Wed Feb 18th – Fly Tying Night “North Platte Flies”
Denver, CO 80134 7:00pm
|Vail Valley Fishing Reports|
Tons of open water on this Rocky Mountain gem this winter and the fish are letting us know it. Plan on covering water and using lighter tippet (except on your small streamers). Your typical winter patterns are doing the trick but don’t hesitate to throw something different, maybe your own pattern! Fish are curious beasts and don’t have hands so they try things out with their mouth. Introduce the curious fish to some steel!
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It’s that time of year again…
|Saturday Feb. 21st – Eric Pettine Fly Tying Demo!|
Come on down to Minturn Anglers – Denver for another FREE fly tying demonstration on Feb. 21st. Eric has been fly fishing for 55 years and fly tying for more than 42 years. He’s guided and hosted fly fishing trips from the North Platte in Wyoming to New Zealand, including British Columbia, the United Kingdom, and Chile.
He’s also written a bi-weekly column on fly fishing for the Coloradoan for over four years, contributed articles to all the major fly fishing magazines and authored two books The North Platte River Journal and River Wrecks.
|Front Range Fishing Reports|
In one word – productive! Fish have been eating a cornucopia of flies as long as it’s under some weight. Small baetis nymphs, eggs/beads, streamers, midges… you name it! Keep em small (unless you’re streamer fishing) and close to the bottom for best results. New flies are in at the Denver shop so we have plenty of recommendations!
It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Spring and the cutthroat and rainbows have similar feelings. Though there is plenty of open water to fish, the big fatties aren’t quite there yet. You can find a few fish beginning to make their way up in the lower stretches but the low flows have em quite spooky. For flies and recommendations, swing by the shop.
The Ark is as reliable and consistent as it ever has been but it might be a place to avoid this weekend. The “Banana Belt” will host a plethora of people with the air temps the way they are and the consistent bug activity. If you got a wild hair, get out of town and head on up to Salida and it’s neighboring towns. The fishing down there is stellar too, even floatable!Don’t forget your Golden Stone patterns if you make it that far upstream.
Urban South Platte
The trout in town have been competing with your gorgeous carp with this warm Winter we are having. Keeping a small pheasant tail or caddis larva below your carp bug has been producing large trout right off of Santa Fe Dr. Do yourself a favor and rest your favorite carp hole and find new water. You might be handsomely rewarded.
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Many thanks to everyone who made our first season a success! We are looking forward to next season with more awesome options, expanded private property and exclusive “Cast and Blast” trips in the surrounding Denver area. “Call” us next season!