A Sweet Comeback...

A Sweet Comeback…

Yes I know… it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, but it’s time we get this thing ramping up again. I spent my summer splitting my time between working at a fly shop and giving all kinds of fish sore mouths and bad attitudes. There’s all kinds of new...
Camden's Baetis Nymph Review

Camden’s Baetis Nymph Review

The Baetis genus of mayflies are the most widespread of all the mayfly species and can be found on almost any trout stream in nearly any part of the world. There are endless variations of fly patterns that have been designed to replicate these small mayflies, but many of them...

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 10-7-12

Weather: 51° and sunny with a slight breeze. Flows: Waterton Canyon is running at ” absolute minimum” according to Denver Water but it is still highly fishable. Hatch: Pseudo Baetis starting to come off at about 1:00 heaviest at about 3:00 PM continuing until dusk Fly Patterns: #20-22 CDC BWO Comparadun, #20 CDC Parachute BWO, #22 Gray RS2 Tips: Find the flats where fish are gorging on dries and emergers, pick a fish, and cast directly into the feeding lane. Stay low and use light tippets. They have become very spooky due to the low water levels. I landed about 15-20 nice sized browns (14-16 inches) today in about 45 Mins….

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 9-12-2012

The canyon is starting to get exciting as some of our bigger browns come out from hiding for the spawn…. Hatches: Major Trico Hatches…. Fly Patterns: #14 Double Trico Spinner, #20 Simple Black Spinner, #18 Black 3$ Dip, #16 Tung BH Black Zebra Midge Flow: 63.7 CFS. Tips: Match the tricks in the morning….fish feed hardcore on emergers and spinners. Cripples and drowned tricks later throughout the day will produce fish.

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 8-9-2012

The canyon continues to be epic fishing especially for all you Euro Nymphers outs there… Rate: 8.5/10 Weather: Sunny 90°F Flow: 269 CFS Hatches: N/A Flies: Various Czech Style Nymphs (Hot Spot Hares Ear, Frenchies, etc.) Wildlife sighting: 5/10 Tips: Czech nymph deeper pools and runs with large flashy attractor nymphs for best success.
Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 8-2-2012

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 8-2-2012

Rating: 8/10 Flow: 162.3 cfs Hatches: Tricos Fly Patterns: Drowned Trico Spinner #20, Black 3$ Dip #18, Black Zebra Midge #16-22, Pink Hotspot Frenchie #14-16 Overview: Small trico hatch throughout the morning hours and then really picking up in the evenings. Some fish slurping spinners on top but most activity...
A Meaty Adventure

A Meaty Adventure

With the upcoming trip to Montana in mind, I have spent hours at the vise these past few weeks tying from sun up to sun down. While nymphs and dries have made up the majority of my tying efforts, I have become obsessed with large meaty streamers and mice patterns....
Waterton Canyon Fishing Report

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report

Rating: 8/10 Stream Flow: 105.7 CFS. Bugs: Heavy PMD hatch in early morning (7-9 am) with light hatches of small tan caddis throughout the day becoming heaviest in the      evening.(4-6pm). Golden stones are starting to show up along with a few late Salmnflies throughout the day. Aquatic worms and midge’s...
Orvis Representing Manthey Fly-Fishing!

Orvis Representing Manthey Fly-Fishing!

I am very excited to say that Orvis recognized our blog last week in their “Friday Film Festival”!  Just another reason to love The Orvis Company. Not only do they provide great products but their customer service is outstanding! I recently purchased a dozen hoppers because of one reason: I...
(Video) Stream Highlight: Scott Gomer Creek

(Video) Stream Highlight: Scott Gomer Creek

Colorado’s High Country is home to many outstanding brooks and streams cutting through its rocky landscape. We just happened to stumble across one particularly amazing fishery when we decided to backpack into the Mount Evans Wilderness via the Abyss Trail head.  About 4 miles up into the thick pine and aspen forest, the...
Bassin' Near Home

Bassin’ Near Home

Ive never really had the opportunity to tie my own bass flies so I sat down this morning and whipped up a great new Damsel Nymph that has really had it’s chance to shine not even hours out of the vise. I threw my pack on and headed down to...

