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Wil Huett sows the WRV seeds of the future at Skin Gulch. Photo by Guy Turenne.
Wil Huett sows the WRV seeds of the future at Skin Gulch. Photo by Guy Turenne.
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  • September 3: Bighorn River. Montana. Great floating, great wading, great fishing! (Labor Day Weekend). See our fishing page and contact Mark Miller. Fishing trip host will be Mark Miller.
  • September 5: Veterans to Veterans Alliance Association Fundraiser
    The Alliance will hold a Project Healing Waters fund raiser on Labor Day, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, and will include a golf and fishing tournament, and a Big Tent BBQ at the Country Club/Island Center at Water Valley. The Fishing Tournament has an Open and a Pro division with prizes for each species of big fish and method of catch. Fishing is from shore in the stocked and maintained lake which contains aggressive trophy-size Tiger Trout, Black Bass, and Wipers. Bring your 7wt rod to land these monsters. A breakfast for tournament players kicks off the day at 7:00 a.m. preceding the golf and fishing tournament. Registered golfers and fishermen will be given tickets to the 3:00 p.m. BBQ and awards ceremony. If you just want to watch the tournaments and enjoy the BBQ, individual tickets will be available. For additional information and registration for this charity event, please visit the Alliance website.
    For questions or to volunteer to be a RMF/PHW fishing mentor or to help with our winter and spring PHW fly tying classes, contact Dave Morse, RMF Project Healing Waters Coordinator.
  • September 9: 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.
  • September 10: Ecological Restoration training at Big Elk Meadows (Little Thompson River)
    Training session for volunteers needed to help plant willows, cast native seeds, and other light duty work in association with post-flood restoration on the Little Thompson, Big Thompson, Fourmile (Boulder Drainage), and other front range rivers. Volunteers can come singly or bring a group of friends/colleagues to a project between September 24 and October 15. Larimer County Conservation Corps (with supervision by AloTerra and Big Thompson Conservation District Staff) will be working on a number of these projects, and you are welcome to join us.
    If you can round up at least 7 people, we can schedule a date of your choosing between October 15 and December 15. To sign up, simply send an email to John Giordanengo. Once you are signed up for a specific project, we will provide further details.
  • September 11: Ecological Restoration training at Big Elk Meadows (Little Thompson River)
    Continuation of training. Contact John Giordanengo. Once you are signed up for a specific project, we will provide further details.
  • September 12: Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Revegetation
    In 2015, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will begin a massive 2-1/2 mile stretch of river restoration along the lower North Fork of the Big Thompson River. Located just upstream of the confluence of the North Fork and the Big Thompson River, this project will implement sound riparian restoration techniques to restore the fishery and enhance the riparian function along this reach.
    Throughout the summer, we will be working with our partners at Flywater to restore the riverbottom, install large woody debris along the reach, and stabilize stream banks.
    September 12th will be our opportunity to bring back the much-missed streamside vegetation to the area. We will be installing erosion matting and planting native species along the riparian zone to stabilize the stream banks.
    On-line registration of volunteers from RMF is accomplished via the WRV web site www.wlrv.org. For more information about sign up procedures, see our Conservation page although search for the September 12 date.
  • September 16: Rocky Mountain Flycasters General Meeting: Fishing Red Feather Lakes Area
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    Fishing Red Feather Lakes
    RMF member Dave Mosnik will share some of his knowledge of fishing the Red Feather Lakes Area. Dave is a long-time member of the private lakes in Red Feather managed by Red Feather Storage & Irrigation. Dave started fishing the private lakes at age four or five when his grandparents purchased property in Red Feather. Dave has been fly fishing since his early teen years and tying flies about as long.
    Dave will share membership information for joining the private lakes in Red Feather. There are eight lakes in the association, five allow fishing from non-motorized craft such as float tubes, pontoon boats and oar boats. The other three lakes are walk in lakes only.
    Dave will cover fishing methods, equipment, fly patterns and a variety of techniques successful in Red Feather. Dave will also provide an overview of the public fishing areas in Red Feather. The fishing techniques, equipment and fly patterns will also be effective in the public lakes. Many of Dave’s techniques are applicable in any trout lakes. Dave has also agreed to be our guest fly tyer for the meeting, where he will demonstrate some of the fly patterns he has developed for trout fishing in lakes.
