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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1st Annual SLV Trout Unlimited Golf & Fishing Tournament

When: Saturday, September 21st
Where: Rio Grande Club in South Fork
Cost: $100 per person. Includes 9-holes w/cart, fishing access, lunch at the Fishing
Club House and 1st Annual Tournament Ball Cap.


Chapter Updates!

Thanks to all the participants at our highway cleanup on May 18 – Duane Bussey, Darrell Lewis, Mark Konishi, Lyle Hood, Ian Rich, Larry Sveum, Kay Watkins, and Marty Jones. No one found any real treasures, but we did find plenty of trash! The Rio Grande was running high and fast, so no one did any fishing on the Rio after the cleanup. All the water in the river now means that we’ll have plenty of water after runoff for an extended fishing season!

Thanks to Ian Rich and Daniel Boyes for helping with the Water Fest in Alamosa on May 16. According to Ian, the kids learned quite a bit about river ecology and found several samples of macroinvertebrates!

And thanks to Ian Rich and Rain Reich for demonstrating fly-tying at the Narrow Gauge Book Co-op on May 25th!

Stay tuned – as more updates and opportunities appear, you can read about them in our newsletter. Thanks for reading!

National TU 50 Anniversary_sm50th Anniversary Celebration | Save the Date

October 10 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Colorado Trout Unlimited is turning 50 this year and we are excited to celebrate this amazing milestone with you! Throughout the year we will be sharing stories, offering limited edition swag, hosting theme events, raffles and more. We will be having a celebration bash in LoHi Denver as a thank you to everyone who has been involved over the past 50 years! More details to come. Save the date.


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  1. Work Day with VOC Date TBD

    August 1 - August 31
  2. 50th Anniversary Celebration | Save the Date

    October 10 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Stream Management Plan Community Meetings Announced!

The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project is hosting a series of community meetings regarding Stream Management Plans (SMPs). We want to hear your thoughts, concerns, and values surrounding the...

This Month’s Program | April 2019

Annual Fundraising Auction Make a point to provoke your curiosity by coming to see fishing rods in cases (see quote above), along with numerous other items available for your bidding pleasure at our...

April | 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...

April | A Few Lines from the President

What a difference from last April! A year ago we were all just hoping for one big snow storm to give us a little relief from a very dry winter. That storm never materialized and we endured one of...

Auction Sneak Peek!

Annual Fundraising Auction Make a point to provoke your curiosity by coming to see fishing rods in cases (see quote above), along with numerous other items available for your bidding pleasure at our...

April | Member News

April | Member News Welcome to a member who just transferred in:  Jeffrey Hewitt! Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Raymond Johnson, Joe Kolupke, Roger Thompson, Steve Vandiver, and...

Chapter News – April 2019

Chapter News - April 2019 Last Month's Meeting There was a great turnout for Rain Reich's presentation on proper catch and release techniques.  Some of the key points were to keep the fish as wet as...

March | Member News

March | Member News Welcome to our new members: Andrew Atchley and Brian Heersink!Welcome to a member who just transferred in: Robert Palmer! Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Rob...

March | A Few Lines from the President

“How’s the ice on the Rio Grande?”, “Do you know what the ice on Conejos is looking like?”, “Do ya think the rivers will open up soon?” Pretty much everyone I run into lately that likes to fish any...

Regional Science Fair

Most of you know that for the past several years, our chapter has supported the SLV Regional Science Fair by providing awards for two projects that focus on our mission of protecting and preserving...


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