Newsletter ~ August 2007
~ = Dedicated to=20 bringing people and fish together
=20 ~ =

3D""=20Hello All:

 Hope you're enjoying that time of year when there = is such a=20 wide variety of bug life on the streams that you have to be = a good=20 detective.  Drakes, stoneflies, caddis, and PMDs all = seem to be=20 prospective patterns right now.

We have some great events coming up in the next months, = see our=20 "Activities" section below for details.

Hope to see you, Bill

3D""=20Win a William=20 and Joseph Flats Lite pack! =20

Click here to take the quiz =20

Anglers from all around the world look to New Zealand as = the Mecca=20 of trout fishing, and many fly fishermen think Rotorua is = near the=20 top of the list.  It would seem Bintoro = agrees.=20


click here = for fame=20 without fortune


Tom Finley is holding in a big smile = while=20 showing off this terrific Brown Trout caught on a Smith River = float early=20 this summer


Not to be outdone, Tom's fishing = partner, Mark=20 Riley, took this Brown with "a spectacular cast that none of the = guides=20 could duplicate"


Josh Poticha of Denver caught this = very nice=20 38-inch Northern at Wallaston Lake Lodge in=20 Canada


This 'bad boy' was = caught by Brad=20 Davidson, Flaming Gorge Resort in Utah using a brown Wooly=20 Bugger

Summer=20 Carp Fishing is always fun...just ask Paul Prentiss (left) or Jay=20 Zimmerman (right) who both work for Front Range = Anglers.=20

Hall of Shame=20

This area that has been set aside for pictures of events that = one would=20 like to forget but have been captured digitally by = "friends".  They=20 have been reduced in size to minimize embarrassment but can be = seen=20 clearly by clicking on them.

Jay Zimmerman's "friends" = wanted to help=20 him with his wardrobe while he was grabbing some shut eye after a = long day=20 catching miniature pike.

We need = pictures!  There's got to be someone out = there=20 who needs to be exposed click here = to=20 help someone you know=20


   Warm Water Clinics - click=20 here to register 3D""=20  =20

August - Bass After Dark - = Hosted=20 fishing on private water $100.00 for up to 4 anglers - two = guides=20

August - River Carping - = Hosted fishing on private water $100.00 for up to 4 = anglers -=20 two guides

 Attend the BBF...Boulder Bug=20 Fest=20

3D""=20Never forget that fly fishing is all = about=20 bugs.  It's not about the rods, reels, clothing and so = on.  Bug=20 intelligence is what will make you more successful.

With this in mind Front Range Anglers has made arrangements for = the Bug=20 Man, aka Patrick Tennyson of the Butterfly Pavilion, to answer = your=20 questions and move your bug IQ up several points.  Click here to find = out more=20 about this unique event.


3D""=20Hecoma = Ranch=20
Front Range Anglers has put together a special fishing = package for=20 Labor Day weekend - Friday afternoon, Aug 31 thru Sunday Morning = Sep 2,=20 2007.  For a total of $300 you can enjoy two full days of = fishing and=20 two nights lodging.
3D""=20 That's not all. If there is enough interest, = some Dove=20 hunting can be made available.  How about going after some = 30-pound=20 Carp for a change of pace.  Contact Larry = Jurgens  for=20 more information.=20
Just in case you forgot what these = trout=20 look like.......

South Platte Pro-Am Carp = Slam

The South Platte Pro-Carp Slam has been = postponed until=20 September 8, 2007 due to extremely high/dirty water = conditions. =20 Spots for interested fisherment are still available Tim = Emery at=20 303.517.9197 for more information. 

SuperFly ..... = September 7=20 to 8, 2007=20

The Superfly is a fund raising event hosted by the = Gunnison=20 Angling Society.  Two person teams 3D""=20compete to see who can catch the most inches = of trout in=20 one day using the flies of their choice. Besides the fishing = contest, the Saturday night banquet includes bucket raffles, = silent=20 auction and door prizes. The entrance fee is $400 per team. = Each=20 contestant gets a fishing shirt and cap and meals: buffet = breakfast,=20 box lunch and a steak barbecue.

The food, guide, and giveaways (not to mention the local=20 knowledge on where to lish) is worth far more than the $200 = cost per=20 angler.  Better yet, it goes to a deserving Trout = Unlimited=20 here for more information.


Wear Glasses!=20

3D""=20Since 1982, emergency rooms and clinics = across the=20 nation have reported all eye injuries to a U.S. Eye Injury = Registry at the=20 Birmingham-based Helen Keller Foundation. Two years ago, eye = injuries from=20 fishing surpassed eye injuries from basketball as the No. 1 = sports-related=20 eye injury.

