I just picked up an 04 Tundra. If you have fished with me in the past you know I have always have Rovers. This is going to be a new thing for me. Pictures to come.
I have some hats for sale if you are so inclined $20. Let me know. Colors RED, BLACK, BLUE, and GREEN.
I want a pink one of my own.
The TroutSmith and my favorite hound Forelle were featured on the Yeti Instagram page today, that is pretty damn cool
March Special $150 Off
Please help our trout bum guides cope with the stresses of being away from the river. Your fly fishing vacation will help them burn their accumulated winter fat, and give them some much needed river therapy.
March Special $325 + tax for a full day guided trip on the Green River. Just mention this promotion when you book your trip and BAM – $150 stays in your pocket! Valid now through March 31st, 2014
The fly fishing season is upon us! The BWO nymphs are starting to move around and the trout are gearing up for these larger morsels. The best nymph fishing of the year commences now through April and May, with ample dry fly and streamer opportunities available as well!
2014 Green River Outlook
Current snow-pack in the upper Green River Basin is at 158% of normal, which is great news for the critters of the Green River corridor. Flaming Gorge Reservoir is still down around 15 feet, so high snow-pack will help raise the water storage level. Any sustained flows that we can get over 800cfs this summer will help revitalize the biomass and overall health of the Green River.
Bring on the wet Spring and robust hatches!
Thanks to everyone who has already booked their 2014 fly fishing trip with us! There are still plenty of prime time dates available, but we are filling up fast. We hope to see you in Dutch John, Utah this spring and summer!
The Spinner Fall Crew
Eric Kiertzner is one of the best clients a guide could ask for!!! He comes out for a week every year and just beats up on the fish.
Well it finally happened!! Howler Bros has added me to their list of ambassadors. I am listed with a really elite group of guys. I feel out of my league. Brad Bohen of Musky Country Outfitters, Terry Duffield, aka “Coach Duff,” Flip Pallot, Oliver White, and Conway Bohnam. I feel way out of my league. Thanks to the boys down in Austin for the hook up.
Howler Ambassador Colby D Crossland spends most of his time tromping the Green River system keeping his clients amused and the trout scared. When he’s not behind the oars in Utah for Spinner Fall Guide Service, he’s bumping around to any location that has water, birds, fish, dogs, and amigos. We caught up with Colby to get the low down…
So, a quick google image search of “Colby Crossland” revealed at least 19 photos of different people’s mug shots. Is the name “Colby Crossland” a particularly lawless name or is this just coincidence?
I am not sure what that kid in Oklahoma is up to but he sure gets arrested often. Colby is his middle name, I am not sure if that matters. I wish he would stay out of lock up though. He makes me look bad. I thankfully have always been let out of the cop car before he drives to the station.
You recently tied the knot down in Belize. How do you negotiate a honeymoon location that also allows you to permit fish?
My wife is amazing, I am a very lucky man. I spent the morning of my wedding out wandering the lagoons around Placencia. I nearly stepped on a croc that morning. Most women worry about their husbands forgetting the rings or being late, she just wanted me to find some fish. She even had our reception at a pheasant club. Someone got shot that morning, thankfully it was not part of our party.
Who is the most interesting person who’s ever come on board your drift boat?
I guided a very influential evangelical leader for a few days. He is of the “God sent that crazy man to shoot up the school because of gay marriage” mind set. That is very outside my personal beliefs, and I honestly did not want fish with him. Spending a week with him was very interesting. We had some really good discussions. We did not change each others views, but I ended up really liking the guy. For having so much hate and fear in his heart he had a lot of love too. He really is a good guy who just has some mixed up beliefs.
Music seems to be a part of your life (and skin). Who is on the dial right now that’s inspiring you?
I have always had music in my life. When I was young my parents were both rockers–Bohemian Rhapsody was my first CD, I can still remember pulling the plastic off the case. Way back when CDs came in those long boxes. As of late I have been listening to Country and Hip-Hop. Whitey Morgan and the 78s have been getting some play, Scott H Biram is always my go to on the river. While driving, Subtitle keeps my wife and me both happy. Get Busy Commitee, Uzi Does It is the best party album ever. Old school country is just the best though. My middle name is Darlin, it came from a David Allen Coe song.
Rum or tequila?
Whiskey is my drink of choice when I am pouring, but I love boat drinks. So give me rum or tequila either as long as it is mixed with fruit, in a silly glass, has an umbrella in it, and lots of ice, you can keep the cherry. Waitress, I need two more boat drinks. Then I’m heading south before my dream shrinks. I gotta go where it’s warm.
Tae Kwan Do or Tenkara?
I have never figured out the tenkara craze. I own one–its fun to catch some fish on it–Tenkara isnt fly fishing though. Fly fishing is all about casting for me. Tenkara removes the soul. Wow that sounded super elitist. I would never tell someone not to do it or that they are doing something wrong–it just is not for me. I also love fishing from a boat, and Tenkara just does not work properly from a driftboat. Tae kwan Do is in the olympics though, that is pretty cool.
Dwight Yoakam or Motorhead?
Oh come on, Dwight with no questions asked.
You seem to have two clothing options either 1) shirtless or 2) Howler Brothers. What do you dig about #2? Yes, this is the shameless plug section. Most gear for fly fishing is either designed for retired doctors or just ugly. Howler is rad, it can be worn anywhere. My dad got married in the Haystack Guyabara. There is just no reason to not look good.
Oh man it was so good. What more could a man ask for? Marry his soul mate, spend a week with friends and family, had a few great dives, and catch a handful of fish, including my first permit. This was the way to get married without a doubt. We started off with 3 days at Maruba Spa in the the jungle. It was a really unique location and wish we would have had more of our group there. The bugs were horrible though. If it was not for the bugs that place would be super cool. The food was a bit lacking too. We did the spa and massage day, it is pretty amazing getting a massage there. I wish we would have had more spa time. Laurel talked me into going to Altun Ha. I have done quite a few ruins though out my travels and was not excited about how it sounded. Laurel had never seen any Maya ruins, and I am glad she talked me into going. It was a unique experience. It was a rainy afternoon so we were the only ones there. Being isolated made it. Hearing the echos with absolutely no background noise. There was also talk of tarpon on hoppers by our guide. This alone would make a trip to Belize worthwhile.
Next was Singing Sands Resort on Maya Beach just north of Placencia. I would love to spend some more time at this place. We spent 5 days here, I wish it was 15. The whole of the wedding party came here. It was so so perfect having so many friends and family here to celebrate our wedding. Me and my buddy Danny had planned to go permit fishing on the morning of my wedding day, but our guide fell though. It was a bummer but all it meant we that we get to go on another fishing trip together. Placencia is definantly going to be visited by me again.
The last leg of our trip was spent at Fantasy Island a few miles of the coast of Dangira. I will let the pictures do the talking about this part of the tr