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  • Spey Bow

    Spey What?

    by Caddisshack   By now, I’m sure you have noticed the influx of anglers swinging two-handed and switch rods in Colorado and Wyoming. While much more popular with steelheaders on the West Coast and on the Great Lakes, spey casting is becoming more prevalent with trout bums along the Rockies, especially on bigger rivers like the Colorado and North Platte.  This is not surprising considering the number of lightweight (4-6wt) spey and switch rod options now available from rod manufacturers.  It was a only a matter of time before wade anglers recognized the opportunity to utilize ...

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    Simms ColdWeather Shirt Product Review

    by Caddisshack   I’ve always been upfront with my feelings about Simms apparel and how it’s priced.  The  majority of the Simms clothing line has never been on top of my gear lists when it comes to value, and it’s still my belief that there will always be cheaper alternatives that function well enough for the majority of people.   But as a sucker for multi-functional clothes, I went against my better judgment and was prodded into buying a Simms ColdWeather Shirt.  I was in the market for a good-looking, warm shirt to wear on those chilly mornings on the Mile, hikin ...

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    Simms G4Z Waders Review

    by Terry Dunford The new 2013 model of the Simms G4Z Waders is, in my honest opinion, the best wader in the industry. This wader is made from high-quality, innovative materials and are very durable and comfortable. So why do I think this Simms Wader is best in class? Well, easy, because of the many features! The new G4Z wader features the new 5-layer GORE-TEX fabric that is located in the waist, seat and throughout the leg. And this new 5-layer GORE-TEX is 25% more breathable, which is a great, new addition by Simms. Another great feature of the G4Z waders is the extended YKK AQUASEAL water ...

  • Introduction to Fly Fishing Techniques with Loren Williams

    Loren Williams currently resides with his wife Heather, daughter Mickayla, and son Ryan in Westvale, NY where he is a prominent and respected full-time fly-fishing guide and guest speaker specializing in salmon and steelhead tactics and teaching top-level trout fishing skills.  You can learn more from his website www.flyguysoutfitting.com. Loren was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, where he was the youngest of three boys.  His childhood memories focus largely on family events and time spent in the outdoors.  After high school, Loren attended and graduated from Th ...

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    Introduction to Fly Tying Insight with Al Ritt

    Introduction to Fly Tying Insight with Al Ritt Growing up in Michigan I've fished as long as I can remember. While living in northern California in the early 1980's I began fly fishing almost exclusively, just shortly after I began tying flies.  In 1989 I moved to the northern front range of Colorado, where Diana and I currently reside.  While working in the robotics and industrial automation field most of my career, I have also worked for 2 large outdoor equipment retailers and for a local fly shop.  Currently I work for PEAK Fishing handling Sales, Marketing, Service, and Pro ...

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    Introduction to Fly Tying Essentials with Zack Thurman

    Introduction to Fly Tying Essentials with Zack Thurman Zack started tying and fishing flies at a very young age. For nearly half of his life his passion for fly-tying and fishing has led him to create his own patterns that he uses for both moving and stillwater.  While finishing high school and attending college, Zack was able to master his skill of tying flies during the countless hours of commercial tying for a local fly shop.  All the practice eventually paid off as he is now a “signature tier” for the Montana Fly Company where all of his flies are tied and produced.  Besi ...

  • Simms Headwaters 1/2 Day Pack Clearance Sale

    Are you tired of going fishing and not being able to carry the gear that you always wish you were able to have on you for easy access? If you’re like me, then the answer is a definite YES! Are you tired of those cheap packs that always get all beat up and torn to bits after just a few outings? Well, you no longer have to deal with those adversities any longer now that Simms’ revolutionary Headwaters 1/2 Day Pack, here to take those troubles off your shoulder, literally!The Simms Headwaters 1/2 Day Pack is an attractive, lightweight fly fishing pack with an innovative, everlasting, very funct ...

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    Montana Fly Company Boat Box -- Gear Review

    I like meat.  I like harvesting it, cooking it, eating it, and, most recently, both tying and hucking it.   Since my chest freezer is full and doesn’t fit into my drift boat, I’ve had to look at other meat lockers while on fishing trips. The Sex Dungeons, Butt Monkeys, Stacked Blondes, and Circus Peanuts have been piling up over the years in my Cliff’s Bugger Beast, and the prissy, mostly bug-eating fish of Colorado have been unwilling to take them from me.  As a result, I entered the market for a new box.  I was set on just picking up another Cliff’s box until I read ...

  • The SIMMS HEADWATERS FELT SOLE WADING BOOTS are Now Made More Environmentally Safe!

        The new felt sole wading boots by Simms is now available at an unbelievable price and definitely will not last long. These felt sole wading boots, the Simms Headwaters Felt Sole Wading Boots to be precise, are more environmentally safe, so you can wade comfortably, with no slips and falls.These Headwaters felt boots have many advantages like being able to maintain traction on slippery mossy rocks, rock stream beds, or stepping over fallen trees. Furthermore, felt sole wading boots certainly helps your steadiness when wading in your favorite stream.These Headwaters Felt Wa ...

  • Bridle Path Emerger Fly Tying Step by Step Tutorial

    by Brian Nelson Dressing:Hook: 10-18 TMC 205 BL or similar Head: Spun, clipped deer or antelope hair.Wings: tie calf body wings with the tips pointing forward, towards the hook eye; spun hair forms a base in front of the wings.Tail: antron or similar for trailing shuck; I sometimes use a mono dropper loop.Use your favorite thread color and body material; they should match the naturals.Rib: tying thread Note: Hackle color should match naturals; wrap it through the trimmed path, behind the wings, and under the hook—in front of the clipped hair I came up with the Bridle Path Emerger because ...

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    Fishpond Nimbus Pack - Gear Review

    I’ve been hauling around a Fishpond Blue River Chest/Lumbar Pack the last two years without too much complaint.  I made the switch from vests to these types of packs two years ago after getting sick of sweating through my shirts while wearing vests advertised as breathable.   This spring, after yet another trip out where I spent what seemed like eternity digging through the 47 pockets (well, maybe 6) looking for my bottle opener, I came to the conclusion that I needed a more simple pack. When I checked to see if Fishpond had something new to offer, I was introduced to ...

  • Buff Water Gloves

    Buff Water Gloves - Gear Review

      Manly hands are hardened and calloused from swinging hammers, loosening rusty bolts, and checking off the weekly honey-do list around the house.  For the rest of us that make a living in front of a computer, our hands tend to be a little more, shall we say…fragile.   Luckily for us, Buff makes a Water Glove to protect our precious little blog and code writers from blisters while rowing and fishing.     All joking aside, the main reason for wearing this type of gloves is for sun protection.  Skin cancer is a very serious topic for fishermen, and our ha ...

  • Independence

      My good friend Scott Stisser tied this freestyle Salmon Fly for my birthday back in June. He did not have a name for it so I'm gonna call it "Independence" in honor of our freedom. Happy 4th of July!     ...

  • Simms Solarflex LS Shirt

    When I was a kid, my family spent 6 months in Glendale, AZ, while my dad built a grocery store in nearby Phoenix. We had a place with a pool, and my brother and I spent the summer swimming for about 8 hours a day. As 120 degree days became more and more common, we quickly became adjusted to the Arizona heat. In fact, we got so used to it that we refused to go swimming if it "dipped down" to 90 degrees at night. Hot chocolate would come out if it got to a "chilly" 80 (and it did... once). Before you knew it, the whole city was in jeans, jackets, and blankets, and there were ...

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