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Hot Flies: Pheasant Tail, PMD, Worms, Caddis, Drakes and Yellow Sally [Read more...]
The past month of fishing has been tremendous! Water level is perfect and the weather has been great, it really doesn't get much better! [Read more...]
The idea of escaping into nature and away from the crowds and enjoying untouched snow may sound really good, but where do you start? There are two essential components, education and gear. We’ll tackle the equipment question in this article.
Before you consider what equipment you’ll want to acquire, think about where you’ll be skiing, how you plan on skiing, and the type of terrain you’ll most often encounter while skiing. The difference between a ski-mo/randonee racing rig (super lightweight, designed more for speedy ascents) and a sidecountry rig (resort-friendly and not intended for a lot of skinning) is vast. While often-heard logic of “light is right” will generally hold true for most touring setups, the balance of lightness and fun is crucial and largely dependent on your end goal. A heavier setup will likely require at least one solo rest day in the hut during your five-day tour while the rest of the crew is slaying; similarly, a race rig will leave you sinking and wallowing on the deepest days of the year. Remember, you’re aiming for fun—don’t let peer pressure or bargains steer your decision.
Below is a list of the essential gear you’ll need to head out on your first ski tour. Always remember, however, that no gear is substitute for training and experience—take an avalanche safety course and practice regularly with your avalanche beacons before heading into backcountry ski terrain. [Read more...]
When the mountains are snow-capped and the lakes are hard with ice, it is time to explore the adventure of Colorado ice fishing! Straightline offers guided ice fishing trips for the entire family! Experience the excitement of watching a fish slurp up your line, and then setting your hook! Catch fish, relax in the sunshine and watch the bald eagles soar overhead. It really is a unique and incredibly fun experience for all ages and skill levels! [Read more...]
Fishing has been good, with beautiful weather holding on through the end of October. There have been massive Blue-Winged Olive hatches on the Yampa and Elk Rivers. The hatch occurs a few times per year, with highest concentrations in the spring and fall, but the bugs are available to fish in all months. The hatch comes from noon to about 3:30 in the afternoon, we've had lots of success using BWO's- the fish in the featured picture was caught twice in one day! There have also been large hatches of Mahagony Duns. Mahagony Duns provide some of the best dry fly fishing of the fall time. They are classified as crawler nymphs. There is a number of other species that emerge throughout the summer, but the late season is the best. Emergence takes place at the surface, making an emerging nymph pattern very effective when trout are rising. Our guide, Ben Rock has been finding lots of interesting arrowheads and artifacts along the Yampa lately. The Yampa River has historically provided water to the Native Americans as well as farmers and ranchers. The Snake people- which includes the Bannock and Shoshone tribes-and the White River Ute, comprised of Patinuche and Yampa (Yamparika, Yampatika) Utes, drank from the river, hunted in the Yampa Valley, and gathered food and raw materials for shelter. So it is no surprise that there are still artificts to be found in this historical and lovely river that we all benefit from! [Read more...]