September 7 Speaker- Tommy Lawhorne on the South River

Tommy Lawhorne is the Co-Owner of the South River Fly Shop in downtown Waynesboro and the President of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Tommy began his fly fishing career on his home water of Stoney Creek near Wintergreen Virginia. He began guiding and teaching fly fishing while working at Stoney Creek Tackle Company from 1989-1991 and has been guiding, tying flies and teaching fly fishing and fly tying since that time. In 1992 Tommy moved from Nelson County to Waynesboro and the South River became his home water. Tommy has served as the Chapter President of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter from 2005 to 2012 and was re-elected President of the chapter last fall. Over the past years he has worked to install habitat structures, remove dams, and increase public access on the South River. As a shop owner, fly fishing guide, and avid conservationist, Tommy believes that improving the quality of public fisheries and the availability of quality waters for public access is one of the most important items for the future of fly fishing.