Dear Friends:

The Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited (718) will hold its annual banquet on March 14, 2015 at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa in Santa Fe, NM. As always, we will begin the evening with cocktails at 5:00 PM with dinner, fun, and excitement to follow.

We are very excited to have Bill Edrington as our guest speaker this year. Bill has owned Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City, CO for 16 years and has been fly fishing for over 40 years, mostly in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. He has authored over a dozen articles on fly fishing the Arkansas River, fly fishing caddis hatches and fly fishing instruction. His writings have appeared in Fly Fisherman MagazineFly Rod and ReelAmerican Angler, and Fly Fish America.  He currently writes the fishing reports for each quarterly issue of High Country Angler. His recent book, Fly Fishing the Arkansas, has become a “must have” for those interested in fishing southern Colorado. He has appeared on ESPN Outdoors and is featured fishing the caddis hatch on Colorado’s Major Six DVD by Marty Bartholemew.  Bill conducts over 20 seminars a year on fishing the lifecycle of the caddis and fishing Arkansas River hatches. Bill’s talk will be a conservation story of how hard work turned the Arkansas River, which had heavy metal mining contamination until 1993, into the #1 fished river in Colorado and, at the same time, the #1 whitewater recreation river in North America in just 20 years. The Arkansas gained Gold Medal status last year with over 5,000 fish per mile for over 100 miles, making it the longest stretch of Gold Medal water in the southern Rockies.

Our Grand Raffle features three amazing prizes and the checker board prize features a one of a kind bamboo rod from ZIA RODS.  This special bamboo fly rod has been made in "Santa Fe style" with turquoise, gold and silver and will only be available to banquet attendees.

Another photo of this amazing rod!!

2015 Grand Raffle Prizes

 1st Prize:  World Famous Vermejo Park Ranch - 2 days / 2 nights lodging for 2 people. Includes unguided fishing and meals. July or August only. 

2nd Prize:  Cow Creek Ranch - One day guided fishing for 2 people, with guiding by The Reel Life.

3rd Prize:  Soaring Eagle Lodge - One night lodging with dinner upon arrival and breakfast upon departure for 2 people. Includes unguided fishing and private water. Not valid September 1 – October 31.

Banquet tickets are $50 per person. A reservation card and return envelope have been included in your mailing along with two books of tickets for the Grand Raffle drawing. Grand Raffle tickets are available for $5.00 per ticket or a book of 6 is available for $25.00. Please include your payment for Grand Raffle tickets in the return envelope along with your completed ticket stub. In addition to the Grand Raffle, banquet attendees will have the opportunity to win exciting silent auction and bucket auction items in addition to the checkerboard for the ZIA bamboo rod.  This year's auction prizes include trips, gear, and much more.  If you didn't receive a reservation card and Grand Raffle tickets, see the contact information below to request Grand Raffle tickets or reserve a spot at the banquet.  Grand Raffle tickets will also be available at Santa Fe's fly shops: The Reel Life and High Desert Angler.

The Truchas Chapter’s Grand Raffle tickets and our annual banquet are the primary sources of revenue to help us pursue activities that improve the condition of the watersheds and cold water fisheries in northern New Mexico through restoration projects, education and advocacy.  These activities include participating in riparian area improvement and protection projects including Red River fish habitat improvement project near Questa, protecting and rehabilitating riparian areas along the Pecos River, and wetland restoration in the Comanche Creek watershed.  Our educational activities include fish fiestas, river cleanups, Trout-in-the-Classroom (TIC) programs in Santa Fe and Albuquerque schools, and funding a native fish exhibit at the new Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos.  We continue our advocacy efforts to protect and restore Rio Grande cutthroat trout populations, support erosion mitigation efforts in Simon Canyon on the San Juan River, improve winter flows and implement catch-and release regulations for the Chama River, and supporting efforts to fight any proposals that might restrict or prevent access to public lands.  

Please show your support for the Truchas Chapter by buying Grand Raffle tickets and attending the banquet.

The Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa will be offering us a preferred room rate. Rooms are available for as long as there is space available. The preferred rate for the Truchas Chapter Banquet is $109 plus tax and RTA.  Use the booking code 10L5RN when making your reservation..

The Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa is located at 1501 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Their number is 505-982-1200 if you need directions.  There is ample free parking on site.

Email Denise Stalzer (dcstalzer@hotmail.com); Mike Rearick (cowboy_11_2@yahoo.com); Patty Sciarrotta (patricia.sciarrotta@gmail.com) or Art Vollmer (fish4rgct@gmail.com) if you have questions or would like to make a donation to the banquet's silent auction, bucket auction or a financial donation to the Truchas Chapter.

Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited (718) is a 501(c)(3) organization and any donation that you make will be a charitable gift that the chapter will acknowledge with a thank you letter.

One can RSVP with the reservation card and return envelope included in your mailing.  Mailings should arrive to your mail box in February.