NRVTU Response to Mountain Valley Pipeline Proposal

NRVTU Members,

As discussed at our most recent meeting we will be submitting comments and suggestions to the potential developers of this pipeline. I don’t believe that many of us think this pipeline is a good idea, however if it is going to come through, we at least want them to minimize impact to our streams, mountains, and public lands. It is our hope that the comments we develop will be incorporated into the federal permitting and development requirements as part of the NEPA process. Below is a link to their website where you can review the proposed route, currently this crosses Big Stony, Little Stony, Mill Creek (Montgomery County), NF Roanoke River, among others. I would like to ask that you all take a few minutes to review this proposal and submit ideas/comments back to for incorporation into our letter. Please try to have these comments back to us as soon as possible, hopefully that will allow us to have a draft by our next meeting date of December 3.

We are also in the process of reaching out to TU National, the Virginia Council, and our neighboring chapters to make sure our responses are coordinated.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and in the meantime if you have any additional information on this, please pass it on.


Jason Williams
NRVTU President

Upcoming Meeting: Wednesday 12/3

NRVTU Members & Friends,

Please join us for our chapter meeting this week. Our December Chapter Meeting will be held Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm at the Montgomery County Government Center in Christiansburg. We will have a pre-meeting meal at Due South BBQ at 6:00pm.

Bring your vise for a tying session! Garrett will also demonstrate how to tie his favorite rabbit streamer for bass as well as Russ Madden’s Circus Peanut for bass and big trout so if you have any extra lead eyes, chenille, schlappen, rubber legs, or rabbit in your favorite colors feel free to bring them along as well.

In addition to tying flies we will be discussing general chapter business including progress on the chapter’s response to the recently proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

NRVTU Chapter President

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Chapter Meeting 9-3-2014

Hope everyone had a good Labor Day weekend! I know this is a busy time of year as summer comes to a close and schools start back up, but please join us for our chapter meeting tomorrow. Our September Chapter Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm at the Montgomery County Government Center in Christiansburg. Please see the chapter website for directions ( We’ll have a pre-meeting meal at Due South BBQ at 6:00pm. We’ll have a recap of our banquet and discussion of ongoing and new projects.

We are currently seeking a new meeting venue in Blacksburg, so if you have any ideas or access to facilities that we could use, please let us know.

A big thanks to those that worked hard to make the banquet a success. We made roughly $3,500 to fund our education and conservation projects for the next year! A special thanks to Pete Jackson to heading up the Banquet Committee again!

There is a New River clean-up scheduled for Saturday, September 6th from 8:30 – Noon, this cleanup is being led by ReNew the New. If you are interested, please meet at Glen Lyn Park prior to 8:30 am on Saturday. See for more information.
The New River Land Trust will hold their yearly Land and River Revel this Sunday in Blacksburg, those interested in attending can find more details here:


Annual Riverfest banquet THIS SUNDAY, August 17th

This Sunday, August 17th is the NRVTU 3rd Annual Riverfest Banquet! Anyone, TU member or not is encouraged to come out and support the chapter with food, fun, and prizes generously donated by members of our community and the outdoor industry. The event is held at Sinkland Farms in Riner and begins at 4pm. The event is 35$/person, 60$/couple and 30$ for students for all you can eat and a chance to participate in the auction and raffles. For directions to Sinkland please visit:

Riverfest is the main fundraising event for our chapter and 100% of the proceeds goes to local conservation efforts.

To RSVP please e-mail Pete at and we hope to see you there!


Late Spring in the NRV

By all accounts the bass are finally on in a big way and very accessible on the fly on the New. The native streams in Giles have had great dry fly fishing this year as well. A good go-to is a #16 parachute hares ear but other people have good success on larger attractor patterns as well. For bass, try twitching a CK Minnow or other slow sinking baitfish imitation for the hardest strikes or a clawdad or other crayfish imitation if they are being fussy about coming up in the water column.

Meetings and Events for Summer 2014

Upcoming Schedule

June 4 – NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center & meal at Due South.

June 13-15 – Dates for Shenandoah National Park Trip to the Rapidan River.

ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT!  Email Arnold at to reserve a spot, the cabin will sleep 6 comfortably, first come/first served, we can explore an additional cabin if this one fills up.  It will be about $50/person for the lodging for the weekend.

July 2 – NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center & meal at Due South.  (May change venue, TBD)

July 9, 16, & 23 – Tentative dates for the second year run of our fly fishing classes.

August 6 – NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center & meal at Due South. (May change venue, TBD)

August 16 – Motor Mile Speedway Outdoor Expo

August 17 – Date for the 3rd Annual NRVTU Banquet

Hope you can join us for some of these events, the more the merrier!