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

High mountain streams feed the soul

After some much-needed good news on the cancer front, I grabbed my cowboy hat and 1-weight and headed out the door. It was time to celebrate and I intended on doing just that by mountain biking and fishing (sometimes combined) on my gorgeous public lands.   I pulled into the spot where I hiked out last week and trekked to see what this next section … 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

Draining pond in Maine has good unintended results

By Jeff Reardon Since 2014, TU’s Merrymeeting Bay Chapter has been focused on brook trout in coastal streams, at least some of which migrate downstream to saltwater for part of their life.   They’ve been working with me to document brook trout populations in previously un-surveyed streams by angling and electrofishing surveys; monitor water temperatures with long-term data loggers; and, … Read more

Spawning brookies in Moosehead Lake offer hope in the face of challenges

The headline was an attention grabber, and the story went viral almost instantly: “Monster Brook Trout Are Spawning  on Moosehead Lake’s Shore.”  Based on my Facebook feed about half of my angling acquaintances immediately made plans for winter ice fishing or shoreline trolling right after ice out next May.  Maine’s Moosehead Lake is legendary. The largest … Read more

New license plate means happy trout in South Carolina

Nov. 12, 2019, will go down as a historic day for coldwater conservation in South Carolina. After a monumental effort by the Mountain Bridge, Saluda River and Chattooga River Chapters, a brand-new South Carolina Trout Unlimited license plate was unveiled. Designed by homegrown artist, Jay Talbot of Columbia, S.C., the tag features a striking native … Read more

TU, partners aid brook trout with NY dam removal

Native brook trout have gained improved access to 3 miles of quality coldwater habitat in Sullivan County, N.Y., thanks to a multi-organization project that removed an old dam that was blocking the stream. Trout Unlimited teamed up with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local landowner, Bald Mountain Inc., on the project on Frog Hollow, a stream … Read more