The Anglers All Blog

New Fly Tying Video Featuring Cheech’s Flugenzombie

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/21/2020 11:22 am

Our latest fly tying video features Ben Baxter, showing us how to tie the Flugenzombie from Fulling Mill. The Flugenzombie is an articulated streamer designed by Clark “Cheech” Pierce from Fly Fish Food. Cheech describes this fly as a bit of a monster, having devoured a Cheech Leech, a Complex Twist Bugger and a Lunch Lady. That’s how this mashup fly earned its name.

Anglers All Travel Updates and Plans for 2021

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/21/2020 10:22 am

For obvious reasons, we’ve had much of our fly fishing travel program on hold. But as we look forward to new beginnings in 2021, and with international destinations beginning to reopen, we’re starting to get excited about revisiting some of our favorite places on earth.

On the Water with Umpqua Part 2: Russell’s Confidence Flies

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/15/2020 10:43 am

We’re back with the second in a two-part series with Russell Miller from Umpqua Feather Merchants. Last week, we covered reading water and fly selection when fishing a new spot. If you missed it, go take a look here. This week, Russell walks us through a few of his confidence flies – those patterns he just knows will catch fish.

On the Water with Umpqua Feather Merchants: Fly Selection

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/9/2020 11:34 am

We just released the first in a two-part video series with Russell Miller from Umpqua Feather Merchants. With Anglers All media manager Davis behind the camera, Russell shares his thoughts on fly selection when visiting a new piece of water.

Find Your Confidence Patterns and Fish Like You Mean it

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/1/2020 7:53 am

While trying not to sound too corny, confidence is an important part of fly fishing. Your mental attitude actually plays a role in your ability to catch fish. When you fish like you don’t believe you’ll catch fish, there’s a good chance you’ll meet a self-fulfilling prophecy. Unconfident fishing is lazy fishing – it’s half-hearted. Instead, fish like you KNOW you’ll

catch fish.

3 Critical Layering Pieces For Every Angler

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 9/24/2020 11:09 am

The fall months are prime time for anglers here in Colorado. Cooler weather, hungry fish and generally good water conditions lead to some of the best fishing of the year. And with that cooler weather, comes the need for a comfortable and versatile layering system.

Tying Tommy Lynch’s Drunk and Disorderly Streamer

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 9/17/2020 10:56 am

This week we’ve got a new fly tying video featuring a proven streamer pattern, the Drunk and Disorderly, designed by Tommy Lynch. When we think of fall streamer fishing and giant brown trout, the Drunk and Disorderly from Fulling Mill is one of those patterns that immediately comes to mind.

Streamer Fly Rods Explained

Published by: Streamer Fly Rods Explained, 9/4/2020 11:50 am

We should clear things up right away by saying we don’t believe in any such thing as “streamer season”. There’s no bad time of year to fish a streamer. But if you had to pin us down, we’d admit that the fall months are the highpoint of streamer fishing. Hungry trout are feeding opportunistically, packing on calories before winter.

Wader Buying Guide and Fitting Tips

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 9/3/2020 12:03 pm

Fall is in the air! Mornings are beginning to feel chilly here in the Denver area. We still have plenty of warm fishing days left, but things are cooling off. September and October are some of the best months of the year to be on the water. And it’s time to get into a solid pair of waders.

Purchasing a new pair of waders can be a mystifying business. Do you purchase true to size? Or should you size up in some areas and if so, where? You may also be wondering if waders can be effectively purchased over the phone or on our online store. The answer is yes!

New Video: How and When to Use a Reach Cast

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/27/2020 11:42 am

The dry fly fishing has been great on some of our favorite high country creeks and rivers. In many places, it’s peak terrestrial season, when we get to splash beetles and hoppers tight to the banks. When fishing in these situations, we find ourselves often using a reach cast, or aerial mend.

New Fly Tying Video: Maktima’s Perdichingons

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/20/2020 7:51 am

According to our friends at Umpqua Feather Merchants, the Perdigon style of flies originated in France in the late 80s when fly tyers began using pieces of metal and metallic paints to create heavier fly patterns. Then, with the advent of bead heads, modern Perdigones began emerging from Spain in the early 2000s.

Low Water vs. High Water Tactics for Trout

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/10/2020 2:51 pm

This time of year, anglers can expect to find low and clear water on many high country streams and freestone rivers. On the other hand, tailwaters like our home stretch of the South Platte below Cheesman Reservoir will be experiencing sustained higher flows. This disparity in water conditions can require completely different tactics from one location to the next. We thought we’d share a few tips on how to tackle low water versus high water tactics for trout.

