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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 Join the SLV chapter of Trout Unlimited for our annual work-day on Jim Creek Saturday June 13th, 2020 at 9:00 am.

This year we will be planting riparian sedges and willows on recently restored sections of Jim Creek, performing our annual riparian fence maintenance tasks, and assisting with CPW in an electrofishing removal effort to relocate brook trout from Jim Creek to La Jara Creek below the reservoir. Read More…

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

Welcome to our new members: Michael Carmichael and Julie Meiser!

Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Deacon Aspinwall, Ronald Beattie, Mark DeSanto, Cole Foster, Antonio Gurule, Ivan Gylling, Michael Henderson, Lyle Hood, Bob Irvine, Brent Johnson, Joe Kolupke, Pete Magee, Alan McFadden, Larry Mortensen, Stan Price, Mark Skinner, Larry Sveum 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: David Blankenship, Doc’s Outdoor Sports, Franklin Krystyniak, Alan LaFon, R. Lamb, Marvin Martinez, Benn McGee, Matt Nehring, Matthew Sanford, Tom Slade, Don Spencer, Roger Thompson and Daniel Vandeburg.

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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