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The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 26)

Brandon Rodriguez / Jan 8, 2022

Annnnd we are BACK, folks; it feels like I haven't written one of these since last year. HA. I had to get a New Year joke in somehow. I promise that will be the only one...maybe. Regardless, we had many amazing blogs, photo essays, and videos come out over the past week. This is why I am here, to remind you of a few. So let's quickly go over a few of the key posts this week!

Simms 2022 Gear:

In 2022, feel brand new product options from Simms Fly Fishing. Simms has once again proven why they are an industry leader when it comes to fly fishing equipment. For 2022, Simms is bringing a brand new revamped design to the G3 Guide Waders (both men's and women's) a new edition of the Simms Dry Creek Z backpack, and a new edition of the Guide BOA Boots. Similar to a few years back the most anticipated product coming out of Simms is their G3 wader, users can expect a more breathable, comfortable, and more puncture-resistant pair of waders that are sure to be the best waders on the market. Once again Simms is showing why they have set the standard and will continue to be the brand that others aspire to beat. If you are interested in a more in-depth look at the G3 Waders, Guide BOA Boots, or the Simms Dry Creek Z click HERE where you can read or watch each review! We were super lucky to get our hands on a couple of pieces for their 2022 product launch and are super stoked to be able to share our experiences with you!

"Trouts Live" on Instagram:

If you have been wanting some of your fly fishing questions answered, look no further than our upcoming Trouts Live Instagram Q/A sessions. For 2022, we are excited to announce that we are hosting Instagram live events where you can tune in and get your fly fishing questions answered by some of the fishiest brains in the Rockies. No reservation, no signing up. Simply tap or click the Trouts Fly Fishing profile photo when the event starts! Don't worry; we will give you plenty of notifications, so you won't miss out! The first three IG live events of the year are found below.

January 20th, 2022 - Winter Fly Fishing Tips & Tricks with Tanner Smith

March 3rd, 2022 - How To Approach Fly Fishing In The Spring - Heather Hodson

April 14th, 2022 - Pike & Warmwater Strategies

Colorado Snowpack Update - 1/4/22

If you are new to the blog let's go over real quick what the colorado snowpack update is : "Snowpack Updates" are a Winter/Spring blog series offered by Trouts Owner, Tucker Ladd, and are meant to keep our readers updated on the condition of our mountain snowpack, as well as helping readers understand what these conditions and numbers mean for the upcoming fishing season.

Now that we know what the Snowpack update is, lets dive in a bit to learn a little bit more about Colorado's snowpack.

I want to start out by noting that this is the earliest Snowpack Update I have offered in 16 years and rest assured that there is a good reason for this. Typically, I tend to hold off on offering my perspective on our annual snowpack until at least February. By this time of year, we begin to have some semblance of how our snowpack is measuring up to previous years. With that said, being a native of Colorado, I cannot remember a drier fall and early winter than what we experienced in 2021, and the drastic turnaround we witnessed during the middle half of December was remarkable... If you happen to want to learn more about the current snowpack, click HERE.

Winter Fly Fishing: Strategies & Tactics:

This story was initially written by Reid Baker in 2020. While some callbacks and references spoke to a different time and place in the world, many of the tips, tricks, and tactics are still valuable and provide anyone who reads a fantastic insight into the world of winter fly fishing. While we still have ways to go when it comes to cold temperatures and even colder fingers, Reid Baker presents excellent advice on what to expect as an angler this time of year. Click HERE to read Reid Bakers' strategies and tactics for cold-weather fishing.

Bow Time // A Photo Essay

Recently one of our Denver Sales Associates Scott Battista escaped the grips of old man winter for some much-needed time with a 10wt in hand. In this photo essay, Scott recounts his time with the Snook Mafia a guide outfit based off the coast of Puerto Vallarta. This is one of those photo essays and pieces that makes you wish summer weather would come sooner. However, you know what they say about snow along the Colorado
Front Range, "we sure do need it."...sorry I had to get another dad joke in there. Regardless, Scott's photo essay is a great read and a fantastic way to kill some time in between your activities this Saturday. If you are interested click HERE.

How To Tie a Griffith's Gnat

If you're looking for a quick, easy, and super useful fly to tie and fish this winter, look no further than the Griffith's Gnat. A classic dry fly for winter midges, the Griffith's Gnat only uses four materials including the hook and thread. This fly is super versatile and is one of the Five Flies for January! Whether you tie it yourself or purchase from the shop make sure you have this fly in your box this January!

WATCH: Five Flies for January 2022 with Zeke Hersh

It's JANUARY and winter is HERE. We've been encouraged by all the recent snow storms moving through the state and it's always nice to see the snowpack piling up. With that in mind, we are truly in the meat of winter fishing. Cold temperatures, low flows, and small bugs. It's a great time to hone your presentation and rigging to fool those sluggish, winter trout.

For this month's episode, Tanner Smith and Ivan Orsic are joined by Trouts Frisco's own Zeke Hersh to talk about winter fishing on freestones and tailwaters, alike. From bug selection to the winter mindset of working the right water to find success, the fellas touched on everything from deep water nymphing, when to call it, the joys of winter beers, tying flies to get revenge on strangers, and Tanner and Ivan's upcoming trip to New Orleans for redfish.

You all know the drill if you find yourself wanting to know the flies for January click HERE.


Well, folks, that about wraps it up for me here at the old standing desk. We had a big week with a bunch of helpful reads aimed towards making anyone who reads a more self-reliant angler, or at the very least gives you some exciting bar talk. As I mentioned before, if you enjoy these sorts of weekly recaps, let me know over email. I'd love to hear from yall. And, as always, if you have any questions, comments, or lingering ideas about what flies to bring on your next trip to the water, we have your covered. Come swing by the shop, have a beer on the back deck and enjoy our space.

As always, get out. Gas up the truck, put some snow tires on, load up the fly boxes, and enjoy the weekend. Oh, and make sure to take The Tape Deck with you.


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