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

March 31, 2018 Rapidan River Cleanup/Picnic/Fishing


Lets join host/ChuckH at 9am Saturday, March 31 at Criglersville school for roadside designated cleanup assignment/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 will be challenging & 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.


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.


March 14, 2018 FWF Rose River/Syria


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.


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.


March 3, 2018 FWF Rapidan/Graves Mill


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


February 7, 2018 Chapter Meeting-CANCELED!


Meeting canceled due to weather. A special meeting may be scheduled before show for final coordination, stay tuned.  Thanks, Fred


Lets meet at Sun Trust bank in Warrenton at 7:30pm Wednesday, February 7 for fishing show final update  and fly tying with Andy Holmaas. Andy plans to tie a Parachute Adams, and a Parachute Mr Rapidan. Dinner at El Agave Mexican restaurant at 6pm. Bring any leftover Montana raffle tickets to this meeting, or to fishing show on February 17.


January 3, 2018 Chapter Meeting


Lets meet at Sun Trust bank in Warrenton at 7:30pm Wednesday, January 3, 2018 for the “all hands” meeting to review 2017 events & plan for 2018 events.

Dinner is at Faangs at 6pm.

See you there.


December 2, 2017 Chapter Chistmas Party


Lets meet at Joe & Donna’s home on 17155 Stormy Drive in Haymarket, from 6-9pm Saturday, December 2, 2017. Bring a snack, sidedish, dessert, and/or perhaps wine. Main course provided. Carpooling from pipestem may be required due to limited parking at house. Call Joe for support.

Thanks, Fred

November 1, 2017 Chapter Meeting


Lets meet at 7:30pm Wednesday, November 1 at Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton for chapter meeting. Speaker is Al Alborn on Tenkara rod fishing and chapter facebook basics.

Dinner with speaker is at 6pm at Faangs.


October 7, 2017 FWF Rapidan River-CANCELED

Hi–FWF canceled due to very low water & spawning trout.   Fred