The next regular Chapter meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 11: "Fly Fishing 101" at the Orvis Bethesda store, 7000 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda. See the left column on this page for details.
Please check our Meetings Page for a list of monthly meeting speakers and topics.
A Strange Shad Season: It's Not Over Yet
The hot hickory shad fishing many of us enjoyed cooled off after an early start due to low, clear water. According to shad expert Jim Cummins, "We need a nice spring freshet to get the American shad to move upriver into their spawning areas (from Mason Neck to Great Falls). Rain is predicted over the next couple of weeks, we really need rain for a variety of reasons, but best of all for those of us who appreciate a good shad run, if the storms produce a runoff event the shad should really be moving in and packing the river at [Fletcher's Boat House]." So we should get some more good fishing for those big Americans in the next few weeks.
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.
We have three big events coming up in May:
We begin the spring outing season with a day trip on May 7 to Big Hunting Creek in Frederick County, MD, "the stream of Presidents," fished by Dwight D. Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter. We will meet at the Ranger Station at 9am (big parking lot off 77 West about 2 miles up the road on the right)
to talk about flies, then spread out to fish.
We will meet back there for lunch (BYOL), talk about the morning, and go back out. There will be a prize for the best fish released. Please contact John Graebner (cell (202) 251-0479) if you are interested.
Our May 11 Chapter Meeting will be held at the Orvis Bethesda Store, 7000 Wisconsin Avenue, and will begin at earlier than usual at 6:30. Beer, wine and snacks will be served, and the program for the evening will be "Fly Fishing 101," with the store's fishing experts Joe Lach and Trent Jones. In order to let Orvis know how many of us will be there, please RSVP to John Graebner.
Our second outing is on May 27th & 28th: Trout fishing in Shenandoah streams (the Rapidan, Rose, Hughes, Robinson).
There are still some rooms available at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA, for this outing. The cost to stay at the lodge is about $100 per night per person, which includes 3 great meals with a packed lunch available.
The Rapidan, Rose, Hughes and Robinson rivers are some of the most beautiful and famous streams in the Shenandoah area. Many of our members feel that these brook trout streams are the highlight of trout fishing in the Mid-Atlantic area.
If you wish to attend, please notify John Graebner of your interest. DO NOT WAIT to make your reservation at the Lodge while rooms are still available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with "SHAD" in the subject line. No need to re-subscribe if you received these reports in 2015.
UPCOMING EVENTS /NEWS
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.
Updated 1 May 2016 by TOM
On My Mind This Month
Tom Mann, President NCC-TU
NATIONAL CAPITAL CHAPTER
We need people to help at the trout release for our Trout in the Classroom school, Sidwell Friends, on May 17 in the morning. Contact Sandy Burk to sign up for this fun event.
We also need people to serve on NCC-TU's board of directors and committees next year. Contact Tom Mann if you want to serve.