Thank You

To all of our attendees, vendors and volunteers for making the 2020 Rapidan TU Fishing Show a success. As the major annual fundraising event for our chapter, your participation helps support youth angling programs and fisheries conservation programs in our region. Here are the winners of the 2020 major raffle prizes:

  • Cool Water Outfitters WV Wilderness Trip – Jinx Fox – Orlean
  • Bogart Custom Cane Rod –  Len Ignatowski – Vienna
  • Cabelas Prestige Fly Rod Combo – Rick Miller – Warrenton
  • Cabelas Synch Fly Rod Combo – Kyle Dingus – Warrenton
  • Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod Combo – Sarah Masters – Herndon
  • Richardson Chest Fly Box – K Rychlic

Chapter Meetings:

Join us the first Wednesday of each month (except June, July & August) at 730 pm at the PATH Foundation Building, Fauquier Room “B” (2nd Floor) 321 Walker Drive, Warrenton,VA, 20186. Typical meetings include a speaker, a review previous months activities, and discuss upcoming events. Meeting are typically over by 9pm; dinner 6 pm, location TBA in advance of meeting.


March 4, 2020 Chapter Meeting

Hi- Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, March 4 at TBD Warrenton for chapter business meeting. Fishing show results will be discussed. Speaker is Sean Knick of Rush River Fly Shop on TBD.

Dinner is at 6pm at El Agave Mexican restaurant, next to Peebles.

See you there. Fred

April 4, 2020: Rapidan TU Kid’s Fishing Day

Our 40th annual Rapidan Trout Unlimited (TU) Kids’ Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, on the Rose River at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia as the major activity of Graves Mountain Lodge’s Heritage Day event. The Rapidan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Graves Mountain Lodge and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) are again partnering to provide this exciting and educational day for the kids. There is admission fee or requirement for any pre-registration for this event.

DGIF heavily stocks the Graves Mountain Lodge section of the river with trout and reserves the river for this event. Only children 12 years old and under are permitted to fish and are free to keep up to six fish they catch. Any legal tackle may be used. Children 13-18 years old may fish in a stocked pond on a catch and release, artificial lures only basis. Rapidan TU members will be on the river and at the pond to assist the children and their families as needed. Rapidan TU volunteers also provide hands-on fly and spin casting, fly tying, and knot tying instructions and collect aquatic insects from the river for viewing and identification. Information on conservation, habitat management, stream monitoring and the annual Trout Unlimited Tri-State Conservation and Fishing Camp is offered. Other concessions, exhibits and activities are provided by Graves Mountain Lodge and DGIF. Contact John Long with any questions about this event. See for additional information.

February 12, 2020: Bugs & Suds

Join the Rapidan Chapter of Trout Unlimited for an evening of fly tying! 
Learn more about where to fish locally, upcoming family friendly events, and meet future fishing pals. This event is open to all ages and experience levels. All supplies and instruction will be provided. 

Date: Wednesday, February 12

Time: 6-8pm, join for as little or as long as you’re able

Location: Altered Suds Beer Co., 36 Main Street Warrenton, VA (under Molly’s Irish Pub)

Cost: Free! Food and drinks available for purchase. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at

February 5, 2020 Chapter Meeting


Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, February 5 at PEC building at 45 Horner St, Warrenton for Rapidan TU chapter meeting. A short business discussion, fishing show status, & VTSSS water sampling plans. Fly tyer is Andy Holmaas, tying a brown bivisible & a green rockworm.

Dinner at Ledo Pizza on Fletcher Drive at 6pm.

See you there! Fred

January 8, 2020 Chapter Meeting

Hi- Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, January 8 at PATH building at 321 Walker Drive, Warrenton for annual “all hands meeting”. Chapter activities will be reviewed from 2019, along with plans for 2020.

Dinner at 6pm at Ledo Pizza.

Thanks, Fred

December 13, 2019 Chapter Christmas Party

Hi- There is no chapter meeting on December 4.

Lets meet at Joe & Donna Rays’ on Stormy Drive in Haymarket at 6:30pm Friday December 13 to celebrate the holidays together. Joe & Donna are providing the main course & some beverages. Please bring a side dish, snack, or dessert for others, and a special beverage for yourself or the hosts.

See you there!