Hike to Fish

I don't fish enough high mountain lakes.  Although I fish quite often, you need more time in order to hike several miles, fish for a few hours and then hike back.  Most anglers (like myself) are not willing to devote that many hours (and steps) when we know reliable fishing spots an hour from Denver that hold trout over 20 inches. Since the beginning of September I have been hiking more and learning that the joy is in the journey.  I have hiked to at least four new lakes and fished three of them. (One was barren of trout).  The trails to these lakes are just like rivers; they're all different.  There is something magical about that.  I've also gotten in better shape trudging up these trails with my vest and fly rod in tow.   All Trails is a great app and by reading through the comments you can really get a feel for exactly what you're going to encounter on the trail.  I will then google the lake and make sure there are trout there. (This sounds obvious, but it cost me d

Peeping Caddis Fly Tying Tutorial

  Check out my latest video and tie up some Peeping Caddis Larva.  This fly resembles a Caddis Larva poking its head out of its casing. Video Link:    Peeping Caddis Video The micro chenille will be the hardest material to track down.  I found some on eBay.  Take care and happy fishing/fly tying!

Summer Fly Fishing in New York: COVID 2020

This summer has been a wild ride.  I drove across the country, twice, fished the Genesee River, Keuka Lake, and the main stem and west branches of the Delaware River during my time in New York State.   Fishing the Genesee back in New York is part of our annual camping trip.  I believe this year was our 10th trip in succession, which is pretty cool.  The water was a bit high, but that didn't stop us.  My best buddy Jared and I hiked a section with solid results on streamers and nymphs.  There was not much dry fly action to be had so we had to adjust our tactics in order to get subsurface eats.  The water was super high throughout the spring so these fish were hot to trot and put up some solid battles.   A fat and healthy fish from the Genny. A strange thing happened with this 18" rainbow.  Jared caught it in a riffle and not 5 minutes later after he had walked upstream I caught him again.  He was hungry (and perhaps a little stupid...) :)   Jared nabbed this beauty on a streame

Stalcup's Trico Variation (Trico Dun)

  Here's the link to the video:  Stalcup's Trico Variation (Trico Dun) Video It's Trico time here in Colorado and around the United States.  At the beginning of the hatch the fish will focus on the male and also female duns.  The males have a black thorax, which is sometimes pretty bulky. Watch the naturals when you start seeing them at the beginning of the hatch and if you see one get eaten or you just see a rise, but one of my Stalcup's Trico Variations on, get a good drift, and enjoy the results. If the CDC gets wet and the fly sinks mid-drift, let it go.  Often times fish will eat sunken Tricos.  As the hatch progresses, you can still fish this, but if your dun keeps getting ignored, throw on a spinner.

Fly Fishing in Cheesman Canyon

A friend of mine put together this amazing video of me fly fishing in Colorado.   Feel free to follow him on Instagram @notmattfrey He is a very talented photographer and videographer. Check out the video  here.

Covid-19 Fly Fishing in Colorado

    What a difference a few months can make.  My last blog post dealt with the beginning of the pandemic in the good 'ol U.S. of A., but since then we've been holed up for two months and states are already beginning to re-open.  My trip to Utah seems like a year ago...     What's interesting is that here in Colorado Governor Polis did NOT lock down fishing although people were supposed to stay close to home.  Based on some of the crowds I have witnessed that has not been happening.  I have also seen plenty of out-of-state plates the last few weeks. Crowds at Deckers have been ridiculous, but due to the concentration of quality fish there, that will always be the case, especially on the weekends.   I think a lot of fisherman that lost their jobs and were quarantined realized that their one release was the river.     Honestly, that's how I have felt although I have been remotely teaching for two months now.  My Covid-19 panic levels have been relatively low although I hav

Simple Perdigon

Check out the fly tying tutorial I made for this deadly pattern.  It's a proven winner. Simple Perdigon Fly Tying Video
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Michael Agostinho
I love nature and I vehemently enjoy fly fishing and fly tying. Check out my YouTube channel via the link at the top of the website and check out all of the links below. Tight lines!