In 2003 Lee Orr (WV Council Treasurer) and I decided to learn the craft of making split bamboo fly rods. Armed with a couple of books and the worldwide web, we collectively started Vandalia Rodworks.
This project took me a couple of years until completion. My goal was to highlight some of the native brook trout restoration activity and obstacles facing this fish I love so much within the Mountain State of West Virginia. I had a budget of $0, a camera, and a passion for story telling.
Barely a few weeks before Colorado was devastated with flooding in late summer of 2013 I made use of a late invitation to use a vacated backcountry permit with fellow TU'ers Chris and Keith.
By TU's Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative Coordinator - Dustin Wichterman
How to grow membership? How to reach stubborn anglers?
Do you keep track of number of streams you've caught native trout in? How about number of native trout/salmon species/subspecies? Number of states you've caught a certain native salmonid in?
Putting the PROTECT in the mission - in a big way!
The cornerstone values of our mission in TU make us proud to be members of this great grassroots sportsmen organization, but how do we really get involved and make an impact for those values?