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Fall 2020 Highway Cleanup is September 13, 2020.

Fall 2020 Highway Cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020. Meet at the pulloff on the river side of CO 149, about 4.5 miles north of South Fork at 9 am on Sunday, September 13 for our fall highway cleanup. We will practice appropriate social distancing -...

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Fishing is Fun Grant Awarded for Conejos Meadows Project

Among the recent Fishing is Fun projects approved for funding is the Conejos Meadows in the San Luis Valley. In-stream habitat improvements will occur on 1.75 miles of the Conejos River downstream from Platoro Reservoir in the San Luis Valley. The project will address...

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Nice Catch!

Mark Konishi has had plenty of success catching some nice Rio Grande cutthroat, brown trout and brookies this summer.      

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Temperatures and Fishing during the Drought, Part 2

Temperatures and Fishing during the Drought, Part 2 Joel Condren, owner of 8200 Mountain Sports and South Fork Anglers, tells us that his guides are recording high temperatures on the Rio Grande in the afternoons, so he has instituted "Sun Downer" rules, which means...

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Responsible Angling in Drought Conditions, Part 1

Responsible Angling in Drought Conditions, Part 1 Presented by the San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Upper Rio Grande Basin, Colorado Premise: The Upper Rio Grande has been in an extended drought for many years. Our water supply has varied widely over the...

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July | 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 to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion of...

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July | A few lines from the President

Welcome to our summer newsletter! I hope this finds you all safe and healthy in these crazy times. Hopefully you have all been able to get out and social distance on the stream of your choice these last few months. Although we have not been able to have a regular...

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Last Cast | Fishing for a Book

Fishing for a Book By Marty Jones During our stay-at-home time, I’ve been revisiting my collection of books that are at least related to fishing.  I can classify many of them roughly into these categories:  How To, Where To, Why To, Who-Done-It-To, and Other. The...

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May | From National Trout Unlimited

TU and our partners are asking everyone to practice #ReponsibleRecreation when outside enjoying America’s great fishing opportunities. Here’s what we recommend, given what we know about the threats posed by the coronavirus outbreak and the COVID-19 disease:...

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May | 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 to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion...

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Blanca Vista Ponds Updates

The City of Alamosa Parks and Recreation Department, together with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and SLV Trout Unlimited, have installed two handicapped-accessible fishing piers at the Blanca Vista Park ponds (just east of Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa). A Fishing is...

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Responsible Angling in Drought Conditions

Presented by the San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Upper Rio Grande Basin, Colorado Premise: The Upper Rio Grande has been in an extended drought for many years. Our water supply has varied widely over the last several years, and the weather has been...

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Jim Creek Brook Trout Challenge

Trout Unlimited, alongside agency and organization partners, has been working to protect, secure, and enhance the population of the native Rio Grande cutthroat trout in Jim Creek since 2014. We have built riparian fence, restored and enhanced 1 mile of stream habitat,...

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Jim Creek Workday

Jim Creek Workday Join the SLV chapter of Trout Unlimited for our annual work-day on Jim Creek Saturday June 13th, 2020 at 9:00 am. This year we will be planting riparian sedges and willows on recently restored sections of Jim Creek, performing our annual riparian...

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2020 Highway Cleanup for May 16 | POSTPONED

We are sorry to announce that our highway cleanup, originally scheduled for this coming Saturday morning, May 16, must be postponed, in order to follow recently announced Colorado Department of Transportation guidelines. CDOT has suspended all Adopt-a-Highway...

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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 purchase the license on-line.

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Last Cast | 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 goldfish. Many of the stories came from our classmate Jim, and it was...

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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 like to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion...

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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 total retail value of $19,000 PLUS $6,333 cash to cover federal income tax...

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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...

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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 doing its best to keep up with the changing events. National Trout...

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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 that Affect Water Quality and Rainbow Trout in Smith Reservoir During...

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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 couldn’t resist the temptation to shoot at our artificial buck. On nights...

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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 to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion of...

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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 the tale of how the runoff will go. Normally those are two of the...

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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 camp is in Almont, CO from June 7-13, 2020. Registration deadline is...

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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 our renewing members and contributors: Blaine Burt, Duane Bussey, Cole...

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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 High Station in Denver is a fun evening of food and drink and raising...

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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 like to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion...

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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 generated a lot of interest not only with chapter members but other patrons...

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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 of activities, listed below. If you are a disabled veteran and would...

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Last Cast | A Few Thoughts on Tying Flies

A Few Thoughts on Tying Flies Marty Jones I had been fly-fishing for only a few months when I became convinced that tying flies was a logical next step in my evolution as a fisherman. This was likely a consequence of conversations with the folks who got me started...

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November | A few lines from the President

Thanks to everyone that was able to make it to our October Meeting. We had a good crowd and all enjoyed the presentation from Chris Pitcher of Riverbend Engineering. It was great to see what Chris has been working on for the Conejos Lower Meadows Project and everyone...

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November | 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 to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion of...

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November | Member News

Welcome to our new members: Dan Gibson-Reinemer, Tom Magness, Josh Robertson and Keith Terpstra! Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Revere Berryman, John Bullington, Graham Jones, Martin Jones, Pete Magee, Rick Moisio, Manuel Pacheco, Richard Rivera,...

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Area Shops and Guide Services

Area Shops and Guide Services (we encourage your support of these folks - they support us!) Arkansas River Fly Shop, 7500 W. US Hwy 50, Salida, CO  81201  (719) 539-3474 Broadacres Ranch, 25671 Highway 149, Creede, CO  81130  (719) 658-2291 Fox Creek Store, 26573 Hwy....

