The Anglers All Blog
Anglers All is proud to help support American Rivers, an organization that works to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers and conserve clean water for people and nature. If you’re not already familiar with American Rivers, this is an organization we’d highly recommend getting to know. Check them out at AmericanRivers.org.
We recently caught up with our friend Steve White from American Rivers to learn more about the incredible work being done on behalf of rivers across the country.
El Encuentro Lodge: The Newest Location In Our Exciting South American Destination Fly Fishing Program
South America is officially set to open to all international tourism effective 1 November, and we couldn't be more excited to get back to our Patagonia home waters to visit old friends, make new friends, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Patagonia while chasing trophy trout through the Patagonia back country.
Fall fly fishing can be some of the best of the year. But it’s not like showing up to the river in July. Mornings can be cold. Afternoons can be hot. And as soon as the sun dips behind a cloud or the horizon, conditions can change quickly. Don’t miss the opportunity to get out and enjoy the spectacular fall fishing. Gear up with a few essentials to make the most of it.
Anglers often refer to “reading the water.” This basically means going through a mental checklist, noting the different currents, depths and features within and around a streambed, and how those factors provide for the needs of trout on any given day. In other words, “Where are the trout today?”
It only takes a quick look through the fly tying UV resins available here at the fly shop to become lost in the options. You’ll find, thin, ultra thin, flow, fine, flex, and thick. Add in different colors and the options just keep expanding. Beyond that, there’s a selection of UV lamps and bodkins to put the resin to good use.
In order to sort it all out, we sat down with Johnnie Trujillo and Ben Baxter. These guys are constantly pushing their limits in fly tying, and using new products every chance they get.
In this article, Larkin Wilson discusses fly fishing western mountain reservoirs during the fall months using streamers. We’ll break down a lake’s hot zones you should be on the lookout for, how to target predatory trout feeding in those zones, and the gear you’ll need in your arsenal to increase your odds of fooling a stillwater monster this fall.
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has been driving science-based conservation, education and advocacy throughout the southeastern United States, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean for nearly 25 years. We recently had a chance to catch up with our friend Nick Roberts; he’s the marketing and communications director for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the editor of Bonefish & Tarpon Journal. Nick gave us the scoop on some fascinating conservation projects happening right now in some of our favorite saltwater fisheries:
Can you remember the first time you picked up a fly rod? I can. I was seventeen years old in the backyard of my friend's house in Golden Valley, Minnesota. It was a 9 foot 5 weight complete starter kit with an indicator tied on so I could practice casting for our upcoming expedition. We were heading to Yellowstone National Park for a week to fish the Gardner River, Firehole River, and Slough Creek with huge Stoneflies and Salmon flies paired alongside classic Copper Johns.
The crew at Anglers All has a traveling problem. We are constantly looking forward to, researching and planning our next trip and opportunity to travel with a fly rod. In our travels, we seek destinations, and lodges that we believe will give our customers an excelelnt opportunity to target some special species on the fly. This next destination is a great example of that.
We recently had the opportunity to make a trip down to Tarpon Caye, located about 15 miles east of Placencia, Belize in the heart of Victoria Channel, aka, Permit Alley.
When it comes to fly production, this Louisville, CO-based bug behemoth takes no shortcuts. Umpqua’s process is meticulous and thorough. They task their factories with recreating all of the flies to the exact specifications of their Signature Tyers, which ensures every pattern that leaves the warehouse is going to be the exact same as the previous batch. Umpqua also sources premium hooks and the best fly tying materials on the market. Maintaining this high level of quality, obviously, is an arduous task. The man in charge of that task? Umpqua’s Director of Product, Brett Bauer.
Fly fishing for carp is arguably the most accessible opportunity for anglers here in the Denver area, along the Front Range and in many other places around the country. You don’t even need a car. From neighborhood ponds, to local reservoirs, to the Denver South Platte, you can find carp almost anywhere. In fact, you might have a harder time finding a pond or lake around here without carp.
In speaking with Daryl, he had some excellent advice for anglers who are interested in pursuing carp on the fly…
Where’s your next multi-day fly fishing trip? It could be a road trip, a hike-in wilderness adventure, or a plane ride. Give yourself something to look forward to. Pick a destination and start planning.
As you get started, here are a few packing tips to keep in mind:
In this video, Media Manager Larkin Wilson sheds some light on the current fishing conditions in popular areas in Colorado’s Front Range - James Peak Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Mount Evans Wilderness, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Larkin goes over road/entry conditions, the behavior of the trout in lakes along the Continental Divide, productive fly patterns & rigs, and more.
