Unspoken: A Pursuit of Rio Grande Cutthroat – Film Trailer

What is Unspoken?

Unspoken is a short film about pursuing and conserving Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. The film was created primarily to inspire others to take action on behalf of the species. Unspoken was filmed and co-produced by Chris Johnson, owner of Living Waters Fly Fishing and Nathan Brown, Living Waters’ art and media specialist. Living Waters Fly Fishing is a Gold Level, Trout Unlimited endorsed business, and has partnered with Trout Unlimited in their effort to raise awareness and funding for the species. As a result of this partnership, Trout Unlimited has created a donation fund for those who desire to contribute directly to Rio Grande Cutthroat conservation. The money that is raised from Unspoken goes directly to on-the-ground projects on public water! Use the donate button on the right to contribute.

“The film started as merely an idea on a phone call, and then grew into something that reached beyond our scope of imagination! Nathan and I shot film and fished for a week – and oh my goodness, what a week!” 

In the course of a single week of filming, we nearly got stranded in a canyon, almost dehydrated, hiked over 40 miles, drove over 2000 miles, and I blew out my knee on the third day of filming.  However, we saw country that few ever see, and I know that most of the water we fished sees less than a single angler each month!  It was truly special to catch and release fish in places where no footprints could be found!”

Rio Grande Cutthroat occupy just over 10% of their native range and are primarily confined to high elevation streams.  Native to Colorado and New Mexico, the Rio Grande Cutthroat is the United States’ southernmost cutthroat subspecies.  Habitat loss and non-native species introduction are two of the primary culprits for the Rio’s decline.  Many are unaware that there is not a single native brown, rainbow, or brook trout in either Colorado or New Mexico.  The Rio Grande Cutthroat is one of only two native trout species in New Mexico and one of only four in Colorado (one of which, the Yellowfin Cutthroat, is already extinct).  The importance of protecting the Rio Grande Cutthroat cannot be stressed highly enough.  Organizations like Trout Unlimited, Colorado Department of Game and Fish, and New Mexico Game and Fish are dedicated to expanding the current range of the species. 

While conservation groups and wildlife departments devote a large amount of time, effort, and money to Rio Grande Cutts, you personally can make a difference as well!  Click the donate button on this page to donate to current Rio Grande Cutthroat conservation projects!  Scroll down further to see a full listing of current cutthroat conservation projects that we are involved in.

Thank you so much for watching the film, and for your support of Rio Grande Cutthroat!  Together we can make a difference for many generations to come!

Tight Lines,
Chris Johnson
Living Waters Fly Fishing

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All #Cuttnutt merchandise proceeds go directly to Rio Grande Cutthroat conservation! 
To purchase merchandise simply call Living Waters Fly Fishing at (512) 828-FISH

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Current Conservation Project:

Jim Creek

Photo by: Nathan Brown

All proceeds raised from Unspoken go directly to conservation projects.  Jim Creek is the first of many! Read more…