The next regular Chapter meeting will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, with "Welcome Back: How I spent my summer vacation," members' reports on their summer fishing adventures. Please check our Meetings Page for a list of monthly meeting speakers and topics.


Chapter members may be interested in attending the Ninth Annual Meeting on Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project, to be held October 28, 2015, from 9:00 to 3:30 at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD.  The registration deadline is October 9th, so there is still time to sign up.  For more information, click on this link: October 28 Meeting.

On My Mind This Month

October 2015

Tom Mann, Vice President NCC-TU


Our 2015-2016 Chapter meeting season kicks off  on Wednesday, October 14 with "Welcome Back: How I spent my summer vacation," a recap by our members of their summer fishing including Clark's Creek in PA, the Delaware in NY State, big brookies in Maine, the French Alps, and Scotland's River Tweed.

This will also be our annual business meeting, when we will present the following  slate of officers and directors for approval of the Chapter members.  Officers:  President Tom Mann, Vice President Mark Binsted, Treasurer Josh Young, Secretary Lynn Scholz.  Directors: Sandy Burk, Alan Cohen, George Gaines, John Graebner, Don Hinds, Nick Miller, and Dan Sheesley. Special advisors: Frank Smith, director emeritus, and Matt Jorgensen, youth affairs.   

We will hold Chapter Meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except for December, resuming in January, and continuing through May.  We are planning to include a special meeting in March for Shad Night, building on the success of last year's event.  Please check this site often for updated information.  

This year, NCC-TU will continue our partnership as a co-founder and financial supporter of the new organization, the Friends of Fletcher's Cove (FFC), working to restore this important local resource which is the historical center of our great Potomac shad fishery.  

Also in October, Chapter members will be receiving a request for annual contributions to support activities like the FFC and Trout in the Classroom that are not covered by Trout Unlimited dues.  

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.


 Each Spring, the Chapter publishes email reports on the status of the shad run in the area, particular 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 2014; you are already subscribed. Six reports were emailed to subscribers this year. See you next year!    

Updated 6 October 2015 by TOM 

This season, we will try to have outings to all of our favorite fishing venues in the mid-Atlantic region, including the Gunpowder, the Potomac, the Shenadoah, and the trout streams of Shenandoah National Park, western Maryland, and south central Pennsylvania.  We want your suggestions and requests for outings, and we will do our best to make them happen.  
Please direct all questions and suggestions to:  John Graebner at or phone him at 202-251-0479. 

Tight Lines, 
@TomTruite ​​​

The fall 2015 steelhead trip is scheduled for  November 20 to 22. The cost is $550 which includes lodging, some meals, and guides with tip.  The trip is now fully subscribed, but check with our Outings Chair John Graebner to see if a slot opens.
Last year was terrific. Everybody caught multiple fish. There’s only room for six and we need a $100 deposit. It’s about a five hourdrive, but as you can see, the fish are big:​