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 go beyond just selling flies and rods, offering guided trips, and providing a full educational program for your own unique fly-fishing adventure.
We commit to keeping our natural resources pristine by working with conservation groups, state and local government organizations, and industry leaders toward meaningful conservation efforts. We recognize that a healthy, sustainable trout habitat is vital to our continued enjoyment of fly fishing – and to your enjoyment as well.
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 participated on restoration projects. In addition, we have provided countless donations of both products and services to help raise funds to conserve, protect, and restore Colorado's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds with a special emphasis on those resources in the Pikes Peak Region. Angler’s Covey was the first contributor to the “Trees for Trout” project which added trout habitat throughout the South Platte drainage. The projects utilizes trees burnt in the 2002 Hayman Fire to revitalize the fishery.
More recently, Angler’s Covey has embraced the principles developed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and has become a Leave No Trace Partner. The Seven Principles are “an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity.”
The Fountain Creek Cleanup has become part of our annual efforts, joining with other groups “in the largest watershed-wide clean-up in the state of Colorado! Creek Week volunteers clean up litter along a creek, trail, park or open space throughout the watershed.” Every year, we have contributed to filling a letter for the Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project, a community collaboration spearheaded by the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance. The annual event brings focus to our public lands and encourages the community to keep them pristine. Read more about the Litter Letter Project here.
Our Partners Include:
While we strive to stay out of the political quagmire, we do recognize it is important to have a seat at the policy-making table. To that end, we have participated in the state and local arenas in an effort to have a voice in conservation and outdoor recreation legislative discussions.
At the state level, Angler’s Covey works closely with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, specifically with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. David Leinweber has been part of the Advisory Council since its inception in 2015. Its mission is to champion industry, communities, and people to come to life by experiencing Colorado’s great outdoors.
Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry accounts for 62 billion dollars in consumer spending annually and contributes 511,000 direct jobs. According to the 2019 SCORP report, 92% of Colorado residents participate in outdoor recreation each year. Colorado’s outdoor economy contributes to a higher quality of life, making people and communities happier and healthier.
We are privileged to live in a state that has no rival when it comes to our iconic natural landscapes. From our 22 million acres of public land, 105,344 miles of rivers, 690 peaks over 13,000 feet, and expansive vistas of prairies, mountain valleys, and desert canyons, these spaces are central to Colorado’s lifestyle, heritage, identity, and world-class recreation economy.
Locally, Becky Leinweber serves as Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance. PPORA is a collaborative of outdoor businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and individuals who recognize the value of our region’s natural and recreation assets both as an economic driver and for our health and well-being and the strength found in working together. PPORA’s mission is to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region through leadership and collaboration. This organization was founded by David Leinweber and several other community leaders in 2015. PPORA was recognized as Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region 2020 Partner of the Year.
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.
Angler’s Covey hosts an annual fundraiser with a team of volunteers to help raise money for PHWFF. At the heart of the fundraiser is the screening of The Fly Fishing Film Tour, one of the most anticipated events in the fishing and outdoor enthusiast’s community. Ticket proceeds, raffles and auctions raise nearly $20,000.00 every year to allow soldiers and veterans to participate in sponsored trips, rod building classes, and fly tying events.
Angler’s Covey is a member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA). AFFTA is “a community of fly shops, manufacturers, guides, outfitters, travel companies, sales representatives and media professionals dedicated to the sustainable growth of the sport of fly fishing, individual businesses and our industry as a whole.” We’re proud that our General Manager, Rachel Leinweber, is an active member of the AFFTA Board, helping to guide and support our industry by providing a voice for specialty retail.