2018 Rapidan TU Kid’s Fishing Day (Heritage Trout Day)

Our 38th annual Rapidan Trout Unlimited (TU) Kid’s Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 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. Approximately fifteen hundred children and their parents attended in 2017.

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 may keep up to six fish they catch. Any legal tackle may be used. Children 13-18 years old can fish in a stocked lake on a catch and release, artificial lures only basis. In addition to trout fishing, Rapidan Trout Unlimited provides hands-on fly and spin casting, fly tying, and knot tying instructions and collects 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.

2018 Rapidan TU Fishing Show

Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants of the 2018 Rapidan TU Fishing Show. The event was a huge success, thanks to your help.

The winners from the raffle are as follows:

  • Montana Trip – Tony Hill, Leesburg
  • Bogart Custom Cane Rod – Gary Crawford, Bristow
  • Phillipson Vintage Cane Rod – Bruce Shepherd, Madison
  • Tenkara Outfit- Michael McCarty, Fairfax
  • Orvis Clearwater Rod – William Perkins, Marshall
  • Box 100 Custom Flies – James Childs, Upperville

May 30, 2018 FWF NF Shenandoah River

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Lets meet host AndyH at noon Wednesday, May 30 at Mt Jackson covered bridge parking area on route 720 on the NF Shenandoah river. Bring chest waders, staff, poppers, streamers, craws, & buggers.

Fred

May 2, 2018 Chapter Meeting

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Lets meet at 7:30pm, Wednesday, May 2 at Sun Trust bank in Warrenton. Short business meeting, followed by simpler way to tie “parachute post” on dry fly, by Andy Holmaas.

Dinner at 6pm at Faangs restaurant.

See you there, Fred

April 25, 2018 FWF Cedar Creek

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Lets meet RedB/host  at 8am Wednesday, April 25 at Double Spur outfitters at Cedar Creek for trophy trout fishing in Star Tannery,Va(8am-5pm). Email Red(rjbourdage@comcast.net) if you plan to attend, so we can get head count for owner. It is $55 payable upon arrival(cash or check only). Bring chest waders(hip will work), dries, nymphs, & woolly buggers. Also bring snacks & beverages.

Fred

April 11, 2018 FWF Robinson river

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Lets meet host DougF at 10am Wednesday, April 11 at Criglersville school. Bring hip boots, nymphs and dries.    Fred

April 7, 2018 Kids Heritage Fishing Day

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Let’s join John Long & the support team at Graves Lodge along Rose River in Syria at ~8:45am Saturday, April 7 in Syria, and help kids catch fish & learn about conservation. See details above.

Fred

April 4, 2018 Chapter Meeting

Hi-Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, April 4 at Sun Trust bank in Warrenton for chapter meeting. The speaker is Kyle Hart, from Virginia Conservation Network/Richmond, speaking on what his organization does, and how we may work together.

Dinner is at El Agave at 6pm.

Fred

March 31, 2018 Rapidan River Cleanup/Picnic/Fishing

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Lets join ChuckH/host at 9am Saturday, March 31 at Criglersville school for roadside cleanup assignments, trash bag, & pickup stick handout; carpool up to river for roadside cleanup, then meet just beyond 1st bridge kiosk picnic area on left.  The road up to Rapidan River is very rough, and using low ground clearance vehicles is not recommended.  Chuck/chapter is providing burgers, buns, & condiments. Bring beverages for yourself, & snacks(ie chips, brownies, cookies) for others.

Email choysa1@comcast.net by noon on Thursday, March 29 if you plan to attend.

Fred

March 14, 2018 FWF Rose River/Syria

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Lets meet host John Long at 9am Wednesday, March 14 in Syria at end of route 670 at SNP boundary. Bring nymphs, hip waders, water, & snacks.

Fred

March 7, 2018 Chapter Meeting

Hi- Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, March 7 at Sun Trust bank in Warrenton. Fishing show review, and speaker is Mark Frondorff/Shenandoah Riverkeeper, who shall provide an update on river status. Dinner is at Faangs at 6pm.

Hope to see you there.

Fred

March 3, 2018 FWF Rapidan/Graves Mill

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Lets meet RedB & FredK at 9am, Saturday, March 3 at Graves Mill(end of route 662). Bring hip waders, staff, & nymphs.

Fred