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Favorite Places We Fish

Mark Miller with Green Brown
Mark with Green Brown
Mark Miller, our chapter Fishing Trip Coordinator is a terrific videographer. Come look at some of our favorite places to fish.
January 18th at the Ft. Collins Senior Center starting at 6:30 pm. See more below for details.

Release of Living Streambanks: A Manual of Bioengineering Treatments for Colorado Streams

Living Streambanks Title See the article below.

Favorite Places We Fish

Mark Miller with Delaney Brown
Mark Miller with Delaney Brown
Mark Miller, our chapter Fishing Trip Coordinator, will present his 30 minute video about our chapter trips over the last several years. He’ll show our members a little of the fun we have on these trips, in hopes of encouraging more members to participate. “I think of it as a sort of celebration of all the special and beautiful places we have right here in our backyard, that we sometimes take for granted. And what better way to make new fishing friends than to see and fish new waters, as well as our beloved Poudre and Big Thompson rivers.”

Mark has shared a few of his videos with us through our Fish Story pages and they’re great. You will not want to miss this one on January 18, 2017.

Social hour and fly tying demonstration 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.

Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ 2017 Annual
Fund-Raising Fly Tying Expo

Wednesday, February 15 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Beetles, Buggers, Blue Duns, and Bloody Butchers

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Nearly two dozen professional and experienced tiers from our region will converge in Fort Collins for this annual event to demonstrate their fly tying skills and share tips on tying and fishing with their signature flies.

  • Local tiers will share their skills and tying tips
  • Food provided by Canino’s
  • Beginner’s table to learn tying your own flies
  • Random drawings for each tier’s flies and a fly rod drawing
  • Silent auction with many quality equipment items, supplies, books, art, etc.

Learn from tiers such as:
Jason Haddix, Chris Krueger, Rob Stout, Dave Coulson, Phil Iwane, Marty Staab, Caleb VanWagner, Steve Schweitzer, Dick Shinton, Mark McMillan, Judson Knowles, Al Ritt, Rick Takahashi, Eric Pettine, Jerry Lehtinen, Tim England, Thadd Strom, Steve Craig, and others.

Admission: $20 per person ($10 for students with ID, under 12-free). With the price of admission, you get a plate of food and a beverage, ten(10) raffle tickets (five(5) for students, none for under 12) for the fly and rod drawings, and a wealth of tying and fishing information.

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity.

When: February 15, 2016, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Collins Senior Center
1200 Raintree Drive
Fort Collins, CO

Sponsored in part by Caninos StPete130 ElkhornOutline

Release Notice - Living Streambanks:
A Manual of Bioengineering Treatments for Colorado Streams

Many of you are aware, following the 2013 floods Rocky Mountain Flycasters (RMF) was awarded a grant by the Colorado Water Conservation Board to support various defined objectives. Task two of the grant framework was the creation of a Bioengineering manual.

This bioengineering manual is a compilation of much of the best-available research and industry knowledge on the subject of streambank bioengineering, and has been developed by a team of geomorphologists, hydraulics engineers, river restoration practitioners, restoration ecologists, and others. Our original goal was to create a useful resource for planners, coalitions, designers and practitioners working on post-flood and other river restoration projects throughout Colorado.

While this version of the manual is complete, and reflects significant input from the review committee, it is still listed as draft with the hopes of receiving input/editorial feedback from a broad audience that will inform the final 2016 edition later this summer.

The companion revegetation matrix and willow and cottonwood restoration guide (see links below) are provided here for your review, and will be compiled into the final 2016 edition as a single document.

I believe this may be the first time a Colorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited has participated in the development of this type of resource. The information contained in the three documents is applicable to all drainages in Colorado. The information is available to any person of interest through the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Emergency Watershed Protection website.

A lot of work went into this product and we should be very proud that RMF is a noted partner in this work. I hope you will all take a few minutes to visit the linked sites. Please note the reveg matrix downloads as an Excel spreadsheet. It is an impressive amount of information that can be utilized for years to come.

Dick Jefferies, CTU Board Member and RMF Past President

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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.


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The Flypaper newsletter

The December 2016 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: December 2016: The Flypaper Newsletter 942 KB PDF file
  • From our President
  • Chapter Event Calendar
  • Filling up the Calendar
  • 2016 RMF Holiday Party
  • Catch of the Year!
  • Adult Fishing Classes
  • Dec Conservation Notes
  • Dec Youth Outreach Notes
  • Rocky Mountain Flycasters 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.

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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 18 Jan, 2017