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That "bucket list" trip to Argentina is now yours

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A group of 8 lucky anglers will spend a week chasing Golden Dorado and enjoying fine food and wine in Argentina. Guests will join the wonderful crew at Andes Drifters and Parana on the Fly April 4-11, 2020 for 7 nights of accommodations and 6 full days of world-class fishing.
 
During the first half of this combination trip, anglers will pursue Dorado for 3 days in the world-renowned Iberá Wetlands (Esteros del Iberá), the second largest wetlands in South America. In 2018 the Argentine Government granted Andes Drifters sole outfitter fishing access to a large portion of the marsh. Anglers will have the opportunity to chase Dorado in this vast, unspoiled environment. This mecca, which just recently became available to anglers, is sure to produce a lifetime supply of memories and fish stories.
 
From there, anglers will enjoy 3 full days fishing for large Dorado on the upper Parana River. Deluxe lodging and top flight meals will be provided by Parana on the Fly Lodge. The lodge is located just 30 yards from a private dock where a fleet of modern motorized skiffs will be waiting to whisk anglers away to chase their quarry!
 
This deluxe package includes lodging, guides, boats, tackle (if desired), all meals, wine and beverages. Anglers should expect to land a variety of different sized Dorado during this trip. Fish ranging in size from 4 to 12 pounds are quite common and each season several trophy fish above 40 pounds are landed. 

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Andes Drifters will donate 15% of the cost of each trip back to Colorado TU to support river and fisheries conservation work around the state! In addition to being a great supporter of Colorado TU, Andes Drifters goes above and beyond to ensure a memorable and stress-free experience for its guests. Anglers on the 2019 Colorado TU trip to Argentina had a blast! Space is limited--reserve your spot before its gone!

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YOU can fish with the legends!

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Fish with five legends of fly fishing!

September 16-22, 2019

Join Randall Kaufmann, Scott Sanchez, Jeff Currier, and Mike Stidham, on six days of fishing with Jack Dennis as your guide.

This truly is a trip of a lifetime for any fly fisher! The trip is hosted by Jack Dennis, who will be the guide rowing you on legendary fishing spots in Wyoming. The package also includes lodging and dinners with each legend. You’ll meet and fish with:

  • Scott Sanchez, famed fly tying and author of many fly tying books including Introduction to Salt water Fly Tying and The Never Ending Stream as well as having managed with famed Yellowstone/Jackson area shops Jack Dennis Sports, Dan Bailey’s, and currently JD High Country Outfitters.

  • Randall Kaufmann, a leading authority on flies, fly tying and fly fishing for over 40 years and author of several books including Bonefishing!, Fly Tying Made Easy for Beginners, Tying Nymphs and Tying Dry Flies.

  • Jeff Currier, worldwide traveler artist and fly shop manager for Jack Dennis for over 27 years. As a member of Team USA Fly Fishing, Jeff earned an individual bronze medal in 2003’s World Championships making him the first ever American to medal in the competition.

  • Mike Stidham, an incredible and master artist who has illustrated books for Jack Dennis, Randall Kaufmann, and is considered one of the finest saltwater artist of all time.

  • And Jack Dennis will be your guide throughout. Jack is among the west’s most famous guides and tyers, authoring the definitive Western Trout Fly Tying Manual and establishing Jack Dennis Sports in Jackson, WY and founding the Jackson Hole One Fly, which has raised millions of dollars for habitat improvement projects.

Due to scheduling each of the experts will take part in different days, based on schedule and availability. One lucky buyer will fish in the boat with one of the experts on all of the days. This is a real chance to get super autographs and photos with some of the legends of our sport! The trip is for one person and is only available for the specified dates in September 2019 - and just possibly may be Jack’s last fundraising trip. At 72 he considers every year a blessing for him to take anglers!

Your trip Itinerary:

Arrival Sept 15: You’ll arrive in Thermopolis, Wyoming and stay the night that evening as you prepare to hit the Big Horn the next morning.

Day One Sept 16 : Big Horn River in Thermopolis Wyoming, fishing the trico hatch in the morning and the Blue Wing Olives later in the day to evening. You’ll be small dry fly fishing to large spooky rainbows, browns and the occasional Yellowstone cutthroats on an amazing river with rising trout. Lodging provided in Thermopolis that evening.

Day Two Sept 17 :A journey to world-famous Monster Lake chasing some trophy trout in one of the world's most famous private still water fisheries In the evening we’ll go back to Thermopolis.

Day Three Sept 18 Visit the Buffalo Bill historic museum complex in Cody, with true master of fly fishing art Mike Shidham. The complex hosts one of the great tributes to the American Indian, Western , and the world-famous Whitney, the largest Western art collection. In total there are five museums, including the American Firearms Museum administered by the Smithsonian, and the artifact collection of Buffalo Bill Cody. You’ll enjoy late afternoon to evening fishing on a local private stream, and again have lodging in Thermopolis.

