When: March 19, 6:00 PM
Where: Upslope Tasting Room
1898 S. Flatiron Court Boulder, CO 80301
Join the National Wildlife Federation, Colorado Trout Unlimited, Boulder Flycasters and local anglers in taking a closer look at the impacts of drought, rising temperatures and extreme weather events on fish and wildlife. The evening will feature a showing of Climate Change in Colorado: Beyond Season’s End followed by a presentation. This will be great chance to meet like minded sportsmen and women and outdoor enthusiasts, not to mention, your first Beer is compliments of the National Wildlife Federation!
When: March 5, 2014 6:00 PM
Where: Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 3201 Walnut, Boulder CO.
Come join us for a fun fund raising event for the Boulder Flycasters flood recovery project to repair the Boulder Kids Fishing Pond near the Boulder Creek path. At this event we will have a silent auction, and a raffle for some cool fishing gear. Our host for the night is the Twisted Pine Brewery who will be graciously donating 10% of the sales of food and drink to the cause.
Landon Mayer is fly fishing guide in the Florissant, CO area, calling the South Platte River his home waters. He has been guiding on these waters for the past sixteen years, as well as one year in Alaska.
Passion and love for the sport of fly fishing is what motivates Landon. His success in catching trout is fueled by an addiction of pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Landon also displays enthusiasm in teaching and demonstrating his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers. Through trial/ error and perseverance, he has developed innovative techniques for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He is sharing these techniques and secrets in his books titled “Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing” Stackpole/Headwater Books for 2011, “Sight Fishing for Trout” Stackpole Books new for 2010, “How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life” published by Wild River Press 2007, and his DVD’s “Landing the Trout of Your Life” 2007 and “Weapons of Bass Production” 2008 featuring John Barr produced by Mad Trout Media.
Landon Mayer is a contributing writer for High Country Angler, and Fly Fisherman Magazine he has also been featured major publications such as, Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, South West Fly Fishing, and Fish and Fly. He currently teaches by guiding, fly-fishing classes, and gives presentations on his techniques. Landon is an ambassador for Simms fly-fishing apparel and is a advisory team member of Simms, Ross Reels, 3M/ Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Ross World Wide, Fish Pond, Out Cast, and Casio ProTrek watches.
Release Date: 01/15/2014
Contact Information: Hanady Kader, EPA Public Affairs, 206-553-0454, email@example.com
Agency launched study after requests for action to protect Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining
(Seattle – Jan. 15, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its final Bristol Bay Assessment describing potential impacts to salmon and ecological resources from proposed large-scale copper and gold mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The report, titled “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska,” concludes that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed poses risks to salmon and Alaska Native cultures. Bristol Bay supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, producing nearly 50 percent of the world’s wild sockeye salmon with runs averaging 37.5 million fish each year.
For more on Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine go here and here
All sportsman should be aware of of this issue. This looks like a good way to become knowledgeable. Boulder Flycasters will have a local meeting on this topic at some future date.
by Mark Riley
Announcing a new awards program for our Supporting Members. In addition to getting a 10% discount on all purchases at local fly shops and preferred rates at certain BFC events, Supporting Members will be eligible to win prizes in free drawings held electronically five to six times per year.
Awards in 2014 will include fly fishing products, fishing days on private water with a board member and a free guided day on a local trout stream. To be eligible, you must be a Supporting Member and your membership must be current on the date of the drawing.
Drawings will be held using an electronic random number generator and will be spread throughout the year. A member can only win one prize per year. Board members are not eligible.
Our first drawing will be held this month (February). The lucky winner will be notified by Mark Riley, our Membership Chair, via email.
So if you’re not a Supporting Member, now is the time to become one. If you are a Supporting Member, make sure you are current (your expiration date is on your Supporting Member discount card). Also, be sure you’re reading our renewal reminder emails!
Go to this link to become a Supporting Member or renew your current membership.
Thanks for being involved in BFC.
Not every conservation success story has a clear “moment of victory” – sometimes, success is a long, slow process and only later can we look back and realize just how far we have come.
That is exactly the case with the recent designation of the upper Arkansas River as Colorado’s newest Gold Medal Trout water. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission announced in January the new reach of 102 miles – running from just outside of Leadville down to Parkdale above the Royal Gorge. This new listing single-handedly doubles the extent of Gold Medal river miles in Colorado.
At one time such a designation would have been unimaginable, as the Arkansas suffered from the legacy of mining pollution and major transbasin diversions. But over the years, collaborations among Trout Unlimited, government agencies, local businesses, and water users have helped make the Arkansas one of Colorado’s great fisheries and most-loved rivers. The Collegiate Peaks Anglers Chapter has been a central part of these efforts and all of us at Colorado TU are proud of what they have been able to accomplish with their partners.
Among the efforts that have gone into the Arkansas River and its watershed are habitat improvement projects, mine cleanup efforts (including ongoing efforts with National TU staff on the Tiger Mine), acquisition of public access including the first-ever Colorado Habitat Stamp project, and development of a cooperative flow management program with water users on the river through which rafting flows in summer and fish habitat flows in fall and winter are maintained. The river truly has been a model for success through collaboration. The new designation is a testament to the success of these efforts over many years.
As our Olympic athletes prepare to compete for the Gold in Sochi, join me in celebrating a Gold Medal victory for one of our own Colorado fisheries – and in thanking the many volunteers, agency employees, local businesses, and conservation partners that have made it possible!
David Nickum, Colorado TU Executive Director
BFC Chapter Meeting: Western Wyoming Fly Fishing with Mike Kaul of Two Rivers; Pinedale, WY
When: February 5, 2014, 6:30 PM
Where: Upslope Tasting Room
1898 S. Flatiron Court Boulder, CO 80301
The Bridger Wilderness located in western Wyoming encompasses nearly 400,000 acres of pristine forest, lakes, streams, and mountains, including the Wind River Mountain Range. The Wind RiverMountains, the largest continuous mountain chain in the lower 48 states, produces the headwaters of a multitude of outstanding fishing streams which include great trout producing rivers such as the Green and New Fork.
Mike Kaul grew up fishing the many fine streams and lakes in SubletteCounty located in western Wyoming. He has taken every opportunity in the past 50 years to chase the wily trout with a fly rod in this area. Mike, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, conducts a fly fishing school and guides walk/wade fly fishing trips in the Pinedale area. He is the managing partner of Two Rivers Emporium, an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Outfitter located in Pinedale.
Mike will provide commentary and a visual experience on the lightly traveled Bridger Wilderness and focus on the trout streams flowing from the Wind RiverMountains and the Wyoming Mountain Range. In addition to fishing, Mike will also discuss other recreational activities featured in the area, talk about the rich history of the region and provide information on accommodations and services. Also view Mike’s web site at www. 2rivers.net
Posted by Mark Riley
See article in Daily Camera.