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Feb 25, 17-Feb 25, 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

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CMS Mechanical Services Inc.
Tom Culbertson
Bob Green
David Piske

$100-$499 Brown Donors

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Canino’s Italian Restaurant
Matthew Doll
Yang Qian & Edward McConnaughey
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Bill Gillett
Handmade Art Co.
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JAX Outdoors
Robert Loeven
Sharon Neenan
NoCo FlyFishing
Bruce Rosenthal
Richard Withey

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Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited

2018 Youth Fishing Camp Applications Available

Co-leaders Robin Brown and William Gedge finalized plans for the Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation Day Camp and we’re excited. In its ninth year, the camp will run from July 30 through August 4. Get your Application package.
For youth 14 to 17, the camp teaches about flies and rigging, conservation and riparian ecology, aquatic insects and imitations, water safety and responsible sportsmanship. All this and more fun. Get more information on our camp page.
 
2017 Campers on the Poudre
2017 Campers on the Poudre with St. Peters’ guide

For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey

Kurt Fausch
Kurt Fausch
For our March 21st meeting, we will welcome Dr. Kurt Fausch, a fisheries ecologist who spent a career studying how fish make a living in streams, and how streams are linked to their riparian forests. In this talk he crosses boundaries of countries, cultures, and scientific disciplines to explore why healthy, connected rivers are essential for fish, and humans, and how we can conserve them.
 
Dr. Fausch is a professor emeritus in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, where he taught for 35 years. Join us at the Fort Collins Senior Center. Social gathering at 6:30 pm with the general meeting at 7:00 pm. Get more details on our calendar page.

Embrace-A-Stream Grant Challenge

2017 Embrace-A-Stream
Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ Challenge has been completed and we were awarded an addition prize to help with installing the Big Thompson River Ecology Learning Station. Donations from friends and members totaled nearly $2,000!
 
Of 47 projects eligible, 1,260 donations were made for Embrace-A-Stream projects around the country, totalling $56,604!
 
Thanks to everyone who participated.

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.
Colorado Greenback Cutthroat

You’re Invited

20180308 CTU Gala

Join your fellow river and trout conservationists for a wonderful night of drinks, dinner, and live and silent auctions filled with world-class fishing opportunities, tickets to shows, getaways, and so much more!

The Colorado Trout Unlimited River Stewardship Gala is an event not to be missed. We’ve sold out the last two years so get your tickets today!

In addition to raising funds for trout and watershed conservation, we are thrilled to be honoring Governor John Hickenlooper with our River Stewardship Award.

We look forward to seeing you on March 8, 2018 from 5 pm to 9 pm!

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Registration is OPEN for the 2018 Western Regional Rendezvous in Colorado!

April 27-29, 2018

Colorado TU is proud to announce that we have been chosen to host the 2018 TU Western Regional Rendezvous. This three-day conference will combine the annual Colorado Rendezvous with the regional event and bring a variety of great speakers, useful trainings, the latest TU initiatives, and some excellent opportunities to interact with TU leaders from around the West. We are also excited to show off the great work our chapters are doing right here at home!

Book your lodging and register today!

If you are interested in learning more about the Regional Rendezvous or how you can help us plan for it in Colorado, please contact Dan Omasta.


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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!

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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.


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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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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 February 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:
February 2018: The Flypaper Newsletter 844 KB PDF file
  • From the President
  • RMF News
    • RMF Milestone
    • Let’s Go Fishing
    • Video of the Month
  • Upcoming Events
  • Chapter Events Calendar
  • 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 25 Feb, 2018