Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited
Fear No Water!
Duane Redford whose motto is Fear No Water will be headlining the April RMF meeting. Guide and author, former teacher and coach, he will share his building blocks approach to fishing. Based on one of his books The Fly Fisher’s Playbook, A Systematic Approach to Nymphing, we can look forward to some great tips.
Kyle Christenson, CSU doctoral candidate, will also discuss his research on high mountain lakes.
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.
2018 Youth Fishing Camp Applications AvailableCo-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. Also visit our mentor volunteer page.
Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future GenerationsPlease join Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Colorado Trout Unlimited in supporting Colorado Parks and Wildlife Future Generations Act. This State Bill, has recently passed the Senate Finance Committee with a bipartisan 5-0 vote and has moved on to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is chaired by Senator Kevin Lundberg. We ask you to share your support, with Senator Lundberg, of the importance of passing this bill in Committee thus allowing the full Legislature to vote on this much needed legislation.
You can email Senator Lundberg, asking for his support of the CPW Future Generations Act at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Conservation Field Season Begins
North Fork of the Big Thompson
Rocky Mountain Flycasters has participated in riparian restoration projects on the North Fork of the Big Thompson River since shortly after the flood of 2013. To kick off the 2018 field season RMF volunteers again have an opportunity to partner with Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) on Saturday, May 12 on the North Fork. See more below.
Registration is OPEN for the 2018 Western Regional Rendezvous in Colorado!
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!
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.
2018 Rocky Mountain Flycasters Nominations
Election of Trustees
According to the Rocky Mountain Flycasters bylaws, the nominating committee is charged with publishing a slate of candidates for the election which will be held at the Annual Meeting on May 16, 2018. Here is the slate of candidates at this time:
- President: Mickey McGuire
- Vice President: Linda Jefferies
- Treasurer: Ryan Hogan
- Secretary: Ruthie Ketola
- Trustee at Large: Frank Bub
- Trustee at Large: Colin Glover
- Past President: Coy Wiley (derives from President position)
As always, nominations can be taken from the floor at the Annual Meeting and only Trout Unlimited members are allowed to vote. Please have documentation that the nominee will accept the position.
—submitted by the Rocky Mountain Flycasters Nominating Committee
May Meeting Presentation - Range of Possibilities
Karin Miller, of Zen Tenkara/Zen Fly Fishing Gear, will cover the basics of tenkara but focus on the “Range of Possibilities” of this fixed-line method of fly fishing. While the tenkara excels in small streams for small fish, Karin and her company is pushing the boundaries and will show us how to manage and land large powerful species such as carp, shark, tarpon, bonefish, jacks, sockeye, silvers and chum salmon. Come find out how tenkara is offering a whole new experience to the passionate fly angler.
Karin is the owner of Zen Tenkara/Zen Fly Fishing Gear, a Colorado company that designs, manufactures and sells tenkara rods, lines, gear and accessories. Her company, since its start in 2012, has recognized the broad application of this fixed-line, fly fishing method and is known in the industry for being on the cutting edge, pushing the boundaries of tenkara, and offering high-end, muscle rods designed to target large, power fish, untraditional to the method. Karin’s reputation in the industry is of revolutionizing this ancient method of fly fishing and developing a “fusion” of traditional fly fishing with tenkara fixed-line methods, and is known for changing the way people think of this ancient Japanese sport.
Now in approximately 15 retail stores and chains, as well as lodges in Patagonia, Alaska and Mexico, Karin spends most of her time rod testing, presenting, training, and doing demos. She lives in Loveland. Karin is “defining American Tenkara”.
Don’t miss this expanding possibilities with tenkara on May 16, 2018!
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.
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!
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.||
- 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.
- April 21 Platte Rivers Gala
- April 22 Odell River Appreciation Day
- April 25 Water Fest Greeley
- April 27 Fishing Gray Reef
- April 27 Western Rendezvous
- April 28 Fishing Gray Reef
- April 28 Western Rendezvous
- April 29 Fishing Gray Reef
- April 29 Western Rendezvous
- May 2 Water Fest Loveland
- May 9 Board Meeting
- May 12 N Fork Big T
- May 16 Water Fest Ft. Collins
- May 16 Annual Meeting
- May 17 Lake John Fishing
- May 18 Lake John Fishing
- May 19 Lake John Fishing
- May 30 Red Feather Lakes
- June 13 Board Meeting
- June 23 Fish Agnes & Joe Wright
- July 11 Board Meeting
- July 14 Gateway Trail Work
- July 15 Trout Unlimited Anniversary
- July 30 RMF Youth Camp
- July 31 RMF Youth Camp
- August 1 RMF Youth Camp
- August 2 RMF Youth Camp
- August 3 RMF Youth Camp
- August 4 RMF Youth Camp
- August 8 Board Meeting
- August 22 RMNP Small Streams
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
April 2018: The Flypaper Newsletter 863 KB PDF file
- From the President
- April Meeting
- RMF News
- RMF Day Camp
- River Appreciation Day at Odell Brewery
- Upcoming Events
- Happening in March
- 2018 Conservation Project
- The Behnke Fellowship
- Let’s Go Fishing
- Chapter Events Calendar
- Donate and/or Buy
- Sustaining Donors
From the President Let’s Go Fishing The 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.