    Fort Collins Utilities is updating the City’s Water Efficiency Plan to be submitted to the State of Colorado in 2017. Fort Collins Utilities manages water conservation programs to support the efficient use of water. With the process of updating the plan, the goals and activities in the current plan will be reviewed and evaluated. Travis Paige, the Community Engagement Manager for Fort Collins Utilities will present information about the plan. A graduate of Washburn University, he worked at Weststar Energy in Kansas as an accounts and planning manager for 9 years, then a rate analyst for the City of Longmont. He currently manages a team that facilitates participation in the internal and external programs and services offered by Utilities through partnerships and education.
    Social hour begins at 6:30 pm at the Fort Collins Senior Center, and the program follows at 7:00 pm. We will have a local fly tyer at each general meeting and an equipment raffle following the meeting. 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.
  • September 17: Fishery Monitoring - North Fork of Cache La Poudre River
    The Nature Conservancy owns and manages four preserves located approximately 30 miles northwest of Fort Collins in the Laramie Foothills; including Phantom Canyon Preserve. From time to time we assess the health of the river by measuring the condition of the fishery. We do this in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
       Apply for Thursday Sept 17: 9am-3pm
    Join agency personnel as they use electro-shock, and then weigh and measure fish. Three sites along the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre river will be sampled; one below Halligan Dam, one in Phantom Canyon Preserve, and one downstream of the Preserve on private property. This will require strenuous hiking down into and out of the canyon at least 3 times; carrying heavy tools and equipment, and wet-wading numerous times in and out of the river. This will be a challenging and exciting project.
    Come prepared wearing your own river wading gear; and please clean your gear ahead of time to minimize likelihood of introducing non-native species. Up to 4 volunteers needed each day.
    To sign up for any of these volunteer days email phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org; include “volunteer for stewardship days” in the subject line and provide the name and date of the stewardship day, your name and number of people attending, and your phone number and mailing address.
    Visitors to our preserves can experience the beauty and importance of these special places and at the same time can support their conservation by through offering their time on stewardship projects. We have several other projects that need volunteer help this September and October.
  • September 18: Yampa River. Steamboat Springs. See our fishing page and contact Mark Miller. Fishing trip host will be Dennis Cook.
  • September 18: Fishery Monitoring - North Fork of Cache La Poudre River
    The Nature Conservancy owns and manages four preserves located approximately 30 miles northwest of Fort Collins in the Laramie Foothills; including Phantom Canyon Preserve. From time to time we assess the health of the river by measuring the condition of the fishery. We do this in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
       Apply for Friday, Sept. 18: 8am-5pm
    Join agency personnel as they use electro-shock, and then weigh and measure fish. Three sites along the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre river will be sampled; one below Halligan Dam, one in Phantom Canyon Preserve, and one downstream of the Preserve on private property. This will require strenuous hiking down into and out of the canyon at least 3 times; carrying heavy tools and equipment, and wet-wading numerous times in and out of the river. This will be a challenging and exciting project.
    Come prepared wearing your own river wading gear; and please clean your gear ahead of time to minimize likelihood of introducing non-native species. Up to 4 volunteers needed each day.
    To sign up for any of these volunteer days email phantomcanyonevents@tnc.org; include “volunteer for stewardship days” in the subject line and provide the name and date of the stewardship day, your name and number of people attending, and your phone number and mailing address.
    Visitors to our preserves can experience the beauty and importance of these special places and at the same time can support their conservation by through offering their time on stewardship projects. We have several other projects that need volunteer help this September and October.
  • September 24: Little Thompson Willow HarvestVolunteers needed to help harvest willows in association with post-flood restoration. Volunteers can come singly or bring a group of friends/colleagues to this project. Larimer County Conservation Corps (with supervision by AloTerra and Big Thompson Conservation District Staff) will be working and you are welcome to join us.
    If you can round up at least 7 people, we can schedule a date of your choosing between October 15 and December 15. To sign up, simply send an email to John Giordanengo. Once you are signed up for a specific project, we will provide further details.
