2017 Rapidan TU Fishing Show

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2017 Rapidan TU Fishing Show! We are appreciative of the many hard working volunteers, vendors and especially, all attendees who visited the show. We are grateful for your support and your shared value of the region’s aquatic resources and wonderful fisheries. We hope to see you again next year!

So who were the big winners? Commonwealth trout, all Virginia anglers and the raffle winners (in that order, we think). Raffle winners listed below:

  • Montana Trip – Matt McMillen – Gaithersburg, MD
  • Bogart Park Classic Cane Rod (Chris Bogart) – Sharon McCaffery – Culpeper, VA
  • Orvis Vintage Madison Cane Rod (Red Bourdage) – Kevin Murray – Leesburg, VA
  • Streamlight Ultra Rod/Reel(LL Bean) – John Long- Ashburn, VA
  • Orvis Clearwater Rod (Mossy Creek Fly Fishing)- Dave Harvey – Fredericksburg, VA
  • Firehole 3/4 wt Reel (Fly Fishing Benefactor) – Woodie Walker – Fredericksburg, VA

May 31, 2017 FWF NF Shenandoah/Mt Jackson

Hi-Lets meet AndyH/host at noon Wednesday, May 31 at route 720 covered bridge on NF Shenandoah River off of route 11 south of Mt Jackson. Bring chest waders, staff, poppers, wooly buggers, craws, & streamers. Also water & snacks.

Fred

May 6, 2017 FWF CANCELED

Hi–Lets meet host KyleD at 8am at TBD. Bring dries, nymphs, & streamers. Also hip waders, water, & snacks.

EVENT canceled due to RAIN forecast.

Thanks, Fred

May 3, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Hi–Lets meet at 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 3 at Sun Trust bank in Warrenton for business meeting, including budget review & approval. The speaker is Preston Lazer: South Fork Flathead Wild Trout.

Dinner with speaker at 6pm at Faang’s. See you there!

Fred

April 22, 2017 Camp Funshine

Hi–

Lets meet BillH/host at 4H Center Fairfax shelter in Front Royal at 9am Saturday, April 22. Coffee & pastry available. Aquatic insect collection in am, pond fishing in pm with cancer kids & family.

Hope to see you there.

Fred

April 14, 2017 FWF Robinson River

Hi–Lets meet DougF at 10am on Friday April 14 at Robinson River at Criglersville school parking lot in Criglersville. Bring streamers, dries & chest waders.

See you there.

Fred

April 5, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Hi–Lets meet at 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 5 at Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton. Speaker is Rick Miller on: Patagonia. Dinner with speaker is at “El Agave” at 6pm. BRING your donation flies for Quantico to meeting in zip-loc address labeled bag.

Hope to see you there!

Fred

Raven’s Fork Trophy Section, Cherokee NC

Raven's ForkRecently, I had the opportunity to fish the Trophy Section of the Raven’s Fork in Cherokee NC.  This is a 2.2-mile managed section of the river on the Cherokee Indian Reservation that requires reasonably priced licenses and permits, but worth every penny.  I fished two 1/2 days and a full guided day on the river and found many fish in the 16-18″ range, caught a 20″ rainbow and the 23″ rainbow in the picture.  And I lost several that were bigger yet.  Nymphs, streamers and small dries all produced fish. Continue Reading »

April 1, 2017 Kids Fishing Day – Graves Mtn. Lodge

April 1, 2017 Trout Heritage Day/Rapidan TU Kid’s Fishing Day

Our 37th annual Rapidan Trout Unlimited (TU) Kid’s Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, 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 sixteen hundred children and their parents attended in 2016.

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 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.

March 25, 2017 FWF Rapidan River Cleanup/Picnic/Fishing

Hi- Lets meet at 9am Saturday, March 25 at Criglersville school parking lot in Criglersville, pick up some trash bags from ChuckH/host, and carpool up the rough road to the kiosk just above first bridge. Chapter provides hot dogs, burgers & condiments. Members bring snacks & cookies for sharing; and beverages.

See you there.

Fred

March 15, 2017 FWF Rapidan River/Graves Mill-CANCELED

Hi-

Lets meet John Long/Host at end of route 662/Graves Mill Rd at lower Rapidan River near Wolftown at 9am, Wednesday March 15. Bring dries, nymphs, hip waders, water, & snacks.

Event canceled due to extreme weather.

Fred