Fly Casting

Learn techniques and methods to improve your fly casting skills. From beginner to advanced, you will find something here to become a better fly caster.

Choosing Your Next Fly Fishing Guide Service

If you’re looking to hire a fly fishing guide service in Colorado for your next day out on the water, look no further! Our website,, is run and managed by guides that work at Colorado Trout Fisher, Angling University, and The Flyfisher Guide Service. We recognize that there is a lot of competition here in Colorado when a person is looking to hire a fly fishing guide service, and that is why we have three different fly fishing guide services. We cater to all anglers and levels of ability while providing world-class instruction and the chance at landing a trout of a lifetime!

Colorado Trout Fisher is our public water guide service and we take pride in, and specialize, in our ability to instruct all levels of anglers. Whether you are picking up a fly rod for the first time or you want to spend the day with the family, our guides make fly fishing fun for everyone! We guide on the Denver South Platte, Deckers, South Boulder Creek, Boulder Creek, Clear Creek and Bear Creek.

Angling University is Denver, Colorado’s only fly fishing school. AU offers a curriculum for all levels of anglers both in the classroom and out on the river. There is a wide variety of classes as well. Our instructors give casting lessons if you’re looking to perfect your double haul cast for your next trip to the Bahamas. But we also give entomology, fly tying, rod building, and streamer technique classes as well. There are quite a few more courses offered than the ones listed above. Please check our website for a full viewing.

The Flyfisher Guide Service is the exclusive fly fishing guide service at Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club. On any given day our clients can catch snake river cutthroats, cutbows, brookies, rainbows, and brown trout– and sometimes all five in one day! Our fly fishing guides work hard to meet the client’s needs– so if the client is there to catch nothing but big trout, it’s not unlikely to land a 28 inch piggie on the pristine waters of South Boulder Creek! Whether it’s the lunch that our distinguished chef preps up, the top notch facilities on property, or the strong fighting trout, our clients leave with a world-class experience.

Please reach out with any booking or fishing questions you may have!


Fly Casting: Adding Distance

Casting a fly rod is certainly a work of art and when done correctly it is amazing the distance you can achieve. Many of us probably believe that we are good if not great fly casters. But, I will be the first to admit that I am not. I can be accurate up to 60 feet but as soon as I try to add more line, my cast gets sloppy. The loop falls apart and my accuracy goes out the window. Now the argument is, that you hardly ever need make a single handed cast longer than 40-50 feet, especially when trout fishing. So why do you need to add more distance? I heard a casting instructor mention that “anyone who says you do not need to cast far means that they cannot.” There is probably quite a bit of truth to that statement and you might be wondering if you are that “guy.” Now lets say you are on a saltwater trip of a lifetime and you need to make a cast at a cursing tarpon or tailing permit and all of a sudden you need to cast and extra 10 – 20 feet of line accurately. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to complete that task without even thinking about it? Of course it would. This casting video from Orvis dishes out some excellent pointers on how to add distance to your cast. Take a peak and be ready next time to need to make a cast outside your comfort zone.

Orvis Superfine – As Smooth as it Gets…

It’s runoff in Colorado and many of our streams are at dangerous levels to wade and fish…

Now is the time to grab your backpack and hiking boots and head to a high country lake for some prime ice off fishing for wild trout.   High country lake destinations like Colorado’s Flat Tops, Indian Peaks Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park provide high country anglers with a lifetime of access to true “wild” fisheries filled with abundant bug life and healthy trout populations.

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A little shoe leather might have been worn getting to this spot but views like this are timeless in the end…

On a recent trip to a Rocky Mountain National Park lake that we aren’t going to give away (you are just going to have to find it yourself) we had the opportunity to put a handful of Orvis Superfine Rods to the test. Matched with furled leaders and small beetle and ant patterns we were able to put some nice Colorado high country trout in the net.

Green back Cutthroat Trout
Colorado’s Greenback Cut-throat trout? Whether it’s a pure greenback or not, it is sure one beautiful fish!

As Orvis says in regards to their Superfine rod series “Feel Everything – Target selective back channel sippers with finesse, thanks to the delicate presentations offered by the Superfine® rod series. Classic details, led by the unsanded graphite blank, meet modern construction for performance ready to battle the pickiest of trout. Whether you’re stalking western browns on the Big Hole or hunting ambitious brookies on a small eastern stream, the Superfine rod series come to play.”

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep!  How much do you think Colorado Parks & Wildlife could charge for a RMNP Archery Tag?!
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep! How much do you think Colorado Parks & Wildlife could charge for a RMNP Archery Tag?!

The Superfine Rods come in both glass and carbon models, depending on how much “play” you are looking for in your next fly rod. If you are a dry fly angler or small stream enthusiast you owe it to yourself to check out the Orvis Superfine Series today…

For more pictures and rod specifications check out

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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Front Range Fly Fishing Gear Review: G Loomis NRX LP Fly Rods

Well, it has been awful rainy lately so we decided to stop into the local fly shop and check out what’s new. There is a lot of cool new gear out for 2015 but the NRX LP Fly Rods or “Light Presentation Fly Rods” are truly the ticket for fishing our sometimes tough and technical Front Range waters like the South Platte, Boulder Creek, Bear Creek and South Boulder Creek.

G Loomis NRX Light Presentation Fly Rods
G Loomis NRX Light Presentation Fly Rods

As G-Loomis says, “When conditions call for long, delicate casts using extremely light leaders to help you fool spooky fish, the NRX LP rods are the answer. They are smooth casting, soft tapers for managing long, whisper-thin leaders and small to medium-sized dry flies. They track true for exceptional accuracy and control, plus they are light as a feather with beautiful lines, featuring select species cork and your choice of our original, stealthy look in matte black with bright blue wraps or a more traditional Evergreen with subtle green wraps and silver trim. When the fish get finicky and the water gets low and clear you will have the answer… NRX LP!”

After a little street casting we convinced our local fly shop hero to let us take a demo out and after some on-stream action we are truly impressed with the NRX LP as it really gets the job done on our front range streams. What is really impressive about this rod is first its accuracy and then the rods ability to load at short, long and medium distances. This is the perfect rod for dry fly fishing or dry and dropper rigs.

We highly recommend that you take a look at the G Loomis NRX LP’s but before you do be sure to stop by for the latest news on our Colorado streams.

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports