Colorado College Fly-fishing Club

A note from Colorado College’s Fly-fishing Club; Please consider helping their efforts…

Dear Boulder Fly Casters,

We write to you as Colorado College students, avid anglers, and most importantly on behalf of theColorado College Fly Fishing Club as founding members. Our interest is to inquire whether your chapter can help support our club.

Surprisingly, upon our arrival at CC in fall 2010, there was no fly-fishing club on campus and anglers had a very minimal presence. In the spring of 2011, we founded the Colorado College fly-fishing club. The club was originally a place for anglers to come together and share their passion for the sport, but it soon transformed. Today, we strive to instill a sense of respect, humility, and stewardship in our members for our waters and fisheries. We aim to attract, educate, and unite Colorado College anglers, experienced and new, under the veil of our club to exchange knowledge and experiences around our love of fly-fishing.

This has come to be through various projects and events. We put on a successful film premier in collaboration with the Green Back of Denver, held multiple fly-tying clinics in conjunction with the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, as well as a handful of successful trips on the river, both fishing and service oriented. Some of our more experienced members and leaders of the club took home 1st and 3rd place at the CTU 5 Rivers Rendezvous tournament last year on the Yampa in Steamboat last year and two weekends ago we defended our title, but we want to do more! We are also in the process of running a crowd funding campaign through (you can find the link below) to allow us to create an endowment for our club, which is where we hope you can help. You’ll find the link to our crowd funding campaign below and would truly appreciate it if you can pass the link and our note on to members of your chapter. We’re more than halfway there and have 10 days to meet our goal!

Through this, we can make our plans for the coming year a reality! We hope to work with CTU, Project Healing Waters, and most importantly, get new anglers on the river! We strive to be a club known for its eagerness to give back, to educate, and attract new addicts to the sport. We hope you can help!

Tight Lines,

Brooks Pinnick, Kevin Coleman, and Sawyer Connelly

Founding Members, Colorado College Fly Fishing Club

Please find link to crowd funding here:


Bad public lands transfer study bill in CO Senate

On Thursday, the Colorado Senate Agriculture and and Natural Resources Committee will have a hearing at 1:30 in the afternoon regarding SB 232. This bill intends to study the transfer of federal lands to the State of Colorado. This is a cookie cutter concept being pushed across the west that would rather see the lands open for exploitation and have much less scrutiny over any potential development activities. The net would be less access (see CO State Land Board Land where only 18% are open to the public and CPW uses sportsmen’s dollars to lease many other state lands. The dollars could be better used for habitat improvement and additional access) and more development on these lands. Further, the State simply does not have anywhere near the funds to manage Colorado’s 24 million acres of public lands. Please consider joining other TU members, other sportsmen and women, and public lands users to “pack the house” at Thursday’s hearing. Contact: Aaron Kindle at Trout Unlimited 303-868-2859; for more information / meeting with others Thursday.


News on Eldora Expansion via Middle Boulder Creek Coalition

Below is a message from the Middle Boulder Creek Coalition. The proposed Eldora Ski expansion will likely have an effect on Middle Boulder Creek – Please consider signing on / helping our with the Coalition’s efforts…


The Forest service has issued its Draft Record of Decision on Eldora Mountain Resort’s expansion plan and approved everything that Eldora asked for, but the process is not yet complete.

If you made comments last year to the Forest Service concerning Eldora’s plan to expand to Middle Boulder Creek to the north and Jenny Creek to the south, or if you commented during the Scoping Period in 2012, then you have legal standing to file an objection with the Forest Service.


You can file on your own (see sample letter)
or co-sign the objection
that the Middle Boulder Creek Coalition is filing.
You have until May 4 to file on your own.


to help pay our environmental consultant who is preparing the formal objection. We may have legal fees as well.

Go to
to donate
or find out how to object to the Forest Service’s decision.



of support to the
Boulder County Commissioners who share some of our concerns
about Eldora’s expansion plans:
  • Impacts to the Middle Boulder Creek Drainage and visitors to the Indian Peaks Wilderness
  • No need for the bridge across the creek
  • Non-existent wind study
  • Lack of alternatives to the proposed expansion
  • Lack of consideration of County land use plans.
Boulder County has considerable leverage in the issue, since Eldora has a Special Use Permit with the County, and would likely need County approval for several key elements in the expansion proposal. Go to
for a sample letter to the Boulder County Commissioners.

To sign a petition and for more ways to help, visit

Thanks for all you’ve done to stop this unnecessary expansion.

Colorado Trout Unlimited’s 2015 River Stewardship Gala

Join Colorado Trout Unlimited at our annual River Stewardship Gala, featuring a welcome reception with complimentary beer and wine, a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions featuring a wide range of items from fishing trips to performing arts tickets to artwork, and presentation of Colorado Trout Unlimited’s River Steward Award to Richard Adkerson, President/CEO/Vice Chairman of Freeport-McMoRan for his leadership and support of restoration of rivers impacted by abandoned mines.

Click here to reserve your seats.

When:  Friday, March 13, 2015 – doors open at 5 pm

Where:  The Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd

Why:  To celebrate Colorado’s rivers, raise funds for conservation, and recognize Richard Adkerson’s outstanding work benefiting rivers and fish.

Who:  Anyone who enjoys and cares about Colorado’s rivers!

President Barack Obama plans to designate the Browns Canyon National Monument

Browns canyonPresident Barack Obama plans to designate the Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado on Thursday. Browns Canyon is near Salida.

“This designation will provide permanent protection that is long overdue for this incredible area,” Keith Baker, Executive Director of Friends of Browns Canyon, said. “Residents and visitors to Chaffee County have always understood that Browns Canyon is a national treasure. The national monument designation is supported by hunters and anglers, businesses and conservation groups, veterans and youth groups.”

A broad cross-section of local groups and businesses have supported the national monument designation for Browns Canyon, including the Colorado and Arkansas River Outfitters Associations, Chaffee County Visitors Bureau, the Salida Business Alliance, sportsmen, youth, faith, veterans and Hispanic groups, local businesses and county commissioners. Recent polling from the Colorado College showed that 96 percent of Coloradans support the protection and conservation of natural areas. As of right now, Browns Canyon says there “will not be a charge for visitors under national monument status.”

“Browns Canyon is intricately connected to the fabric of our communities and is key to our quality of life,” Joel Benson, Mayor of Buena Vista, said. “The Browns Canyon National Monument will also boost local economic vitality via increased visitation and awareness of Buena Vista and Chaffee County. As a father and a business owner, I welcome this monument designation because it ensures that this irreplaceable location will be permanently protected for the well-being of our community, our local economy, and our children.”

Public lands rally at the State Capitol

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at the State Capitol, Denver, Colorado

This rally aims to educate public lands users about the problems with transferring ownership of federal lands to states and the importance of public lands to sportsmen and women. Several western states have introduced bills in their legislatures to transfer federal lands to states despite its illegality, fiscal realities and just plain irresponsible nature.river rally


BFC Ice Out Fundraiser with special guest Chad LaChance

Join BFC for our Ice Out Fundraiser and special guest Chad LaChance of Fishful Thinker.

March 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Upslope Brewery
1898 S. Flatiron Court Boulder, CO 80301, Boulder, CO
Chad LaChance is the man behind Fishful Thinker. Since it’s inception in 2002, Fishful Thinker LLC has remained focused on one thing – propagating the angling lifestyle. Teaching angling is how we got our start, and remains the cornerstone of all things Fishful. We began by teaching kids groups, then professional guiding, and then added media involvement to reach a broader audience. Fishful Thinker TV is now in its 8th season.


The name Fishful Thinker is the brainchild of company founder, Chad LaChance. He chose it for its reference to the sophisticated side of an otherwise ancient sport. Growing up on the beach in Florida exposed Chad to the angling lifestyle very early in life, and it has stuck with him ever since. More than just fishing, the angling lifestyle is a thoughtful mix of the people and locations, and the anticipation of the next fish. Chad thrives in that mindset.

“Fishful Thinker is a state of mind, pure and simple. Not a person, place, or even genre; rather a mindset that besets those who think fishy thoughts. It’s the relentless quest of knowledge coupled with application, the wave of fishing success and failure, and the countless hours daydreaming of the next opportunity. It’s anticipation, preparation, participation, and reflection; primal yet sophisticated. It’s youthful exuberance and ageless wisdom; a process without end where every answer brings a question, and success leaves one yearning for the next challenge. Its respect for the quarry, the environment, and peers, the sharing of knowledge and the understanding of an angler’s place in the grand scheme, however humbling that may be.”

Find out more about Chad and Fishful Thiker @

Movie Showing: Where The Yellowstone Goes


  • Where The Yellowstone Goes @ 12 Degrees Brewing in Louisville, CO 820 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027
  • Wednesday February 18th; Beers begin at 6 pm, Movie at 7:30

    Benefits the Boulder Flycasters Chapter of Trout Unlimited

    Where the Yellowstone Goes follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States. Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River, illustrate the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed leading to questions about its future. Connect with colorful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and experience silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure. See trailer here:

BFC Chapter Meeting – Chris Carroll, USFS, discusses conservation projects, flood recovery, and fisheries

February 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Upslope Tasting Room
1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, 80301

Join us to hear about conservation projects, flood recovery, and fisheries in our local National Forests with Chris Carroll of the USFS

ChrisChris grew up fishing the waters of Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado inspiring him to pursue a career in those wild places and to advance fisheries resource concerns. He worked for several summers as a seasonal employee in Steamboat Springs on the Routt National Forest. He currently works as the fisheries biologist for the Boulder Ranger District and as the forest wide watershed crew leader on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland