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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...]
Town has been fishing well this fall. We've had success in the mid morning and early afternoons using Eggs and Blue Wing Nymphs. Late season fishing often is the best time hook up on some monster trout. Dry fly fishing over fall hatches can be outstanding. The added bonus of fishing in autumn is that there is less angling pressure which very few people on the water. Although weather conditions parallel spring temperatures, most insects have hatched for the season. As the temperature drops, the best time for fall trout fishing will be in the later afternoon. We have also been having a great early bow season. How is your bow season going? Let's see those pics! [Read more...]
Thank you everyone for coming out to Golf Trout Tournament! We had a great time fly fishing on some of the finest trout waters in Northwest Colorado. We hope you all had as much fun as we did! [Read more...]
There's a lot to look forward to with all the rain we've been getting, and we are excited for what August has to bring! Our guides have been successful using big dry flies, and especially having luch using Tricos in the early mornings. Brett Lee, owner and expert fly fisherman recommends checking out some high alpine lakes. Brett says that the fish are eager to take just about any fly up there! Be sure to partake in our annual Pike fishing tournament! Fish need to be caught in the Yampa River, between Stagecoach Reservoir and Hayden. Come on in and register your fish at Straightline. Happy Fishing! [Read more...]
Summer has been flying by and we can’t believe it’s already July!
The fishing has been great lately, with many new bug hatches. Come on in to Straightline and we would be happy to help you find the right fly to match the hatch!
Our guides have been having some incredibly successful fishing trips with their clients, especially on private waters. We’ve been pulling some huge pike out of Grace’s, located down steam of Lake Catamount, this property holds a ton of opportunity for steamer fishing and dry fly fishing. Call us today to book a trip!
The dry fly fishing has been great lately. We’ve had a lot of luck using PMD’s and Yellow Sally’s in the evening.
Yampa River: [Read more...]
We are loving the summer weather in the Yampa Valley! The roads are open to the high country, which means it's time to start thinking about lakes up in the Flat Tops and Zirkles. There are some unexpected snow drifts lingering, so be prepared when traveling into the high country. Steamboat and Pearl lake have been great fishing lately, especially in the early morning and late afternoons. We highly suggest heading up to Rabbit Ears pass and checking out Dumont Lake, or for a full day of adventure try mountain biking from Dumont Lake and end the day with some epic fishing at Long Lake! Head up Rabbit Ears on Highway 40 to Dumont Lake. Then take trail #1102 North to Fishhook Lake, Lost Lake, Lake Elmo, and Round Lake. Be prepared for a full day of pedaling, fishing and fun! Hot flies right now are Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sally Stone Flies, and Green and Grey Drakes. Feel free to come on in the shop for more tips on flies and waters! Happy Fishing! [Read more...]