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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Fall 2020 Highway Cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020. See more.

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Chapter Updates

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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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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Fall 2020 Highway Cleanup is September 13, 2020.

Fall 2020 Highway Cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020. Meet at the pulloff on the river side of CO 149, about 4.5 miles north of South Fork at 9 am on Sunday, September 13 for our...

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...


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