Next Banquet at the High Lonesome Barn at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Monday, July 23, 2018
Social hour starts at 5:30PM
Each summer, we hold our only annual dinner/fundraiser at Devils Thumb Ranch. It's our chapter's only fundraising event, so it's critical we have great participation. Our 2018 Banquet will be on Monday, July 23, 2018. The banquet always sells out, so please sign up early so you won't be disappointed. As of Thursday morning, July 12, only 21 tickets are still available, so please hurry! Tickets are $75 and are available at Winter Park Optical in the Safeway Plaza in Fraser and from Board Members. Click here for a list of Board Members.
For more details about the Banquet including information on auction items and our many wonderful sponsors and supporters, click here.
For a map and directions to the High Lonesome Barn at Devil's Thumb Ranch, click here.
Cocktail hour starts at 5:30PM.
July 15, 2018. High Water Temperatures Threaten Fish
High water temps put fish at serious risk. Warm water holds less oxygen and trout have trouble getting enough oxygen in water over 65 degrees. They suffocate at about 72 degrees. Playing, catching and releasing a fish in warm water is often a death sentence for that fish.
You all know the satisfaction and importance of "catch and release" fishing, but local water temperatures as of July 12 are currently so high that fishing after about 1 PM on most of our rivers has become "catch and kill". Record high air temperatures and low water flow levels combined with no release of water from reservoirs into our rivers by diverters have resulted in dangerously high water temperatures in our streams.
As fishermen and women who are also stewards or our environment here is what we can do now. Fish with a thermometer. If water temperatures are above 65 don't fish. Currently, that means we shouldn't fish after 1 PM on most of our rivers.
Trout Unlimited is currently talking with water diverters and we hope to negotiate water releases soon. We're encouraging Denver to implement watering restrictions and to begin releasing water into our rivers. Denver Water is not obligated to make releases until they have all their permits, but releasing water now wouild be good for our environment. Denver Water is diverting over half of the rivers in the Fraser Valley during one of the warmest and driest years on reecord, resulting in a spike in water temperatures in our rivers. In this dangerous time for our rivers, TU is encouraging Denver to put manditory watering restrictions in place. We encourage you to ask Denver Water and other diverters about this.
Fresh Water News July 11
Water Education Colorado is a science based group dedicated to informing the public about water issues in the west. Click here to see their issue of Fresh Water News detailing recent water issues.