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.

We publish a monthly newsletter. You can read through the newsletter archive, and you can subscribe to it here.

Coming events

International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4)
on Thursday, Apr 13th, 6:00pm
Surf Hotel
Ivy Ballroom, Surf Hotel | April 13, 2023 Doors open at 6:00 PM, Film begins at 7:00 PM Buy tickets at Tickets will be available for purchase at Upriver Fly Shop and if available, at the door on the day of the event. For information about this screening, please contact host at For questions about IF4™ or the presentation email
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July 4th kids fishing derby 2023
on Tuesday, Jul 4th, 8:30am
Frantz Lake
Free fishing derby for children through 13 years old (contestants provide own equipment and bait) Tuesday, July 4th at Frantz Lake, County Road 154, Salida Registration: 8:30 – 9:30 am Derby: 9:45 – 10:45 am Prizes: 11:00 am Free hot dog lunch for contestants and their families
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Moonlight Monday fundraiser
on Monday, Oct 9th, 12:00am
Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub
October 9th is our Monday Moonlight Pizza non-profit day! Are you ready for some pizza, great salad & beer?! Have you visited one of our local restaurants yet this year? 10% of all sales that day will go directly to our TU chapter, which conserves, protects, and restores the cold water fisheries and their watersheds of the upper Arkansas River valley. Now is our chance to support a local business and their employees. You can easily social distance in one of their two spacious outdoor patios, as the tables are spread out at a safe distance. Come out anytime throughout the day or evening, and hopefully we can visit or talk to those TU friends we haven’t seen all summer.…
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For a complete list of events, including all our meetings, check our calendar.

Ways to support our chapter

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

City Market Community Rewards will donate to our chapter every time you shop at Kroger stores. All you need to do is sign up — click here for instructions.

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