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Spring Fishing Classic - Bass Pro Shops

by: David Coulson 2/21/2013

For the second year running I’ve been invited to do a presentation on fly fishing at the Denver Bass Pro Shop, located at 7970 Northfield Boulevard, Denver, CO.  I’ll be speaking 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fishing Theatre - Center Court.  My emphasis is on the use of sinking lines to catch “trophy” class fish.  Hopefully, I’ll see a few of you there. 

The full weekend schedule of events follows:

Friday 2/22/13

Fishing presentations at the Main Stage held Center Court

6:30pm Sam Heckman Tips for Fishing Local Waters
7:30pm Jack Winters Techniques for Fishing Locally
Saturday 2/23/13  

Authors Meet & Greet held Center Court

10am-1pm Charlie Craven Charlie's Fly Box; Basic Fly Tying
1pm-4pm Barry Reynolds Pike on the Fly; Fly Rodders Guide to Carp
Fishing presentations at the Fishing Theatre held Center Court

10:30am Sarah Barclay “Fly Fishing Rigging Techniques for the New Angler”
11:30am Barry Reynolds “Fly Fishing the South Platte through Metro Denver”
12:30pm Ethan Emery “Fly Fishing Myths and Truths”
1:30pm Sandi Roberts “Visiting Belize with your Fly Rod”
2:30pm Dave Coulson “Dredging up Trophies: Deep Water Techniques
3:30pm Bernie Keefe “Casting to Trophy Trout: Tactics, and Techniques
4:30pm Nathan Zelinsky  “HUGE Colorado Pike!”
Fishing seminars at the Frying Pan Lodge

1:30pm Dave Bryant  “Tips for Fishing Local Waters”
2:30pm Robby Richardson “Spring Fishing Tips”
3:30pm Donnie Cox “Baits for Success”
4:30pm Jim Cranmer “Best Tackle & Equipment”
5:30pm Tom "Doc" Johnson “Tips & Trends”
Fly tying demonstrations at the Umpqua Feather Merchants Showcase

10am-1pm Dennis Collier 
1pm-4pm Jay Zimmerman & Erin Block 
Sunday 2/24/13   

 Authors - Meet & Greet - Center Court 

10:30-1:30pm Landon Mayer  How to Catch the Biggest Trout of your Life and many more! 
1:30-4:30pm Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing Tailwaters,

Fishing presentations at the Fishing Theatre held Center Court 

10:30am Sam Heckman “Flippin' and Pitchin' Bass: Get into it!”
11:30am Patrick Tennyson “Fly Fishing ABC's: The Entomology of Fly Fishing”
12:30pm Pat Dorsey “Fly Fishing Western Tailwaters”
1:30pm Landon Mayer  “Sight Fishing Secrets “
2:30pm Al Noraker “Trout Beads and Droppers as a way to target large fish year round”
3:30pm Sandi Roberts “Fly Casting, from a Fly Casting Champion “
4:30pm Jim Cranmer “Trolling for Walleye, Crank Baits, Planer Boards, Lead Core”

Fishing seminars at the Frying Pan Lodge 

1:30pm Donnie Cox “Baits for Success”
2:30pm Jim Cranmer “Best Tackle & Equipment”
3:30pm Tom "Doc" Johnson “Tips & Trends”
4:30pm Robby Richardson “Techniques for Fishing Locally”

Fly tying demonstrations at the Umpqua Feather Merchants Showcase

10:30-1:30pm Dave Student 
1:30-4:30pm Chris Schrantz

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Member comments
Coyute, CO   2/21/2013 12:34:18 PM
Aye, cool event for the most part. With all the emphasis on fly fishing (in their catalog and by the god awful amount of fly fishing seminars listed here) BPS should change their name to Fly Pro Shops. There are already enough snooty fly shops in Colorado - we don't need another. It's a shame that BPS has to stoop to that level. In years past, I did most of my bass tackle shopping at BPS during the Spring Classic. This year I have been looking to smaller online fishing tackle companies that cater exclusively to REAL bass anglers and not pretenders toting a silly stick. :)
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/21/2013 12:59:37 PM
Not to worry, the next two weekends will likely not see a single presentation by a fly guy. If'n you're lucky they might even start placing a keg or two of PBR strategically placed around the store for the "real" anglers. Maybe it would be best for us to get back to one's roots and stick to fishing with spears, nets, or even by hand. Then there wouldn't be a need for all these educational activities.
Coyute, CO   2/21/2013 1:09:21 PM
Always the beer and redneck thing. LOL! You seriously need some fresh material Dave! If'n we did get back to our roots, I am sure that the many fly fishermen (I use the term 'man' loosely here) that infest this state, would come out with a dainty little spear to do the dirty. And the REAL fishermen would still be laughing.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/21/2013 1:15:54 PM
New material, you're correct on that point, but it's a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. Silly sticks, as compared to broomhandles I gather. I suspect though some of the self proclaimed "real" fishers are not being true to their heritage. Living in places without wheels. Have a vehicle with more horsepower than their boat motor. Uhm, guess a boat would be needed for that one. Using sunscreen. Driving a "truck" that isn't vintage American or has tires where you need an air gauge to see if they're properly inflated. . . .
futurefisheries, CO   2/21/2013 1:20:00 PM
I'll see you there Dave!
Coyute, CO   2/21/2013 1:34:46 PM
I was expecting a more acerbic response. What a let down! hehe. Have fun with your yarn and feathers Dave. :) Will you be tying at the Larimer County expo as well? That way I can give you crap in person and hopefully you'll be able to tell that I am mostly joshin'.
Orion, CO   2/21/2013 1:50:41 PM
Hahaha, you guys are a hoot! At first I couldn't tell if this was friendly banter or serious banter and then I remembered that you two went out to Jumbo a while back and had a "battle of the sticks". That sounds bad... Anyhow, if weather continues as it is there's a good chance I'll decide I would much rather be learning more about fishing than be sitting in my kayak freezing.
bluecollarguy, CO   2/21/2013 1:55:33 PM
As a green carp fisher myself, i wish more guys would take up the flail sticks and leave the weedy, snag and cover infested ponds alone for awhile!
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/21/2013 2:09:14 PM
Guess I should have stuck to a single glass of chardonny this morning! Dulled my thinking. Won't be tying at the Larimer County show. May drop by and spend a bit of time visiting. Never know I might even pick up a short stick and see if I can remember how to cast with one. Started to reply to the "real" man comments along the lines of rod length, but thought better of it. We try hard to keep our family approved rating on Fish Explorer.
nparker, CO   2/21/2013 2:16:09 PM
I enjoy fly fishing but will pick up a spinning rod when it seems appropriate to me. Last week I caught Bonefish on a fly rod and Barracuda on a spinning rod. I can cast both reasonably well. If one does not like to see a fishing business promote certain methods maybe they should contact the CEO and convince them that they don't need that business to make a profit or be competitive. I wonder if BPS is willing to give the fly fishing business to Bellas? If either goes broke we all lose.
JKaboom, CO   2/21/2013 6:43:42 PM
Thanks for the write up and the additional entertainment :)
JohnsFishing, CO   2/22/2013 1:49:16 PM
Thank you for the info, most informative. John L
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