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August 2018
RMF Youth Camp
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Corral Creek Restoration
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Board Meeting
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RMNP Small Streams
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Sustaining Donors
Aug 18, 17-Aug 18, 18
$1000+ Cutthroat Donors

Cutthroat Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

New Belgium Brewery
Odell Brewing Co.
Steven Hanzlik in Memoriam

$500-$999 Rainbow Donors

Rainbow Trout Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

CMS Mechanical Services Inc.
Tom Culbertson
Elkhorn Rod & Reel
Bob Green
Karl Kronberg
David Piske

$100-$499 Brown Donors

Brown Trout Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Bruce Biggi
Frank Cada
Canino’s Italian Restaurant
Dennis Cook
Matthew Doll
Yang Qian & Edward McConnaughey
Greg Evans
Lee Evans
Fast Signs
Handmade Art Co.
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JAX Outdoors
Mickey McGuire
Sharon Neenan
NoCo FlyFishing
Adam Omernick
Michael Ringus
Domingo Rodriguez
Bruce Rosenthal
St. Pete’s Fly Shop
Coy Wiley

$50-$99 Brook Donors

Brook Trout Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

Paul Hilbrecht
Eric Pettine
Richard Withey

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Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited

Tapping Party of Cold Water 1 at Odell Brewing

On July first, Chapter members attended the Tapping Party of Cold Water 1, a beer created by your leadership and Matt Fairchild of the US Forest Service 20180701 Odell Tapping Clear Water 1 (and of course Odell’s staff!). In addition, since Odell Brewing Company has named RMF the third quarter recipient of their giving program, we introduced a new display that will remain at Odell’s through September. Be sure to stop by and support our benefactors.
See the following article in The Coloradoan for a great story related to this event.
Below are photos from the brewing process.

July 2018 Adopt-A-Trail

New members join in
Rocky Mountain Flycasters members past and new went up the Poudre Canyon to the Gateway Natural Area to work with the City of Fort Collins. RMF has partnered with the city in maintaining two overlook trails.
Trail work is done in the morning followed by a provided lunch and in the afternoon volunteers have access to the main stem of the Poudre and the North Fork. It makes for a great day. Read more on our Gateway page.
photo by Dave Morse

CSU-RMF Collaboration

gathering aquatic insects
Rocky Mountain Flycasters continues its collaboration with the Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center with young day campers. CSU runs a number of summer programs and Dennis and Amy Galyardt have organized sessions where we participate in macro aquatic invertebrate collection and identification along with an introduction to tying flies by tying on safety pins rather than hooks. The young students enjoy both activities and the volunteers who direct the session have a great time.
photo by Wil Huett

2018 Conservation Field Season Begins

Volunteers are needed July 14 for the collaboration of RMF and City of Fort Collins at Gateway Park, up the Poudre.work on the Big T
North Fork work
Spend part of the morning with a bit of trail work, have lunch, fish the North Fork in the afternoon. See our calendar for more details.

Colorado TU announces volunteer options

2018 Stocking the Greenback Cutthroat Trout.
Volunteers will help with Packing in and stocking Greenback Trout. Volunteers are needed July 16 and 18 from 9 am to 3 pm. For more details and contacts, see the CTU Volunteer page.
On July 31, volunteers are needed to reach youth fly casting.

Odell’s Seasonal Small Batch
with U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Trout Unlimited, and Rocky Mountain Flycasters

On May 30, partners from the U.S. Forest Service and Trout Unlimited went backstage at Odell Brewing Co. in Fort Collins where they brewed up conversation about restoring Colorado’s native cutthroat trout population while making a limited edition beer for the cause. The small-batch brew will be released in July when Trout Unlimited is featured as Odell’s Seasonal Charitable Partner. #GoodForFishGoodForBeer https://www.odellbrewing.com/giving-back/

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Collaboration: (From Left) U.S. Forest Service Fisheries Biologist Matt Fairchild; Mickey McGuire, President, Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter Trout Unlimited; Tom Culbertson, Flycasters member; Marni Wahlquist, Head Pilot Brewer, Odells; Dick Jefferies, Colorado Trout Unlimited Board Member; Wil Huett, Flycasters Community Outreach chair
Fairchild_McGuire Add Yeast 2-S
Pouring Yeast: U.S. Forest Service Fisheries Biologist Matt Fairchild, Rocky Mountain Flycasters President Mickey McGuire and Odell’s Head Pilot Brewer Marni Wahlquist add yeast to the brew.
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Measuring: U.S. Forest Service Fisheries Biologist Matt Fairchild and Rocky Mountain Flycasters President Mickey McGuire measure up a small amount of hops to give the pilsner the lightest touch of bitterness. Other ingredients will evoke essences of a high alpine stream.
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Armstrong whirling: Reid Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist with the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest helps cool the brew with a whirling technique.
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Wil Huett: Flycasters member and Past President Wil Huett uses a long paddle to remove spent barley from the barrel.
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Shoveling: USFS Matt Fairchild and CTU board member/Flycasters member Dick Jefferies help shovel spent barley into a cart. It will later become feed for local cattle.
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Dick Jeffries: Colorado Trout Unlimited board member Dick Jefferies helps remove spent barley from the barrel.
While we don’t recall brewing in the TU Mission Statement, it sure looks like it was fun. We certainly appreciate the continued support of Odell Brewing Company in our cold-water conservation/ restoration efforts.

