July and August so far had been a busy time for the team here at Sacred Waters CO. Sorry I have not been able to write much lately but it’s been busy busy. Who’d of thought managing a retail sporting goods store & outfitter, working with four charities and the ramping up of Sacred Waters would be so time consuming?
First off I would like to Thank all our Charter Donor Members who have made this Dream a Reality. Many of their photos and adventures on Sacred Waters Co's Conservation Waters were on the Slideshow at the top on this Blog Post. Without YOU and your generosity None of this would be possible. Thank You .....
(Sorry if I missed some photos everyone has waterproof cameras & smartphone nowadays didn't have everyone's photo on hand.)
Meet our Founding Donors:
Doug Dragoo Chairman of Mayfly Outdoors owners of Abel Reels, Ross Reels, and Charlton Reels. Longtime Donor, Friend and Client. Special Thanks for the Custom Sacred Water’s Signature Abel Reels and all of your Donations of Ross Reels for our Veterans Events over the years.
Greg Wambolt of Wambolt Wealth Financial Planners and Fly of the Month Club. Donor and Client. Special Thanks for being a part Sacred Water’s Financial Planning Team.
Randy Cottingham of Texas & Pagosa Springs, CO. Donor and Regular Fishing Client.
“Joe, I want to take this moment to tell you how much I appreciate your passion for your sport as well as for giving back to veterans. As is so often the case, those who don't have the most resources are oftentimes the ones willing to give what they do have away in order to serve a worthy cause; I am sure that is something from your upbringing coming out in you. I admire your persistence and to be quite honest, see my joining your organization really as an investment in a young man more than fishing or veterans. I hope you are encouraged by the knowledge that I believe in you and am thankful to have the opportunity to help you take your next step in your developing career in resource management. Take care.” - Thanks, Randy
Curt Grindal of Pagosa Springs, CO. Donor and Longtime Regular Fishing Client.
“I believe in you and your vision, I'm looking forward to 'being on the team” - Curt
Greg Burroughs Donor, friend, client, longtime Supporter & Volunteer of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and Patriot Anglers of North Texas from Pagosa Springs, CO
“I would love to be a part of this!”
Dr. Greg Evans of Texas, a Veteran of Foreign Wars,longtime Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Member/Participate and Member/Participate of Patriot Anglers of North Texas.
Skip Tangner, of Oklahoma. Donor, regular fishing client, and hardcore fly angler
Dave Nordstrom of Pagosa Springs, CO. Donor, and longtime regular fishing client.
“This looks like a great project and a great idea. I believe that Joe Eichelberger is a good honest guy, and you’re truly trying to do something good for all, fishes, vets, kids, and landowners.” - Nordy
Dr. Edward “Joey” Artnak of Austin Texas. Donor, friend, and regular fishing client.
"This sounds like a wonderful plan of action and I am so glad that you are doing something great to keep the fisheries alive and healthy. I just donated to your organization. Thank you so much Joe! I can't tell you what it means to have a friend of your caliber to help us make an annual fishing trip possible....I can promise you that once I get financially set in my life, I will be bringing everyone to you and guaranteed yearly members!!!” - Joey
Mirrel Kephart long term donor, friend, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Retired Marine, Host & Volunteer of PHWFF & Patriot Anglers of North Texas Events of Pagosa Springs, CO.
“Joe, Great job. Sorry I can't give more right now. Hope it helps.”- Mirrel
John Bearrie Vietnam Veteran, donor, friend, and longtime regular fishing client.
What’s been happening with Sacred Waters the last few weeks:
Those of you who may not be in the area or been watching our weather daily, July had started hot and dry with everything becoming more fishable daily as runoff snow melt season tapered off. Then the Monsoon Season began towards the end of the first week of July and first week of August had been extremely rainy with most streams in our area blowing out high and muddy every few days.