Summer is the time to cast off your waders and step into that clear, cold, Rocky Mountain water. We love wet wading season around here. It means exploring small creeks, alpine lakes and our favorite high country waters.
Wet wading simply means going without waders. There are many ways to approach wet wading. It can be as simple as shorts and a pair of sandals; or perhaps quick-dry pants and your favorite wading boots. Ask a handful of anglers how they approach wet wading and you’ll likely get a handful of different answers.
It is impossible to speak with Daryl about chasing carp on the fly without leaving with a smile on your face and dreams of line peeling off your reel. His expertise and enthusiasm are absolutely contagious. We started to fill our fly bins with his bugs and booked him in our fly tying studio as soon as possible. We weren't the only to notice, we recently congratulated Daryl on his flies entering the Umpqua Feather Merchants Fly Catalog and Daryl becoming a Signature Pattern. Enjoy the video below, and the origin story of the H.V.R.T Carp Fly one of Daryl's signature designs.
Over the past 65+ years, Anglers All has shared a passion for all things fly fishing with its customers, destination angling was no different. Through the past 6 decades we have had the opportunity to build relationships with lodges, and guides throughout the world, ensuring flexibility, as well as keeping the anglers goals in the forefront of our preferred outfitters and lodges minds has been the key to our success.
There have been plenty of days where we’ve watched pretty cutthroat rise from the depths time after time, only to refuse every dry fly in our boxes. Other times, it seems like the trout will eat anything you throw at them. Glue a hook to a bottle of gink, chuck it out there and BOOM; a cruising brook trout will demolish it. The temperament of the resident fish in high mountain lakes is similar to that of the weather up there: completely unpredictable.
One of the best things about summer fly fishing is the opportunity to fish terrestrials – that is, any fish food that comes from dry land. This includes bugs like grasshoppers, ants, beetles and crickets.
During the summer months, terrestrials can become a primary food source for trout. Many aquatic insects have already emerged and laid their eggs. During this window, terrestrials are at their peak abundance. And trout will often take advantage of these calorie-rich meals.
When summer takes hold in the Colorado high country, thousands of miles of small creeks open up to anglers all over the state. These small waters present the perfect opportunity to find a new fly fishing adventure and to get away from the crowds on major rivers.
If you’ve never taken a hike along one of Colorado’s many small creeks, what will you need to get started? Check out the first part in our video series on fly fishing creeks…
“The modern history of fly fishing is told within the pages of the Umpqua catalog…”
Dennis Black and Randall Kaufman founded Umpqua Feather Merchants, pioneering fly production in ways that until that time, were thought to be impossible. Using Tiemco hooks, high quality materials and an impeccable standard for quality, Umpqua made the best fly patterns available to anglers everywhere. They’ve now been doing it for 50 years. And it’s a story worth telling.
How do you organize your fly boxes? What style of box do you prefer? From tiny midges to big articulated streamers, there are plenty of options. We have slit foam, silicone, compartment boxes and magnetic boxes. Some boxes are waterproof while others are not. There’s no right or wrong way to organize all those flies. But we thought it might be helpful to outline some of the most common fly box styles, their advantage, and options for organization.
Let me start by saying we didn't catch any Redfish. We crisscrossed the bay, poled fishy marshes, casted what felt like every fly in our boxes, and no Redfish. We might as well call this trip, the "Texas Flounder Trip". I'd like to tell you we went down there with the sole purpose of testing out two of the finest Winston Fly Rods offers, but that would not be true, we went down to the Texas Coast to catch Redfish, and we didn't.
Our latest fly tying video with Ben Baxter features a great caddis nymph pattern, the SPlatte Roller. Developed by Colorado tyer, Shea Gunkel, the SPlatte Roller was designed to imitate the bugs found on the Arkansas River, known for its Mother’s Day caddis hatch. But its usefulness is in no way limited to the Ark. In fact, caddis are one of the most widespread and prolific food sources of trout worldwide.
June 19th & 20th of 2021 will mark the 6th Annual Mile High 25 Fly Fishing Tournament where two angler teams attempt to catch 25 identified species on the fly, on public water, all across Colorado, in just 2 days. Sounds like a wild idea right? And a challenging endeavor? You are right about that, in 5 years of competition not a single team has completed the list. That's 450 anglers, and 49,500 hours of fishing, and no perfect scores.
