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Each Spring the Chapter publishes email reports on the status of the shad run in the area, particularly as it develops on the Potomac River at Fletcher's Cove in DC. If you wish to receive these reports send an email from the address you want us to use to with "SHAD" in the subject line. No need to re-subscribe if you received these reports in 2016.

You Fish When You Can 

May  2017

Tom Mann, President NCC-TU


NCC-TU is planning these expeditions: 

May 13, Fly fishing 101 at Big Hunting Creek. Sponsor: Tom Mann 
June 3 & 4, Rapidan River at Graves Mountain Lodge. Sponsor tbd
June 24, Birch Run, recent stream restoration, picnic with Adams County PA TU
Mid-August, White Fly Hatch at Boiling Springs, PA with Tom Baltz. Sponsor tbd
September 9, Big Gunpowder Falls. Possible cocktail party. Sponsor: Dan Sheesley
November 18 & 19, Elk Creek steelhead trip to Girard, PA. Sponsor tbd
Possible additions are smallmouth fishing on the Shenandoah, and the Savage River.

We want your suggestions and requests for outings, and we will do our best to make them happen.  We need sponsors for these outing, too.  Contact John Graebner with suggestions and offers to sponsor outings, or phone him at 202-251-0479.


The National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited (NCC-TU) is a non-profit organization
established to protect, enhance, and restore coldwater fishing resources of North America,
particularly those in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Our May Chapter meeting will feature the dean of Potomac smallmouth bass guides, Mark Kovach.  Mark Kovach Fishing Services has been guiding on the Potomac since 1979. You don't want to miss this meeting.

Shad Fishing: The shad fishing season is still good.  Mark Binsted has put links to all of the information resources we need here in 2017 Shad Report #3 .

Passing the torch:  The May meeting will be my last as Chapter president.  With our dedicated board, Nick Miller and I tried to guide NCC-TU after the end of the National Capital Angling Show in 2014 to a new era including the annual fall fund drive, Project Healing Waters, Shad Night, and coming this September 26, we will host the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at the Avalon Theatre. These activities will enable us to continue funding projects consistent with our core mission in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.  Our president in the fall will be Andrew Reichardt, a member of the millennial generation, who has great ideas for the Chapter.  It has been a pleasure and honor serving NCC-TU.  

Tight lines, 


May 10, 7:30pm

 Mark Kovach on
Potomac Smallmouth Fishing

The dean of Potomac River smallmouth bass fishing will give us a comprehensive overview on how to fish for the feisty "bronzeback." This excellent presentation covers habits of the fish, where they lie in the river, lures to use for both fly and spinning, and presentation techniques. Mark operates a float guide service on the Potomac in the Harper’s Ferry area; bring your calendar - you may want to book a trip after you hear him.
We will meet at Rock Bottom Brewery
and Restaurant
The meeting will start  at 7:30pm with the program at about 8:00.  Join Mark for dinner at 6pm  or early for socializing before the meeting. Light food will be served. Cash bar.
NB: Last meeting of the summer. meetings resume in October.

Volunteers Always Needed:  

We welcome and seriously need people to serve on NCC-TU's Board of Directors and committees.  Please contact Tom Mann if you are willing to serve.

Updated 5 May 2017 by TOM

Family and Youth Casting Call

This free family fishing event on Saturday May 20 will be held at Constitution Gardens Lake on the National Mall this year.