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

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, including some new folks! Prof. Dan Gibson-Reinemer gave an excellent program on conservation. He provided good historical perspective on how waterways can heal with time, given at least some help. This gives some hope for the future, but requires concerned citizens to speak up and take action to support appropriate conservation legislation. Thanks, Dan!

Member News

Welcome to our new member: Alan Perry!

Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Lucy Adams, Thad Elliot, Dave Hayden, Jeff Hewitt, Lyle Hood, Dave Kenvin, Kirk Navo, David Robinson, and Jon Treibly!

If your name appears here, your membership is about to expire or has recently expired and we encourage you to renew soon: Russell Brown, Michael Couch, Donna Cryer, Sarita Reich, Ben Rizzi, Barry Smith, and Kenneth Strandberg.

Colorado Trout Unlimited News

Please mark your calendars for the best event of the year for river and angling enthusiasts – the 2020 Colorado TU River Stewardship Gala, on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This annual gathering at Mile High Station in Denver is a fun evening of food and drink and raising funds for Colorado TU’s conservation work around our beautiful state!

We are excited to announce our 2020 River Stewardship Award winner – READ NOW!

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SLV TU Events

  1. OPEN REGISTRATION | CTU River Conservation and Fly-Fishing Youth Camp

    February 18 @ 8:00 am - April 1 @ 5:00 pm
  2. SLV TU Chapter February Meeting

    February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. SLV TU Chapter March Meeting

    March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Annual Fundraising Auction

    May 2
  5. Semiannual Highway Cleanup

    May 16

LATEST NEWS

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...

February | A few lines from the President

I always like start off with a snowpack check in February and as I write this the Rio Grande Basin is at around 108%. That’s a good sign but as with most winters here, March and April really tell...

CTU River Conservation and Fly-Fishing Youth Camp

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...

This Month’s Program | A Fish Biologist’s Perspective on Trout Conservation

A Fish Biologist’s Perspective on Trout Conservation (and a Few Reasons for Hope)
By Prof. Dan Gibson-Reinemer, Adams State University

December | Member News

Welcome to our new members: David Breece, Les Kuzior, George McDonald, Kent Mitchell, Jimmy Quirico, and Jay Yeager! Welcome also to a member who has just transferred in: Timothy Hogsett! Thanks to...

December | Colorado TU News

Please mark your calendars for the best event of the year for river and angling enthusiasts – the 2020 Colorado TU River Stewardship Gala, on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This annual gathering at Mile...

December | 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...

December | A few lines from the President

It was great to see some of you at the Flies and Lies meeting last month. Thanks to all that could make it and thanks to all of you that brought along your fly tying equipment. The fly tying...

News from Project Healing Waters Fly-fishing

Stan Price, program leader for the San Luis Valley Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing, and the veterans who participate in this worthy project, are pleased to announce the Winter 2019/2020 schedule...

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