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Al Ritt and Fish
Al Ritt and Fish
November 2017
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  • November 6: 2017 Embrace-A-Stream Challenge
    Big Thompson Access
    Pier location on the Big Thompson River
    Rocky Mountain Flycasters has been awarded a Trout Unlimited Embrace-A-Stream Grant! The grant will be used to partially fund River Ecology learning panels at the site of the accessible fishing pier on the Big Thompson River. The pier was washed away in the 2013 flood but will be replaced starting 2018.
    Orvis and Trout Unlimited have created a challenge to win a donation-based share of $50,000 in additional funds to be applied to our EAS Grant and direct conservation projects. More information about how you can donate is on our Orvis/TU/RMF Challenge page during the EAS Challenge.
    Every donation goes to our Big Thompson project and enhances our opportunity for additional money from Orvis and Trout Unlimited.
  • November 7: 2017 Embrace-A-Stream Challenge Continues
  • November 8: 2017 Embrace-A-Stream Challenge Continues
  • November 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.
  • November 9: 2017 Embrace-A-Stream Challenge Continues
  • November 10: 2017 Embrace-A-Stream Challenge Continues
  • November 11: 2017 Embrace-A-Stream Challenge Continues
  • November 12: 2017 Embrace-A-Stream Challenge Last Day!
    This is the last opportunity to donate on our Orvis/Trout Unlimited/Rocky Mountain Flycasters Embrace-A-Stream Challenge.
    Every donation counts.
  • November 14: Wildfires in the West: Landscapes in Transition
    Wildfire posterJoin the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed on Tuesday, November 14 from 5:30-7pm at Avogadro’s Number for a panel discussion about wildfires. Hear from experts about how wildfire patterns are changing and what we can do to address the issues. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5pm.
    Panel members include
    • Michael Kodas, award winning photo-journalist & writer, author of “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish an Deadly Epidemic of Flame”
    • Bryan Karchut, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer of the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grasslands
    • Dr. Tony Cheng, Professor and Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute a Colorado State University
    Rocky Mountain Flycasters and the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed continue to collaborate closely on restoration projects in the Poudre River Watershed.
  • November 15: Rocky Mountain Flycasters Guest Night
    Al Ritt
    Al Ritt
    Our special guest speaker for Guest Night is destination travel host and tier extraordinaire Al Ritt. Al has fished as long as he can remember and has been fascinated with flies almost as long. Growing up in southern Michigan he fished primarily for warm water species, but remembers feeling magic in trout and trout flies. Al recalls making “flies” including forming his own “hooks” out of pipe cleaners. He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California. Al Ritt 25 Flies
    25 Best Most Versitile Flies
    Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for trout, grayling, bass, pike, panfish, catfish, carp, steelhead, salmon, bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon, redfish and other species.
    Currently Al and his wife Diana own and operate Al Ritt Flies. Al is a fly tying instructor and a destination travel host. As Brand Manager for PEAK Fishing, a manufacturer of premium quality fly tying vises and equipment and bamboo rod making planing forms and tools, his duties entail sales/marketing, product development and customer service.
    Al’s topic for the evening will be Destination Fishing Trips. Find out more about Al at Al Ritt Flies.
    Bring a friend or more who will enjoy the benefits of Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited. Admission is free and the public is welcome. New members can join for only $20.00 at the meeting, with additional benefits of an RMF patch, RMF decal, and five raffle tickets. Current members who bring a guest who joins will get 5 free raffle tickets.
    Social hour and fly tying demonstration by Steve Schweitzer, co-author of guides to RMNP and Indian Peaks Wilderness, 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 tyer at each general meeting and an equipment raffle following the meeting. The Fort Collins Senior Center is located at 1200 Raintree Drive off Shields Avenue between Prospect and Drake. Additional meeting information.

Note of the Day:

Beaching a large Pacific salmon can be harmful to the fish if you plan to release it, and trying to lift a big salmon’s head at close quarters may break a fragile graphite rod tip. Guides on salmon rivers from Alaska to Norway prefer wide, long-handled nets that make the last part of the battle safe and easy for all parties involved. —Tom Rosenbauer

Last updated on 29 Apr, 2017