On My Mind This Month

May 2015

Tom Mann, Vice President NCC-TU

May 13, 2015:

The speaker for our May meeting is President of Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. and Shenandoah Riverkeeper.  NCC-TU is happy to welcome back Jeff Kelble to report on the "Status of Smallmouth Bass in Regional Watersheds."  Visit the Riverkeeper's new website at 

There can be great fishing for smallmouths in our local rivers, and this is a highlight of summer angling in the area.  But there are issues concerning the health of this fishery, and Jeff will update us on the situation so we can be ready to catch 'em in 2015.

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.


The shad are in the river, and the rites of spring are underway. 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 contact@ncc-tu.org with "SHAD" in the subject line.

No need to re-subscribe if you received these reports in 2014; you are already subscribed. Two reports were emailed to subscribers this year, the latest, 2015 Shad Report Number 6, dated May 7, 2015.    


Updated 7 May 2015 by TOM 

The program at our May Smallmouth meeting will  usher in the warm water fishing season.  Due to our cooler than normal spring, and copious amounts of rainfall in late April  the onset of panfish and bass fishing is also a bit behind schedule.  Some of our favorite access points on the Upper Potomac and the mainstem of the Shenandoah may still be difficult or inadvisable for wading as of this writing on May 7.  However, early May has brought warmer than usual weather, so those species will make for some good fishing and catching now and in the coming months. We have also had good angling for bluegills and crappies in the past week and both species of bass should be spawning now that the water temperature has warmed, making for some easy catching.  

Warmer temperatures and the longer daily photoperiods in May will also trigger hatches of mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies, making for some of the best trout fishing of the year.  The Shenandoah Park streams are fishing well, and while they were running very full in April, their water levels should continue to come down, making for longer dry fly floats and easier angling.  The same can be said for Maryland trout streams which have been easier to fish each time we've tried them in recent weeks, with some hatching bugs.  Try to get out when you can.  

The annual Family & Youth Casting Call will take place at Fletcher's Cove on the C&O Canal on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For more information about this fun event for kids, visit: http://www.familyandyouthcastingcall.com/home38/fycc-home.

Because of the loss of some volunteers, the Trout In the Classroom Program in Montgomery County is in urgent need of your help! 

Volunteers are needed to help with the release of trout fingerlings in local streams.  Without some 



assistance, the program is in danger of not fulfilling this part of the classroom experience for some 25 Montgomery County Schools. 

​If  you're a TU member in Montgomery, Howard, Prince George's, or Frederick Counties or in Washington D.C. please consider volunteering a few hours of time to keep this very worthwhile program on track. TU Members from other locations are welcome too! 

If you can help out or need more information about times and locations contact:

Alan Burrows 
(410) 730-3613

Gunpowder Outing on May 23:Meet at the Backwater Angler at noon for lunch provided by NCC-TU, and fishing tips from Theo Le Gardeur, Gunpowder Riverkeeper.  Contact John Grabner for information: jgraebner13@gmail,com.  

Finally, a salute to Nick Miller, who is stepping down as President of NCC-TU at the end of summer.  Nick has brought much energy and enthusiasm to the task, and we will miss him.


Tight Lines, 


Selectivity Clinic at Beaver Creek

Former NCC-TU member, Matt Supinski,  owner of The Gray Drake fishing lodge and guide service in Michigan, author of two books, Steelhead Dreams and Selectivity, and many magazine articles, is offering a "Selectivity Master Clinic" in cooperation with the Beaver Creek Fly Shop in Hagerstown, MD.

For more information click on this link: SELECTIVITY%20MASTER%20CLINICS%20_MAY%2016_17%202015_BEAVER.pdf