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May 2015
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Board Meeting
Loveland Water Festival
Skin Gulch Restoration
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Ft Collins Water Festival
Annual Meeting
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Canyon Lake Road
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Fishing Trip

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2015 Fly Fishing Day Camp Applications

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Abby & RMNP brown
We are happy to announce that the 2015 Fly Fishing Day Camp application materials are ready to download. This amazing six day camp is a great experience for learning about habitat, trout food, fly tying, casting, and much more. It is also a terrific opportunity to catch a few fish.
See the 2015 Camp page for more information and to download the application packet. Participants are limited to 15 so complete and submit your application as soon after April 1st as you can.
Measuring fish
Measuring fish
On the camp page, be sure to read the random comments from parents and campers about their experiences during the previous camps. You will see why we are convinced this camp is important to our campers and to the future of our watersheds.
Day Camp Mentors are needed for this camp and we always have a great time sharing bits of experience with casting, tying flies, locating fish, and helping with the campers. It isn’t difficult to help out for a couple of hours during the week, a full day, a couple of days or more. It is easy to sign up using the chart on our Camp Volunteer page. Take a look and pick something that you would like to share. It is a wonderful reward to watch the campers learn new skills.

Kids Free Fishing Fest!
(a U.S. Forest Service Sponsored Event)

Lee Rosa Maya
Maya’s first fish
Saturday, June 6th
West Lake, Day-use Area...at Red Feather 8:00am - 1:30pm

Twelve To fifteen Volunteers Are Needed for this fun event that the USFS has relied upon our chapter members to assist youngsters with rigging spin cast rods, casting, landing fish, etc.

Volunteers contact , Event Coordinator.

Car pooling for volunteers will be coordinated for those who request, and additional details will be provided in late May. Last year we had a good time helping a bunch of excited youngsters spin cast, untangle lines and land fish. Members are encouraged to consider registering and bringing your kids and grandkids and make a memorable picnic day of it!

Space is limited for between 50-60 kids, and each youth age 15 and younger will go home sporting a free, new spinning rod & reel. Youths must be accompanied by an adult and the whole family is invited. Those ages 16 or older require a fishing license.

Participant Families must Register in advance online at eventbrite.co.uk with the number of participants, youths ages, and contact information.

Driving directions: West Lake Day-use Area is located just off Red Feather Lakes Road (CR 74E). Drive about 21 miles North from Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287. Turn West onto Red Feather Lakes Road (CR 74E) and drive about 22 miles. Turn North onto Dowdy Lake Road and West Lake is immediately on your right, with the Day-Use Area along its North shore.

Check-in begins at 8:00am, and all the fishy facts activities and fun begin at 8:30 and continue through 1:30pm. Be sure to bring water, lunch, sun screen and bug spray. Adults and older youths who plan to fish also bring along fishing gear, and a cooler if you want to keep your catch.

Welcome to the Newly Elected RMF Board

At our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, 20 May, 2015, President Dick Jefferies presented the State of the Chapter address after which elections were held. Dick Jefferies also received a photo montage celebrating his three years as President.

Please welcome Board of Trustees members for 2015-2016.

Wil Huett,
Sean Cronin,
Vice President
Lance Asherin,
Tom Culbertson,
Gil Coleman,
Trustee at Large
Coy Wiley,
Trustee at Large
Dick Jefferies,
Past President

You can read the full State of the Chapter on the President’s Beat page as well as the appreciation written by Lee Evans, Past President. Feel free to contact any of our Trustees or Board members through our Contact Us page.

Phantom Canyon Trail Maintenance and Fishing

The schedule for 2015 River Trail Maintenance and Fishing Days has been announced for Phantom Canyon and applications for volunteer work is now open. See the Phantom Canyon page for details about our relationship with The Nature Conservancy, the needs of the area, and scheduled work days. It is a great experience and the volunteer positions are quickly filled.

RMF patch

Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ sew-on patches are back in stock.

You can order yours online or pick one up at our General Meetings. Show your pride in our chapter by showing your membership on your shirt, jacket, and/or vest.

What is noteable and quotable? See the brand new Quotes and Notes on the calendar page. Perhaps something you’ve written or said is included. There is a new one for every day of the year.


Trout Unlimited has been notified that a company 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.


Recently posted

  • Major listing of restoration projects RMF is doing in partnership with CPRW and WLRV. See the Conservation page.
  • What is noteable and quotable? See the brand new Quotes and Notes on the calendar page. Perhaps something you’ve written or said is included.
  • RMF participates in Project Healing Waters
  • April 2015 issue of The Flypaper
  • RMF fishing trip to the Green River with video in Fish Stories.

Upcoming Events

  • May 23 RMF-WLRV Canyon Lakes Road work
  • May 30 Fishing Local Tailwater with small nymphs
  • June 20 RMF-WLRV Seaman Reservoir River Restoration
  • June 27 Fishing on the Poudre & Joe Wright Reservoir
  • July 11 Fish Lake Agnes with Dave Morse
  • July 18 Gateway Natural Area Adopt-a-Trail
  • July 25 Fish RMNP Dream Lake with Mark Miller
  • July 27-August 1 RMF Youth Fly Fishing & River Conservation Day Camp
  • August 8 Fish the Loch at RMNP with Mark Miller
  • August 29 Fish for Bountiful Brookies in RMNP with Dennis Cook

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.

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The Flypaper newsletter

The May 2015 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
  • May Mebership Meeting
  • May Youth Outreach
  • Conservation Notes
    • Landmark Day
    • River Health
    • Project Healing Waters
    • Adopt-A-Trail
  • Let’s Go Fishing
  • Rocky Mountain Flycasters Sustaining Donors


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.

More on our Current Calendar

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 23 May, 2015