Elitch Gardens River Front
with trout in mind.
DSP rainbows drive “The River Mile” project.
UPDATE!! Rhys Duggan from Revesco and his team will be at the April 10th open Board Meeting at Diebolt Brewery with a short presentation on the RiverMile and habitat changes. See the DTU calendar below for details.
The trout in the city are making a big impact on plans for their neighborhood.
After meeting the mayor at the reopening of Shoemaker Plaza in October, the trout have become a focal point of Revesco’s RiverMile project.
Not only are they the logo of this exciting project,
but they are swimming into the project narrative in a big way. This quote is from the River Mile Denver project homepage.
“It will be one of the city’s great places –where people will gather, take a lunch break, enjoy the view, meet friends for a drink after work, go to a concert, and experience a touch of nature. Even cast a fly in hopes of landing a wily urban trout.
Yes, trout. Reintroduced recently in this stretch of the South Platte. The Revesco team will be working closely with the Greenway Foundation and other stakeholders in support of their mission to further enhance the natural environment and water quality of the river.”
Another trout, one of Rhys’ Rainbows (named after benefactor Rhys Duggan of Revesco), illustrates the northern boundary of the project by posing with board member Brandon Parsons on the RiverMileDenver.com website.
Check out The River Mile video on their homepage.
(Skip to 4:30 for a great quote from Rhys about seeing fly fishing on this stretch of the river.)
Rhys, Cody DeGuelle from The Fly Fisher Group, and others associated with the project will be on hand at our April 10th Board Meeting. Check the calendar at denvertu.org.
The Denver Plan for this area was just released Feb 2018. Comments can be sent to: Senior City Planner Lilly Djaniants (Lilly.Djaniants@denvergov.org)
April 7th – 10:00AM Anglers : Colorado Trout Fisher organized.
Colorado Trout Fisher guide service will be hosting a river cleanup on Denver’s South Platte on April 7th, 2018. The Denver South Platte is quickly becoming recognized as one of the nation’s premier urban fly fishing destinations and therefore we’d like to do our own little part and help clean up the trash and debris along the banks of the river.
Our long-term goal is to help revitalize and restore the beauty of the Denver South Platte river for anglers, families, and the greater good of Denver because a healthy river benefits all of us. But we also realize that that is a goal which will take a lot of time and effort by our very own citizens. It is one step at a time and it begins with simple, hard work like this river cleanup effort.
There will be drinks, brats, and burgers provided and at the end of the cleanup you’ll get a chance to fish with some of Colorado’s best fly fishing guides!
Where: Crescent Park
If you plan on attending please reach out to Matty Valdez at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 412-8677
April 21st – 8:00AM Families and Anglers: Greenway Foundation organized.
ECI SPRING RIVERSWEEP
PRESENTED BY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY & THE DAVITA VILLAGE ON COMCAST CARES DAY
We are excited to host our annual Spring RiverSweep! Volunteers of all ages will help Denver Parks and Recreation by picking up trash, removing weeds and other plant debris, repairing trails, painting park fixtures, and getting our parks ready for summer!
This event will happen rain or shine!
When: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
8:00 am: Volunteer Check-in and a light breakfast
9:00 am: Projects start
12:00 pm: Volunteers return for lunch
Where: Fishback Park
The Cure for Cabin Fever – Free Movie Night – Bring a Date – Create a Fishing Buddy – DTU Social at Diebolt Brewing. 2/13/2018 at 5:30PM
UPDATE – COSTA FILMS has chosen Denver Trout Unlimited and Diebolt Brewing for the Denver Premier of “Grand Slam Pursuit”. Three incredible woman fly anglers target tarpon, bonefish, and permit in one day. Can they do it?. Also “Through the Guides Eye.” featuring Cpt Greg Dini and four other short films including “Brown Trout in KwaZulu Natal, South African .” Don’t expect a red carpet, paparazzi, stars, or champagne. Expect great Diebolt Beer and some fantastic fly fishing photography in places near and far that someday you’ll fish.
UPDATE – From Denver Trout Unlimited.
Fish Spots on the DSP – River keeper Ronnie Crawford and amateur trout watcher and temperature sensor John Davenport will divulge what they know about past, present, and future fish spots on the DSP.
Hayes Lenhart will update us on the Chatfield Reallocation Environmental Pool and what it will do for the DSP.
Brandon Parsons will describe the Denver Trout Unlimited inspired solution “LUNKER PIPES.” An experimental solution to the problem of getting flood control approved habitat into the DSP.
Reid Baker will give an overview of our exciting plans for Carp Slam 2018.
The freshest beer in Denver will be available at a cash bar with $1/draft going back to DTU for the Denver South Platte.
Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
Help the Denver South Platte Water Quality, Quantity, Habitat, Fish.
After two summers, DTU temperature sensors show trout friendly water temperatures.