We are fortunate enough to have a variety of different waters available to get some guiding done though in that time-frame. I am extremely grateful too, to get a lot of children and women on my retail trips this July as well as a few Veterans and Sacred Waters Donor Trips out in July and early August so far. Photos and reports from trips have been posted on our Sacred Waters Facebook and Sacred Waters Instagram Pages regularly please check them out by clicking the links above. The weather and waters are calming down and stabilizing more daily fishing should only get better daily everywhere. But, remember we have plenty enough waters between Sacred Waters Conservation Waters and our partner retail businesses that there’s always something to fish around here daily/year round. Please call (970)444-2187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for most detailed up to date conditions and fishing reports.
All Donor Fishing Members should have received a Private Login Link via email to set-up login & password to the Private Pages and Calendar. Please contact us if you had not received that email or need help logging in or booking a Guided Fishing Day. Thanks
Special Thanks to Jim Easley and John Hudson Winners of the Archuleta Vets 4 Vets Golf Tournament Auction of a Free Guided Trip with me on the EFR on July 18th. Fun Times! Thank You for your Support of our local Veterans.
Congratulations to our Archuleta County 4H Kids for all your hard work on your County and State Fair Exhibits and Ribbons. Thank you Archuleta County 4H for letting me Judge the Exhibits for so many years and your support of our local youth.
Exciting News and things in the works at Sacred Waters:
This is all only possible because of Donors like you and the Sacred Waters Mission.
Additional Discounted Lodging Opportunities for our donor members, volunteers, and event participates. We are in process of securing up to 3 Lodgers with Private Fishing Access before the end of 2017 season or by 2018 season. (As we continue to fulfill our Financial Goals & Mission which will benefit All Donor Levels, volunteers, & event participates.)
As well as up to 5-6 Additional Conservation Waters/Ranches also may become available before the end of 2017 season or by 2018 season. (As we continue to fulfill our Financial Goals & Mission which will benefits All Donor Levels, volunteers, event participates, and the local environments/fisheries.)
Latest upcoming event:
The Veterans Memorial Park of Archuleta County Golf Outing on Saturday August 26th 2017 from 9am-2pm. Sacred Waters will be Sponsoring a Tee Box for Event. As well as Donating Another Free Two Person Full Day Guided Fly Fishing Trip on one of our Conservation Waters for the Auction a Value of: $1500.00 Come on by and have some Fun, while supporting a great cause. Details click here: Veterans Memorial Park Golf Outing 2017
We at Sacred Waters CO are in support of Petitioning Colorado Parks & Wildlife and 1 other
Prohibition of Bowfishing for Nothern Pike in Colorado
Click Here to Sign Petition & Donate: Colorado Pike and Trophy Sportfish Coalition
You will notice some more details on the Conservation Waters Page. I had added more description of our conservation waters/ranches. I recently added descriptions of Physical/Wading Ability Levels and Angler Experience/Ability Level recommendations per Ranch &/or sections of Ranch. Also added Real-Time Water Flows & Weather Forecasts Links per Conservation Water/Ranch.
(Please keep in mind if planning a trip the average recommended flows, if you click on the real-time stream flow gauge and see a drastic spike/rise in flows on EFR or Webers even if it is within recommended range the water may get murky to muddy. Not much of a factor on Pick Bar. Please call or email for most up to date conditions.)
Newest Partner Organizations: Please check them out and show your Support to those we support and support Sacred Waters CO & Our Mission. Thank You.
EA on the Web
EA on Facebook
EA on Instagram
Colorado Pike and Trophy Sportfish Coalition
CO Pike & Trophy Sportfish on Facebook
and petition on change.org
In Addition we should have Our Non-Profit and Testimonials Webpages Finished Soon, so look forward to that on Sacred Waters CO Website Soon.
Thank You, Tight Lines;
President of Sacred Waters CO.
Professional Angler, Custom Fly Tyer/Designer
Freelance Outdoors Writer, Photographer, & Fisheries Consultant
Sacred Waters CO
135 Country Center Dr F 166
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
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Our President Joseph Eichelberger, with 20 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 2008.