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CCTU August 2014 Newsletter
Bob Getz, CCTU Newsletter
When change is a GREAT thing!

Our old logo is biting the dust. Actually that was the 2nd CCTU logo. Branding is a big thing these days. Most TU chapters use the seemingly obligatory oval with a trout and a pretty background. 8 colors later it was a logo. If you want logo merchandise with that many colors it gets rather expensive.

Simple, clean, elegant, and 3 colors to represent the 3 varieties of Colorado Native Cutthroat Trout. Simply awesome.

Remember the part about logo merchandise? An opportunity is hatching here. SIMMS has offered us some quality products that we can put our new logo on and sell you for LESS than retail. Are you in? You better show up to meetings now! When products arrive they will be in short supply and they will go quick. Don't miss out. Remember, we take credit cards.

Another opportunity to support those who support women recovering from breast cancer. Casting For Recovery is holding their gala event.

August 19th Picnic at Reynolds Landing
Bring your family or a fishing buddy

Sorry for the mixup last month. Turns out that Breckenridge Brewery is building on the tree farm land. The heavy gear will be out when we have our picnic. Main thing to remember? Bring something to share. Beer, dessert, potato salad, cole slaw... What's your favorite picnic item?

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.

When you turn left there are two drives. The left one goes to Reynolds Landing. The right one goes into the trailer park.

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 provides the meat, plates, napkins, water and soft drinks. Bring a dish to share and beer/Wine if that is your druther.

START: Flexible, but food will be ready to eat by 6PM END: Parks close at sundown. Fishing: yes - it is right at the South Platte river. John Aaron mentioned that he might put together a casting contest. Bring your rod/reel and join the fun

THANK YOU to John Aaron for organizing and to the board members who cook for you.

RAFFLE with No ticket purchase included again.

Where did all the fish go?
Help tag fish for tracking purposes

NOTE: This event has been postponed by CPW because flow rates are still above 100 cfs, making electroshocking really difficult. We will let you know when it gets rescheduled.

PLEASE NOTE !!!! Most of the remaining Conservation Projects require you to REGISTER with Jim Rasmussen 303-663-6707 or Jim Klug 303-565-7504. Space is limited. If you want status on the Alma Mine Project, the island at 11 Mile, or what is different with the Idaho Spring project this year make the call and get signed up.



Hidden Treasure Mine Decommissioning and Rehabilitating Project, Saturday, August 23, 2014

We are calling for a maximum of 20 hearty CCTU volunteers to join forces with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and the city of Alma to complete the Hidden Treasure Mine, aka. Orange Fence Mine Decommissioning and Rehabilitating Project.

By closing access and rehabbing the site, this work will both help to preserve the historical aspects of the area, populations of rare plants recently discovered at the site as well as to improve water quality of Buckskin Creek and ultimately the important fishery of the Middle Fork of the South Platte River.

Where and When: We plan to meet at 9:00 AM at the Alma Town Hall located at 59 Buckskin Street, Alma, CO 80420. There is a lot of work to do so we are planning on working untill 2:00PM.

Lunch! A BBQ Lunch will be provided by a generous supporter for all volunteers.

Project Description: Work will include rehabilitating the abandoned mine site on USFS property 4 miles outside of Alma on County road 8. The site has significant erosion issues exacerbated by illegal digging with heavy equipment. Runoff flows over tailings and goes subterranean before entering Buckskin Creek, which then drains into the Middle Fork of the Upper South Platte. Part of the project entails creating a diversion to curtail water moving over the tailings. The illegal use activity also created access point for off road vehicles, multiplying the damage. Work will minimize the issues through decommissioning the site, reseeding with native perennials, and transplanting trees and shrubs. This work will reduce degradation of this 'attractive nuisance' and enhance regeneration at this polluted site, improving downstream water quality.

The Town of Alma will donate heavy equipment and staff for the project, CUSP will donate staff and seed, and a generous supporter will provide a BBQ lunch. This project will be completed through genuine dedication of key local community members and committed efforts of CCTU volunteers. Please plan to join us on this collaborative and impact-full effort.

Fishing on the Fly CANCELLED
Only 2 volunteers registered

Without registered volunteers it was looking iffy - too iffy - to continue. We will try again at a later time.

We will defer to still water/lake fishing so no waders would be required. Waders are a deal breaker for many women. Cyndy Scholz will do a "fashion show" and will wear her Patagonia waders with pink accents though. She will show eye, ear, and head protection, and simply use a lanyard for the basic hardware.

Bob Getz will lead a session on knots - doing only the clinch knot and the Surgeon's knot. We start with paracord, and graduate to tippet on a large hook with the barb clipped off. This is another situation where volunteers can really help.

We will provide a demo of a fly or two being tied. The women did NOT want to tie flies last year. We can use the demo to talk dry vs wet, and fly seasons. Rich Miles will cover the legal, ethical, fish handling, etc.

Useful list of flood damage in the Park

Advisory: Due to fall flood damage, many bridges to backcountry campsites are missing. McGraw Ranch Road and Cow Creek Trailhead, and Dunraven Trailhead to the North Fork area are closed. Wild Basin has detours & some trail closures - the bridge to Ouzel Falls is missing, and part of the trail from Finch Lake junction to Calypso Cascades is closed. The Sandbeach trail bridge at Hunters Creek is missing. In the Bear Lake area, the Boulder Brook trail bridge is missing. Odessa Lake Campsite/Spur Trail and Glacier Gorge Campsite bridges are also missing. In the Fall River area, there is severe damage to both the East and West Alluvial Fan trails. Endovalley Road and Old Fall River Road are open to pedestrians. Use caution when crossing streams.