Fly Fishing Colorado Newsletter

June 2015

Welcome to your Fly Fishing Colorado Newsletter. As the top fly fishing guide service in Colorado, we are your information hub for all items related to fly fishing. Whether you are looking for river conditions, informative articles from the industries top associates or a fun piece of literature, this monthly mailing will have it. Water levels are on the way down throughout Colorado, and another incredible fishing season is just around the corner.

Yard Sales from the Fishing Gods

Fishing gear We didn't pull off our goal of getting outfitted for a day of fly fishing on the river, but we did find something even better. All it takes is a couple days of nice weather and they are everywhere. So, without any further delay, here is what we found: 4 reels all in excellent condition, one was a Johnson "American Type" spin reel, another was Evans "600", a Shapleigh's Mascot, and finally a Plueger Akron.

We were jaw dropped when we saw these treasures at only $10 a pop! While these reels are more of a novelty item, than something you would take out fishing, they are all fully functional and work great. We will have another $50 for next month to see what we can come up with. Fingers crossed that we find something as great as these and for the same bang for the buck.

Fishing Pups

Fisherman with his dog In my opinion, when it comes to having a dog, nothing is better than being able to take them fishing. This month, I am working to better my dog's ability to be a quality-fishing dog. In past seasons, I have been working on getting her up to par. Now I can take her off leash and not worry about a thing. She waits on the bank by my feet and when I catch a fish she checks it out and then goes back to relaxing. While this did not happen over night, it only took a number of trips to teach her proper fishing etiquette.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are thinking about training a fishing dog:

  • Find water with few to no other anglers
  • Keep your dog leashed at all times
  • Respect fellow anglers
  • Clean up after your dog

Fisherman with his dog While training your dog on the river, the biggest thing to remember is proper river etiquette. There is some negative feedback from the general fishing public with bringing your dog fishing. This tends to be the case because many do not like dogs, had a bad experience, or are incapable of training their own. I have had multiple experiences where anglers have had less river etiquette than my dog such as, blowing out holes to unsnag their rig, or just spooking a ton of fish by splashing in the water. Either way, make sure you practice good river etiquette every time you are out there and especially if you are going to bring your pup.

Fishing gear To start out, find a river with very few anglers and look for a place that does not have quality fishing. That way there will be fewer anglers possibly upset. Ensure your dog has been properly exercised before heading to the river. From here it is all about training them to sit and wait; teaching them patience takes time, so do not get discouraged. After 15 minutes or so of sitting, have them get up and run around as a reward. Keep doing this until you are able to increase their patience and they learn to move up and down the river by your side.

As with anything, the only way they will learn is with consistency and repetition. Remember there is no such thing as a bad dog, only bad owners.

Frozen Boots Wet Wading

From frozen boots in the winter to beautiful wet wading in the Spring. It doesn't get any better than this.

Visit us online at The Flyfisher Guide Service to book your next guided trip, follow the fishing reports, or check out Angling University for information on upcoming classes!

Our guides have been out fishing a number of our creeks and rivers here in Colorado. Check out the latest Colorado Fly Fishing Reports at Cheesman Canyon and other productive rivers!

For questions or information on summer fly fishing email me at

From our water to yours,

Shawn Ash
The Flyfisher Group


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