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Former Broncos quarterback becomes part-owner of a winery

Move over, John Elway. Another former Broncos quarterback is joining the world of wine.

Case Keenum is a member of a three-man group that purchased Haak Vineyards and Winery in Santa Fe, Texas, from owners Raymond and Gladys Haak, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“As seniors, Gladys and I are ready to retire and we’re looking forward to traveling as much as we can in the years we have left,” Raymond Haak, 81, told the Chronicle.

Keenum, 32, was the Broncos’ starter in 2018, his lone season in Denver. He threw for 3,890 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, leading the team to a 6-10 record.

Other former quarterbacks who own wineries include Elway (7cellars), Drew Bledsoe (Doubleback Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash.), and Dan Marino and Damon Huard, who jointly own Passing Time Winery in Woodinville, Wash.

Read more via The Denver Post.

Stay Fly: Tips for handling the frustrations of fly-fishing — when gear breaks

One of the most heartbreaking sounds and feelings in fly-fishing is breaking your beloved rod. We have all done it at least once, and if you haven’t, you will. Fly-fishing is like any other mountain related sport, you buy expensive gear, you beat it up, and then you repair or replace it. Many people have backup skis or snowboards, similarly people have backup rods for those “just in case” moments on the river. I’m going to talk about what to do if you break your precious rod, or if you find that your waders are leaking. I’m also going to discuss losing flies and how that is just a part of fly-fishing.

Broken rods

Breaking a rod can really ruin someone’s day or even month. Broken rods are such a common occurrence in fly-fishing that most decent fly rod companies have limited or even lifetime warranties on the rods they produce. Most companies don’t care how you broke the rod, whether it was broken while fighting a 20-inch brown trout, stepped on in the boat or accidently closed in a car door (this is how I and many others broke their first rod). 

The warranty from the manufacturer doesn’t mean that they are going to fix your broken rod for free, but it does mean that you don’t have to dish out a ton of money to get yourself back on the water. Prices for repair often vary from company to company and usually will take four to six weeks to return from the manufacturer, but can take longer in the summertime.

There are a few ways that you can protect your prized possession from the chances of breaking. If you don’t have the room in your car to keep your rods fully assembled, then break them down or at least in half. This will lessen your chances of breaking a rod in your car door or numerous other places in your car.

Another option for transportation is to invest in a rod rack. I’m sure many of you have seen SUVs and trucks covered in stickers with mounted tubes on the roof. These are designed to transport your rods without the hassle of breaking them down and having to reassemble and restring the rod. The rod racks can be locked, so your rods are safe from anyone trying to steal your gear.

Leaky waders

The next worse thing other than breaking a rod is having waders that leak, especially in the cold months of fishing. Leaks can happen due to small pinholes, tears in the fabric or faulty seams. Some wader companies will repair or even replace waders that leak due to manufacturing defects or within the first year of owning them. Other companies will offer repairs at a small cost. It’s best to reach out to the manufacturer to see what they can offer you.

There are also patch and repair kits for you to fix small leaks on your own at home and they are very easy to use. If your waders are GoreTex or another breathable material, the easiest way to find where the leak is coming from is by spraying rubbing alcohol on the inside of the waders. The pinholes will show up as dark spots and I like to take a marker and draw a circle around the dark spot so I can go back and repair those areas. Place a small dab of Aquaseal or a similar product on the area circled with the marker and allow it to dry for at least 12 hours.

Lost flies

Losing that fly that is crushing fish can be almost as sad as breaking your rod. There are no warranties on flies — if you lose them to the river they are gone. If the fly starts to unravel after hooking a couple of toothy brown trout, then it might be time to get some new ones. I compare flies to golf balls. You always want to have enough to get you through the day and you should expect to lose a few in the process. Luckily, it doesn’t cost any money to fish public water (after you get the fishing license) unlike the ground fees that you must pay to golf a round. If I’m going fishing and I know that a certain fly is the one that will catch fish, I’m going to make sure that I am stocked up on that pattern(s). You never want to cut a day short because you ran out of flies.

