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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SLV TU Annual Auction | POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR

POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR | Our annual fundraiser auction is scheduled for May 2, 2020 at the Adams State University Plachy Fieldhouse (same location as last year’s auction). If you can help out by soliciting donations or by donating something yourself, that would be great! There will be signup lists and donation request letters at the February meeting. Thanks!

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!

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Welcome to our new members: Rick Schnaderbeck and Doug Van Berkum!

Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Ronald Beattie, Rob Benson, Fran Clark, Jan Crawford, Phillips Gentry, Jeff Hewitt, Timothy Hogsett, Guy Keene, Frank Lowe, Ryan Mellott, Frank Novotny, Ben Rizzi, Steven Russell, Mike Sanders, Mark Seaton, Adam Skadberg, Barry Smith, John Stump, Trevor Sutherland, Chuck Turner and Suzy Woodward!

If your name appears here, your membership is about to expire or has recently expired and we encourage you to renew soon: Donna Cryer.

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 License Reminder!

Since we are now in the month of March, new fishing licenses are required.  If you haven't purchases yours yet, please do so soon.  If you would prefer to practice social distancing, you may...

Last Call | Quest for Gold

By Mark Konishi As a kid growing up in the San Luis Valley, we would hear rumors of cutthroats with vivid colors being caught in secret waters. Cutthroats with orange slab-sides as brilliant as any...

March | 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 mbjones@adams.edu.  In addition to pictures, the editor would...

Drift Boat Raffle Redux

CTU is pleased to announce that once again, in partnership with Boulder Boat Works, they are raffling off a Pro Guide drift boat, dry box, anchor, Sawyer oars, and Black Dog deluxe trailer with...

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...

March | A Few Lines From the President

Welcome to our March newsletter. I hope this finds everyone well in these strange times of COVID-19. Things seem to change daily or even hourly and it is tough to keep up with it. Our chapter is...

CTU River Conservation and Fly-Fishing Youth Camp Registration Open

Since 2006, CTU has sponsored a River Conservation and Fly-Fishing Youth Camp for youth between the ages of 14-18.  This year, the camp is in Almont, CO from June 7-13, 2020.  Registration deadline...

SLV Regional Science Fair

Our chapter awarded three prizes to participants at the SLV Regional Science Fair on March 5 & 6: Hannah Shelton, Centauri Middle School, for her project entitled "Understanding the Variables...

Last Cast | Days of Speculation

Days of Speculation Mark Konishis As a fellow wildlife officer and I watched a deer decoy on a mountain road, we laughed about each ticket we wrote. We thought about the embarrassed hunters who...

February | 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 mbjones@adams.edu. In addition to pictures, the editor would like...

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