"Dedicated to bringing people and fish together"
April, 2004

Hello all,

We've concluded our Saturday fly tying events for the year and are moving into the "season". Our annual Customer Appreciation Day (Saturday April 10, 11:00am-5:00pm) is our way of saying thank you for your support. Your patronage has resulted in a significant sales increase over last year, and we are all very appreciative of our loyal customer base! Please stop by and have a burger, grab some of our free give-aways and don't forget to enter yourself to win the Simms G-3 waders!

Also mark your calendars: Jack Dennis will soon be back with us doing his thing. Monday, April 19th Jack will be at the shop talking about the different fly lines on the market and how to choose them for different fishing conditions -- a subject that is still a mystery to most anglers. He will be following that with 2 days of casting lessons. We still have 2 spots left for Wednesday, April 21 -- click here to register online.

Feedback: Have any ideas on what you would like Front Range Anglers to get involved in this summer? Spey casting, more group trips? Let me know!

Bill Leuchten

Biots for Body Material: The vane on the leading edge of a bird's flight feathers are called biots and they offer great opportunities for constructing realistic fly bodies.

Attention All Fly Tyers : Find out about our new series of hands-on clinics, the great stonefly project, and the Front Range Anglers X-Stream Fly Tyers!



Stoneflies: Stoneflies are a staple in the diet of trout in many Colorado streams. Stonefly nymphs emerge from the water throughout the year, usually crawling onto an exposed boulder or the shore. The adult stonefly breaks out of the nymph's armor, leaving its former shell behind. This fascinating insect provides some of the best fishing of the year when fish gobble up adult stoneflies, also called salmon flies, during the spring emergence.

Spring Hatches: Spring in the Rockies finds most river flows low and clear. Trout start fanning out into their feeding lies and hatches gain momentum as the water temperature begins to climb.

Double Taper vs. Weight Forward Lines: A discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of double tapers when compared to weight forward tapers.

Reach Cast: The Reach Cast was first discussed in the mid-1970's yet many anglers today are not familiar with it. This simple technique can increase a drag free float by a factor of 4.

Riffle Hitch: The Riffle Hitch is an old-time but incredibly deadly method of skittering a fly across the surface of a stream or pond to induce a take.

Treatyse of Fysshing With an Angle (Part 3): Part 3 offers the budding medieval fishing enthusiast the opportunity to make your own hooks. We're pretty sure our readers will find the process elementary.


Thinking about the Big Horn: The Bighorn is still considered by many to be the best fishery in the West. Its demise brought on by low water years as the number one destination has been greatly exaggerated.


"Fly Fishing the River of Second Chances": Local fisherwoman Amanda Prentiss reviews Jennifer Olsson's recent book.
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