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Learn to Fly Fish - Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Schools

  
  
  
  
  
learn to fly fish rocky mountain fly fishing schoolEver wanted to learn to fly fish yet seem to be overwhelmed with all the terminology, gear and flies you may need for this river or that river?  Let the Blue Quill Angler Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing School101 class get you started on the right track with courteous, veteran instructors that will have you on the right track in no time.

About the 101 Fly Fishing School:

This class will start with the basics and finish on the river with hopefully a fish in hand. This class is taught by seasoned veterans who have an imense passion for the sport and teaching each and every student the necessary skills needed to be self sufficient on the stream.

The Fly Fishing 101 Class is composed of two sessions with the classroom part taking place on Thursday evening from 6:00pm-9:30pm at the Blue Quill Angler and then all day Saturday on of our local rivers. The class runs weekly from mid April through mid October. 

We keep the classes small with 4 to 6 anglers in each class.The purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills and understanding necessary to catch trout on a fly rod. The first session will introduce the student to fly fishing theory, rigging a rod, casting, knot tying, and entomology (as it pertains to fly selection). The instructor will also hold discussions on equipment and stream etiquette. The Saturday on the river will be focused on developing critical techniques in fishing nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. Topics also covered are wading safety, trout behavior, entomology, reading the water, playing, landing, and releasing fish. 

All of the necessary gear needed to participate in this class is provided including a rod, reel, waders, boots, vest or pack for the river loaded with Umpqua leaders, tippet, river tools, a  fly box and flies for a successful outing on the river. You will need a valid Colorado fishing license to participate in this class. 

You'll cover everything you will need to be self-sufficient on the stream including:
  • Fly casting techniques 
  • Essential knots for Fly Fishing 
  • How to choose your gear and tackle 
  • Stream entomology (the science of insects) 
  • Proper fly selection for the seasons
  • How to read water and currents 
  • Wading Saftey
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish
For more information, give us a call at 800-435-5353 to reserve your spot today and begin a lifetime of enjoyment on the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simms Headwaters Stockingfoot Wader - Value Priced Gore-Tex Wader

  
  
  
  
  
simms headwater stockingfoot sage 2014From mountain rivulet to brackish estuary your journey starts with Simms Headwaters Stockingfoot waders, combining primetime value with a heaping dose of in-river innovation. Lightweight GORE-TEX® 3-layer fabric enhances maneuverability, while GORE-TEX® reinforced fabric in front leg panel—along with new front leg seam construction—steps up durability when and where it counts. Cinch the top of the wader via an adjustable shock cord to keep essential heat in and weather out, and source the Headwaters today for wallet-friendly meets guaranteed Made in USA performance.

Features:
  • Lightweight GORE -TEX® 3-layer fabric in light color offers a versatile solution for fresh & saltwater environments
  • GORE -TEX® reinforced fabric in front leg panel for added durability
  • New front leg seam construction to help eliminate inseam abrasion issues
  • New chest pocket design & adjustable shock cord cinch at top of wader
  • Built-in belt loop at center back; nylon wading belt included
  • Abrasion resistant material for more durable built-in gravel guards
  • Updated styling details

Proudly made in the United States of America in Bozeman, Montana by anglers for anglers

Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader - Performance & Durability

  
  
  
  
  
Powered by 25-percent more breathable GORE-TEX® 5-layer Pro Shell fabric, Simms G3 wader just got revamped for a lifetime of in-river marching orders. Wrap raw hands in the convenience of a reach-through warming pocket with stormflaps and micro-fleece lining, then reach for everything you need for successful fishing missions via an intuitive zippered chest pocket design, with integrated utility tabs that house an arsenal of in-river essentials. Patented front and back leg seam construction delivers an articulated fit that fights wear zones, bolsters wader longevity, and maximizes mobility either in the drift boat or hiking for riches well beyond road’s end.