Day Four Sept 19: A morning fishing adventure to catch the trico hatch fishing on the Big Horn River in Thermopolis. After fishing to mid afternoon, you will drive to Jackson Hole to prepare for an upcoming float on the Snake River. Lodging provided in Jackson Hole.

Day Five Sept 20: A journey to Jackson Hole where we will drift on the Snake through the Teton mountain range with beautiful fall colors and rising native cutthroat trout. This is Jack Dennis’ home river that he has fished since boyhood. After the fishing trip, you will journey to Pinedale, Wyoming and stay the night there.

Day Six Sept 21 : You’ll fish the Green River or New Fork River in Pinedale, Wyoming for fall fishing for rainbows and browns on a choice (based on conditions at the time) between two of Wyoming's finest rivers. Autumn is a prime time to fish here, as waters drop and the fishing pressure subsides. You’ll enjoy some first rate dry fly and streamer fishing, and again spend the night back in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Departure Sept 22 After breakfast, depart for home!

Trip is for one angler and includes lodging for 7 days. Breakfast and lunch during trips included; does not include license or liquor. Travel between destinations can be with Jack, or guests can follow and personal vehicle. This trip is only for the specified dates in September 2019.

Calling all River Enthusiasts: This is your sneak peek!

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The Colorado TU River Stewardship Gala is the largest celebration of Colorado’s rivers and world-class fishing opportunities. In 2018, nearly 400 guests helped to raise over $100,000 for Colorado TU’s conservation efforts throughout the state. Funds from the River Stewardship Gala go towards CTU’s work in youth education, protecting statewide instream flows and temperature, reintroducing and protecting native trout, and preserving and restoring the state’s fisheries and their watersheds.

This year, Colorado TU is celebrating its 50th anniversary and we will be honoring William Reilly, the former EPA Administrator who vetoed Two Forks Dam and helped spawn new, more collaborative approaches to water management, with the 2019 River Stewardship Award. Join us at the Gala and support our work for healthy rivers and fish in Colorado! (P.S. Tickets have sold out over the past 3 years!)

Auction Sneak Peek

50th Anniversary Custom Sarabella Rod and Abel Reel

This year’s gala will be featuring a one-of-a-kind custom Colorado Trout Unlimited 50th anniversary SaraBella Fishing rod and custom 50th anniversary Abel reel - two Colorado companies partnering with Colorado TU to celebrate 50 years of protecting rivers! This custom 9’ 6 weight fly rod featuring a curvy grip, natural finish, native juniper reel seat, a blue to green body, custom silver 50th CTU logo and tagline, and a fighting butt to land all those trophy fish in style. (see in pictures above)

Fly Fishing Adventure of a Lifetime in New Zealand

 

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New Zealand is famed for its beauty and the quality of fly fishing you can enjoy!  This package for two includes five days of guided fly fishing – one of which is a helicopter trip into remote New Zealand backcountry – with seven nights accommodations, breakfast and lunch provided daily, and roundtrip airfare from San Francisco to New Zealand.  This is the fly fishing adventure you’ve been waiting for!  www.distantwatersnz.com

Want to getaway in March?  Distant Waters has one spot open on an amazing New Zealand fly fishing adventure.  The trip starts March 6th, 2019 and is discounted exclusively for Colorado TU supporters.  Learn more here.

 



Fish and Stay along Montana’s Fabled Madison River!

 

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Situated on the banks of the Madison River just 3 miles north of Ennis, Montana, anglers are offered unparalleled access to all the best blue-ribbon fly fishing in southwestern Montana. This getaway for 2 includes luxury accommodations for 2 nights, delicious meals including streamside lunch and gourmet dinners, and a full day of guided fishing on the Madison. The lucky winner of this trip will be “just a cast away” from their finest Montana fishing experience ever!  www.madisonvalleyranch.com

 

Experience a true Colorado Dude Ranch

 

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Enjoy an unforgettable Colorado guest ranch experience at Lost Valley Ranch!  The winner of this all-inclusive Dude Ranch Vacation package will enjoy a weekend getaway for 2, including lodging, meals, and a variety of outdoor activities.  Nestled among the beauty of Pike National Forest and just 70 miles southwest of Denver, Lost Valley Ranch is a great place to escape for a fun-filled weekend!  www.lostvalleyranch.com

But wait, there’s more:

  • 6-day, 5-night float trip for 2 on the Middle Fork of the Salmon from Middle Fork Adventures

  • "A Diamond Takes Shape Slowly" – framed artist print by Judy Haas of Telluride

  • 3-day, 2-night stay at the Flat Tops Wilderness Camp plus guided fishing for 2 from Ripple Creek Lodge

