The Salad Days

The bamboo days of Colorado’s winter are certainly not the salad days of summer to refer to Shakespeare’s famous idiomatic expression. Next time you are at a fancy Denver cocktail party we at Colorado fly fishing reports urge you to use the term idiomatic expression.

So while winter may not be the ideal time to be a fly fisherman in Colorado the salad days of spring and summer are certainly upon as March and April can offer some of the best fishing for trophy trout, carp, wiper, pike and bass on Colorado’s Front Range.

St. Vrain
Fly Fishing Colorado’s iconic St. Vrain is a great place to cast a bamboo fly rod…

In the meantime, we recently spent some time hanging out with close friends making some pretty darn cool bamboo fly rods. It is truly an art to watch a skilled craftsman with a passion for fishing to make a rod from a piece of bamboo, the process is simply amazing.

And when all is said and done bamboo, which is actually a grass, seems to have more life, motion and play than even the best modern graphite fly rods on the market. As Ed Engle says in his book Fishing Small Flies, “Put as little between yourself and the trout as possible.” Bamboo fly rods definitely bridge the gap, between man, nature and fish.

Brook Trout
The rewards can be great!

For more bamboo and fly-fishing shenanigans check out Shawn Bratt, master rod makers blog:

Be sure to start tying flies and don’t forget to stock up on Ticate and Tamales this week, as the weather looks a bit cold!

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports


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