After fishing mostly tailwaters through the winter months, we always look forward to the ice melting from our favorite mountain reservoirs. Fishing to big, cruising trout in the shallows is always exciting. But if you’re new to fly fishing still water, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
In celebration of ice-off season, here are several tips and strategies to help get you started
One of our favorite variations is the Foxee Red Clouser from Umpqua Feather Merchants. This compact streamer is right at home in our favorite Colorado waters. The color gives the appearance of a fingerling trout, making it deadly anywhere you find predatory fish. From rivers to reservoirs to your local bass pond, this is a fly that you can take anywhere. Check out the video below, as Ben Baxter shows us how to tie the Foxee Red Clouser.
Pre-runoff fishing brings equal parts opportunity and challenge. This time of year, conditions may be highly unpredictable and water levels can change throughout the day. But with a little bit of prep, this pre-runoff period can be an excellent time for anglers to be on the water.
As you prepare for a day of spring fishing, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Next in our fly tying video series, we’re highlighting a great pattern developed by Spencer Higa, a fly fishing guide out of Utah. Higa’s S.O.S. is an effective baetis imitation, and the buggy appearance of the fly makes it an excellent searching pattern. Check out the video below as Ben Baxter shows us how to tie the S.O.S.
Spring cleaning is a great excuse to go through your fly reels and check fly lines that need to be cleaned or replaced. For fly line cleaners and dressings, go here. If your fly line shows signs of cracking or wear, or you remember the tip sinking at the end of last season, it’s time to peel it off your reel and start with a new one.
If you’re in need of new fly lines this season, we would like to reintroduce you to the Anglers All Linebrary. We carry every taper, standard and specialty tapers in freshwater and saltwater lines from Rio, Scientific Anglers and now, Airflo.
Belize has re-opened for business. And we can’t wait to be back in Patagonia later this year. From bonefish on the flats to dry fly crushing Argentinian trout, there’s a lot to look forward to. And after a year without travel, it’s about time to address that cabin fever.
Not sure how to plan travel in 2021, navigating the ever-changing health and safety requirements? We have a guy for that. Meet Andrew Pulford, dedicated travel coordinator here at Anglers All. With Andrew’s help, we are currently running trips to destinations like Belize smoothly, safely and efficiently.
Warmer spring temperatures bring a welcome change around here. But if you’ve been in Colorado long, you know it won’t be a smooth ride from here to summer. There will be more snow, cold rain and sleet. But keep one thing in mind: those nasty spring days create the perfect conditions for hatches of Blue Winged Olives.
These small mayflies thrive on those cool, overcast days. From about the end of March through late May, don’t let a drizzly day keep you off the water. It could be the perfect day to experience a Blue Winged Olive hatch.
We have a new fly tying video, this time featuring the Baby Fat Minnow from Fulling Mill. Ben Baxter shows us how to tie this dynamite streamer pattern, developed by Clark “Cheech” Pierce of Fly Fish Food.
Cheech’s Baby Fat Minnow is an effective and realistic compact streamer. You can fish this fly anywhere baitfish are gobbled up: on lakes, in rivers, for trout, bass and even saltwater species. It’s small enough to slay high alpine cutthroat here in Colorado and enticing enough to hook up with tarpon in Florida.
Marabou is one of the most popular fly tying materials. It’s used for tails, wings, collars, and bodies. You’ll find it on trout flies, salmon flies, bass flies and even some saltwater applications. The soft and silky fibers of a marabou feather create incredibly lifelike movement in the water.
Among the fly tying materials here at the shop, there may be none more impressive than the feathers. If you’ve ever held a high quality chicken cape or saddle, you know how mesmerizing it can be to thumb through one of these natural works of art. There’s no synthetic material that comes even close.
We recently received a shipment of feathers from our friends at Whiting Farms. So we thought this might be a good time to take a dive into the world of feathers – rooster, hen, saddles and capes…what does it mean to the fly tyer? And how do you pick the right feather for any particular pattern?
Ready for summer yet? After the recent sub-zero temps here in the Denver area, we’re happy to begin planning summer adventures in the Colorado high country. And we have great trips to look forward to in 2021! The Anglers All travel program will include trips to the Gunnison Gorge and the Flat Tops Wilderness area.
This summer, we have opportunities for incredible fly fishing adventures right here in Colorado. Our team has the logistics, guides and gear you need to make it happen.
Our latest fly tying video is one for the streamer fans. If you don’t already love fishing streamers, this is one of those flies that might convert you. This time, Ben Baxter shows us how to tie Bennett’s Lunch Money.
