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Friday, September 06, 2013

Fall Fury

As I leaned back and watched the Broncos dismantle the Ravens last night, I remembered what makes this time of year so special......Yeah football is great, but its Fall my peeps!

By far, Fall is our favorite season in Southern CO. Most likely because many of us think the world revolves around Brown Trout.....Wait it doesn't?! Fall is the time where we can go throw big flies and get away with it....Its the time of crisp cool mornings and beautiful colors.......Man are we fortunate to live in a great place!

So get out and get your fish on this fall!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Falling in Love with the Arki

Great little article by Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post. I think most of us can relate to this, as it truly is hard not to fall in love with the Arki. Gonna be some serious fishing in the next 2 weeks before the initial stages of runoff.......hope to see many of you in the flyshop and on the river!

Willoughby: This Love affair with the Arkansas can't be denied!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Focus on Tail-outs

With an increase in emergent activity on the entire river, we have seen a true movement of fish into tail-outs. Check out this great little video to help you recognize this great structure in the water column!

Reading A Tail-out

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring Kickoff Party @ Royal Gorge Anglers!

If you didn't know already........the biggest party of the Spring season is this Saturday!

Come down and spend the weekend. The forecast is for mid to high 60's Friday through Sunday and the BWO and Stonefly Molt activity is off the rocker!

Demo the newest and hottest fly rods, try on the new gear, take advantage of some tremendous specials, listen to on the water secrets from industry pros, grab a beer and hang out........See you at the Kickoff!

For more information on presentation times, specials and more click HERE.

Saturday, February 09, 2013


Ok folks, I am so ready for what is to come in the next month or so! It is going to be a huge Spring on the Arkansas this year....and Stoneflies are going to kick it off in a big way!
This is unbelievable, but we are already seeing fish really start to key and feed heavily on Stoneflies, even in Bighorn Canyon. What Can this mean? Every year the Stoneflies in the Ark molt around the first week of March. Most species of stoneflies molt 20 to 30 times in their life. When they molt they turn a pale color and have much softer skin, which makes for easier digestion for the fish, which also makes them a much more attractive target.....

Here it is the 2nd week of February and we are already seeing this happen. Now, don't get me wrong..... the huge swing in productivity will still take a bit of time, but, we expect to see fish "mowing (destroying stoneflies, and or anything else that gets in their path)" before the last week of February. Why so early? We have been warmer than average. Although our long term forecast for this month and March predicts good precipitation in the mountains (which we need), it predicts warm temperatures in the Canon City'da''da'bing.....early Stonefly Molt and early great fishing! We have already seen some great days, but spread out. Once the stonefly molt is full swing, every day can be a banner day on this river. 

What else makes us excited? Last year the DOW planted a giant number of Salmonfly Nymphs in our river....thats right, the big boys! We even got to see a few localized hatches, and the fish went ape-s**t! This year is going to be epic, we will see a large number of this planted nymphs hatch this year (mid-june) during our standard stonefly hatch. We can't wait! These big boys will also play a big part in the stonefly molt, come check out some of our new local patterns to imitate those big boys!

So, get your gear ready folks, cuz the stonefly molt is upon us, and then follows our prolific BWO season, and then the Caddis Hatch.......If I were you I would just buy a second house on the Arkansas, because its going to be off the hook (actually on would be better).......

See you All Soon!


Friday, November 09, 2012

Overcast and rainy.....ooh boy!

Just a quick note. Overcast, mid 50's and drizzly in Canon City for the next few days. I predict some killer BWO Adult action, and maybe the last of the season........Water temps are perfect, fishing is productive, the stars will align this weekend and give us a blast of dry fly fishing in the second week of November!!!! Ridiculous.......

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Octoberfest @ RGA!

Come join us for a celebration of Fall Fishing!
The Octoberfest Event offers something for every angler......Take advantage of some crazy great deals on gear, cast the new Orvis Helios 2 Flyrod, or just have a brat and beer and listen to a few tunes!
Fishing on the Arkansas is still tremendous, so come spend some time with us at our Octoberfest Event and then hit the river!

*This sale event is one day only! All flies are applicable except streamers. The free dozen must be of equal or lessor value to the lowest priced fly in the first 2 dozen. Free winter tying grab bag goes to the first 12 customers. While supplies last.....