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Fisheries Restoration, Enhancement and Management Portfolio

Gunnison County

Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement Gunnison County

Big Blue Creek is a wild Brook Trout fishery that starts its journey deep in the San Juan Mountains, at the base of Uncompahgre Peak, and flows north into the Gunnison River just downstream of Blue Mesa Reservoir. The 2-plus miles of creek flowing through the project area is really a tale of two streams.

The upper half wild and rolling, the lower half much more subdued and typical of a mountain meadow stream. Both halves, while having unique limitations of their own, suffered from a common and overwhelming lack of instream habitat along with severe access constraints.

Several months of extensive bed-form maniuplation, point bar establishment, and structure implementation yielded stunning results. Accompanied by the creation of an extensive trail and beat system, this exceptional fishery now offers a world class angling experience.

Larimer County

Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement, Larimer County -

Although Sheep Creek is on the smaller side of typical fishieries projects, it was hugely rewarding and the amenety unparalleled for light line angling.

With the initial visit, we knew this little fishery had the potential to be an excellent mountain retreat. Typical of small mountain streams, this Brook Trout fishery lacked quality low flow and over-wintering habitats. Additionally, access was extremely difficult with dog-hair timber stands and willow hedgerows lining the banks.

To gain access, a strategic and thorough thinning operation was conducted and included an atv trail, fishing beats and even picnic areas. Following the access creation, CFI utilized extensive bed-form development and structure placement to ensure a productive habitat would be available throughout the year.

Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement, Platte County -

Situated south-west of Wheatland on Sybille Creek, this ongoing stream and pond project has all of the amenities that an angler could hope for. Traditionally managed as an agricultural property, the creek was inaccessable due to the dense and overgrown willow community lining the banks.

Also as is often the case with streams in transition from the mountains to the plains, sparse fish habitat was a major limiting factor for what was otherwise an ideal fishery. A comprehensive thinning effort and considerable machine operation allowed the stream to rise to its full potential as a five star fishery.

The creation of a two acre pond, complete with headwall, flow control structures and in-pond habitats added the cherry on top of this immaculate property.

Platte County

Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement, Gunnison County -
Posessing incredible potential, the primary limiting factor for this fishery was the lack of diverse habitats including high and low water refuge. This reach was also previously channeled which discouraged sinuosity, flooded riffle zones and drastically impacted macroinvertebrate populations.

As part of the overall plan, CFI reintroduced sinuosity at key points, implemented structures that provided refuge for all seasons and increased riffle areas to support excellent fish populations.

Gunnsion County
Critical Habitat Restoration and Amenity Development - Garfield County, Colorado

Critical Habitat Restoration and Amenity Development, Garfield County - Previously considered one of Colorado's finest western slope Elk, Deer and Turkey hunting destinations. Ranch management wanted to increase the recreational capacity of the ranch.

Following a CFI fisheries feasibility study, it was concluded that there was approximately five miles of native Colorado River Cutthroat habitat and over 9 acres of off-channel ponds that could be developed and incorporated into the ranches already attractive western recreational destination identity. After four quarters of CFI data collection and design, CFI's design implementation produced a restored watershed capable of supporting one of Colorado's threatened treasures, the Colorado River Cutthroat.

Spring Creek Design and Development, Routt County -
CFI was contracted to increase angling opportunities along an undeveloped off-channel braid of the Elk River of in Routt County. CFI's goal of utilizing existing salmonid resources from the adjacent productive fishery will provide additional recreation year round on this already magnificent ranch.

This stream has a controlled continuous flow of up to 15 cfs and is approximately 1.3 miles in length. The stream corridor averages 12 to 15 wide incorporating the natural landscape to give the feeling of a true western spring creek. Additionally, there are 2 separate specialized habitat sections roughly 40 to 50 feet wide, 12 feet deep, engineered with the intention of recruiting trophy Elk River trout as well as creating a viable self sustaining fishery supporting healthy populations of Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brown trout.

Spring Creek Design and Devlopment - Routt County, Colorado

Brown Trout Fishery Rejuvenation, Jefferson County -
Annually challenged by increased summer temperatures and lack of overwintering habitat, a group of conservation minded landowners contracted CFI to remedy these limiting factors associated with their Brown trout fishery located minutes from downtown Denver.

