West Denver Trout Unlimited

Recognition

WDTU has been consistently recognized by National TU and Colorado TU:

  • Exemplary Youth Education Award 2014
  • John Connolly Communication Award 2014
  • Gold Trout Award – Best Chapter in Nation – 1987, 1995
  • Silver Trout Award – Best Chapter in the Region – 1996, 1999, 2011
  • Exemplary Chapter – Best Chapter in the State – 2007, 2011
  • Exemplary Project Award – Clear Creek Restoration: Canyon Reach – 2012
  • Youth Education Award – 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009
  • Best Newsletter in Colorado – 1996, 1999
  • Best Communication Award – 2008

Here is what some of our partners have to say about us:

“We want to thank West Denver Trout Unlimited for all their support with our fishing derby over the past 13 years… they have helped with donations for food and provided many volunteers. They are always willing to step in where we need help, and, if it were not for them, the Joseph’s Journey annual fishing derby would not be as successful as it has been.” —Kim Steuart, co-founder, Joseph’s Journey

“We have enjoyed our 5-year partnership with West Denver on the Clear Creek Watershed Festival. Their Fishing is Fun hands-on education area at the Festival is always one of the most popular for kids and adults to learn the fine skills of fly-tying, casting a line, and catch and release… In addition to the Watershed Festival, we have a longstanding and multi-layered relationship with West Denver, with one Board member and another stream habitat project manager with strong ties to the Chapter. We also have benefited from our joint macro-invertebrate assessment projects and plan to do much more. Anytime we want to know how some proposal or activity on Clear Creek is likely to impact the fishery, we go straight to our friends at West Denver, and ask them.” —David Holm, Executive Director, Clear Creek Watershed Foundation

“Thank you for your significant contribution to the Windy Peak Program and for supporting our efforts to educate Jeffco students about environmental stewardship.” —Robb Gneiser, Principal, Windy Peak Outdoor Laboratory, Jefferson County Public Schools

“The partnership between the West Denver Chapter and the Orvis Cherry Creek store is special. The support and help we receive from West Denver volunteers for our introductory and advanced fly fishing classes is unprecedented. The amount of commitment and focus on educating new anglers is one of the many reasons that West Denver was named chapter of the year.” —Kerry Caraghar, Fishing Manager, Orvis Cherry Creek Store

“The partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and West Denver Trout Unlimited has been vital to the development of the aquatics program on the Clear Creek Ranger District in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Since 2008, West Denver has volunteered their time to assist the Clear Creek Ranger District in Friends of the Forest/Miller-Coors volunteer days designed to improve fisheries habitats in the Clear Creek watershed, River Watch data collection on streams throughout the District, and participating in the Clear Creek Kids Fishing and Outdoor Skills Day at the Rocky Mountain Easter Seals Camp in Empire, …providing pounds and pounds of food for hungry kids and adults during the Kids Fishing Events… They believe in the education of young anglers, and their dedication to the Clear Creek Kids Fishing event is evidence of that.” —Kelly Larkin, Southwest Zone Fisheries Biologist, Clear Creek and Sulphur Ranger Districts, U.S. Forest Service