Dear Members and Friends of Merrimack River Valley Chapter TU:
We are all concerned about the current state of affairs regarding the spread of the COVID19 virus.
The Board of Directors is CANCELLING the April chapter meeting.
Future meetings will be addressed as necessary.
Thank you for your support !


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.


The monthly meetings of the 2019 – 2020 Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited are beginning October 8, 2019 and will run through May 12, 2020.The Board of Directors has been working throughout the summer months to arrange interesting and varied monthly presentations on different subjects pertaining to fly fishing and cold water fisheries conservation. We will also be resurrecting the MRVTU Newsletter and this website with future meeting information and trout fishing info for our members.We have lined up a great list of presentations and new member recruitment program beginning at our first meeting and running throughout our regular meeting schedule.

The May 12th Meeting is our last for the

2020  Season !!

David Van Wie – David will talk about his book Storied Waters, which recounts an epic six week fly fishing adventure to visit rivers, ponds and streams made famous in literature. His is also lead author/editor of The Confluence, a collection of essays, art and tall tales about fly-fishing and friendship, co-written with six of his college classmates.

David Van Wie lives in rural New Hampshire and writes about fly fishing, outdoor adventures, environmental issues, and whatever quirky topics are on his mind in his blog at You can hear David pontificate about fly fishing, fly tying, bugs and nature on the Nature Revisited podcast in a two-part episode called Take Me To The River..

George Rollend (MRVCTU Board Member) and Dan Fitzgerald (Stone River) – George is an avid fly fisher. He and Dan will be talking about an  ‘Introduction to Float Tubing’. What you need to know about technique, equipment and what to expect.

-Raffle for flies and fishing books


Meetings are held at: Sweeney Post of the American Legion 251 Maple Street, Manchester, NH.

Guests and potential members are always welcome.

Sweeney has a cash bar and food for members available.

The regular meeting starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm and usually lasts until around 9:00 pm.


In Memoriam

Ronald M. Sowa
Past President, MRVTU

It is with much sadness that we inform you that our fellow Board member Ron Sowa passed away last month. Ron served on our Chapter’s Board of Directors for over ten years and was Chapter President from 2012 through 2016.

During that time he was involved in all aspects of the Chapter’s activities. His friendly demeanor, organizational skills and thorough knowledge of the State’s Fish & Game Agency and fly-fishing business were evident in all of his invaluable contributions. Ron was the driving force behind the revitalization of the FlyFish NH Show and thanks to him it has become one of the most important fishing shows in the Northeast. In addition, Ron served as the administrator of this website as well as our FaceBook page. We will miss our dear friend. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ron’s wife Helen and his entire family.

Board of Directors, Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited


Merrimack River Valley Chapter is a affiliate supporter of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation

NH Wildlife Federation – Preserve, Protect, & Conserve Wildlife Habitat and Resources


2017 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.

The 2017 Kids Trout Camp application kidscampbrochure2017ver2