Protecting and Restoring New Hampshire's Cold-water Resources
November 14, 2014 Membership meeting
Montana and Idaho Fishing 2014
Gerry and Garry Crow and Barb and Jim Norton went west in August
of 2014 hoping to experience western fishing without a repeat of the
2005 trip – sometimes known as the Fire, Earthquake, and Horse Wreck
trip, one of the more memorable of the many Bull Salmon Club trips.
Back in 2005 Gerry and Garry were involved in the horse wreck. The
Montana portion of the 2014 trip included fishing the Bitterroot,
the Clarks Fork, and the Blackfoot rivers in the Missoula area. The
Idaho portion included a horse back trip of six miles to the St. Joe’s
Lodge in the wilderness of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The
fishing was for Native West Slope Cutthroat trout. The river is managed
as a catch and release, single hook artificial fly and lures only.
The presentation covers logistics, guides, flies, and access. The
Montana portion of the trip is covered in the October issue of the
Outdoor Gazette – www.theoutdoorgazette.com
Trout Unlimited is a
national organization dedicated to protecting and improving cold water
fishing resources. Our local chapter is a key building block and our local
members volunteer their time, money and energy to improving cold-water
fishing resources in New Hampshire. Almost all members love fly
fishing, and related activities, such as fly tying.
Almost all members love fly fishing, and related activities, such as fly tying.
2015 Youth Camp
Youth Trout Camp is conducted by the NH Trout Unlimited State Council and its chapters throughout the state. The five day camp teaches appreciation through the art and science of fly fishing. The Youth Camp is for ages 14-17 years of age. To apply please download the Camp Brochure. (Click Here for Details).
The Merrimack River
Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets in Manchester, New Hampshire the
second Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held at the Sweeney Post of the
American Legion on Maple Street. MAP Guests and potential members
are always welcome. Before most meetings there is fly tying starting at 6:30.
The regular meeting starts at 7:30 pm and usually lasts until around 9:00 pm.
Every meeting includes a program with guest speakers. In the past, guest
speakers such as Thomas Ames and other fly fishing and fly tying experts
present slide presentations on fly fishing, fly tying, entomology, Atlantic
Salmon restoration, etc. In addition to outside speakers, members frequently
present their fly fishing exploits in New Hampshire,
In December, we hold
the Holiday Social where members enjoy refreshments and bucket raffles and
fly-swap. In the spring we hold the our Conservation
Dinner fund-raiser with auction and raffles. Every spring we conduct learn to
fly fish and fly tying classes for beginner and intermediates. In the Summer
we take a break and instead of meetings, we have weekend fly-fishing
day-trips to local waters.
To carry out the TU mission, the chapter participates in many projects to restore and protect habitat and improve fishing opportunities in New Hampshire. Projects include stocking Atlantic salmon fry and catchable trout every spring and many stream improvement projects. The Chapter purchased chiller/aquarium set-ups and sponsors three schools in the USFWS Adopt-a-salmon program. . The chapter also supports educational programs in local libraries with an interpretive display and brochures to educate the public on TU's mission.
By its nature, Trout Unlimited is an organization of volunteers. We implemented a project dedicated to helping fisheries biologists in New Hampshire in their efforts. Volunteers were teamed up with biologists to help with specific projects aimed at improving fisheries in our own back yard. Read about the background and organization of this important program. Part of the effort revolves around the Atlantic Salmon program, featured in this article.
To volunteer for the Adopt-a-Biologist program, email Jim Timmins
Go to our links page to visit sponsors, affiliates and interesting conservation and fly-fishing sites from New Hampshire and other New England states.