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Virginia Trout Slam a surprising, and fun, challenge

The cast was too good. The drift was too good. There was no way this was not going to work. And it did. A trout dimpled the surface as it slurped in the little olive Stimulator. It wasn’t a big trout, but I played it carefully in the fading light of a sultry Virginia May … Read more

Long-awaited raft a fishing game-changer

By Mark Taylor As we made our way through the final riffle, I dug the oars into the cool, green waters of Virginia’s Jackson River and aimed the stern toward the boat ramp. “Have I told you that I love this thing?” I said to my fishing partner, Sam Dean. My memory isn’t as good … Read more

Chance to go back to school a lockdown surprise

By Mark Taylor  In normal times, as winter’s gray turns to spring’s green, those of us who love to fish would be eager to get on the water.  But these aren’t normal times, which has forced many of us to change our ways. When allowed by lockdown mandates, some of us are still fishing, close to … Read more

Beer boost: Team effort improves habitat on Virginia’s Beaver Creek

By Mark Taylor  A team approach is helping improve trout habitat on a popular fishing stream near Harrisonburg, Va.  Trout Unlimited’s national staff partnered with the local TU chapter and a property owner to improve a section of Beaver Creek, a spring-fed stream that runs through private land but that is open to public fishing through a unique cooperative program.  The … Read more

NRCS awards $1.8 million to TU for projects in New England

Trout Unlimited has been awarded nearly $1.8 million for a suite of stream restoration efforts in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  The $1,795,495 award is from the Natural Resources Conservation Service through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  “I’m excited to announce the first RCPP awards under the 2018 Farm Bill,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “Through collaboration and aligning our … Read more

Dave Brandt, fly fishing legend, dies in New York

By Mark Taylor Trout Unlimited has lost one of its legends.  Dave Brandt of Oneonta, N.Y., died on March 26. He was 75.  Brandt was well was a longtime TU volunteer leader, his dedication so above and beyond that he had a chapter named in his honor. He’s one of just a few TU members to … Read more

The home float

As the old Toyota truck bounced over the river rocks and headed toward the water I couldn’t help smiling to myself. My brother and I sat together in the cab, our dad behind the wheel. He was dropping us at the river for a day fishing, like so many times before. “You guys be careful,” … Read more

Newsletter highlights successes in New England

From reconnection projects to in-stream habitat restoration, Trout Unlimited’s staff had a great year in New England in 2019, and are teed up for another big one in 2020. The efforts helped improve access to dozens of miles of previously out-of-reach streams for the region’s trout and other stream-dwellers, while also improving habitat in rivers … Read more