Late fall and winter is a great time to send gear back for repair or to do some at-home repairs. Take a look through your fly boxes and make sure that you are covered for the different seasons in the mountains. If I’m lacking one area of my fly selection, then it might be time to visit my local fly shop or get behind my vise to whip up some new creations. I try to reorganize all of my gear, so when the time comes to hit the river, I am ready.

Ray Kyle is a manager and a guide at Vail Valley Anglers. He can be reached at 970-926-0900 or rkyle@vailvalleyanglers.com.

Pritchard: Progression, regression, maintenance and movement

Fundamental human movement patterns are ingrained in us all from the time we are born.

Throughout our early years, we learn to roll, crawl, stand, squat, walk and run on relatively similar timelines.

Children are not told to “squat with their knees behind their toes” (terrible advice by the way,) or “refrain from picking anything up off the floor” (aka deadlifting) because they could be putting their joints at risk, they just figure it out.

Throughout our childhood, our motor competency steadily increases, and we become inherently better movers. It is at some point in our adulthood, however, that we begin to decline. This heavily depends on how we choose to live our lives. Those who continue to grease the motor, groove with daily exercise and vibe on all planes of motion, maintain movement competency and the subsequent health benefits associated with it for quite some time.

Those who do not, however, and adopt a rather sedentary lifestyle rapidly decline.

Movement or lose it

The popular phrase “use it or lose it” reigns no truer than in relation to human movement.

If we want to be good at something and maintain what we have, we must continue doing that thing. Failing to treat and water a nice green lawn will quickly result in a dry-brown mess. All things in life require maintenance.

One of the greatest issues I am confronted with when training a new athlete or client are the limitations they bring to the table prior to our first meeting. They may have heard that squatting is bad for their knees or refuse to lift anything heavy because they believe it will injure them. My absolute favorite quote to that point is by Brett Contreras, who once said “If you think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.”

Work around what ails you

Contreras brings up a fantastic point. Previous injury, health issues, and paranoia are no excuse to skip training altogether.

Now, I should have prefaced this by saying that your doctors and medical health care providers always know best, way more than somebody like myself, so please listen to them first. But the point I contend is that if you have a fused spine and are told to never back squat again, that doesn’t mean to never squat again in any capacity (unless explicitly stated by your doctor, again listen to them not me,) it simply means do so in a more intelligent way. Giant newsflash, you will have to squat to get up and down from a chair or toilet at some point in your life again, might as well learn how to do it right.

All too often I see individuals completely throw in the towel simply because they can’t perform one variation of an exercise. If back squatting with a barbell is not OK by your doctor, find out if goblet squatting, lunging, stepping or anything else of the sort is OK.

You must learn to be resilient, and work around what ails you so that you can continue to train and be strong.

More importantly, figure out what the root cause of your dysfunction is and solve it so that you can one day return to unrestricted movement training. Ironically, the moment we give in to supposed limitation is the same moment we further decline. A severe hip injury may leave you without the ability to ever do a sprint workout again, but thinking of an alternative way to achieve a similar stimulus will put you so much further ahead rather than loathing over your misfortunes.

Jimmy Pritchard has a MSc in exercise science from Edith Cowan University and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is the director of strength & conditioning at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Contact him at 970-331-3513 or jpritchard@skiclubvail.org. Check out his website www.pritchardperformance.com.

CHSAA moves prep football, soccer and volleyball to next year, announces 2020-21 school sports dates

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced Tuesday that it is pushing traditional fall sports like football, volleyball and soccer to the winter and spring.

Cross country was added to the list of approved fall sports, joining boys golf, girls softball and boys tennis. There will be no football, soccer or volleyball in the fall, but those are scheduled to be played at a different time in the year.

