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About Our Chapter

Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to conservation, preservation and restoration of coldwater fisheries and watersheds. TU was founded on the banks of the Au Sable River in Michigan in 1959 and started when a ground of concerned anglers banded together to ensure the future health of trout, their habitat and the sport of angling. TU now consists of over 150,000 members organized in 400 chapters across the country.

The Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CCTU) was formed in the South Denver metro area in the early 1960s. CCTU is the oldest TU chapter in Colorado and was the just the seventh chapter established nationally. Now comprised of 1500 members, CCTU is also the largest TU chapter in Colorado. The bulk of CCTU members reside in Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village, Castle Pines and Castle Rock, but we have a number of committed and generous members that live outside of Colorado. CCTU is very proud of its strong tradition and legacy.

CCTU hosts monthly meetings to discuss conservation and angling topics, meet new friends and swap a few fish stories. Visitors and new members are always welcome! For more information regarding CCTU meeting dates, times and location, click here.

Upcoming Events

Fri 27
Lake Lehow fishermen

May ‘Come Fish with Us’ Program

May 27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

CCTU has started a new program for club members to explore some of the close, local lakes, ponds and streams. While we have great fishing in the mountains, there are numerous bodies of water close to home that the Colorado Parks & Wildlife stocks with catchable trout and warm water species throughout the year. CCTU […]

Lake Lehow Waterton Canyon Parking Denver CO
Sat 04
river workers

Gill Trail Repair Completion

June 4 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Workday: Saturday, June 4, 2016 Project Location: Gill Trail, Cheesman Reservoir Difficulty Rating: Moderate Project Times: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meeting Location: Meet at 9:00 a.m. Deckers Hall, north of (or behind) the Decker’s stores, we will then caravan to the work site near Cheesman Dam. Map Link: Number of Volunteers Anticipated: up to […]

Deckers Hall Deckers CO
Tue 12
Mountain lake with dramatic sky.

Project Healing Waters Trip to Crystal Lake

July 12 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Richard Pilatzke will lead a fishing trip with Project Healing Waters to Crystal Tuesday, July 12.  This trip will bring disabled veterans from Denver and Pueblo to this lake. Crystal Lake is located about five miles from Leadville on the upper Arkansas drainage.  It is an easily accessible lake with good shore access, but float tubes and pontoon […]

South Metro Denver Realtor Association Building 7899 S Lincoln Ct Littleton, CO CO
Sat 23
river workers

Musk Thistle Remediation Along the South Platte

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Workday: Saturday, July 23, 2016 Project Location: USFS property along the South Platte River Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate Project Times: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meeting Location: Meet at 9:00 a.m. Deckers Hall, north of (or behind) the Decker’s stores, we will then caravan to the work site near Camp Shady Brook YMCA. Map Link: […]

Deckers Hall Deckers CO


The Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CCTU) regularly undertakes important conservation and habitat improvement projects intended to CONSERVE, PROTECT and RESTORE our fisheries and watersheds. Common examples of our members rolling up their sleeves and getting to work include removing trash from local rivers and creeks, clearing out invasive weeds, replanting willows and native plants and grasses, repairing trails and closing improper access routes, and reclaiming abandoned mines or restoring habitat impacted by illegal mining activities. CCTU also consistently donates money in support of other coldwater fisheries and habitat improvement programs. Join Us!

See What Our Members Have to Say.

The Cutthroat Chapter is like family!
As a TU Life Member relocating to Colorado from Arizona, I was searching for a TU chapter in the Denver metro area to join. I was looking for a fly fishing group committed to cold water habitat conservation, youth education, and local fly fishing expertise. I found all that and more at the Cutthroat Chapter and know you will have similar rewarding experiences as well.
Ken James, Member & CCTU Treasurer/Gamesmaster
Through TU, I have a great appreciation for the fish that we catch and release I joined Trout Unlimited / Cutthroat Chapter in summer 2013 as a brand new angler. As a supporter, member, and volunteer for TU, I have learned a lot about conservation and preservation of our fisheries – watersheds – rivers, lakes, fish species, ecology, entymology, biology. Through TU, I have a great appreciation for the fish that we catch and release, so that the fish continue to live and populate the waters we so love to fish. Congrats to TU for making an impact on conserving, protecting and restoring the fisheries.
Cyndy Scholz, Member
A welcoming group of people with a shared passion.
I first sought out the Cutthroat Chapter in 2009 with the primary goal of finding more fishing ‘buddies’. What I found was a welcoming group of people with a shared passion not only for fishing but preserving the waters we fish and their tributaries. I have built trails, planted willows, fished new waters, learned new fishing techniques and locations from various speakers as well as making many dear friends along the way.
Mike Myers, Member & CCTU Webmaster

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