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Fall on the Dream Stream

by Ben Davis • September 26, 2012

Dream Stream Brown - American Sportsman Outfitters

Have you ever dreamed of a picturesque river where gargantuan trout are plentiful and easy to catch? The kind of stream where you dip your net in the water and giant brown trout swim right into it? Ok, maybe the last idea was too much, but every fly fisherman has fantasized at some point about battling 10+ pound trout in a skinny tailrace...[View Article]


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How to Fight and Land Big Fish

Big Fish - American Sportsman Outfittersby Ben Davis • June 19, 2012

Anyone can land a 12 inch trout. You can make many mistakes, and still bring that fish safe and sound to the net. It’s a much different story, however, when the bruiser at the end of your tippet is pushing 20+ inches and sometimes double digit pounds. Without the right technique, you’ll end up with another fish story instead of the pictures of a lifetime...[View Article]

 

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5 Fly Fishing Gadgets you need to Own

Fly Fishing Gadget - American Sportsman Outfitters

by Andrew Davis • June 18, 2012

The sport of fly fishing involves doo-dahs and thing-a-ma-jigs just as much as it does fly rods and rainbow trout. Any serious fly fisherman owns at least a gadget or two whose “exact purpose” is difficult to explain to the layman. Here’s our list of 5 must have fly fishing gadgets you can add to your birthday list...[View Article]

 

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May Fly of the Month - Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear

Hare's Ear - American Sportsman Outfittersby Andrew Davis • May 3, 2012

Ever hear of the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch?  In May, you'd better tie on a caddis, and this fly is a perfect match! ...[View Article]

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April Fly of the Month - Cheeseman Emerger

by Andrew Davis • April 22, 2012

Cheeseman Emerger - American Sportsman OutfittersFly fishing in Colorado means Blue Winged Olives (BWO's). Lots of them. If you want to have success on the stream, you better tie one on, and we've found no better fly that the Cheeseman Emerger. Designed by Angler's Covey guide, Chris Ramos, this fly is a perfect BWO match and always on our rigs in the spring. Here's the lowdown... [View Article]

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Spring Rainbows on Colorado's Taylor River

by Ben Davis • April 4, 2012

Large Rainbow Trout - American Sportsman OutfittersWhen you hear tales of sight casting to 10+ pound trout, most fly fisherman dream of New Zealand’s fabled rivers, or perhaps of some remote, unfished Alaskan stream.  Unfortunately, for most fishermen such grand excursions are a distant fantasy.  What if I told you, however, that you needn’t spend a fortune nor bushwhack Alaska for miles to catch 30+ inch trout on light fly tackle?  The catch and release section of Colorado’s Taylor River is easily accessible, and you’re odds of landing a whopper rainbow trout are far from fantasy [...]

 

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Michigan's Detroit River Walleyes

by Ben Davis • March 28, 2012

Walleye - American Sportsman OutfittersAmerican Sportsman Outfitters is just finishing a two day walleye fishing trip on Michigan’s Detroit River. The angling was long and tiring, involving constant jigging, bouncing, re-rigging, etc., but fortunately the fish did not disappoint. After two days, we’ve got a full bag to show for our efforts. ASO was guided during the two day trip by Master’s Walleye Circuit fishing pro, Ken Zmudzinski. Ken... [...]

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Ice Fishing - Tips on using Electronics and Sonars

 

Ben Davis ice fishes for cutthroat trout and offers some hints on how to make the most on your ice fishing electronics.

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Fly Fishing 101 - Fly Casting Basics

by Ben Davis • August 21, 2011

Fly Fishing 101 - American Sportsman Outfitters

Fly Casting is much different than casting a spinning rod. When casting a lure from a spinning rod, the monofilament line is weightless and the weight of the lure gives distance to your cast. When fly casting, the weight of the fly line gives distance to your cast. Force moves through the rod tip and through the fly line, propelling an otherwise small, weightless fly. When [...]

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Colorado's Legendary Front Range

by Ben Davis • August 15, 2011

Kokanee Salmon - American Sportsman Outfitters

No matter where you are in Colorado, there is great fishing to be had. Whether you are fly fishing, spin fishing, or ice fishing, Colorado has plenty to offer. From large rivers and reservoirs to small streams, Colorado is a fisherman’s paradise. Most of the great trout fishing in rivers takes place on the South Platte. There are great reservoirs within reasonable driving distance of metro areas, including Antero, Spinney Mountain, and Eleven Mile Reservoir. The storied South Platte River, which is relatively close to Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver, offers [...]

 

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Fly Fishing 101 - Reading Trout Water

by Ben Sabo • August 9, 2011

Reading Trout Water - American Sportsman OutfittersIt’s great to be a proficient fly caster, but accurate casting does not necessarily catch trout.  You can have the ability to delicately land dry flies and nymphs, but if you don’t know where trout hold in a stream, you won’t have much success.  All trout have certain instincts and habits that dictate their daily behavior, no matter what stream or river [...]

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Fly Fishing 101 - Equipment

by Andrew Davis • August 10, 2011

Fly Fishing Buddies - American Sportsman Outfitters

Fly Fishing is like most other hobbies as far as equipment is concerned – you can spend nearly as much money you’d like before you even get started.  Having the right gear to get you on the river and into trout, however, doesn’t have to blow the budget.  Here is a quick list and some suggestions that can get you started without breaking the bank [...]

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South Platte River - On Stream Helpful Hints

 

Ben Davis fishes Colorado's South Platte River, catching 3 different species of trout and offering helpful hints.

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Ice Fishing Colorado

by Ken Zmudinski • January 22, 2012

Ice Fishing 11 Mile Reservoir - American Sportsman OutfittersAsk anyone in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan how thick the ice is, and they'll immediately give you an answer, and then tell you how the conditions have been lately, and then they'll tell you about the the monster fish their cousin Billy hauled up through the ice last week. But ask any Colorado resident about ice fishing and your likely to get some confused looks. "You mean there's actually frozen water in Colorado? I thought it was all rivers!" Yes, there are in fact large reservoirs in Colorado. And with only a little bit of information [...]

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