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July/August 2013 Issue Now Available

July-August 2012 Cover

The July/August 2013 issue of Colorado Outdoors is now available, and it’s packed full of articles for sportsmen!  This issue includes “Spiders of the North,” with tips on fishing and tying soft-hackle flies.  Anglers will also enjoy “Bear Basin Bonanza,” featuring profiles of Bear Lake, Yamcola and Stillwater reservoirs — some of Colorado’s most-scenic fisheries.  Big-game hunters will learn that there’s no limit to the decorative and useful products that can be crafted from antlers in “Antler Artistics.”  Finally, hunters and non-hunters alike will appreciate “The Meat Movement,” offering a unique perspective on the growing trend of adults who are hunting soley as a way to put organic meat on the table.    Annual subscriptions to Colorado Outdoors magazine or individual copies may be purchased by calling 1-800-417-8986.

Fishing and Tying Soft-Hackle Flies

The Partridge and Orange is one of the oldest documented fly patterns but is still effective today.

The Partridge and Orange is one of the oldest documented fly patterns but is still effective today. Photo by Ron Belak.

In the modern era of complex, match-the-hatch fly patterns, adding a few simple, traditional flies to the fly box can be an effective weapon in the fly-fisher’s arsenal.  The soft hackle is among the oldest group of flies and the Partridge and Orange, the best known of the soft hackles, may be the world’s oldest documented fly pattern.  It first appeared in British literature in 1496.  In this Colorado Outdoors magazine video-supplement, author and fly fisherman Ron Belak demonstrates how to tie the Partidge and Orange.  This easy-to-tie pattern is great for beginning fly tiers, and its simple yet “buggy” appearance is effective for catching trout. Read more