rmf-tu logo Dave Morse’s photo of Cub Creek in RMNP

Happening This Month

July 2019
Brook Trout Survey Orientation
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7 8 9
Board Meeting
11 12 13
Trout Unlimited Anniversary
17 18 19
Phantom Canyon
21 22
24 25 26
Colorado Headwaters
Brook Trout Survey 1
RMF Youth Camp
Brook Trout Survey 1
RMF Youth Camp
Brook Trout Survey 1
RMF Youth Camp
Sustaining Donors
Jul 17, 18-Jul 17, 19
$1000+ Cutthroat Donors

Cutthroat Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

Odell Brewing Co.

$500-$999 Rainbow Donors

Rainbow Trout Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

CMS Mechanical Services Inc.
Dennis Cook
Elkhorn Rod & Reel
Bob Green
JAX Outdoors
Jenna Merrit
Mark Miller
Colin Randall
Michael Ringus
Ted Sammond
St. Pete’s Fly Shop
The Nature Conservancy

$100-$499 Brown Donors

Brown Trout Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

Luke Beitel
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Frank Bub
Frank Cada
Kent Christensen
Steve Craig
CSU Flyfishing Club
Matthew Doll
Domingo Duvall
Yang Qian & Edward McConnaughey
Greg Evans
Lee Evans
Handmade Art Co.
Wil Huett
Karl Kronberg
David Morse
NoCo FlyFishing
Domingo Rodriguez
Norma Stallsworth

$50-$99 Brook Donors

Brook Trout Donor Level: Art used with permission of Joseph Tomelleri.

Paul Hilbrecht
Jay’s Bistro
Guy Turenne

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Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited

May Annual Meeting

Ben Swigle, fishery biologist with CPW reported on work completed on the Big Thompson as well as fish population data. From all indications, the river seems to be recovering. Alex Whitting reported on the beginning of a longitudinal study of macro invertebrates. The preliminary data is encouraging.
President Mickey McGuire spoke to the State of the Chapter in his Annual Report which you can read in the President’s Beat.
Trustee Elections were also held and the following slate of officers were elected. See the photo below. 20190515trustees0408
L-R: Wil Huett-Past Pres, Ron Dickson-Trustee, Ruthie Ketola-Trustee, Frank Bub-Secretary, Colin Glover-Vice Pres, Mickey McGuire-President. Absent for the photo: Ryan Hogan-Treasurer
We also recognized contributions to our mission with awards in a number of categories. Those awarded for their work were Phil Wright, Paul Wehr, Bob Green, Dick Jefferies, and Kyle Battige. See the Award page.
This was the last general meeting of the season so we will see you all in September. Members of the Leadership Committee are on our Board page.

Greenback Recovery

RMF volunteers have been working with partners in the long term recovery of Colorado’s native greenback cutthroat trout. The history of the trout and the story of recovery is fascinating. From being thought extinct to misidentification to locating and the long process of creating a habitat for recovery.
Sampling for greenbacks
Photo by Dan Omasta, Co TU

Writer Ted Williams has written an article on The Nature Conservancy site that covers many points of the work being done. Read the full article “Recovery: The Once and Future Greenback Cutthroat Victory.”

Fishing the lower Poudre

On April 18, after ice-off and before run-off, Mark Miller and five others went up the Poudre to Gateway Natural Area to do some fishing. Mark says "The fishing was great, but the catching was definitely difficult...."
If you would like to join in an RMF fishing trip, check out the opportunities on our Let’s Go Fishing page.

10th Annual Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation Day Camp

For the tenth year in a row, Rocky Mountain Flycasters will offer an award winning, intense, week-long day camp for youths interested in fly fishing and cold-water trout habitat conservation. Youths ages 14-17 are encouraged to apply for one of 15 spaces on March 1, 2019. The camp runs Jul 29-Aug 3. See the Camp page for more information and applications.
Topics range from entomology to knots, clothing to stream flow, trout habitat to trout feeding habits, invasive species to riparian watershed restoration, and much more.
2018 Youth Campers and Mentors


Cargill Logo We learned last month that Rocky Mountain Flycasters has been chosen to be one of the local Cargill Canola Cares quarterly charitable contributions of $5,000. In addition, we may receive matching funds from their corporate headquarters. This important donation will go to our conservation program to help fund restoration projects within our watersheds. Be sure to attend the May meeting for the presentation of the donation. Thank you Cargill!

RMF Awards at CTU Rendezvous
RMF receives Awards at CTU Rendezvous
CTU Rendezvous

Seven of our members attended the Colorado Trout Unlimited Spring Rendezvous held in Glenwood Springs last weekend. It was a great event with 23 of the 24 chapters within the state attending. In addition to the CTU staff, there were also a number of TU national staff in attendance. Colorado is fortunate in that some 24 national TU technical experts live in Colorado and are very accessible to us.

One of the great events at Rendezvous is the awards banquet. Last year our Chapter won awards for our Youth Programs and Dave Piske was awarded a major conservation award. This year, Phil Wright received the Outstanding Volunteer Award and Mickey McGuire accepted the award for Exemplary Chapter. These awards come only because many people donate their time to accomplish the mission of Rocky Mountain Flycasters.

RMF members pictured from left to right are Danny White, Ron Dickson, Phil Wright, Mickey McGuire, Colin Glover, Tracy Craig and Steve Craig.

L.L.Bean donates to Platte River Veterans

20180919 LL Bean Donation
Dave Morse accepts for PRVFF
Rocky Mountain Flycasters President Mickey McGuire (right) presents three L.L. Bean Angler II fly fishing outfits to the chapter’s Veterans Service Coordinator, Dave Morse. The rods will be used by chapter volunteers to teach Northern Colorado veterans fly casting and fishing skills.
The fly rod outfits were awarded as part of a donation program through Trout Unlimited. For more than 20 years, L.L. Bean has been donating fly rods and reels to TU Chapters. This year, more than 100 chapters applied for the more than 400 donated outfits, valued at nearly $40,000.
For more of the story, see our PRVFF page.

Colorado Greenback Cutthroat
Collecting eggs

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.

Shirt Model
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!

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.

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.


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 July 2019 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:
July 2019: The Flypaper Newsletter 2.5 MB PDF file
  • From the President
  • RMF News
    • Donaldson Trout, 3 Fish in 1 at Red Feather Lakes
    • Thomas Wurster’s St. Peter’s May Forecast
    • Let’s Go Fishing with Mark Miller
    • Wil Hewitt Community Outreach
  • Online Fly Fishing 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! Newly Revised!

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 Phil Wright’s article about decontamination.

For water conditions in our area, please check U.S. Geological Survey’s Real-time water data.
Last updated on 03 Jul, 2019