Denver’s Top Angling Destination, Trout’s Fly Fishing, Marks 15th Anniversary

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With 3,000 square feet of space, Trout’s is everything fly fishing, from equipment, gear and apparel, to education, fly fishing outings and worldwide destination travel

Trout’s Fly Fishing, the iconic home for everything fly fishing in Denver and throughout the world, is marking its 15th anniversary serving the sport and its devoted practitioners with fly fishing gear, fishing reports, education, short-term guide services and destination travel booking for the serious fly fisher in us all.

Hatched on Old South Gaylord in 1995, Trout’s was purchased five years ago by Tucker Ladd, a long-time fly fishing, back packing and wilderness guide who decided to take his love for fly fishing and his experience to the next level. In 2007, Ladd moved the shop to 1303 E. 6th Ave., between Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek, and since then the shop has grown to more than 3,000 square feet of space dedicated to every aspect of the sport adherents often address in reverent terms.

“Fly fishing is a more pure way of fishing than spin fishing or bait fishing,” says Ladd, a Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University. “I got into it for that purity. We practice and recommend catch and release to keep the fish in the river ready to be caught again.”

Ladd has been a devoted fly fisherman for more than 20 years, having learned its techniques, subtleties and pleasures from his father. His brother and sister are also avid fly fishers, although Ladd admits that “Mom has never been much of an angler.”

Trout’s Fly Fishing is a complete fly fishing shop, and at a complete online resource, with such equipment as rods, reels and line, and gear ranging from waders, nets, vests and packs, to fishing bags, apparel and outerwear.

And, of course, the shop is replete with thousands of flies, with more than 2400 open bins and the largest selection of flies available anywhere in the Western U.S. The fly inventory includes such types as nymphs, dries, terrestrials and streamers, and such insect types as caddis, stonefly, blue wing olive, pale morning dun, midge, and worm, egg, scud and Mysis. In addition, Trout’s carries warm water files for carp, bass and pike fishing, saltwater flies for bonefish, tarpon, redfish, snook, sailfish, billfish and more, and even exotic flies for such a catch as peacock bass.

Fly fishing is one of those sports, like golf, that looks a lot easier than it is in reality, and one where even experienced aficionados continue to learn for a lifetime. In response, Trout’s Fly Fishing has its Angling University where education covers everything from teaching children to fly fish, training in dry fly fishing for western trout, and mastering the art of casting to wary saltwater fish, to learning the basics of entomology and the craft and art of tying flies. There is a full curriculum in fly fishing, fly tying and casting, free classes covering a variety of fly fishing topics, and private instruction is also available.

Trout's Fly Fishing Angling University is directed and managed by Ethan Emery, a Colorado native, pro-staff guide for the Fly Fisher Guide Service and professional educator. Through years of teaching high school math and science, Emery has developed a fly fishing school curriculum that incorporates new technology, time tested teaching techniques, and the best in fishing equipment to ensure that students leave the program satisfied and more accomplished in fly fishing. All classes take place on-site at Trout's Fly Fishing 3rd floor classroom, or on one of many stretches of river along the Front Range.

Another key aspect of the service at Trout’s Fly Fishing is in arranging guided fly fishing outings. Teaming up with the Flyfisher Guide Service, Trout’s customers can enjoy fly fishing trips 365 days a year, including 4- to 5-hour trips, full day outings, and group and corporate fly fishing trips, with each type of trip featuring lunch, equipment for rental, tackle, transportation and instruction. Moreover, Ladd and his team can help in booking destination travel for guided freshwater and saltwater fly fishing trips at many locations throughout the world.

It doesn’t end there, with Trout’s Fly Fishing also featuring fly fishing and stream flow reports for rivers and fishing sports throughout Colorado, complete with local weather conditions, and recommendations for local fly shops in the immediate area.

“Trout’s is for anyone in the Denver fly fishing community and for everyone who needs a great resource to learn the sport, continue their education, get their gear, or just to meet other anglers who share their passion,” says Ladd.

For more information on Trout’s Fly Fishing and its many fly fishing resources, visit and call 303-733-1434.

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Danielle Yuthas
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