This is your TU Chapter, and we want to offer programs that meet the interests of our members.  We are currently considering programs on muskie fishing, Potomac River smallmouth, and eastern trout fishing beyond the immediate area, possibly in the West Branch of the Delaware River.  Please let us know what you would like to see.

On Tuesday, February 7, we will return to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center for our annual Shad Night program with Mark Binsted.  Shad Night is a fundraiser in partnership with the Friends of Fletcher's Cove, that will herald the coming of spring.   To reserve a space large enough to accommodate Shad Night, we've changed the meeting to the day before the customary second Wednesday of the month. There is convenient public parking in the BCC Services Center.  

 This year the focus will be on hickory shad, the fish perhaps most responsible for popularizing fly fishing on the tidal Potomac. For three decades hickory shad have steadily increased in number and haven’t required a restoration effort like the one directed toward their larger cousin, the American shad. It's a success story worth celebrating.
Come learn more about the hickory shad run from a top fisheries biologist at DC's Department of Energy and Environment. What’s more, DOEE has chosen our event to offer the angling public, for the first time, a glimpse at the fascinating field work undertaken for many years on behalf of our great urban fishery, all species included. Rounding out the program, expert shad anglers will take questions about locating and catching the acrobatic hickory shad on both fly and spin gear.
Our meeting format remains the same. Plan to arrive at 6:30 for fly tying demonstrations, one-on-one advice and an expanded silent auction featuring plenty of fly rod outfits and angling art. The presentation begins at 8:00. More details will follow; visit ncc-tu.org soon for a complete schedule. @TomTruite


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.

Updated 20 Jan 2017 by TOM

February 7, 7:30pm:

Learn all about our hot local target: "The Founding Fish:" rigging spinning and fly tackle, flies and darts, raffles, trip auctions, the Friends of Fletcher's Cove will report on the status of restoration efforts, and more. Our most popular program. We will meet at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center


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 contact@ncc-tu.org with "SHAD" in the subject line. No need to re-subscribe if you received these reports in 2016.


This coming season, starting as early as weather permits in the spring, we will have outings to many of our favorite fishing venues in the mid-Atlantic region, including day trips for Smallmouth in the Shenandoah, trout in the Gunpowder, Conococheague Creek, Big Hunting Creek, Shenandoah Park streams, Big Spring and the Yellow Breeches. Overnights could include brook trout fishing near Graves Mountain Lodge, VA, and late fall steelhead at Elk Creek, PA. We want your suggestions and requests for outings, and we will do our best to make them happen.  Contact  John Graebner with suggestions or phone him at 202-251-0479.


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February 7, 6:30pm

NCC-TU's Annual Shad Night with Mark Binsted, fly tying, fly and spinning tackle advice, silent auction featuring fly fishing gear and guided shad fishing trips.
We will meet at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center.   
The meeting will start  at 6:30p with the program at about 8p. 

Volunteers Always Needed:  

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

On My Mind 

January  20, 2017

Tom Mann, President NCC-TU