Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch has been a primary go-to fishing destination for Front Range Anglers for many years.
During the flood the the ranch lost everything in and around their complex. The hub of the resort, the dining hall and reception area are gone, floating down the Big Thompson along with most of the cabins.
I received this note today from Kathy Willkomm for the Jessup family.
"As you may know, much of the Sylvan Dale Guest ranch was devastated by flooding last month. While we still have a few activities available (fly fishing, horseback riding & lessons, hayrides and natural grass-fed beef for sale), all other events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future while clean up, recovery and rebuilding efforts take place.
We are humbled and deeply grateful for the offer of help from a local chapter of Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Flycasters (RMF), for a river cleanup effort in our Bass Ponds area.
This volunteer effort is this Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 4pm. If you’d like to participate, please reply to this email AND include RMF Volunteer Coordinator, Dave Piske (firstname.lastname@example.org ) so he can send you more details.
We’re hopeful this will be a great beginning to a longer-term effort to recreate a prime trout fishery along the Big Thompson River corridor.
If you can’t make it this time, there will surely be more chances to volunteer. You can also support the ranch in other ways, like enjoying the activities we do have available. Contact me directly for fly fishing trips or lessons! The river is not yet fishable, but we have several lakes full of trophy trout waiting for your flies, cameras and smiles! And please visit our website to see all the ways you can help this treasured, historic dude ranch.
Colorado is rebuilding! It’s the Rocky Mountain Way!"
If you have an interest in making a donation to the recovery effort, click here