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Flies, Tying & Material

Winter Fly Selections for the Vail Valley

Winter Fly Selection for the Vail Valley Post and Pictures by Bob Streb   I feel less like a pack mule in the winter. I simply carry a lot less extras, sometimes even leaving the sling pack behind after jamming my “winter box” of flies in a jacket pocket. The need to carry every pattern …

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Tips for Choosing the Right Fly Fishing Line

I remember when I was choosing my first fly fishing equipment, and the advice I was given by the knowledgeable staff at Minturn Anglers in Denver. Particularly I remember the recommendations about how to choose the right fly fishing line. Rod manufacturers design their rods to be used by the average person under average conditions, …

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Sight Fishing on the Dream Stream

Less than a two hour drive west of Denver lays a five mile stretch of the South Platte River that has earned a reputation as the Dream Stream. If you’ve ever fantasized about fly fishing for monster trophy trout, this is the river for you. It is about 30 feet wide, relatively slow running, clear and …

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Spectacular Fly Fishing on Colorado’s Blue River

The name of the river itself draws you to it, but when you learn about the Gold Medal fly fishing opportunities it provides, you know the Blue River in Colorado is to place to be. This river is one of the most beautiful in the state. It begins in the Hoosier Pass and flow some …

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Match Your Flies to the Colorado Fly Fishing Season

Be sure you have the right flies for your fly fishing trip. Choosing ones that best match the current hatches occurring in your fishing spot can make all the difference in the success of your next fly fishing Colorado trip. Early in the season as weather and waters warm, many streams will see significant hatches …

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Dirty Little Bugs for Colorado Run Off

Fishing through the dog days of run off on Colorado rivers  The water in our parts of the central mountains has finally begun to rise but thats no reason to put the rods away. From a guide/tyers perspective I really enjoy some stain in my rivers and the bigger hook is an added bonus in …

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Shimizake Dry Shake Liquid | Fly Fishing Product Review

Shimizake Dry Shake–Product Review Many fly fishers live by their silicone gel and Dry Shake.  Liquid?  It doesn’t occur to them that it can also be an effective way to deliver floatant.  As long as the solvent dries quickly (and a little powder can hurry that process along), it’s a great way to penetrate those …

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Fly Selection and Tying |Tips for Imitating Natural Bugs with Impressionistic Flies

Fly Selection on the River   I was Fishing the Piney River last week with a fun family of clients.  We did well on small dry flies, but I wasn’t convinced that the fish really wanted what we were feeding them.  I looked up and saw something that looked like a small hummingbird.  Suddenly, the …

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Tips for Tying the Stonefly Variant

Fishing on the Eagle River, CO is absolutely incredible right now. The fish are HUNGRY and the weather is getting better by the day. Longer days and increasing water temperatures have gotten the bugs up and moving on the Eagle River. The fish are hungry and eating like crazy! But with so many different bugs …

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Mid Winter Midge Mania

Tying and Fishing Winter’s Most abundant food source Experiment with different materials to create small patterns that stand out Myth #1: Small flies=Small fish……..NOT The main food source on freestones like the Eagle River during the winter months are Midges. Sure they would rather eat Drakes and Stones, stay nice and fat and not worry …

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