Features:
  • NEW reach-through hand warmer pocket with stormflaps & micro-fleece lining
  • NEW zippered Chest Pocket & Integrated Utility Tabs
  • NEW Removable Flip-out Tippet Tender™ pocket with dual-entry zippers & retractor docking station
  • Patented front and back leg seams provide articulated fit, maximum comfort and mobility
  • Adjustable elastic 1.5” suspender with YKK® non-locking buckles
  • Abrasion-resistant, more durable built-in gravel guards
  • Built-In Low-Profile Belt Loops
  • Fabric Technology: GORE-TEX® 3-layer Pro Shell Technology in upper/GORE-TEX ® 5-layer Pro Shell Technology in lower - 25% more breathable
Technologies:
GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL outerwear is waterproof, exceptionally lightweight and offers the ultimate in breathability, durability and extended comfort. Constructed with a woven backer, GORE-TEX® Pro Shell garments slide easily over other layers and offer exceptional tear strength and internal abrasion-resistance.

Proudly made in the United States of America in Bozeman, Montana by anglers for anglers

Little Parts from the YKK® Fastening Products Group create The Big Difference for our customers — fastening solutions intelligently integrated with the finished product to provide the highest quality, most durable gear. The Little Parts — zippers, metal buttons and snaps, and Nylon buckles — all earn the YKK® brand. The Big Difference begins with their obsession to ensure that every individual component renders maximum value to the finished whole. That commitment instills quality and value into every product. Simms utilizes fasteners built to withstand the harshest environments and YKK® provides the best solutions to meet those needs. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. www.ykkamerica.com.

Simms G4 Pro Stockingfoot Wader - Guide Tested Durability

  
  
  
  
  
simms g4 pro greystone new for 2013From backyard boat ramp to AK tent camp, Simms G4 Pro wader is lived in by more professional guides than all others combined. Rugged and ultra-quiet 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell technology in the seat, leg, and waist takes stay-dry to the next level—enhancing your internal A/C capabilities with 25 percent more breathability. In addition, G4s feature the largest zippered chest pockets available on any Simms waders, plus a flip-out tippet tender to keep all your river mainstays in tow. G4 Pro. Guides’ pick for the future of fishing seasons in session.  
  • 5-layer and 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell® fabric technology 
  • Incorporates more 5-layer fabric than any other wader, throughout legs, waist and seat 
  • Adjustable elastic 1.5" suspender with YKK® non-locking buckles 
  • Zippered hand warmer pockets with quick-drying micro fleece lining 
  • Thermolaminated, zippered Schoeller® fabric chest pocket with retractor docking station
  • Flip-out Tippet Tender pocket includes patented built-in retractor
  • Patented front and back leg seam construction for improved fit, increased articulation, and decreased leg seam abrasion
  • Low profile belt loops accommodate 2" wading belt
  • Includes forceps tab and accommodates Simms' Super-Fly Patch and Retractor
  • 4mm high-density neoprene stockingfoot with hourglass seam design for more cushion and increased durability
  • Every pair manufactured and tested in Bozeman, Montana
  • Color - Greystone
Technologies:
GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL outerwear is waterproof, exceptionally lightweight and offers the ultimate in breathability, durability and extended comfort. Constructed with a woven backer, GORE-TEX® Pro Shell garments slide easily over other layers and offer exceptional tear strength and internal abrasion-resistance.

Proudly made in the United States of America in Bozeman, Montana by anglers for anglers

Little Parts from the YKK® Fastening Products Group create The Big Difference for our customers — fastening solutions intelligently integrated with the finished product to provide the highest quality, most durable gear. The Little Parts — zippers, metal buttons and snaps, and Nylon buckles — all earn the YKK® brand. The Big Difference begins with their obsession to ensure that every individual component renders maximum value to the finished whole. That commitment instills quality and value into every product. Simms utilizes fasteners built to withstand the harshest environments and YKK® provides the best solutions to meet those needs. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. www.ykkamerica.com.

