Category: Chapter News and Projects

December 6, 2014 Christmas Party

Hi–The chapter Christmas party is now back to Saturday, December 6, 6pm-9pm at Chucks house in Warrenton. Food & direction details to follow.

Fred

TU National Leadership Council (NLC) Seeks Increased Women Membership

Old  TU National has started a new membership drive for women from March 1 through May 31.  Free memberships is being offered to women during this time frame.  The NLC Women’s Initiative Workgroup is asking for Chapter help with their goal of increasing and retaining women’s membership within TU.
The goal for the Women’s Initiative Workgroup is to increase and retain new women members in TU.  A free membership program for women was started last year and was successful in increasing our membership with 2600+ women!  What is even more exciting is that our retention rate for these new members is now at 13% and has far surpassed the workgroups original goal!  To keep this momentum continuing, TU has started a new membership drive for women starting March 1 through May 31.  This information was included in the recent Lines To Leaders.  Free memberships will be offered to women once again during this time frame and I encourage you to promote this event within your Chapters.  To continue improving retention rates, TU is also offering reduced memberships to women who had signed up for the free membership when their membership is due.  The renew rate is $17.50 of which $15.00 will go to your chapters.  This membership drive starts March 15 through June 15.  I have attached an excel spread sheet of women in Virginia who took advantage of the free membership but have not yet renewed. I encourage you to contact the women in your Chapter and invite them to take advantage of the renewal rate of $17.50.
Here is the link to the free women’s membership for you to give to any women that are interested in joining TU.  And remember your chapter will receive $15.00 of their first renewal.  https://gifts.tumembership.org/women.  lease visit https://gifts.tumembership.org/women to take advantage of this offer.

TU National Seeks Increase Women Membership

Tu National has started a new membership drive for women from March 1 though May 31.  Free membership aere being offered to women during thes time frame.  The National Leadership Council (NLC) Women’s Initiative Workgroup is asking for Chapter help with their goal of increasing and retaining women’s membership with TU.

The goal for the Women’s Initiative Workgroup is to increase and retain new women members in TU.  A free membership program for women was started last year and was successful in increasing our membership with 2600+ women!  What is even more exciting is that our retention rate for these new members is now at 13% and has far surpassed the workgroup’s original goal!  To keep this momentum continuing, TU has started a new membership drive for women starting March 1 through May 31.  This information was included in the recent Lines To Leaders.  Free membership will be offered to women once again during this time frame, and I encourage you to promote this event within your Chapters.  To continue improving retention rates, TU is also offering reduced membership to women who sign up for the free membership when their membership is due.  The renew rate is $17.50 of which $15.00 will go to your chapters.  This membership drive starts March 15 and goes through June 15.  I encourage you to contact the women in your Chapter and invite them to take advantage of the renewal rate of $17.50.

Here is the link to the free women’s membership for any women interested in joining TU https://gifts.tumembership.org/women.  And remember, your chapter will receive $15.00 of their first renewal.

Another great Fishing Show

Thanks to the vendors, attendees, and volunteers for again making the Rapidan TU Chapter’s Annual Fishing Show a great success.  It is our only fundraising event each year, and allows us to continue the important conservation, preservation, and restoration goals of our organization.   We will look forward to seeing you at next year’s show.

The winners of the raffle drawings are:

Montana Trip – Dean Willis – Manassas

Premium Rod Raffle Winners

Bogart Cane Rod donated by Chris Bogart – E.D. Yost – Charlottesville
Sage Outfit donated by Urban Angler  – John Romberg – Delaplane
Gortex Jacket donated by L.L. Bean – Joe Sampsell – Warrenton
Holmaas Flies donated by Andy Holmaas  – J.S. Bryan – Richmond
Fire Hole Reel donated by Fly Fishing Benefactors – Tom Rakawski – Arlington

Bucket Raffle Winners

Chesapeake Rods and Reels – Pflueger reel and spools – Mike Sharon
Grauer’s Fine Tackle – Fly Reel – Mary Louise Kurchock
Urban Angler – Fish Pond Chest Pack – Pete Milnes
Hand Crafted Fishing Rods – Trout Flies – Fred Fox
Kovac Fishing Services – Bass Flies – Jim Bigus
Walt’s Poppers – Poppers – Charlotte Rodgers
Nikko Fishing – Soft Baits – Brian Murphy
R.J. Hosack – Reel Seat – Susan Keel
Michael Simon Angling Art – Print – Jon Mikolin
Fly Fishing Benefactors – Fly Box and Flies – Clarence Clark
Conrad’s Flies – Bass Flies – J. Martin
Shenandoah Rods – Chest Pack – Bill Renick
Addicted Angler – Trout Flies – Mary Louse Kurdoch
Tackle Experience – Trout Flies – Nicole Bayert
Shenandoah Angler – Flies, Box, and Book – Piccolo
Shenandoah TU – Michael Simon Print – Teresa Myers
Virginia Highlands – Books – Mike Swauger
John Ross – America’s 100 Best Trout Streams – Anthony Maloney