Fishing Midges Beyond the Tailwaters

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/6/2020 10:11 am

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 Places They Take You / High Country

Published by: Russell Miller of Umpqua Feather Merchants, 7/23/2020 1:52 pm

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

Colorado Summer Fly Fishing Road Trips

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/22/2020 11:44 am

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.

Small Waters, Small Fly Rods, Big Places

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/14/2020 1:46 pm

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.

4 Dry Fly Tactics and When to Use Them

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/9/2020 9:33 am

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:

Mile High 25 Recap & Summer Fishing Opportunities

Published by: Davis James, 7/1/2020 11:55 am

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.

Uniquely Colorado: Fishing The Gunnison Gorge & The Flat Tops

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/25/2020 9:35 am

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.

How to Find Summer Fishing without the Crowds

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/18/2020 9:47 am

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?

Fly Fishing Resources for the New Angler

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/11/2020 9:40 am

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.

Odd Rods: When to Stray from the Standard 9-Foot Fly Rod

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/4/2020 10:56 am

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:

Get Ready for the 5th Annual Mile High 25

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/21/2020 2:30 pm

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.

New Video: How and When to Tie an Albright Knot

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/20/2020 3:24 pm

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.

Keeping it Close To Home: Pike, Bass and Panfish on the Fly

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/14/2020 9:46 am

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.

Our Top 5 “How To” Videos

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 4/29/2020 4:04 pm

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.

New Micro Matcher Fly Tying Video and Fly Shop Updates

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/26/2020 11:19 am

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.

Fly Tying, Online Orders and Other Fly Shop Updates

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/19/2020 10:55 am

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.

Fishing the Flat Tops Wilderness and the Gunnison Gorge

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/12/2020 9:50 am

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.

Spring is the Time to Visit the Anglers All Linebrary

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/5/2020 9:53 am

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.

Winter Fishing Tactics: Go Big…Or Go Small

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/27/2020 10:30 am

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.

When to Clean or Even Replace a Fly Line

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/19/2020 3:29 pm

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.

Seeing Purple: The New Rojo Midge and More Fly Tying Tips

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/13/2020 8:09 am

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! 

From Belize to Brazil, A Warm Weather Guide to 2020 Travel

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/6/2020 10:27 am

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.

Congratulations to Greg Garcia on 7 Years with Anglers All!

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 1/30/2020 11:17 am

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.

Fly Tying Tips: How to Wrap Hackle Around a Parachute Post

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 1/23/2020 9:35 am

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.

The Best Dates to Fish Rio Manso, Argentina in 2020

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 1/16/2020 8:42 am

“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.”

A Simple Guide to Understanding Fly Tying Threads

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 1/9/2020 10:38 am

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? 

Our 2019 Year End Recap

Published by: Davis James, 1/2/2020 8:47 am

We didn’t choose this life on the water, it chose us. As we load our rods in anticipation of this year to come, we couldn’t help but backcast into 2019 with admiration towards our accomplishments, both inside the shop and on the water.  

Got Gift Cards? Time to set New Fly Fishing Goals for 2020

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 12/23/2019 3:57 pm

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? 

Is Your Holiday Wish List Complete?

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 12/18/2019 4:22 pm

If you need ideas, we’d love to help. Just stop by the fly shop in Littleton for help picking out the perfect gift. Or take a look at our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for some inspiration. We have gift ideas starting at just $10. 

8-Weight Fly Rod Test with Jimmy “Bags” & Some Texas Redfish

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 12/12/2019 9:13 am

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.

Santa Goes Fly Fishing

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 12/4/2019 11:50 am

He just couldn’t help himself. Santa had to try some of the fresh fly fishing gear that we had stashed under the tree. Have a look at some of Santa’s tested and approved holiday gifts:

Quick Video Tip: Keep Ice Off Your Rod Guides

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 11/25/2019 5:12 pm

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.

Happy Hour This Thursday: Learn About Travel to Patagonia

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 11/11/2019 2:09 pm

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.

Fly Tying with Ben Baxter: Galloup's Peanut Envy

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 11/5/2019 10:08 am

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.

Simms G4 Roadshow Coming to Anglers All November 7th

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/31/2019 9:26 am

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. 

Fly Fishing Tips: The Streamer Selection Process

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/21/2019 2:58 pm

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.

What’s In The Bag? Take a Dive Into the Setup of Media Manager, Davis James

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/17/2019 8:51 am

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.

It’s Fly Tying Season: Join a Class and Find Resources at Anglers All

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/10/2019 8:19 am

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. 

