Collin Metscher is the president of the fly fishing club at Colorado State University. He demonstrated excellent leadership during the fall 2018 semester and was selected as one of the top five Costa ambassadors.
What is your major? Business Administration with Concentrations in Organization & Innovation Management and Marketing.
Expected graduation date: May 2019
Plans for after graduation: Working at NIMBL, a technology consulting firm in Denver, CO.
How long have you been fly fishing?
I’ve been fly fishing about as long as I can remember. I upgraded from a worm and bobber some time in elementary school. My dad would take me camping or on work trips to Steamboat Springs, CO so I could practice!
Can you describe the fishing scene in your area?
Colorado has a very diverse range of fly fishing opportunities. In the winter, tail waters are the only place to be (break out the size 22s and 6x). In the summer, I love to explore more remote streams and alpine lakes.
Most memorable fish you’ve caught on a fly rod?
My personal favorite was a beautiful cut-bow I caught on the Yellowstone River inside the park. Our timing was perfect to catch the salmon fly hatch. Watching this fish take a dumb-looking orange chunk of foam was astonishing and exciting all at the same time.
When was your club started, and when did you assume a leadership role?
The CSU club was founded by Jacob Pitt in the fall of 2014. I ran for social media chair in the spring of 2015, then was elected Vice President, and now serve as the President. Being involved in the club leadership has expanded my knowledge and appreciation for the sport – and my admiration for the volunteers in TU and other organizations that do this their whole lives!
How many members are in your club?
We broke our club record – we now have over 100 dues paying members!
How often do you meet, and what does a typical meeting look like?
We meet every other week. We typically have a guest speaker or show a fly fishing film after we talk about upcoming trips & events. Some of our favorite guests have included Jay Johnson (from Geobass and Pig Farm Ink), local guides from St. Pete’s fly shop, and the local TU chapter president!
What are some conservation projects that your club has gotten involved with?
We’ve worked mostly with the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. They focus on revegetation work to rebuild river banks. One of our local fisheries, the Big Thompson, had major floods a few years ago, so there’s a lot of work to be done there!
Thanks for all your hard work, Collin, and congratulations on a great semester!