Mid-June, while many local streams were in full run-off, over 200 fishing and conservation enthusiasts gathered at the Rep Your Water headquarters to celebrate RepYourWater’s four-year anniversary and kick off the Boulder Flycaster’s latest project: The Flatirons Park Stream Restoration Project. The Bash 4 Boulder Creek was a blast - if you weren't there, you missed a great party for a great cause! The party was held at Rep Your Water’s hangar on the edge of the Erie Municipal Airport tarmac. The hangar had outstanding views of the June thunder storms forming over the Front Range. There was plenty of beer provided by Avery Brewing, great food from The Post and Old Wisconsin, an outstanding raffle, and party guests of all ages to make it a really fun event! Even more fun, especially for the kids, was the unexpected landing of a helicopter while local country band “Dusty Catfish” kept on playing.
RepYourWater is a Boulder County based outdoor apparel company. Started four-years ago by husband and wife team Corinne and Garrison Doctor the company has incorporated conservation in their business since day one. Corinne states that “Businesses, no matter how small, need to take a stand a provide support for the protection of the natural world around us.” The company donates at least 1% of sales to Colorado Trout Unlimited, TU Chapters, and other conservation groups throughout North America. Additionally, RepYourWater regularly releases designs supporting specific conservation projects and/or issues. For the Bash 4 Boulder Creek, RepYourWater designed a limited edition hat, donated by Boulder’s Anthem Branding. The sharp looking hat features the Flatirons and a Boulder Creek brown trout. 100% of proceeds from the hat sales and the event went to support the Flatirons Park Project.
The Flatirons Park Stream Restoration Project seeks to rehabilitate and improve trout habitat on Middle Boulder Creek from Foothills Parkway to the BNSF railroad bridge. While the Boulder Flycasters were applying for funding to improve this reach, RepYourWater by coincidence had just adopted the same area of Boulder Creek. From day one, RepYourWater has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Flatirons Park Stream Restoration Project. "Corinne and I are both Boulder natives, so Boulder Creek has been and remains an integral part of our fly fishing landscape. It is an undervalued fishery and I am so excited to help the water that I grew up fishing" says Garrison. This reach of stream is currently overwidth, filled with sediment from the 2013 flood, and lacks good winter habitat. The Boulder Flycaster’s recently received a Fishing is Fun Grant to begin work on this often overlooked section of stream and has been seeking matching funds to get equipment in the creek and begin work. The Flycaster’s look forward to greatly improving the fishery’s quantity, quality, and over wintering capability.
For more info on Rep Your Water, and to see their great looking apparel check out repyourwater.com. For more information on the Flatirons Park Stream Restoration Project and to learn how you can support Boulder Flycaster’s efforts to improve this stretch of stream visit boulderflycasters.org. Hopefully we’ll see you at Bash 4 Boulder Creek version 2.0 next summer!