The state’s COVID-19 Response Team within the governor’s office spent months looking at the return-to-play plans that CHSAA submitted and emerged with a new schedule. The new calendar divides sports into four seven-week seasons: A, B, C and D.

“The health and safety of our student participants, coaches, officials and essential personnel, including volunteers is a primary concern for the return of interscholastic athletics and activities,” said CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green in a news release. “We are very grateful for the state, health and educational leaders for their shared commitment of a return to these highly beneficial education programs when it is deemed safe for all school communities.”

Each season will last about seven weeks, and the number of regular season contests will be reduced. There will also be a shortened postseason for each sport, with fewer state qualifiers. Sports played this fall will wrap up before Oct. 17. A complete list of dates can be found at chsaanow.com.

Anticipating many questions surrounding the move of football, CHSAA NOW published a Q & A with assistant commissioner Adam Bright, who oversees football. Football will begin practice in late February and games will start March 4. The sport is allowed to begin practice a week earlier than other sports in season C due to the required number of practices before playing. The season will be composed of seven games. Eight teams from each classification will enter the postseason.

Season B will begin on Jan. 4 and include basketball, ice hockey, skiing, girls swimming, wrestling and spirit.

Season C will begin March 1 and include field hockey, football, boys soccer, girls volleyball, gymnastics and unified bowling.

Season D will start April 26 and feature baseball, girls golf, lacrosse, girls soccer, girls tennis, track and field, boys swimming and boys volleyball.

Dates for nonathletic activities are still being decided.

All activities are subject to change depending on local, state and national guidelines.

To comply with health guidelines, sports will have modifications in place that can be found at chsaanow.com/coronavirus/modifications.

Avalanche stuns Blues with last-second power-play goal

Sudden death was replaced by suddenly dead.

In Western Conference round-robin seeding Sunday at Rogers Place, Nazem Kadri scored a power-play goal with 0.1-second remaining in the third period to give the Avalanche a dramatic 2-1 victory over St. Louis in Edmonton.

Officials took nearly seven minutes looking at replays before ruling that Kadri had indeed scored. They were making sure the puck fully crossed the line before there was 0.0 on the clock. The center-ice faceoff was made at 0.1 seconds — the amount of time Colorado led in the game.

“I was aware — not quite to the decimal point but I knew there wasn’t much time left,” said Kadri, who slapped in a rebound after Gabe Landeskog shot off the post. “I knew (the puck) hit the back of the net before the buzzer went off but I wasn’t quite sure if the buzzer was late.”

If the goal didn’t count, both teams would have been awarded a point, with an extra point to the 3-on-3 overtime or shootout winner. But Colorado, which trailed conference-leading St. Louis by a point with a game in hand when the NHL paused its season March 12, took both points to climb into the conference lead.

“As a team, as a whole, I look at that as a big step forward from our exhibition game,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “We got some guys who still got to pick it up and fortunately we have a couple games that we can still do that in before we get into the (16-team) playoffs.”

Read more via The Denver Post.

Complete results: Vail Berry Picker Trail Run

138 athletes of all ages took to Vail Mountain on Saturday morning for the annual Berry Picker Trail Run, a tough climb which takes up 2,000 vertical feet over 4.5 miles trail with an average grade of 14 percent.

The Berry Picker event was the fourth of seven races in the Vail Recreation District’s 2020 Dynafit Trail Running Series. The next race is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, the Dynafit Camp Hale Half Marathon presented by Vail Health. Registration for that and all events in the 2020 series is expected to be capped at 175 participants.

