September 2012 Archives

Another super-successful Grandparents Day celebration is over.

This year almost 270 Grand Family members attended for the Grand Families’ picnic at Daddy J’s, (which is SO appropriate, since Maurice had a large and very special place in his heart for children who struggle.)

For those who don’t know this organization, it is a support group begun by the Namaqua Center, ten years ago, for grandparents who have stepped up and are raising their grandchildren. Many of the biological parents of these children have become meth, or other kinds of addicts and alcoholics, have become abusive, are in jailor have died.

Most of these children have been traumatized repeatedly. They have been abused, neglected, abandoned and exploited. They are not easy children to raise. They range in age from 2 years through adolescence.


The number of grandchildren being raised by one or more of these grand parents ranges from one to five. The grandparents provide them with love, safety and stability, often at great cost to themselves, their financial well-being, and their own dreams. I have never heard anyone of them complain!

Read more on Grandparents Day 2012…

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Anglers and Guide Randy Hicks for this report:

“Al Ritt’s fighting craw was good out of boats with sink tips all day. Trail it with a damsel nymph.  Hopper dropper was good with chironomids and damsel nymphs underneath. Fish were cruising close til about 10 am, then moved farther out. Beetle was best dry fly. Hoppers took a few, but only on the twitch warriors, blue poison tungs. River fished great.


A Young Happy Angler on Mother Lake

Mother Lake was good from shore early, weedy in some areas. Looks like some fish are pre-spawn in some sections. Try moorish hopper from idylwilde, with black or red chironomids below. Fished Mother Lake til noon then hit the river. River was best with RS2s; rainbow warriors on the lake.”

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Holiday parties are a great way to celebrate and reconnect on a personal level with staff and their families…we’ve been hosting holiday parties for over 60 years, and have recently introduced a variety of fun activities for to enhance your holiday party experience:

  • Holiday campfire, with S’more and hot chocolate- nothing says “cozy” more then sitting around a campfire enjoying yummy s’mores and hot chocolate.
  • Horse drawn wagon ride- Belgian draught horses and sleigh bells make this a holiday favorite
  • Tractor-drawn hayride- a slow and easy ride along the foothills trail
  • Christmas caroling and singalongs a songfest of classics carols accompanied by piano or guitar…it’s not fancy, but it will warm your heart
  • Cowboy entertainment, singing and lots of laughter- Cowboy Jake is the funniest gunslinger around…the real deal
  • Cowboy Santa Claus- it’s the Jolly old elf himself…don’t forget your wish list
  • Face Painting for the kids -Santa’s elves bring their own brand of fun
  • Caricatures- sure it’s goofy, but a great ice-breaker too
  • Holiday Hoedown-all your dance favorites- line dancing, square dancing, two-step and Cotton Eyed Joe!
  • Holiday Karoke- here’s your chance to belt out your favorite holiday (or other) tune to the whole company… go for it!
  • Holiday Photos- add your company background or choose from different backgrounds…no charge for posing or making fun faces with the boss.
  • Holiday Crafts- create your own old-fashioned wooden Christmas ornament…we’ll supply all the materials, you supply the creativity

 We offer a choice of party rooms, tasty brunch, lunch and dinner menus and bar service featuring fine wines and Colorado brews.  Plus 50% savings off your party room rate!

If you’re unsure about your holiday party plans, give us a call or email…we’d love to help.  Cheers!


Mother Lake, 2-5pm.

On arrival, it’s clear that the Callibaetis are on big time. Bunches of male Speckle Wings were bouncing on the NW (leeward) bank. That day’s hatch must have happened earlier and there were very few risers. On the other hand, fish readily took Pandemic Callibaetis nymphs and Flashback Pheasant Tails in the lower half of the water column all afternoon. However, most productive patterns were Autumn Splendors (take the yellow legs off), and brown Meatwhistles, moving low and slow. Faster retrieves also inspired a few fish, particularly after an initial “bump.”

After 4pm, fish rose regularly to very small midges in the film and on top. Those of you who can handle #22 and 6X with 20+inch fish will have a great time. Happy Landings! ~ Wallace

More photos from the trip, plus contact info, Wallace’s Fish Acquisitions website.


Retreat guest, Michelle, with one of her big trouts and big smiles!

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It’s Not Too Late!

Make plans to attend Sylvan Dale’s "Timeless Romance" Fall Bridal Show, this Sunday, September 30th from noon until three.

Sunday’s free bridal show is your best opportunity to meet our wedding coordinators and meet with local wedding vendors and wedding services providers while exploring the surrounding beauty of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. And you’ll get to experience Sylvan Dale during the beautiful Fall season! Autumn at the ranch is filled with spectacular color accompanied by refreshing mountain breezes.


Autumn Wedding Ceremony by the Heart-J Pond.

Admission to the bridal show is completely free so come on out, and bring your family and friends for a fun time at the ranch.

Read more on ‘Fall in Love’ at Sylvan Dale’s Free Bridal Show…

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