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 Chapter Meeting | Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 7 pm

Virtual TU Meeting on Zoom. To access the meeting, please go to this page for more information and the meeting link.

Member News

Welcome to our new members and those who have transferred from another chapter.

For those memberships that are expiring soon; this is a reminder to renew

The Board had a Zoom call recently and Mark will discuss any information to pass on to general membership from that meeting during our monthly meeting next Tuesday.

With COVID restrictions lifting somewhat, everyone is encouraged to stay safe and report any fish caught without a mask to the office of the Governor of Colorado!

Colorado Trout Unlimited News

Despite COVID-19 impacts, Colorado TU is excited to share some successes in the Stream of Engagement programming from this fall. The youth education programs faced challenges with many schools operating in new models and group gatherings limited by public health orders. To adapt to these challenges, Colorado Trout Unlimited and chapters across the state stepped up to continue to provide high quality educational experiences focused on water and fisheries conservation. Most notably, CTU is excited to share nearly a dozen Trout in the Classroom (TIC) sites kicked off and four STREAM Girls events were held in September and October.


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  1. Fall Highway Cleanup

    September 19


Part 2 – The Fly Tier’s Bench

Part 2 - The Fly Tier's Bench By Doug Camp The second part of our virtual meeting will be a video demonstration of how to tie a darned good fly (see picture below).  Master tier Doug Camp will give...

This Month’s Program | Part 1 – Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Update for the San Luis Valley By Estevan Vigil

This Month's Program | Part 1 - Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Update for the San Luis Valley By Estevan Vigil Local Aquatic Biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Estevan Vigil will be giving an...

April 2021 | A Note From the New Editor

A Note From the New Editor First and foremost, please join me as we acknowledge Marty Jones for extraordinary service to the San Luis Valley TU Chapter over many years, including his most recent...

March 2021 Virtual SLV TU Meeting

March 2021 Virtual SLV TU Meeting Thanks to the twenty folks, primarily from the SLV, who joined our fourth virtual SLVTU meeting in March.  The slate of candidates listed in the March newsletter...

April 2021 | A Few Lines From the President

A Few Lines From the President Welcome to our April Newsletter. First, I want to thank Don Spencer for joining our Board of Directors as the newsletter editor. This is Don’s first newsletter and I...

Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing Update

Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing Update While you may not have been aware of it, we have been having our own in-house (San Luis Valley disabled veterans only) rod building competition for the 2020...

Tie-a-Thon Opportunity

Tie-a-Thon Opportunity Are you a fly-tier?  Interested in helping with a project that benefits youth conservation camps?  Ian Rich is coordinating local efforts to tie 100 wooly buggers for this...

Hands-on Projects for the Season

Hands-on Projects for the Season As you can see from the first page of the newsletter, we're gearing up for an active season of projects.  The semiannual highway cleanup events (May 23 and September...

SLV TU is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

SLV TU is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Monthly TU meeting Time: Apr 27, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Every month on the Last Tue, until Jun 29, 2021, 3...

Last Cast | CONTINUED Fishing with Kay

Last Cast We continue with our stories from the book "Fishing with Kay" Rio Grande Fishing By Bob Antiel I convinced Kay Watkins to go fishing on a stretch of the upper Rio Grande. We crossed over...


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