The End of an Era: No Angling Show in 2015

November 12, 2014:

​Nov. 12   Kevin Anderson, National TU program coordinator, on “The History and Status of the Birch Run Project,” Conococheague Creek, PA. ​ 

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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.

​You are already subscribed if you received these reports in 2014; no need to re-subscribe in 2015. Nine reports were emailed to subscribers this year, the last dated May 27, 2014.    

The Board of the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited will not produce the National Capital Angling Show in 2015.  We decided that the Show was no longer worth the effort expended to produce it, and concluded that the 39th Annual Show in March 2014 should be the last one for now.

The National Capital Angling Show was a tribute to all who participated.  For 39 years, it served the needs of angling professionals, vendors, non-profit conservation groups and the public in the Mid-Atlantic region.  It was recognized as the best place to meet and learn from the leaders in the fly-fishing world.  And it generated substantial funds that we disbursed to non-profit conservation and fishing education groups.  The National Capital Angling Show had a long and successful run.

But the Show finally reached its limits and the future was not bright.  Over the last several years there was a steady decline in sponsorship, vendor participation, and attendance.  While the show was not losing money, it was barely breaking even.  This represented a real loss of funds that would otherwise be available to support regional conservation projects and organizations.  And it represented an enormous contribution of time and effort by Chapter members, which could not be used to support other activities.

​We are committing NCC-TU to the immediate needs of our own members, with more activities to improve fishing education, conservation projects, and youth activities.  2014-2015 will be an exciting year as we set new priorities and create new events for the enjoyment of our members.

Frank Smith, NCC-TU President, 2012-2014  
​ Nick Miller, NCC-TU President, 2014-2015


Updated 21 Oct 2014 by TOM