San Luis Valley Chapter #303

Our 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.

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Annual work-day on Jim Creek Update

June 13 was our annual SLV TU workday at Jim Creek. Several volunteers from our chapter and Running Rivers planted willows and sedges in the riparian areas of the three exclosures at the creek. Other volunteers repaired fence, and with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, conducted electroshocking surveys in the stream. More than 300 brook trout were relocated out of Jim Creek into La Jara Creek, to reduce competition with native Rio Grande Cutthroat trout. A couple of photos above this story show the planting work. Thanks to all who helped!

Chapter News

We had a good turnout for last month’s meeting!  Prof. Rob Benson gave an excellent program on the trip of a lifetime to the Yellowstone ecosystem!  We learned about fishing on the Madison and Lamar Rivers, Henry’s Fork, and Hegben Lake.  Those who were present also got a tip about the successful use of two strike indicators when fishing nymphs deep in the water column.  Thanks, Rob!

Member News

Thanks to our renewing members and contributors:  Bankshot Sports Bar, Scott Brady, Duane Bussey, Fran Clark, Bob Irvine, Dennis Ortiz, Steve Shawcroft, Ron Simpson, Trevor Sutherland, Jon Treibly and Kay Watkins!

If your name appears here, your membership is about to expire or has recently expired and we encourage you to renew soon:  Cody Caudill, Keith Cerny, Kelly Motl, and Kevin Terry.


Colorado Trout Unlimited News

A note from Chris Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trout Unlimited: We are all adapting to the new realities of the COVID-19 virus. Because of our concern for the health and well-being of our employees, we are closing all of TU’s offices and have requested all TU staff to work from home. We have also canceled all travel.


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Fishing is Fun Grant Awarded for Conejos Meadows Project

Among the recent Fishing is Fun projects approved for funding is the Conejos Meadows in the San Luis Valley. In-stream habitat improvements will occur on 1.75 miles of the Conejos River downstream...

Nice Catch!

Mark Konishi has had plenty of success catching some nice Rio Grande cutthroat, brown trout and brookies this summer.      

Temperatures and Fishing during the Drought, Part 2

Temperatures and Fishing during the Drought, Part 2 Joel Condren, owner of 8200 Mountain Sports and South Fork Anglers, tells us that his guides are recording high temperatures on the Rio Grande in...

Responsible Angling in Drought Conditions, Part 1

Responsible Angling in Drought Conditions, Part 1 Presented by the San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Upper Rio Grande Basin, Colorado Premise: The Upper Rio Grande has been in an extended...

July | A note from the Editor

We always like to include pictures in the newsletter. If you have some good ones that you are willing to share, please email them to In addition to pictures, the editor would like...

July | A few lines from the President

Welcome to our summer newsletter! I hope this finds you all safe and healthy in these crazy times. Hopefully you have all been able to get out and social distance on the stream of your choice these...

Last Cast | Fishing for a Book

Fishing for a Book By Marty Jones During our stay-at-home time, I’ve been revisiting my collection of books that are at least related to fishing.  I can classify many of them roughly into these...

May | From National Trout Unlimited

TU and our partners are asking everyone to practice #ReponsibleRecreation when outside enjoying America’s great fishing opportunities. Here’s what we recommend, given what we know about the threats...

May | A note from the Editor

We always like to include pictures in the newsletter. If you have some good ones that you are willing to share, please email them to  In addition to pictures, the editor would...

Blanca Vista Ponds Updates

The City of Alamosa Parks and Recreation Department, together with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and SLV Trout Unlimited, have installed two handicapped-accessible fishing piers at the Blanca Vista...


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