Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited
Rocky Mountain Flycasters Announces Video Release describing the Poudre Headwaters Project
Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter of Colorado Trout Unlimited has a longstanding interest in and commitment to the restoration of native trout to a portion of our region’s watersheds. RMF volunteers for many years have cooperated to further the efforts of state and federal agencies in restoring native trout. These efforts have included volunteer field work, fund raising, and communication outreach concerning the needs and methods of native trout restoration.
In recent years, RMF has been involved in native trout restoration efforts in the Cache la Poudre watershed including on George Creek and Cornelius Creek in the North Fork Poudre watershed, and on the headwater tributaries of the Poudre River near Rocky Mountain National Park. Both of these native trout restoration projects are ongoing, and the Poudre Headwaters Project (PHP) is the largest ever Colorado native trout restoration project.
Please see our Poudre Headwaters page for additional information and to view this video.
Volunteer for a Big Thompson River Restoration EventBeen inside for too long? Craving some social-distance-friendly outdoor activities?
Join Rocky Mountain Flycasters and the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition for planting and weeding at a Big T river restoration site between Wilson and Rossum Drives near Namaqua Park in Loveland, CO. Restoration activities will include native plant planting and non-native plant weeding.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we are limited to 8 volunteers.
Hosted by: Big Thompson Watershed Coalition with partners City of Loveland and Loveland Ready Mix
Date & Time: Friday, June 5th 9am-12pm
Event Description: COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, which include:
Following up on our successful April meeting via Zoom we will be hosting our May 20 meeting using the same platform. Karin Miller, the founder and owner of Zen Tenkara, will be presenting for the chapter. Karin will be covering the basics of Tenkara and techniques to fight big fish on light-weight Tenkara rods using geometry.
Rocky Mountain Flycasters Board News!
There have been three changes within your Board of Directors recently. It was with sadness that I accepted Ron Dickson’s and Frank Bub’s resignations from the Board last month. I want to publicly thank each of them for their dedicated service to our Chapter. Frank served as Secretary to the Board and was an extremely active volunteer on many projects spanning the conservation, youth and veterans’ programs. Ron, as Director at Large also served as Conservation Chair. Ron took over the Conservation committee about a year ago and significantly transformed it into a highly functional committee. While Frank is relocating to be closer to family, Ron has assured me he will continue to be a strong volunteer and advocate for our Chapter. We will miss both their leadership contributions.
The good news is that May 1st, the Board of Directors appointed two successors to the vacant positions. Jeannie Weaver, your Raffle Coordinator stepped up and volunteered to be our Secretary. Thank you, Jeannie!! Dave Beede, active volunteer with the Conservation Committee agreed to serve as a Director at Large. Dave, we appreciate your willingness to serve our Chapter in your new capacity!
Post Script: On May 13, Past President Dick Jefferies has consented to fill the role of Conservation Director. In addition to leadership experience, Dick was instrumental in the formation of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed which was critical to restoration after the fire of 2012 and flood of 2013.
With the passage of the new Bylaws (see below) the Immediate Past President will no longer serve on the Board. Instead there are now three Director at Large Positions and Wil Huett, out IPP has agreed to serve as one of the Directors at Large. Thank you, Wil for your dedication and continuing to serve the Chapter. All three volunteers will serve in their respective posts until January 1 when the new Board will take their seats. Of course, our newly engaged volunteers may be nominated to continue in their posts and you, the members will have an opportunity to decide who will lead your Chapter at the November elections.
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 2017 issue of The Flypaper available on our web site.
RMF now has logo shirts
Rocky Mountain Flycasters is now offering special order fishing shirts from Columbia. Both men’s and women’s styles are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Get the order form, make your choices and submit your order to get a special discount price on these functional, attractive shirts.
New Order of Hats!
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.
|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.||
- 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.
- June 6 Kids Fish Fest
- June 10 Fish Spinney Mtn Res
- June 10 Board Meeting
- June 11 Fish Spinney Mtn Res
- July 8 Board Meeting
- July 11 Brookies Galore!
- July 15 Trout Unlimited Anniversary
- July 16 Fish Gunnison River
- July 17 Fish North Park
- July 17 Fish RMNP Sky Pond
- July 17 Fish Gunnison River
- July 18 Fish North Park
- July 18 Fish RMNP Sky Pond
- July 18 Fish Gunnison River
- July 18 Fish Long Draw
- July 19 Fish North Park
- July 19 Fish RMNP Sky Pond
- July 19 Fish Gunnison River
- July 20 Fish North Park
- July 20 Fish RMNP Sky Pond
- July 27 Youth Day Camp
- July 28 Youth Day Camp
- July 29 Youth Day Camp
- July 30 Youth Day Camp
- July 31 Youth Day Camp
- August 1 Youth Day Camp
- August 12 Board Meeting
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.
The Flypaper newsletterThe May 2020 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:
May 2020: The Flypaper Newsletter 3.2 MB PDF file
- From Mickey McGuire, President
- Board News
- New Bylaws
- Events in May: Board Meeting
- RMF News
Flies for Reel Recovery
- St. Peters' Fishing Forecast
- Let's Go Fishing
- Community Outreach
- NoCo Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp
- Online Fly Fishing Library
- Donate and/or Buy
- 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! Newly Revised!
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.