(Video) Tying the Hot-Spot San Juan

The San Juan Worm. The most simple fly pattern around and a pattern that most people learn to tie their very first time… This classic pattern was invented on the banks of the mighty San Juan river where there is an abundance of aquatic worms that the fish gorge upon day in and day out.
Stream Highlight: Bear Creek

Stream Highlight: Bear Creek

The Front Range has many great trout fisheries flowing from the arms of the Rockies. These trout streams such as Clear Creek,Boulder Creek, and last but not least Bear Creek are often passed on by anglers due to the lack of quality of fish. I’m here to tell you that...
(Video) Boulder Creek Comp.

(Video) Boulder Creek Comp.

The video is finally edited from the competition. I really enjoyed this event and would like to thank all of my awesome sponsors for this event. More videos are on their way so stay tuned!

Whitefish Happen

The Whitefish. Just the name alone strikes fear in the hearts of western troutbums. Your out trying our luck for some Salmonids and of course whitefish have to come and ruin your trout party. Nymphing the large rivers here in the Rockies will almost guarantee you a chance to tangle with one of these surprisingly fun to catch fish. I actually enjoy the thrill of fighting these fish and they don’t really get to me. I’m advising that you give these natives a chance and you might actually come to like these not-so-attractive fish. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even end up targeting them someday! Here are a few pics from the Madison River last summer, where Whitefish abound!
Memoir of a Brown Trout: A Fish Story From The Madison

Memoir of a Brown Trout: A Fish Story From The Madison

Fly fishing is my life. Ever since the first time I had a rod in my hand, I knew that this was my passion. Last summer, my grandpa invited me to tag along on a fishing trip to the greater Yellowstone area. It was perfect fishing weather the whole trip....
Boulder Creek Tournament 4-14-2012

Boulder Creek Tournament 4-14-2012

Boulder Creek cooperated well today and actually gave up 79 fish between about 16 people. The first place winner caught a staggering 21 browns in 3 hours! Though most fish were very small, a few nicer fish in the 12-14 inch range were landed. I didn’t do so hot on...
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Tradition VS Continuity

Tradition VS Continuity

Fly fishing emerges into the future with updated technology, techniques, and newly discovered information. However, there seems to be a constant clash between modern advances and long lasting traditions . Anglers on both sides of the debate of how fly fishing should be are growing considerably more biased towards one another. Recently, I stumbled across...
Why I Am

Why I Am

We all have our own unique stories of how and why we started fly fishing. Maybe a close friend or family member introduced the sport to you, maybe you wanted something new and decided to learn on your own, or maybe you were just born a fisherman. I believe every angler has had their own...
Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 6-13-13

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 6-13-13

The canyon is really starting to really heat up. Hatches of midges, caddis, and salmonflies along with the appearance of hoppers has got the fish all fired up and is making for some excellent fishing. The flows have hovered around 70 cfs. for a few weeks now and have been pushing some San Juan Worms...
Deckers Fly Fishing Report

Deckers Fly Fishing Report

 Deckers is fishing excellent right now… big fish around every corner and plenty of bugs to go around!       Flows: 106 cfs   Flies: #18-#20 Camden’s Baetis #16-#20 Higa’s SOS #14 Red San juan #22- #24 Olive Midge Pupa #18-#22 Gray UV RS2 #20-#24 Zebra Midge   Tips: Fish small olive midge patterns...
Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 3/22/13

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 3/22/13

It’s that time of the year again…. The ice is melting, the grass is beginning to pop up again, and fish are out and feeding heavily. Waterton has been fishing very well these past few weeks and we only expect it to get better from here on out. Though the lower section is pretty much...
Brown Trout Spawn On The Dream Stream

Brown Trout Spawn On The Dream Stream

I consider the South Platte River my main homewater. Its where I learn and practice many of the skills I use on other adventures whether I’m fishing another tailwater in state or even some of the larger bodies of water I fish out of state such as The Madison in Montana. Though there are many...
Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park

Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park

Today we are talking about my personal favorite place to fish, Rocky Mountain National Park. There are many accessible lakes and rivers roadside or deep within the back-country of this beautiful National Park. One of my favorite fisheries in RMNP is the upper Fall River. Just above Horseshoe Park, the river meanders through a gorgeous...
Fishing Pocket Water

Fishing Pocket Water

          Today, we are going to be talking about fishing pocket water and unlikely looking holding waters. I catch 80% of my fish in pocket water and riffles, but to succeed in this type of water you need to know how to fish it. Since I compete and most competition rule books do not allow...