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by Randy Scholfield The state of Colorado last month passed a fee increase for resident fishing and hunting licenses, which will go up by $8 next year. And no, I’m not mad about that—this is one “pay to play” scheme I’m proud to support. A Colorado fishing license is my Golden Ticket, after all— [ READ MORE... ]
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Access granted: The new bypass channel around Ware and Hinds diversion dam. By Richard van Gytenbeek It began as a casual conversation in a Colorado River District meeting between Trout Unlimited staff and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Now a project to restore fish passage on Elk Creek, a [ READ MORE... ]
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Project site during construction from upper adit levels on McClellan Mountain. (Photos: Jason Willis) Editor’s note: On March 14, Jason Willis, Trout Unlimited’s Colorado Abandoned Mines Land program manager, was awarded the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Regional Forester’s Honor Award for Sustaining [ READ MORE... ]
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By Randy Scholfield It might be hard to put fishing and farming together in your mind—but in fact, the health of our nation’s trout rivers and streams is directly related to the health of our agricultural land and water. Think about it: Those same creeks and watersheds that feed agricultural crops [ READ MORE... ]
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by Laura Ziemer The future of the West is inextricably linked to its water. The early pioneers first found a spring, stream, or dug a well, and then built their homestead—not the other way around. Although the scale is different today, water security and drought resilience are still fundamental to [ READ MORE... ]
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By Brad Powell Standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, gazing into the awe-inspiring abyss, it’s easy to think that this timeless landscape is impervious to human activity and impact. That would be a mistake. We know that, for years, reckless and unbridled uranium mining has had serious [ READ MORE... ]
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By Randy Scholfield I don’t know if anyone besides me is feeling a bit left behind by the technological advances in modern trout fishing gear. I’ve been needing a new basic five-weight rod, but my review of current rod technology has left me confused and a bit intimidated. The choices are [ READ MORE... ]
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The Denver Post had an interesting piece over the weekend about how rainbow trout are making a comeback in Colorado, after being decimated by whirling disease since the 1990s (several other Western states were hit hard, too, including Montana). What’s exciting biologists is the discovery of a [ READ MORE... ]
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This fence line photo clearly shows the benefits of the riparian fence from only one growing season. by Kevin Terry In 2014, Trout Unlimited and Conejos County, with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), embarked on an ambitious project to protect 3.5 miles of Jim Creek, which is home to a [ READ MORE... ]
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Mely Whiting By Randy Scholfield You probably don’t know Mely Whiting. She has worked quietly and persistently behind the scenes—for years on end—to keep your rivers healthy and flowing. She’s playing the long game. And she’s winning. Mely Whiting has been counsel for Trout Unlimited's Colorado  [ READ MORE... ]
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