Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited
In MemoriamLinda Jefferies, was former Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Membership Chair, Volunteer Management System Coordinator, longtime advocate and volunteer for Rocky Mountain Flycasters. She was a true asset to your chapter, and she will be greatly missed. On a personal level, I and many others in the Chapter counted Linda as a good friend and someone who contributed thoughtful ideas and concepts in a very professional manner.
—Mickey McGuire, RMF President
What a year 2019 has been!Colorado Trout Unlimited celebrated a seminal victory in CTU’s history - the defeat of Two Forks Dam. We worked on the restoration of native Greenback Cutthroat trout. We made our own movie, Decades, and produced a 50th booklet - both highlighting some of the stories and people that have made the last 50 years so incredible.
2020 RMF Fly Tying Expo
Time to think about flies! February 19, RMF will host its annual Fly Tying Expo with Flys for Fins. Food, 2 dozen local and professional tiers, raffles, silent and live auction, and fun. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity at the Fort Collins Senior Center. See more on our calendar page.
Greenback RecoveryRMF volunteers have been working with partners in the long term recovery of Colorado’s native greenback cutthroat trout. The history of the trout and the story of recovery is fascinating. From being thought extinct to misidentification to locating and the long process of creating a habitat for recovery.
Writer Ted Williams has written an article on The Nature Conservancy site that covers many points of the work being done. Read the full article “Recovery: The Once and Future Greenback Cutthroat Victory.”
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
We learned last month that Rocky Mountain Flycasters has been chosen to be one of the local Cargill Canola Cares quarterly charitable contributions of $5,000. In addition, we may receive matching funds from their corporate headquarters. This important donation will go to our conservation program to help fund restoration projects within our watersheds. Be sure to attend the May meeting for the presentation of the donation. Thank you Cargill!
Seven of our members attended the Colorado Trout Unlimited Spring Rendezvous held in Glenwood Springs last weekend. It was a great event with 23 of the 24 chapters within the state attending. In addition to the CTU staff, there were also a number of TU national staff in attendance. Colorado is fortunate in that some 24 national TU technical experts live in Colorado and are very accessible to us.
One of the great events at Rendezvous is the awards banquet. Last year our Chapter won awards for our Youth Programs and Dave Piske was awarded a major conservation award. This year, Phil Wright received the Outstanding Volunteer Award and Mickey McGuire accepted the award for Exemplary Chapter. These awards come only because many people donate their time to accomplish the mission of Rocky Mountain Flycasters.
RMF members pictured from left to right are Danny White, Ron Dickson, Phil Wright, Mickey McGuire, Colin Glover, Tracy Craig and Steve Craig.
L.L.Bean donates to Platte River Veterans
Rocky Mountain Flycasters President Mickey McGuire (right) presents three L.L. Bean Angler II fly fishing outfits to the chapter’s Veterans Service Coordinator, Dave Morse. The rods will be used by chapter volunteers to teach Northern Colorado veterans fly casting and fishing skills.
The fly rod outfits were awarded as part of a donation program through Trout Unlimited. For more than 20 years, L.L. Bean has been donating fly rods and reels to TU Chapters. This year, more than 100 chapters applied for the more than 400 donated outfits, valued at nearly $40,000.
For more of the story, see our PRVFF page.
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 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.
- February 5 Social Fly Tying
- February 12 Board Meeting
- February 19 Fly Tying Expo
- March 5 CTU GALA
- March 11 Board Meeting
- March 18 General Meeting
- April 8 Board Meeting
- April 15 General Meeting
- April 24 CTU Rendezvous
- April 25 CTU Rendezvous
- April 25 Volunteer Orientation
- May 13 Board Meeting
- May 20 Annual Meeting
- June 10 Board Meeting
- July 8 Board Meeting
- July 15 Trout Unlimited Anniversary
- 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 January 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:
January 2020: The Flypaper Newsletter 3.5 MB PDF file
- From Mickey McGuire, President
- Events in January: Joe O’Connor, Fly Swap, Veterans Support Program
- RMF News
- Bob Green, Newsletter Editor
- Ron Dickson, Conservation Chair
- Wil Hewitt Community Outreach
- Thomas Wurster’s St. Peter’s January Forecast
- 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.