Simms G4Z Stockingfoot Waders - Ultimate Comfort

  
  
  
  
  
simms g4z greystone new for 2013The angler evolution has been distilled to three simple steps: Catch a fish. Catch many fish. Catch the fish. Wise words, but limiting. In reality you define your fishing quest. And wherever it leads, G4Z® stockingfoots are built for the pinnacle with new 5-layer GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL fabric that bolsters durability and enhances breathability by 25 percent. Powered by the most feature-rich mix on the market, G4Zs include YKK® waterproof center-front zipper for easy access/optimal ventilation, plush handwarmer pockets to toast frozen digits fast, and everything you need for an evolved wader that goes way beyond the basic.

Features:
  • New 5-layer GORE -TEX® fabric - only featured in the G4Z & G4 Pro Waders - found in the seat, waist & throughout leg with 25% more breathability
  • Extended YKK® Aquaseal waterproof center-front zipper in the G4Z allows easy access for quick relief & additional ventilation; the center-front zip also allows for easy on/easy off
  • Large zippered chest pockets
  • Comfortable lined hand warmer pockets provide room for heater packs, offer quick/easy hand warm-up & convenient hand placement
  • Built-in low profile belt loops with high-quality 2” elastic belt featuring Simms Trout buckle
  • 2 Retractor docking stations; G4Z includes 1 Simms Retractor
  • Included Super-fly Patch
  • Adjustable stretch spacer mesh/elastic suspenders provide the most advanced & comfortable suspender system available
  • Built-in Gravel Guards feature ultra abrasion-resistant material for added durability
  • Updated styling details set this wader apart from all others
Technologies:
GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL outerwear is waterproof, exceptionally lightweight and offers the ultimate in breathability, durability and extended comfort. Constructed with a woven backer, GORE-TEX® Pro Shell garments slide easily over other layers and offer exceptional tear strength and internal abrasion-resistance.

Proudly made in the United States of America in Bozeman, Montana by anglers for anglers


Little Parts from the YKK® Fastening Products Group create The Big Difference for our customers — fastening solutions intelligently integrated with the finished product to provide the highest quality, most durable gear. The Little Parts — zippers, metal buttons and snaps, and Nylon buckles — all earn the YKK® brand. The Big Difference begins with their obsession to ensure that every individual component renders maximum value to the finished whole. That commitment instills quality and value into every product. Simms utilizes fasteners built to withstand the harshest environments and YKK® provides the best solutions to meet those needs. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. www.ykkamerica.com.

Colorado Fly Fishing Trips with Blue Quill Angler

  
  
  
  
  

Colorado rainbow trout landed on blue quill guided tripHeading to Colorado this Summer and looking for a great outdoor activity with the family?  Veteran fly fisher wanting to improve on your skills, stalk big trout on light tippet and small flies?  Want to learn to Euro Nymph to add a few more arrows to the quiver? 

The Blue Quill Angler Guide Service can offer exactly what you want and more.  We are veteran guides who have been in the business for well over 27 years fishing the waters of the South Patte, including picturesque Cheesman Canyon, Deckers, Blue River, Arkansas River, Colorado River, Williams Fork, Clear Creek and even Bear creek right here in Evergreen, Colorado.  With the numerous guiding permits the Blue Quill Angler holds, we can tailor a trip of a lifetime for you. 

colorado river brown trout with bob dye blue quill angler guideAll of our guide staff are veteran anglers with countless years of experience providing clients with their dream trip as well as getting you started in the sport. Kind and courteous with a focus on you leaving the river a better angler has been the foundation of our guide service for 27 years and we stand behind that each and every day.  We are not your fly by night guide service with cranky old guides who yell each and every command, we would rather take a moment and explain the why behind the method so you can put that to work on your home water.  

We believe in this statement wholeheartedly - "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has been forgotten"  Inherently, guiding is much more than just catching fish. This is not a GroupOn trip where we suit you up in waders, hand you a rod and turn you loose to flail away at the water. We put you on the best water with low client to guide ratios and cover all aspects of this wonderful sport. Our hope is you will leave this trip with not only memories and pictures, but the knowledge to get out on your own and enjoy fly fishing!!

