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TU's new cutthroat trout face coverings now available

Cutthroat gaiter

This past summer Trout Unlimited offered a limited run of special, trout-printed face coverings. 

The brook, rainbow and brown trout face gaiters were a huge hit. We all know what comes after a blockbuster: a sequel. Many asked for a cutthroat trout version of our face coverings, and that’s exactly what we’ve delivered.

But, as the saying goes, “But wait … there’s more!”

TU’s new line of gaiters do, indeed, feature a gorgeous cutthroat trout pattern. But this gaiter is of a robust design with thicker material over the mouth and nose (three layers instead of just two). They’re available in a two-pack for a $30 donation.  

Many anglers are already used to wearing gaiters for sun protection. These gaiters serve that purpose, but that’s not all. The first run of face coverings featured two-ply material, but the new gaiters now have three-ply material in the nose and mouth area to help further reduce transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Since the pandemic started impacting the lives of everyday Americans last winter, fishing has proven to be a popular recreational outlet. TU has encouraged anglers to be a part of the #ResponsibleRecreation movement, taking all necessary precautions to avoid spreading the disease when on the water with others.  

In addition to wearing face coverings while in close proximity to other anglers (while in a boat, for instance), TU continues to urge anglers to: 

  • Travel to the river separately to fish with friends, particularly if they plan to fish with people who are not part of their immediate household. 
  • Stay a “rod-length apart” from other anglers when at all possible. 
  • Wash and sanitize their hands frequently. 
  • Avoid physical contact with other anglers, like high-fives, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.  
  • Fish close to home to avoid introducing COVID-19 to small, rural communities that may lack the necessary infrastructure to deal with an outbreak. 

“This pandemic has resulted in a significant disruption to all our lives,” said Kirk Deeter, vice president of TU’s media department, and the editor of TROUT Magazine. “Fishing is a way to get outside and away from crowds, but we still need to do everything we can to protect ourselves and others. 

“These custom face coverings are a great way to be responsible, and also to show off our love for trout and our support for Trout Unlimited.” 

Click here to order your TU cutthroat gaiters.

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.