Behind the Fin: Ed Calmus

How long have you been a TU member?          Around 30 years – not always actively involved before I retired


Why did you become a member and what chapter are you involved with?          

I believe in the mission of TU, the need to protect, preserve, and restore our rivers and streams.  My chapter has always been West Denver TU


What made you want to become involved with TU? 

I have had many memorable experiences that revolved around fly fishing.  I have seen the beautiful and pristine places where trout thrive.  I wanted to do what I can to enable others to have these experiences, now and in the future.


What is your favorite activity or project that you have done with TU? 

Improving our chapter’s communications has been my favorite, from making a better website, to producing videos, using social media, and developing a communications strategic plan.


EdsPicI know you won’t tell me your top spot, so what is your second favorite fishing spot or favorite fishing story? 

I learned fly fishing on small streams, and graduated to the larger rivers and tail waters.  Recently I have rediscovered the small streams.  Upper Clear Creek and Homestake Creek are favorites.  When I go back to the large rivers, I usually fish the Arkansas.


What does being a part of TU mean to you? 

A chance to give back and help insure future anglers will share in the great experiences of fly fishing.


What else do you do in your spare time or for work? 

I manage an HOA in Frisco, Co, and am on the board of the University of Denver Retiree Association.  I like reading, skiing, fly tying, and tinkering with cars.