Friday, September 26, 2014

PFA Update Tournament 9/27/14

Antonito, Colorado–September 26, 2014    Twenty-four top fly anglers from five nations will cast their fly lines in the waters of Southern Colorado hoping to land the 2014 Pro Fly Angling Tour Championship and cash prizes.
The Conejos River on the private Canon Bonito Fisherman’s Club  will be the venue for the competition.  The official walk through for the PFA Tour members will be on Friday, September 26th with the competition commencing at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 27th.  For directions go to 
This area of Colorado may be best known for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, but anglers will be rewarded with spectacular fishing in a beautiful mountain setting.
“We’re excited to bring the PFA Tour Championship to the San Luis Valley, which is another great example of the amazing fisheries we have in the United States,” explains Anthony Naranja, Founder of the Pro Fly Angling Tour.
“Antonito and the surrounding villages are home to the Conejos River, Los Pinos River and countless mountain streams and lakes with views of the Continental Divide.  International tourists enjoy this area while experiencing the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  Outdoor enthusiasts take in the limitless hunting, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities of this world-class sportsman’s paradise,” shares Aaron Abeyta, Mayor of Antonito.
“What a moment in our neighborhood, the PFA Tour is coming,” adds Pat Blakenship of the Conejos Fly Shop.  “The PFA Tour members and fans will see why we love this area.”
The Pro Fly Angling Tour is a new sports property that is providing the competitive angler a platform to showcase angling skill, physical stamina, and mental focus.  Innovative designs in gear, flies, and techniques are common as PFA Tour members pioneer their way through this new format, which includes a 1/2 mile run during the event.
Each competitor gets 20 minutes to catch and release fish and then moves to a new section of water.  Help on the bank comes from a fishing caddy.  The caddy can assist with flies and rods, or give advice on presentation and tactics.  Anglers fish from 9:00am to mid afternoon covering all sections of the competition water.
The event is free and open to the public.
Host, Raleigh Cain along with camera and audio crews will capture the event.   The first episode of 2014  PFA Tour Season video series will be released in October on

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fly Fishing Slang: Things You Need To Know

"There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot."
Steven Wright

...see that 28" gulper on river right?

I love fly fishing slang. You know... those funny, weird, descriptive phrases we use to describe things. Many of these slang phrases begin with guides so I call it guidespeak. But whatever you call it, we all know it when we hear it and I'm sure we all agree it's descriptive, colorful and lots of fun. 

Slang is important too. It helps us communicate and convey crucial concepts, but more importantly, slang lets us know where we stand in the tribe... don't know the lingo and you are relegated to a newbie or worse yet, a bait fisherman.

Each generation of fly fishermen makes contributions to this vernacular. Slang therefore reflects the health of our sport. If no new slang words are entering the lexicon, that's not a good sign. If new slang abounds, then many new faces can usually be seen in the fly shops and on the water. You'll be happy to know that our sport is indeed healthy! 

What follows are some on my favorites. If you know all these colorful terms, you're on the cutting edge. If not please read carefully, there will be a quiz afterwards.

Also, PLEASE send me your favorite slang terms…
I'll post addenda as need be!

Here we go:

Let it marinate or Let it rust: Often clients have the tendency to become impatient with a dead-drift and want to pick up their fly and cast again. Guides may want their clients to keep it in the water as they drift along so they tell them to "Let it marinate" or "Let it rust."

Dope-on-a-rope: A guy that hogs a good spot by dropping anchor on it. 

Buzzing the tower: A cast that whizzes by the guide's head and elicits a duck or flinch.
Over the shoulder boulder holder: The cast that propels a heavily weighted nymph or streamer in a circular fashion. Low on the backcast then over the top on the delivery cast.

Hung: To get hooked-up

Garbaged: When a fish eats a fly with no hesitation he "garbaged" it up. 

Water Whippers which is the same as Flea Flickers: Term for fly fishermen. As there were two "water whippers" in that pool.

Darrells: Spinheads or bait fishermen who are killing fish. They come with mullets, tall boy Coors lights in cozies, NASCAR hats and a lower lip swollen with chew.

Convict: similar to a Darrell, but worse because they snag fish.

Farmer: One who constantly loses fish.

Barney: A term used to describe an angler who claims to know everything, but can't get hung.

Bead off: Alaska guide's term for fishing with a bead. Enough said.

Drive By: In the west, it's a fast, high gradient river that only gives you one chance at a spot as you float by. Alternate definition is when a fish hits a fly, but doesn't stay on. Often a drive by happens more often to farmers and Barneys. A guide might say "we had a couple of drive bys, but no hook-ups".

Tatering: Screwing up. Best if done so sensationally that it's clear to everyone you screwed up. If you're smart, you then anticipate the derogatory comments by making them first yourself. As in "Man, I tatered that cast! I suck!" Used to be called cheesing. As in, "I cheesed that cast! I suck!"

Reduced:  Hooking a good fish and losing it in some creative and dramatic way rather than just comingunbuttoned(unhooked)Getting spooled, falling, your fly line catching on your fighting butt, snapping off on a rock or tree... all these qualify.

Cross their eyes: A proper hook set. A guide might say "He's on, cross his eyes". If the client doesn't see the strike or responds with a mamby-pamby hook set, a guide might escalate his order by demanding "Set the hook before he shits it out!"

Wood shampoo: When killing a salmon for dinner, guides often pick up a short log and whack the fish over the head… this is a wood shampoo. This term has been around for awhile but I still like it! If you kill more than one fish to serve more people you "whack 'em and stack 'em".

In its pajamas: A salmon that is spawned out.

Bank maggot: The same as beach lice. Bank fishermen that don't give way to a floater in a drift boat or raft.

Swamp donkey: A moose. Typically one that stands in the spot you want to fish.

Locked Down: Drag tightened as far as possible. Same as pegged. Not to confused with button-down which is to tighten down your drag.

Captainitis: When a guy first gets his captains license and starts acting like a jerk, barking orders etc.

Grump: a large old fish of any species that is usually pretty beat up.

Chewed: Getting bit. This often leads to being hung unless you are a farmer or a Barney.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pro Fly Angling Tour is Coming to Us.

What a moment in our neighborhood.  The PFA is coming to us on Saturday September 27th.

Volunteers are needed for scorekeeper, officials, and two medical personnel.  Contact Leslee Waggener at or 303-917-6105.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September to Remember

Wow, what a week of fishing on the Conejos!   The weather is fantastic.  70's in the afternoon and 40's at night.    Fly fishermen and women catching toads  on jimmy legs, red and orange stimulators , midges and small dry flies too.  Call for a cabin, a guide trip or a fish, eat and sleep package.

REMEMBER - WE HAVE A SALE GOING ON !!!!  Waders, boots, reels and rods, bags too.

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