Tri-State TU Youth Camp Update

Students learn stream entymology as part of TU Youth Camp

Students learn stream entomology as part of TU Youth Camp

The Tri-State TU Fishing Camp was completed on Friday, June 26, 2009 at Grave’s Mountain Lodge and was the most successful camp to date in the past 5 years the camp has been in operation. There were a total of 21 campers this year from states including West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The curriculum was cram-packed with such notable faculty members as C.J. Geraci (Smithsonian Institution) and Wes Jargowsky teaching about stream macro-invertebrates; Noel Gollehon on invasive species; Jeb Wofford and Paul Bugas of VDGIF on fish habitat,; fly tying with Doug Brune and Walt Cary; our own John Ross on stream restoration; Bill Bolin of Dominion Energy; TU’s own Jim Gracie on stream habitat restoration; and Kareen Beck-Herzog from Shenandoah National Park. The mix of campers included 3 girls and 19 boys with all levels of fly fishing experience (e.g. no experience to intermediate level). Read more »

Chapter Members Receive National Awards

Marcia Woolman receive Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award from TU National

Marcia Woolman receives Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award from TU National

GRAYLING, Mich. — Trout Unlimited’s highest national award for volunteer leadership was awarded August 22 to Marcia Woolman of The Plains, Va., at the organization’s 50th anniversary banquet. On August 21, John Ross of Upperville, Va., was one of seven leaders to receive Trout Unlimited’s Distinguished Service Award.

Woolman is the first woman to earn the Ray Mortensen Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership.  Created in 1999, the award recognizes a member who has made an extraordinary contribution by recruiting and mentoring volunteers for coldwater fisheries conservation.

A member of Trout Unlimited for more than 25 years, Woolman was active in the chapter in State College, Pa., before moving to Virginia. She has served as president of the Rapidan Chapter of TU, first vice president of the Virginia Council of TU, and a member of TU’s national leadership council. In addition, she has served on the board of the Goose Creek Association and the Beartooth Alliance, a conservation organization in Montana.

Distinguished Service Award recipient John Ross is the author of Trout Unlimited’s Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams and Rivers of Restoration, the history of TU released last year. For the past five years he has chaired the Virginia Council of TU. During that period, the council has initiated a youth camp, more than 75 Trout in the Classroom programs, and a campaign to improve coldwater resources in the 13,000-square-mile Interstate-81 corridor, which includes TU’s first Home Rivers Initiative in the Shenandoah Valley.

Factoid: Playing Fish

If you think playing a fish until you tire it out is okay, think again, reports the American Fisheries Society. Recent research shows that playing a fish until you tire them actually builds up excessive levels of lactic acid which can affect their ability to swim. Note: if a fish can’t properly swim, it will have a difficult time avoiding bigger predatory fish. Ultimately, this can have an adverse impact on the stability of fish species. “The rule here is to play fish to hand quickly and efficiently.” This will not only help aid in the species to service longer periods, but will also ensure that future fishing is preserved.

(Excerpt from Outdoor Life, May 2009)

Fishing in Colorado’s RMNP is not without hazards

Judd was standing here about 45 seconds prior

Judd was standing here about 45 seconds prior

Be sure to ask Judd Walls about his close encounter of the moose kind.  Greg Safford still comments on Judd’s nearly divine ability to walk on water


Stream Monitor Update

The 2 data collectors that the Rapidan Chapter paid for are now in Jeffrey’s branch near the headwaters and one is downstream about one mile. I know Doug was interested in getting involved in this, but with all the rain we had, I never did get to fully explore the headwater branches. I would have called Doug to do that with me, but I never was able to get out there. So, I discussed with Nat Gillespie the CSI results and where he thought they should go. I spoke with the farm manager at Cleremont Farm and Mark Thompson who are the two landowners and got permission. Read more »

TU Names Paul Bugas Conservationist of the Year for Virginia

Richmond, VA—Senior Fisheries Biologist Paul Bugas with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) was recently recognized by Trout Unlimited, a national conservation organization, as their Conservationist of the Year Award recipient for Virginia. Read more »

November 4, 2009–Rapidan Chapter Meeting

Join us at our chapter meeting on November 4, 2009, at the Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton.  Jeb Wofford, Shenandoah National Park Chief Biologist, will present “Shenandoah National Park Trout Management”

October 7, 2009–Rapidan Chapter Meeting

Join us at our next chapter meeting, 7 October 2009, at the Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton.  Larry Puckett will present “Prospecting for Brook Trout in the Shenandoah National Park.”

September 25-27, 2009–Rapidan Supports Project Healing Waters with Elk Springs Resort

On September 25-27, 2009, The Tri-States Sportsmen will host a Project Healing Waters event at the Elk Springs Resort in Monterville, WV.  Helping disabled active duty and veterans, Project Healing Waters brings the joy and therapeutic benefits of fly fishing to those returning from the challenges of combat.  At the 2 September meeting, The Rapidan Chapter voted to contribute $500 to this most worthy effort.  If you are in the Elk Springs River area at the end of September, The Tri-States Sportmen and the Elk Springs Resort would warmly welcome your support.  Also, the fishing is outstanding.  Contact V.A. Lunceford at for more information.

Click Here for pictures from the Elk Springs Resort Project Healing weekend.

September 2009 Hatches Newsletter

See and download the Chapter Newsletter for September 2009 Click Here