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First, for those new to us, wife and I done a lot of rainbow trout fishing on Chatfield Reservoir, when we had a house in Parker. At that time, we had an 1989 16' Invader Bowrider. That was sold when we moved to NC.

Anyway, after spending 11 years away from Colorado, a year in NC and 10 here in northeastern Florida, we are packing things to return. But, this time, to Loveland area instead of Parker. Now have a 1992 20' Celebrity Cuddy Cabin. Have had quite a bit of work done on this boat, since buying it here in 2009. Will be hiring someone here to transport it to Colorado.

We were at the coloradofisherman outing at Chatfield State Park/Reservoir in 2005.

Bought saltwater fishing gear here, but none of it ever touched the water. Sold/gave away all of it. But, still have all of our freshwater gear.

Didn't realize just how much we missed Colorado, even with the winters, until we flew to Loveland last July. Stopped by both Boyd and Carter and went to CFD (Cheyenne Frontier Days) rodeo. Years ago, I was an active member in PRCA...…..hence my screen name.

Look very forward to getting back into fishing along the Front Range, especially in Boyd, Carter and Horsetooth.

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Great to have you back!



You'll probably notice, somebody forgot to shut the front door and some more people moved here while you were away. Still a great place. Oh yeah, and that burning rope odor is what we call "The smell of money."
 

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Welcome back, CF. You joined about when I did, just curious, what did your name here used to be? I've lost track of the old timer's name changes.
 

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Great to have you back!



You'll probably notice, somebody forgot to shut the front door and some more people moved here while you were away. Still a great place. Oh yeah, and that burning rope odor is what we call "The smell of money."
First, THANKS for the nice welcome!

We were there, in Loveland, last July 2018. Had a rental car and drove down to Parker, by way of the E-470 and seen how much that place has changed. Parker Rd. is now a 4-lane. Seen our old house as well, off of Hilltop as well. It was behind, the now relocated, Parker P.D. Station. Lots of houses have gone up since we moved in Oct 2007. Seeing the outside of the old house sure brought back some great memories.

Basically speaking, we should have NEVER moved out of Colorado. Selling the house was ok, but not moving. Funny, but, many, many people here, don't even know where Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakota's, Nebraska or Kansas even is.
 

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Welcome back!

The population as Albow said may shock you a bit.
THANK YOU for the "welcome" also.

It was growing fairly rapidly when we left, but, yes, the population has definitely grown.

But the Loveland area, Windsor and Fort Collins population is still WAY below the population here. In the Jacksonville immediate area, there is approx. 931,000 people and thru the entire area...….1.5 million! And, the crime here, well we just talk about that. Yes, that bad. Not in our area, but other areas.
 

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We've been on the St John's River a number of times here. Not fishing at all, but just cruising and docking at the Jacksonville Landing. The Landing was pretty popular at first, but has really gone down hill since hurricane Mathew and Irma hit us. The docks got pretty torn up and the city didn't want to spend the money to fix them. Now the whole thing is going to be torn down and replaced with a park, etc..

When we were on the river, we seen very few fishermen. It really shocked us, but that's the way it was. Some folks would say "I'd never eat any fish out of that river!".
The water, including the boat launch area where our boat is in dry storage at, is all "brackish water", meaning, a combo of fresh and salt. Water truly looks like Root Beer. Water doesn't turn completely fresh for a number of miles south.

There are a lot of Blue Crab traps, with a warning buoy sitting on the water to maneuver around on this river as well. A person really has to keep their eyes open for these buoys or it will get wrapped up in the prop.
 

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Here is a photo of the coloradofisherman get-together Information Table at Chatfield in 2005.


Didn't want to include any people there, unless I had permission from this website to do so.
Welcome back Cbf, go ahead and post the rest of your pics if you like! Not anyone left anyway prolly and the ones still here might enjoy the memories.
 

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"The smell of money" used to be unavoidable up in Greeley because of all the cattle feetlots. That's been replaced and now we have a new "smell of money" all over the state. Even an unofficial holiday on 4/20! :)
You by chance talking about marijuana? If so, I was told by a Loveland resident, "if you're not looking for it, you'd never think it was legal here". They were right, when we were there, we didn't smell it or see any shops.
 

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And, the last one, us at one of the Chatfield campsites. I'm wearing a Coloradofisherman baseball cap. Our boat is in a rented slip for the night. Truck/boat trailer behind us.
 

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I just added 4 photos taken at the Coloradofisherman get-together at Chatfield Lake/Reservoir in 2005.

Don't know how long they will stay on. May have to redo them.
 

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THX for posting them, they'll stay up I promise! Zman is the only one left here from that bunch.
 
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