Risers4Rett Spring event – Get-away for a great cause!

We just finished the inaugural Risers4Rett spring event from April 28th to 30th, a two day float fishing and wade fishing event down the Gunnison River. The funds raised benefit the Rocky Mountain Rett Association. After three successful fall events in Basalt Colorado, The Risers4Rett committee decided to organize an annual spring event since spring fishing can be such a different experience with all those hungry fish eager to eat just about anything that floats by.

10 teams of two people participated, and an additional six committee members provided organization and support for this smaller event, which was held in Almont Colorado. The participants stayed at the Almont Resort located at the confluence of the East River and the Taylor River, which form the mighty Gunnison! The entry fee covered all lodging, food and beverages, as well as guided fishing, complimentary fishing gear and auction items as well as a raffle.

The event was kicked off on Thursday evening with an informal dinner and an introduction about Rett syndrome and the Rocky Mountain Rett Association, for those who are new to the charity. Discussion about the best fishing spots started and names were pulled from a hat to determine who would fish in drift boats, and who would be part of the wade-fishing groups for Friday. To give everyone an equal opportunity those groups were switched on Saturday. The participants were greeted Friday morning by waking up to snow blanketing the landscape. It created a beautiful, surreal experience with the entire area being covered with five inches of snow. The air temperature was surprisingly not too cold, and warmed up nicely throughout the day. The fishing was great!

That night after dinner and some camaraderie Tim Moore and Ed Kammerer both talked about some of the challenges and issues facing those directly affected by Rett. There was a silent auction as well Friday night, which featured fish-related services, trips and high quality gear.

The fishing continued Saturday and all teams worked hard to win the best catch of the day. Saturday night was dinner, the awards ceremony, and a card game to raise some extra money for the charity. The award for most fish caught went to Ed Kammerer and Jeff Clonts who, together, caught over fifty fish! The big fish award went to Rick Muntean with a 24” Rainbow caught on the Taylor River.

“It was a thrill to catch such a big, colorful fish, especially knowing the whole event was raising money for a great charity.” – Rick Muntean

Overall it was a successful event with over $3,300 raised to support the Rett Clinic at the Children’s Hospital.

We really want to thank the sponsors that helped make this event a fun experience and a great success: Gunnison River Guides for providing guides and overall support; the Almont Resort for being a great host location, providing good food and lodging; the Three Rivers Resort for providing guides and overall support, and Harmel’s Ranch Resort for allowing us access to some of the best private fishing in the country. A big “thank you” also goes out to Fishpond, which donated fishing nets and gear for the participant’s welcome bags, and the silent auction.

Join us in Redstone Colorado, September 22nd through the 25th for our upcoming 4th annual fall Risers4Rett event. We will fish the Frying Pan, the Roaring Fork and the Colorado rivers for this event over two days of fantastic scenery, socializing and relaxing in the natural hot springs at the Avalanche Ranch in Redstone, CO. Some teams have already signed up and space is limited, so hurry up! More info on the Risers4Rett website. Email info@Risers4Rett.org to be part of this fun event and help a great cause.

Thank you to Chris Laplante Photograpy and Sandi Koiro for taking fabulous pictures!