We're Involved in Our Community
When it comes to conservation and community support, Angler's Covey is an organization that does not sit on the sidelines. We have been a long-time member of Trout Unlimited; wrote the check that jump-started the Trees for Trout restoration project; have been strong supporters of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and their therapeutic outreach to wounded soldiers who have made sacrifices for our country. We also emphatically support the Boy Scouts of America and their proven program to get youth involved in the outdoors, in general, and fishing, especially.
It is said that you should focus on one thing and do it well. This has been our view of how we give back to our community. We focus on three key aspects that are important to us: conservation, country, and youth. That is why we have chosen the following organizations to support.
From our beginning, Angler's Covey has been a major supporter of the local Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Our staff has served on its board, our guides have contributed their time and donated trips, and we have provided countless donations to help raise funds to conserve, protect, and restore Colorado's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds with a special emphasis to those resources in the Pikes Peak Region.
Angler's Covey is a national member of fly fishing outfitters, guides and businesses that care about and depend upon our nation’s coldwater lakes, rivers and streams. We encourage our loyal customers to consider using a lodge or outfitter who is a member of Trout Unlimited's Outfitters, Guides and Business (OGB) when traveling or planning a fishing trip. These businesses have demonstrated their support for coldwater conservation by joining TU. They are people like you: anglers who love the sport and want to protect it for the next generation.
In recent years, Angler's Covey and Trout Unlimited have worked together on numerous projects to protect sensitive habitats and fisheries, including a project it helped start, Trees for Trout. After the devastation of the 167,000 acre Hayman fire the future of gold-medal fisheries along Upper South Platte was challenged. Trees for Trout is a bold idea to harvest burned trees before the timber rots or is sold, and strategically place them to restore the wintering, breeding and feeding areas of fish and create habitats where none previously existed. The project was awarded the FY 2005 Centennial of Service Challenge Grant by the USDA Forest Service and an Orvis grant for 2006. To date over 50 miles of streams associated with the South Platte river have benefited from Trees for Trout projects. It continues to grow and expand with projects planned in the Happy Meadow area and sections of Wild Cat Canyon.
Our Partners Include:
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. (PHWFF) is a nationwide volunteer organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of active/disabled military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education. A very active local chapter exists at Fort Carson for personnel and veterans in the Colorado Springs and outlying areas. Since its inception in 2005, PHWFF has been aiding disabled/active duty personnel and veterans in overcoming the obstacles associated with their military service-related injuries. The relearning of the fine motor skills needed in fly fishing and fly tying has proven to be particularly effective in the overall rehabilitation of the disabled. Many soldiers struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) particularly find the calmness of being in or next to a rushing stream and catching one of Colorado’s beautiful species of trout to be very relaxing and takes their minds off their issues. A number of soldiers have credited this program with their ability to successfully transition to and live an almost normal life today.
In the 2010 season, 121 soldiers from the Fort Carson/Colorado Springs area benefited from this great program. They went to 15 different fishing properties in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming and spent a cumulative 298 soldier/days on the water fishing and camping, helping to restore them both physically and emotionally. Almost 30 soldiers have attended the fly tying classes so far this year – many of them going on to fish during the year. In total for 2010, over $19,000 was raised and spent teaching soldiers to tie flies and taking them out to remote and pristine areas to catch big fish. Many Angler's Covey guides help with the program and Angler's Covey provides waders for the soldiers who need them for each trip.
Angler's Covey also puts together a benefit fundraiser with a team of volunteers to help raise money for this program. The event is being incorporated with the screening of The Fly Fishing Film Tourwhich has become one of the most anticipated events in the fishing and outdoor enthusiast’s community. Each year Angler's Covey looks for private supporters, such as Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout Inc. in Woodland Park, who have generously stepped up to sponsor this event and help cover expenses so that all proceeds from the event can be used to support the program for the soldiers and veterans. Ticket proceeds, raffles and auctions contributed to raising $14,136.00 during the 2015 event, and in 2016 we raised over $15,600.00!