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We are offering fly fishing trips for trout and pike at Spinney Mountain and 11 Mile reservoirs. We are fortunate to be able to offer high mountain lake fishing out of a drift boat with an outboard motor or a power boat. John Perizzolo or Eric Atha have years of experience on these lakes. Fishing is often better than you can imagine with rainbows peeling line off the reel so fast it will make your head spin!!!  Lake fishing is a great way to spend a day in Colorado surrounded by beautiful scenery and some really big trout. 

For more information on our services or rates, please visit our Guide Trip page or give us a call at 800-435-5353 

 

We look forward to getting you on some of our World famous water in 2015!!!

healthy colorado river rainbow with blue quill angler guide pat dorsey

Titan Rod Vault - Transport Your Fly Rods in Style

  
  
  
  
  

If you have not heard of Titan Rod Vault, you owe it to yourself to take a look as this is one of the slickest ways to safely transport your rods to and from the river.  Rig them up at home and when you get to the river, grab your rod and go!!!

The Titan Rod Vault locks both function and fashion to your roof through its aluminum construction which is not only weather-proof, rust-proof and able to stand up to all of Mother Nature’s fury but it’s also quite the head-turner with its brushed finish and sleek design. 

What does this mean for you? More fishing! And not just more fishing, but more fishing in more places since you can take this roof-trophy anywhere – even on your bucket list cross-country fishing extravaganza!

Titan Rod Vault Pro - Three Rod Holder - $499.00

titan rod vault triple pro vault

Keep your rod and reel outfits rigged and ready for the next hole inside this heavy-duty aluminum case built for aerodynamic travel on top of your vehicle. The system includes one locking clamp that attaches to most vehicle roof racks. Additional lock on the reel-housing unit secures rod and reels. Tubes are lined with nonabrasive nylon and accommodate rods up to 10-ft. long. Reel-housing unit has dividers to prevent reels from banging against each other. This complete Titan Rod Vault system comes with all hardware ready to install on your vehicle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titan Rod Vault Weekender - Single Rod Holder - $249.00

Titan rod vault weekender single rod vaultFor those that just want to get out on the river fast or take a quick trip with their favorite rod, meet the Weekender. Travel light with the Single Rod System.  Made right here in Colorado, USA, the rod tube is plastic lined to protect your rod and the re-designed reel case will accommodate large reels. It's modular design allows you add more rod storage in the future with the purchase of a two or three tube bracket and the lockable rear housing and crossbar mounts assure you that your favorite rod and rod vault will stay put.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Titan Rod Vault Transport systems will simplify the age old question of where to put your fly rods when going to the river or moving from one spot to another.  No more broken tips from cramming them in your car or truck!!!  With the cost of rod repairs these days, a Titan Rod Vault will pay for itself in no time.

Syndicate European Nymphing Rods - Priced to Fish

  
  
  
  
  

syndicate european nymphing fly rodsA recent addition to the Blue Quill Angler European Nymphing offerings are the new Syndicate Euro Nymphing rods which have been well received by the staff as well as customers who have already purchased one. 

With the loss of the Grey's Streamflex line here in the US, Syndicate fills that price-point niche with a rod that is light in hand, has great sensitivity and will not break the bank.  There are three models available, a 10' - 2 weight - 4 piece, a 10' - 3 weight - 4 piece and an 11' - 3 weight - 4 piece.  The 10' models have a cigar shape cork and the 11' - 3 weight has a full wells with a small fighting butt.  The 10' 2 and 3 weight are priced at $299.00 and the 11' - 3 weight is $325.00. 

All of the rods are a nice matte finish with two stripping guides transitioning into single foot guides the rest of the way.  The uplocking reel seat has a stylish wood insert with aluminum components.  

