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President’s Beat

Messages from the President of Rocky Mountain Flycasters.

October 4, 2007

Greg Evans

Happy! Wait a minute! What happened to September? Oh yea... Alaska, the brew fest... Well Happy October.

Wanted to relay my first experience with competitive fly fishing not involving my brother to you. I was a volunteer, more specifically a controller (judge) of the National Fly Fishing Championships hosted by Colorado Trout Unlimited with untold hours of organization shouldered by our sister TU Chapter in Boulder.

At 7am this morning, 14 volunteers from Boulder, Parker, Denver and one from Fort Collilns met at Parvin Lake near Red Feather. We learned how to measure fish in specialized troughs, got a synopsis on international fishing regulations and met our competitors with eager eyes at 8:30 am. The Competitors were self selected individuals who had risen through the ranks of regional competition to be invited here to our backyard. For the Americans, this competition determines the international team. For the three teams from Ireland, Canada, and England, they were learning on outside waters and honing skills. My "beat" of about 200 yards was on the South side of Parvin. In the morning I had the good fortune of hosting Graham Lumonsdon from England. He was unbelievably polite, followed the rules to a tee, including releasing a foul hooked fish before I could even get in the water, and a real competitor. How did he do? He placed second in the segment by catching three fish on a heavy sinking line with a fly called the "boobie." You'll need to see the picture of it to decipher the name!

The next gentleman was Terence Courtoreille from Canada. He was the top competitive angler in his country last year and has been in the top 10 for the last five years. He is also an accountant with a six year old girl at home. He caught four fish in the hot afternoon sun on a floating line, stripping three flies named: the Glob (bright green glob with white tail), a Claire (olive green mini bugger on #12 hook) and a small bugger. An admitted slow knot tier, he used a 2 foot square building stryofoam floating platform with dowel sticking through it to catch his line and lay his rod on when tying flies.

Both guys missed fish, both guys snagged on trees, both guys mildy cussed under their breath. And, both guys taught me some things are universal, but we Americans have a lot to learn about fishing! That is the competition I like, a goal of creating bridges through a shared activity. Absolutely nothing was taken from the beautiful day fishing with friends by THIS competition. Next year, join me in taking part in this cultural exchange!

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May 15, 2013 - State of the Chapter - Dick Jefferies
When you leave here tonight do so knowing this chapter is in good shape….(read more)

January 11, 2013 - Dick Jefferies
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November 12, 2012 - Dick Jefferies
Even though Mother Nature is reminding us what is just around the corner…(read more)

June 27, 2012 - Dick Jefferies
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November 17, 2011 - Lee Evans
I need to tell you we had a great meeting last night.…(read more)

September 14, 2011 - Lee Evans
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May 18, 2011 - State of the Chapter - Lee Evans
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Mar. 27, 2011 - Lee Evans
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Jan. 31, 2011 - Lee Evans
The new expanded Fly Tying Expo is happening February 16 and I believe it is the best ever.…(read more)

Jan. 5, 2011 - Lee Evans
Wow! 2011 already! I hope you’re beginning to plan your fishing trips before the calendar gets too full.…(read more)

Nov. 10, 2010 - Lee Evans
After having what I consider to be a very successful year,…(read more)

Oct. 22, 2010 - Lee Evans
Apples and knees! These have been occupying a lot of my time recently, and have kept me from fishing as much as I would have liked.…(read more)

Aug. 25, 2010 - Lee Evans
I know the summer is ending, the kids are back in school, and the best fishing of the year is beginning.…(read more)

Mar. 25, 2010 - Lee Evans
These words are coming to you from a very excited president.…(read more)

January 21, 2010 - Lee Evans
We had our annual Fly Tying Expo last night and it was a great success.…(read more)

November 20, 2009 - Lee Evans
At our annual meeting on Nov. 18, you elected me…(read more)

Mar. 23, 2009 - Ken Eis
Well, the Poudre and Big T are fishing well. Clear low water is already stimulating dry fly action…(read more)

Nov. 28, 2007 - Ken Eis
We had an election at the November meeting…(read more)

Oct. 4, 2007 - Greg Evans
Happy! Wait a minute! What happened to September? Oh yea… Alaska, the brew fest… Well Happy October.…(read more)

Aug. 19, 2007 - Greg Evans
Annual Rocky Mountain Flycasters Report…(read more)

Jul. 19, 2007 - Greg Evans
Hey Summer Anglers! Wish I had a great fish story to report for the Summer.…(read more)

Mar. 07, 2007 - Greg Evans
Hey there Weary Winter Warriors! Spring is in the air…(read more)

Jan. 18, 2007 - Greg Evans
BRRR! This weather and snow is killing everyone who loves to fish! …all joking aside, the year started off great…(read more)

Dec. 10, 2006 - Greg Evans
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all! We just had our annual Christmas Party at the Sports Station…(read more)

Nov. 8, 2006 - Greg Evans
Thanks to all to attended the General Meeting tonight, November 8th. The meeting had a different flavor with a presentation by member John Fraser on Didymosphenia Geminata aka Rock Snot…(read more)

Oct. 17, 2006 - Greg Evans
October arrived out of nowhere for me, but I did manage a little fishing while romancing my wife…(read more)

Sep. 12, 2006 - Greg Evans
With a great lineup of speakers for the year, ongoing conservation projects, and an enthusiastic board of directors I couldn't be more excited for the year…(read more)

Dec. 12, 2005 - Greg Evans
With our annual Christmas Party at the Depot in Loveland this past Saturday, I am feeling very festive.…(read more)

Sep. 12, 2005 - Greg Evans
Paul Fromme has been our president for the last two years.…(read more)

Jul. 21, 2005 - Paul Fromme
We have all heard the news that Larimer County is preparing to sell off the properties…(read more)

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