Updated 6 Sept 2016 by TOM


Ready for Outings?

This season, starting in May, 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, Big Hunting Creek, Shenandoah Park streams, Big Spring and the Yellow Breeches. Overnights will 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.


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.
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.

Chapter Meetings
The next regular Chapter meeting will be on October 12.  It will be our annual business meeting, and we will have a speaker program for you.  
Watch this website page for details.  

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


On My Mind This Month

September 2016

Tom Mann, President NCC-TU

Fish the Gunpowder 

Labor Day marks the unofficial start of fall.  While the heat may linger, the daylight hours are getting shorter, and fishing will improve now through October.  Until suddenly, it will be steelhead weather, then winter.  Ugh!  

The Chapter has two good outings to capitalize on the upcoming season: a trip to the Gunpowder on September 10, and In November, we are offering a steelhead trip on Elk Creek in Pennsylvania.

 The annual September Gunpowder outing has an exciting twist this year. After we spend the day fishing, we are going to have a chapter sponsored party at a stunning new home on the banks of the river.  The party will be from 6:00 to 8:00. We will serve beer, wine and lots of hors d'oeuvres. Bring your swim suits if you want to take a dip in the pool.
We will meet at
Backwater Angler at noon for sandwiches provided by the chapter and a report on the Gunpowder by Theaux Le Gardeur, proprietor of the fly shop and Gunpowder Riverkeeper. We are going to have to Limit the number of participants, so please reply ASAP.  Please contact John Graebner or call him at 202-251-0479 to sign up for this trip, to answer any questions, or to arrange a carpool.  

TU National is focusing on public lands this month, as our county, state and National Parks and Forests are threatened by interests who would force their sale at bargain prices for grazing, mining, and other private uses that are not necessarily friendly to the environment.  These natural assets are part of our national heritage, and without them, fishing, hunting, and other kinds of outdoor recreation would no longer be possible as we enjoy them today.  Think about this when you vote in November.  

Bonne pêche à tous, and tight lines,


Volunteers Needed:  

We seriously need people to serve on NCC-TU's board of directors and committees next year.  Please contact Tom Mann if you want to serve.

The steelhead trip will be based in Girard, PA, and fish Elk Creek or another Lake Erie tributary.  ​​The cost is $550 per person, which includes lodging, guides, and tips.  Meals are on your own.  Past anglers have caught many BIG fish (although there are no guarantees).  


Steelhead Trip Coming November 18-20