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Winter Fly Fishing Colorado

5 Myths about Ice Fishing

Tourists have landed in mountain towns across the Rocky Mountains and are looking for activities. Skiing is the main draw and reason for being in the mountains during the snowy months. Providing the opportunity to explore the mountains through other venues deepens ones appreciation for the high country. Snowmobiling and snowshoeing are a few of the alternate activities we can choose. But it is the inquisitive nature of people to want to explore ice fishing. However there are many misconceptio...

Fly Tying Tips and Techniques

Choosing your First Fly Tying Vise

My vice is my vise. I spend a lot of time (especially in the winter months) behind my fly tying vise. When I first started tying, I bought the cheapest vise setup that came with “all the tools”. I would spend hours using that vise, learning how to tie the basic flies that any beginner would start with. That vise did its job and held my hook in place while I wrapped different materials on to it. However, I quickly realize I was spending a good amount of time tying, so it was time f...

Winter Fly Fishing Colorado

Tricks to Staying Warm while Wading

For those that are willing to brave the cold and fish in the winter time, the rewards can be sweet. Hungry fish and empty streams are just a few of the benefits of winter fly fishing, but if you are cold, it can be a miserable experience. Sometimes, having the right gear isn’t enough. Here are a few tricks for staying warm in the winter time. DRESS IN LAYERS: With today’s advancements in technology applying to clothes, it’s easier than ever to stay warm. Cotton while sof...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

OnX Maps: Not just for hunters

In this day and age backcountry enthusiasts demand more from their electronics than ever before. The ever-increasing reliability on electronic gadgetry by modern day outdoorsmen has overshadowed the necessity to understand and orienteer by good old-fashioned compass in the outdoors. As a result, a compass can’t deliver the immense amount of information that can be obtained from an extremely detailed and user-friendly app format like the one found using onX maps. onX for a: Fly Fishi...

Fly Tying Tips and Techniques

Why I tie my Own Flies...

When there are hundreds of thousands of immaculate and effective flies sitting in bins at your local fly shop, one might ask: why go through the tedious trouble of tying your own flies? A fly-buying transaction at the shop takes less than 3 minutes (if you know your way around the bins) and a fly tying session for the same flies could take hours. It brings up a valid question: Why tie your own flies? We asked 4 long time tyers in our staff (shop and guide) the same question and got some h...

Fly Fishing News Vail Colorado

The Toilet Bowl: Closed FOREVER?

Latest Update from the CPW:http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/News-Release-Details.aspx?NewsID=6378

Ladies and Gentlemen this Toilet Bowl is closed. While this might not be the headliner most people would focus upon, this is different. This is The Toilet Bowl, known world wide for the massive fish that inhabit the depths of its reaches and for the dispersal of a misunderstood food source. Located at the tailwater for Ruedi Reservoir sits the beginning of the World class trout fishery...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

How to Fish when it's Cold and there are no Bugs...

We shuffled through the early December snow towards the river bank. A cold front settled into the Colorado high country dropping the air temperature below freezing. Steam rose from the surface of the river and melted into the sky. Undeterred by the cold, the small group of Vail Valley Anglers guides approached the river with confidence knowing how to decipher the early winter conditions. How do you fish when there are no bugs? As the cold weather sets in for the winter and begins to chill the...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

5 Fly Fishing Gifts under $1000

The holidays are here! The magic, the sleigh bells, the hand warmers in your waders, AND gift giving. Help us make the whole process easy for you. Read about our 5 favorite gifts under $1000 along with personalized descriptions about why we would want these products in our stockings or under our tree. Don't forget to check out our other blogs in this series, coming soon. Orvis Helios 3D and 3f $849-$898 The new Accurate From Anywhere Orvis Helios 3...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

5 Fly Fishing Gifts under $500

The holidays are here! The magic, the sleigh bells, the hand warmers in your waders, AND gift giving. Help us make the whole process easy for you. Read about our 5 favorite gifts under $500 along with personalized descriptions about why we would want these products in our stockings or under our tree. Don't forget to check out our other blogs in this series, coming soon. Patagonia River Salt Jacket - Womens $349.95 Give the female angler a gift that offers quality a...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

6 Fly Fishing Gift Items Under $100

The holidays are here! The magic, the sleigh bells, the hand warmers in your waders, AND gift giving. Help us make the whole process easy for you. Read about our 6 favorite gifts under $100 along with personalized descriptions about why we would want these products in our stockings or under our tree. Don't forget to check out our other blogs in this series, coming soon. Simms Coldweather Flannel $99.95 This flannel combines the warmth of a fleece j...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

