We had the bi-annual high country fish stocking on September 25th, 2019. It was coordinated by Michael Atwood from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. We had ten volunteers who (some in teams, some solo) stocked 11,000 fingerlings into about nine creeks. CPW stocked another location on horseback.

Chalk Creek – 2,000 fish
Middle Cottonwood Creek – 1,500
South Cottonwood Creek – 1,500
Flume Creek – 600
Fourmile Creek – 3,000 – Stocked by CPW on horseback
Frenchman Creek – 500
Glacier Creek – 600
South Halfmoon Creek – 800
La Plata Gulch – 500

Participants: Keith Krebs, Tom P, Richard Frey, Eric Heltzel, Gene Milus, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Lally, Larry Siemiet, Larry Payne, Mike Perry.


View a video that follows one chapter member who narrated stocking South Halfmoon Creek:

Volunteers from afar

This couple is from Joplin, Missouri. They heard about our stocking program while they were in the area, and they joined us! In their own words: “We did each have a bag of fish, we received them at the trailhead and hiked up from there. We stocked one bag at 3/4 mile as instructed. We gave our other bag to someone who didn’t have one to carry another 3/4 mile higher. What an incredible experience! We are forever grateful for having this experience! Thank you!!”

By Rick Helmick

Heather Adams emailed me that our check was ready, from last month’s Monday 10% non-profit program. So here is Ryan, assistant manager, presenting Collegiate Peaks TU with a check for $601, which represents 10% of their sales that day. I hope everyone had a good time Sept. 9th, as this was an opportunity for our membership to get together and visit with each other over some good food and drink! I am working on a date for next year, sometime in Sept. again. I encourage our chapter membership to support this local business, and their great program of giving back to our local non-profits every Monday. I might add that Bryan is a member of CPC, he and Heather are part owners of Moonlight Pizza, and he is also the head brewer (I love their beer).

As we approach the end of the year, we are wrapping up our annual fundraising campaign. If you have been thinking of supporting your TU chapter and our great mission, and haven’t taken action yet, this is the last time I will ask you to get out your checkbook. A big shout out to all of you that have, and we will recognize you in next month’s Mountain Mail ad in the paper! Please mail your contribution to CPC-TU, P.O. Box 1081, Salida, CO 81201.

Chapter members came to the rescue of a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) event that was on the verge of being cancelled due to lack of volunteers. Charlie Adams, the trip leader for the event and a chapter member,did not want to see the event cancelled. He reached out to the chapter for volunteers and got more than enough. On September 22, 2019, seven disabled vets from the Colorado Springs Chapter of PHWFF experienced a beautiful day of fly fishing on a private stretch of the river. Most vets caught at least one fish, and all seemed to really enjoy being there. Eric Heltzel, Gene Milus and Mike Perry were mentors. Rick & Patricia Helmick and Monika Milus cooked and served lunch.