Welcome to Enchanted Circle TU

 Please see this short video on our Rio Grande Cutthroat





Trout Unlimited (TU) founded July 1959
Enchanted Circle Chapter (ECTU) founded 2007

Mission carried out at grassroots level:

  • Protect (native & wild trout watersheds)
  • Reconnect (watersheds by removal of migratory barriers)
  • Restore (habitat, flows and water quality)
  • Sustain (by land conservancy, youth education & membership development)


Projects & Activities

  • Red River Angling Park & Hatchery Barrier Project
  • Restoration in vicinity of Questa Ranger Station
  • Reconnect sections of the Red River near Hatchery                                                                                                         Cost = $800,000; $5,000 ECTU seed money; $60,000 Questa Economic Development; $5,000 TU Truchas chapter;  $210,000Fed Fish &  Wildlife 3 to 1 matching funds = $280,000.  Balance from Habitat Stamps

Columbine & Hondo Tributaries

  • Columbine Creek enters Red 5 +/- mi. upstream from Questa
  • One mile upstream of confluence w/Red has genetically pure strain Rio Grande Cutthroat (RGCT)
  • Project to increase barrier (waterfall) depth to keep RGCT isolated
  • Work crew included chapter members, Taos High students, & USFS personnel
  • Hondo project to protect genetically pure RGCT near Taos Ski Valley
  • ECTU volunteers working with USFS & Village of TSV ECTU engaging professional engineering help to design barriers
  • Once barriers are established on these two tributaries, hope proposed Rio Hondo habitat and angler access improvements in the Village can proceed.

Cimarron River

  • ECTU is a member of Cimarron Water Alliance (collaboration of agricultural, municipal & recreational water users)
  • ECTU partners with Philmont Scout Ranch in “River Corridor as a Classroom: Engaging Communities in the health of the Cimarron River Watershed”.

Trout in the Classroom

  • Programs in Cimarron, Red River, and Taos.
  • ECTU provides aquariums, water chillers, related equipment
  • Students rear trout from egg to juvenile then release into streams

Taos High School Science Project

  • Working with science teacher & students at Taos High School to establish a Trout in the Classroom project.
  • ECTU funding a water quality & biological sampling program
  • Data will provide baseline info to ECTU and resource agencies
  • Data will assist in evaluation of effectiveness of stream habitat restoration projects

Water Quality Sampling & Testing

  • Coordinate with other volunteer sampling groups (e.g. Water Sentinels)
  • ECTU has active water sampling & quality testing
  • Volunteers trained to sample local streams on regular basis
  • Collected samples sent to certified labs for analysis

River Clean-up

  • Organizes or participates with other groups in periodic river clean-up
  • Support provided by USFS, BLM, NM Department of Game & Fish
  • Past projects – Red River, Rio Hondo, Rio Fernando, Rio Grande

Project Healing Waters

  • Serving disabled military men and women veterans.
  • Monthly meetings for fly-tying, casting lessons & outings

Casting for Recovery

  • Serving breast cancer survivors at all stages of their recovery
  • Annual retreat for 14 women at no cost to participants
  • Introduces participants to fly fishing, provides health & community support

Board Meetings, Social Events & Fund-raising

  • All meetings open to public
  • Offer periodic social events with expert presentations on angling topics
  • Two fundraisers per year
  • Annual Banquet (Dinner, Raffle, Silent & Live Auctions) Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Fall Fishing Tournament (guided 2-day tournament, 3 person teams)
  • Donation of funds always welcome; significant amounts may be designated for  specific purposes.