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Rocky Mountain Flycasters and Trout Unlimited

Rocky Mountain Flycasters Announces Video Release describing the Poudre Headwaters Project

Restoring Colorado’s Native Trout
Restoring Colorado’s Native Trout: Greenback Recovery in the Poudre Headwaters
Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter of Colorado Trout Unlimited has a longstanding interest in and commitment to the restoration of native trout to a portion of our region’s watersheds. RMF volunteers for many years have cooperated to further the efforts of state and federal agencies in restoring native trout. These efforts have included volunteer field work, fund raising, and communication outreach concerning the needs and methods of native trout restoration.
In recent years, RMF has been involved in native trout restoration efforts in the Cache la Poudre watershed including on George Creek and Cornelius Creek in the North Fork Poudre watershed, and on the headwater tributaries of the Poudre River near Rocky Mountain National Park. Both of these native trout restoration projects are ongoing, and the Poudre Headwaters Project (PHP) is the largest ever Colorado native trout restoration project.
Please see our Poudre Headwaters page for additional information and to view this video.

Greenback Trout Restoration

Are you interested in helping restore our native Greenback Cutthroat Trout? Would you enjoy doing some challenging work in the Poudre Headwaters area? Are you looking for the perfect excuse to get away from stir crazy? Man do we have a deal for you.
Trout Unlimited is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the US Forest Service to stock threatened Greenback Cutthroat Trout in the East Fork of Roaring Creek (upper Poudre headwaters) in mid to late-July. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the exact date and time has not been determined.
Simply click the following link to pre-register for a Greenback Cutthroat stocking session on the East Fork of Roaring Creek. If you register because of information you read here, just enter Rocky Mountain Flycasters in the Chapter Name box. Thanks in advance for supporting our native fisheries!!
Preregister for Greenback Trout Stocking.
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Poudre River Cleanup

Odell Brewing and the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed are hosting a trash pick up day on July 12 from 8 am to 11 am. Join our good friends for this conservation event. See Odell’s Facebook page to sign up through Eventbrite.
*masks will be required to attend.

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) Field Work

Chris Kennedy with RMNP brown trout
Chris Kennedy at work
What were once pleasures became habits. What were once habits became traditions. Some traditions should always continue.
Please join with US Fish and Wildlife Biologist Chris Kennedy, and volunteers from throughout the area, as Chris once again embarks on his season long efforts in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The 2020 field season in RMNP has started and Chis Kennedy could use some volunteers. Work projects/research will be going on all summer long so there is ample opportunity to take part in fun and informative studies. See the work schedule to see where you might be able to assist this summer. Due to Covid-19, entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is limited. Chris Kennedy has established a specific entrance protocol that allows special entry for his volunteers. If you plan to volunteer, you must first read Chris Kennedy's narrative. Note: CDC precautions will be in force.

Chapter Leadership
Eight Satisfying and Exciting Opportunities

The recent Bylaws changes updated the structure of our functional committees and the Chapter Leadership Council. Six Chapter Committee Chairpersons now make up RMF’s Leadership Council reporting directly to the Board of Directors.

Each chairperson provides guidance and oversees planning by multiple Coordinators who are each responsible for management of related programs and activities. The Chairperson provides the Board with a monthly report, and attends the monthly meeting of the combined Board & Chapter Leadership Council.

Communications Conservation
Member Services Financial Development
Education (Youth & Adult) Leadership Development & Nominations

See our volunteer page for more details about the openings in our leadership.

Rocky Mountain Flycasters Board News!

There have been three changes within your Board of Directors recently. It was with sadness that I accepted Ron Dickson’s and Frank Bub’s resignations from the Board last month. I want to publicly thank each of them for their dedicated service to our Chapter. Frank served as Secretary to the Board and was an extremely active volunteer on many projects spanning the conservation, youth and veterans’ programs. Ron, as Director at Large also served as Conservation Chair. Ron took over the Conservation committee about a year ago and significantly transformed it into a highly functional committee. While Frank is relocating to be closer to family, Ron has assured me he will continue to be a strong volunteer and advocate for our Chapter. We will miss both their leadership contributions.

The good news is that May 1st, the Board of Directors appointed two successors to the vacant positions. Jeannie Weaver, your Raffle Coordinator stepped up and volunteered to be our Secretary. Thank you, Jeannie!! Dave Beede, active volunteer with the Conservation Committee agreed to serve as a Director at Large. Dave, we appreciate your willingness to serve our Chapter in your new capacity!

Post Script: On May 13, Past President Dick Jefferies has consented to fill the role of Conservation Director. In addition to leadership experience, Dick was instrumental in the formation of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed which was critical to restoration after the fire of 2012 and flood of 2013.

With the passage of the new Bylaws (see below) the Immediate Past President will no longer serve on the Board. Instead there are now three Director at Large Positions and Wil Huett, out IPP has agreed to serve as one of the Directors at Large. Thank you, Wil for your dedication and continuing to serve the Chapter. All three volunteers will serve in their respective posts until January 1 when the new Board will take their seats. Of course, our newly engaged volunteers may be nominated to continue in their posts and you, the members will have an opportunity to decide who will lead your Chapter at the November elections.

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 2017 issue of The Flypaper available on our web site.

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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!

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 2020 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 2020: The Flypaper Newsletter 3.5 MB PDF file
  • From Mickey McGuire, President
  • Dennis Cook: Leadership and Development
  • Fishing Pier Sign
  • COVID-19 Cancellations
  • Let's Go Fishing
  • Community Outreach
  • Vince Herrera: Fishing Report
  • 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 07 Jul, 2020