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Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited

Rocky Mountain Flycasters - Celebrating Thirty Years in Northern Colorado

RMF 30yrs Logo In April, RMF will formally mark the occasion of our 30th anniversary as a Trout Unlimited chapter. The make the occasion into an event, our regular monthly meeting will be moved to Monday the 21st of April, 2014 and we will meet at Odell Brewing Company’s Taproom in Fort Collins.

ODell Brewing logo We will start our Anniversary Party at 7 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. with the ODell staff ready to be sure we are taken care of.

As usual, this meeting is free and open to the public. Be aware that this will be ODell’s Taproom and beer will be served. We hope to see a big turnout for this special meeting. The Taproom is at 800 E Lincoln Ave., Ft Collins. They are normally closed these hours, but are staying open especially for this special RMF celebration. Odells is long-time supporter of our chapter and local conservation efforts, come show them we appreciate that support!

To prepare yourself for this historic party, you might want to review some of the saga and inception of our outstanding chapter. You can find a brief history prepared by Lee Evans in our February 2014 Flypaper newsletter. (See our newsletter page.) You can also reread some older newsletters dating back to February of 1997. Fish, bugs, and conservation concerns are often quite the same.

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See the Waypoints trailer.

Tickets are now available for a showing of Waypoints, a Confluence film about fly fishing around the world. St. Peter&rquo;s Fly Shop and New Belgium Brewery have teamed up to show this film as a fund-raiser for the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition.
The film will be shown at New Belgium Brewery on May 7. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and will include snacks and a couple of New Belgium beverages. Proceeds will go to the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition. Tickets are available for purchase at both St. Peter’s locations. All ticket purchases are CASH only.
Please help us get the word out so that we can raise some money for river restoration along the Big Thompson River. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact St. Peter’s Fly Shop.

Applications Now Open for Youth Fly Fishing Camp


RMF’s Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp has set the dates for the 2014 program. The camp will run six consecutive days July 28 through August 2. This is an excellent opportunity for youth (ages 14-18) to learn indepth fly fishing skills. See our 2014 Day Camp page for more details.
It is also an excellent opportunity to assist in helping to foster the next generation of fly fishers dedicated to helping conserve, protect and restore trout fisheries and their watersheds. Interested volunteers should see the Youth Camp Volunteers page. Volunteer as little as a few hours, a day, or all six days. You can also help by providing a few flies for the campers to use or download the Application Packet for printing and sharing.

Spring and Summer Have Volunteers Bustin' Out All Over

With the weather warming up and the snows starting to melt, there is more opportunity to spend time outside. The next best thing to being outside fishing is spending time with others ensuring that fishing opportunities will continue into the future. Rocky Mountain Flycasters members and others make certain that happens with a number of activities and programs.

We have planned construction and trail work that will have an immediate impact as well as youth programs that encourage the next generation. Spend as little as half a day, or dedicate a week of your time. Some of the work can be labor intensive or as easy as helping a youngster tie knots. Take a look at our volunteer page to see where you can contribute. We will appreciate your help now and long into the future.


Trout Unlimited has been notified that a 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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Special Canadian Shield Fishing trip!

Canadian Shield fishing trip for June hosted by Kevin Burkhart has 2 more spots. Reservations for the remaining 2 spots is first come, first served! This week-long trip will put you on hundreds of fish every day. Read more about the trip and sign up with your reservation soon.

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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.


The Flypaper newsletter

The March 2014 issue of The Flypaper newsletter is available now. 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:
  • From the President
  • Programs & Events
    • Update: February 2014 Fly Tying Expo
    • March Membership Meeting
    • Let’s Go Fishing
  • March Conservation Notes
  • March Youth Outreach Notes
    • Youth Volunteer Activities
    • CTU Youth Camp
    • RMF Youth Day Camp
  • RMF Past President Lee Evans Receives National Award
  • Send Your Photos
  • 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. We need to raise money through donations for each year’s fellowship and we are seeking additional 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 being 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.

Mud Snail Threat

See Conservation News for information.

For water conditions in our area, please check U.S. Geological Survey's Real-time water data.
Last updated on 16 Apr, 2014