The Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a diverse group of men, women and children, mostly from the Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Prince William County, who enjoy fishing and associated activities to enhance quality fishing opportunities. We are one of the largest TU chapters and often interact with other nearby TU chapters.
Our chapter holds regular meetings on the first Thursday of every month at the Vienna Firehouse, Vienna, Virginia. You need not be a member to come to our meetings. Come at 7:00 p.m. to join in the fun of meeting our members and swap fishing and stream conservation stories. Come at 6:30 p.m. to join in the fly tying classes. In the rare event that we have to reschedule, check our home page for a notice.
Our emphasis is on cold water stream preservation and restoration, including actions to cool urban storm water that reaches our local streams, improving stream water quality and fish habitat. Some of our activities include bass and other warm-water fish when our urban streams become too warm for trout due to the summer storm-water runoff from our hot roofs, parking lots and streets that enters our streams with little or no filtering or cooling. Our membership also participates in fun and educational activities, such as Fish-With-A-Member trips, Tune-Ups and youth education.
We invite you to join in the fun of running the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Many of our Officers, Committee Chairs and members enjoy rewards of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling what takes place for our members and between the public and other chapters. The volunteer opportunities described below are divided by Chapter Opportunities, Stream Projects, and Youth Programs. To volunteer, contact our Officers or Committee Chairs. Or let us know your interests by filling out and mailing the Volunteer and Donation Form. It is a truly rewarding way to give back! Volunteer to fill one of our current vacancies.
If you are not already a member, please do your part and become an active member by coming to our next first-Thursday-of-the-month Chapter Meeting or e-mail our Membership Chair.
Below, chapter volunteers Barry Fry, Bob Betts, Suzanne Malone and Howard Olsen pose after helping with camp Special Love, a camp for families of, and children with, cancer and HIV/AIDS held at the 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA. Fly-fishing is offered through the combined efforts of wonderful volunteers from several TU chapters, Rapidan, Northern Shenandoah and the Northern Virginia.
Northern Virginia Chapter Trout Unlimited assists City of Herndon with their annual Herndon Annual Kids Fishing Derby, which is usually on Saturday, mid-March, 7am - noon, at Sugarland Run Stream, located off Herndon Parkway. Herndon provides all the equipment (poles, tackle, bait, etc.), but you are welcome to bring your own. Our volunteers help the kids get started; clean their catch, etc. Herndon stocks the stream with Brown trout, and even put in a few "Champion" fish, that, when caught, earn a prize!
Our members also assist the Arlington County Park Department in clean up and trout stocking of Four Mile Run in preparation of the annual "Kids Only Opening Day", mid-March, in Bonair Park. Members assist new fishermen and their parents in rigging up their new fishing rods - fresh out of the package, and providing assistance in where and how to fish.
Some of our members have taken special courses run by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to train instructors so they can teach people how to fish. Taking that a step further, our members are leaders in annual "Kids Fishing Day" held in Alexandria in June. Again working with VDGIF, the U.S. Interior Department, and the Alexandria Kiwanis Club, our members help kids get ready for a day of cat-fishing at a local improvement. Many of these kids, typically from low-income families, have never fished a day in their lives yet after a few hours of instruction their going after catfish provided by VDGIF. There"s even a filleting table setup so they can take their catch home for supper.
Our chapter officers and volunteers work hard to put together day trips and events that help us all explore new places to fish and improve our skills. There are three kinds of trips we normally have:
Fish-With-A-Member - Leave your home early in the morning, travel to stream close to DC, fish for hours, and return same day.
Western Maryland Trips - A great week long trip to fish western Maryland's four rivers and many brook trout streams.
Tune-ups - A great way to sharpen your skills and test your equipment before hitting the stream.
Important:Each participant is required to complete a Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement on their first trip of the year.
Also, take a look at our Local Stream Conditions page where we have consolidated our sources of intel on your favorite streams.
The fact that we lack our own cold water streams hasn't prevented the Northern Virginia chapter from working with other chapters on their conservation projects or from having projects to help people in its chapter area. Under the leadership of Stream Projects Chair, the Northern Virginia chapter works with other chapters in Virginia and Pennsylvania on stream restoration projects. Two of our members have attended a special week-long stream restoration seminar to enhance our ability to fulfill our primary obligation as a Trout Unlimited chapter. Within our chapter area and working with the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Northern Virginia chapter recently built an access pier just downstream of the dam at Lake Accotink Park so people with disabilities can experience the joy of trout fishing on a local put-and-take stream our members help stock. Additional volunteer opportunities and student community service hours, as well as Eagle Scout project ideas are provided by Friends of Accotink Creek.
The Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited Chapter #360 is Northern Virginia's leading nonprofit cold-water fisheries conservation organization with about 1,000 members. We take our conservation and humanitarian projects seriously but we also like to have a lot fun. Trout Unlimited encourages new and renewing members to do so on-line.
How to Join
If you are new to TU please visit https://www.tumembership.org/member/intro. If you prefer to use the mail, new members can pick up applications at the chapter meetings. Regardless the method, please specify Chapter 360 to receive membership in our chapter and a subscription to Trout Magazine, along with many other benefits of being a Trout Unlimited member.
How to Renew
If you are a current member wishing to renew, visit https://www.tumembership.org/member/renew. You should receive a renewal form in the mail automatically. Regardless the method, please specify Chapter 360 to receive membership in our chapter and a subscription to Trout Magazine, along with many other benefits of being a Trout Unlimited member.
If you have questions, please contact our membership chair - contact page