Excessive Heat Takes a Heavy = Toll=20

3D""=20"Within 48 hours, rangers and biologists would stand = amid the=20 tall grasses on the  banks of one of the nation's most famous = trout=20 streams (Firehole River) and watch in sadness as several hundred - = and=20 perhaps 1,000 - big and small trout were swept downstream, the = white=20 bellies of their corpses reflecting the sunlight.  It was the = largest=20 fish kill known to biologists in the 135-year history of the = park." =20 Rich Tosches, The Denver Post 

Extremely hot weather in Montana has forced the  2 p.m. to = midnight fishing closures on 29 water bodies across the state. = Fishing=20 operations are really feeling the heat as low snowpacks, early = springs,=20 scorching summers and ongoing drought put the squeeze on their = bottom=20 line.

On July 20 the National Park Service implemented 2 p.m. to 5 = a.m.=20 closures on virtually all streams below 7,000 feet in = Yellowstone. =20

The upper Yellowstone River from the northern border of = Yellowstone=20 National Park through Livingston was not closed last summer, but = it closed=20 on July 19th this year from the park all the way to Billings.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks guidelines state streams = should be=20 closed if temperatures reach 73`F for three consecutive days. A = river can=20 be reopened if temperatures drop to 70`F for three consecutive = days. =20

Colorado has had its share of problems particularily on the = Yampa River=20 which has been running one-fifth of its normal flow in July with = water=20 temperatures exceeding 70 degrees.  As a result, the Division = of=20 Wildlife has asked anglers to observe a voluntary fishing closure = on the=20 Yampa through Steamboat Springs, which has been observed by those = who=20 frequent the river. 


TU & the Access = Debate.=20

3D""=20Over the last several months there = has been=20 heated debate concerning TU 's involvement in fishing access = issues.  On one side is the group which includes the = President,=20 Charles Gavin, who doesn't see it as part of TU's mission, = and on=20 the other are the grass roots leadership in the states which = see it=20 as a vital part of TU's responsibility. The=20 issue boiled over into the national media.  = David=20 Nickum, Executive Director of Colorado Trout Unlimited = recently=20 wrote an article that appeared in High Country Angler.  = I think=20 you'll find it worth here

Thank Goodness...Another = Fly Rod=20 Company

3D""=20Ross Reels has decided to get into the = business of=20 selling flyrods.  Naturally,. you've got to have have a = recognized=20 expert to make the pitch.  Mel Krieger was enlisted to fill = the role.=20 Their "Essence Series Fly Rods" will retail starting at $99 and = will=20 include a rod case and sock.   Guess what? They will = also be=20 available as a complete outfit coupled with a Ross reel.

Judges = Needed=20

3D""=20Colorado Trout Unlimited is still = seeking=20 volunteers for the National Fly Fishing Championship ( to be held along Colorado's Front Range on October 2 to = 5,=20 2007.  Seventy-five of the best fly fishermen in the = world will=20 be competing for medals and a spot on the Fly Fishing Team=20 USA.  They train in Pagosa Springs and will be = competing in New=20 Zealand in early 2008.  If you want to meet = and watch the=20 best this is the here to volunteer

Scotland .... 2009 Site=20 for the World Championships=20

The International Federation of Sport Fly Fishing=20 (Fips-Mouche), at the 38th Congress of The = Confederation=20 International of Sport Fishing (CIPS) in Prague, has = announced=20 Scotland has won the rights to host the 2009 World Fly = Fishing=20 Championships.


Fishing Streamers

I see quite a few anglers fish streamers = with a=20 high rod tip while retrieving the fly.  Keep the tip below = the belt=20 level so that you will be in better contact with your = fly.  Many=20 good streamer fishermen actually place the tip in the water or = within=20 inches of the surface.  A high rod tip is even more of a = problem on a=20 windy because the wind catches the line and drags the fly = continiously=20 along in an unnatural manner.

Try to keep slack out of the line.  When you = flip the=20 rod up and down the fly darts forward then falls back with too = much=20 slack.  This can result is missed hookups.

As you cast across stream follow the line with the = rod=20 tip.  Try to position the fly with your cast so that it will = swim=20 along the bank.  This gives an optimum profile to any fish = which is=20 close to the bank. 3D""=20

If you really want to get better at fishing = streamers buy or=20 rent Kelly Gallup's DVDs on the subject of tying and fishing = streamer=20 patterns.  His stuff is the best I've seen on the subject. =

"Scholars have long = known that=20 fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it = is=20 almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's=20 salary"...Patrick McManus
Spotting a Novice=20


How to spot a novice?  Failure to mend the fly line to = prevent=20 drag.  In most cases drag on the fly spells lack of interest = on the=20 part of fish.  To catch fish consistently with a fly rod, = you've got=20 to be able to control how your fly and your fly line are affected = by a=20 river's various currents. When you're fishing with a dry fly or a = nymph,=20 one of the keys to a good presentation is a =E2=80=9Cdead = drift=E2=80=9D =E2=80=94 when the fly=20 drifts naturally in the current, as if it weren't attached to = anything.=20 Mending your line means you are throwing it upstream or = downstream=20 after the fly hits the water. 