By addressing key factors, such as inconsistent flow regimes, bank erosion and sediment transport, CFI was able to design habitat enhancements allowing for both salmonid and macroinvertebrate population expansion and recruitment. Increasing over wintering habitat availability will offer refuge during the ice covered winter months while providing alternative holding habitats from warming summer temperatures.

Brown Trout Fishery Rejuvenation - Jefferson County, Colorado
Fisheries Restoration -Larimer County, Colorado Small Stream Salmonid Habitat Improvement: Gunnison County, Colorado - In order to increase productivity of the brown trout fishery on Quartz Creek, CFI has commenced studies and design of specific habitat improvement structures. CFI has embraced the challenge of ameliorating factors that limit the reach’s ability to sustain healthy salmonid populations, consistent macroinvertebrate colonization, and diverse cohort recruitment and retention. The habitat project area encompasses narrow hay meadows and covers approximately 1500 lineal feet of meandering freestone trout water.
Fisheries Restoration - Larimer County, Colorado Fisheries Restoration -Larimer County, Colorado - CFI has been contracted to perform the rehabilitation and restoration of over 4 miles of the Laramie River and its tributaries. Macroinvertebrate and fish population studies, as well as hydrological and habitat inventories are presently being conducted on the Laramie River and Nunn Creek drainages. Lotic and terrestrial habitat rehabilitation efforts will be initiated for the revitalization of wild brown and cutthroat trout populations.

Large-scale River Restoration and Multi-Specie Fishery Improvement: Steamboat Springs, CO - A large-scale river restoration project was recently completed by CFI on over 2 miles of the Elk River in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The fishery suffered from a lack of peak-flow piscine refuge, overwintering habitat, and variable-flow habitat availability, resulting in critically low age-class recruitment and ecological productivity.

CFI’s Strategic Enhancement and Restoration plan relieved these ecosystem stressors through study-based design and structural implementation, resulting in a completely restored and productive system with incredible recruitment potential. Continual biological monitoring on this river fishery will ensure the client’s desired fisheries goals are exceeded.

Fisheries Restoration -Routt County, Colorado
Stream Restoration And Recreational Access Establishment Project: Saratoga, WY - A complete fishery enhancement has been initiated on a three-mile stretch of a tributary to the Platte River on the historical Brush Creek Ranch near Saratoga, WY.

The cattle ranch will be transformed by CFI Global Fisheries Management’s design and construction of in-stream salmonid habitat improvements, along with a riparian corridor trail system to increase accessibility. The fishery has been depressed by historical land practices, but through proper stewardship and consulting by CFI, the fishery and ecology will be elevated to a tremendous level.

Fisheries Restoration - Larimer County, Colorado

Fisheries Development and Management - Pitkin County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Management - Pitkin County, Colorado - CFI was contracted to rehabilitate and manage 8 ponds, a private spring creek and the 1.5 mile private stretch of the acclaimed Roaring Fork River. Custom aeration, water quality management and biological supervision, have been extremely influential in enriching the quality of fisheries on this golf / fishing resort.


Fisheries Development and Management -Routt County, Colorado - CFI was asked to assist ranch personnel in creating and maintaining an "Empire of Fishing." Through fisheries and aquatic consultation, and the introduction of various high quality trout strains, as well as the continued fisheries management, this ranch has carved its niche as one of the finest private residential / flyfishing communities in the west. Fisheries Development and Management -Routt County, Colorado


Fisheries Development and Restoration - Grand County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Restoration - Grand County, Colorado - Habitat restoration on almost 2 miles of the Upper Colorado River, the design and creation of over 7 miles of spring creeks on the ranch, as well as the design and implementation of the Colorado River Cutthroat recovery program is the focus for CFI on this project. Using unparalleled knowledge and expertise, and innovative creation, this project will result in the finest flyfishing instructional and educational facility in the west.