  • Full-day walk/wade for 2 on your favorite Southwestern Colorado river with Duranglers

  • Green River gear bag and Thunderhead submersible backpack from Fishpond

  • Full-day walk/wade for 2 on waters near Sheridan, Wyoming with Rock Creek Anglers

  • Bring three of your friends and brew your own beer with Horse and Dragon Brewing

  • Two nights lodging in a Breckenridge condo plus a float fishing trip on a private put-in on the Colorado River from Mountain Angler

CTU named beneficiary of Anglers All Trout Clave with match from Patagonia

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REPOST: Anglers All and Patagonia Raise More than $11K for Conservation

MAY 9, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that more than $11,000 was raised for conservation at our 2018 Trout Clave on April 21! These proceeds will go to Colorado Trout Unlimited, and will be used to carry out important river conservation and habitat work in Colorado.

Anglers All and COLORADO TROUT UNLIMITED (CTU) co-hosted this year’s Trout Clave, an annual spring event here at the fly shop. When Anglers All committed to donate a portion of the sales from the event to CTU, Patagonia generously agreed to match that donation.

“The 2018 Clave was a huge success,” said Anglers All owner, Chris Keeley. “I’m personally proud of the commitment to conservation that our staff, clients, and friends displayed this year. We can make a difference together.”

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Photo Credit: AnglersAll 2018

In addition to Patagonia's support, key sponsors for the event included Fishpond, Sage, and Breckenridge Brewery. In addition to raising funds for CTU, the event promoted successful membership drives for the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

“Colorado Trout Unlimited so appreciated the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Trout Clave,” commented CTU development director, Shannon Kindle. “We had a fantastic day sharing our conservation story with attendees and recruiting a great group of new members!

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"As the beneficiary of Anglers All’s generosity and the matching funds donated by Patagonia, we look forward to putting those dollars to work on the ground in Colorado through habitat restoration, native trout reintroduction, and much more,” Kindle added. "A big thank you to all the Anglers All customers who helped to make this day such a success and to their part in helping Colorado TU continue our work protecting and restoring the fisheries we all love!”

We do owe a huge thanks to our friends, customers and the fly fishing community here in the Denver area. We're extremely proud to be a part of it. Thank you and here's to a great year of fishing ahead!

PRESS RELEASE

REPOST FROM ANGLERS ALL BLOG: https://www.anglersall.com/blog/anglers-patagonia-raise-11k-conservation/

 

Win a dream trip on the Madison River!

 ARE YOU READY 

FOR THE COLORADO TROUT UNLIMITED STATE WIDE RAFFLE?

This is your chance to win a dream trip on the Madison River – and help your Colorado home waters at the same time!

ONLINE TICKET SALES END WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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This raffle is conducted under Colorado Raffle License No 2018-12627, and is open only to residents of Colorado.

Anglers All 2018 Trout Clave in support of CTU - A Spring Celebration!

Spring has never looked so good! Anglers All's favorite annual event is Saturday, April 21 - the 2018 Trout Clave. Join Anglers All and CTU in a celebration of conservation with live music, food, beer, and of course gobs of fly fishing fun. The event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 and the party will continue until 5:00 p.m. The event was made possible because of great sponsors, including Patagonia, Sage, and Fishpond, this year’s event is going to be one to remember.

Be sure to get there early for Anglers All's annual half-off fly sale. From 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. only, trout flies are 50% off! But the fun doesn’t end there.

This year, 10% of all store sales the day of the Clave will be donated to Colorado Trout Unlimited in support of Colorado’s fisheries. Furthermore, Patagonia has generously offered to match this donation to CTU!

In addition to Colorado Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Bonefish And Tarpon Trust will also be participating in the Trout Clave this year. In fact, anyone who signs up for a membership to one of these great conservation organizations at the Clave will receive a 10% discount on their purchase.

Breckenridge Brewery will be supplying cold ones, plus there will be food and live music throughout the day. The folks at Breckenridge Brewery will be sponsoring some awesome South Platte River service projects that day, including a river cleanup, pollinator plantings, and installing monofilament-recycling stations along the river. We will be asking for volunteers to signup in advance, so stay tuned for these opportunities.

The Trout Clave is a great chance to catch up with friends and customers and to celebrate a new year of fly fishing adventures. There will be raffles, gear giveaways, and opportunities to chat with product reps from some of your favorite fly fishing brands.

Big thanks goes to Patagonia for their sponsorship, as well as Fishpond and Sage. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Trout Clave!

 

Facebook Event Listing: 2018 Trout Clave

 

 

 

Trout Unlimited in Colorado 2017 Annual Report

We are happy to announce that our 2017 Annual Report is live and available for your viewing. Last year was filled with great work across the whole state and the finishing up of many restoration projects and continuing others! Thank you to everyone who supported Trout Unlimited in Colorado last year.

