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The Eagle River is fishing great…. above Minturn! Head on up the Eagle River right past Red Cliff and pick a spot. It’s well worth it. The landscape is incredible up there, the fish are eating and the water is very manageable. Small streamers and heavy Euro-style flies are catching fish as well as the ol’ tried and true copper john. Stop by the Minturn store on your way and pick some brains if ya have any questions! Bring a camera too, it’s absolutely gorgeous up there.
This is your best bet and probably will be over the next few weeks as run off continues to raise the flows, plateau and start to head back down. The Eagle River Headwaters, Brush Creek, Upper Gore and Homestake are the ticket right now. Believe it or not, smaller patterns have been the ticket under a large amount of weight. Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails are killer right now as are RS2’s and Prince Nymphs. Check road/trail conditions in advance!
The Colorado is runnin’ steady at 6,600cfs and still fishable. Your Colorado River brown trout and the lovely rainbows as well are tight to the banks eating the stoneflies crawling out on the banks and worms being washed into the stream. Pats Rubber Legs and San Juan Worms are still your go-to patterns but on a good day, a few brave trout are coming up to eat the sparse caddis coming off. Floating is your best option right now but there is wade fishing options, you just gotta cover some ground!
|Fly Fishing School 2015 – 1 Day $73 | 2 Day $111|
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Another year, another great way to introduce the sport you love!
Back for 2015, Minturn Anglers is offering their Fly Fishing School at both locations (Minturn and Parker) once more. Classes will be every weekend starting April 11th and 12th and run through November.
NEW THIS YEAR is a 1 Day Fly Fishing School; a condensed class with 3 hours of education in the morning followed by 3 hours of fishing and on-stream education in the afternoon. We’ve created this class for the fast learner in your life who’s looking for professional assistance. Same awesome instruction, same awesome fishing, one less day! At $78, you cannot possibly go wrong!
Minturn Anglers 2 Day Fly Fishing School is two days of education (Sat & Sun) for only $111 (originally $325). One day of class, and one day of on-stream education/guided fishing will have you or the one you’ve gifted this treat to able to go out and fish on your/their own immediately after the class. Waders, boots, rod and reel are provided. Please share with those who’ve been buggin’ ya to take them fishing! Call the shop for more details 720-851-4665 or click the picture for the link to our webpage.
|Father’s Day Fly Fishing Specials!|
One week left to show Dad how much you care
In celebration of Father’s Day, Minturn Anglers has some killer deals to help you make this Father’s Day the best one yet!
Buy a guided trip and Dad goes free!
We are doing our ever-popular BOGO special – two people on private water for the price of one! Pay for a one person trip on private water, and Dad pays nuthin’. This offer is good until Father’s Day but can be redeemed whenever ya want! We are even throwing in a framed photo from your trip so you can keep that perfect fishing trip in the front of your mind at all times.
$1 Flies on Father’s Day at the Parker store
Send Dad by the shop on Father’s Day before you hit the water, we’ll have a great selection of $1 flies for Dad to load up his fly box. We are also giving away a FREE dozen flies to all purchases over $100!
Yeti Cooler Sale!
We can’t say how much and on which ones… so stop by the shop for more information. You won’t regret it!
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Blown to crap! It’s running at 1,600cfs. It’s dangerously high guys. We are recommending ya stay away at this point. Plenty of fishing to be done elsewhere!
The cleanest water is in the headwaters so if you’re up for a cruise, head on up to Leadville! There’s also some lakes up there worth noting as well. Though it is clear, it’s still high so bring some heavy flies, plenty of split shot and have a ball!
Your best option by far right now is to abuse the local lakes and ponds. Not familiar with your local stillwater? Open google maps, look for a blue circle and go there. Honestly any still water in the Front Range that has fish in it is productive right now. Whether you are looking for trout, bass, carp or pike – the lake and pond fishing has been producing great results. The bass bite locally in Parker is nothing short of awesome in the mornings and evenings, with black and olive streamers as well as damsel fly nymphs taking the most fish. Topwater aficionados should be running poppers along weed and grass lines with explosive results following. If you see the bass or carp spawning, it’s no different than trout! Leave em alone! 11 Mile Canyon
This is the spot to be ladies and gentlemen. 11 Mile is fishing absolutely lights out right now with plenty of fish being caught daily. Dry fly activity in the afternoon, nymphs and streamers all day otherwise. Barr’s emerger has been producing the most fish and other variations of BWOs and midges. Spring Creek Geeks and Master Baetis are must haves in the arsenal too! Get our flies down in the fast water with a crane fly larvae and you’ll be in high cotton!
|Boxwood and Long Meadow Summer Dates!|
Book today for your family fishing trip or corporate event!
12th and 28th
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|IFFF Fly Tying Skills Award Program – Thursday June 25th|
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Come participate in Parker on June 25th – 7pm!
This is an incredible program put on by The International Federation of Fly Fishers that encourages members to develop and improve their fly tying skills at their own pace through a structured learning plan with progressive goals.
The Awards Program is managed for and on behalf of the Fly Tying Group of the IFFF. Three awards (i.e. Bronze, Silver and Gold) are offered for demonstrated skill in fly tying that require submittal of fly collection for evaluation and review. Each collection is of increasing diversity and complexity of tying methods.
Come by the Parker shop on June 25th at 7pm to learn more about the program, courtesy of FFF Certified Casting Instructor/Bamboo Fly Rod Maker/Fly Tying Instructor – Ed Berg. He will talk about the program itself, how to submit your flies and how to win an award!
The Awards Program is for IFFF members though this presentation is open to the public!More information on the program can be found here >>>