Fort Collins Fly Fishing: Tenkara and Tight Line Nymphing

Today’s Blog PostLargest fish of the dayOn July 6, 2019, I assisted team Zen Tenkara at 5280 Angler Fly Fishing Festivus event, held at Boxwood Gulch  This is an annual event and more information is at 5280 Angler FestivusIt was my …

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Largest fish of the day




















On July 6, 2019, I assisted team Zen Tenkara at 5280 Angler Fly Fishing Festivus event, held at Boxwood Gulch  This is an annual event and more information is at 5280 Angler Festivus

It was my very first time at Boxwood Gulch, which is private land-water.  My job was assisting 5280 Angler clients, who wished to try Zen Tenkara rods 

Prior to the start, there was some pre-game chatter about fast-high-dirty water, rigging, and which flies to use.  When I fish new water, I utilize the K.I.S.S. principle (i.e., Keep It Simple Stupid).  This translates to fish the conditions and think the following:  
  1. Velocity (CFS) and depth of water
  2.  Length of leader-tippet and weight
Notice how hatch, flies, or other were not part of my pre-game thinking.  With such fast-high-dirty water, the game plan was nothing more than: 

How to get 'meat flies' down as quickly as possible, into their face!

As seen in the above photo, the game plan paid off.  With the Suimenka rod, I set up a non-indicator two fly nymph rig using:  


Anchor Fly: Fast Water Prince Jig
Top Fly: Non-bead pheasant tail

With this very simple rigging and the Suimenka rod, I was happy to see clients catching plenty of big healthy fish.   

Tenkara Lessons?

If you would like to learn how to blend traditional or tight-line nymph fishing with tenkara rod fishing, we offer a 100% customized class, called E.I. Fly 5X

With the 5X class, you tell me what you want to learn and I'll teach you! 

PS.  I had a great experience -- thank you to Zen Tenkara, 5280 Angler, and Boxwood Gulch.

‘Donation Only’ Family Fly Fishing Class: Fort Collins Client Testimonial

Meet Fort Collins newest fly-fishing family.

Client Testimonial:

The other night my family and I met with Mark for our very first fly-fishing class.  Mark really focused on my eight and ten year old boys, introducing them to casting methods in a fun unique way.  

My boys enjoyed the paintbrush and bubble games the most.  If you and your family are new to fly-fishing and want to test the waters without a huge expense, I would highly recommend Mark’s intro class.  It’s a great way to learn something new and spend outdoor time with your family.  We will be doing other classes with him in the near future.


G. Baca.  Fort Collins, CO

PS. 

1. Info at USA Lessons
2. During your class, we do not sell products, guided trips, advertise/promote, or other — classes are 100% dedicated to education/teaching and fun!

Meet Fort Collins newest fly-fishing family.

Client Testimonial:

The other night my family and I met with Mark for our very first fly-fishing class.  Mark really focused on my eight and ten year old boys, introducing them to casting methods in a fun unique way.  

My boys enjoyed the paintbrush and bubble games the most.  If you and your family are new to fly-fishing and want to test the waters without a huge expense, I would highly recommend Mark’s intro class.  It’s a great way to learn something new and spend outdoor time with your family.  We will be doing other classes with him in the near future.

G. Baca.  Fort Collins, CO

PS. 

1. Info at USA Lessons
2. During your class, we do not sell products, guided trips, advertise/promote, or other -- classes are 100% dedicated to education/teaching and fun!

Fort Collins Beginner Fly Fishing Class: Donation Only Payment

Today’s Blog Post Hey FoCo, guess who just moved here?I am Fly Fishers International (FFI) certified fly fishing instructor, that offers adult lessons and:Donation Only Basic Fly Fishing Lessons for Kids and Families (ages 6-12)I a…

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Hey FoCo, guess who just moved here?

I am Fly Fishers International (FFI) certified fly fishing instructor, that offers adult lessons and:



Donation Only 
Basic Fly Fishing Lessons for Kids and Families 
(ages 6-12)



I am pleased to announce, I have taught my first FoCo family, and hope to teach many more.

At City Park, the Baca family (mom, dad, and their two boys) spent 1.5 fun filled hours learning basic fly casting skills and lots more.




Since 2004, via New Hampshire Fish-n-Game, Trout Unlimited, Phillips Exeter Academy, and First Cast Fly Fishing, I have taught hundreds of kids and families (it's my way of giving back to my community -- all donation $ pays for equipment, supplies, prizes, gas, etc). 

Also, I am a Colorado counselor-therapist and life coach (passed all state and national background checks).

If you are looking for educational, outdoor family fun, without spending tons of $, click link: Kids-Family Donation Only 



Thank You Fort Collins!