Mission

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.

Due to the approaching winter storm that is predicted to hit the area on Tuesday afternoon and evening, we are postponing the meeting/film showing until the following Tuesday (February 19, 2019).

February Chapter Meeting
Movie Night @ Backyard Brewery
Featuring “The Good Life”
By: Gray Ghost Productions LLC
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM

Please join us for a special film presentation of Grey Ghost Productions “The Good Life” for our February meeting. The showing will be held at the Backyard Brewery (1211 South Mammoth Rd, Manchester). Food and beverages can be ordered and consumed while watching the film. Individuals are responsible for the cost of any food and/or beverages ordered. For the Backyard Brewery menu and beer list please visit: https://backyardbrewerynh.com/our-food/

Seating is limited!! The area reserved for us by the restaurant management will hold approximately 25 people. So if you will attend, please RSVP to our Vice President, Chris Hunt, at chunt1325@gmail.com as soon as possible. Seating will be reserved for the first 25 people to respond.

 If you had previously indicated that you would attend on the 12th, please let Chris know if you will be able to attend on the 19th.  For those who have not yet responded, we still have a few spots available.  If you would like to join us, please let Chris know.

The Good Life
“All along the Atlantic seaboard from north to south lies some of the most mind-blowing sections of fish-able water. This project takes a long hard look at the sport of fly fishing along the eastern side of the Mississippi. The Good Life documents the bona-fide enthusiasm and determination for the fly fishing experience. Each fisherman in this film, from Pro’s to the unknown, legends to fresh recruits, all share a common bond. They all share an incredible thirst to cast a fly to a fish. This saga tours the better part of the East from Labrador to the Florida Keys and everything in-between. Hitch a ride in the flying Beaver with Luke Gray in search of huge Eastern Brook Trout and enormous Northerns. Check out the alluring saltwater for Stripers in the north or toothy monsters of the southern latitudes. Fish a day with Lefty Kreh in search of popper crunching smallies or take a ride with the hard charging Mckay brothers for a glimpse at young guns behind the fly rod. From Peacock Bass to Landlock Salmon, from urban pools teeming with silver Shad to remote runs with glorious trout and a dash of the occasional Stonefly hatch, this film is proof that the good life is never too far away”

Free Intermediate Fly Tying Classes at 2019 Fly Fish NH Show

The NH Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program is offering two free 1 hour Intermediate FlyTying class. February 23 from 11:00am-12 noon and 1:30-2:30pm. This class is great for tyers who have acquired the skills necessary to tie their own flies with proficiency.   This class moves at a significant pace where you will learn some new techniques and fly patterns that are very effective in NH waters.

We will Tie

The Wood Special a great NH fly.  All equipment, tools and materials will be included in this free class.  Please note you must pay for admission to the show to attend the class.

Patterns are subject to change.

We will tie the same fly in both sessions so please only sign up for one.

Follow this link   https://nhfishandgame.com/EventWeb/Event/ReservedEvents 

11-12 noon class use code ffnhs1

1:30-2:30 class use code ffnhds2


In Memoriam

Ronald M. Sowa
Past President, MRVTU
(1949-2018)

It is with much sadness that we inform you that our fellow Board member Ron Sowa passed away last month. Ron served on our Chapter’s Board of Directors for over ten years and was Chapter President from 2012 through 2016.

During that time he was involved in all aspects of the Chapter’s activities. His friendly demeanor, organizational skills and thorough knowledge of the State’s Fish & Game Agency and fly-fishing business were evident in all of his invaluable contributions. Ron was the driving force behind the revitalization of the FlyFish NH Show and thanks to him it has become one of the most important fishing shows in the Northeast. In addition, Ron served as the administrator of this website as well as our FaceBook page. We will miss our dear friend. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ron’s wife Helen and his entire family.

Board of Directors, Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited


The monthly meetings of the 2018 – 2019 Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will commence beginning October 9, 2018 and will run through May 14, 2019.

The Board of Directors has been working throughout the summer months to arrange interesting and varied monthly presentations on different subjects pertaining to fly fishing and cold water fisheries conservation.

One of our goals this year is to increase attendance at the monthly chapter meetings.

To that end, we are excited to announce that our chapter will be offering an end-of-year attendance prize. Every time you, as a member, attends one of our monthly meetings, you will receive a chance to win a weekend for two at the Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg, NH along with a full day’s guided fly fishing trip for two and a $150.00 gift card for the Rainbow Bar and Grill. The total value of this prize is $675.00.

You will receive one chance to win this great fishing package for each meeting you attend from the October 2018 meeting through the May 2019 meeting. The more meetings you attend the better your chance is to win this great fishing package. The drawing for the prize will be held during the May 2019 meeting.

The drawing will be open to all Trout Unlimited Members. If non-members attend a meeting and subsequently join TU, they will receive a chance for the meeting(s) they attended as non-members. We look forward to an interesting series of presentations this season and hope to see many more members at each meeting.

Meetings are held at Sweeney Post of the American Legion 251 Maple Street, Manchester, NH.

Guests and potential members are always welcome. The regular meeting starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm and usually lasts until around 9:00 pm.



Merrimack River Valley Chapter is a affiliate supporter of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation

NH Wildlife Federation – Preserve, Protect, & Conserve Wildlife Habitat and Resources

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2017 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.

The 2017 Kids Trout Camp application kidscampbrochure2017ver2