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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Rivers We Love

Fly Fishing Colorado - July - Rio Grande Cutthroats Exploring The Headwaters Of The Rio De Los Piños Near Antonito, CO HOOK & FLY April 2019 HOOK & FLY Sept 2016  

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...

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...

Rio Grande State of the Basin Symposium at Adams State University

Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar will join the lineup of speakers for the first Rio Grande “State of the Basin Symposium” at Adams State University on Saturday, February 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm. Secretary Salazar, a San Luis Valley native, will provide...

Fish, Flies and Facebook | By Rain Reich

We all know getting out on the water, away from phone service and escaping social media is a large part of why we love fly fishing so much. However, social media can be a fantastic platform to share educational and fun...

Call for Flies

Colorado Trout Unlimited's annual gala will be held on March 7 in Denver (see details later in newsletter).  For the past couple of years, our chapter's donation to this fundraiser has been a selection of hand-tied flies that are useful for the Rio Grande basin.  If...

Flash, Boom Crash!

Flash, Boom Crash! (And Citizen Science) Kevin Terry Kevin will be presenting on a recent TU project at Spruce Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness. These lakes are home to a recreational population of the native Rio Grande cutthroat trout and they are actually...

Fly-Tying and Rod-Building Classes

Stan Price, the SLV coordinator of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), is continuing fly-tying classes and is starting rod-building and fly-casting classes for veterans.  SLV TU members are invited to help, especially with fly-tying and fly-casting.  Darrell...

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