"Dedicated to bringing people and fish together"
February, 2004
It would be difficult to summarize Jack Dennis's 5 ½ hour presentation at the shop last week. After all, the opportunity to view film footage of large wild trout preying on frogs and mice and Lee Wolf's last fishing outing was truly unique and special. It gave me a lot to think about.

One aspect of the presentation that I found especially interesting was when Jack described how superior the techniques of European fly fishermen are to those of US fishermen. Our best finish in the World Cup of Fly Fishing was 8th. It turns out that fishermen from France, Spain, and the UK among others fish circles around the best from the US. Jack detailed some of the reasons for this, including their inability to use strike indicators or lead (which are illegal in Europe), thus forcing them to become very skillful at watching the line and maintaining drag-free drift. Also a disadvantage that Jack pointed out was that, according to the Europeans, we just have too many fish in the US and our skills have not needed to be as fine tuned to be successful. Basically, they just have to work harder. I find this interesting although I don't plan to go to this European boot camp of deprivation fly fishing any time soon. I'd rather stick around the USA and pretend I know what I'm doing.

If we have enough interest, Jack will return to Front Range Anglers in April to run some casting clinics. Please contact me if you'd be interested in taking part, and we'll get him booked!

Jack Dennis and Bill Leuchten


• Front Range Anglers is pleased to offer a brand new instructional approach to rod building. Daniel Smith will be teaching a series of in-depth seminars on all aspects of rod construction. Four to six students will build rods of their choice at special package prices under the direction of a master builder with 15 years of experience. The first session, February 19, 2004 is nearly full. Call us at 303-494-1375 or send an email for available openings and a course syllabus.
CDC: Never heard of CDC? This month we are presenting part of an article that appeared in the March 2003 issue of Fly Fisherman Magazine and a pattern that will be new to most of you. Front Range Anglers would like to thank Hans Weilenmann, one of the best fly tiers in the industry and a CDC advocate, for making this possible.

Pancora Crab: Reality vs. Fantasy: Jon Speigel was faced with two choices when it came to the Pancora Crab found in Chile. He could come up with his own 'killer' pattern and be acknowledged as a fly tying god or he could wait until he arrived at Posada Puelo and ask for help. The choice was obvious.
Fly Tying Update (Fly, Tool and Material of the Month!): Have you heard of Polar Fur? It's a great new product for tying streamer patterns for both saltwater and freshwater. We can hardly keep it in stock. If you're a fly tyer you need to see this stuff....come in and give it a try.


Start tying flies today!: Some of the most effective flies are the cheapest and easiest to tie -- find out how.

Multiple Fly Rigs: Brian Schmidt has some advice concerning how to select flies in combination rigs. In January Jack Dennis talked extensively about how the Europeans are masters of multiple fly rigs and how they win world competitions with this method.

Albright Knot: The Albright Knot is a fast and easy way to join lines of unequal diameters.
Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle: Front Range Anglers is reprinting sections of the first instructional manual on fly fishing, "Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle", published in the 1400's. Following the prologue is the first of a series of how-to's. The first deals with rod construction. We'll publish pictures of any hazel, willow, or ash rods you decide to build.

Soft Hackles: Soft hackle flies never lose their effectiveness. They may drop in and out of favor but they consistently produce large trout. Brian Schmidt's expertise in this area comes from his experience and ability at the fly tying bench. As a pro-tyer for Montana Fly Company Brian has put together some very deadly patterns.

Colorado Watershed Protection Fund: You can contribute to your local watershed protection efforts by designating a portion of your income tax refund on this year's Colorado State individual tax form.

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