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  1. You don’t appear to understand that it is already hardly a secret. The local fly shop has weekly trips there. More importantly it takes a long drive and hike to get to the good water. Few will make the trek. This little creek needs all the friends it can get to protect it from mining pollution and support efforts to recover the threatened Rio Grande cutts. Secrecy among anglers has never stopped mining schemes and development.

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  2. BTW, this is more typical of the response to the article by someone who gets it. “Chris, I loved this piece. It might be the best piece of your writing I’ve read and certainly one of the best articles I’ve read on Colorado back country fly fishing. I really appreciated the quality of the prose, the history of the area, and the environmental concerns we should be aware of. And the photography and fish were terrific. Well done.”

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  3. I’m surprised that you’re not aware they go to Treasure Creek more frequently now vs 4-5 years ago. The new most active guide is a young local guy who grew up in the area, lives there year around, and guides 3 seasons. I spent two days with him this summer, one on Treasure Creek. Another guide had been up there the day before, and Treasure Creek is one of my guides favorite along with remote sections of La Jara Creek. They get up to lower Treasure Creek frequently enough to have started to create a discernible trail.

    Regarding your assertion that there are no current risks to Treasure Creek, you must be unaware there are numerous mining patents in the area, some in the creek watershed. Under the old federal mining act they can be exercised in short order. No one thought the Alamosa watershed was in trouble 35 years ago then Galactic came along with the new “safe” way to mine gold with cyanide leach pits. Summitville turned out to be the biggest mining environmental disaster in USA history.

    Bottom line, I don’t appreciate your questioning my veracity. I researched my article thoroughly. Treasure Creek and its miles and miles of water will do just fine—given its remoteness, distance from any major population centers, and difficulty in accessing long stretches because of rugged terrain. Many of my readers are DIY guys who can’t afford to hire a guide for $500 a day like some doctors and lawyers or belong to clubs with private waters. They deserve the opportunity to enjoy this gem and I trust them today leave it like they found it while becoming advocates when challenges to its future arise. And based on my experience working for a decade with a national environmental organization, believe me they will.

    Good luck the next time you venture to Treasure Creek. I’ll wager you won’t bump into anybody and it won’t be fished out.

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