Berry Picker Trail Run complete results, Saturday, August 1, 2020

Male Overall
1 Andy Wacker 41:41
2 Jeff Cuno 43:59
3 Brian Folts 44:48

Female Overall
1 Janelle Lincks 46:41
2 Kim Dobson 46:44
3 Cecelia William 55:08

Male 19 & under
1 Cameron Wolfe 50:16
2 Max Gifford 52:19
3 Dimitri Grewal 54:54
4 Jason Macaluso 56:07
5 Treycen Eckman 1:01:27
6 Clay Whitton 1:01:40
7 Kendall Noble 1:12:52
8 Cooper Rippeth 1:16:23
9 Grady Rippeth 1:16:24
10 Oliver Patrick 1:29:29
11 Andrew Piper 1:37:58
12 Dominic Veloso 1:38:42

Female 19 & under
1 Amy Oconnell 56:54
2 Haley Brewster 58:41
3 Katy Jane Hardenbergh 1:03:26
4 Lindsey Whitton 1:08:16
5 Riza Pykkonen 1:12:27
6 Claire Chimileski 1:15:09
7 Ana Pacheco 1:15:14
8 Falyn Pykkonen 1:19:25
9 Sierra Johns 1:25:33

Male 20 To 29
1 Jeff Cuno 43:59
2 Nathaniel Badger 45:39
3 Logan Greydanus 46:28
4 Liam Meirow 48:51
5 Zachary Russell 51:12
6 Conor Wallace 52:09
7 Anders Sonnesyn 52:56
8 Joshua Braun 55:31
9 Matt Sonnesyn 57:03
10 Theley Sherpa 58:49
11 Dylan Leigh 1:00:45
12 Matt Ferris 1:10:00
13 Christian Shaltes 1:12:59
14 Jay Gloster 1:18:38

Female 20 To 29
1 Janelle Lincks 46:41
2 Cecelia William 55:08
3 Maura O’Brien 55:54
4 Alayna Sonnesyn 59:35
5 Zelzin Aketzalli Cedeno 1:01:46
6 Chase Rogowski 1:02:27
7 Letitia Fickling 1:09:56
8 Rachel Miller 1:09:56
9 Kaylie Pykkonen 1:16:41
10 Marissa Downing 1:20:00
11 Mary-Kate Litchfield 1:39:46
12 Grace Whittle 1:50:56
13 Danielle Leavitt 2:32:02

Male 30 To 39
1 Andy Wacker 41:41
2 Brian Folts 44:48
3 Geordie Bundock-Livingston 51:39
4 Jerrod Archuleta 56:40
5 Justin Moses 57:02
6 Kyle Wilcox 58:18
7 Dylan Hedges 59:53
8 Kevan Kozlowski 1:00:10
9 Jonathan Zeschin 1:03:35
10 Tom Ewert 1:05:31
11 Joel Huaman 1:09:24
12 Willie Stark 1:14:58
13 Kurt Brockman 1:22:33
14 Jeffrey Geller 1:23:55

Female 30 To 39
1 Kim Dobson 46:44
2 Monica Folts 55:29
3 Lenka Sterling 58:05
4 Courtney Knott 1:00:23
5 Sarah Hochtl 1:01:22
6 Jacquelyn Alvarez 1:11:31
7 Lindsey Fink 1:14:32
8 Kati Junkins 1:15:48
9 Kellie Shaltes 1:17:07
10 Jessica Gill 1:19:02
11 Samantha Cuno 1:26:09
12 Vonda Thomas 1:35:55
13 Denise Quezada 1:41:16

Male 40 To 49
1 Rick Gregory 53:55
2 Samuel Bennett 54:48
3 Peter Krzanowsky 55:33
4 Gerald Romero 55:40
5 Matthew Tonn 58:15
6 Cliff Franz 59:00
7 Leonardo Pacheco 1:01:43
8 Channing Vangoey 1:02:21
9 Matthew Sheronas 1:13:24
10 Timothy Meyer 1:15:49
11 Thierry Caruso 1:22:57
12 Rick Jay 1:25:18
13 Corey Franklin 1:25:41
14 Henry Schloss 1:28:43
15 Jonathan Silberg 1:30:49

