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President’s Beat

Messages from the President of Rocky Mountain Flycasters.

President’s Message
State of the Chapter - President Dick Jefferies

Delivered at the Annual Meeting May 21, 2014

Dick Jefferies

So far Rocky Mountain Flycasters has been a journey, and story, of success that spans three decades. In addition to the recognition received tonight from Senator Udall’s office, it was very rewarding and special that at our 30th anniversary party last month we were able to acknowledge and thank so many people that have been instrumental in leading us to where we are today. However, while it is appropriate and fulfilling to celebrate the accomplishments of the past we must do so being ever mindful that we are still on a journey.

Our rivers, lakes and watersheds are constantly changing and face continuing and more complex challenges. We are at a point in the history of our chapter where we face the task of answering two fundamental questions. Can we, and will we?

As an ever growing population continues to put more pressure on developing needed resources. Can we find solutions that address those needs and at the same time continue to protect wild and pristine lands within our watershed from realizing negative impacts? Of course we can. It will involve honest and open dialogue that brings about new and creative solutions. It will be difficult and challenging to accomplish but successful solutions will come from all affected interests working together.

Can we find ways to reconnect more and more streams to a natural flow condition?

Without question, we can. It is occurring now on the Poudre through the City of Fort Collins. Reconnection is being discussed as a way to facilitate rebuilding some of the infrastructure damaged or destroyed during the floods of last fall. There is planning in the works for opening up some barriers created long ago in headwater areas which will lead to larger areas of natural fish migration and passage. Once again, the ability to realize this goal comes from dialogue among diverse partners followed by planning and implementation.

Can we believe a day will come when we look back with great fondness and satisfaction at how we were able to speed up the restoration process following successive years of fire and flood?

There is no doubt, we can. Simply look at what has begun already and you begin to see the first steps in that restoration process are already under way. The challenges of the last two years have presented us with the opportunity to bring together the will, the minds and the desire of innumerable organizations and agencies with like-minded goals and create a more effective collaborative approach to problem solving that will deliver greater results than any of us could hope to achieve alone.

Can we do what is necessary to build a larger Community that readily and easily identifies the importance and significance of cold water conservation and how our efforts, and the efforts of those we work with, benefit not only a sport that we love but more importantly benefit a resource that we all depend on for our livelihoods and ultimately our survival?

High quality water sourced from healthy watersheds. Water that is transportable and meets the needs of its many users and its environment. That is a hallmark of the TU mission and message.

Can we ensure that we do what is necessary to carry out that mission? Can we do what is necessary to ensure that the next generation of conservationists understands the importance of what we do?

Of course we can. A more important question that I challenge all of you with tonight is, “Will we”? Will we pledge that the goals that we wish to reach are worthy of our effort? Will we convert that pledge into actionable effort? Will we recognize that spending just a bit more of our valued and what seems to be increasingly less personal time is an investment that will return an emotional and monetary dividend to our entire Community?

Unlike the easy answers to the question, can we, I cannot give you an easy answer to the question of will we. All I know is that the ultimately the answer to will we, is borne from each of us looking inward and asking ourselves, will I?

Previous Messages

May 20, 2015 - State of the Chapter - Dick Jefferies, President
Fifty six years ago on the banks of the Au Sable River in Michigan, sixteen anglers united by their love of trout fishing gathered at a private home.…(read more)

May 21, 2014 - State of the Chapter - Dick Jefferies, President
So far Rocky Mountain Flycasters has been a journey, and story, of success that spans three decades.…(read more)

January 7, 2014 - Dick Jefferies, President
Ice off! It’s the call of the fly fisher….(read more)

May 15, 2013 - State of the Chapter - Dick Jefferies
When you leave here tonight do so knowing this chapter is in good shape….(read more)

January 11, 2013 - Dick Jefferies
It is most definitely that time of year!! It’s that time when…(read more)

November 12, 2012 - Dick Jefferies
Even though Mother Nature is reminding us what is just around the corner…(read more)

June 27, 2012 - Dick Jefferies
…conversations centered around the High Park fire…(read more)

November 17, 2011 - Lee Evans
I need to tell you we had a great meeting last night.…(read more)

September 14, 2011 - Lee Evans
Greeley’s Milton Seaman Reservoir Gates…(read more)

May 18, 2011 - State of the Chapter - Lee Evans
We had nearly 60 people at our meeting Wednesday to hear Steve Schweitzer…(read more)

Mar. 27, 2011 - Lee Evans
Are you looking for more fun…(read more)

Jan. 31, 2011 - Lee Evans
The new expanded Fly Tying Expo is happening February 16 and I believe it is the best ever.…(read more)

Jan. 5, 2011 - Lee Evans
Wow! 2011 already! I hope you’re beginning to plan your fishing trips before the calendar gets too full.…(read more)

Nov. 10, 2010 - Lee Evans
After having what I consider to be a very successful year,…(read more)

Oct. 22, 2010 - Lee Evans
Apples and knees! These have been occupying a lot of my time recently, and have kept me from fishing as much as I would have liked.…(read more)

Aug. 25, 2010 - Lee Evans
I know the summer is ending, the kids are back in school, and the best fishing of the year is beginning.…(read more)

Mar. 25, 2010 - Lee Evans
These words are coming to you from a very excited president.…(read more)

January 21, 2010 - Lee Evans
We had our annual Fly Tying Expo last night and it was a great success.…(read more)

November 20, 2009 - Lee Evans
At our annual meeting on Nov. 18, you elected me…(read more)

Mar. 23, 2009 - Ken Eis
Well, the Poudre and Big T are fishing well. Clear low water is already stimulating dry fly action…(read more)

Nov. 28, 2007 - Ken Eis
We had an election at the November meeting…(read more)

Oct. 4, 2007 - Greg Evans
Happy! Wait a minute! What happened to September? Oh yea… Alaska, the brew fest… Well Happy October.…(read more)

Aug. 19, 2007 - Greg Evans
Annual Rocky Mountain Flycasters Report…(read more)

Jul. 19, 2007 - Greg Evans
Hey Summer Anglers! Wish I had a great fish story to report for the Summer.…(read more)

Mar. 07, 2007 - Greg Evans
Hey there Weary Winter Warriors! Spring is in the air…(read more)

Jan. 18, 2007 - Greg Evans
BRRR! This weather and snow is killing everyone who loves to fish! …all joking aside, the year started off great…(read more)

Dec. 10, 2006 - Greg Evans
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all! We just had our annual Christmas Party at the Sports Station…(read more)

Nov. 8, 2006 - Greg Evans
Thanks to all to attended the General Meeting tonight, November 8th. The meeting had a different flavor with a presentation by member John Fraser on Didymosphenia Geminata aka Rock Snot…(read more)

Oct. 17, 2006 - Greg Evans
October arrived out of nowhere for me, but I did manage a little fishing while romancing my wife…(read more)

Sep. 12, 2006 - Greg Evans
With a great lineup of speakers for the year, ongoing conservation projects, and an enthusiastic board of directors I couldn't be more excited for the year…(read more)

Dec. 12, 2005 - Greg Evans
With our annual Christmas Party at the Depot in Loveland this past Saturday, I am feeling very festive.…(read more)

Sep. 12, 2005 - Greg Evans
Paul Fromme has been our president for the last two years.…(read more)

Jul. 21, 2005 - Paul Fromme
We have all heard the news that Larimer County is preparing to sell off the properties…(read more)

Last updated on 23 May, 2019