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This Month’s Program | Flies and Lies | November 2019

Join SLV TU for our annual holiday gathering to tie flies and tell lies (oops, I mean stories - fisherfolks never misrepresent the truth). Bring your tools and materials (and probably a lamp and extension cord) and show others your favorite patterns, or just come to...

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Chapter News | October’s Meeting

Nearly 20 folks listened to an excellent presentation by Chris Pitcher of Riverbend Engineering, who reported on plans for our project in the Meadows section of the Conejos River, just below Platoro Reservoir. Chris spent several days surveying prior work and...

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Last Cast | Moose on the Loose

Last Cast Moose on the Loose | Jeff Jones | Back in the late 90s and into the early 2000s, my family often visited a friend’s cabin on the Conejos, and almost every time we went up there, we’d stop at the now closed Fox Creek store and I’d ask what flies were working...

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September | 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 to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion...

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September | Member News

Welcome to a member who just transferred in:  Gary Kissick! Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Michael Blenden, James Callard, Bob Irvine, Mark Konishi, Al Lujan, Dennis Ortiz, Stan Price, Matthew Sanford, Larry Sveum, and Errol Sweetser! If your name...

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September | A Few Lines from the President

I hope all of you have had a fun and eventful summer! It has been kind of a wild ride with the above normal snowpack and runoff this season. It was exciting to see all the water in the rivers after last year’s seriously dry conditions. The fishing season got off to a...

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Raft Raffle and Golf/Fish Tournament

According to Joel Condren, there are still about 13 tickets left for the chapter's fishing raft raffle.  The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday, September 21.  You need not be present to win.  The Golf and Fishing Tournament, also scheduled for September 21, has...

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September | Project News

As you were informed in earlier communications, two of our bigger projects for this summer were cancelled.  The first phase of the reintroduction of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in Sand Lakes and Sand Creek, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, was...

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September | Chapter News

As you were informed in earlier communications, two of our bigger projects for this summer were cancelled.  The first phase of the reintroduction of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in Sand Lakes and Sand Creek, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, was...

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September 2019 | Program #2

#2: Summer Fishing
By You
Bring a favorite picture and/or story about your fishing adventures this summer. If you have a picture in some digital format (preferably on a flash drive or computer), we should be able to project it on the screen for all to view.

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Stream Management Plan Community Meetings Announced!

The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project is hosting a series of community meetings regarding Stream Management Plans (SMPs). We want to hear your thoughts, concerns, and values surrounding the Rio Grande, Conejos River, and Saguache Creek. Please join us at...

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This Month’s Program | April 2019

Annual Fundraising Auction Make a point to provoke your curiosity by coming to see fishing rods in cases (see quote above), along with numerous other items available for your bidding pleasure at our only fundraising event of the year!  Doors officially open at 6 pm...

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April | 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 to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion of...

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April | A Few Lines from the President

What a difference from last April! A year ago we were all just hoping for one big snow storm to give us a little relief from a very dry winter. That storm never materialized and we endured one of the driest summers in years. This April we are looking at a snowpack...

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Auction Sneak Peek!

Annual Fundraising Auction Make a point to provoke your curiosity by coming to see fishing rods in cases (see quote above), along with numerous other items available for your bidding pleasure at our only fundraising event of the year! Doors officially open at 6 pm...

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April | Member News

April | Member News Welcome to a member who just transferred in:  Jeffrey Hewitt! Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Raymond Johnson, Joe Kolupke, Roger Thompson, Steve Vandiver, and Suzy Woodward! If your name appears here, your membership is about to...

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Chapter News – April 2019

Chapter News - April 2019 Last Month's Meeting There was a great turnout for Rain Reich's presentation on proper catch and release techniques.  Some of the key points were to keep the fish as wet as possible (wet your hands before touching the fish, try to keep the...

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March | Member News

March | Member News Welcome to our new members: Andrew Atchley and Brian Heersink!Welcome to a member who just transferred in: Robert Palmer! Thanks to our renewing members and contributors: Rob Benson, Frank Bowie, Jan Crawford, Donna Cryer, Lyle Hood, John Rawinski,...

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March | A Few Lines from the President

“How’s the ice on the Rio Grande?”, “Do you know what the ice on Conejos is looking like?”, “Do ya think the rivers will open up soon?” Pretty much everyone I run into lately that likes to fish any at all is asking the same questions. Nothing like a few warm and sunny...

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Regional Science Fair

Most of you know that for the past several years, our chapter has supported the SLV Regional Science Fair by providing awards for two projects that focus on our mission of protecting and preserving coldwater resources. This year, the projects selected for our awards...

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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Update

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Update (Feb. 26, 2019) Denver, Colo. – The Land and Water Conservation Fund is now one step closer to being permanently re-authorized. With a vote of 363 to 62, the US House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources...

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A Word From The President

A Word From The President As I write this and look across the valley from my home in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it is great to see a new winter storm brewing. The snowpack in the Rio Grande basin is around 90%, a far cry from this same time last year but we still...

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Rivers We Love

Solving The Conejos River Conundrum Lake Fork Of The Conejos River: Solitude In A Sanctuary For Rare Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Fly Fishing Colorado - July - Rio Grande Cutthroats Exploring The Headwaters Of The Rio De Los Piños Near Antonito, CO HOOK & FLY April...

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February | A Note from the Editor

We'd like to include more 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 to receive stories that could be featured in the Last Cast portion of...

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Last Cast

A Numbers Game By Marty Jones (I'll bet you thought I was going to write about numbers of fish vs. quality/size of fish.  Nope, hope you're not too disappointed.) Number of years a resident of Colorado:  30 Number of years fly-fishing:  27 Number of states in which I...

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