March 2, 2013 Fishing Show Prize Winners

Bucket Raffle Prize Winners: Addicted Angler/Flies-Gianopulos, Conrads Flies/Flies-Bourdage, Elk Lick Rods/Reel seat-Green, Fly Fishing Benefactors/Fly Reel-Kidwell, Grauers Fine Tackle/Reel/Line-McMillen, Handcrafted Fishing Rods/Fly Line-Yager, Harmon’s Luxury Cabins/Cabin-Mooney, Kovach Fishing Services/FFSchool-Calhoun, Murrays Fly Shop/Book-Myers, Nikko Softbaits/Softbaits-Romberg, Rose River Farm/Cabin-Clark, Rustic Frames &/Print-Gianopulos, Shenandoah Antique Angler/Field Bag & Flies-O’Connor, Shenandoah Rods/Flies & Framed Fly Stamps-McCaffrey, Simon Angling Art/Matted Print-Fike, South River Fly Shop/Fly Tying Kit-Delongis, Speckulater Charters/Charter-Clarke, Tackle Experience/Box of Flies-Myers, Toms Fly Fishing/Casting-Balker, Urban Angler/Ross FF Outfit-Petersen, VA Fishing Adventure/Kids Fishing-Mooney, VA Highlands/Book & Creel-Meeks, VA Sportsman Mag/Subscription-Foster, Walts Poppers/Poppers-Green, Woolmans/Fishing Books-Barker.

Premium Rod Prize Winners: Bogart Custom Cane Rod–Graziola, Hicks Rod Outfit-Clarke, LLBean Travel Rod-Masur, LLBean Gortex Wader & Flies-Feeley, Rose River Farm Cabin-Jacobs.

Montana/Yellowstone Trip Prize Winner-Bayert.

Thank you all for supporting our show.

 

2013 Rapidan Fish With A Friend Schedule Available

Whether a beginner wanting to learn, experienced but wanting to see new water, or just have a fun day on the streams with others, our Fish With a Friend program is great fun. More information will be posted on the website as each event nears. Contact Fred Kallmeyer (fredkall@aol.com) to be put on the email list that will go out before each trip.

CLICK HERE to see the 2013 Fish With a Friend schedule

“Public Use” in Jeopardy on Some Virginia Public Waters

By Beau Beasley, Rapidan TU Chapter Member, for Orvis News

In June 2010, Dargan Coggeshall and Charlie Crawford decided to fish on the Jackson River near the home of Dr. John Feldenzer, a surgeon from Roanoke, Virginia. However, Matt Sponaugle — owner of the housing development called River’s Edge, who had sold the riverfront property to the Feldenzers — insisted that the anglers leave that section of the river immediately. He pointed to the No Trespassing signs posted on the banks of both sides of the river indicating that neither fishing nor wading was allowed there. Coggeshall, who had fished that part of the Jackson for years prior to the home being built, countered that his map, issued by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, listed this section of the Jackson River as public property.

Eventually, Sponaugle called for an Alleghany County deputy sheriff to check the anglers’ fishing licenses. The deputy found that their licenses were in order and, because the state said that they had a right to be there, refused to arrest them. Undeterred, Sponaugle tried to sue the anglers in criminal court; the case was dropped, however, because the court found the ownership of the river in dispute. Now Feldenzer and Sponaugle are suing the anglers in civil court — to the tune of $10,000 apiece — for trespassing. ………READ MORE

This article was originally printed by Chesapeake Bay Journal and was been reprinted by Orvis News with permission of the author.

Rapidan River “Junction Pool” Coordinates and Map Link

For many of our events on the mighty Rapidan River we reference the “Junction Pool”.  The old-timers will tell you it’s the first big pool down in the valley after going over over top the mountain.  For those with more modern direction finding equipment, the coordinates for the Junction Pool are N 38.462108, W 78.365307 (or 38.462108,-78.365307 for google entry–either one will work).

According to the all-knowing Google, it’s 4.3 miles on VA 649 (Quaker Run Road) from the intersection of VA 670 and VA 649.  The road can have some pretty deep ruts, so leave the Ferrari in the garage.

For your viewing convenience a link to Google Maps can be found by Clicking Here.  See you on the water!!

2012 Special Love Camp Schedule

The 2012 Special Love Camp dates have been announced…
  • SATURDAY…April 14, 2012—Spring Family Weekend
    0900am…Creek Bug Study—1300(1:00pm)…Fishing at the Pond
  • SATURDAY…June 16, 2012—Reunion Family Weekend
    0900am…Creek Bug Study—1300(1:00pm)…Fishing at the Pond
  • THURSDAY…August 16, 2012—Camp Fantastic
    0930am…Creek Bug Study—***

***The afternoon is usually a fishing contest for the kids that starts at 1500(3:00pm)

Come out and assist with this effort…The kids really, really enjoy our time with them.

September 5, 2012 Regular monthly Chapter Meetings begin again at 7:30 PM

Just a reminder that we begin our regular monthly Chapter meetings again beginning on Sept 5th at 7:30 at the Sun Trust Bank in Warrenton.  Please come join us and get involved…see you all then!!  I’ll be Alaska salmon fishing, and Chuck Hoysa, our VP, will be leading the meeting.  Judson Walls will be making a presentation on Leaders and Tippets–Buying vs. Building