Fisheries Biology Master’s Student Lands 1st Place in America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament
This was the third America Cup win for Olsen who won the America Cup silver in 2008 and gold in 2010. This year, he competed against 70 anglers from around the world including a team from the Czech Republic and anglers from Italy, Poland, Finland, Portugal, and France. Olsen caught 50 fish in total to help him earn the first place trophy and narrowly beating French former World Champion fisherman Yann Caleri.
“Caleri is one of the top three or four anglers in the world, so I was thrilled to keep up with him,” said Olsen. “This was probably my toughest and best win because of the level of competition from foreign countries.”
The Eagle County-based tournament took place over five venues around Vail, Colo. over the very rainy weekend of Sept. 10-15, 2013. Anglers competed in rotating groups and were scored by a combination of the number of fish caught and fish size. All fish are measured and then released.
A last minute venue change from the Colorado River to Black Lake was made due to muddy conditions, and Olsen was the only angler to catch more than one fish on Black Lake.
“Having some previous skills developed from fly casting tournaments helped me reach fish that were too far out into the lake for other anglers,” said Olsen. “I'd also like to thank my teammates for their help and congratulate them on a bronze medal! Also, thanks to the organizer John Knight for putting on another great tournament.”
Olsen is master’s student under advisor Professor Brett Johnson in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in the Warner College of Natural Resources. His research is focused on Arctic char (a salmon species) populations and dietary habits in Dillon Reservoir. His project is part of a larger collaborative research effort led by Johnson that is working to improve Dillon Reservoir as a premier fisheries destination.
Olsen and his team will compete in the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships coming up in Basalt, Colo. October 4-6. Those interested in following the tournament or learning more about the team can visit www.ffteamusa.com.
American Fisheries Society Ice Fishing Clinic
The courses included a Friday evening classroom information session at CSU followed by a day of fishing on the ice from 8 a.m. to noon. The January fishing day was held at Red Feather Lakes and the February fishing day was held in Wellington.
The course was free to attend and included free ice fishing equipment, so it was a great opportunity for the public to get out on the ice in a safe environment and give ice fishing a try.
CSU AFS student volunteers were on hand to drill holes in the ice, untangle lines, offer fishing tips, and to clean any fish that participants wanted to take home for dinner.
For more information about the CSU AFS Chapter, please visit their website at http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/american-fisheries-society.
8th International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands
The International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands emphasizes practical knowledge, skills and attitudes with action outcomes to assist private and communal sectors internationally, in North America, and in Colorado before, during and after the event. Sessions and workshops are planned with invited speakers of quality and substance, related papers from around the world, and field trips to Blue Valley Ranch, McGregor Ranch and Rocky Mountain National Park.
For more information and to register for the conference please visit the website at https://events.warnercnr.colostate.edu/iwmc-2014/.
Student Nick Dannemiller Selected for Boy Scouts of America D.C. Delegation
On Feb. 24, 2014, Dannemiller will present the Boy Scouts of America’s Annual Report to the Nation to Speaker of the House John Boehner and other Congressional leaders, such as majority and minority leaders, the joint chiefs of staff, the director of the CIA, the secretary of defense, secretary of agriculture and others.
The Report is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter and will highlight achievements in 2013, including one of the largest volunteer partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service where 5,000 Scouts helped five national forests. Before presenting the report, the Scouts embark on an incredible week that includes scheduled visits to the Pentagon, the White House, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Photos of the trip will be posted on the BSA Flickr Account.
Dannemiller was selected for this honor due to his many accomplishments, including earning his Eagle and being elected as Chief of the BSA National Order of the Arrow honor society - a position in which he travels the country to represents more than 300,000 boy scouts at speaking events, fundraisers, and meetings.
Dannemiller credits the Boy Scouts with his love for wildlife and the great outdoors. Originally from Tualatin, Ore., he came to CSU because of the reputation of the wildlife biology program as one of the best in the nation.
He joined BSA at the age of six as a Tiger Cub and has participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts since then. He is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and a member of the James E. West Fellowship.
"The Boy Scouts is a great organization for building outdoor skills and an appreciation for nature, but it is also great for personal development, financial responsibility, and becoming a good citizen," said Dannemiller.
Dannemiller will continue touring the country throughout his term as Order of the Arrow Chief, and will complete his BSA career in 2015.
Posted on Feb. 23, 2014 by Bryony Wardell