5 Fly Fishing Gift Items under $50

Orvis Tacky Deluxe Box $35.00 The ultimate fly box. Orvis and Tacky created this box that holds a ton of flies, is low-profile, lightweight, and very durable. Tacky boxes provide a silicon inside unmatched from any other box providing a clean organization even for the clumsy fly box dropping anglers like myself. Buy Now Rio Headgate Powerflex Tippet Holder with 2X-6X $39.95 A collaboration between Fishpond and Ri...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

Prepping your Fly Fishing Gear for Winter

Guest contribution by Ray Kyle, Vail Valley Anglers Shop Supervisor and Fly Tying Instructor. You can find him published in the Vail Daily newspaper weekly through the summer and monthly through the winter.

For us, there is no end to the fishing season here in Colorado. Others pack away their gear and pull out their ski or snowboards to enjoy the great snow on our local mountains. We believe you can do both. Most fly fishing gear should last years, if not decades with proper storage an...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

Loop Q Fly Rod Review

Finding a fly rod with enough versatility to justify a new purchase is often difficult to attain given the vast array of rods available. The Loop Q series of fly rods possess the all-around qualities most anglers desire in their equipment, casting power, fish fighting finesse and a pleasant price point. Deciphering the admirable attributes out of most rods can be taxing and hard to accomplish. Most fly shops carry a minimal amount of fly rods on their shelves making it difficult to “tes...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

Fly Line Technology | Slickness

Guest contribution by John Van Vleet, Marketing Manager at Scientific Anglers.

Did you miss Part 1: Fly Line Technology | Texturing? Read it here.

You might have heard, or read, about slickness additives in fly lines before. They’ve been around for quite some time, and always garner a mention on a fly-line package bullet point, but not all slickness additives are the same. Not even close. And now, with the introduction of Scientific Angler’s AST Plus, the differe...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

Fly Line Technology | Texturing

Guest contribution by John Van Vleet, Marketing Manager at Scientific Anglers.

Over the past decade, no technological advancement has affected fly lines nearly as much as the introduction of texturing, pioneered by Scientific Anglers in 2007. From a performance and durability standpoint, textured fly lines shoot farther, float higher, and last longer than any smooth fly line ever produced. This isn’t just marketing speak; the results have been proven time and time again both in the la...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

8 Reasons to try Trout Spey

Guest contribution by Vail Valley Anglers Guide and Product BuyerAndy Leister, find out more about Andy here. You may have heard that term or others like “Trout Skagit” or “Micro Spey” thrown around fly shops, online blogs, or bars frequented by gear junkies. Too often, gear junkies unfortunately are guilty of putting this style of fishing on a pedestal and turning it into a language more similar to Chinese Calculus rather than one of fly fishing. Well folks, I agr...

Fly Fishing Travel

Destination Trout | New Zealand

Guest contribution by Vail Valley Anglers Ambassador, Kinsey Durham. Check out more of Kinsey's adventures here!

As you would expect - fly fishing in the South Island of New Zealand was an incredible adventure. Even though the fishing was very technical and I haven't been fly fishing for that long, it was still worth the trek to the other side of the world. I definitely recommend everyone who loves fly fishing and traveling to visit this truly magical place. My friend, Emil...

Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

Low Water + Big Foam Flies

Early Autumn, September to be exact, a time of year when the low flows of late summer begin to turn the warm water temperatures towards a cooling trend creating a unique opportunity to pull the biggest trout in the river to the surface to eat. The low water of late summer equated to high river temperatures for trout to endure, however with the onset of cool nights as we transition to fall, the river temperature begins to fall into a more desirable range. The drop in water temperature causes a...

Fly Fishing News Vail Colorado

Flyathlon | Run + Fish + Beer

Guest contribution by Katie Mazzia, Vail Valley Anglers ambassador, trail runner, fly fisher and mom of Jack Arnot.Employed at Vail Health as a registered dietitian nutritionist and diabetes educator. The Rocky Mountain Flyathlon (RMF) has been touted as "Colorado's Coolest New Triathlon” by 5280 Magazine. A Flyathlon is an event that combines fly fishing, trail running, drinking craft beer and fundraising for water and native fish conservation….with some of the ...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

How to choose a Fly Rod, Part 2 | Specialty Rods

The world of fly fishing opened up and you fell in love. Now where will your fly fishing adventures take you? As the vast array of opportunities opens up for your fly angling it becomes apparent that there are a lot more variations in the fly fishing arena to choose from. Specialized rods from simple Tenkara rods and gentle fiberglass to sophisticated two-handed rods, switch rods and more, but which one are you going to try first? Two Handed Rods Depending on what fish you target with...