If you're a hunter or angler living on the Front Range who is wanting to get into the backcountry (and talk about doing so when you can't), then Hike to Hunt and Fish is for you. Join the Colorado Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to explore some of the most awe-inspiring public lands Colorado has to offer, and to hang out and celebrate them when not.
During the summer, we're fishing the high alpine while fitness training for the hunt. We also host some ice fishing, target/trap shoots, small game hunts, river and range cleanups, and more. When not enjoying Colorado's awesome wild places, we host Pint Nights, Speaker Circles, a Wild Game Cook-off, Backcountry Olympics, Beer & Gear for Backcountry and more at urban locations throughout the Front Range. You must be a BHA member or their guests to attend unique Hike to Hunt and Fish adventures, which also serves as the fee for all of the Meetups. You can do so here: http://www.backcountryhunters.org/join .
Some of our activities will be strenuous hikes with serious elevation gains. You must be fit enough to do it, and have your own fishing, hunting, camping and/or backpacking gear to participate. Packing tips are here: http://www.backcountryhunters.org/what_to_pack_for_your_backpack_hunt , just modify, as needed, to fish like rods and tackle. You'll also need to have the appropriate hunting and fishing licenses.
If you love our public lands as much as we do, join us to explore them and give back to the resource. Heed the call of the Colorado wild, celebrate it and defend it with CO BHA's Hike to Hunt and Fish.
For this Hike to Hunt and Fish adventure, we'll be icefishing Joe Wright Reservoir for grayling.
The carpool meets at 5 am on Saturday, March 16 at the Shell gas station located at 92 CO-14, where Canyon Road meets Hwy 287 in Laporte. Here is a pin: https://www.google.com/maps/place/92+CO-14,+Laporte,+COfirstname.lastname@example.org,-105.1922585,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x876937312c830a2d:0x5ba44d6355d685c2!8m2!3d40.6641729!4d-105.1900698
Be sure and bring lots of warm cloths, as it may be brutally cold and windy. The fishing is similiar to trout with small jigs or small swedish pimples/castmasters. We will provide ice augers and tackle. Although you are encouraged to bring your own if you have it. You will need to provide your own rods and reels. This fishing is not difficult (unless it's windy, which it very well may be), but you do need to have basic fishing skills: tying on your jigs, baiting your own hook, dealing with your own line tangles, etc.
After a morning of fishing for grayling at Joe Wright, we'll head back down to Fort Collins for a pint and bite, and should be done no later than 5 pm, but probably earlier than that.
This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Please be sure to check that the event is still a go before leaving for the carpool. A notice will be sent by email if plans change, and a note posted in the comments to this event.