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 IN PERSON | Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6 pm

A small token of appreciation to our outgoing President, Mark Seaton.

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– Check out pictures from our “Flies and Lies” event.

– Kevin Terry provides an update on the Conejos Meadows Resilient Habitat Project

– Fishing viva Cuba! by Jim & Jan Crawford

– Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing Update

– Colorado Trout Unlimited 17th Annual River Conversation and Fly Fishing Camp information.

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Mark Seaton | Excerpt from an email to the board (with an invitation for any chapter member to help) from Mark

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My 2 cents worth on Mark's presidency by Darrell Lewis (SLVTU Board Member) We could write a book on the list of things accomplished by the Chapter under Mark's leadership. A few things stand out....

Spring 2022 | A Few Lines From the President

Hello and welcome to my final “Few Lines” as president of the chapter. I will be stepping down from my position at the upcoming March meeting when we have our annual chapter elections. I joined SLV...

Spring 2022 | A Note From the New Editor

I have only served on the board for one year. Mark has been a lifeline for me as the rookie Newsletter Editor. I am a student of leadership and have made it one of my mantras to recognize and learn...

Conejos Meadows Resilient Habitat Project

Fishing is Fun ( POGG1,PMAA,202200002241) Final Report Summary: The Conejos Meadows Resilient Habitat Project created a low flow channel that will improve habitat conditions and connectivity to...

Fishing in Cuba

Carefully planned and scheduled to coincide with the all-time peak in Covid cases, Mark DeSanto Jan and I arrived in Havana on January 13, three days ahead of our fishing week.  We rented an entire...

Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing Spring 2022 Update

Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing Spring Update Thank you for your service to our country! Project Healing Waters has continued with our Fly-Tyin and Rod-Building Classes for our disabled veterans...

CTU River Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp

June 12-18, 2022 - Skills, Conservation Principles, and Camaraderie. Colorado Trout Unlimited will host the 17th annual River Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp for teen youth at AEI Base Camp in...


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