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
Hi–Lets meet at Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton at 7:30pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Summary of fishing show will be discussed. Speakers are Bryan Hofmann/FOR & Celia Vuocolo/PEC on Kinsey Run Plus.
Lets join speakers Bryan & Celia for dinner at 6pm at Faangs.
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.
Hi–Lets all support the show the ways we best can: sell raffle tickets, volunteer at show for several hours, attend the show, and tell friends about the show. We need everyone’s support. Hope to see you at the Fauquier Fairgrounds Saturday, Feb 11 between 9am & 4pm.
Hi–Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, February 1, 2017 for chapter meeting a Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton. Short business meeting; primarily on fishing show status and volunteer support. John Long is featured fly tyer; demonstrating a elk hair caddis and a streamer. All welcome.
Dinner at 6pm at Faangs. Chat with John about his favorite flies.
Last meeting before fishing show on Feb 11.
Hi–Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton. The meeting will review last years events and focus on plans for 2017. Help us to improve our chapter by attending this important meeting. Dinner is at 6pm at El Agave restaurant.
Hi–Lets meet at Joe & Donna Ray’s home in Haymarket on Stormy Dr from 6-9pm. Bring snack, dessert, or sidedish. RSVP Dec 6. Additional details about a week before event.
Hi-Lets meet at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton. Speaker is Red Bourdage on USSR/Georgia trout & Conservation. Lets meet for dinner at 6pm at Faangs Restaurant.
Hi–Lets meet at Sun Trust bank in Warrenton on October 5, Wednesday, at 7:30pm. Speaker is Paul Kearney from TU Tri-state Youth Camp at Graves Lodge, on June 2017 camp report.
Dinner at Faangs at 6pm.
Hi—Event canceled due to very low water.
Hi–Lets meet host/JohnL at 8am Wednesday, September 14 at Graves Mill/Rapidan River(at end of route 662) and Staunton River. Bring dries, nymphs, & streamers. Also water, snacks, bug spray, & hip waders.