Female 40 To 49
1 Erica Gunn 1:01:47
2 Brooke Kish 1:02:12
3 Kelle Franklin 1:18:48
4 Betsy Schloss 1:20:50
5 Valeria Alonso 1:22:54
6 Trista Francis 1:29:47
7 Kari Taylor-Romero 1:29:47
8 Tanya Rippeth 1:32:18
9 Jill Patrick 1:36:04
10 Carrie Lapin 1:43:24
11 Christina Miller 2:02:34
12 Emily Rommel 2:02:35

Male 50 To 59
1 Charlie Wertheim 54:25
2 Dan Nielsen 55:41
3 Matthew Johnson 1:01:13
4 Bob Jones 1:03:35
5 Ted Blankenship 1:05:05
6 Kavi Sachar 1:06:38
7 Matt Ross 1:07:31
8 Pete Brey 1:09:04
9 Francisco Meza 1:12:00
10 Gavin Richardson 1:12:06
11 David Adelman 1:13:35
12 Jarrett Davis 1:20:37
13 David Benjamin 1:23:28
14 Michael Peck 1:35:31
15 Robert Spell 1:57:54

Female 50 To 59
1 Katherine Aalto 1:11:36
2 Nancy Mires 1:16:57
3 Sue Bardsley 1:17:18
4 Nora Pykkonen 1:19:55
5 Veronica Whitney 1:24:26
6 Monica Lacroix 1:35:05

Male 60 To 69
1 Jim Telling 1:01:00
2 Paul Freeman 1:09:20
3 Brian Dunfey 1:15:21
4 Alex Slucky 1:21:16
5 Matt Leavitt 2:32:10

Female 60 To 69
1 Barbara Dolan 1:03:30
2 Terri Sommer 1:17:44
3 Maria Esteve De Murga 2:01:19
4 Judye Leavitt 2:27:55

Male 70 & Over
1 Nicholas Fickling 1:02:25
2 Michael Williamson 1:24:02
3 Doug Beagle 1:28:43
4 Marlin Smickley 2:01:18
5 Bill Moyle 2:08:43

Female 70 & Over
1 Bj Smith 1:45:20

Lindsey Vonn sells her Vail home, bids a fond farewell

Lindsey Vonn no longer has a home in Vail, but a big piece of her heart will always remain here.

Vonn placed a full-page ad in the Friday edition of the Vail Daily announcing the sale of her East Vail home.

Two years into retirement from World Cup competition, ski racing’s winningest woman last year announced her engagement to P.K. Subban, a defenseman with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

In the ad, Vonn states that Vail, and Ski Club Vail — now Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — were crucial to her success.

Lindsey Vonn thanks the Vail community with an ad she placed in Friday’s Vail Daily.

With the help of the club, Vonn wrote that she “developed the confidence and love for speed that helped me to win the Olympic downhill, 43 Downhill World Cup races, and finish my career with a total of 82 World Cup wins.”

When Vonn passed 63 World Cup wins, Vail Mountain’s International run was renamed Lindsey’s.

“It will always be the greatest gift I have ever received,” she wrote. “What makes it so special is that ‘Lindsey’s’ is not just mine, it can be shared and experienced by anyone brave enough to ski down it,” she wrote.

Vonn purchased her East Vail home in 2014. The 7,000 square-foot home was a source of pride, and she gave tours to various magazines.

The home was first put on the market in August of 2019, but was listed as belonging to Vonn that fall, with an asking price of $6 million.

Gil Fancher, the managing broker of Vail Real Estate Center, sold the home to Vonn, and was the listing broker for its sale.

Fancher said the home was on the market at its original price until February of this year, when the price was dropped to $5.2 million. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which further delayed the sale. The home recently sold for $4.8 million.

Fancher said the celebrity cachet of the home may have played “a little bit” of a role in its sale, adding that prospective buyers tended to be interested that Vonn owned it.

