Kara Armano

After inheriting the fishing bug from her dad at a young age, fly fishing has taken a central part in Kara's life for over 30 years. It has taken her on incredible journeys both in her backyard of southwestern Colorado and around the world chasing anything that swims. It has allowed her to form deep bonds with friends and family and most importantly, it has allowed her to get through cancer with some sense of grace. She continues to strive to be an advocate for cold water fisheries and tell stories that inspire others to protect our precious lands and waters.

  • Angler Conservation Program

    Sen. Bennet seeks to modernize oil-and-gas reclamation, leasing in the West

    Introduced today by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, the Oil and Gas Bonding Reform and Orphaned Well Remediation Act addresses inadequacies of the current federal reclamation bonding system, including outdated and inadequate minimum bond amounts and increased cost of reclaiming modern oil and gas wells. The bill's introduction is coupled with the reintroduction of Bennet's Public…

  • Conservation

    Drought and fishing in the Colorado River Basin

    To conclude our Western Water 101 series, I talked with a few of our staff working on projects in the Colorado River Basin about fishing conditions and what anglers can do to help protect our beloved trout. Low flows and high temps are already plaguing the Upper Colorado River Each installment of Western Water 101…

  • From the field

    Federal funding improves water efficiency in the West

    In Wyoming, the federal Farm Bill is put to work improving irrigation on the Henry's Fork of the Green River. Each installment of Western Water 101 will be accompanied by a podcast, released weekly. Find the fifth episode below, and subscribe to get each new episode as it's released. This important funding reduces labor, improves…

  • Advocacy

    Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico public lands bills up for hearing

    This Wednesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining will hear a slew of bills, four of which are of particular importance to TU members and supporters.   Find a brief description of each below and then click on the links for more information. Also, please call your elected representative to let them know…

  • Conservation

    Thinking big on the Upper Rio Grande

    Trout Unlimited has worked in the upper Rio Grande drainage for years, investing staff and volunteer time into things like raising water tables, reconnecting rivers with their flood plains and protecting public lands. We've worked with indigenous people and local communities to protect and restore this important watershed. We're now combining and organizing our various…

  • Trout Talk

    What’s your best day ever?

    Could you put a finger on your best day ever fishing? I know exactly when mine was, well at least so far. My dad and brother were visiting us in Glenwood Springs to fish for a few days in early fall. The weather was cool and crisp in the mornings leading to temperatures I live…

  • Gear reviews

    RIO’s Elite Tarpon line did the trick

    An angler casts to tarpon in Mexico.

    It might sounds counterintuitive, especially to new anglers, but having a good line can make a long day of casting heavy fly rods much less exhausting. Having just recovered from a year and a half worth of cancer treatments, I was grateful for that fact. On our recent trip to Tarpon Cay Lodge in Rio…