- January 10: RMF Board Meeting at 7:00 PM. Members are welcome to attend any board meeting. Check with a Board Member for the meeting location and/or agenda.
- January 11: Volunteer Orientation Meeting
Rocky Mountain Flycasters will again hold a Volunteer Orientation Meeting. This meeting will be on Thursday January 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM—gathering at Mulligan’s Pub in Fort Collins. Please put the January 11, 2018 meeting date on your calendar.
At this Volunteer Orientation Meeting you will again have an opportunity to speak with Project Coordinators across the entire range of volunteer opportunities with RMF and its partner organizations. The evening’s program will include a few minutes of introduction, some question and answer time, and then a chance to visit with the leaders of all the projects that capture your interest.
We hope to see you there. Watch your email inbox and the next Flypaper Newsletter for a link to sign up and express your interest in attending the 2018 Volunteer Orientation Meeting.
Thanks again, I look forward to seeing you at the orientation session and on the stream soon after that.
- January 17: Aquatic Insects and Fly Fishing in Colorado
What better subject to consider in the dead of winter than aquatic insects and fishing? Colorado State University professor Dr. Boris C. Kondratieff is just the person to bring that subject to us.
Dr. Kondratieff is the Director of the 3 million specimen C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity at Colorado State University, which is a depository for taxa in the proposed study area. His current interests include insect biodiversity, aquatic insect ecology, and taxonomy. He has published 220 peer reviewed scientific papers and coauthored four books. He has also described numerous new species of stoneflies and other insects. His is familiar with the systematics and ecology of aquatic insects. In addition, he has extensively collected and identified aquatic insects throughout North America and especially Colorado.
Some of us are mostly familiar with Dr. Boris as the leader of insect collection and identification in our Youth Day Camp sessions on the Poudre. His discussions are always entertaining and engaging as well as inspiring young people to locate and identify aquatic insects and relate their importance in an ecological system as well as a potential element in fish diets. This is a great opportunity to gain some insight into local insects and improve your fishing.
Social hour and fly tying demonstration begins at 6:30 pm at the Fort Collins Senior Center, and the program follows at 7:00 pm.
Our fly tier for the evening will be James Schultz who is also a Fly Fishing Therapist, artist, angler, and Adventurer. Among many accomplishments, his favorite fly—his improved thin mint—caught nine different species from grayling to pike. The program follows at 7:00 pm and an equipment raffle following the program. 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.
Note of the Day:
I think I fish, in part, because it’s an antisocial, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. It’s a nice position. No one considers you dangerous, but very little is expected of you.
Gierach, John, 2000, Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders. (NY, NY: Simon & Schuster), p. 303.