- April 1: Fishing Trip to the North Platte
March 31-April 3.
- April 2: Fishing Trip to the North Platte
March 31-April 3.
- April 3: Fishing Trip to the North Platte
March 31-April 3.
- April 12: Board Meeting at 7:00 PM. Members are welcome to attend any board meeting. Check with a Board Member for the meeting location and/or agenda.
- April 19: April Membership Meeting
Our first speaker is Dane Johnson, a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at Poudre High School and a graduate from our 2015 Youth Day Camp. He will speak about his experience gained through our annual Day Camp, and also a bit about his experience at national TU’s 2016 Teen Summit. Dane recently commented about his Day Camp week that he …“was glad to have had such a wonderful time at the camp both through the service aspect and the fishing.”
Dane is an enthusiastic and active youth outdoors. He has summitted Colorado’s Mount Huron 14-er, volunteered with his twin brother for Wildlands Restoration Volunteers at the Skin Gulch Project in Poudre Canyon, continues his fly fishing, and also enjoys fish artwork. Dane’s enthusiasm carried over into 2016 when he also applied to attend national Trout Unlimited’s Annual Teen Summit & Leadership Conference at Georgetown Lake in Montana. The Teen Summit emphasizes conservation, leadership and service through workshops, and only 25 youths are selected nationwide from among closely screened.
Our second speaker has a background in river restoration, inter-agency collaboration, and public outreach. Tracy Wendt oversaw river restoration project construction, conducted hydrological surveys, and implemented monitoring plans to measure project success. Tracy has also worked for Montana Trout Unlimited and Five Valleys Land Trust as the coordinator for a large restoration project on Rock Creek and as a fish technician on the Blackfoot River for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Community service is important to Tracy—she served on the board of directors for the WestSlope Chapter of Trout Unlimited for three years and volunteers often with other organizations. She has also served on the executive committee of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society.
Tracy holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Montana in Resource Conservation. Her thesis focused on the relationship between funding sources and best management practices in river restoration projects in the Rocky Mountain West. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science from UM in Resource Conservation with a minor in Restoration Ecology.
The Big Thompson Watershed Coalition currently has five projects under construction on the Big Thompson and the North Fork—with approximately seven more to come this year! These projects are to repair damage from the 2013 flood, protect people and property in future events, and to improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Tracy will be discussing the current and upcoming projects, which includes rebuilding the fishing pier that was destroyed in the flood. Please see the “April Conservation Notes” section of The Flypaper April 2017 for a link to the Coalition’s most recent River Report.
Note: The Senior Center is located on Raintree off Shields Avenue between Prospect and Drake. Please enter from the main entrance.The north entrance is now routinely locked for security reasons.
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.
- April 23: River Appreciation Day at Odell Brewing
Join Rocky Mountain Flycasters-Trout Unlimited, St. Peter’s Fly Shop, and Pig Farm Ink at Odell Brewery on April 23, 2017 for a great day of fly fishing related activities.
Start out in the morning with a Poudre River Cleanup. Meet at the brewery at 8:30 am and afterward, celebrate with a beer. From 11:00 am, learn how to cast using a fly rod, see how flies are tied, listen to some great music, have some food from the food truck, enjoy a great Odell beer, all while supporting Rocky Mountain Flycasters’ programs.
St. Peter’s will provide casting instruction as well as presenting some of their many fly fishing services. Iron Fly with Pig Farm Ink will demonstrate the mystifying details of imitating fish food with steel, fur, feathers, yarn and exotic materials.
Rocky Mountain Flycasters will have a booth with information about the many programs we provide including critical conservation projects, various youth programs, fishing trips, entertaining, informational general programs, and more.
Food will be available throughout the day from a local food truck. Adding to the events will be some great giveaways and raffle prizes. Live music will be provided for your listening pleasure.
This is a terrific family-friendly event and an opportunity to help clean up the Poudre River, have some fun, learn a bit, perhaps leave with some terrific prizes, and the satisfaction of contributing to the well being of our local cold water fisheries.
Odell Brewing Company can be found on this Google map.
- April 26:
Greeley Water Fest
Rocky Mountain Flycasters teams up with local school districts to present a cold water conservation game called “Who Eats Who at the Stream.” This interactive “game” introduces young students to cold water conservation concepts. It is great fun for students and presenters so find out more and sign up to take part. See Water Fests for more information and to take an active part in reaching these young people.
- April 26:
Poudre River DiscussionCSU Behavioral Sciences and the Colorado State Water Center will be hosting a discussion about the sustainability of the Poudre River Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Admission is free and open to all at Behavioral Sciences Bldg., Room #A101. Speakers will be instructors and researchers at CSU as well as representative from CPW and the City of Fort Collins. Moderator will be LeRoy Poff, River Ecologist and Professor, CSU Dept. of Biology. Grab the poster for more information.
Note of the Day:
The most important part of picking fly rod is the line size it best handles. The line size determines how far you can cast, the amount of delicacy you’ll get, and how big a fly you can comfortably handle. Line size in trout fishing has very little to do with the size of the fish you catch, but line size is important in determining how large a fish you can land. —Tom Rosenbauer