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.

Dear Members:

We will NOT be meeting at Sweeney Post for the seasons last chapter meeting.

Our May 12th chapter meeting will be our first ONLINE only chapter meeting featuring David Van Wie, author of ‘Storied Waters’. We will be using the ZOOM videoconferencing tool to share this presentation with you. This tool is free to you and requires no logins or registrations. We encourage you to upload ZOOM and familiarize yourself with the tool ahead of time. A ZOOM widget (computer) or app (smartphone) and an internet connection are required to participate.You will be receiving an email from Joel Kasper Chapter President, with details on how to attend that ONLINE meeting. So keep and eye out for that email.

Stay safe and watch your back cast !


35 Fabled Fly-Fishing Destinations and the Writers & Artists Who Made Them Famous

Storied Waters (Stackpole Books 2019) chronicles the author’s six-week odyssey from Maine to Wisconsin and back to explore and fly fish America’s most storied waters and celebrate the writers and artists who made them famous. Van Wie follows and fishes in the footsteps of giants from Thoreau to Hemingway, Robert Traver to Corey Ford, Louise Dickinson Rich to Aldo Leopold to Winslow Homer and many more. Storied Waters is a grand vicarious adventure, driving the backroads for weeks at a time exploring beautiful places, and meeting fascinating people who share a common interest.  This on-line event will be a live PowerPoint presentation featuring many of his photos and video from his trip including many insights on his trip and the writers included in the book, some famous and some nearly forgotten.

David A. Van Wie writes a monthly column for The Maine Sportsman, has published feature articles in Northern Woodlands and the Maine Sunday Telegram. He is coauthor of The Confluence: A Collection of Essays, Art and Tall Tales about Flyfishing & Friendship. After a 35-year career in environmental consulting and government, he now writes and lives in Lyme, New Hampshire. He is also an accomplished photographer whose images have appeared in his books, magazines and on-line.

You can purchase signed and personalized copies of his books through his website www.watchyourbackcast.com



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