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Dec 11, 16-Dec 11, 17
$1000+ Cutthroat Donors

Cutthroat Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

Fred Ebert
New Belgium Brewery
Odell Brewing Co.
Steven Hanzlik in Memoriam

$500-$999 Rainbow Donors

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CMS Mechanical Services, Inc.
Tom Culbertson
Bob Green
Linda and Dick Jefferies
David Piske

$100-$499 Brown Donors

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Marc Brown
Yang Qian & Edward McConnaughey
Bill Gillett
Handmade Art Co.
Jim Henriksen
JAX Outdoors
Robert Loeven
NoCo FlyFishing
Dale Rellas
Bruce Rosenthal
Richard Withey

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Brook Trout Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

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Fish Restaurant
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Marc McKenzie
Sonny Lubicks

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Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited

It is the season!

Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Holiday Party

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Save the date and get your reservations in now. Reservations are now being accepted for this annual event. See our reservation page to get your tickets now for Friday, December 15, 2017 at C.B. & Potts’ Collindale, at 1441 East Horsetooth Road we’ll have a gala time with food, a raffle for two fly trees and a fly rod, and the famous white elephant gift exchange
 
You won’t want to miss it.

Embrace-A-Stream Grant Challenge

2017 Embrace-A-Stream
Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Challenge has been completed and we were awarded an addition prize to help with installing the Big Thompson River Ecology Learning Station. Donations from friends and members totaled nearly $2,000!
 
Of 47 projects eligible, 1,260 donations were made for Embrace-A-Stream projects around the country, totalling $56,604!
 
Thanks to everyone who participated.

November Guest Night Membership Meeting

Al Ritt
Al Ritt
It was a great meeting with Al Ritt discussing aspects of Hosting Destination Fishing Trips. Guest night is always a special meeting and Al didn't disappoint us. The meeting was Wednesday, November 15.
 
If you didn’t a chance to attend, you can still find out more at Al Ritt Flies.

Greenback Cutthroat Trout Spawning

In the restoration efforts to bring back the Colorado State Fish, Colorado Parks and Wildlife with the help of volunteers are working to assist with spawning efforts. Read the story in the August issue of The Flypaper available on our web site. See also the George Creek Restoration.
Colorado Greenback Cutthroat

Release Notice - Living Streambanks:
A Manual of Bioengineering Treatments for Colorado Streams
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Many of you are aware, following the 2013 floods Rocky Mountain Flycasters (RMF) was awarded a grant by the Colorado Water Conservation Board to support various defined objectives. Task two of the grant framework was the creation of a Bioengineering manual.

This bioengineering manual is a compilation of much of the best-available research and industry knowledge on the subject of streambank bioengineering, and has been developed by a team of geomorphologists, hydraulics engineers, river restoration practitioners, restoration ecologists, and others. Our original goal was to create a useful resource for planners, coalitions, designers and practitioners working on post-flood and other river restoration projects throughout Colorado.

While this version of the manual is complete, and reflects significant input from the review committee, it is still listed as draft with the hopes of receiving input/editorial feedback from a broad audience that will inform the final 2016 edition later this summer.

The companion revegetation matrix and willow and cottonwood restoration guide (see links below) are provided here for your review, and will be compiled into the final 2016 edition as a single document.

I believe this may be the first time a Colorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited has participated in the development of this type of resource. The information contained in the three documents is applicable to all drainages in Colorado. The information is available to any person of interest through the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Emergency Watershed Protection website.

A lot of work went into this product and we should be very proud that RMF is a noted partner in this work. I hope you will all take a few minutes to visit the linked sites. Please note the reveg matrix downloads as an Excel spreadsheet. It is an impressive amount of information that can be utilized for years to come.

Dick Jefferies, CTU Board Member and RMF Past President


New Order of Hats!

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We got in a new order of RMF Logo Hats recently. New colors and new pricing. Hats are now priced 25% lower than before. Show your pride in the work of Trout Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Flycasters. Get your hat(s) from our merchandise page and wear it with dignity.


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.


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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.

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Recently posted

  • RMF has teamed up with the volunteer management system (VMS) company Volgistics to better manage the many opportunities we have to volunteer doing restoration, rehabilitation, and sustaining our cold water preservation mission. Connect with our VMS system on our newly designed Volunteer page.
  • Small can be beautiful. Read Mark Miller’s story Fishing the Headwaters of the Big Thompson River.
  • You can now download our calendar in digital format. See the new Calendar page. You can also download individual fishing events from our Let’s Go Fishing 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 fishing story from Marc McKenzie - Classical Music and Fly Fishing in Aspen.

Upcoming Events

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 December 2017 issue of The Flypaper newsletter is available on our website. 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:
December 2017: The Flypaper Newsletter 1.1 MB PDF file
  • From the President
  • Holiday Party!!
  • From the Membership Chair
  • December Conservation Notes
  • Volunteer Orientation Meeting
  • Videos of the Month
  • Let’s Go Fishing
  • December Youth Outreach Notes
  • Past President Wil Huett
  • Opportunities for 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 through donations for each year’s fellowship and we are actively seeking 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 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 07 Dec, 2017