  • September 26: Sheep Creek Reconnection Project
    The reconnect project is a U. S. Forest Service initiative to eliminate two small-diameter pipe-culverts that prevented cutthroat trout from migrating further upstream to reach desirable spawning waters. The new culverts have semi-circular cross-sections, with a base width of 12 feet, a height of 6 feet, and each are 50-some feet long, buried under Crown Point Road. What remains to be accomplished is re-vegetation of small areas at the inlets and outlets of the culverts and also on former construction-staging areas.
    Our work will involve scuffing bare soil with rakes to create a seedbed; scattering a mix of native grass and forb seeds on the seedbed; and then covering the seeded area with a coarse mulch of small tree branches we will cut from nearby dead felled lodgepole pine, fir, and spruce trees. Additionally, there will be some re-shaping of the stream banks and the creek channel upstream of the culverts. This will involve re-locating numerous medium-sized rocks the contractor deposited near the culvert inlets. The finished rockwork will consist of several terraces to prevent erosion of steep creek banks near entries to the culverts.
    These are drive-up work sites about a 2-hour drive from Fort Collins, with no hiking involved. The gorgeous forest setting is a dense mix of tall lodgepole pine, spruce, and fir trees with creek-side meadows currently lush with wildflowers.
    Contact Dave Piske to help with this important Project.
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day: Poudre River Clean-up
    Celebrate public lands by pitching in to clean-up the Cache la Poudre River from 9 am to 12 noon! Fort Collins Natural Areas will supply gloves, garbage bags and yummy snacks. Family friendly, volunteers under the age of 16 must be with an adult 18+. Registration is required in NatureTracker or call 970-416-2815. Meet at Lee Martinez Park, lower parking lot by the tennis courts, 600 N. Sherwood Street. The City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas thanks additional sponsors REI and Odells Brewery.
  • September 27: Phantom Canyon Trail Maintenance and Fishing
    Phantom Canyon CrewThe Nature Concervancy’s Phantom Canyon Preserve and Rocky Mountain Flycasters volunteers work together to maintain trails at the Preserve on the North Fork of the Poudre River. Volunteers work in the morning while in the afternoon are able to catch and release fish samples in the afternoon. See the Phantom Canyon page for more information and to apply for a volunteer spot. This is the third and final of this year’s very popular Phantom Canyon volunteer activity.
  • September 28: Little Thompson Willow HarvestVolunteers needed to help harvest willows in association with post-flood restoration. Volunteers can come singly or bring a group of friends/colleagues to this project. Larimer County Conservation Corps (with supervision by AloTerra and Big Thompson Conservation District Staff) will be working and you are welcome to join us.
    If you can round up at least 7 people, we can schedule a date of your choosing between October 15 and December 15. To sign up, simply send an email to John Giordanengo. Once you are signed up for a specific project, we will provide further details.
  • September 29: Little Thompson Willow HarvestVolunteers needed to help harvest willows in association with post-flood restoration. Volunteers can come singly or bring a group of friends/colleagues to this project. Larimer County Conservation Corps (with supervision by AloTerra and Big Thompson Conservation District Staff) will be working and you are welcome to join us.
    If you can round up at least 7 people, we can schedule a date of your choosing between October 15 and December 15. To sign up, simply send an email to John Giordanengo. Once you are signed up for a specific project, we will provide further details.
  • September 30: Colorado River at Red Mountain Trail
    Electrofishing and disease testing with Chris Kennedy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fish Biologist. This site is only 1/4 - 1/2 mile in from the trailhead. Contact Austin Condon or Chris Kennedy to take part in this important research.
  • September 30: Big Elk Meadows Restoration
    Volunteers needed to help plant willows, cast native seeds, and other light duty work in association with post-flood restoration on this Big Elk Meadows site. Volunteers can come singly or bring a group of friends/colleagues to this project. Larimer County Conservation Corps (with supervision by AloTerra and Big Thompson Conservation District Staff) will be working and you are welcome to join us.
    If you can round up at least 7 people, we can schedule a date of your choosing between October 15 and December 15. To sign up, simply send an email to John Giordanengo. Once you are signed up for a specific project, we will provide further details.

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.

Last updated on 29 Apr, 2017