- April 1: Larimer County Fishing Expo at the Larimer County Fairgrounds (The Ranch, First National Bank South (E) Exhibition Hall). Admission is free Saturday 9 am - 6 pm and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. Great fun for the whole family. Stop in and see our booth.
Daily events include casting demonstrations, casting contests, and many groups and vendors. Seminars from notables such as Chad LaChance, Terry Wicktrom, and Dave Coulson. See Dave Coulson's Fish Explorer blog for more details about the rest of the activities. Consider spending some time at the Flycasters’ booth.
- April 11: Board Meeting
Members are welcome to attend any board meeting. Check with a Board Member to find out where the meeting is being held.
- April 18:
General Meeting: Yellowstone Lake Cutthroat, A Threatened Population
Dave Sweet, Yellowstone Lake Special Project Manager. The Yellowstone cutthroat trout (YCT) populations in Yellowstone Lake and the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park have plummeted to less than 5% of their historic levels due to lake trout predation. The April Program will highlight the history of the decline and the efforts to remove predacious lake trout and restore the YCT as well as detail the important role this iconic fish plays in the entire ecosystem.
Native fish predation is a concern throughout the country, including Colorado. We know this program will help you gain a better understanding of how complex, prolonged and costly these restoration efforts can be and how TU has become such an important and integral partner in these efforts.More project information can be found at East Yellowstone TU.
Dave has been a TU member since the late 1970's, originally from the St. Vrain Anglers in Longmont. He is a current member and Past President of the East Yellowstone Chapter in Cody, Wyoming, Chairman of their chapter’s “Save the Yellowstone Cutthroat” committee, past Chairman and current Treasurer of the Wyoming Council and the Yellowstone Lake Special Project Manager, and winner of the TU National “Distinguished Service Award” at the September, 2011 meeting in Bend, Oregon.
As a special guest, Eric Ishiwata—known for a wide variety of flys— will demonstrate some special fly tying starting at 6:30.
Social hour begins at 6:30, and the Program follows at 7:30. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The Fort Collins Senior Center is located at 1200 Raintree Drive off Shields Avenue between Prospect and Drake. Additional meeting information.
- April 19: Colorado Trout Unlimited Rendezvous in Redstone, CO. State TU leaders and members gather to discuss state-wide issues, plan events for the year, and get in a little mountain fishing. See the CTU announcement.
- April 20: Colorado Trout Unlimited Rendezvous in Redstone, CO. State TU leaders and members gather to discuss state-wide issues, plan continues.
- April 21: Colorado Trout Unlimited Rendezvous continues.
- April 22: Colorado Trout Unlimited Rendezvous continues.
- April 28: Fossil Fish Slam at Swift Ponds
Fossil Ridge Fly Fishing Club is going to be holding the first annual fly-fishing only tournament at the Swift Ponds on Saturday, April 28th to raise funds for the club.
First and second place prizes are T.L. Johnson fly rods worth $300 each and third place is a box of several dozen warm water bugs tied by local tiers. There will be a raffle, barbecue, and more fishing than you can handle! The Swift Ponds are normally off limits to the public and have some of the best warm water fishing in Northern Colorado! This is a truly unique opportunity!
Ticket price is $20 and an extra $5 if you want a t-shirt. There is a limit of 50 anglers for the Fossil Fish Slam and spots are filling up fast!
For more information, to buy tickets, or volunteer to help out, contact Connor Murphy.
Note of the Day:
The first school or college…to have fly tying and fly fishing as a credited course in America was Pennsylvania State College.
Herter, George Leonard, 1955, Professional Fly Tying and Tackle Making. (Waseca, MN: Brown), p.27.