by: David Coulson 2/12/2013
Every year I feel a bit like a dog chasing his tail trying to keep up with the site, running fast but at times it seems like I’m going nowhere. And when I get back to fishing, it gets even worse. Well, I finally caught my tail, so to speak, and accomplished something.
I’ve worked my way through the skipper list, updated it by removing those who’ve ceased to be active, and updated my mailing list allowing me to email everyone quickly with status changes. Additional Bill (bill92042) has joined Shane (reconfisher) as co-reports editor. Through their efforts a major weight has been lifted from my shoulders in terms of quickly handling skipper applications and making sure conditions reports are dealt with quickly.
In terms of approving conditions reports, our goal is to make sure every report is handled the day it is submitted. In the worst case scenario, we’ll get the report dealt with in 24 hours or less. Yes, I know we’ve not always managed to do that, but it’s our goal.
In going through the skipper list, I noticed several areas in need of skippers, Red Feather Lakes, Cameron Pass waters, North Park waters, a few urban waters, many of the Western Slope waters, and the southeast part of the state. If you’re interested in being a skipper, please submit an application. Note that we do allow two or three skippers per lake, if and that’s a big if, the existing skipper/skippers are OK with it. Finally, we prefer folks with a record of submitting reports.
So what’s skipper do? Many members are under the mistaken view that the skipper is solely responsible for updating their water(s). Nothing is further from the truth. While skippers agree to put forth extra effort in submitting conditions reports, especially for their water(s), the main responsibility is approving (or not) reports submitted by others. Skippers know their waters better than most, so they are able to determine the quality and accuracy of reports.
Outside of pride and a desire to help their fellow anglers, skippers don’t get much. They get some exposure through a bio and picture on the skipper page. Additionally, they get a deep discount on the FxR plus membership and earn points both through their own submissions and report approvals. And if they provide me with updates for the lake pages I give additional points. Simply, active skippers are able to earn their FxR plus membership. Lastly, we do provide skippers with “goodies” on occasion.
A number of the skippers are also lake editors for their waters. This allows them to update the lake page as needed, and of course, gain more points. We also have a number of lake editors who help us add waters and keep active waters updated. Lake editors are also always needed, but we’re very selective in who we allow to edit the lake pages, although I welcome emails with suggested updates.
So if you’ve ever consider being a skipper, or lake editor, now is a great time to apply.
Edit: Here's the link to the Skipper application... and if you go down to the bottom of this page, you will see a list of lakes that don't have skippers (some are currently inactive due to lack of research - which you can also help with if you'd like). And here is the list of rivers needing skippers (at bottom).- MS
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JKaboom, CO 2/12/2013 12:19:36 PM
Thanks for this BLOG Dave, I want to skipper a lake but need to choose one that is in need and that I am in range of. I will make sure to submit an application once I choose the lake I want to skipper/learn etc...
fishing bum, CO 2/12/2013 12:29:48 PM
Dave, I bet it is crazy keeping up with the site on a daily basis, but at the end of the day its well worth it! Thank you for all the effort you have put into this site. I have applied for the skipper for bear creek without a response back, If it helps any I fish the creek atleast once a week (Including winter). You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to hear from you soon
Coyute, CO 2/12/2013 12:34:30 PM
When will the smaller bodies of water be available only to Plus members?
opencage, CO 2/12/2013 12:50:52 PM
Thank you for this site. It is invaluable, as is your work.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 2/12/2013 1:37:05 PM
Thanks for the compliments. Working on the site is an act of love, but the real credit goes to Matt, the founder. He puts in many an hour every day behind the scenes keeping things running. In answer to the other question. A number of things are in the works. I'm adverse to say more, as with our limited resources timing is always an issue. I will say, we are working toward developing as complete a catalog of public waters as we can. And no, it will not be visible to non members. What will be visible to noncontributing members will also be limited.
Bobby81, CO 2/12/2013 5:03:45 PM
I am still farily new to this website and new to Colorado fishing. Ill contribute to the lakes I visit this year and build my reputation so maybe next year I can become a skipper of a lake that needs one and that I fish regularly of course.
MNBassFisher, CO 2/13/2013 11:28:20 AM
David, We appreciate all the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep this site up and running! I submitted an applicate for a lake that I will frequent once it opens up for fishing, I live right by it and will be taking my kayak out on it., I haven't heard anything back about it yet, I was just curious if that's a pretty long process or to gain a little more insight into the process. Once again, thanks Dave!
Matt, CO 2/13/2013 12:54:57 PM
I just posted a couple of helpful links at the bottom of the blog. Also to elaborate, when Dave says we prefer those with a record of sending prior reports, we do prefer that, but we also accept those willing and able even if new to the site or system.
HeavyC, CO 2/13/2013 1:28:43 PM
Well I may have to pick on Dave a bit here for not mentioning too much about the RIVERS here on FxR! I know it is probably only due to his advanced age that he forgets and since he is so decrepid he can no longer wade in a raging river, that he avoids them! LOL! JUST KIDDING DAVE!!! I wanted to thank the many who do take care of the rivers here on FxR. We have surely added many over the last couple and I find the reports I do review to be top notch, so a personal thanks from me. So another reminder, that there are still many rivers that are in need of a Skipper, so do not forget to look at those waters as well. Lastly, I just wanted to bust on you a bit Dave, but seriously a big sincere thank you from me!!
HeavyC, CO 2/13/2013 1:29:42 PM
Matt???? Who is this mysterious Matt guy? LOL! Just picking on you too Matt!! Marty
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 2/13/2013 1:35:41 PM
My apology to HeavyC for my oversite. You're right it's an age thing. Maybe that's way a boat is far more appealing these days. I'm in Arizona at the moment, but will be working with the editors to get all the applications we're seeing handled. For those stepping ups you should hear from someone in a day or two. If not shoot me an email and I'll follow up. dave at fishexplorer dot com