Trout Unlimited is a national organization dedicated to protecting and improving cold water fishing resources. Our local chapter is a key building block and our local members volunteer their time, money and energy to improving cold-water fishing resources in New Hampshire. Almost all members love fly fishing, and related activities, such as fly tying.


NH Senator Jean Shaheen Gets a Casting Lesson

BearBrookFront Row Left to Right- Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Ron Sowa, President Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Back Row Left to Right – Burr Tupper, Treasure Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited and President, North Eastern Council of International Federation of Fly Fisher , Eric Orff, New Hampshire Outreach Consultant for National Wildlife Federation.

A great afternoon was shared with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a few casting pointers and casting practice.

Senator Shaheen has always been a big supporter of environmental and conservation programs.  During her tenure as governor she worked with then Senator Gregg to protect 171,000 acres in northern New Hampshire that comprises the Connecticut Lakes area and the trophy sections of the Connecticut River.  This parcel abuts the 148,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest.  As governor she worked to establish the Shore Land Protection Act which helps preserve much of NH’s 17,000 miles of rivers and stream and over 1000 lakes and ponds.

The National Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was created in 1965 to protect lands, waterways, forests, state and local parks, and critical wildlife habitats. The fund also helps to ensure fishing access, trails, and outdoor recreation opportunities in every state. Unfortunately, the fund has been chronically shortchanged and underfunded. Congress siphons off nearly two-thirds of the fund for unrelated purposes.

Each year since she arrived in the Senate, Senator Shaheen has led bipartisan efforts, along with Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont, to persuade their fellow members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the $900 million level – funds derived from companies drilling off shore.

Senator Shaheen is also a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund with dedicated funding.

Senator Shaheen has always been a supporter of the conservationist, outdoor enthusiast, anglers and hunters, the Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited urges other New Hampshire chapters to support the continuation of the Land and Conservation Fund to protect our fresh water resources.



Board of Directors Position Opening.

We are currently looking for members that may be interested in sitting in on the Board of Directors of the Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The board meets monthly for approximately 2 hours either by face to face meeting or teleconference call. For more information or if you are interested please email Ron Sowa at reelnhfishing@aol.com



2015 Youth Camp


Youth Trout Camp is conducted by the NH Trout Unlimited State Council and its chapters throughout the state.  The five day camp teaches appreciation through the art and science of fly fishing.  The Youth Camp is for ages 14-17 years of age.  To apply please download the Camp Brochure.





Monthly Meetings


The Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets in Manchester, New Hampshire the second Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held at the Sweeney Post of the American Legion, 251 Maple Street. Guests and potential members are always welcome. Before most meetings there is fly tying starting at 6:30. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 pm and usually lasts until around 9:00 pm. Every meeting includes a program with guest speakers. In the past, guest speakers such as Thomas Ames and other fly fishing and fly tying experts present slide presentations on fly fishing, fly tying, entomology, Atlantic Salmon restoration, etc. In addition to outside speakers, members frequently present their fly fishing exploits in New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, Montana and throughout New England.


In December, we hold the Holiday Social where members enjoy refreshments and bucket raffles and fly-swap. In the spring we hold the our Conservation Dinner fund-raiser with auction and raffles. Every spring we conduct learn to fly fish and fly tying classes for beginner and intermediates. In the Summer we take a break and instead of meetings, we have weekend fly-fishing day-trips to local waters.