Colorado Greenback Cutthroat
Collecting eggs

Greenback Cutthroat Trout Spawning

In the restoration efforts to bring back the Colorado State Fish, Colorado Parks and Wildlife with the help of volunteers are working to assist with spawning efforts. Read the story in the August issue of The Flypaper available on our web site. See also the George Creek Restoration.

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Mickey models a shirt
RMF now has logo shirts

Rocky Mountain Flycasters is now offering special order fishing shirts from Columbia. Both men’s and women’s styles are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Get the order form, make your choices and submit your order to get a special discount price on these functional, attractive shirts.

New Order of Hats!

We got in a new order of RMF Logo Hats recently. New colors and new pricing. Hats are now priced 25% lower than before. Show your pride in the work of Trout Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Flycasters. Get your hat(s) from our merchandise page and wear it with dignity.

RMF patch

Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ sew-on patches are back in stock.

You can order yours online or pick one up at our General Meetings. Show your pride in our chapter by showing your membership on your shirt, jacket, and/or vest.

What is noteable and quotable? See the brand new Quotes and Notes on the calendar page. Perhaps something you’ve written or said is included. There is a new one for every day of the year.


Trout Unlimited has been notified that a company called Platinum Publishing sent out renewal invoices for TROUT magazine for $79.95 to some of our members. Please be advised that this is a SCAM and did not originate from TU’s offices. Please do not respond to these invoices, but rest assured tu.org and our Woolly Bugger, WV, post office box are fully operational, secure and ready to process dues and gifts. Pass this message along to the volunteers in your chapter.


Recently posted

  • RMF has teamed up with the volunteer management system (VMS) company Volgistics to better manage the many opportunities we have to volunteer doing restoration, rehabilitation, and sustaining our cold water preservation mission. Connect with our VMS system on our newly designed Volunteer page.
  • Small can be beautiful. Read Mark Miller’s story Fishing the Headwaters of the Big Thompson River.
  • You can now download our calendar in digital format. See the new Calendar page. You can also download individual fishing events from our Let’s Go Fishing page.
  • What is noteable and quotable? See the brand new Quotes and Notes on the calendar page. Perhaps something you’ve written or said is included.
  • RMF fishing story from Marc McKenzie - Classical Music and Fly Fishing in Aspen.

Upcoming Events

Are you a Sustaining Donor? Sustaining Donors are members of Trout Unlimited (TU), non-members, and businesses who recognize that without this kind of community support our Chapter can not adequately protect, conserve, and restore Colorado’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. Sustaining Donors are recognized at various levels. Contributions are greatly appreciated and we acknowledge sustaining donors in multiple ways. Find out more.

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The Flypaper newsletter

The June 2018 issue of The Flypaper newsletter is available on our website. You can sign up to receive it online by using our signup form or by sending a message to our Flypaper editor. You can also download a pdf version of the newsletter from the newsletter page. Inside this issue:
June 2018: The Flypaper Newsletter 1.5 MB PDF file
  • From the President
  • Newly Elected Officers
  • RMF News
    • RMF Day Camp
    • Meetings This Month
    • Phil Wright Conservation
    • Amazon Smile
    • Kid’s Fishing Day
    • Wil Huett
  • Upcoming Events
    • Fishing Trip Date Change
    • Let’s Go Fishing
    • Chapter Events Calendar
  • Online Fly Fishing Library
  • Donate and/or Buy
  • Sustaining Donors

What else? Want to find out more about what Rocky Mountain Flycasters does in our area? Take a look at the About Us page and download the brochure we prepared.

More on our Current Calendar

Behnke-RMF Research Fellowship

Rocky Mountain Flycasters continues to support the Robert J. Behnke-RMF Research Fellowship through donations for each year’s fellowship and we are actively seeking donations. Read more about the fellowship and you can use this Donation Form to make a contribution. This fellowship helps a Colorado State graduate student with research and honors the life-long contributions made by Dr. Behnke.

Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Exclusives

Stop cross-water contamination!

Whirling disease. Dydimo. New Zealand Mud Snails. Chytrid fungus. These are very real threats to our waters. If you follow some very simple, inexpensive procedures, you can help curb the spread of these diseases. See Common Sense Disinfection Procedure by Phil Wright.

Inexpensive Wading staff

Are you as "sure footed" as you would like to be? Are you ready for the spring run-off? The raging spring torrents can quicky take your feet from under you. It could be that you might need a wading stick. Here’s how to build one out of inexpensive/used materials. Phil Wright put together this helpful HOW-TO (pdf 412 KB) so you can have your own hand-crafted wading stick.

Current Issues

Rock Snot

Is didymo invading your favorite stream? Read this article and Phil Wright's about decontamination.

For water conditions in our area, please check U.S. Geological Survey’s Real-time water data.
Last updated on 20 Jul, 2018