While Vonn no longer owns a home in Vail, she wrote that “This is not goodbye for good.”

“Although Vail won’t be my full-time residence it is still home for some of my family and will always be my home-town.”

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at smiller@vaildaily.com.

Complete results: Vail Lost Lake Loop mountain bike race

The annual Lost Lake mountain biking race, hosted by the Vail Recreation District, attracted 175 riders to Vail on Wednesday. The total number of entrants was capped at 175 due to local pandemic restrictions.

The men’s pro field attracted a large showing again this week, with TorbjøRn RøEd of Asker, Norway, a member of the Colorado Mesa Cycling Team, edging out local pro Josiah Middaugh for the fastest time on the day. The women’s pro division also attracted top-tier competition with four-time national champion Erin Huck visiting from Boulder and topping second-place Clara Honsinger of Corvalis, Oregon.

Complete results:
Men’s Beginner
1 Andrew Lombardi 42:30
2 Josh Thies 44:57
3 Kevin Christian 47:48
4 Ivo Ivanov 51:54
5 Brady McBride 55:16
6 Garrett Lodewyck 1:00:50

Women’s Beginner
1 Kayla Carlson 1:22:05

Men’s Grandmaster 50+
1 Stephen Elzinga 1:16:12
2 Craig Chester 1:25:39
3 Sean Obrien 1:29:50
4 T Walters 1:30:36
5 Mark Hallenbeck 1:42:47

Men’s Super Grandmaster 60+
1 Robert Stanley 1:14:30
2 Russell Asleson 1:17:19
3 Philippe Courtois 1:31:23
4 Greg McKennis 1:40:28
5 Peter Clarke 1:41:57

Women’s Vet Sport 30+
1 Molly Gamble 1:26:27
2 Stephanie Lewis 1:27:53

Women’s Masters Sport 40+
1 Nancy Mires 1:41:28
2 Colleen Gaspard 1:42:40

Men’s Vet Sport 30+
1 Michael Morgan 1:11:05
2 Miles Henson 1:16:44
3 Paul Datsko 1:17:48

Men’s Masters Sport 40+
1 Mike Earl 1:18:34
2 Randy Tuggle 1:18:59
3 Adam Kowalski 1:19:54
4 Hans Lutgring 1:20:27
5 Matt Marshall 1:31:04
6 Christoper Ponder 1:41:29

Men’s Sport
1 Beckett McVoy 1:07:28
2 Sterling Schrader 1:07:49
3 Reiner Schmidt 1:09:52
4 Porter Middaugh 1:10:44
5 Vlad Shambarger 1:12:45
6 James Kirschner 1:15:28
7 Ben Suttor 1:16:17
8 Matas Katieb 1:22:03
9 Hayden Krueger 1:27:19
10 Brody Cyr 1:29:52
11 Rodrigo Braun 1:47:01

Women’s Sport
1 Chloe Lutgring 1:26:26
2 Heidi Kloser 1:27:16
3 Isabel Glackin 1:34:46
4 Avery Forstl 1:39:43
5 Reece May 1:41:19
6 Eva Skiba 1:50:14

Men’s Single Speed
1 Mark Nesline 1:29:38
2 Marty Golembiewski 1:38:13

Men’s Clydesdale
1 Kevan Dee 1:30:13
2 Mitchell Plath 1:33:04
3 David Hawkins 1:54:50

Men’s Expert
1 Sullivan Middaugh 1:15:38
2 Magnus White 1:20:06
3 Ethan Fitzcharles 1:20:07
4 Landen Stovall 1:20:52
5 Cole Weathers 1:24:00
6 Kris Ochs 1:24:01
7 Garret Moehring 1:24:29
8 Aiden Swift 1:25:48
9 Ethan Elzinga 1:53:04

Women’s Expert
1 Lauren Aggeler 1:21:08
2 Zosia Skiba 1:28:22
3 Jennie Thorne 1:41:12
4 Raven Powers 1:46:33

