimidating to many anglers. But we can tell you; it is positively, worth every single bit of effort.
Here are three reasons to begin planning your trip to Belize now:
Ready for a hot tip on fly fishing after Labor Day? Go do it! Seriously though, in many places throughout Colorado, it’s hard to beat September fishing. In addition to great water conditions, you’ll encounter cooler temperatures and spectacular scenery. The whole autumn experience is always worth a day on the water.
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.
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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...