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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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...
Gear Review: Solitude Reels

Gear Review: Solitude Reels

A good fly fishing reel is very hard to find these days…There are so many options out there on the market that people can get overwhelmed and not be able to find what they are looking for. When it comes to high end fly reels, I would choose my Solitude Reels over just about every...
Stream Highlight: The Arkansas River Below Pueblo Reservoir

Stream Highlight: The Arkansas River Below Pueblo Reservoir

There are many outstanding fisheries in the state of Colorado but few stand out as much as the Ark. does for us….This place can’t even be put into words. When your catching fish all day long with the average fish being 16″ long, you know that you are fishing a true trophy water that has...
Tyler Boxleitner's Favorite Winter Fly Patterns

Tyler Boxleitner’s Favorite Winter Fly Patterns

When people hear the phrase “Winter Fly Fishing”, they might think the rivers freeze over making fishing impossible. Though this is only half correct. Free-stones, some canyons, and lakes all freeze over in the winter. Tailwaters however, do not. Because the water is coming out of a lake or reservoir, where it is warmer than...

Waterton Canyon Fishing Report 11/21/12

Waterton Canyon is on fire! They recently stocked the lower deep pools and runs with rainbow trout fingerlings who are very willing to take most flies they can fit in their mouths…. We have landed amazing amounts of fish using a 2 or 3 fly nymph rig fished deep. I fish my indicator 7ft above...
Big Thompson River Fishing Report 11/21/12

Big Thompson River Fishing Report 11/21/12

The Big T is fishing pretty well right now. With flows about 22 cfs below Lake Estes, the water is clear and great for sight fishing. The best stretch right now is right is above the  Idewild Dam. For fly selection, use small (18-22) midges in black, purple, red, and any dark midge trailed by...
Manthey's Wingman Nymph

Manthey’s Wingman Nymph

Waterton Canyon can be a very tough place to fish in the summer time when the browns get picky after seeing just about every fly pattern known to man. This nymph was something I came up with after a long day of watching fish eat PMD nymphs during an intense pre-hatch period when thousands of...
Manthey's Hopper

Manthey’s Hopper

Over the summer, I decided that I wanted to create a new hopper pattern that was of my own design that would catch fish. Lots of them. So I sat down at the bench and tied. Weeks of tweaking and adjustments left me with this beefy foam bug that is very very appealing to our...