50th Anniversary 8’5wt Quad 2-piece Bamboo Rod built by Alan Kube, in leather rod case with extra tip
1 Ticket for $25
5 Tickets for $100 (best deal!)
Prize: laser etched commemorative box with eight dozen assorted flies (Value: $317)
The West Denver Chapter of TU organizes the first and largest TU fly tying clinic featuring many of the state and region’s best tyers – and still going strong 43 years later!
Box Donated by: West Denver Trout Unlimited
Flies Donated by: Ascent Fly Fishing
Prize: Eldridge Hardie print of End of the Season—Brown Trout plus $50 certificate toward framing with Anthology Fine Art (Value: $150)
The Colorado Wildlife Commission adopts its first wild trout policy, establishing more than 200 miles of “Wild Trout” water, including segments of the Blue, the Big Thompson, the Eagle, the Arkansas and the Fryingpan.
Donated by: Eldridge Hardie
Prize: full day fishing for one or two anglers hosted by former CTU President and longtime voice for the Gunnison, Marshall Pendergrass – to winner’s choice among locations in the Gunnison Gorge or Black Canyon (based on interest and physical ability of winner). (Value: $300)
TU and other outdoor group partners raised funds to enable BLM to acquire a parcel by the North Fork/Gunnison confluence, providing for the public takeout point that enables the public to experience float fishing through the Gunnison Gorge.
Donated by: Marshall Pendergrass
Prize: full day fishing for one or two anglers at the Charlie Meyers SWA hosted by Dave Taylor, the former CTU Executive Director when the property was secured. (Value: $300)
CTU helped the Colorado Division of Wildlife to secure the final block of land needed to provide permanent public access to the South Platte “Dream Stream” reach – now the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area.
Donated by: Dave Taylor
Prize: Limited edition Joseph Tomelleri print of Greenback cutthroat trout plus $50 certificate toward framing with Anthology Fine Art (Value: $115)
CTU secures legislation designating the Greenback Cutthroat trout as Colorado’s state fish, helping generate awareness of and support for conservation of Colorado’s native trout.
Prize: Gourmet dinner or brunch for up to four in either Boulder or Frisco, with Melinda Kassen, the original program director who established TU’s “Colorado Water Project.” (Value: $200)
Recognizing the complexities of western water law, TU launches a new program providing on-the-ground legal expertise to help protect rivers and promote restoration with Colorado joining Montana as one of the two inaugural states for the program.
Donated by: Melinda Kassen
Prize: full day fishing for one or two anglers on a reach of the South Platte protected by the SPPP, hosted by Tom Krol, the former CTU President who helped negotiate the agreement. (Value: $300)
After years of negotiation following the 1990 veto of Two Forks, the South Platte Protection Plan went into place securing stream flow protections, recreation access on Denver Water properties, and a million-dollar endowment to support future projects benefiting the mainstem and North Fork from Elevenmile Dam and Bailey downstream to their confluence.
Donated by: Tom Krol
Prize: a hosted one-day tour (and fishing) for one or two people in Elevenmile Canyon with Pete Gallagher, the biologist who conceived and oversaw the Trees for Trout project to visit the project sites and experience them first hand with some “hook and line sampling” (Value: $300)
TU’s Cheyenne Mountain (now Pikes Peak) chapter partners with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and the US Forest Service on the innovative “Trees for Trout” project, salvaging burnt trees from the Hayman fire area to use in installing habitat improvement structures to benefit the fishery in Elevenmile Canyon.
Donated by: Pete Gallagher
Prize: half day fishing for one or two anglers on front range waters with Team USA member Josh Graffam, for use on mutually-agreeable date in Spring 2020. (Value: $350)
Colorado TU and the Boulder Flycasters Chapter partner with Team USA Fly Fishing to host the first US National Fly Fishing Championships, through which new members qualify for Team USA. CTU has continued to be a fiscal agent and partner with Team USA as they promote fly fishing and fishery conservation around the world.
Donated by: Josh Graffam
Prize: framed throwback WPA-era print of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument (Value: $250)
By eliminating the water rights for the proposed AB-Lateral hydropower project which would have depleted Gunnison River winter flows, and supporting the National Park Service in securing permanent Reserved Water Rights for the River through the Black Canyon, TU helped ensure that flow in the Gunnison will be protected forever.
Donated by: Anthology Fine Art
Prize: 2 seats on a 1/2 day Browns Canyon raft trip with Noah’s Ark (Value of: $151.90)
After years of advocacy by TU and local partners in the Arkansas River basin, President Obama officially designated the Browns Canyon National Monument, protecting 22,000 acres of scenic lands along the Arkansas River – a gold medal trout fishery and the most-used rafting river in the United States.
Browns Canyon ½ Day Rafting
“This is a Noah’s Ark ½ day raft trip for up to 2 participants on Browns Canyon, a designated National Monument on the Arkansas River! Browns Canyon is the most popular Colorado whitewater rafting trip on the Arkansas River, and one of the most highly-rated in the country. We look forward to taking your family through breathtaking Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery, towering granite walls and rock formations, while likely spotting some wildlife along the way! Stop in and visit the Browns Canyon Adventure Park while you are here as well. Challenges for ages 7 & up!”
Prize: full day fishing for one or two anglers on Hermosa Creek, hosted by Buck Skillen, President of the Five Rivers Chapter that has partnered on the legislation and on-the-ground restoration efforts. (Value: $300)
Congress passes Rep. Tipton’s bill establishing the first federally-designated watershed protection area for the Hermosa Creek drainage including areas protected as wilderness and under special management areas. Hermosa Creek’s headwaters are home to a long-standing native trout restoration program spanning 23 stream miles, supported by the Five Rivers Chapter in partnership with the San Juan National Forest and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Donated by: Buck Skillen
Prize: full day fishing for one or two anglers on private water on the Fraser River or Ranch Creek, hosted by Kirk Klancke, President of the Colorado River Headwaters Chapter and a leader throughout the multi-year “Save the Fraser” campaign (Value: $300)
A lengthy battle concludes with a new “Learning by Doing” partnership established through which Denver Water will provide funding and water to help promote the health of the Fraser River and its tributaries, mitigating the effects of its new Moffat Project but also helping address historic damage to the river from past diversions.
Donated by: Kirk Klancke
Prize: cutthroats aren’t yet restored to Long Draw, so one or two anglers will spend a full day fishing for cutthroats in Rocky Mountain National Park hosted by CTU Executive Director David Nickum who helped negotiate the agreement. Specific location within the Park will depend on winner’s interests and physical ability. (Value: $300)
After a 20 year legal battle over federal land use permits for the reservoir, CTU, the Forest Service, and Water Supply and Storage Company reach an agreement through which the irrigators mitigate their reservoir’s impacts on fish and wildlife by providing $1.25 million in seed money for Colorado’s largest-ever native trout restoration program, which will span over 40 miles of the Poudre headwaters.
Donated by: David Nickum