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, January 26, 2021, 7 pm

Virtual TU Meeting on Zoom, featuring Doug Camp. This will be our second virtual SLV TU meeting, using the Zoom platform. To access the meeting, please go to this page for more information and the meeting link.

Chapter Updates

Annual SLV TU Board Retreat

Every January, the board of directors of your San Luis Valley Trout Unlimited chapter hold a retreat where plans are made for the upcoming year. Despite the pandemic, we are moving forward with a virtual retreat on January 21 at 7 pm. Board meetings, including the retreat, are open to the entire membership. If you would like to join us in the retreat, you can do so by clicking on this Zoom link: SLVTU Board Retreat 2021.

Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing Update

Thanks to Stan Price for keeping this going during the COVID-19 pandemic! Participants are gearing up to start a new year of rod-building with the very capable assistance of Darrell Lewis, and will continue tying flies using the Postfly packets. If you’d like more information, please contact Stan (432-386-0117).

Unfortunately, in person gatherings of the group will not be occurring until COVID-19 settles down. We hope that happens sometime in the first half of 2021, in time for fishing outings with everyone!

Member News

Welcome to a new member: Bob Kirkham!

Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Vance Barrett, Timothy Hogsett, Graham Jones, Martin Jones, David Kenvin, Susan McClure, Russell Moore, Rick Needham, Ben Newman, Trevor Sutherland, Kevin Terry, Steven Vandiver, Kay watkins, Roy Wedding, and Jack Witten!

If your name appears here, your membership is about to expire or has recently expired and we encourage you to renew soon: Steve Aldrich, Ronald Beattie, David Breece, Ruth Brown, Brendan Cahill, Tim Cash, Harry Daley, Dan Gibson-Reinemer, Billy Gurule, Loree Harvey, Les Kuzior, Tom Magness, George McDonald, Kent Mitchell, Rick Moisio, Mike Norris Manuel Pacheo, Jimmy Quirico, Charles Reich, Richard Rivera, Justin Rowe, John Samec, and Jay Yeager.

 

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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