- October 10: 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.
- October 17: Restoring Yellowstone’s Native Fish
Don’t miss this presentation on October 17 by Paul Bunker, a West Denver TU Member and advocate for YNP fisheries, will address current efforts and progress in eradicating invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake. Paul will also highlight some of the projects he has been involved in throughout the park during the past 12 years while participating in the Yellowstone NP Fly Fishing Volunteer Program.
“When Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, early naturalists noted that about half of the waters were fishless, mostly because of waterfalls which precluded upstream movement of recolonizing fishes. Later, during a period of increasing popularity of the Yellowstone sport fishery, the newly established U.S. Fish Commission began to extensively stock the park’s waters with non-natives, including brown, brook, rainbow, and lake trout. Done more than a century ago as an attempt to increase angling opportunities, these actions had unintended consequences. Non-native fish caused serious negative impacts on native fish populations in some watersheds, and altered the parks natural ecology, particularly at Yellowstone Lake. It took a great deal of effort over many decades to alter our native fisheries. It will take a great deal more work to restore them.”
—Dr. Todd Koel, Senior Fisheries Biologist, Yellowstone Center for Resources, Yellowstone Science, Vol 25, Issue 1.
The 2019 program is now reaching out to prospective volunteers to help support the park in restoring the park’s native fish populations. Learn how you can volunteer.
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 will 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.
- October 25: Post-Fire Restoration
The Coalition for the Poudre Watershed is leading a revegetation project on an unnamed tributary to the Poudre River with the help of Odell Brewing volunteers, Rocky Mountain Flycasters volunteers and others interested in the quality of the Cache la Poudre River. Work is planned for two days, October 25 and October 26, 2018.
Unnamed Tributary 3 (UT3) is a small and steep ~200-acre sub-watershed that lies just above HWY 14, the Poudre River and the Munroe Tunnel. It was severely burned during the 2012 High Park Fire. Since the fire, the small stream that was once intermittent (meaning it only had water in it during runoff or after thunderstorms) became a perennial stream and now runs year-round. Following storm events, sediment washes down from the stream and into the river and over the highway, threatening water quality, transportation and important water supply infrastructure. The private road is also at risk of being damaged in future storms.
The Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) has been working on this project since 2012 and received funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the City of Fort Collins, and Northern Water to complete the restoration of the stream to increase its resiliency to future floods by stabilizing the stream and sediment, protecting the private road, and expanding culvert capacity under road crossings. CPRW hired AloTerra Restoration Services to complete the restoration. Construction will begin at the end of September/beginning of October 2018 and will take ~3 weeks to complete.
Volunteer tasks Volunteers are needed to help revegetate the site after construction has been completed which will include:
- Seeding about 0.5 acres of stream side habitat
- Installing/planting 1,000 wetland plants
- Installing about 300 native willows
- Building vegetated soil lifts
What to bring?
- Clothing for all weather conditions (it’ll be late October in CO so think layers: raincoat, long sleeves, jackets, and short sleeve shirts, etc.) Good idea to wear pants instead of shorts.
- Sturdy hiking boots or shoes with good traction
- Sunscreen/sun protection
- Water bottle
Sign up through our Volunteer Management System on our Volunteer page.
- October 25:
CSU American Fisheries Society
The CSU chapter of the American Fisheries Society presents Kevin Bestgen, Senior Research Scientist. Bestgen’s subject will be "Large River Fish Ecology and Conservation in the Upper Colorado Basin."
Everyone is welcome.
- October 26: Post-Fire Restoration
Continuation of October 25.
Note of the Day:
If you’d like a lot of water to yourself, plan on fishing in a near-gale. Besides conferring the benefit of solitude, choppy waters make trout less spooky and more indiscreet.
Hosman, Todd, 2003, Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park (Lyons, CO: Streamside Press), p 25.