Video: How to Tie the Puterbaugh Caddis Variant

Colorado’s Arkansas River is famous for its caddisfly hatches, and guide Don Puterbaugh guided on the Arkansas until he was 80 years old. (Read a cool profile of Don here.) He developed this high-floating imitation for the . . .

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Video: Top 5 Flies for March 2020

In the latest “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Ivan Orsic and guide Matt McCannel are fishing the Uncompahgre River at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk, where the trout are finicky and lazy. Matt’s guiding method may rub some the wrong way, but it . . .

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Video: Top 5 Flies for February 2020

In this month’s “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Ivan Orsic and Trouts Denver Head Guide Scott Dickson are back out on the South Platte near Deckers to see what trout are eating. Scott offers his favorite . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Flies for Winter Tailwaters

any people are surprised when I mention I’m a year-round fly fishing guide up in Colorado’s high country. Sure, fishing in -15° can get cold, and snow blowing in your face presents challenges. But fish are still hungry and tailwaters are still flowing, . . .

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Video: Top Five Flies for January 2020, Euro-Nymphing Edition

In this month’s “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Ivan Orsic and Russell Miller–Fly Fishing Team USA competitive angler and Director of Marketing at Umpqua–talk tight-line nymphing and fly choice. There’s also some cool footage from . . .

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Video: Top Five Flies for December 2019

In this month’s “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Zeke Hersh and Ivan Orsic hit the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado. Winter has arrived here in Colorado, so it’s important to get your flies in the zone. Trout won’t move very far to eat . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: 8 Must-Have Flies for Winter Fishing

Written by: The staff of Trouts Fly Fishing


Just a handful of staple patterns will get the job done during the winter months.
Photo by Phil Monahan

We are very fortunate in Colorado that we have the opportunity to fish 365 days a year. And though we are now in December and it’s probably time to put away that hopper box until . . .

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