Tom Rosenbauer’s 7 Top Winter Fly-Fishing Tips

Tom Rosenbauer’s 7 Top Winter Fly-Fishing Tips

‘Tis the season for winter fly-fishing. Here are seven tips to get you started, as well as my favorite fly patterns: 1. Pick the right place. Best winter rivers are Colorado tailwaters like the South Platte, Yampa, Frying Pan, or Gunnison; Montana tailwaters like the Bighorn and Madison; Wyoming rivers like the Snake River in Jackson;…

Fall is Streamer Season!

Fall is Streamer Season!

Big Trout like Big Flies!! Fall Fly fishing in the heart of Colorado Ski County is best known for the incredible Streamer bite. Don’t get me wrong the Dry fly fishing with Blue Winged Olives (BWO) can be just as productive. In my 30 plus years fishing in the Colorado high country, one thing that…

Fall is for Fishing!!

Fall is for Fishing!!

Fall is a fantastic time for fly fishing in Colorado. There is no more magical time to be spending time on the waters of the Colorado high country than in the fall.  The cooler temperatures, changing foliage, and reduced crowds make it an ideal season to enjoy the state’s beautiful rivers and lakes.  Trout, namely…

August is Hopper Season!

August is Hopper Season!

                      August is the official start of Hopper season!  First of all, when we say hopper, we are talking about all the terrestrial insects that inhabit rivers, creeks and lake banks.  Ant’s, Crickets, Beetles, spiders and other creepy, crawly creatures you can think of. During the dog days of summer when there are less hatches…

How to Fish from a Boat

How to Fish from a Boat

As a Guide in the vail valley for nearly 30 years I have spent nearly ¾ of that time guiding from either a raft or a drift boat.  Fly fishing from a boat on a river can be an exciting and productive way to catch fish. Now as a shop owner who administrates guided Fly-fishing,…

It’s Caddis Season!!

The health of our rivers is directly related to the health of our snowpack.  This winter’s snowpack was not only fantastic for the ski resorts, but it was equally fantastic for our rivers and streams.  As we head into the last push of the runoff from a really great winter the anticipation of the first…

The Elusive Salmon Fly Hatch

We are seeing the signs of Salmon flies on the Colorado river right now! Fishing the salmon fly hatch on the Colorado River can be an exciting and rewarding experience for anglers. The salmon fly hatch is a highly anticipated event that occurs during late spring or early summer when the large stoneflies, known as…

Fishing High Water

Fishing High Water

Just because the rivers/streams are flowing high doesn’t mean the fish aren’t eating. Fly fishing in rivers during high water can present some challenges, but with the right techniques and strategies, you can still have a successful and enjoyable fishing experience. Here are some tips to help you fly fish rivers during high water:  Remember…

The Spring Spawn

The Spring Spawn

Spring is a time for rejuvenation. Trees bloom, Snow melts and Trout Spawn. Specifically, Rainbow and Cutthroats. It’s the spawning that gives us the next generation of fish. This spring season is also spawning season for rainbow trout and they frequently occupy gravel areas where they dig beds or redds and reproduce. This process is…

The Mayflies of Spring

The Mayflies of Spring

The Mayflies of Spring Spring in the Rocky Mountains is the unofficial start of dryfly fishing season for many anglers.  After spending the winter trying to see a size #24 midge pattern on the water or being frustrated at the lack of commitment on the part of the trout to rise to Midges, spring is…