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Adventures with Alan takes on fly fishing for the first time

In our exclusive Adventures with Alan series, we’ll travel through southern Colorado week after week to show you thrills, hidden gems and well-known spots.

For this adventure, we channel our inner Brad Pitt from the classic 90s movie, “A River Runs Through it.”

But instead of Montana, our sights are set on the South Platte River in scenic Eleven Mile Canyon.

It’s fly fishing time

Our guide for this adventure is Phil Tereyla, with Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs.

After putting on boots and waders to keep us dry, we enter the river.

The water is crystal clear and cool on this beautiful fall morning…and that’s where our instruction begins.

In fly fishing, fish are caught using artificial flies.

Tereyla tells us that this allows them to eat as they normally would in a more natural environment.

“All these fish do is sit facing upstream. They just do that…open and close their mouths and let the current bring them food,” Tereyla said.

It’s adventurous and relaxing, but it takes patience like all other forms of fishing.

“(If) that indicator goes all the way down, if it gives you a funny wink…anything that looks like it’s not floating above water, we’re going to put that hook in,” Tereyla said.

By placing the hook, it refers to the action of rapidly pulling the rod downstream.

This will place the fly in the corner of the fish’s mouth.

Shortly after learning the basics and spotting a few spots, we hooked our first fish.

However, thanks to a slow wedging, the fish escaped.

After that initial strike, we had a dry spell.

Cool, overcast conditions may be partly to blame.

Staying put, we keep casting until… we catch another fish!

Once I started dealing with this guy… he ran away.

To update you, that would be:

Fish: 2
Alan: 0

At this point, I check in with Tereyla to find out what I did right and what I did wrong.

“So the casting was great. Your hook game was great, in the right direction. We were maybe just a little slow on our hook game,” Tereyla said.

As we approach lunchtime, the sun and warmer temperatures are helping to bring out more flies.

Tereyla tells us that the more flies the better, and he’s right!

With more flies landing on the water, the fish seem more alert and we are starting to see more action.

And after a few close calls (hooks), we unwind our first bow of the day!

After landing some celebratory high fives and a photo with the fish, it’s time to release it back into the river.

That’s the rule here on this section of the South Platte.

Not wanting to give up, we keep going a bit longer until we land our second fish of the day, and it’s even bigger than the first!

Final score at the end of our day:

Fish: 2
Alan: 2

And just like that, I’m hooked…

For a first timer, I can’t say enough about how much fun I had on my first fly fishing.

I want to thank our guide Phil Tereyla from Angler’s Covey for taking us out on the river and showing us a great time.

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Fly fishing ranking

Now is the time to write down my latest adventure.

For difficulty, the process of learning how to fly fish properly with a good solid cast took a bit of time. Once I got it, we ended up catching at least two fish and catching two. 3.5 out of 5.

For the level of enjoyment I think the natural beauty of the experience plus fly fishing for my first time resulted in a perfect day of enjoyment. 5 out of 5.

Now for my final rating… let’s rate this one 5 stars out of 5.


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