Sacred Waters CO.: 2018 Membership/Donation Drive 2018 & C.A.R.E. Report
Spring has Sprung and Summer is right around the corner here at Sacred Waters CO
Our second year is here, and more than ever our CARE (Conservation, Advocacy, Rehabilitation, Education) mission is paramount. In order to execute another great year we have restructured our organisations and donation tiers.
Bronze Level Package $150.00 or more will receive a yearly/annual membership to Sacred Waters CO Inc. Club and will have access to Guided Fly fishing trips on Bronze Level Ranches/Waters and Public Waters with a daily guide fee at standard fair market rates.
Silver Package Level $3500 or more has 4 ranches and any bronze level waters, 3 donor fishing days, 1 donor float or an extra fishing day. One complimentary guest fee minus the conservation fee of $150 any other guest days will be priced with the discounted guide rate. And New Waters/Ranches becoming available for 2018.
Gold Package Level $5500.00 or more As of today will have access to a total of 6 Private Ranches and 4 Public Waters, which equals around 20 days of fishing without ever seeing the same piece of water twice. This helps us to equally distribute fishing/guiding pressure. At present Gold Level benefits this would equal about 3 years of fishing completely different waters each time. With negotiations currently in the works for even more private waters/ranches we will only be able to offer more and complete even more of our CARE Mission.
Platinum/Corporate Level $10,000.00 or more. 10 guided days of fishing, 1 complimentary guest minis $150 conservation fee. Guest fishermen fee is $75 less than Gold. Allowed a total of 3 guest per day. A custom Sacred Waters Abel Reel along with swag has stayed the same, other than with us growing and being able to obtain even more Conservation Waters/Ranches. Platinum Donors as of today will have access to a total of 7 Private Ranches and 4 Public Waters, which equals about 30+ days of fishing without ever seeing the same piece of water twice that equals about 3+ years of fishing with our present locations and even more as we grow at the Platinum level.
The CARE Report
In order to keep you up to date with what’s happening in Sacred Waters, we introduce The CARE Report. This is designed to be a clear and condensed report for you our members.
Through the generous donations of all our members we have been able to limit the fishing pressure on all our ranches. This has ultimately allowed us to see signs of a healthy developing habitat for the fish. Their undisturbed spawning areas are allowing for the best possible conditions given the worrisome weather & water conditions of Southwestern Colorado.
In the last year we have begun to address better management of our local publicly accessible fisheries as things change here locally such as expanding tourist populations and new resident population. We have also started the process to discuss locally; water/irrigation rights issues, overfishing pressure, mismanagement of put & take/catch and kill attitudes.
As we continue to negotiate new waters, we have studied the waters we do have which has allowed us to start developing plans to improve these fisheries ecosystem. We hope to soon have a fisheries biologist, a stream restoration specialist join our team.
Every person we have guided in the last year has been taught the ethical practices on the water. We have also had the privilege to educate and introduce the sport of fishing to wounded Veterans, through various organizations such as Patriot Anglers and Project Healing Waters. As well as disabled children through the Archuleta School Districts Special Needs Program.
I am sorry for the silence for most of the Winter Season to be totally honest myself and our board members had been extremely busy on a restructuring project of Sacred Waters CO Inc. and the creation of the Sacred Waters Charity Foundation, but also fairly depressed as many of you may have noticed we have had a very mild, warm, dry Winter Season. Which limited are ability to guide or personally fish hardly any fishing trips from about December 2017 to about mid-March 2018 and still effectively follow our Mission. These factors had us here at Sacred Waters CO. extremely stressed because we do hold higher standards than most Outfitters and our greatest donor benefits of guided fishing trips to raise funds for our Charities and Mission Goals may not of been possible if we did not receive the much needed snowpack to keep our rivers, full and cool through the 2018 season. But also the double edged sword situation of 2018 is this could be the most crucial year ever for Sacred Waters to exist to protect, preserve, and enhance our fisheries. Admits all this unpredictable and uncontrollable weather concerns, we had way too many horribly tragic events and losses starting 2018. With just a few last administrative details to be finished up and plans to launch the 2018 Season by the end of March 2018 just in time to start guiding primetime ice out season, the tragic hits kept coming. We are a small town and tight knit community here and are all connect in some form or fashion. Some of you know somethings about our community and all this and some of you may have seen or heard about the tragic events that conspired throughout the beginning of 2018 I'm not going to get into this too much here but please feel free to visit the Pagosa Sun Newspaper for details.
But, February did come in with great winter weather and continue to snow the majority of our total snowpack throughout the month really boosting everyone's spirits as did March, April, and May with much needed snow & rain. March, April, and beginning of May were great fishing and we were completing last minute administrative work with all our newest projects and changes, the weather was wetter and fishing was excellent giving us much more future water and optimism. Our rivers started to ice out and open up to fishable conditions and as we scouted out our newly opening waters we found awesome fishing and no real loss of fishes.
Even though 2017 ended and 2018 started fairly strange and honestly a little scary. We are still here and have some New Changes and a positive optimistic outlook on the future of Sacred Waters and our local fisheries. After much work by our Board and Financial Planning Group over the Winter & Spring, we have restructured Sacred Waters CO Inc. and added the Sacred Waters Charity Foundation and working on a New Scholarship Fund. For more details on all the changes and latest happenings at Sacred Waters CO keep an eye on we will be adding Blog Posts as frequently as possible explaining in more details.
Thank You, Tight Lines;
Our President Joseph Eichelberger, with 19 years of guiding experience and a long family heritage of responsible outdoorsmanship, brings a unique perspective to our blog as he promotes fishing conservation and education in Pagosa Springs, CO where he's lived since 2009.