CCTU Newsletter - July 2014
Bob Getz, Colorado Cutthroat Trout Unlimited
It is another busy month and no shortage of TU activites for you to fish, meet new people, and improve your skills.
You already missed it :-( but we went to Crystal Lake (2 miles past Leadville) yesterday with the veterans from Project Healing Waters. We cooked them lunch and the trout were most obliging with a variety of flies hooking up. This was truly sight fishing so setting the hook was generally easy. The brown trout above I caught in the drainage creek below Crystal Lake on a Klinkhamer.
We even had a vet who had never been fishing. He caught fish and his face really lit up! A Big thanks to Jim Cowell and RIchard Pilatzke for organizing the event. By the way, Nancy from Bass Pro was there and talked about plans Bass Pro has to improve their Fly Fishing department, perhaps to include a Catch and Release pond. How exciting is that!
Tuesday, JULY 15th at Reynolds Landing is our annual family picnic. Do NOT show up at the Realtors building. See the next article for details.
Trout Unlimited Cutthroat Chapter South Platte River Cleanup Workday: Saturday, July 12th, 2014. See the article with details below. NOTE: YOU ARE ASKED TO PRE-REGISTER so we bring enough food.
We had a number of people honk, wave, and say thanks last year as we cleaned up a couple miles along the road/river around Deckers. The fishing at Deckers right now it HOT! As the water levels drop, the fish get to feeding.
Thanks to CUSP, Jim Klug, Jim Rasmussen, and Jason Agin for organizing this event. Every year we see improvements and your efforts are making a real difference.
By the way, on our way back from Crystal Lake we saw CDOT workers planting willow bushes from pots. Looked rather expensive compared to our method of planting cuttings. The orange vests and hard hats made them look official though.
Don't wait. Mark you calendar now plan what to bring to the picnic, and invite a friend. It will be fun. Look how often we feed you. I know you are cheap labor, but you really make a difference for the fisheries.
By the way, another HUGE THANK YOU to Anglers All for loaning waders, boots, rods, and reels to the veterans.
June 15th Meeting at Reynolds Landing
Bring your family
You can Google Map Reynolds Landing and that would help, but here are some detailed directions to start with:
From the intersection of Mineral and Santa Fe head North on Santa Fe. GET IN THE LEFT LANE.
Go past Aspen Grove and the condos. A left turn lane will appear. Get in it. You will be turning left across South Bound traffic.
Turn lane starts with the Tree farm that appears to be going through some renovation. When you turn left there are two drives. The left one goes to the tree farm and to Reynolds Landing. The right one goes into the trailer park. If you go past the trailer park, you went too far.
Take the LEFT road, go to the back and veer right into the parking lot for Reynolds Landing (South Suburban Park). Park, grab your food/drink to share and head to the gazebo where you will see the grills at work. The gazebo overlooks a bend in the river.
CCTU provide the meat, plates, napkins, water and soft drinks. Bring a dish to share and beer/Wine if that is your druther.
START: Flexible, but will be ready to eat about 6PM END: Parks close at sundown. Fishing: yes - it is right at the South Platte river.
THANK YOU to John Aaron for organizing and to the board members who cook for you.
Last year there was a raffle for flies. No ticket purchase.
Another chance to make Colorado better
(Y)our stomping ground: Deckers
Trout Unlimited Cutthroat Chapter South Platte River Cleanup Workday: Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Project Location: Meet behind Decker's store (directions below) at 9:00 am, work until noon have lunch on CCTU, then go fishing!
Description: We will be collecting litter after the Fourth of July holiday traffic at sites along the South Platte River near Deckers. Please come help us clean up this beautiful section of the river. This day will also be a great opportunity to fish with your TU buddies. Your participation is appreciated.
Weather which could create hazardous conditions may cause projects to be canceled or rescheduled staff will monitor the weather and notify you of any changes in a timely fashion.
Please register by Thursday, July 10th by contacting Jim Rasmussen 303-663-6707 or Jim Klug 303-565-7504, TU Cutthroat Chapter. Lunch will be provided by Trout Unlimited Cutthroat Chapter, for registered participants so please let us know by July 10th.. Thank you.
Please Bring: Any applicable medications (including epipen and inhalers) Sun block Sun glasses or safety glasses Layered clothing, trash grabber, work gloves and shoes with good tread - please be prepared to get dirty! Water proof boots or waders - not everyone will need them, Water bottles water refills are provided. CUSP encourages the use of reusable containers.
Directions from Denver to Deckers: From C470 take Hwy 285 southwest to Pine Junction At Pine Junction, turn left (south) on Jefferson County Road 126 Follow Jeff CR 126 through Pine and Buffalo Creek about 25 miles to Deckers We will meet at the parking area behind Deckers store.
Directions from Highlands Ranch: Take Hwy 85 to Sedalia, turn right on Hwy 67 To Pine Creek Road Turn Right and proceed to Co Rd 97/ South Platte Rd. Turn Left and Proceed to Deckers.
CARPOOLING IS AVAILABLE Meet at the parking lot next to the railroad tracks in Sedalia, (just past Buds) between 7:15AM and 7:30AM. We will leave at 7:30 Sharp. Look for the yellow FJ Cruiser! THIS IS NOT THE USUAL PLACE TO MEET in Highlands Ranch so plan accordingly for the extra drive time.
Monthly Membership Meetings
Don't forget to attend our monthly Membership Meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, unless noted otherwise. Doors open around 6:30pm, the meetings start at 7:00pm and are held at the South Metro Denver Realtors Association building at the corner of South Broadway and West Mineral Avenue. Here's the address: 7899 S. Lincoln Ct., Littleton, CO 80122.
phone: (303) 913-4777