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The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 9)

Brandon Rodriguez / Sep 4, 2021

Wow, simply put...what a week. Fall is in the air, we had a bunch of fun events here at the shop over the past week, and college football is back baby! Keeping with the sports updates here, we also have an amazing UFC card on our hands this weekend-shoutout to my man, Darren Till. On top of all of this, hip-hop fans were gifted with albums from Kanye West and Drake in the same week. I mean cmon what a WEEK. A lot of energy and good vibes here at the shop this week and I hope you all enjoyed your week as well. Let's dive into this week's weekly recap.


On Sunday I released my latest gear review I covered arguably the best fly reel in the game, Ross Reels Colorado Fly Reel. It is no secret that Ross Reels has continually pushed the envelope when it comes to fly reels over the years. Their products and the craftsmanship of their products never stops amazing me. And, their Ross Colorado fly reel is no different. Along with 3wt rods and alpine pursuits, click-and-paw reels have seen an uptick in popularity over the years. And, to this day, the Ross Colorado still finds itself ahead of the pack and, for good reason. The Ross Colorado fly reel is, lightweight (a tad heavier than the previous Colorado LT), high-quality and, offers some incredible visual appeal - my personal favorite is Matte Black

When Monday came around we let yall know about our Happy Hour event which featured Umpqua Feather Merchants. It was a great time and we are hoping to have those guys back in the building very soon. If you were not aware of the event this past Thursday, Russell Miller and a couple of the guys from Umpqua joined us in the fly section of the shop to talk flies, techniques, and fishing. Umpqua was also gracious enough to offer up a gift bag for those who spent $50.00 or more in flies over the course of the event. Additionally, everyone who made a purchase of $50.00 or more in flies during the Happy Hour was also entered to win a ZS2 WADER CHEST PACK. Like I said before, we cannot wait to have these guys back in the shop and hopefully do another event like this soon. Since school is back in session for most of the Front Range, we thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you of all of the classes and schools we have for September. The month of September is jam-packed with learning opportunities here at Trouts Fly Fishing. It does not matter if you are a new angler or a seasoned vet that is wanting to learn more about a specific skill, over the course of the month of September (and beyond) we have you covered. We have in-store openings for our Fly Fishing 101, Bugs For Beginners, and Beginner Casting Classes. Looking to get out on the water? We have openings for a variety of our on-the-water schools including our One-Day Beginner School, Two-Day Beginner School, Dry Fly School, Nymphing School, and Carp School.

Tuesday we were excited to feature a float trip on the Colorado River for our weekly Featured Guide Report. It had been a while and now that restrictions have lighted up on the Colorado River, many are taking advantage of the late summer opportunity. Click the link above to hear about Brian Hilbert and his recent full-day float trip on the Colorado River! In our opinion, This is one of the best times to float this section of the Colorado River. On Tuesday we also released some more information on some of our upcoming Happy Hours with Locke and Co Distillery. Starting September 10th, 2021 (The same evening as the Garrison Doctor Gallery Exhibition). Owen Locke, Co-founder of Locke and Co will be in the building offering cocktails and tastings, which will revolve around rye whiskey...of course, throughout the evening for all to enjoy. If you happen to miss out on this in-store event with Locke & Co distillery and Garrison Doctor, Locke & Co will be with us for two more happy hours during the month of September. Locke & Co will be in our shop pouring cocktails and teaching about rye whiskeys on September 10th, 2021, September 16, 2021, and September 23, 2021.

Wednesday was a very fun day in terms of news we got to share with you all. As usual, we released our bi-weekly fly fishing forecast. Look, we understand that it was a little late but, Ivan spent the last week on a deserved vacation so... let's cut the guy some slack. In case you missed here is the quicky and dirty. With cooler overnight lows, we're seeing more and more fishing around the state open up and the temperature issues of the summer are pretty much in the rearview. Don't forget to tie on a big bug or two and fish worms, eggs, leeches, craneflies, scuds, and with flows on our favorite tailwaters still above 100 CFS. In addition to talking fishing, we're excited to talk about some changes coming to the YouTube channel over the next month. Long story short - we're switching some things up, melding Five Flies and the Forecast together into a video podcast, and planning out a wide variety of on the water content series that we'll be releasing over the next year. This is a very exciting time for us and we cannot wait for yall to continue following along! Make sure yall stay tuned over on our Youtube channel and socials for all of the updates! As the seasons begin to change so do our rivers, in many ways the arrival of cooler months means that the rivers you fished over the summer and spring might slow down significantly as we move into cooler then eventually colder months. When these times come it may be difficult to understand the water in front of you, which is understandable. Because of this, I thought it would be a great opportunity to cover river flows. And, in this week's Trouts Classics // Understanding River Flows we do just that.

On Thursday we released our Trouts Warmwater Fly Fishing Forecast | September 2021 Edition for all of you warmwater junkies. With plenty of rain and warm weather over the past month, all of the Front Range ended up staying in prime shape. Summer is normalizing a bit, and while September can be the most technical month in the warmwater world, with a few specialized tactics, it can be just as good. I don't know if yall have noticed but over the past couple of days here in Colorado, the mornings have been particularly...cool. There has been a certain crispness in the air in recent mornings and I love it. Given the recent coolness in temperatures, I naturally started thinking about fall weather fishing trips. In particular, I started thinking about how I would layer up this season. If you are not familiar, knowing how to layer up properly is kind of an art form and when done properly can lead to a more enjoyable time on the water when the weather takes a turn.

When Friday came around, we thought it would be best to remind you all of the Art Exhibition Opening featuring Garrison Doctor. We are super excited about this event and we are hoping to see all of you here at our Denver Location! In case you missed our post about the event here is the quick and dirty run down. Garrison, Co-Founder & Designer of RepYourWater, is well known inside and outside the fly fishing community for his amazingly detailed prints and photography. We are honored and excited to host an art exhibition showcasing Garrison and his selection of favorite pieces. If you have ever wanted to purchase a Garrison Doctor original piece now is your time to do so! All pieces are original artwork done by Garrison Doctor, none are prints. Friday, I also released another edition to the Know Your Gear series, and this time I thought it would be best to cover Strike Indicators. In the modern day of angling, these little plastic objects have become synonymous with fly fishing. In the day of high-level marketing and advertising, it is easy to get a little lost in the noise and forget the fact that this little piece of plastic or yarn is nothing more than a bobber.

No matter what you are doing this weekend make sure you have a good time doing it. I know that sounds simple but, sometimes it just needs to be said. We had a pretty great week here at the shop this past week and as you can see we have a ton of fun events planned for the future not just here in the shop but for our Youtube channel as well and we hope you follow along, I promise you won't want to miss out! As I mentioned before, if you are enjoying these sorts of weekly recaps let me know over email. I'd love to hear from yall. What are some of y'alls plans this weekend? For me, hopefully, a trip to the alpine is in order. 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, load up the fly boxes, and enjoy the weekend. Oh, and make sure to take The Tape Deck with you.


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