Men’s Vet Expert 30+
1 Jeff Cheever 1:24:03
2 Scott McCorvey 1:24:38
3 Marshall Troutner 1:25:56
4 Michael Sherven 1:26:27
5 Maxwell Jordan 1:33:42
6 Ryan Simmons 1:38:21

Men’s Masters Expert 40+
1 Felipe Cantero 1:19:29
2 Matt Davies 1:19:32
3 Brandon Dyksterhouse 1:25:38
4 Jason Reynolds 1:27:10
5 Henry Reed 1:27:22
6 Brett Donelson 1:27:35
7 Kevin Roop 1:27:58
8 Samuel Bennett 1:28:07
9 Mike Glass 1:33:22
10 Chris Munro 1:34:35
11 Michael White 1:35:34
12 Battista Psenda 1:38:08

Women’s Masters Expert 40+
1 Pavan Krueger 1:29:07

Men’s Grandmaster Expert 50+
1 Peter Davis 1:29:05
2 Mike Trueblood 1:33:43
3 Brian Hludzinski 1:35:55
4 Charles Brown 1:42:19
5 Dan Millerbrown 1:54:45

Men’s Pro Elite
1 TorbjøRn RøEd 1:07:29
2 Josiah Middaugh 1:07:35
3 Lasse Konecny 1:09:35
4 Taylor Shelden 1:10:02
5 Aidan Duffy 1:11:48
6 Sam Brown 1:13:41
7 Oliver Boyd 1:14:19
8 Andrew Clemence 1:16:03
9 Wren Powers 1:20:25
10 Nicholas Konecny 1:20:25
11 David Sanders 1:22:09
12 Lance Abshire 1:22:42
13 Chad Kittles 1:24:45
14 Erik Novy 1:34:49
15 Emmet Culp 1:45:21

Women’s Pro Elite
1 Erin Huck 1:18:52
2 Clara Honsinger 1:19:05
3 Alexis Skarda 1:22:10
4 Madigan Munro 1:23:19
5 Gwendalyn Gibson 1:30:25
6 Michaela Thompson 1:30:33
7 Alexis Bobbitt 1:31:54
8 Chloe Fraser 1:34:45
9 Lauren Lackman 1:40:20
10 Isabella Sargent 1:40:22
11 Amanda Felder 1:44:30

Stay Fly: 6 tips to preserve trout life in local rivers during warmer water temps

Sixty-eight degrees. That’s the temperature that all anglers who target trout need to be looking out for. This is the temperature when trout become stressed and can easily be killed if hooked and fought on a line. It’s hard for people to not go out and fish when the weather is so nice, but if you want to preserve the resource and the fish that provide so much joy, then it’ll be easy for you to forgo your next afternoon trip down to the river.

Trout are a very sensitive fish. They need clean, cold water with an abundance of insect life, places to hide from predators and spots with gravel to lay eggs. The local rivers usually provide all of these necessities, however this year the cold water is lacking.

The average snowfall from last winter coupled with the early and persistent heat has warmed the shallow rivers to a point where fish are struggling to survive in the afternoon heat. Warmer water has less oxygen, which means the fish are not getting the adequate supply. This oxygen depleted water stresses the fish.

When anglers hook a stressed fish in the afternoon, they are taking away the already low amount of oxygen in the course of the fight. Even with properly practicing “catch and release techniques,” these fish can’t get the oxygen back into their systems when the water is warm and most likely will perish.

What can you do?

There are several things you can do to help. Many of the local fly shops and outfitters have already begun to limit their time on the water. Guided trips are leaving the shops much earlier and only going on half-day trips. This is to ensure that these trips are off the water before the afternoon heat.

