"Dedicated to bringing people and fish together"
May, 2004
Conor Aucoin

Hello all,

In spite of 12 inches of snow, the burgers were delicious and the programs fascinating at our 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day on April 10, 2004. Conor Aucoin of Boulder was the proud raffle winner of the Simms G-3 waders and he couldn't have been happier!

We're currently offering an amazing value for a full day trip to one of the private properties that many of you have been begging to fish - Crystal Lake Resort in Pine, CO. These day trips are available May 14th and 21st for only $130. Click here for more information and to register and pay online. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to get onto world class water.


FRA's first trip to Posado Puelo, Chile took place this spring. The trip went off without a hitch, and all of the fishermen involved had a great time. Strong sea-run rainbows were caught by all, and an occasional 30 lb. Chinook added some excitement, and bragging rights for that lucky angler. We're actively pursuing more destination trips, and we'll let you know as they become finalized.

New shop hours: Beginning Thursday May 6, we'll be open Thursday and Friday evenings until 7pm through the summer.
Colorado Daily Fishing Reports: Front Range Anglers is now supplying weekly fishing reports and editorials to the Colorado Daily newspaper. They'll be appearing in the Friday edition sports section.
Hook Comparison Chart: Hook comparison charts are at best fickle or at worst too confusing and inaccurate to use. Here is one of the better versions we've seen.


Fly Line Color - Does it matter?: With the introduction of many new 'stealth' lines that are clear or muted, a debate over their real value seems to be growing.

Making Strike Indicators and Usage Considerations: It's convenient to buy strike indicators but it's pretty easy to make your own. Here is how to do it.


The Surgeon's Swivel: Have you ever tried to cast large profile flies with very light tippet material? The tangle caused by pinwheeling or spinning generates a string of four letter words. The Surgeon's Swivel can offer some relief.


The Mono Loop: In the late 1940's through the 1970's there was an outdoorsman who's skill and knowledge were respected by all. His name was Ted Trueblood and the Mono loop was one of his many contributions to fly tying.


Ketchum Release Tools: If you haven't tried this tool you're missing a good bet. Releasing your fish unharmed is fast and easy.


The Woolly Bugger: Its 40 years old and still going strong. It has spawned a huge number of similar flies. Smart anglers always carry a few Wooly Buggers on every fishing trip.


Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle Installment No.4 : The May installment is for the Nymph Fishermen. It deals with weight and strike indicators.


Crash Course in Fly Fishing Equipment: This is a reprint of an article written for the Colorado Daily by Front Range Anglers. It focuses on the basic tools - line, rod, and reel.


Grey Reef: This destination on the North Platte seems to be the number one target for Colorado Anglers. When I was there in April every car in the parking lot next to the Outhouse Hole had Colorado plates.


Wiper Season: The wipers are feeding now!! Try Union Reservoir to pursue this nice looking and exciting fish.



New Ross Reel - the Flywater! Available June 1, 2004 -- Finally Ross has come out with a good quality reel for around $100.
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