Your local Trout Unlimited Chapter can be one of the major keys to your club’s on going success. They can provide mentorship to the club through local knowledge of fishing areas as well as help your club gain access to projects already in motion. Your local chapter will typically already have an infrastructure in place that will help your club get involved in conservation projects, Healing Waters and various other service projects. By partnering with them, your chapter’s projects will have a better impact if you partner with the chapter due to their better ease access to the necessary resources.
Your local chapter will typically already have an infrastructure in place that will help your club get involved in conservation projects, Healing Waters and various other service projects. By partnering with them your chapter’s projects will have a better impact if you partner with the chapter due to their better ease access to the necessary resources.
TU chapter leadership can act as mentors for your club, especially for a young club, they can help guide you in the right direction in setting up and running a club. Additionally a strong mentorship program with a TU chapter can allow members access to a local network of established professionals to help in finding internships and jobs post-graduation.
A room full of older people who are as passionate about the sport of fishing as you are provides a great opportunity to raise some funds for your clubs next event. The membership are typically excited about helping out some broke college kids get new club gear or help sponsor a fishing trip. My club has had great success when we have brought items to raffle off. 5Rivers can often help set your club up with some cool gear to use in the raffle as well.
If your club is like ours, we needed some critical gear like waders to get the new fly fishermen out on the water. Our local chapter was able to lend our club some spare waders of their own, so that our new members could get out on the water before they invested in gear. This opened a great door to our tentatively curious membership and helped us retain members once the wet-wading season came to an end here in the north.
Lastly, and probably most importantly, your local chapter can point you to where the fish are in your area. I’ve personally been pointed to some of my best fishing holes just by sitting around at a TU meeting and chatting with the older membership about where and how to fish the local area. You’ll be surprised how willing they might be to pass down some honey holes to some excited young anglers. Often times I have gotten the best intel about hatches starting from chapter buddies, many times before the local fly shop or online forums. This let our club get out on the water faster than other anglers and fill our nets with fish.
Your local TU chapter can be one of the most important parts of the 5 Rivers program. They can help push your club to success and make sure that every trip you go out on is successful. They’ll definitely make the impact of your clubs conservation projects greater and give you access to some great opportunities that your club might not have access to.
Click the link below to access the directory of TU chapters to find the closest one to your school; don’t be afraid to reach out to the leadership! Now get to a meeting and get involved!