My name is Todd Lansing and I live on the front range of Colorado. I've been a fairly serious angler now for 21+ years, tying flies for 12 and rowing boats for 10 years. I'm predominately a trout fisherman, but also enjoy fishing for anything with a fin. As with most anglers I've progressed in techniques and what type of fishing is most interesting to me. As a kid fishing the smaller streams of southwest Colorado I spent almost all of my days fishing dry flies as the excitement of watching a trout break the surface to eat your fly is hard to beat. As I explored more waters and starting fishing larger rivers (compared to the streams as a kid) I was forced to adapt my fishing techniques from the small stream dap to exploring sub-surface and nymphing. I always knew nymphing was a more productive way to fish, but with the excitement of what seamed like an endless supply of Brookies willing to take an Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wolfe, Trude, etc. slowed my progression and learning curve. It wasn't until I was fishing the fabled San Juan consistently that nymphing became a mainstay in my fishing tactics. Nymphing became my method of choice, so much so, my pals starting calling the nymph maniac and for good reason. For several years I nymph fished almost exclusively and wouldn't switch up to a dry unless conditions were too good to pass up. Of course, the learning curve continued as my diversity of fisheries, the number of days fishing from a boat, different species, and the types of water explored continued to grow.
I'm becoming a more well rounded angler with each passing year. For years now I've been working on streamer fishing techniques. It all started nymphing Wooley Buggers dead drift, which not only saved some slow days, but opened my eyes to a whole new world. The realization that trout eat more than Midges, Mayflies, Caddis, Stoneflies and terrestrials. This was not new knowledge, but something that was oppressed due to small streams, tail waters, and those influencing me. Not anymore!! Streamers are always my first choice especially when fishing from a boat. This is not to say that I don't fish drys or nymph, but come on, how fun is staring at a bobber while the boat is moving at the same speed? Yes, it has its advantages and its place, but to commit a day to it; I don't think so. So for now its streamers (or large dry flies) from the boat, nymphing the holes and slots while wading, and drys are generally saved for the opportune moments in a hatch that draw so many to the sport.
My goal in writing this blog is to provide quality information about my experiences as a fisherman including trip reports, photos, flies, boats and everything else that goes with the entire fishing experience. With that said, I am a fisherman first and foremost, not a photographer or a professional fly tier. I will be posting fly tying instructions on some of the flies I have either designed or have great success with. I understand many of the flies I have designed will often be looked at as a variation of another fly or someone else may claim the design as their own. That’s fine with me as I’m a fisherman first and a fly tier second. I’ll let the pros decided what is a new fly and what a variation of existing flies is.
Welcome, hopefully you will find some useful information between the lines when reading this blog. Any comments good, bad or the other are always welcomed.