The action on the rods is a medium to medium fast which allows you to fish lighter tippets without the risk of breaking off fish yet still has enough butt section strength to go to battle with the big boys.  The supple tip allows the rod to fish "under load" when Euro Nymphing which increases the sensitivity of the rod.  The recovery speed on the blank is actually quite inpressive for an overseas made rod and we feel it is actually better than the super popular Grey's Streamflex rods.  Casting accuracy is where it sould be when you are lobbing heavily weighted teams of nymphs upstream and actually comes into it's own when you change up to a single nymph where you can pick those little pockets apart with this rod. 

If you are in the market for a dedicated Euro Nymphing rod, you owe it to yourself to look at the Syndicate offerings as we feel you will not be dissapointed. 

About Syndicate:

Syndicate Fly Fishing was born of the desire to offer high quality, performance fly fishing equipment and accessories while making the sport more accessible. Our life-long passion for fly fishing and tying turned into the desire to offer technologically advanced products to a new breed of angler, while paying homage to fly fishing’s origins.

Headquartered at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, our research is done in the rivers and streams that we call home. Before we put a new product in a fly shop, it is thoroughly tested by professional anglers, who’s success is dependent on the performance of their gear.

Syndicate is a privately held organization focused on manufacturing the best possible fly fishing and tying products available. We produce our products at the best factories around the globe while specifying the highest quality materials. Try our products and see why many professional guides and competition anglers depend on Syndicate.

John "JP" Perizzolo - Blue Quill Angler Guide Profile

  
  
  
  
  

From time to time we like to feature one of our veteran guides here on the blog as they do not get the recognition they deserve. 

autumn2014 011John "JP" Perizzolo is one of those guide that spends most of his time on the water so you never see him in the shop.  John previously worked for the Blue Quill Angler and left for a stint to pursue other opportunities.  John rejoined the Blue Quill Angler for the 2015 guide season and we are stoked to have him back as the passion he brings to the clients on and off the water is exactly what you should look for in a fly fishing guide. 

John brings a level of experience that caters to beginners and veteran anglers alike.  Spend a day on the water and you will leave with a better understanding of how to effectively catch fish.  

 

 

 

About John "JP" Perizzolo:

john JP perizzolo colorado fly fishing guide at blue quill angler''JP" is a second generation Colorado Flyfisherman. With over 50 years of flyfishing experience, he has developed a simple, analytical approach to catching fish that will benefit both novice and experienced anglers alike. He grew up fishing Waterton Canyon, Cheesman Canyon and other public stretches of the South Fork of the South Platte. When he is not guiding for the Blue Quill, you will probably find him chasing big fish on a South Park Reservoir, float fishing a west slope river in his drift boat or wading other favorite waters. During the fall and winter he will be guiding bird hunters and hunting upland game and waterfowl over his national caliber Labrador Retrievers. Fishing, hunting and guiding aren't just hobbies with "jp", they are his lifestyle, his passions, and he tries to learn something new, or teach something new, every time he goes out. John also invented the extremely popular JP's Nymphing Mud formerly known as Mojo Mud. This tungsten putty style weight is by far the best on the market today and allows the angler to infinitely adjust weight on the leader to achieve the proper feeding depth. A must have for any serious nymph fisherman. 

To book a trip with John you can give us a call at 800-435-5353

Cortland Competition Nymph Rods for Euro Nymphing

  
  
  
  
  

With the growing popularity of European Nymphing here in the United States, more and more companies are seeing the need for specialized Euro specific fly rods and fly lines, not to mention the increasing availability of flies tied on barbless hooks. 

The most common rods found on the market today are offered by Sage with their ever popular ESN (European Style Nymph) rods and the Grey's Streamflex XF2 line-up.  There are more recreational anglers as well as competetive anglers using the two series of rods listed above with great success due in part to their specific designs that favor the European Nymphing Methods.

