Local Students Release “Trout in the Classroom” Fish

Over the course of the past year, several classrooms of students raised trout from eggs to releasable “fry” as part of Trout Unlimited’s Trout in the Classroom Program.  With sponsorship by the Rapidan Chapter, students at Cedar Lee Middle School, P.B Smith Elementary, Emerald Hill Elementary School, and Highland School received eggs that hatched, then cared for dozens of “baby” trout until of a size permitting release of the fish back into their natural habitat.

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March 2010 Hatches Newsletter

See and download the Chapter Newsletter for March 2010 Click Here

March 3, 2010–Rapidan Chapter Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Rob Paul/Pres. at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton,VA.  After introductions around the room(25 people present), the ‘Member of the Year’  award was given to Larry Willoughby, for outstanding support as Hatches editor for the past four years. Rapidan TU membership is now at 295.

Rob gave the financial report for Doug Farmer/Treas.(on travel). The account balance is $12, 497.76, with a shortfall of ~$6700 due to fishing show cancellation/blizzard. Read more »

Congratulations to the Raffle Drawing Winners

The raffle drawings normally conducted at the Annual Fishing Show were conducted during the Rapidan Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Sun Trust bank in Warrenton,VA

The winners of the raffle drawings are listed below:

  • Chris Bogart Custom Cane Rod ———–T. Radkowski/Arlington, VA
  • Winston TU 50th Trout Rod —————–V. Maslow/Virginia Beach, VA
  • South Bend Restored Cane Rod ———-R. Burnley/Richmond, VA
  • Float Tube Combo —————————–H. Howard/Leesburg, VA
  • $300 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Certificate —A. Livingston/Brandy Station, VA

The winner of the Grand Prize All Expenses Paid Montana Trip —F. Fox/Marshall, VA

Winners will be contacted by Fred Kallmeyer for prize delivery.

Congratulations to the winners and our heartiest thanks to all who purchased tickets this year.

Upcoming Rapidan Fundraiser–We need your stuff!!!


Due to the snow cancellation of the 2010 Rapidan Fishing Show, Chapter members have conducted formal discussions concerning ways to alleviate the current revenue deficit. A popular theme that has gained the Chapter’s attention and approval is for members to donate new and/or used fishing equipment. Your donated item of choice will then be sold during the Heritage Day (Sat. April 3) event at Graves Lodge in Syria, VA. All donated items will be sold and proceeds collected will go to the Rapidan Chapter. The Rapidan Chapter has reserved a special table at the Heritage Day festivities to sponsor this activity. The objective of this sale is to generate as much revenue as possible to offset current shortfalls in Rapidan’s 2010 budget.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please look over your stock of fishing equipment and donate items to the Chapter that you no longer use and would like to donate. Items may include, but not limited to: conventional fishing gear/fly fishing gear (rods and reels); clothes, boots, waders; fishing vests and packs; flies (half dozen/dozen with fly box); tools, gadgets, accessories; watercraft of any kind (float tube, etc.). Please make sure all items donated are in good condition as well as good working order for the resale. Read more »