- October 2: Great Lakes Salmon Trip
Trips dates subject to change - will likely be Wed through Sunday in early Oct. through the first week of Oct. based on prior history. We’ll fish the Milwaukee River just a mile or two above Lake Michigan. The exact dates will be set only a couple weeks ahead, as we need to time the King Salmon run. Mostly Kings but may also be Coho salmon along with lake-run rainbows and browns. Sight fishing with easy wading, fish will average 20-30 lbs with some bigger. Heavy rods (10wt) recommended. Can drive or fly - your choice. Will stay in hotel near downtown Milwaukee just minutes from the river. For more information, contact Richard at 970-219-2019.
- October 2: Poudre Headwaters Restoration
The US Forest Service has experienced a last-minute change in their schedule for the Poudre Headwaters Project. In this phase of the project, different Brook Trout studies are underway in anticipation of restoration of Greenback Cutthroat Trout—Colorado’s state fish—in the headwaters of the Cache la Poudre River.
Volunteers are needed 2-Oct through 5-Oct. The work includes capturing, scanning for tagged fish, and tagging additional fish. Fish capture will be done through electroshocking, although fishing techniques may be considered if there are enough skilled fishermen. Volunteers will also help the US Forest Service staff transport equipment. The team will depart from the Corral Creek Trail Head near Long Draw Reservoir each morning.
Disinfected waders are required. A wader disinfection station will be provided in Fort Collins. If interested in participating, please contact Conservation Chair Ron Dickson for additional details.
- October 2: Social Fly Tying for Members of Rocky Mountain Flycasters
Rocky Mountain Flycasters members gather at 6 pm the first Wednesday of the month for a little Pub 'N ' Dub at the Gilded Goat. Each sponsored session features a different fly to tie. Some members come and simply enjoy the company of others while tying. 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 Brewing Company, 3500 South College, right next to Trader Joe’s.
The selected fly will be announced.
- October 3: Poudre Headwaters Restoration continues.
- October 4: Poudre Headwaters Restoration continues.
- October 5: Poudre Headwaters Restoration continues.
- October 5: Big Thompson Tree Planting
Rocky Mountain Flycasters will be working with the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition to plant pine trees in the Big Thompson Canyon. Contact Vice President Colin Glover to volunteer and for more information.
- October 6: RMF Picnic The Mishakwaka
As a celebration of the great fishing in the Poudre Canyon and to celebrate wrapping up of the 2019 Field Season, the Rocky Mountain Flycasters welcomes you to our 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Flycasters Fall Picnic at the Mishawaka on October 6, 2019.
Things will kick off at 3:00 pm with food, fly fishing, and cold beers with friends new and old. Attendees will be able to fish sections of the Poudre around the Mishawaka usually off limits to the public so bring your rod, your family and a friend who’s new to the chapter. Burgers and brats will be included along with non-alchololic drinks and cash bar.
This event is open to the public but please RSVP so we have a head count on food. $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. RSVP to RMF Vice President Colin Glover via email.
- October 8: Colorado River Float
Fishing for browns in pre-spawn mode (hungry and aggressive mode) on the Colorado River. For this three-day float trip, you will be able to choose between camping on the river or hotel in Kremmling — your choice. Contact host Mark Miller.
- October 9: RMF Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. Trustees meeting. Closed agenda.
- October 12: Stream Girls Colorado
Stream Girls is Trout Unlimited’s outdoor STEM program for girls. This watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.
Every person is a citizen of her watershed, and Trout Unlimited has partnered with Girl Scouts USA to show what that means to us. By visiting a local stream and having the opportunity to observe it as scientists, anglers, and artists, girls will get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.
Over the course of multiple sessions, Trout Unlimited volunteers lead the Girl Scouts in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. Each day also gives the girls time to explore the natural area and record their thoughts and observations in their handbooks.
Volunteers are needed to assist with this full-day session in Longmont. Volunteers should be TU members, have basic fly fishing skills, and work well with youngsters. Sign up to volunteer on our volunteer page. For additional information, see the TU Stream Girls page or contact Bianca McGrathMartinez.
- October 16: General Meeting
Don’t let the first snows of winter get you down! It’s not time to pack up the waders, rod and reel quite yet. St. Pete’s has ideas for local fall and winter fishing right here in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming to get you out on the water. Our meeting this month will cover some of those options.
Our General meetings take place at the Ft. Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. Social hour and a fly tying demonstration begin at 6:15, with the program at 7:00 pm.
Rocky Mountain Flycasters was the tenth chapter authorized by Trout Unlimited, the nation’s largest coldwater conservation agency, and is more than thirty-five years old. Current chapter conservation projects include restoration of native Greenback cutthroats and scientific monitoring of local waters. Additional meeting information.
Note of the Day:
With both caddisflies and stoneflies, the best dry-fly fishing of all usually coincides with periods of egg laying, not with hatches.
Hosman, Todd, 2003, Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park (Lyons, CO: Streamside Press), p 46.