In February, we will shift our focus northward into the Keystone State, and have Tom Doman of Penns Creek Guides as our speaker.  In addition to Penns Creek, Tom Doman guides clients in the Little Juniata and Spring Creek, all of which have abundant wild brown trout, prolific insect hatches, and beautiful scenery.  

On March 9, we will look forward into spring, and feature our most popular program, Shad Night, a multi-faceted evening hosted by NCC-TU's Mark Binsted, author of our famous Shad Reports, and one of the founders of the Friends of Fletcher's Cove. We are fortunate indeed to have one of the country's best shad fishing venues right in the District of Columbia at Fletcher's Cove.  Save the date: you don't want to miss this program.

"Just as the sacred cod of Massachusetts is the accepted emblem of the Bay State, so the shad may rightly be considered the piscatorial representative of the states bordering the Chesapeake." 
Rachel Carson, Baltimore Sun, 1936


Tight lines,


Chapter Meetings
The next regular Chapter meeting will be at 7:15pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, featuring Tom Doman of Penns Creek Guides who will speak about trout fishing in South Central Pennsylvania.

Please check our Meetings Page for a list of monthly meeting speakers and topics.


On My Mind This Month

February 2016

Tom Mann, President NCC-TU


Each Spring, beginning about mid-March, depending on when the fish show up, 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. 
These reports are emailed only to those requesting them. If you wish to receive these reports and did NOT receive them last year, 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 2015; you are already subscribed. Six reports were emailed to subscribers in 2015.

See you later this year!    

Bamboo Rod Event

Meet to get bamboozled by bamboo on the banks of the Gunpowder on Saturday, March 26th from 9-1.  (Rain Date: Sunday, April 17th, 9-1).  Meet at the York Road access area downstream of the bridge.  Come to share and cast bamboo rods.  You don't need a bamboo rod to participate, merely an interest in them.  We will cast and swap stories, have some food, then after 1p.m. fish the Gunpowder.  If you have bamboo to share bring it, or if you have a great graphite, fiberglass, or tenkara rod feel free to bring it along.  Reply to for more information, or to rsvp.  This gathering is sponsored by the Potomac Patuxent Chapter of TU

TU Mid-Atlantic Council News

The annual MAC Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 19, in a location to be announced.  This is the primary fundraising event for the MAC.  Some of the proceeds are shared among the chapters in the council including NCC-TU, so save the date and plan to attend the banquet.  

Updated 5 February 2016 by MLS


This season, we will have try to have outings to all of our favorite fishing venues in the mid-Atlantic region, including day trips for Smallmouth in the Shenandoah, trout in the Gunpowder, Hunting Creek, Shenandoah Park streams, the Yellow Breeches, Conococheague Creek, Beaver Creek, Falling Spring, and shad at Fletcher's Cove. Overnights will include: Graves Mountain Lodge, Mossy Creek, VA, Spring Creek near State College/Bellefonte, PA, West Branch of the Delaware, late fall steelhead at Elk Creek, North Branch of the Potomac at Harmon's Cabins, WV. We want your suggestions and requests for outings, and we will do our best to make them happen.  We'll start these trips as soon as the weather permits.
Please email questions and suggestions to:
John Graebner 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.

Bonefish Mexico:  John Bilotta of Georgetown Fly Fishing  Company is hosting a bonefish trip to Costa de Cocos in March. Learn more.

Beautiful lake run brown trout caught by Richard Lin on the November 2015 Steelhead Trip: