Shane was one of 12 in attendance on an all-expenses-paid fly-fishing trip intended to show appreciation for active and retired armed service members in Alaska sponsored by Kinross Fort Knox and Trout Unlimited.
At the Trout Unlimited Annual Meeting every year, we have a tradition of putting the senior staff on stage to answer questions on the fly from the audience of 250-plus volunteer leaders. Last year, someone from the audience asked each of us to state the three most important areas of focus for TU over the … Read more
“Schedule it when I’m not around.” Meigan and Lucas Bell pestered me for weeks to host a showing of Live the Stream in the national office of Trout Unlimited. I am glad my assistant didn’t listen to my direction. Live the Stream is a fantastic movie. Its cinematography captures the essence of the “quiet sport.” … Read more
Editor’s note: The TU Costa 5 Rivers Program sent a handful of college students to the Columbia River basin to study the challenges facing the drainage’s fisheries. At 6 a.m. we started driving from La Grande, Oregon to the Grande Ronde River headwaters – Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Within 20 minutes, the car’s temperature read 40 … Read more
Paul Zimmerman teaches fly tying to military veterans. At 91 years of age, and as the sole care provider for his wife Patti, he is reluctant to leave her alone. He conducts all of his lessons at his home, an arrangement that’s also convenient for his students, who are often most comfortable with one-on-one engagement and places where calmness and quiet prevail. “Our situation was different from Vietnam,” says Zimmerman, a … Read more
Saint Ambrose once said, “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” That sentiment defines the work of Trout Unlimited’s Veterans Service Partnership, and was visible at the recent “couples trip” hosted by the VSP and the Friends of the Upper Delaware. The Upper Delaware is a great, but challenging wild trout fishery. … Read more
From August 13th to 16th we will host 12 veteran or active-duty members of our armed forces on a trip with Denali Fly Fishing Guides, a TU-endorsed business, in Cantwell, Alaska, to chase Arctic grayling and all their iridescent beauty.
The legendary Frank Moore, center, with TU’s vice president for Western Conservation Rob Masonis (l) and Dean Finnerty, NW Region director for TU’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project. Few Oregonians have had a more profound, positive influence on so many people in the Beaver State than Frank and Jeanne Moore. This remarkable couple, whose decades-long efforts to … Read more
We’ve all heard stories about the healing power of water and fly fishing. At Trout Unlimited, our chapters and volunteers devote significant resources to helping physically and emotionally wounded veterans heal from the horrors of war. But it’s more than that. Ask any die-hard fly fisher why they fish, and, after getting through all the … Read more
The TU Veterans Service Partnership (TU VSP) is pleased to announce a VSP volunteer leader training day will be offered as part of the 2019 Western Regional TU meeting in Olympia, WA on Friday, March 15th. The VSP is one of TU Volunteer Operations fastest growing programs and presents excellent opportunities for chapters to sustain … Read more