New G4 Collection From Simms is Now Available for Pre Order

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 10/2/2019 2:53 pm

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.

Watch Part 3 of the 2019 Mile High 25

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 9/25/2019 4:42 pm

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. 

First Look at the New Alpha+ Rods from Winston Headquarters

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 9/18/2019 7:54 am

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.

3 Reasons to Begin Planning Your Trip to Belize

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 9/6/2019 4:18 pm

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:

5 Tips for Fly Fishing After Labor Day

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 9/4/2019 12:27 pm

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.

Mile High 25 Video Recap: Part 2 of 3

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/27/2019 8:55 am

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.

New Fly Tying Fridays Video: The Twenty Incher

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/21/2019 8:56 am

Anglers All manager, Greg Garcia is at the fly tying vise and Davis James is behind the camera for another installment in our Fly Tying Fridays video series. This time, Greg is tying up a classic stonefly nymph, the 20 Incher.

3 Upcoming Adventures on Our Travel Calendar

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/14/2019 10:18 am

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.

Watch the 2019 Mile High 25: Part 1 of 3

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 8/7/2019 9:20 am

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.

Lose Fewer Flies and Save Money with Jimmy’s Hot Tip

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/31/2019 12:38 pm

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.

Test Your Fly Fishing Knowledge and Win Prizes with FlyCast

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/24/2019 11:08 am

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!

Runoff Report with Chris Keeley

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/18/2019 10:20 am

“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.

Finding Colorado’s Best Guided Fly Fishing Adventures

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/10/2019 8:58 am

“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.”

Summer Fly Fishing Classes at Anglers All

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 7/2/2019 4:32 pm

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. 

4 Places to find Great Fishing During Peak Runoff

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/27/2019 9:21 am

It’s high water season, but we’re not staying home. In fact this time of year offers some outstanding fly fishing opportunities. While tailwaters are the obvious choice during high water conditions, there’s a lot more out there.

Five-Minute Flies: The Mile High 25 Edition

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/19/2019 11:54 am

To help us celebrate a new year of the Mile High 25 tournament, Alec Gerbec from Umpqua Feather Merchants stopped by our fly tying studio to tie up a Simi Seal Leech. This is a very simple, but very effective stillwater pattern.

Fish Your Favorite Freestone Rivers During High Water Season

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/13/2019 8:47 am

“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.”

Insider Tips Video: Double Haul Casting and Fly Line Management

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 6/5/2019 9:08 am

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.

New Fly Tying Video: John Barr’s Bouface

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/30/2019 9:52 am

Greg Garcia is back at the vise in our fly tying studio with a new installment in our Fly Tying Fridays series. In the latest video, Greg walks us through the Bouface, an awesome little baitfish or leech pattern developed by John Barr.

Colorado Wilderness Fly Fishing Opportunities

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/22/2019 3:52 pm

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…

Winston’s 90th Anniversary Legacy Fly Rods

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/15/2019 4:07 pm

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. 

Tying Greg Garcia’s New Mother’s Day Sally

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/8/2019 2:54 pm

If you subscribe to the Anglers All YouTube channel, you may have already seen our latest Fly Tying Fridays video. This time, we’re tying a brand new pattern that was developed by our own, Greg Garcia.

2020 Dates Available for Cinco Rios Lodge in Patagonia

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 5/2/2019 9:59 am

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!

Gearing Up For The 4th Annual Mile High 25 Tournament

Published by: Davis James, 4/11/2019 9:22 am

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.

Rigging Tips Video: Steve Huff’s Figure 8 Loop Knot

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 4/3/2019 12:33 pm

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.

2019 State of the Fly Shop: A Word from the Owner

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/25/2019 3:56 pm

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.  

The Clouser Minnow Fly Tying Video

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/21/2019 7:27 am

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.

Celebrating 65 Years: Join Us for the 2019 Anglers All Clave

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/8/2019 11:54 am

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 something for everyone in Belize

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 3/6/2019 5:13 pm

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.

Purple Haze Soft Hackle in the New Fly Tying Video

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/27/2019 4:37 pm

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.

Registration is Open for Fly Fishing 101 Classes

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/20/2019 2:55 pm

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.

Meet The Patagonia & Danner Collaboration Wading Boots

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/13/2019 4:51 pm

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.

Close to home and a world away with eleven angling

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 2/6/2019 2:47 pm

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...

New Video: Streamer Fishing and Presentation Tips

Published by: Ryan McSparran, 1/22/2019 4:17 pm

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...

Angling Adventures in Argentina and the Andes

Published by: Andrew Pulford, 1/22/2019 3:47 pm

“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...