Trout’s Fly Fishing Opens Winter Fly Tying Demonstrations with Colorado’s Renowned Tier Andrew Grillos

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Denver’s premier fly fishing shop and resource center taps a leading fishing guide and ambassador for a free demonstration, discussion and instruction in the art of tying flies.

Trout’s Fly Fishing, Denver’s premier fly fishing shop and resource center, is launching its Winter 2010 Fly Tying Demonstration Series on Saturday, Oct. 16th with an exclusive demonstration, discussion and instruction session by one of Colorado’s top fly fishing guides, Andrew Grillos.

Grillos, a full-time fly fishing guide out of Gunnison and serving the Gunnison River and Gorge, Taylor Reservoir, the East River, the Lake Fork of the Gunnison, and the Arkansas River, is a Signature Tier for the renowned line of Idylwilde flies, and Guide Ambassador for Simms Fishing Products, the nation’s top angling resource for fishing performance wear and gear. In addition to guiding fly fishing excursions in Colorado, Grillos also guides for top outfitters in Alaska, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. The experienced guide and angler has been fly fishing since the age of 10 and tying his own flies since he was 14 years old.

“Andrew’s unique fly designs are recognized and widely distributed throughout the world,” says Tucker Ladd, owner of Trout’s Fly Fishing. “His fly designs are typically inspired by a desire to solve specific problems that he’s encountered while guiding around the world. Anyone interested in tying flies and the nuances of fly fishing can’t miss this event.”

The fly tying demonstrations at Trout’s Fly Fishing are part of the shop’s Angling University, a regular series of classes and demonstrations covering everything fly fishing, from the basics of the sport and fly tying, to casting, entomology and instruction for children. In addition there are also private instructions on fly fishing, and guided fly fishing excursions of a few hours to days in length on the rivers and waterways of Colorado.

“Whether it's teaching children to fish, learning to dry fly fish for western trout, mastering the art of casting to wary saltwater fish, or learning to tie your own flies, we have the instructors and classes for you,” adds Ladd.

Trout’s Fly Fishing in 2010 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.

First cast on Denver’s Old South Gaylord in 1995, Trout’s was purchased five years ago by 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., halfway 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 Colorado angling.

The shop features a complete array of fishing equipment, including rods, reels and line, and thousands of stocked flies with more than 2400 open bins -- the largest selection of flies available anywhere in the Western U.S. There is also gear ranging from waders, nets, vests and packs, to fishing bags, apparel and outerwear. Trout’s Fly Fishing also arranges guided fly fishing outings in Colorado, teaming up with the Flyfisher Guide Service, including 4- to 5-hour trips, full day outings, and group and corporate fly fishing trips. Ladd and his staff as well can help in booking destination travel for guided freshwater and saltwater fly fishing trips at many locations throughout the world.

The Andrew Grillos demonstration is free, and scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday October 17 in the Angling University classrooms at Trout’s Fly Fishing, 1303 E. 6th Ave. in Denver. Space is limited and registration required by calling 303-733-1434 and on the web at

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