It is hot out there this summer! As I write we are going to be close to another one hundred degree day along Colorado’s Front Range. In addition, we have experienced one of the driest springs and summer on record and the fire danger is greater than ever. Most parcels of forest have strict fire regulations banning open fires and shooting. But with hot and windy days and dry forests the risk is extremely high this summer. Fires have sprung up all over the state, some easily contained while others have spread out of control.
Please strive to be extra careful while in the outdoors this season. We have seen the effects of fire on our fisheries in Cheesman Canyon and we can only learn from the mistakes of the past. If you are camping in a spot where you can legally have a fire, make sure you have a good wind resistant pit and water close by to help prevent any accidents. If you smoke or like to enjoy a fine cigar on the river, make sure your ashes are not going to spark the next Hayman Fire. When it is hot and windy, refrain from smoking and if you must do so, use extreme caution.
Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind to us and bring us moisture and cooler temperatures. But until then it is our duty to be mindful and protect the forests that we so admire.
The Flyfisher Group