October 24, 2008
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Trout Unlimited Founders Inducted Into Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Fly Fishing Hall of Fame
George Griffith and Art Neumann recognized at ceremony
LIVINGSTON MANOR, N.Y.--- Two founders of Trout Unlimited were inducted into the 2008 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum earlier this week.
Art Neumann and George Griffith, along with others, co-founded Trout Unlimited 50 years ago on Michigan’s Au Sable River with the intent to promote catch and release fishing practices and to create and preserve healthy habitat for trout.
“Trout Unlimited is proud to have two of its founders receive such important recognition from the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum,” said Charles Gauvin, TU president and CEO. “Their induction in the Hall of Fame reinforces the critical angling-conservation link on which Trout Unlimited was founded 50 years ago.”
The two join over 50 other fly fishing notables in the Hall of Fame, a designation created by the museum in 1985.
Neumann was the first vice president of TU and was a fly shop owner and rod maker. Neumann is now 91 and lives in Saginaw, Michigan. Griffith organized the first meeting of TU at his cottage, “The Barbless Hook” and was a lifelong conservationist. He died in 1998 at 97.
Trout Unlimited is the largest coldwater conservation organization in the U.S. and has 140,000 members, over 400 chapters. TU will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2009. www.tu.org