I recently finished reading a guidebook written by Landon Mayer. This book caught my attention since I live in Colorado. I am always looking for cool places to try out and without a doubt I think this is one of the cooler guides by a local Colorado fishing guide. Landon is currently a guide out of Colorado Springs and guides on the South Platte River.
The book is broken up into five regional sections of the state with each section listing Landon’s favorite rivers in each section. Each chapter is focused on one river and its tributaries with clear concise descriptions of each and every public and private access along the length of the river. Landon does an amazing job of working from the headwaters of each river to the confluence with whatever body of water it ultimately feeds into. Also included with each river is a listing of what flies he suggests for each river and for specific times of the year. Reading each chapter has definitely gotten my excitement for a new season of fishing Tenkara around Colorado.
One feature I really enjoy about this book is the fact that he includes the recipes for his favorite flies to be used in Colorado. Having a list of guide preferred flies really makes planning a loaded box much easier.
Having completed the book I am now ready to explore the areas of Colorado that he suggests and even though he does frequently warn you of the size of the fish that you can catch and what has been caught on those pieces of water I would say I am looking forward to trying out multiple rods and a few different line setups as well. I.e. short line and long line (which I had not considered until recently, thank you Daniel and the TenkaraUSA blog post, http://www.tenkarausa.com/blog/?p=1943 ).
With the wonderfully readable format and language that Landon has used I can only suggest this as a great book for both residents of Colorado as well as visitors to our wonderful state. I hope as time and travel allows me to I will be using this guide book to lead me to some of the best places in the state and that I will be able to bring back many reports of awesome Tenkara fishing in this great state.
I would also suggest that if you do decide to use this guide book contacting Mr. Mayer or any other guide in Colorado for suggestions or assistance in fly selections as well as current water flows on your water of choice as well as to find out when the great hatches are coming off as well as what the fish seem to be enjoying.
So for now, all I can say is that though even some of the waters Landon has chosen might currently be iced over (Dec. 2011), at least this book will be a great resource for planning your future excursions in the great state of Colorado.