CPC provided volunteers to assist CPW over the course of 4 days in late August and early September with a barge-shocking project near Leadville, CO. The project covered waters of the Lake Fork, East Fork, Hayden Meadows, and main stem of the Arkansas.

A large crew of CPW staff from Salida, Canon City, and Colorado Springs were managed by Alex Townsend, the Salida area CPW Aquatic Biologist. The CPC volunteers worked primarily in the water with nets, transferring shocked fish from the front of the shocking line to the rear, to be placed in the floating live well. 2-3 sweeps of each section produced an amazing number of primarily brown trout of all sizes and age classes. A couple of large resident rainbows were found in the Lake Fork section. After being weighed and measured, each fish was returned to the water unharmed.

CPC volunteers were: Jerry Wright, Pam Simpson, Mark Zinkula, Richard Frey, Reed &
Karen Dils, Chris Morton, Peter Wong and Josh Moore.

Dave joined the Board of Directors last year and has been very active in his new role. Among other things, he’s been tying flies for and helping with the veteran fly-fishing program, he was co-organizer of the FlyFishing 101 class earlier this fall. We ask Dave a few questions about himself to get to know him better.

How long have you been a TU member?

I believe I have been a TU member for 3 years.

Are you a chapter board member and/or officer? 

Yes, I joined the board this past year. 

What drew you to joining TU? 

I have become passionate about fly fishing over the past 5 years, and believe it is important to protect our natural resources for future generations. I wanted to meet others in the community 

that also cared about fishing and the environment while giving back.

When did you move to the area and join CPC?

I moved to Salida in the summer of 2017, after living in Denver for 7 years. CPC is the first chapter of TU I joined 3 years ago.

Where are you originally from, and what did/do you do for a living?

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. I am a dentist at Salida Family Dentistry and Buena Vista Family Dentistry. 

What section of the Arkansas do you think fishes best, and when? 

I have been enjoying a stretch of the river past Howard, especially in the spring and fall. 

What is your favorite Ark River fly? 

Puterbaugh caddis, mostly because Don took me fishing a few times before he passed away, and he was a wonderful person.