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November 2018
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Board Meeting
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Guest Night
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Sustaining Donors
Nov 14, 17-Nov 14, 18
$1000+ Cutthroat Donors

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

New Belgium Brewery
Odell Brewing Co.

$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.
Wil Huett
JAX Outdoors
Mickey McGuire
Sharon Neenan
NoCo FlyFishing
Adam Omernick
Michael Ringus
Domingo Rodriguez
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

Domingo Rodriguez

Heee’s baaackkkk!

Domingo Rodriquez will be our speaker on November 28!!
Domingo is back to get our new and existing members onto some fish with an updated version to Euro nymphing.
If you were here 3 years ago when I did my first presentation, I hope it helped and that you went out and tried the technique. I did get some of you hooked on Euro nymphing and hope you’re still catching fish. No more mending to keep flies in the feeding zone. Enjoy the presentation and think twice about using that bobber.
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.

Disinfection station
Disinfection station
Long Draw Project

Volunteers who would like to participate in volunteer efforts on the Long Draw Greenback Cutthroat Recovery Project need to be aware of the need and procedures for wader and boot disinfection. Equipment disinfection is needed to prevent the spread of invasive organisms such as New Zealand mudsnails, quagga mussels, and zebra mussels, as well as to prevent the spread of chytrid fungus and whirling disease.
See the updated equipment disinfection Guidelines below.

Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Strategic Plan 2018

Strategic Plan 2018
Strategic Plan

RMF continues to improve its program and goals with a release of the 2018 Strategic Plan. Feel free to download the PDF and see how you might make contributions to RMF so we can meet our goals.

2018 Conservation Field Season

Post-Fire Restoration

Work in the Unnamed Tributary
Work in UT3
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.
Sign up through our Volunteer Management System on our Volunteer page. See more information on our calendar.

Temperature Logger Update

At the April, 2018 TU Western Regional Rendezvous in Keystone, CO, Trout Unlimited Volunteers Initiated a New Stream Temperature Logging Project to Benefit Native Trout Restoration. During the Rendezvous, Phil Wright and other interested Colorado Trout Unlimited Volunteers attended training with Chris Carroll Fisheries Biologist of the US Forest Service on the installation and use of in stream temperature loggers that will be used on an ongoing basis to collect stream temperature data. This temperature logging project involves volunteers from several Front Range TU Chapters and is being supported by the US Forest Service. The project is enabled in part through a grant received by CTU from the Western Native Trout Initiative.

Phil locating a temperature logger
Chris Carroll noted “Water that is too cold or too warm could lead to a failure of the reintroduction project, so understanding the temperature regime of a stream is important to decision makers in prioritizing efforts and options across the National Forest system and other public lands.” In June, placement of temperature loggers by RMF volunteers began. Now in the fall, data is being collected from those units. Phil writes:

We are making progress is retrieving data from our set of temperature loggers. Thanks go to Dennis Cook, Mickey McGuire and Frank Bub who retrieved data last Friday from two logger sites including Sheep Creek and Williams Gulch up the Poudre. My wife Psyche and I retrieved data from the logger in Trap Park at 10,300+ feet last Wednesday before the RMF General Meeting. It was a beautiful day but a pretty hard snowshoe through a foot of powder. Interestingly, Trap Creek at Trap Park was free of ice and it was not hard to work the sensor at all although the water was VERY Cold.

If you go out this fall, remember to take a couple of hand towels to dry your hands and clean the sensor optical data ports and also take some handwarmers. This extra gear came in very handy.

The next part of the snowshoeing adventure day was the surprise we encountered when we visited the lower Trap Creek site near Chambers Lake at 9,200 feet. The photo here shows the dilemma. I think we will not be able to retrieve data from this shaded canyon location until next summer. Trap Park by contrast is very open to sunlight and this must be why the creek was so open at high elevation.

Note that we have visited 9 of 19 logger sites so far so we are nearly half way there for 2018.

Work on restoration of Colorado’s native Greenback Cutthroat Trout is continuing to make progress.

L.L.Bean donates to Platte River Veterans

20180919 LL Bean Donation
Dave Morse accepts for PRVFF
Rocky Mountain Flycasters President Mickey McGuire (right) presents three L.L. Bean Angler II fly fishing outfits to the chapter’s Veterans Service Coordinator, Dave Morse. The rods will be used by chapter volunteers to teach Northern Colorado veterans fly casting and fishing skills.
The fly rod outfits were awarded as part of a donation program through Trout Unlimited. For more than 20 years, L.L. Bean has been donating fly rods and reels to TU Chapters. This year, more than 100 chapters applied for the more than 400 donated outfits, valued at nearly $40,000.
For more of the story, see our PRVFF page.

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 November 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:
November 2018: The Flypaper Newsletter 2.2 MB PDF file
  • From the President
  • RMF News
    • November Meeting
    • Alaska Adventure from Coy Wiley
    • Volunteer Coordinator Phil Wright
    • Development Committee Dennis Cook
    • St. Peter’s Fly Fishing Report
    • Fishing Mysteries from Wil Hewitt
    • 2018 Survey Results
    • Wil Huett: Yellowstone
  • 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! Newly Revised!

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 Phil Wright’s article about decontamination.

For water conditions in our area, please check U.S. Geological Survey’s Real-time water data.
Last updated on 09 Nov, 2018