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?
We have a number of outstanding new fly rods here at the shop. And those holiday gift cards could be the perfect excuse to pursue your 2020 goals. Is it catching a pike on a fly rod? Learning to Euro nymph? Catching a trout on a spey rod? Or visiting a saltwater destination?
If you’re looking to broaden your horizons next year, here are a few ideas for inspiration:
There’s a story we hear often here at the fly shop. It goes something like this:
“I’ve been fishing for a year or two, cutting my teeth at Deckers or Cheesman Canyon. I’ve learned how to fish a nymph rig. What’s the next thing I should learn to improve my game?”
If you’ve never taken the time to figure out how to fish streamers, put it on your list. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a hammering strike while swinging a streamer.
If that sounds like you, it might be time to look at a new 6-weight fly rod, something built to handle big flies. We have a number of new rods here in the shop you should cast. You might want to check out the new Sage Payload. Other great options might be the Winston Alpha+ or the G. Loomis NRX+.
Learn the Art of Czech Nymphing
This is an alternative answer to the same question above. So you’ve become a decent nymph angler. What’s next? If you need a break from staring at a bobber, it might be the perfect time to pick up Czech or Euro Nymphing.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to explore euro-style nymphing with a 10-foot, 4-weight fly rod and no strike indicator, it’s absolutely worth the effort. Not only is it a fun way to fish. It’s also highly effective. While not new, check out our go to 10 footers. Sage ESN and the Winston Super 10.
Catch the Trout Spey Addiction
Using a two-handed rod to swing soft hackles on your favorite trout stream will open up a new world of fly fishing for you. But be warned: it’s highly addicting!
What’s on Your List for 2020?
What fly fishing adventures are on your agenda for 2020? Whether it’s gear, where to go, or travel advice, please come see us at the fly shop in Littleton or give us a call at 303-794-1104. From Alaska to Patagonia, or right here in Colorado we’d love to help you make it happen!