The Drift is offering a host of special deals now through the end of September. Stop by the shop and you will find savings on ALL rod/reel purchases, as well as a host of great deals on a wide range of waders and boots. We are very excited about the great fall-fishing conditions on the Pueblo Tailwater and want to help our customers get geared up to make the most of the best fall fishing we've seen in years.
Fly Fishing 101 Class: Saturday September 27th from 10:00am - 3:00pm
This class is ideal for those looking to get into fly fishing but just don't know where to begin. A little upfront explaination on the equipment, terminology, knots and rigging, fly selection and fly casting can go a long way to shortening the learning curve. This is a 4 - 5 hour group class that includes an hour of fly casting instruction on dry land. All equiment is provided and no previous experience is needed to take this class. The cost is $50/person (OR Free with a qualifying purchase!) and class size is limited to 6 people. Call or stop by the shop to reserve your spot.
Beginner Fly Tying Course:
October 28th, 30th, November 4th and 6th from 6 - 9 pm
This class is geared toward teaching you the fundamentals of fly tying. You will learn to tie a minimum of eight different fly patterns, utilizing a variety of materials and techniques that can then be applied to a multitude of other fly patterns. The class includes four nights of instruction starting at 6:00 pm and finishing around 9pm. Use of tools and materials during the class is included and students will receive 10% off all fly tying related purchases for the duration of the course. Cost is $80 with a maximum class size of four people. ($40 down required to secure your spot!)
Entomology 201: Sunday September 28th, from 3:00 - 6:00pm
If you can identify a midge, mayfly or caddis streamside or have already taken The Drift’s beginner entomology class and want to know MORE about bugs this class is for you. The curriculum goes beyond identification, and details information on hatch cycles, insect mobility, fish insect recognition tools, and teaches the vital keys to applying this knowledge to your fishing.
The class is taught at The Drift Fly Shop and will use photos, diagrams, video, preserved, and live specimens to aid your learning. This is a three to four hour long class and costs $25.00.
Top Waters to Fish This Fall
The fish on the "PT" have been well rested for the past three months thanks consistently high flows courtesy of a good winter snow pack and a cool, wet spring and summer. Flows have come down below 200 cfs for the first time all summer and the fish are fat and feisty. Hatches of tricos, caddis, aquatic moths and midge happening on a daily basis and water conditions should only get better over the upcoming weeks.
Arkansas River - Bighorn Canyon
The Arkansas River from Canon City to Salida has finally cleared up again and flows are now very conducive to wading fishing. Hatches of Tricos, Red Quills, and caddis are frequent and the terrestrial action is also heating up. Streamer fishing should kick into high gear again as the browns move into their pre-spawn mentality.
Alpine Lakes and Streams of the Sangre de Christo Mountains and Collegiate Peaks
Fall is right around the corner, but there's still time to hike or 4x4 into the high country to find some solitude and hungry cutthroats, bows and brookies. There are numerous lakes in these two mountain ranges that offer up some fantastic scenery and fishing. The trout that call these high lakes home know the days are getting shorter and it's time to fatten up before the snow starts to fly. Terrestrials such as ants, beetles and small hoppers are very effective on the high lakes and a handful of attractor dry flies are generally all that's needed in the adjoining small streams.