The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited works in the upper Arkansas River Valley in central Colorado. The chapter has over 300 members. Its projects run from doing habitat restoration and stream access maintenance to advocating for responsible public policies, and working with a variety of agencies on conservation projects. We offer fly fishing classes, a middle school enrichment program called “Stream Explorers”, have a womens’ group called FlyGals, and sponsor youth fishing derbies. Volunteers put in over 3,000 hours/year. The chapter also provides up to $12,000 annually for scholarships.

We are also working on an education facility, the Ecosystem Learning Center (ELC), on the banks of the South Arkansas river.

Take a look at our brochure.

Coming events

Fly tying social with Next Eddy
on Tuesday, Feb 7th, 6:00pm
Tres Litros Beer Company
Nothing is more rewarding than catching a fish on a fly you tied yourself. Come learn to tie for free! We will tie three classic Arkansas River patterns that teach fundamental skills. All tools and materials provided. As always, this inclusive event is free and anyone is welcome. No experience needed! We have extra tools and materials. Come tie your first fly!
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Board of Directors meeting, Feb 2023
on Wednesday, Feb 8th, 6:00pm

Board of Directors meeting will be held over Zoom. Click here to launch Zoom and join meeting.
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Fly tying social with UpRiver Fly Fishing
on Thursday, Feb 16th, 6:00pm
UpRiver Fly Fishing
We are pleased to be hosting informal fly tying social nights at Upriver Flyfishing in Buena Vista. These inclusive gatherings are open to any skill or experience level. Come to learn, come to share your knowledge, come to hang out with other fishing enthusiasts. Bring your own tools and materials, or use our tools if you don’t have your own. Upriver will be offering a 15% discount storewide during social hours.
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For a complete list of events, including all our meetings, check our calendar.

Support our chapter!

You can support our chapter by making a straight donation (processed by PayPal):

You can also support us by shopping on Their Amazon Smile program will donate 0.5% of all qualifying purchases to our chapter. Store inventory and prices are the same as always, and Amazon Prime works too! Click here to go to Amazon Smile, and click here to read more about this program.

Latest updates

We held our annual Year-in Review member meeting on November 11th at the Poncha Springs Town Hall. Members and guests had an opportunity to meet friends, enjoy great food, some impromptu music and view a Powerpoint presentation on the many chapter events and activities held in 2022.

CPC volunteers Henry and Ann Klaiman and Carole Perry received special recognition for their years of service to our fishing derbies. Jerry Wright was recognized as our 2022 Volunteer of the Year for his commitment to youth education. Retiring Director, Bill Dvorak was recognized for his 9 years serving on the BoD.

Business conducted at the meeting involved electing the Board of Directors for the remainder of 2022 and upcoming 2023.

The slate of candidates for this Board was presented, voted on and approved unanimously. The new Board of Directors is:
President: Chris Lamson (New)
Vice President: Keith Krebs (New)
Secretary: Karen Dils (Re-elected)
Treasurer: Pam Simpson (Re-elected)
Directors (New) Dave Moore; Don Harville; Mark Zinkula
Directors (Terms not Expired): Gene Milus; Kim LeTourneau; Jim McGannon; Dave Belmont; Bob Hamel; Bryan Ward

Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation, or play it on Youtube:

A slideshow of our chapter’s many activities in 2022. Features member-submitted photos as well.

And here are a few photos from the meeting: