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!



This is a lengthy update, so please bear with me.  🙂

Our apologies for having to reschedule the Big Stony workday again, but the holes for the trees weren’t done and it looks like a washout anyway.  So, we hope you’ll join us next weekend for that!  We also have our regular monthly meeting this coming Wednesday, April 2nd which will include a free meal at Due South provided by NWF.  If you’re trying to decide between one or the other, pick the workday, but we hope to see you at both!

Our chapter is considering signing on to a policy letter regarding climate change, that letter can be found at this link: Policy Letter  The letter has already been signed on by TU National.  Please let me know if you have comments on this or feel strongly one way or the other.

Also, TU is actively working on a women’s initiative to increase and retain new women members.  We know women fish and care about conservation, but our membership doesn’t currently reflect that balance.  That said TU is currently offering free membership to new women members for the first year and a discounted rate for the second year of membership.  The link to this free membership offer is:  Not be left out, new male members can join for a discounted rate at:  Please share these links to help grow our membership!  We are chapter #207.

Upcoming Schedule

April 2 – NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center in Christiansburg, meeting at 7:00, meal at 6:00 at Due South.  This month’s meal will be free thanks to Jay Chancellor and the National Wildlife Federation, members of the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter will also be invited to this dinner for a continued discussion on climate change.


April 5 – The Big Stony Creek Workday has been rescheduled.  We need 20+ folks, so don’t be bashful!
Please bring gloves.  Other tools that would be helpful to bring if you have them: fence post driver, sledge hammer, fence pliers/wire cutters, and round nose shovel.  We will plant 75 trees and fence them for protection from beavers and other wildlife. We will meet at 9am at the main parking lot at Glen Alton. Click here for directions from Blacksburg.  The plan will be to work until about 1:00, have a bbq lunch, then fish the rest of the afternoon.  You are welcome to invite friends or other groups to join us for this workday!
Please RSVP by responding to this poll ( so we can get a headcount for lunch.


April 12 – Elkhorn Creek Cleanup (with WVTU)  Click here for more information.

We will carpool up from Blacksburg.  The general plan will be to work for 1/2 day, lunch provided, then fish for 1/2 day.  We have about 5 folks signed up for this already.
Please email if you’re interested in joining us for this.

April 12 – Virginia Council TU Meeting
This is being held in conjunction with the VA fly fishing and wine festival in Waynesboro.
Please let us know if you are interested in representing NRVTU at this meeting.


April 26 – Traliblazer Event at Camp Powhatan, Hiwassee, VA

Need 2+ volunteers to work with Boy Scouts on fly fishing, fly tying, stream ecology, etc.  We have displays and equipment to use if we can find volunteers for this opportunity.

Email Keilee Guthrie for more information,

April 26 – DAV/Project Healing Waters Event, Martinsville, VA  put on by Smith River TU, Arrive at 11, lunch at 12, followed by fishing with Vets
Please contact Houston at if you are interested in volunteering for this and he will coordinate.

May 7 – NRVTU Regular Monthly Meeting at the Montgomery County Government Center & meal at Due South.


May 30-June 1 – Mid-Atlantic Regional TU Meeting in State College, PA

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


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

Email Arnold at to reserve a spot.

August 17 – Tentative date for the 3rd Annual NRVTU Banquet

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




Upcoming Meeting and Events


We will get together at Lynn Hayes’ place in Pembroke this Sunday 1/19 from 1-4 to tie some flies and watch football.  Please email if you’re interested and we’ll get you directions.

There is still a spot or two left for the trip that Lynn is planning for Jan. 28-29. It will involve a stay overnight and fishing both days. Attendees will split the cost of the lodge ($85) in addition to a $100/ea rod fee.  Lynn has offered to cook and the fishing is great!  Please contact Lynn at if you’re interested or would like some more information.

Also, please join us in three weeks for our February Chapter Meeting. It will be held Wednesday, February 5th 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 to socialize and talk fishing.  We’ll discuss some of our ongoing projects and what we have planned for the upcoming year.

Also, a reminder that we have set the spring workday on Big Stony for Saturday March 15th, so please reserve that day on your calendars.

Houston Wiedle, one of our members, has stepped up to lead our group’s outreach to local Veterans and Wounded Warriors.  If you are interested in taking a Veteran fishing or helping with Wounded Warriors/Project Healing Waters events, please contact Houston at