Rocky Mountain Flycasters MARCH CONSERVATION NOTES
RMF TU chapter newsletter
Progress on Big Thompson In-stream Recovery Projects
With the ongoing closure of Highway 34 from the mouth of the Big Thompson canyon towards Estes Park, it's not apparent to the public that there is a massive amount of flood recovery work that's ongoing in that section of the Big Thompson River.
Alongside the highway reconstruction by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition's in-river fish habitat and riverbank improvements will produce a more resilient river and improved fishery.
At the Jasper Lake reach on the main river, which includes the Narrows Park public fishing access, in-stream construction of new fish habitat structures is commencing, and completion is anticipated about the time Highway 34 re-opens to public travel.
In the Big Thompson's North Fork basin, in the vicinity of Glen Haven, reconstruction of the stream channels and banks of Fox Creek and West Creek are nearing completion.
Downstream of the canyon mouth, construction of river improvements from Sylvan Dale Ranch to the Loveland water treatment plant is about to get underway.
Finally, numerous other in-stream improvements are in the design phase. For more information on these projects, browse the web site: www.bigthompson.co
Help to Rebuild the Fishing Pier on Big Thompson
The public fishing pier on US 34 was lost in the 2013 flood that ravaged the Big Thompson Canyon. The Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, and project partners including Rocky Mountain Flycasters Trout Unlimited, are working to rebuild an ADA-compliant pier at the previous location.
So far, we have raised over $55,000 through a Colorado Parks and Wildlife "Fishing is Fun" grant and secured in-kind donations to cover other portions of the design and construction costs. However, we anticipate needing at least $20,000 more to cover permitting, surveying, and a portion of the construction costs. In addition, we would like to post educational signage and enhance the natural vegetation once the work is done, which will require additional funds.
Please consider making a donation to BTWC. Donors can designate their funds directly to the efforts to rebuild the pier by writing "rebuild the pier" on the memo line of your check.
Send donations to:
Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
Attn: Tracy Wendt
2525 W. 1st Street
Loveland, CO 80537
Oh yeah, for added fun associated with your donation, be sure to attend the special event at the Big Thompson Brewery on March 8, from 5 to 8 PM at 114 East 15th Street in Loveland.
Fort Collins Natural Areas. RMFC works closely with the Fort Collins Natural Areas Department to help maintain Natural Areas along the Poudre River. We conduct two work days a year this year on May 6 and July 15th. We may trim bushes, grade or improve trails, or other related work set up by Natural Areas. These work days usually are for the morning. Lunch is provided by TU and we often go fishing in the afternoon. Please contact me if you are interested in helping this year and I will send you more details closer to the event. Thanks. Dave Morse, email@example.com
Project Healing Waters
Our TU chapter helps support the Platte Rivers Program for Project Healing Waters. This is for disabled and former military veterans and active duty members of the military. We held weekly fly tying and rod making classes all Fall, Winter, and Spring. We have numerous needy vets who lack reels, fly line, boots and waders. So, if you have some serviceable fishing gear that you would like to donate to them, please bring it to the upcoming TU meetings. Contributions are tax deductable and receipts will be given for your donations.
Speaking of donations, Domingo Rodriguez, Joe O'Connor, Micah Foster and I will be selling tickets at the next two TU meetings for our major, annual Project Healing Waters charity fundraiser, a Gala dinner/auction, to be held at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne on Saturday evening, April 22nd. Come for a steak dinner, cash prizes, and to support the oral and silent auctions. It is great fun for a worthy cause! Tickets cost $75. All proceeds will support this veterans program by providing fly rod kits, fly tying class materials and equipment, and dozens of fishing trips at NO EXPENSE for these vets who unselfishly served our country. If you or your company would like to show your gratitude and support this program with tax deductable cash donations, sponsorship of a table at the Gala or oral/silent auction items, such as weekend use of a cabin, fishing or hunting gear or any other items of value, please contact Dave Morse, Dgmorse45@gmail.com, to arrange pick-up or donation in March. Thank you.