Many of us that pursue careers in the outdoor industry do so for the lifestyle that it affords.  The like-minded individuals we call friends, peers and co-workers seem to constantly be scheming for that next early morning trail run, lunch time bike ride or “off-site” meeting that strengthens our relationships, offers great opportunities for product testing and ultimately allows for some memorable experiences to be forged.

Keith Reis wearing his Mountainsmith Tour TLS Lumbar Pack as he stalks the river banks.
Keith Reis wearing his Mountainsmith Tour TLS Lumbar Pack as he stalks the river banks of the Dream Stream, aka the South Platte River in Colorado

This past week was no exception.  I had the opportunity to join our stellar sales rep, Keith Reis, from Sanitas Sales Group at the regional outdoor trade show in Denver, known as WWSRA Show (Western Winter Sports Representatives Association).  These regional shows are the build up to the national Outdoor Retailer Show where brands like Mountainsmith unveil all of the new gear that will hit shops the following spring season.  It’s our chance to put our best foot forward and sell our gear into our retail partners before the consumers have had a chance to catch wind of the styles, technologies and trends (it’s a giant toy show for your typical outdoor gear head).

We had the pleasure of meeting with our buyer from Backcountry.com, Ashley Tucker during the regional show and we’ve been brainstorming for months about a way to loop in some play time after the show.  We decided to plan an “off-site” meeting venture out to the Dream Stream with the help and support of 5280 Angler.  This beautiful, gold medal, 3 mile section of the South Platte River is renowned for big but easily spooked trophy trout.

Despite the heavy weekend traffic on the river, our guide David Kemp, put us onto some beautiful and healthy cutbows (a rainbow trout/cutthroat trout hybrid) and brown trout.  Enjoy the pics that follow and be sure to add the Dream Stream to your life list of rivers to fish!

Keith Reis wearing a Mountainsmith Tour TLS on the Dream stream holding a brown trout
Keith Reis shown holding a 24″ brown trout. On the South Platte River in Colorado
Ashley Tucker shown holding a cutbow trout while fishing the South Platte River in Colorado.
Ashley lands this awesome cutbow! Do you think she’s psyched?
Our guide from 5280 Angler, David Kemp, gets into the act.  We literally had to force him to take a cast…one cast, one fish…show off!
Our guide from 5280 Angler, David Kemp, gets into the act. Shown here holding a trout on the South Platte River in Colorado.
Jay Getzel, Mountainsmith President holds up a cutbow trout on the South Platte River in Colorado
Yours truly not to be denied, gets into this healthy cutbow.
Here, Ashley helps serve up a cold one from The Sixer from Mountainsmith, after a day of fishing the Dream Stream, aka the South Platte River in Colorado
No day recreating with our crew ends without a nice round of beverages. Here, Ashley helps serve up a cold one from The Sixer from Mountainsmith…our iconic après, soft sided cooler!

 

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  1. I attach my tippet near the bottle pocket and slide it in and out of the pocket as needed. Its a nice way to keep all that tippet from swinging around and banging into my net. Makes for a good damper on my lumbar pack.

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