NEW FLY SHOP & GUIDE SERVICE IN PARKER
By Search Parker Magazine
With summer just around the corner, Search Parker Magazine is pleased to announce the opening of Colorado Skies Outfitters (CSO), located in Old Town Parker’s Victorian Peaks Business Center at 11020 Pikes Peak Drive. CSO will be Parker’s first and only full service fly shop and guide service. CSO has a grand opening planned for June 12-15th, during the Parker Country Festival. Guided trips are already going out, catching fish and having fun!
Owner Theo Anest, a Parker native, CSU and Ponderosa High School Graduate, learned to fly fish at a young age at Bingham Reservoir in the Pinery Subdivision. To this day, he can still be found making long casts to the biggest wiper bass in Colorado off the same banks he stood as a 10 year old. "I am very excited about the chance to provide the community I love a local place to learn about this incredible sport, to talk about the one that got away and a place where time does not exist."
Theo offers this caution to those new to the sport. "What may have been a quick trip to the local fly shop for half dozen flies usually turns into 30 minutes of talking about your latest fishing trip, sharing a cup of coffee, all before deciding to sit down and tie "a few" flies. A five minute trip can easily become a three hour trip. That’s what is so great about fly fishing; it’s an escape from every day life and a step into a never ending world of adventure, memories, new places, and friendships."
Colorado Skies will surely offer this distraction from everyday business. Their fly shop will be part of a 7,000 square foot retail offering at Victorian Peaks. The shop will feature a fly tying corner where people can come and learn to tie flies, as well as monthly seminars and fly fishing conventions. Joining CSO will be the Back 9 Golf shop. "In creating this mixed retail destination, we hope we can provide people with the products to play 18, catch an 18 inch trout, all while the wife gazes through the wide selection of home accessories and antiques in the lower level at Victorian Peaks." It really is a win-win!
CSO will also be providing guided fly fishing on some of Colorado’s most world renowned trout streams. Within a short 45 minute drive from the CSO fly shop, anglers can be standing in the shadows of the illustrious Cheesman Canyon stalking trophy rainbow and brown trout that are known to grow over 24 inches. CSO also provides the opportunity for float fishing from Mackenzie style drift boats on a variety of prized waters such as the Eagle, Colorado, and Roaring Fork. If solitude is the end all, CSO has access to over 40 pristine private stretches of river throughout the state. A guided fly fishing trip is a great option for those wanting to learn more about the sport, family outings, and corporate team building retreats.
Deciding to go on a fishing trip with Colorado Skies Outfitters is a sure bet for a day of fun and for many, a lifetime of adventure, a lens through which those who are hooked view the world. Before you know it, you will be tying your own flies, making your own fly rods, and soaking up every bit of information you can about the latest tricks of the trade, new gear and places to visit. No matter how hard it rains on Wall Street, the sun still shines on Colorado’s rivers over 300 days a year!
Colorado Skies also has a strong desire to reach out to others through fly fishing. CSO has founded a non profit 501(c)(3) extension of their business called Fly Fish for Life (FFL). FFL will be providing no cost fly fishing retreats for those recovering from brain and spinal injuries at Craig Hospital this summer.
Living in Colorado provides a plethora of outdoor opportunities, and fly fishing is no exception. Colorado Skies has as its central goal to provide you with the information, skills and equipment to enjoy this sport.◊
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Colorado Skies is located at 11020 Pikes Peak Dr. #105 in Parker.