Amateur analysis by John Davenport, Chair of DTU DSP Temperature Sensing.
Interesting results from this graph and fishing in the Denver South Platte this summer indicate:
- During runoff the temperature out of Chatfield was nice and cool. Clear Creek just upstream of 88th Ave was adding cool water to the Denver South Platte.
- As soon as runoff stopped, 88th Avenue and Cuernavaca both got warmer but stayed about the same. Then in August 88th Ave got about 4 degrees warmer than Cuernavaca.
- Chatfield warmed up because flows were cut from the dam in mid September. At that point the temperature at Chatfield matched that at 88th Ave about 30 miles away.
- Diurnal swings (day-night) in temperature and available deep water could be what keeps the Denver trout happy. The trout seek out cool (below 75 degree) temperatures for only a few hours a day. With good deep habitat this is no problem for them. This probably explains why there are happy, healthy, swiftly growing trout between Chatfield and Confluence Park but few found toward 88th Ave where the South Platte flattens out and cool channels are minimal.
- That precipitous 20 degree drop in mid May was the storm of baseball sized hail that destroyed my roof.
These fish caught during the temperature sensor readings appear quite healthy and well fed.
Mayor, meet one of your Denver South Platte rainbows.
Colorado Troutbums help Mayor Hancock open Shoemaker Plaza at Confluence Park by catching and releasing rainbow trout.
It’s not easy to catch trout “on demand,” but a half dozen fly anglers from the Colorado Troutbums facebook group were recruited by Ronnie Crawford to do just that and THEY DID.
As Mayor Hancock gave his opening remarks with fly fishing going on in the background, the message was clear. The Denver South Platte is a great river for both kayaks and trout. To the amazement of the mayor and all those assembled, the fly fishers were catching healthy trout right in the center of the city. As the mayor spoke, the troutbums would hookup, play, and land 14 to 20 inch rainbows and the crowd would cheer. Fly fishers casting in the river at Confluence Park sends a message to both visitors and citizens: Wow! Denver has a very healthy river.
These rainbows were part of an approved secret experiment, benevolently funded by local anglers and friends of the river, Rhys Duggan of Revesco Properties and Matthew Burkett of the Flyfisher Group. The purpose of the experimental stocking was to determine if trout could survive the water temperatures and habitat of the Denver South Platte. The answer is obvious! Their health and stamina indicate that they have been eating well and have been migrating up and down our home river for seven months. Thanks to troutbums: Dominque Moreno, Bart Snead, Joseph Garcia, Todd Dowling, Mike DelliVeneri, and others. Your fly fishing demonstration has done an amazing thing to boost the understanding and restoration of the Denver South Platte.
First Full Year DSP Temperature Analysis of Denver Trout Unlimited’s 24×7 temperature sensors shows trout friendly water.
Ronnie and Rhys’s trout survive and thrive the short term temperature peaks precisely because they have fish passage, deep pools, shaded structures, cool water seepage, park land irrigation runoff, and the diurnal (day/night) temperature swings. Making sure that trout will have deep pools and shaded structures below the water line is precisely why Denver Trout Unlimited has invested so much time, and effort on studies, meetings, and raising funds for enhanced flows from the Chatfield Environmental Pool. ...read more
What’s it feel like under 4 inches of Denver South Platte mud and silt? Ben Cole, Ben Johnston, and Christen Luskey find out. Denver Trout Unlimited temperature sensors are often buried in silt after 6 months chained to the bottom of the DSP. Does this invalidate their temperature readings? Are the temperature reading close to those from the scientifically accurate USGS sensor on the DSP at Englewood? These intrepid high school seniors risk all to find out.
See their graph: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1LQMO8mmEWdSlkwN25CYzhyRXM
See their report: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1LQMO8mmEWdMkYtZHVYTURoNVU
See their data: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ErSvcZP7PDSLMSr2L9Jj6_YAbNG77cYgLqx-yz_TQ2E
Little Underwater Neighborhood Keepers Encompassing Rheotatic Salmonids (LUNKER) Pipes.
To solve the problem of lack of habitat shelter from undercut banks, sweeper logs, or big boulders in the Denver South Platte, the DTU River Run Habitat Committee, Ben Neilsen (RiverRun Phase II designer), and Paul Winkle (CPW DSP Aquatic Biologist) have designed and located for experimental placement, of ten 18-36 inch diameter 8 foot sections of concrete pipe with rectangular windows below the water line to simulate the kind of shelter we hope the fish of the DSP will love.
Keep current with our progress here.
Update 11/3/2017. Ben Neilsen, project manager reports:
” The first LUNKER will be installed in the next 3-4 weeks. I’m very excited too about these for a lot of reasons. Particularly I see real promise for reaches that have vegetation restrictions or limitations due to urbanization and flood conveyance. We will vary LUNKER alignments and angle of windows (rotation). “
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