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Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited

Rocky Mountain Flycasters supports Larimer County Issue 1A

By now most of you have received your ballot for the upcoming election. The Board of Trustees for Rocky Mountain Flycasters supports Larimer County ballot issue 1A and asks that you do the same with a YES vote. Extension of this already existing program continues to provide a needed benefit to all residents of the County. The mission of the Open Lands Program is very compatible with the mission of Trout Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Flycasters. The conservation and recreation recommendations of the Program, specific to rivers and streams are aligned with the purpose of our organization. We have already successfully worked with Larimer County and the community on restoring portions of the North Fork of the Poudre through the Eagles Nest Open Space. We look forward to the opportunity to work with the County during planning and implementation of future projects specific to restoration of other impaired portions of rivers and streams. If you would like additional information please visit the www.HelpPreserveOpenSpaces.com website.

Thank you for your consideration of this important issue and for all you do to help conserve our trout and cold water resources for future generations.

Dick Jefferies, President
Rocky Mountain Flycasters

Guest Night with Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka

Modern Terrestrials
By Rick Takahashi & Jerry Hubka
November 19 is our Annual Guest Night. Guest Night is always a special opportunity and this year is no exception. We are proud to be hosting Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka as our guest speakers.
We are familiar with the excellent book they co-wrote Modern Midges, Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Patterns and this year they will be introducing their new book Modern Terrestrials. Both authors are published nationally and are well-known throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
Rick has been tying flies almost his entire life starting at the age of seven years. He started his journalistic career working for The Virtual Fly Shop as an illustrator and later as a writer. He worked for Fly Fisherman Magazine as an illustrator, fly tier and writer; he has published several articles in the magazine and illustrated some of the articles written by well know fishermen like Bob Quigley, Bob Popovic and Lefty Kregh.

Rick is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, a Pro staff member of Whiting Farms, Daiichi Hooks, Clear Cure Goo, Togen Enterprises and he has done consulting work to C and F Designs, Japan. 300xRTakahashi
Rick Takahashi
He was a featured artist for the Federation of Fly Fisher Conclave, fly tier for the FFF Conclave held in Loveland, is a featured tier for the Denver Fly Fishing Show and the International Sportsmen Exhibition. He is an active demonstration fly tier and his demonstrations include the West Denver TU fly Tying Clinic, Cheyene Mountain TU Tying Clinic, St. Vrain TU Tying Clinic, Rocky Mountain Flycasters Tying Expo, and various fly shops along the Front Range.
Rick’s fly patterns have appeared in Randall Kaufmann’s book Fly Patterns, Steve Schweitzer’s Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park, Todd Hosman’s Colorado Flies, Chris Santella’s Hatch is On, and his patterns will appear in Pat Dorsey’s new book.

Jerry Hubka at the vise
Jerry on the river.
Jerry began fly fishing on Colorado’s Frying Pan River in 1965. Jerry attended Colorado State University and earned a BA in Art Education and earned a Masters Degree in Ceramic Chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado in 1983.

Jerry’s Terrestrial Patterns were recently featured in Fly Fusion Magazine.

Jerry retired after 32 years of teaching in Fort Collins in 2002 and lives in Fort Collins where he continues to work in the visual arts as a Commercial Graphics designer through his company, Tailwater Media Productions and does fly tying demonstrations in the Rocky Mountain region. He concentrates on Midges, Terrestrials, and Streamers for Rocky Mountain trout.

As another special treat, Rick and Jerry will be tying a few flies before the general meeting begins. Social time and tying will begin at 6:30 pm and the general meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. As usual, the meeting will be at the Fort Collins Senior Center at 1200 Raintree Drive off Shields Avenue between Prospect and Drake. Additional meeting information.

RMF 2014 Youth Day Camp

Our 2014 Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Day Camp is now several weeks ago and a memory, but a great memory. Dennis Cook, Youth Outreach Chair and Camp Director says, “…this may have been the consistently highest caliber group of campers of all our five camps.” We have a gallery of photos from our days at camp and invite you to look through all the activities. See the six-day photo gallery and read more of the events in the August Flypaper newsletter.

