Announcement: New River Valley Trout Unlimited “Thaw-Out” Special Event
When / Where / Time: Wednesday, February 4, Montgomery County Government Center, Christiansburg, 7PM
Guest Speaker: Bruce Ingram, Noted Author and Outdoor Writer
Topic: Hotspots and Tactics on the Upper New River and the Headwaters of the James Rivers
Q & A: Your chance to get the facts and inside tips for those “out of the way” but close places with any rig
Free Special Door Prize: Float Trip for 2 with Wes Hodges. Enjoy fishing with one of the best guides on the New River for Smallmouth and Muskie
Our Speaker: Bruce Ingram probably needs no introduction. He is our own gifted outdoor writer, author, and photographer home based in Botetourt.
Over his 31 year career, Bruce has written 5 books and authored more than 2100 magazine stories. Virginia Wildlife, American Angler and Fly Fisherman
are just a few of the publications that highlight his good work. Mr. Ingram’s ” Guide to the Best Smallmouth Rivers in VA and WV is a “must read”!
Bruce and his wife, Elaine Ingram were recently named 2014 Land Savers of the Year by the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, so he “walks the talk” too.
Our chapter is delighted to present this memorable, no charge event to our membership and their friends and family as a benefit of their involvement with Trout Unlimited. Please contact: Pete Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Seating is limited so come early.
A great evening will be had by ALL !!!
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 email@example.com 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.
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: http://www.sinklandfarms.com/contactus.html
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 Highpond1@hotmail.com and we hope to see you there!
Announcement: Trout in the Classroom Egg Pickup-Volunteer(s) Needed!
The chapter is looking for a member or two who can take some time off on a weekday to pick up brook trout eggs at the Paint Bank Hatchery and either deliver to the participating Trout in the Classroom schools or meet teachers at a central location. The hatchery can’t put an exact arrival time on the eggs, but they are expecting to have them the first week in October, as early as October 1st, 2nd or 3rd. If you think you might be able to lend a hand by taking the ride to Paint Bank, please contact Wes Gwaltney (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Angelo Biviano (email@example.com) for more details. Thanks!
A big thanks to everyone who joined us for our 2nd Annual Banquet “Riverfest” and a special thanks to Pete Jackson and the Banquet Committee! Though we’re not through tallying all the bills yet, we can say the the banquet was a great success! We raised a couple thousand dollars for conservation, and are looking forward to next year’s Banquet.
If you have photos of the event you would like to share please send them along to nrvtroutunlimited [at]gmail.com
Brad Bohen, of Musky Country Outfitters, will present a seminar on catching musky on the fly at Orvis in Roanoke on March 2nd. Several chapter members are planning to go, so if you’d like to carpool let us know.
June 2nd is the Come Outside and Play kids event at Glen Alton from 10:00-3:00. If you are interested in helping with a NRVTU booth, please fill out the form below by Thursday (5/31) evening.