Fisheries Design and Management - Converse County, Wyoming - This project involved the design and implementation of a superior quality trout fishery encompassing five miles of stream and six lakes and ponds. Custom lake aeration, water quality management, macroinvertebrate recovery monitoring, fish population monitoring and habitat assessment services provided by CFI have proven to be vital to the continued management and proliferation of these fisheries. Fisheries Design and Management - Converse County, Wyoming


Fisheries Development and Management - Clear Creek County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Management - Clear Creek County, Colorado - Habitat restoration and fisheries development consultation on over four miles of streams, as well as the introduction of genetically superior Kamloops rainbow trout provided by CFI has elevated this once sparse trout fishery into one of Colorado's premier flyfishing destination facilities. Careful livestock management coupled with continued fisheries habitat development and macroinvertebrate monitoring, secure this fishery's potential and future.


Fisheries Restoration - Albany County, Wyoming Fisheries Restoration - Albany County, Wyoming - Habitat restoration and reclamation services were provided by CFI to restore the quality brown trout fishery that once inhabited the North Fork of the Little Laramie River. Channel assessments as well as pool to riffle characteristics were compiled for the reconstruction, and sediment loading and transport models were incorporated to maintain scour ability of the newly created riffles, pools and runs.


Trout Fishery and Private Hatchery - Kona, Hawaii - CFI was contracted for biological and recreational consultation for the development and implementation of a world class flyfishing destination for trout on the big island of Hawaii. Project involved habitat and water quality monitoring of freshwater springs, as well as the design of 28 trout fishing lakes and over 100 trout rearing units. Trout Fishery and Private Hatchery - Kona, Hawaii


Fisheries Development and Management - Routt County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Management - Routt County, Colorado - Macroinvertebrate monitoring, fish sampling and monitoring, water quality monitoring and fisheries development services are being provided by CFI for management on over 16 miles of streams and 30 lakes and ponds. A recent completion of the largest privately funded stream restoration project in the history of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has commanded the biological management partnership between CFI and ranch personnel to ensure that restoration efforts are monitored and managed, resulting in a world class trout fishery.


Fisheries Restoration - Jackson County, Colorado - CFI was contracted to perform a complete bank and channel habitat restoration on Buffalo Creek, a first-order tributary to the North Platte River. Insufficient structure and spawning habitat compounded by eroded stream banks made this creek an unsustainable trout fishery. By redesigning pool to riffle characteristics and incorporating over-wintering structures and bio-technical erosion control methods, Buffalo Creek has become a quality and reproductively sustainable trout fishery. Fisheries Restoration - Jackson County, Colorado
Fisheries Restoration - Gunnison, Colorado Fisheries Restoration - Gunnison, Colorado - CFI has been contracted to perform biological and fisheries restoration and management on over seven miles of creeks and streams on this ranch. Hydrological monitoring and macroinvertebrate and fish population and diversity studies are currently being conducted in order to obtain the design criteria necessary for creating optimal habitats for a variety of salmonid species.
Fisheries Development - Saginaw, Michigan Fisheries Development - Saginaw, Michigan - CFI was contracted to perform rehabilitation and consulting for a 110 acre lake. The lake was no longer a viable and productive fishery. Water quality monitoring and custom lake aeration, as well as a re-circulating spawning creek have revitalized this lake into an outstanding cold-water fishery.
Fisheries Development and Consulting - Billings, Montana Fisheries Development and Consulting - Billings, Montana - Fisheries project development and consulting services provided by CFI have been utilized by the Foley Group, a land and ranch development and preservation company, on numerous fisheries enhancement and preservation projects in Wyoming and Montana.
Fisheries Consulting and Management - Kremmling, Colorado Habitat evaluation and consulting on over 20 miles of river and stream. River electrofishing surveys and habitat erosion control methods have helped these fisheries maintain as being in the top 5 destinations in the country. Fisheries Consulting and Management - Kremmling, Colorado
Fisheries Restoration and Development - Taos, New Mexico - Macroinvertebrate, habitat and electrofishing studies resulting in the design and restoration of 5.3 miles of stream. Native trout population recovery and management utilizing consistent monitoring, has revitalized this once sparse drainage into a teeming trout fishery. Fisheries Restoration and Development - Taos, New Mexico
Fisheries Development and Management - Salt Lake City, Utah Fisheries Development and Management - Salt Lake City, Utah - Fisheries restoration and development on two creeks and a re-circulating spring creek water feature. Design and build of three ponds and the custom design and build of lake bottom aeration systems for a productive salmonid fishery.
Fisheries Enhancement and Management - Missoula, Montana Lake and pond development and management encompassing aquatic macroinvertebrate analysis and introduction as well as custom electrical and solar aeration systems design and construction has helped to reverse the lake aging processes, and has elevated these fisheries to be consistently productive on a year-around basis. Fisheries Enhancement and Management - Missoula, Montana
Fisheries Design and Consulting - Washakie County, Wyoming Fisheries Design and Consulting - Washakie County, Wyoming - Fisheries enhancement and rehabilitation consultation of an anoxic spring creek alongside the Beaverhead River was the focus of this project. Habitat improvements and aeration utilizing a custom state-of-the-art oxygen injection system were designed to recruit river fish into the creek resulting in a viable salmonid fishery.
Fisheries Development and Management - Larimer County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Management - Larimer County, Colorado - Biological consulting combined with lake and pond design, water quality management and introductions of forage feed and bass, has resulted in this ranch providing the only high quality Smallmouth Bass fishery along Colorado's Front Range.
Fisheries Development and Consulting - Victor, Idaho Fisheries Development and Consulting - Victor, Idaho - Biological consulting emphasizing in macroinvertebrate recovery and the design and development of a golf course fishery, resulting in the reintroduction of the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.


