“in the same boat”
- INFORMAL be in the same unfortunate circumstances as others.
What we do as fly anglers — what Trout Unlimited does as an organization — affects millions of others around the world. In a very real and very immediate sense, it affects our TU Business members. These members have supported us at every level of our organization from the local chapter banquet to the lobbying in Washington, DC. Now, it’s time for us to support them because we’re all in the same boat.
We’re asking all 300,000 Trout Unlimited members to support our Business members in these uncertain times. Buy some gift cards — in fact, buy a lot of gift cards. Buy some gear. If you can’t or don’t want to go in person, do it online or by phone. But do it. They aren’t nameless, faceless corporate entities. They’re real people with real families who depend on them. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring some of them here. And we hope you’ll support them all. We’re all part of the TU Team.
If we had MVP players on that team, those MVPs would certainly include Brian and Colby Trow, the twin brothers who opened Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2003. They offer the finest products, outstanding fly-fishing education and personalized guide services to their customers and clients. Their business success comes from a knowledgeable, experienced and hardworking crew of shop staff and guides. They call themselves “dedicated stewards of the resources that are the foundation of our business.” There’s more than a little modesty in that claim. They’re actually a lot more than that.
These guys are fly fishing veterans and conservation stalwarts. Together, they’re involved with Trout Unlimited at local, regional and national levels. They share a passion for restoring the local waters, and for providing service to the greater fly fishing community on the boards of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. For Colby and Brian, engagement in fly fishing doesn’t stop at the shop door or even at the Shenandoah Valley. It’s much bigger than that. For these guys, there’s no real dividing line between their business, their service to the industry, to kids or to veterans, or to conservation. It’s all one great whole.
These are difficult times. COVID-19 has all of us on edge. Millions of us are under lockdown. Millions more are isolating themselves and practicing social distancing, limiting their personal contact with others. It’s a global pandemic, and it’s serious business. In communities across the US and around the world, we’re all experiencing it. Let’s support each other. After all … we’re all in the same boat.
Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
Colby and Brian Trow
Harrisonburg, VA 22801