FOR OVER TWO DECADES, the Collegiate Peaks Chapter has offered free fishing derbies for kids, one in Salida on July 4th and one in Buena Vista on Labor Day Weekend.

THESE EVENTS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY for our chapter to give back to the communities who support us so well, particularly through our Caddis Festival Banquet every May. On July 4th, we’ll need at least two dozen volunteers to staff our derby at Frantz Lake. We’ll be welcoming over 100 kids and their families to a morning of being outside and fishing. Colorado Parks & Wildlife will have stocked the lake. The event is free.. Everybody gets to eat hot dogs. There will be prizes for victories likecatching the first fish or the longest fish, and kids get free T-shirts. See derby photos at

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT. We need members and friends to register the kids, untangle and rig lines, measure lots (hopefully) of fish, and release fish. Kids want their fish measured, winners or not, and appreciate a big “nice fish!” We also need volunteers to set up, stage lunch, cook, hand out T-shirts, and clean up. We need two dozen volunteers!SO,

IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP already, please contact Ann ( or Carole (

We’ll start setting up at 8 am. Derby fishing starts at 9:45 am, lunch and prizes at 11 am. Come for all or any part of the morning that you can invest. If you’d like to measure fish, please meet at 9:15 a.m. at the registration table.By e-mail, we’ll remind derby volunteers of times and suggest what to bring (like a hemostat to unhook fish).


Ann and Henry Klaiman, 719-539-5325
Carole and Mike Perry
July 4th Derby Organizers