Here are six recommendations for any angler that wants to preserve the trout life in our local rivers for years to come:

1. Fish early and be done early

The fishing is great early in the morning when the bug life is popping and the water is nice and cool. As the day progresses and the air temperature rises, so does the water temps. The afternoon is when we are seeing a steady rise in the river temperatures. Try to wrap up your day on the water in the early afternoon and encourage your friends to do the same.

2. Carry and use a thermometer

This is the best way to actively monitor the temperatures. After 10 o’clock in the morning, it’s important to start taking temperature readings to ensure that you are fishing when the temperatures are ideal for the fish. Set a timer on your phone for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, take a couple minutes to get a new reading. If the temperature is rising and getting close to the 68 degree mark, then start packing up your gear and call it a day.

3. Less fish handling

This should be an easy one. You don’t need to touch every fish. If you are practicing catch and release techniques, then you are already pinching the barbs or using barbless hooks. Hooks without barbs are effortless to remove from a fish’s lip and can be done in the net without removing the fish from the water.

4. Leave the camera in your pocket

You don’t need to take a picture of every fish you catch. I’m sure most of your social media feeds are overflowing with grip and grin fish pics — mine is. What’s cooler than posting that new profile picture of you holding a 14-inch stocked rainbow? Keeping them alive.

5. Go explore our high country

These high country lakes and streams are much colder than the rivers and creeks in the low lying valley. The air temp is much more comfortable as well. These high country lakes take a little work to get to, but the rewards can be amazing. Most fish inhabiting these streams and lakes are very happy to take dry flies without a question. There are numerous small creeks and mountain lakes surrounding the Vail Valley. Come by the shop and we’ll get you dialed in for what’s working in our hidden fisheries.

6. Pray for rain

In the winter, we have our superstitions about what works to get the snow for our mountains. Some of us pray, some flush ice cubes down the toilet, some do a “snow dance” — I personally throw a current season’s trail map in the freezer. We need to start doing some praying or dancing or anything else that may bring some moisture to our extremely dry valley.

Give these fish a break

As most of you know, this summer has already been a very hot one with no respite in sight. If you are an angler that loves his or her local rivers, then you should do your best to keep our amazing resource healthy.

We need to remind ourselves that we are very fortunate to have such a world class fishery in our backyard. If your friend asks you to go fish in the afternoon, politely educate that friend and pass along some knowledge. Not only will you be doing a great thing for our fish, you will look like you’re a pro angler.

Give these fish a break, they deserve it.

Ray Kyle is the guide service coordinator and a guide at Vail Valley Anglers. He can be reached at 970-926-0900 or rkyle@vailvalleyanglers.com.

Vail Lost Lake bike race registration fills; Berry Picker run still open

VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s Lost Lake race, originally scheduled for July 22 but postponed to Wednesday due to weather, is officially full.

The mountain biking race has been capped off at 175 entrants due to local pandemic restrictions. Bikers will depart in waves before taking to the single track trails north of Vail.

The Vail Recreation District’s most recent town series race, a trail running event on Vail Mountain July 18, also filled up its registration, making it two sold out events in a row for the local organizers.

Beth Pappas with the recreation district said races have been especially popular, especially in the professional category of racers, which saw more than double the participation from last year at the district’s Edwards race on July 8.

The Lost Lake race takes riders up Vail’s North Trail system to the Son of Middle Creek Trail, where they eventually meet up with the Lost Lake trail in the Red Sandstone Road area of the White River National Forest.

Berry Picker race is Saturday

Following Lost Lake, the recreation district plans to host the Berry Picker trail run on Vail Mountain on Saturday.

The Berry Picker race will begin at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village and ends at Mid-Vail at the top of Gondola One. The track takes runners up 4.5 miles of trail running with an average grade of 14%.

There will be no gondola access for spectators for the Berry Picker this year, however racers will be able to download on the gondola to the racer expo area. Race starts will be divided into waves, according to racer age categories, with the first wave beginning at 7 a.m.

The Berry Picker race will also cap off entrants at 175. To register, visit vailrec.com.