A tale of water, reclamation and tough decisions

The 2018 5 Rivers Odyssey crew. Photo courtesy of Flylords It is that time of the year: long days, great hatches, and the 5 Rivers Odyssey. Now in its third year, this year’s 5 Rivers Odyssey participants will be exploring the Pacific Northwest for the next five weeks. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey: Morgan Bradley

My name is Morgan Bradley and I am from Telluride, Colo. From a young age, I began fishing with my dad, who has been a life-long angler. It started with a spin rod, fishing with worms and other bait for species like catfish and bass back when I used to live in Phoenix, Ariz.. When … Read more

TU hosts 2019 Northern Nevada Youth Flyfishing Camp

by Makenzie O’Connor A core component of Trout Unlimited’s mission is building a broad community of river-stewards to help implement and sustain our coldwater conservation work. A primary focus of this effort involves youth outreach and education. Trout Unlimited’s California Program and our California Council and chapters support this initiative by hosting youth engagement programs … Read more

Restoring trout, protecting the future

Editor’s note: this is part two of a series on recovering native brook trout. You can read part one here. “What is the name of that tree?” Brandon Keplinger, the district fisheries biologist for West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, asked the 20 or so fifth graders from Slanesville Elementary School in West Virginia. The … Read more

Juntos: Connecting With Your Hispanic and Latino Community Members

“I’m not sure where to begin but I know this is important.” With the Trout Unlimited regional rendezvous season wrapping up with the Northeast Regional next week, I find it helpful to pause and reflect on common questions and conundrums that surface during sessions and side conversations to better support chapter and council leaders across … Read more

Youth key to steelhead restoration in Pennington Creek

Native south-central California coastal steelhead. Photo: Capelli/NOAA Fisheries. Steelhead, the sea-run version of rainbow trout, have one of the most diverse life histories of any fish species. On the West Coast, this life history diversity has enabled steelhead to colonize and persist in coastal drainages in a region—the south-central coast of California—with highly variable precipitation, … Read more

Hats off to educators across TU

I recently sat under a tent at the Western North Carolina Fly Expo and watched four teenagers speak to an audience of anglers about their experience as leaders in Trout Unlimited. Articulate, professional and a little nervous, they told the story of how it all started at Trout Camp. “Rivercourse changed my life” every one … Read more

Spring on Jack Creek

Beyond its confluence with Cow Creek near the village of San Ysidro, the Pecos River’s southward crawl is rarely supplemented by significant inputs other than random flash floods. Deriving its existence from how much snow falls on a mere six percent of its watershed, the Pecos flows most of its length through a desert, which is why I’ve always had difficulty believing that it’s the sixteenth longest river … Read more