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.

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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 @ fishfulthinker.com

Movie Showing: Where The Yellowstone Goes

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  • 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: http://vimeo.com/40018160

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

BFC Chapter Meeting – Stephanie Scott, Colorado Trout Unlimited

January 7th; 6:30 PM – Upslope Brewery

1898 S. Flatiron Court Boulder, CO 80301, Boulder, CO

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Stephanie Scott of Colorado Trout Unlimited will be joining us to discuss CTU’s recent accomplishments and ongoing/upcoming efforts.

Stephanie is the Outreach Coordinator for Colorado TU. At this role she works with the chapters throughout the state to engage TU members and their surrounding communities in conservation. She comes from the National Audubon Society where she coordinated their grassroots efforts and managed all of their conservation programs in Colorado. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology. During her undergraduate work she has also taken wildlife management courses in South Africa through the University of Pretoria, studied zoology and field research techniques in Australia at the University of Tasmania, and studied forest ecology in Costa Rica. For her senior research project she studied the correlation between climate change and the transmission rate of West Nile Virus in the raptor species of Colorado, and also designed a lab at her University to study mate selection behavior in Convict Cichlids; which students are still conducting research in today. She is also a certified geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst. Stephanie lives in Thornton with her husband Tyler and their 95lb lap dog.

BFC Fishing trip to North Park

Last weekend, some Boulder Flycasters journeyed to North Park and fished a number of rivers and streams in the area.  These included the North Platte, Illinois and Michigan rivers and some small stream tributaries.  The trip was provided by North Park Anglers who were very accommodating and took us to several of their great fishing areas on these rivers.  We hope to organize another trip next year!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABFC John LoPorto and Dave Clark with North Park Angler guide Joey.  Getting ready to fish!  P1030264NPA guide Drew with BFC Vince Kotsubo and Ron Andersonphoto2BFC Dan Miller and NPA guide Bob with a nice rainbow.DSC01417That’s a nice fish, John!  P1050604

BFC Rob McCormack sneaks up on a fishP1050605Nice Brown Rob!P1050608

BFC Chad Pettrone and NPA guide Tim show off a beautiful Brown trout.  photo“We had a great time” says BFC Bob Head!