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.
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Meet and Greet Social at River Runners Lower Beach
on Thursday, Jun 8th, 5:00pm
River Runners Lower Beach
Join fellow CPC-TU members for our June 8th Meet and Greet at River Runners Riverside Bar and Grill at Fisherman's Bridge. Visit https://whitewater.net/riverside-grill/ for venue details. River Runners will be providing food and drinks at a 10% discount and some swag for TU members. Fun starts at 5 pm! Let's start the summer together on the banks of the Arkansas River! See your old friends and make new ones! Near the Fisherman's Bridge turnoff from Hwy 285.
Iron Fly competition
on Wednesday, Jun 14th, 4:00pm
Tres Litros Beer Company
Iron Fly is brought to you by The Next Eddy, Pesca Vida, and Trout Unlimited. 12 competitors will tie their hearts out while we throw as many curve balls at them as we can. 3 rounds to test your skills, each with its own unique challenges, all leading to the main event: the Iron Fly. But this is not your grandpa's fly tying competition; have you ever tied a fly with a dog toy? With a cotton ball? Possibly with your own body hair?? Anything is possible in this competition and being creative and able to tie on the fly will get you the win! Click here to register. *This is a 21+ event only for competitors. Under 21 are…
July 4th kids fishing derby 2023
on Tuesday, Jul 4th, 8:30am
This year will mark the 30th year (YES, THIRTIETH!) of the Collegiate Peaks TU July 4th kids’ fishing derby at Frantz Lake in Salida! Collegiate Peaks TU and Colorado Parks & Wildlife are once again teaming up to host what has become an annual community tradition. The derby is free and includes a free hot dog lunch for all participants and their families. The derby will take place the morning of Tuesday, July 4 and is open to all kids through age 13. Contestants provide their own equipment and lures or bait, but CPW will have extras on hand, so come on down whether you have a rod or not! Prizes will be awarded for first fish caught, longest fish,…
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.