What Are the Differences between a Fly Rod and a Spinning Rod?
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What Are the Differences between a Fly Rod and a Spinning Rod?

There are so many ways to enjoy your time in Colorado. You can ski, hike, walk, and fish—sometimes all on the same day. When it comes to fishing, Colorado has ample opportunities to give you great ways to fish and experience the spectacular outdoors. Lakes, streams, creeks, and rivers are brimming with trout and other…

Fooling Trout on Dry flies in the Slower Flows of Spring

Fooling Trout on Dry flies in the Slower Flows of Spring

Fooling Trout on Dry flies in the Slower Flows of Spring Spring has sprung here in the Vail valley.  The rivers are all opened up and the fishing conditions are great! Longer warmer days  have increased the water temperatures enough to start the small Black Stoneflies to make their first appearance. The daily Midge hatches…

“Jig Flies: A Familiar Twist”

“Jig Flies: A Familiar Twist”

“Jig Flies: A Familiar Twist”  Hunter Towery FFO Guide One of the more recent trends that has rippled through the fly fishing industry are jig flies. Most commonly associated with nymphs particularly of the European variety. They’re also found with streamers in many colors and sizes. The idea of jig flies have been floating around…

Keeping the bite going through runoff
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Keeping the bite going through runoff

Muddy Water This time of year is an annual speed bump in our angling time. With freestone rivers such as the Eagle resembling something between questionable fishing water and chocolate milk. As high water turns into the norm for the upcoming weeks still water opportunities keep fishing an option. Often overlooked by many anglers some…

Catch and Release Tips and Principles

Catch and Release Tips and Principles

KEEPEMWET PRINCIPLES From the second they’re hooked to the moment of release, fish experience some level of stress. This stress can cause negative health effects such as diminished ability to avoid predators, reduced reproductive success, and delayed mortality related to disease – even if a fish vigorously swims away. While stressing fish is an unavoidable aspect of fishing, you can dramatically…

MEN’S ULTRALIGHT WADING BOOT
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MEN’S ULTRALIGHT WADING BOOT

As an integrated part of the Orvis Ultralight Wading System, the Men’s Ultralight Wading Boot offers exceptional performance and durability without the bulk and weight of a conventional boot. Helps eliminate the need to leave essential gear or clothing at home because of airline weight restrictions, and significantly reduces the energy expended in walking and…

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;…

Review of Orvis Helios 3 Fly rod “It’s Worthy”

Review of Orvis Helios 3 Fly rod “It’s Worthy”

Review of Orvis Helios 3 Fly rod “It’s Worthy” Since October we have had our hands on the new Orvis Helios 3D 9ft 5wt rod. Several of the staff had the opportunity to fish with it from the boat and wading. Fishing everything from smaller Blue Winged olives to throwing double/triple down nymph rigs. We…

Going for 0% in 2018-Going Green to the Extreme!

Going for 0% in 2018-Going Green to the Extreme!

Going for 0% in 2018! Over the past several years we have enjoyed some great success in our business and have tried hard to be “Stewards” of the outdoors.  In our effort to be bigger and better we were partially neglecting one thing.  We are now creating so much garbage in our outfitting operation, from…