Fishing is a wonderfully diverse sport. There are unlimited ways you can choose to participate. It can be purely an individual activity, where your only engagement with others is when you bid your spouse goodbye and hello at opposite ends of the outing. Or it can be with a large group of anglers, such as a sea-going party boat where there can be dozens fishing together.
While fishing alone or with a friend or two is often my preference, there are times when I like to engage with a number of anglers focused on a common goal. Fishing clubs and organizations are such groups. Throughout the years, I’ve been active to varying degrees with numerous clubs. There are many good reasons to belong.
In my case, the two important reasons include being part of a group of anglers with similar views — be it competitive fishing, fly-fishing or fishing for bass, trout, walleye or catfish — and I want to belong to a group that is involved in the community — be it helping youth learn about fishing, conservation or something else...
The Loveland Fishing Club and Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter of Trout Unlimited also do great work in the area. Both are active with youth and conservation, and they arrange fishing excursions. Plus, there are a number of statewide groups organized around nearly every species of fish or aspect of fishing that might interest you, such as muskie, northern pike, walleye, fly-fishing, kayaking and even bowfishing.