We are highly invested in our local community and take pride in our ability to participate with the Roaring Fork Valley Fly Fishing Club and other groups that facilitate beneficial Fly Fishing programs in our area.
Roaring Fork Valley Fly Fishing Club
The Roaring Fork Valley Fly Fishing Club is a group of local anglers interested in promoting the sport of Fly Fishing by hosting community based events and casting and fly tying classes. We appreciate the RFVFFC’s enthusiasm behind organizing opportunities for folks to become energized about Fly Fishing.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Fly Fishing 101
Beginning in August 2022, we are proud to be one of the sponsors of, and contributors to, the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Women in the Woods Fly Fishing 101 event. In this day-long workshop, experienced anglers ran hands-on demonstrations and tutorials covering:
- The basics of gear prep
- Basic flyfishing knots
- How to cast
- Bugs and entomology (nymphing/dry flies)
- Fishing conservation practices
Geared toward women, the event welcomed anyone new to the sport and sought to be an approachable, practical, and intimidation-free introduction to all facets of flyfishing. The instruction and practice was followed by an afternoon of fishing at the Trout Creek Ranch, including a few notable catches! We look forward to continuing the event in future years.
5Point 15th Annual Adventure Film Festival
5Point believes that stories of adventure have the power to ignite positive change in our communities and our world. Through adventure, we find our best selves and encourage those around us to do the same. That’s why we curate and share meaningful adventure stories that inspire communities to live by our 5 points: Purpose, Respect, Commitment, Humility, and Balance.
Intimate yet inclusive, the laid back vibe of the festival is a direct reflection of its birthplace in the Carbondale community. Founded in 2007 by Julie Kennedy, the 5point Adventure Film Festival showcases curated, soulful outdoor films, art, and performances—all shown in one common space.
Beginning in 2022, Proudline enjoyed the opportunity to support the 5Point Flagship Festival by hosting its Fly Casting Competition!
Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance
The Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance is a group of professional fishing guides dedicated to the protection and conservation of the Roaring Fork region fisheries. Owner operator Lani Kitching has served as a board member, and we observe in the RFFGA’s code of etiquette on (and off) the water. We realize that guiding on public water is a privilege—not a right—and treat the habitats we visit with respect.
The RFFGA promotes kindness on local waters, urging everyone to honor each other’s space and respect private property. Alliance members promote friendly education to anglers they encounter trespassing, fishing over spawning areas, poaching and over-playing fish.
Casting for Recovery
We are a proud active participant in our regional Casting for Recovery Colorado Retreat each year since it’s 2016 launch on the Western Slope. During this two and a half day weekend, we have the opportunity to connect with and offer encouragement and a healing perspective for women in our area who are battling or recovering from breast cancer.
“The fishing experience was so much fun and peaceful being surrounded by the amazing beauty of nature.”
The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.
Our healing program is unique! For women who have had surgery or radiation as part of their breast cancer treatment, the gentle motion of fly casting can be good physical therapy for increasing mobility in the arm and upper body. Couple that with the emotional benefits of connecting with nature, and you’ve got powerful medicine. Our retreats are unconventional and described by many women as life-changing.
DAV | Disabled American Veterans
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, the organization provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with well over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2018, DAV helped veterans receive more than $20 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors.
With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.
Project Healing waters
Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. We focus our resources wherever the need is greatest and expand our partner base in the process. PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool.
COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE – GLENWOOD SPRINGS
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife agency does so much to protect our fisheries, preserve the watershed and ensure the safety of our angling community (among many other things!). It’s our pleasure to volunteer an assist to the Glenwood Springs Wildlife Service Center field biologists, aquatic technicians and wildlife officers with the Fall fish count, boat ramp maintenance and, more recently, the Basalt mountain burn scar restoration. If you’ve never seen the science behind netting to cataloging and releasing fresh water sport fish, you might find the video interesting!
Roaring Fork Conservancy Hot Spots for Trout
Hot Spots for Trout is a simple Citizen Science project geared to helping our fine finned friends get through the dog days of summer.
Water temperature plays a vital role in determining the quality and quantity of aquatic life. Aquatic organisms, from plants to insects to fish, are adapted to live within specific temperature ranges. In the Roaring Fork watershed aquatic organisms including plants, aquatic insects, and fish, are adapted to cold temperature ranges. In the upper limits of that range, organisms becomes stressed, making them more susceptible to disease, increasing angling-related mortality in fish, and reducing their ability to compete for limited resources.
In a drought year, it is important to monitor stream temperature to stay informed of overall stream health and aware of where waterways may be stressed. With low flows likely throughout the Roaring Fork Watershed this summer, Roaring Fork Conservancy is asking for your help in monitoring stream temperatures. By collecting stream temperature data, you can help locate areas of concern in our watershed. Once impacted areas are identified, Roaring Fork Conservancy can advocate for and implement best management practices to protect these vital ecosystems.
HOT SPOTS FOR TROUT is a citizen science water temperature monitoring initiative in the Roaring Fork Watershed in Colorado, as a program of Roaring Fork Conservancy. Registered volunteers will be provided calibrated thermometers and instructions for collecting valid data and uploading data to the Hot Spots for Trout app.
Have questions about an event? We’re always happy to hear from you.