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.

In Memoriam


Ronald M. Sowa
Past President, MRVTU


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.


Our December chapter meeting will be dedicated to our annual December Social! The Social will be held on the evening of our normal monthly meeting (Tuesday, December 11th) at the Sweeney Post in Manchester, starting at 6:30 pm. A full dinner will be provided for all attendees at no charge. As soon as we finalize the menu, it will be posted here.


This is a good opportunity to meet and socialize with other Chapter members. There will be a door prize and raffles. Spouses, significant others and friends are welcome. We especially encourage you to invite those who might be interested in joining the chapter but have not as yet.


Carrying on a long-standing tradition, we will also have a 3-fly Yankee Swap at the Social. If you’d like to participate, simply bring three flies wrapped in a small container/box with you.


If you will be attending, please RSVP to Joel Kasper at flyfishjoel@yahoo.com and let me know if you will be bringing any guests. Please respond by the end of the Saturday, December 8th as we need to inform the caterer of the approximate number of attendees. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.


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


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