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.



Please be advised that we have decided to cancel the March 13th Merrimack River Valley Chapter meeting due to the potential for another significant snowstorm and out of concern for the safety of our members. I know that many of you were looking forward to John Bunker’s presentation on “Angling in Yellowstone”. You’ll be happy to know we are working with John to reschedule his presentation at a future chapter meeting.

Thank you.


Joel Kasper



March 13, 2018 MRVTU Chapter Meeting Presentation


“Angling in Yellowstone” Presented by John Bunker


John Bunker lives in Stratham and participated in the Yellowstone Foundation Volunteer Fly Fishing Program for a decade with his brother Paul. In addition to his volunteer service, John often spends 7-14 days a year hiking, angling, and cross country skiing in Yellowstone. He has enjoyed over 150 days of angling on Trout Lake, Slough Creek (1st, 2nd and 3rd meadows), Firehole, Gardiner, Gibbon, Lamar, Soda Butte, and Yellowstone rivers. He has logged another 20 days on the Madison (outside of the park) and Missouri rivers. John will provide an overview of his ‘top ten lessons learned’ regarding travel and logistics, lodging, fly shops and guides, and safety issues (bears, big water, and weather). His power point presentation will include over 70 images of Yellowstone wildlife, thermal features, and his fly fishing exploits.


John grew up in Concord and spent many days fishing with his father in the White Mountains and ‘above the notch’. After college he served as a VISTA Volunteer in Alabama and Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. Due to an unexpected revolution, he departed from Ethiopia early to spend six months hiking in Kenya and Tanzania. His career path includes work in the public, nonprofit and private sectors after his masters and doctoral degrees in public health at Johns Hopkins. He spent several years in academic positions at Texas and Virginia, international and domestic health care consulting, and leading nonprofit organizations. He is currently serving as the Director of External Relations at the UNH College of Health and Human Services. He has been a TU member for several years after his younger brother introduced him to fly fishing in Yellowstone.

John recently launched his first business enterprise, Tailored Travels (www.tailoredtravels.com

Tailored Travels provides trip-planning services to individuals, families, and organizations

to visit our 59 national parks, and for anglers to visit Yellowstone National Park. He provides comprehensive and detailed itineraries that address travel logistics and transportation, lodging and dining, equipment and gear, guides and fly shops, and safety concerns.


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






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