Brittany and I went on a little road trip for my Birthday. Our friends Stew and Sarah were nice enough to let us crash their spare bedroom in Glenwood Springs, CO. Glenwood is the hub of outdoor adventure with the Roaring Fork, Eagle, Colorado, Frying Pan, and Crystal River all within a short drive. We fished the Colorado from shore and found a nice pod of fish right away. I hooked up on my first cast while giving an example for Stew on how to get a good drift. These fish fought like an Irishman at last call.
- The Colorado River
Brittany and I continued west the next morning to fish the White River. I am hesitant to blog about the White River because it is one of those places that would normally benefit from keeping it quiet from tourists. But, the White River National Forest and our public BLM lands are being enticed by the sale of mineral rights. There is a BLM draft Resource Management Plan Amendment in progress that will help energy developers move into the area to create quick profits with little environmental concerns.
Now, I know there are good engineers out there extracting oil and gas in a responsible way, they come into the Orvis shop in Boulder to buy fly fishing gear. Most oil workers want to keep the environment clean, but they are employed to make money, not to fish. If oil company employees were in business to help protect fish, they would use their resources to draft detailed agreements with the BLM that ultimetely reduces corporate profits to ensure our public land and waterways remain clean.
Take Action and email Heather at the BLM office: Colorado_WROGEIS@blm.gov
I sent a letter to Heather voicing my concern as a fisherman that enjoys wilderness, fresh clean water, and wild native fish. I ask you do the same, even if you’ve never heard of the White River in Colorado.
…Our adventure continued as we fished the White River for two days. Here are the highlights from our fishing trip: