Evergreen Trout Unlimited members are more than fishing enthusiasts. Many routinely volunteer to work on conservation efforts, compile fish counts and monitor flows in Bear Creek. Part of their outreach efforts include educating mountain-area children on fly-tying and fly-fishing.
Several members will teach children how to fish at Camp Comfort, a bereavement camp hosted by Mount Evans Home Health & Hospice this weekend and July 26-28.
ETU also stocks the pond at Buchanan Recreation Center, in return for which they get free days to fish at the pond.
Members are often active in Youth Outdoors Skills Day, where they provide instruction on casting, fishing and fly-tying. They helped out recently at the opening of Staunton State Park, near Pine Junction. Trips to Jefferson County Public Schools' Mount Evans Outdoor Lab are always on the calendar...
While the goal is to share their knowledge with the next generation of anglers, the message is environmental stewardship.