Fly Fishing Colorado Newsletter
Volume 4 • Issue 3 • Winter 2011
Welcome to the Flyfisher Guide Service Newsletter. As the top fly fishing guide service in Colorado, we seek to be your information hub with 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.
Cast a Line & Catch a Fish: Restoring Singing River Ranch
Recently our Angling Aquatics team has achieved a great accomplishment in restoring Singing River Ranch to a pristine habitat for fish and fly fishing enthusiasts. Located along South Bear Creek in Evergreen, Singing River Ranch is accessible, beautiful and more importantly, fishable.
This particular restoration project evaluated the river and its current condition and formulated a plan to modify and restore this fishery to a habitat where fish will want to make their home and continue to grow and populate.
A returning guide client recently praised the work noting, “The excellent dry fly water has been preserved and numerous deep pools have been added. These deeper pools allow for terrific nymph fishing, larger fish, and holding water for the winter. The dense willows have been cut back and this makes for easier casting and access."
This angler went on to boast about Singing River Ranch as, “A great stream to teach kids how to fish. They can catch fish even if their casting and drifts are less than perfect. Since the stream is small you don’t have to worry about the kids falling. There are also two ponds to fish which allows you to change things up with the kids.”
Take a moment to book a guided trip to Singing River Ranch next spring and be one of the first to see this improvement project in full swing. Cast a line and catch a fish.
Local Anglers Perspective…
A chilly winter day is no match for a willing and adventurous father/son team. These two anglers ventured out to Williams Ranch to get their lines wet and catch a few fish and bond.
“It was a great trip for me and my son. Scott was a great guide. What a great place to fish.” Click here to read the Williams Ranch fishing reports from this trip!
Williams Ranch is still open and available for guided fly fishing trips. It is a great way to spend a day on the water catching some fish and advancing your fly fishing skills. Click here to book your trip!
Winter snow can easily create blue bird day as this angler experienced first-hand with eight inches of fluffy white snow while fly fishing at Lincoln Hills. Once the slush cleared off, the fish were on the feed and the sun warmed them in between fish. “I never thought that I would say that I have taken plenty of big fish pictures, besides my hands are a little cold. My guide trip with Randy was a trip of a lifetime. I never would have driven by myself up those mountains in the snow. The creek was a winter wonderland and for a South Louisiana native, a unique experience that I've always dreamed of doing with or without a fly rod, and the large trout were a bonus.”
Click here to see all the pictures from this snowcapped day!
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From the other side of the riverbank...
I want to know fly fishing - more than the lingo, technique and etiquette – I want to know the world of fly fishing to participate in conversations and be a purposeful addition to the sport.
I can only compare my desire to comprehend the fly fishing world more intimately to that of my extensive knowledge and passion for music. I always have a song in my head. I can listen to almost any station on the radio and sing to the words, people pick me for trivia regarding music – I just get it, and I like the emotions it ignites within me.
You know when you are driving in the car and listening to a song on the radio for the thousandth time, but suddenly you cannot help but pound the steering wheel, turn the volume up full blast or do a fist pump in the air because you are just that excited? I know that my developing excitement and passion for fly fishing will continue to motivate me to continue learning.
This past weekend I was sitting around the fire at our winter cabin discussing fly fishing with my husband Brady and our friends while he fixed the bindings on his tele skis (yes, that is right, even when we are skiing, fly fishing is still top of mind). A friend of ours, who is a beginner angler like me, was asking Brady questions about rods, reels, flies and other fishing details. Suddenly I realized that I was actually holding the conversation and providing full-blown accurate advice! I took a sip of my beer and thought to myself, wow, I am actually starting to get this fly fishing stuff and I like it. Being able to inspire a new passion and excitement for fly fishing is like getting someone to understand a song that you love – and that to me is a punch-the-steering-wheel-fist-pump fantastic. Encouraging passion and excitement for fly fishing is like getting someone to understand a song that you love.
I may not be approaching this surge of passion at the most weather-appropriate time, but I am going to dive in, feet first, throughout the winter months and fuel this passion and pass it along. And as winter comes into full effect and even though my feet may be strapped in to bindings, I will make sure they find water more often than not even though I stand on the other side of the river bank.
The Guide Corner
Make sure to check out Angling University for upcoming classes for you and your whole family. These are the perfect opportunities to expand your personal knowledge of fly tying and fly fishing.