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Steve Craig talks fish. Photo by Susan Payne-Poudre Learning Center
Steve Craig talks fish at the Greeley Water Fest. Photo by Susan Payne-Poudre Learning Center
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  • May 1: Fish Ladder Opening
    Watson Lake Fish Ladder ribbon cutting ceremony
    NOTE: New date Please join Wil Huett and and other Rocky Mountain Flycasters members to help give the folks responsible for this step toward a healthier river a big TUTY(Trout Unlimited Thank You). This is the kind of event which will probably escape broad public notice so I think we who love our rivers should turn out as many as possible. Ceremonies are at 11am. at Watson Lake near Bellvue.
  • May 1: flytyingSocial Fly Tying for Members of Rocky Mountain Flycasters
    Each event will feature a different fly pattern. RMF will provide hooks and materials, so all you have to do is show up with your vise and tools. (We’ll even have loaner equipment for beginners.) The big screen TV will be playing a YouTube instructional video which you can also watch on your own iPad or smart phone.
     
    Our May session will feature our own Dr. Eric Pettine’s Eric’s Midge. If you are a beginner, or need to come straight from work, we will have loaner tools and equipment available. Marty Staab will be hosting this event, so contact him by email with any questions or to RSVP. Please include a comment to to let him know if you intend to participate in the featured pattern, and especially if we can help provide tools and a vise.
     
    I hope to see a lot of you at the Gilded Goat right next to Trader Joe’s May 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
  • May 8: 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.
  • May 13: CO fish
    Dave Piske explains fish
    Loveland Water Fest
    Rocky Mountain Flycasters teams up with local school districts to present a cold water conservation game called “Who Eats Who at the Stream.” This interactive “game” introduces young students to cold water conservation concepts. It is great fun for students and presenters so find out more and sign up to take part. See Water Fests for more information and to take an active part in reaching these young people.
  • May 15: Rocky Mountain Flycasters Annual MeetingThe effects of post-flood recovery on trout fisheries in the Big Thompson River
    Contrary to understanding flood flows did not decimate trout populations in the Big Thompson drainage, rather post-flood channel reconstruction was the primarily conduit responsible for the diminished abundance. Following the emergency repairs a massive stream Larry Rogstade, retired Area Wildlife Manager, Ben Swigle, CO CPW
    L-R: Larry Rogstade, retired Area Wildlife
    Manager, Ben Swigle, Colorado CPW
    restoration efforts coinciding with the Highway 34 rebuild has resulted in a river corridor less susceptible to flooding and in many cases stream habitat improvements better than pre-existing conditions. This presentation will build upon results from initial pre-flood monitoring efforts by incorporating post-flood fisheries data collected immediately after the flood as well as 1-5 years post flood during the fall of 2013-2018. In additional this talk will discuss in-stream construction activities leading to fish population improvements.
    Ben Swigle, a fishery biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is responsible for sport fish management in all public waters within the Big Thompson, St. Vrain, and Boulder Creek drainages.
     
    Annual Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ President’s Report and Trustee Elections. Annual elections will be held with the nominating committee suggesting the following slate of candidates.
    • President: Mickey McGuire
    • Vice President: Colin Glover
    • Treasurer: Ryan Hogan
    • Secretary: Frank Bub
    • Trustee at Large: Ruthie Ketola
    • Trustee at Large: Ron Dickson
       
    Nominations can be taken from the floor and only Trout Unlimited members are allowed to vote. Please have documentation that the nominee will accept the position.
     
    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. We often have a local fly tier 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.
  • May 22: CO bugs
    Bruce Rosenthal talks bugs
    Fort Collins Water Fest
    Rocky Mountain Flycasters teams up with local school districts to present a cold water conservation game called “Who Eats Who at the Stream.” This interactive “game” introduces young students to cold water conservation concepts. It is great fun for students and presenters so find out more and sign up to take part. See Water Fests for more information and to take an active part in reaching these young people.
  • May 23: Green River/Seedskadee or Wind River Fishing Trip
    This Memorial Day weekend up into Wyoming should be amazing! The plan is to fish either the lower Green River below Fontanelle Dam in WY, (where we can fish the tailwater below the dam, and also float and fish parts of the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge a few miles further downstream from the dam), or float the Wind River just upstream from Thermopolis. Both of these destinations are a 6 hour drive.The Green River at Fontanelle Dam would require camping, since it is pretty much in the middle of nowhere (translation = no crowds!) Please contact Mark Miller for this five-day trip.
  • May 24: Green River/Seedskadee Trip continues
  • May 25: Green River/Seedskadee Trip continues
  • May 26: Green River/Seedskadee Trip continues
  • May 27: Green River/Seedskadee Trip continues

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Note of the Day:

1924 May 26. Nairnside, Inverness pond. very small butcher. 2 trout. Dead calm. Very fine tackle. Lost in weeds, hooked another which took cast 7 flies.
King, Patricia, 1980, Muriel Foster’s Fishing Diary (NY: Viking Press).

Last updated on 29 Apr, 2017