Fisheries Development and Management - Albany County, Wyoming - CFI has been contracted to restore 21/4 miles of the Little Laramie River. Historically an extraordinary brown trout fishery, our focus is to restore this reach utilizing channel assessments and pool to riffle characteristics that were wildly successful in our other projects throughout this watershed. Elsewhere, we have converted the property's four lakes into blue ribbon fisheries, with the introduction of sustainable food sources (Macroinvertebrates and Fathead Minnows) and of course, trophy trout. Fisheries Development and Management - Albany County, Wyoming


Fisheries Development - Jackson County, Colorado Fisheries Development - Jackson County, Colorado - CFI has been contracted to enhance over 3 miles of the Michigan River. Bank stabilization and revegetation will restore this heavily grazed river corridor into a dry fly fisherman's haven. After restoration, this 2800-acre ranch will be one of the most valuable properties in the North Park region.
Fisheries Development and Management - Rio Blanco County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Management - Rio Blanco County, Colorado - Hydrological survey and analysis coupled with biological sampling have been incorporated into the design and enhancement of over one mile of the White river. Project goals include the improvement of salmonid and macroinvertebrate habitat to return the river to its historical state, as well as the engineering and construction of off-channel spawning grounds to increase spawning, rearing habitat to improve the survival rate of wild trout offspring.
Fisheries Development and Consulting - Grand County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Consulting - Grand County, Colorado - CFI has been contracted to design and construct a 3/4 mile recirculating tributary to increase spawning opportunity for wild trout in a natural 140-acre lake. Increasing the sinuosity of the tributary will allow for better fish migration and improve natural macroinvertebrate propagation.


Fisheries Development and Management - Montrose County, Colorado - A lifestyle community development has asked CFI to provide a high quality salmonid lake fishery. The creation and management of this sustainable fishery involves enhancement of the lake's littoral zone, state of the art aeration systems, and introduction of aquatic vegetation and macroinvertebrates. To insure the lake's trout populations, CFI has created a two-mile recirculating stream to double as increased spawning habitat and a recreational fishery. Fisheries Development and Management - Montrose County, Colorado


Fisheries Development - Archuleta County, Colorado Fisheries Development - Archuleta County, Colorado - CFI was contracted to establish a sustainable, high quality salmonid fishery through strategic introduction of macroinvertebrates and beneficial aquatic vegetation. Further lake enhancement involved installation of natural structures and a custom lake-bed aeration system.
Fisheries Development and Management - Montrose County, Colorado Fisheries Development and Management - Montrose County, Colorado - Fisheries consultation and enhancement has yielded a highly productive fishery for this multiple lake project. Water quality assessment and biological sampling has lead to the introduction of native aquatic vegetation and a natural forage base for the salmonids of this lentic system.
Fisheries Development and Consulting - Carbon County, Wyoming Fisheries Development and Consulting - Carbon County, Wyoming - After consultation, CFI's fisheries professionals prescribed a dose of protein rich macroinvertebrates, noninvasive aquatic vegetation, and a custom lakebed aeration system to create a self-sustaining trophy fishery for years to come.