Cortland Competition Nymph RodsOne company that was kind of a surprise to me when they released a family of rods designed for European Nymphng was Cortland.  I have always thought of them as a fly line company and never paid much attention to the fly rods they made.  While conducting a river clinic with my dear friend, George Daniel, he asked if I had fished the Cortland Competition Nymph rods and I replied no.  He said I owed it to myself to get one in my hands and give it a test drive as he felt they were the best Euro rod on the market in that price range.  

 

Being intrigued by his comment, I reached out to Joe Goodspeed at Cortland to see if I could get one to test out and possibly stock them at the Blue Quill Angler as the price point would fill a much needed gap in that category for us. About a week passed and a nicely package 9'6'' - 2 weight 4 piece Cortland Competition rod arrived at the shop complete with a rod/reel case.  I immediately put the rod together and my first impression was how light this rod was.  The action felt great and I could not wait to give it a test drive on the river.  

Well, with all the day to day activities at the shop, it took me about a week to hit the water with the Cortland Competition Nymph 9'6'' - 2 weight and the location was Bear Creek which flows right through downtown Evergreen.  With all the recent rains, the creek was high and muddy so heavy flies with tons of color were my patterns of choice.  First cast with a heavily weighted attractor pattern wrapped with lead and finished with a 4mm tungsten bead hit the desired mark perfectly and 4 seconds later was slammed by one of the residents of Bear Creek.  The Cortland Competition Nymph rod transmited the take beautifully and the hook set was quick.  The softer tip on this rod performed flawlessly and the fish was to the net in a matter of seconds.  This continued for 45 minutes where about 15 trout averaging 10'' were landed without one single fish bouncing off or breaking the 6.5X tippet I was using.  Needless to say I was pretty impressed.

Next test would definetely give this rod a workout as I was heading down to the South Platte river at Deckers where fish can be tough on not only tippet but equipment too.  Flows had been dropped to around 130cfs so I would be able to test how well this rod casted smaller weighted flies. I began with just one size 16 jig nymph tied on 6.5X tippet and the rod delivered the fly extremely well.  The sensitivity was just as it had been while fishing Bear Creek and the first fish of the day was on the line and soon in the net.  Nothing big enough to write home about but a descent South Platte Rainbow.  Next fish is a different story as I added a dropper to the leader to fish a deeper run and the third drift through, the rod was jolted with a rather large trout that took the top fly, made a hard charge upstream, then decided to make a u-turn and take off downstream.  This is a critical point where having the right equipment can mean the difference between landing or loosing this fish and I am glad to say the Cortland Competition Nymph rod held in there beautifully. If you know me, I am a die hard fan of the 11' - 3 weight Sage ESN which you will find in my hand 99.9% of the time I am on the water but I was truly impresed with what Joe Goodspeed has done with the Cortland Competition Nymph Rod series and I think you will be as well.  

The Cortland Competition Nymph rods are offered in 5 different models, a 9'6'' - 2 weight, 10' - 3 weight, 10'6'' - 3 weight, 10' - 4 weight and a 10'6'' - 4 weight.  All are 4 piece rods with a cordura rod/reel case and retail for $219.95.  For the angler looking for a rod to solely dedicate to European Nymphing that will not break the bank, the Cortland Competition Nymph Rod series is a great place to start.  

More on the Cortland Competition Nymph Rods:

The primary design focus of this rod series is precise European Style nymphing featuring a matte black finish that helps the rods dampen extra vibration quickly, so your rod tip doesn't throw extra shock waves down your presentation after each cast.

The rods are balanced with the weight toward the back end, so your wrist will do less work to hold the rod at a fishing angle.  The crisp action blanks have a dull matte finish, with slightly oversize matte black single foot guides for easy leader knot transfers and a serious stealth factor.  The handles have a thin, elongated taper heading toward the blank that allows an angler to touch a finger against the blank for added feel.  All sizes have a fighting butt with a hard cork bottom layer that helps to counterbalance and also serves as a great resting spot to bury a hook point, all the rods have a matte black hook-keeper as well.

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