Five Rules of = Mending
1. Mend as soon as the fly touches down, before the = line has=20 time to bond to the water's surface.
2. Begin the mend with = your rod=20 tip close to the surface of the water.
3. Try to mend the line = at the=20 hinging point,(where the mended line meets the unmended line) you = don't=20 want to move the fly out of position
4. Lift your rod tip high, = even=20 over your head, during the mend.
5. Mend with authority - a=20 half-hearted mend rarely moves enough = line.

The North Platte=20

Fly fishermen along Colorado's Front Range are unable to resist = the=20 allure of Wyoming's North Platte River. It's close and offers = great=20 fishing without the crowds and pressure found in so many Colorado = locales.=20 That's why so many "greenies" (Wyomingites' euphemistic term for=20 Coloradans because of the color of the Colorado license plate) = head=20 here 

"FISHING is a=20 delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes."...Don=20 Marquis

Fly Tying &=20 Such 

 3D""=20Why Tie Flies = .... you can always buy what you need =

Wrong.  Fly tying is a essential part of becoming a better = fly=20 fisherman.  Aside from obvious satisfaction, you will develop = patterns or make modifications to your standby flies that will = make a=20 difference on local waters.

If you are new to fly tying, TAKE A CLASS. You will learn all = the small=20 things needed to start tying and this will help to keep the = frustration=20 level down. This can be very frustrating at first, once you learn = the=20 basics and learn to open your mind this will become very relaxing. =

All that can stop a good fly tier is = his=20 imagination.

Get on the list for fall clases at Front Range here

3D""=20Caddis Larvae.....always on the = menu=20

In rivers, Caddis larvae can be divided into three basic types; = case=20 builders, net spinners and free-living roamers.

All caddis larvae are subject to periodic behavioral drift = cycles. This=20 is how populations disperse themselves. Both Free-living and net = spinning=20 caddis larvae can produce a silken strand very much like spider = web. To=20 move down stream they will hook their line to a rock and then = rappel=20 themselves down stream. They are often dangling in the current for = long=20 periods. During these periods entire populations can be exposed to = trout=20 which will key on them exclusively.

Case builders construct tubular homes from small stones or = vegetable=20 matter. Each specie has a defining way that it constructs its = cases. Some=20 will be smooth, other are rough. Some are square in cross section, = others=20 are round. When cased caddis larva of most species migrate, they = simply=20 turn loose of the river bottom and let the current sweep them down = stream.=20 The case tumbles and rolls. The larva is often extended from the = case=20 waiting to grab onto the riverbed. Usually the dark head / legs = and the=20 light thorax are highly visible to the trout. Fish "key" on these = dark and=20 light bands.

Don't Forget the Woolly Worm3D""=20=20

Don Martinez, a fabled fly tier in the Yellowstone Park area=20 whose business was ultimately taken over by Bud Lilly,  = was=20 chiefly responsible for popularizing the Woolly Worm.  You = don't see=20 them very often but they still work wonders.  And an = tremendous=20 number of patterns have their basis in this fly including the = wooly=20 bugger.  The way Martinez tied the pattern is worth=20 understanding.  He attached the hackle at the bend of the = hook by the=20 butt and wound it forwad with the dull or concave side facing the = hook=20 eye.  He wanted the fibers to point forward and he wanted the = soft=20 portion of the hackle to undulate during the retrieve.  = According to=20 what I've read he like to fish it in slow moving water with a = slight=20 twitching of the line.  In the 1950's this fly was probably = one of=20 the most popular in the West as an imitation of giant stones, = dragon flys,=20 crane flies, etc.  In the 1960's I always carried them with = me and I=20 recently started doing it again.

3D""=20 =20

Looking = Back

The senior citizens at the turn of the century had = many of=20 their priorities in here

 You've Got to be=20 Kidding!

Real Combat Fishing=20

3D""=20"As soon as I (Rick = Cannon of=20 Lakeland, Florida) took the slack out of the line, this fish just nailed it. I = jammed that=20 thing home a couple of times, it took off and it cleared the line = off the=20 deck.

I stepped to = the right,=20 and about that time the fish jumped. And when I turned the = trolling motor=20 on, the momentum took me right on out. I hit the water, and my = thought=20 process was, 'I've got my hat and my sunglasses. That's good. But = my cell=20 phone isin my pockets, and that's not good. But the fish is still = on,' "=20 he said

Now = wet, Cannon=20 felt the trolling motor bump his right arm as he treaded water."=20

Read the rest = in a story,=20 "This Time the Fish Won" written by Del Milligann in the = Florida=20 here =

Wavewalk....a brilliant = concept or a=20 dead-end?=20


How about a twin-hulled catamaran kayak with a large open = cockpit=20 and longitudinal 54-inch-long bench-style seat designed for = sitting,=20 kneeling, crouching, or standing while fishing or participating in = other=20 recreational activities.  The video is pretty here

The End =
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