Click here to read the CTU 2017 Annual Report

 

The 2018 River Stewardship Gala Online Auction is Live!

Colorado Trout Unlimited's River Stewardship Gala is this Thursday, March 8! Thanks to our generous donors, we've compiled a massive online silent auction that you can start bidding on right now! When you see an item you like, just click the link to register and you're ready to go.

Even if you are not able to make it to the event, you are welcome to participate in our online auction. This is a great opportunity to get some exclusive items, trips, and experiences with proceeds going right into trout and river conservation in Colorado.

Pro tip: You can also place reserve bids for items that will be featured in our live auction the night of the event. 

Click here to see the online auction! 

 

 

West Denver Trout Unlimited Chapter's Fantasy Raffle for a good cause

The West Denver Trout Unlimited (WDTU) Chapter in Colorado is having their annual "Fantasy Raffle" with proceeds going towards chapter projects and operations such as their annual Joseph’s Journey fishing day for terminally ill children, and several stream habitat improvement projects on Clear Creek. This is a great way to support a local chapter as possibly win a fabulous prize consisting of over 35 great items. The drawing is held at the May Chapter meeting each year. You need not be present to win. This year’s WDTU May Chapter Meeting is on May 2nd.

Check out their raffle and purchase tickets!

National Funds to Support Greenback Recovery in CO

JANUARY 4, 2018 – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has recently announced their slate of awardees for the competitive Bring Back the Natives Grant (BBN)– a program that will provide $1 million in grants to support habitat restoration and other on-the-ground projects that advance recovery goals of native fish throughout the United States in 2018-19. A partnership between NFWF, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bass Pro Shops and the Brunswick Public Foundation, “Bring Back the Natives represents the benefits of coordinated efforts between private landowners and federal agencies to improve the health of watersheds,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO, NFWF.

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As one of the 15 grant recipients, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will receive $60,000 to support the design and construction of a critical temporary fish barrier on Cornelius Creek.  Located in the US Forest Service Canyon Lakes Ranger District (USFS-CLRD), the George and Cornelius Creek drainage is one of the most significant Greenback Cutthroat recovery sites to date.

The Greenback cutthroat trout is currently listed as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, and is believed to have been endemic to coldwater streams and lakes of the South Platte River Basin. Once a thriving species, the Greenback has suffered significant impacts from human development, competition from non-native fish, and the introduction of whirling disease.  Once thought to be extinct, the native trout is making a comeback thanks to a coalition of state and federal agencies, non-profits, private landowners, and public volunteers.

The George and Cornelius Creek watershed has been identified as a high priority for establishing a robust Greenback cutthroat trout metapopulation. Due to its relatively low elevation compared to that of many other streams in the basin where cutthroat trout reintroduction may be feasible, these creeks feature thermal conditions that fall within an optimal range for cutthroat trout recruitment. Additionally, these streams are already managed for a Greenback cutthroat trout recovery population with regard to the Endangered Species Act, Section 7.

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Due to the complexity of the habitat within the drainage, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the US Forest Service will take on the project in stages.  With the presence of both whirling disease (WD) and non-native fish in the area, biologists will build three temporary barriers that will segment the two tributaries and allow for effective treatment over the next few years.  Once the streams have been cleared of WD and non-native competitors, the Greenbacks will be introduced.  This process is expected to take several years.

The desired outcome of the entire multi-phase project is successful establishment of a self-sustaining Greenback cutthroat trout population in 14 miles of connected habitat. At this writing, Greenbacks only occur in the wild in four waters, three of which are the result of recent introductions.

The Greenback Cutthroat Trout Recovery Plan (US Fish & Wildlife Service 1998), although in the early stages of being updated, calls for—among several other requirements—stable Greenback populations in at least 31 stream miles in order for the species to be considered for de-listing. Currently, there are no stream populations in the South Platte Basin that meet the Recovery Plan’s criteria for “stable conservation populations.” Therefore, the importance of the George and Cornelius Creek Project, which is slated to create up to 14 miles of such habitat, cannot be overstated.

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The Cornelius Creek barrier is essential to the overall success of the project by enabling CPW biologists to treat the upper section of the creek while concurrent restoration work is being completed in the other units.  With the funding provided by the NFWF Bring Back the Natives Grant, CPW will now have the resources necessary to move forward in this critical recovery effort and secure a large drainage for the Greenback.

Note: Due to various treatment protocols for Whirling Disease (which has been found in the area), the entire project will likely be completed near 2026.  The barriers will be in place by the end of 2019.  For more information, please contact Dan Omasta, CTU Grassroots Coordinator (domasta@tu.org).

For more information on the NFWF BBN Grant and other recipients, Click Here.