For the past seven years, Front Range Anglers has published a monthly newsletter for our
customers and friends. The motivation was to promote all aspects of fly fishing, to educate,
inform, and entertain…and in return, hopefully our readers would think of Front Range
Anglers when it was time to secure new gear or services. It was incredibly successful and
helped establish the shop as one of the most recognized and respected fly fishing businesses in
Over time, our newsletter got bigger and more challenging to produce - - by 2011 it was the
size of your typical fly fishing magazine! We needed to streamline it, while still incorporating
all the product info and advice.
Our solution was to build an online catalog filled with stories and graphics that relate to the
products and services included in the seasonal edition. It showcases product, technique,
and culture in an easy to read, enjoyable to watch format. The first release was published in
August, 2011, and we’re hoping you find it fun and informative.
In addition to our new online catalog, we are still going to publish our monthly newsletter-
-only now it has a bit of a facelift. We think it’s important to keep everyone updated and
involved in the sport, and we believe that our newsletter has accomplished this each month
over the past few years. We hope you will enjoy this newsletter as much as you did the old
one.....Bill Leuchten, Owner
Recently we came across a posting on a fly tying site extolling the virtues of a product called Liquid Fusion that can be found at many craft stores. It's another alternative for epoxy where time is not critical (complete drying takes about 24 hours). It is a clear urethane, non-toxic, and 100% waterproof adhesive. It thins with water so you can make it any consistency you like. Use it as is out of the bottle for coating shrimp backs, nymph wing cases. Thin it for reinforcing fragile feathers, creating deep penetrating head cement. It dries clear and glossy just like epoxy without the hassle of mixing. A fly turning wheel is a good idea for coating large saltwater heads or bodies. Liquid Fusion comes in a 2-oz. squeeze bottle and can be found for $5.00 to $6.00.
Primordial Carp-Stew is a great option for the South Platte River through Denver. Great action and sufficient weight to move it down quickly in a swift current.
"I developed it to take advantage of the unique action of Swishers Rub-A-Dub. It has a profile reminiscent of a crayfish and falls and rides hook-up. The drop is level with a nice fluttery action and there is minimal jigging action on the strip. This is my overall favorite carp fly and has accounted for a significant number of my carp so far in 2011".
The larval stage of caddisflies is equivalent to the nymphal stage of mayflies. But mayflies have no equivalent to the caddisfly's pupal stage. This is important because the pupae of caddisflies are often the target of feeding fish, and many fly patterns have been designed to imitate them. Two patterns from Curtis Fry using a new body material are particularily attractive.
The Pupa stage of the caddis fly is rarely seen by the fly fisherman, because of its fast transition to the adult stage. The pupa are fully encased inside a sealed cocoon on the stream bottom until they are ready to emerge. At the time of emergence, they break open the cocoon and swim very quickly to the water’s surface, where they explode into the air as a full formed adult. This rapid transition can cause trout to go wild. Trout may be seen leaping from the water as they chase the caddis flies from the stream bottom into the air.
1) Long Antennae
2) Wing pads on either side of there thorax
3) Long dangeling legs
4) No Tails