San Luis Valley Chapter #303Our Native Trout
The cutthroat trout is the most diverse trout species in North America. The historical distribution of cutthroats covers the broadest range of any stream-dwelling trout in the Western Hemisphere. The rugged topography of their range has lead to isolation, which in turn has given rise to fourteen recognized subspecies. Four of these species evolved in Colorado: the Colorado River cutthroat trout west of the Continental Divide, the Greenback cutthroat trout in the South Platte River drainage, the yellowfin cutthroat trout (now extinct) in the Arkansas River drainage, and the Rio Grande cutthroat trout in the Rio Grande River drainage in the San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico. The Rio Grande cutthroat was the first New World trout encountered by Europeans in 1541, by Spanish explorer Francisco de Coronado.
Our September newsletter will arrive in your email inbox (hopefully not in your spam filter!) in late September. We plan to include updates on the Sand Creek project, Conejos River project, and Blanca Vista ponds water quality monitoring project.
Just a heads-up – our September meeting will not be in person. The board is considering alternatives for the rest of the year and we’ll let you know in the newsletter. Thanks for staying safe and hanging tough during these times.
In the meantime, shown below is a beautiful San Juan Cutthroat trout caught by Mark Konishi after significant bushwhacking to get to the stream. Way to go, Mark! Remember, fly-fishing is a great way to maintain sanity and practice social distancing!
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