2014 Campers & Mentors
2014 Rocky Mountain Flycasters Day Campers and Their Mentors after Fishing Cub Creek in Rocky Mountain National Park

Keep in mind the last weekend in July, 2015 for next year’s camp.

Awards for Excellence, Achievement, and Distinction

If you know someone who should be recognized by Rocky Mountain Flycasters, now is the time to think about making a nomination. Nominations are designed to recognize member volunteers and chapter partners' achievements. Recognition will be announced to chapter members and communicated prominently across our Colorado host community. Nominations for awards, with supportive information, must be received between January 1-31 by email to the RMF Secretary.

Award categories seek to recognize both RMF members and community partner organizations in multiple categories.
RMF Member Awards

  • Exemplary Chapter Function, Project or Activity Leadership Award
  • Exemplary Youth Education Award
  • Exemplary Youth Member Award
  • Exemplary Conservation Volunteer Award
  • Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award

NoCO Outreach Awards

  • Exemplary NoCO Guide/Outfitter Award

Begin preparing soon by reviewing the Award criteria page.


Trout Unlimited has been notified that a called Platinum Publishing sent out renewal invoices for TROUT magazine for $79.95 to some of our members. Please be advised that this is a SCAM and did not originate from TU’s offices. Please do not respond to these invoices, but rest assured tu.org and our Woolly Bugger, WV, post office box are fully operational, secure and ready to process dues and gifts. Pass this message along to the volunteers in your chapter.


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Are you a Sustaining Donor? Sustaining Donors are members of Trout Unlimited (TU), non-members, and businesses who recognize that without this kind of community support our Chapter can not adequately protect, conserve, and restore Colorado’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. Sustaining Donors are recognized at various levels. Contributions are greatly appreciated and we acknowledge sustaining donors in multiple ways. Find out more.


The Flypaper newsletter

The October 2014 issue of The Flypaper newsletter is available now. You can sign up to receive it online by using our signup form or by sending a message to our Flypaper editor. You can also download a pdf version of the newsletter from the newsletter page. Inside this issue:
  • From the President
  • October Meeting
  • Conservation Notes
  • Community Outreach Notes
  • Youth Outreach Notes
    • Abby Brooks
    • Flies for Campers
    • Trout in the Classroom
    • Day for Kids Festival
  • Let’s Go Fishing Update
    • Last scheduled trip of the season
    • The Frying Pan River Trip


What else? Want to find out more about what Rocky Mountain Flycasters does in our area? Take a look at the About Us page and download the brochure we prepared.

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Behnke-RMF Research Fellowship

Rocky Mountain Flycasters continues to support the Robert J. Behnke-RMF Research Fellowship. We need to raise money through donations for each year’s fellowship and we are seeking additional donations. Read more about the fellowship and you can use this Donation Form to make a contribution. This fellowship helps a Colorado State graduate student with research and honors the life-long contributions being made by Dr. Behnke.

Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Exclusives

Stop cross-water contamination!

Whirling disease. Dydimo. New Zealand Mud Snails. Chytrid fungus. These are very real threats to our waters. If you follow some very simple, inexpensive procedures, you can help curb the spread of these diseases. See Common Sense Disinfection Procedure by Phil Wright.

Inexpensive Wading staff

Are you as "sure footed" as you would like to be? Are you ready for the spring run-off? The raging spring torrents can quicky take your feet from under you. It could be that you might need a wading stick. Here’s how to build one out of inexpensive/used materials. Phil Wright put together this helpful HOW-TO (pdf 412 KB) so you can have your own hand-crafted wading stick.

Current Issues

Rock Snot

Is didymo invading your favorite stream? Read this article and Phil Wright's about decontamination.

For water conditions in our area, please check U.S. Geological Survey’s Real-time water data.
Last updated on 24 Oct, 2014