FRONT RANGE ANGLERS NEWSLETTER

"Dedicated to bringing people and fish together"
August 2005
 

Hello all,

It's official, the final competitive trials for the team USA 2006 will be held in Colorado and hosted in Boulder. The event is being sponsored by Colorado Trout Unlimited and TU Chapters along the Front Range, and coordinated by our own Boulder Flycasters. FRA will be included in the event and you'll have the opportunity to meet and watch some of the best fly fishers in the country. The particulars are still being worked out but the timing is set for June 1, 2006 to June 4, 2006. Click here for this year's lineup and more information.

Hope to see you,

Bill

 
FLY TYING
Fly of the Month - Dennis Collier's Western Coachman - WE (wire edition): Long time fishermen still use the reliable Western Coachman (a dry version won the One Fly contest in Jackson Hole in 1988). It's has been around since the 1940's. Dennis Collier has given it a face lift with a variety of new tying materials. It not only looks good, it produces great results.


Rubber Legs: Do you struggle with getting rubber legs on the hook shank? Here's a suggestion on how to do it better.

 
DESTINATIONS
Westslope Cutts: At one time they were plentiful in Idaho and Montana but their range has been significantly reduced as a consequence of pollution and competition from other non-native species. In southwestern Alberta and southeastern BC these fish are still found in abundance.

Colorado Bonefish: "Carp are more like the elite saltwater flats fish--bonefish, permit, redfish, and cubara snapper. They are faster than a trout, stronger than a permit, and have more staying power than a smallmouth bass." Dave Whitlock

 
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

The Double Haul Cast for Distance - Part 1: Here's an easy check point to see if you're getting the most out of your haul.

August Fly Selection: Flying ants give the trout in Colorado's high mountain lakes a real feast in August. Here are the patterns you need for success.

Fly Line Memory: Stretching your line prior to fishing will definitely improve casting distance.

Surgeon's Knot: It’s surprising how many people don't know how to tie the best knot for joining tippet material to a leader.

An Economical Boat Stripping Basket: George Anderson improved on a simple idea he picked up from a Florida Flats guide for dealing with fly line in a boat.

 
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