The Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited draws it support from the city’s downtown and northern suburbs. We have a membership that is young and diverse in interests. DTU espouses and promotes the mission of Trout Unlimited to preserve, protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
The world famous Denver Trout Unlimited Pro/Am Fly Fishing Carp Slam is our major fund raising event. Proceeds are used to support seed money grants for improving the aquatic habitat of the Denver South Platte and sponsoring Trout-in-the-Classroom sites.
This is Denver, Colorado and a river runs through it. The South Platte was once a sparkling gem issuing from the foothills of the Rockies. It was home to indigenous fish and wildlife and a resource for native plains peoples. DTU has adopted a long term goal to turn the Denver South Platte river into an asset for the city of Denver and its citizens. Our objective is to restore aquatic and riparian habitat thus making the South Platte river in Denver a recreational fishing destination for residents and visitors and a refuge for fish and wildlife. Our focus is on the river below the water line, the aquatic insects, the quality and quantity of water, the structures and bottom of the river and, of course the fish, and other aquatic life in the water ecosystem.
Our goal for this year is to work on the mechanisms that can bring a minimum flow to the Denver South Platte so that the improved aquatic environments we helped create at Carson Nature Center, Grant Frontier/ Overland Park, and soon River Run Park in Sheridan are preserved during period of low flow stress. Our Trout-in-the-Class Room site at the Denver Public Schools Center for International Studies has had a survival rate from egg to fry of over 50% in its first two years of educational operation. A nitrogen spike in year three was indeed a learning experience for the students.