Stonefly nymphs tied with chenille and rubber legs have a history going back more than 80 years. The first version is often credited to Frank McGinnis, whose Girdle Bug may have been fished on the Bighole River in Montana as early as the 1930s. The more recent Pat’s Rubberlegs is tied with veriegated chenille and spandex legging material. The nicknames and variations of this pattern are many. But one thing is for sure – it’s as fishy as they come.
Just a month into 2021 and we’re already excited about what this year is going to bring. In case you’re new around here – and even if you’ve known us for years – we’d like to give you a quick look at who we are and where we’re headed…
Anglers All has been in business since 1954, right here in Littleton on the Front Range of Colorado. That makes us one of the oldest – if not the oldest – fly shops in the state. It’s a legacy we’re proud to carry on. And every day we do our best to live up to it.
We’ve had some requests for jig style nymphs and McDonald’s Duracell is one of our shop favorites. In case you missed Davis’ recent video on the Thread Frenchie, go check that out here. We love these patterns because they check a number of boxes. Most importantly of course, they’re incredibly effective at catching fish. But what’s more, they are relatively simple to tie and the designs are very durable.
Now more than ever, we need our next great adventure to look forward to. Many destinations now have limited space available, due to cancellations and reservations being rolled over from 2020 into 2021. We have worked with our preferred lodges throughout the world to ensure Anglers All customers get the best locations based on tides, hatches, and localized peak dates.
Davis James joins us at the vise this week to show us how to tie another killer nymph pattern. Last week, we went old school with Griffith’s Gnat. This week, we’re diving into the innovative world of euro nymphing with Egan’s Thread Frenchie.
Sometimes, simplicity in fly tying is a beautiful thing. As much as we love innovative new materials, techniques and patterns, we also have a soft spot for the classics. Anglers have been tying Griffith’s Gnat on the business end of fly fishing rigs for well over half a century.
Anglers all over the country can thank our notoriously finicky, South Platte trout for having inspired some of Fly Fishing’s most successful patterns over the years. One of those time-tested patterns is the Miracle Nymph, first developed by Ed Marsh. Anglers have relied on Marsh’s midge pattern to fool trout for more than 40 years.
Even for new anglers, winter trout fishing on these challenging waters is absolutely within reach. Anglers All media manager, Davis James, put it this way: “The entomology and fly selection is actually very simple,” Davis recently said. “It’s just a matter of being prepared.”
In many places throughout Colorado, fishing popular tailwaters and freestones is the norm. And so is catch and release fishing. There are certainly times and places for harvesting fish. Everyone should experience a fresh brook trout over a campfire. But on our state’s heavily pressured waters – which even includes many backcountry waters these days – catch and release practices are encouraged.
When an angler walks into a fly shop and is faced with a wall of dubbing options, it’s easy to understand the intimidation factor. No matter where you’re fishing, or what types of fish you’re casting to, dubbing is an essential element for tying great flies. But it’s an element that many tyers can struggle with.
Whenever the days are short, temperatures are colder and snow is in the forecast, it can be the perfect time to sit down at the fly tying vise. Grab a cup of coffee and start working to stock up those depleted fly boxes.
“If you’re a relatively new angler or perhaps new to fly tying, this is a great way to learn patterns and bug life that will pay off next summer,” says ecommerce manager, Blake Katchur. “There’s simply nothing better than the first time you catch a fish on your own fly.”
It should come to no surprise that my favorite aspect of working in fly fishing, is actually going fly fishing. At Anglers All we take the retail side of the business, customer service and overall success of our clients very seriously. Equipping anglers far and wide with the right gear for their time spent on the water is what keeps us thriving. What keeps up going is our experience on the water, executing in our field of work. These on the water adventures reinforce our ability to assist each customer online and in-store and has done so for over 65 years. Earlier this month we hitched up the raft after work and drove west from Denver in search of good times, streamer eats and long drifts. The crew for this mission would be Jimmy Juliana, Rachel Therkildsen and myself, Davis James. To get the trip started right we stopped on our way up for a team dinner, then hit the road over the divide until we landed at our hotel for a good nights sleep.
We’re proud to have a killer selection of fly tying materials and tools here at Anglers All. Yet sometimes, all those choices can be daunting. Ever stared at a wall of fly tying materials and gone a little cross-eyed? Don’t worry you’re not alone…
So we thought we’d pick a category of fly tying materials and break it down. In this article, we’re talking chenille – the differences in these products and when to use them. For expert help, we turned to two of our in-house fly tying junkies, Ben Baxter and Johnnie Trujillo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...