- May 2: Skin Gulch Restoration
Extensive earth-moving will be done by a contractor prior to May 2. Once that is completed, revegetation and some finishing touches on bank stabilization will be accomplished by volunteers using hand tools.
For the Skin Gulch project, RMF has committed to provide 20 of the 70 volunteers needed on May 2. There will be a variety of tasks such as seed-bed preparation, seeding by hand techniques, mulching of seeded areas, and installation of anti-erosion mesh mats over some stream bank terrain.
On-line registration of volunteers from RMF is accomplished via the WRV web site www.wlrv.org. For more information about sign up procedures, see our Conservation page.
- May 9: Fort Collins Natural Area Gateway
Entering its fifth consecutive year, is the Adopt-A-Trail program usually held at Gateway Natural Area. Dependent on needs, the location may be at another of the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas along the Poudre. This program at Gateway involves trail rehabilitation near the confluence of the Poudre’s North Fork with the Poudre’s main stem. Work four hours in the morning, then enjoy a rewarding lunch, and fish in the afternoon. Two dates are scheduled; May 9 and July 18 . The location will be selected a month prior to these dates. The RMF-TU contact for more information and to sign-up is Dave Morse.
- May 13: Board Meeting at 7:00 PM. Members are welcome to attend any board meeting. Check with a Board Member to find out where the meeting is being held.
- May 14:
Loveland Water Festival (tentative date)
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.
- May 20:
Ft. Collins Water Festival
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.
- May 20: RMF Annual Meeting
Annual Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Report and Elections
Social hour 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. 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 23: Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration
This project is intended to close and restore the highest priority degraded roads in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Larimer County.
By decompacting, recontouring, stabilizing, and revegetating 12 miles of roads in three years, this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality within Colorado’s only National Wild and Scenic River; the Cache La Poudre!
On-line registration of volunteers from RMF is accomplished via the WRV web site www.wlrv.org. For more information about sign up procedures, see our Conservation page although search for the May 23 date.
- May 30: Local tailwater fun on small nymphs. Big Thompson River below Lake Estes. See our fishing page and contact Mark Miller. Fishing trip host will be Mark Miller.
- May 30: Poudre RiverFest 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Poudre RiverFest is a free, family-friendly festival that restores, celebrates and educates people about the Cache la Poudre River. Proceeds from the festival support local conservation and education nonprofit groups in Fort Collins, Colorado. Rocky Mountain Flycasters will be there with a booth displaying some of the things we do. We need some volunteers for a few hours at a time. Contact Dick Jefferies.
Note of the Day:
I also strongly recommend fine round Gut in preference to Hair at this season [April], on account of the size and weight of the “large hooks” on which the Brown Drake requires to be dressed; and which Hair will not retain so safely as Gut; and also, though you may probably rise more fish with Hair, yet taking the breakages you are liable to by using it, and the loss and hinderance you suffer thereby, especially if broken in the midst of a feed, which perhaps does not last above a quarter of an hour, taking these matters into consideration, I have long since arrived at the conclusion that Gut is much better for Spring fishing than Hair.
R. Lakeland., 1858, The Teesdale Angler, (Horse Market, R. Barker, Printer, Barnard Castle-iBooks version), p. 57.