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Alan Peak
"moosegoose" - Guest Blogger

This Urban Myth is Getting too Hot

Guest Blog by: Alan Peak 6/30/2019
[EDIT: original blog has been revised by author]
A recent article in the Colorado Sun highlighted Fountain Creek in Colorado Springs and many issues that the waterway faces.  During my time on Fountain Creek I have had countless people say, we used to play in this creek. Or better, we used to catch fish here when we were kids in the 60s. 

Fountain Creek starts from creeks and springs running off Pikes Peak.  It winds through downtown, and continues down to the Arkansas River.  The most urban section of this creek can be found between Old Colorado City and Kohls department store on South Circle.  This quite long urban section holds some beautiful trout, and some of the best fishing on Fountain Creek, and in my humble opinion, Colorado Springs.  The mystique of catching a fish on your lunch breaks, or after work is a reality here.

For years Fountain Creek has been treated more like a way to discharge water, than a waterway.  It has been the seat of numerous lawsuits; one very large suit with the EPA is preparing to take samples for contaminants as well as erosion along multiple sites in Colorado Springs.  Nonprofits and individual citizens have begun to see the multiple strings of problems colliding together, and are taking action.  The Fountain Creek Water Sentinels have been one of the loudest leaders on Fountain Creek. 

I have been fishing on Fountain Creek for seven years this month.  I have gone lower and lower in the last year and a half.  I am quite astounded what is missing, the voice of the fisherman. Colorado Parks and Wildlife does not yet recognize Fountain Creek as a recreational fishery.  I ask, when did it stop being a fishery?  For now, fishermen are the voice for the fish.

Now I look to you to spread the word.  During the warmest summer months, Fountain Creek will be too low and warm to ethically fish.  Harm could be done to the fish that do exist due to poor water conditions and depletion of oxygen.  Voluntary closures are nothing new.  Trout Unlimited as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife have called for closures before on other creeks and rivers when conditions were poor, and they will call for them again.  

Now I am asking for you to educate others and spread the word.  Avoid fishing when it is warm, low and slow.  Practice catch and release to avoid the contaminants.  Wear waders and wash your hands when you are done to avoid pathogens.  The homeless people that live down on Fountain Creek keep to themselves and often have a smile to offer.  I say hello and offer a smile back.  I can confirm that there is illegal drug usage, I do suggest fishing with a friend.

Go Explore!!
Alan 

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Alan Peak is addicted to fishing. By day he is a fly fishing guide and by night he dreams of his next day on the water. You can find him guiding and fishing primarily on the South Platte nearly every day of the week. If Alan is not with his family he is guiding, fishing or tying flies. If you see Alan on the water, say hello! Normally, he ties a half dozen flies of the day for each day for people he meets on the river.
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Blog Comments
bron, CO   6/30/2019 6:23:09 PM
Very well written article Alan, thanks for sharing. I agree with you on all points and I see some simularity with the creeks and Platte in Denver.