Our Focus on Education
By Larry Jurgens

Over the last several years Front Range Anglers has been considering and implementing ways to improve the quality of your angling experience.  Our various electronic publications, fishing reports and articles in the local papers are all part of this objective.  We recently decided to expand our education program by creating a new learning center in the shop.

We will start by offering for sale or rental a comprehensive range of personally selected DVD/VHS videos for our customers.  Initially rentals will be available for the beginner.   Intermediate and advanced, etc., will be available for purchase only.

Not only are we adding a variety of new products we also have some “oldies but goodies”.

Rentals will be $3.00 for seven days - check out on a Saturday and return the following Saturday. By doing this it will give the person renting the tape several opportunities to view and review the information.

We’ve classified the DVD/VHS into beginner, intermediate and advanced categories. 

Not only can you rent these products, but you can take advantage of several saving opportunities when you make a purchase.

  • If you rent the beginner version and subsequently decide to purchase the intermediate or advanced product, your rental fee will be deducted from the cost of the purchase.
  • If you decide to purchase both the intermediate and the advanced, your rental fee will be refunded and you will receive a 10% discount.
  • If you decide to purchase all three levels your rental fee will be refunded and you’ll receive a 20% discount.

The rental system we have devised is set up like a public library in that there is no credit card involved. When a person checks out the DVD/VHS there will be a card that will filled out with the renters name and phone number. This card will be kept on file until the return of the DVD/VHS. As we all know fly fishers are the only “really” honest fisher-persons. The reason for the phone number is in case you had an opportunity to go fishing to your favorite water and temporarily forgot to return the DVD/VHS; then you will receive a phone call as a gentle reminder. There are no late fees as such, but, we know that you will automatically feel guilty and make some purchases when you return the DVD/VHS so this eliminates the “need” for late fee!

I have reviewed all the “oldies but goodies” that we have in the shop (all of which are for rent) and have critiqued them using a scale from Excellent to Bad. You may disagree but this is my opinion. Other staff members will be reviewing and adding their critiques later.

Front Range Anglers Educational Section

Critique Of DVD/Videos Already On Hand

Title

Beginner
Level

Intermediate
Level

Rating

General Fishing Information

Bugs For Beginners

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Excellent

Fly Fishing Made Easy II

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Very Good

Fly Fishing Still Waters, Chironomid Techniques
Brian Chan & Don Freschi

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Excellent

Fishing Crustaceans And Snails with Gary Borger

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Good

Trout of the Tundra with Gary Borger

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Good

Challenge Of The Giant Tarpon with Billy Pate

 

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Very Good

Fishing Montana's Famous Salmon Fly Hatch

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Fair

Fly Fishing The English Way

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Good

Smallmouth Bass with Homer Circle 
(Not A Flyfishing Tape)

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Good

Learning To Fly Fish For Trout, Jack Dennis

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Very Good

Fishing Utah's Green River

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Fair

Salt-Water Flyfishing From A to Z (Tape 4)

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Excellent

Casting Information

Basic Spey & Two Handed Fly Rod Casting 
with Jim Vincent

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Very Good

Fly Tying Information

Hooked On Fly Tying
Glue Gun Basics with Doug Brewer

 

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Good

Tying And Fishing Attractors with Gary LaFontaine

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Good

Hooked On Fly Tying
Favorite Flies with Rene Harrop

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Very Good

Hooked On Fly Tying
Spinning Deer Hair with Chris Helm

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Very Good

Hooked On Fly Tying
Northwest Steelhead Patterns with Alec Jackson

 

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Good

Hooked On Fly Tying
Spade Steelhead Patterns with Alec Jackson

 

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Good

Hooked On Fly Tying
Classic Wet Flies & Nymphs Dick Talleur

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Excellent

Poul Jorgensen On Fly Tying
My Favorite Fishing Flies

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Excellent

Tying Saltwater Flies with Jimmy Nix Vol. II

 

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Very Good

Tying Liqui-Flies with Mike Tucker Volume I

 

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Very Good

Tying With CDC with Shane Stalcup

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Good

Tying Bass Flies with Shane Stalcup

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Fair

Fly Tying Tools And How To Use Them

√√√√

 

Fair

LaFontaine Originals Vol. II
with Gretchen & Al Beatty and Paul & Char Stimpson

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Poor

LaFontaine Originals Vol. III
with Gretchen & Al Beatty and Paul & Char Stimpson

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Poor

The following are the “new” DVD/VHS’s that will be available approximately May 5, 2005.

Front Range Anglers Educational Section
DVD/VHS Recommendations

Beginners Rentals

Media 

Title

DVD

VHS

General Fishing Information

Anatomy Of A Trout Stream, Rick Hafele

 

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New Fly Fishing Basics, Kelly & Jim Watt

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Fly Fishing Trout Streams: Fundamental Dry Fly & Nymph Techniques, Maggie Merrimen

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Casting Information

Essence of Fly Casting Volume 1: DVD with bonus selections with Mel Kreiger

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Joan Wulff's Dynamics of Fly Casting

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Fly Tying Information

Basic Fly Tying (Set of 2) with Marvin Nolte

√ √ √

 

Basic Techniques For Successful Fly Tying,
Brad Befus

 

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Fly Tying Made Clear And Simple, Skip Morris

 

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Rotary Tying Techniques, Al Beatty

 

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For Sale Intermediate/Advanced

 

 

General Fishing Information

Bonefish School & Billy Pate's Saltwater Fly Casting Secrets

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Czech Nymphing AND Upstream Nymphing,
Oliver Edwards

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Fly Fishing for Trout in Tailwaters, Ian Rutter

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Fly Fishing Still Waters For Trophy Trout,
Denny Rickards

 

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Fly Fishing Tips From The Traveling Fly Fisherman, with Dennis, Lawson & LaFontaine     

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Stillwater Fly Fishing With Brian Chan

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Streamer Fishing for Trophy Trout,
Kelly Galloup (2-DVD Set)

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Top 85 Fly Fishing Tips, Ian Rutter

 

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Fly Tying Information

Mayfly Life Cycle, Shane Stalcup

 

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Saltwater Flies, AK Best

 

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