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). “
Threats to Public Land & Streams. By Geoff Storm, Denver Trout Unlimited Denver TU – February 12, 2017 On January 3, the first day of the 115th Congress, the US House of Representatives passed its House Rules resolution. Contained … Continue reading