If you’re an avid trout angler, there’s no better way to get involved with trout conservation than with a Trout Unlimited membership. Your membership supports science and field work and gives you access to your local TU chapter and the work they are doing. Many of us here at Flylords began our fly fishing journeys while involved with Trout Unlimited at some level, either through the Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers program or simply joining a local chapter. Getting involved with TU is a quick and easy process and one that will only pay dividends for your local fishery and the world of trout conservation as a whole! In the short article below, we’ll go over how to get involved with the organization today!
Step 1: Stay in the loop!
Sign up for TU’s free newsletter and we’ll take you on the ground, introduce you to the people making a difference, and keep you informed about how you can stand up for America’s rivers and streams, whether it is the Serpent, the waters of Bristol Bay, or your secret spring.
Join the Trout Unlimited newsletter today!
Step 2: Take Action!
Now that you’re in the Loop, find ways to take action at your local pond. Interact with your local chapter for service projects and fishing trips and network with other members. You’ll be surprised at what you learn and who you learn from!
Learn more about Taking Action!
Step 3: Find your local chapter!
This step is very easy thanks to TU’s “Find Your Chapter” tool, as there are 387 chapters nationwide. Being an active member of your local chapter is probably the most rewarding part of a TU membership. Whether you are attending membership meetings to learn more about your local fishery or getting your hands dirty doing stream conservation work, within each TU chapter there is something for anyone looking to make a difference and grows up as a fisherman and keeper.
Find your local chapter, here!
TU Costa 5 Rivers
The Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers program is a network of more than 100 TU-affiliated college fishing clubs across the country focused on conservation. As the cornerstone of the Trout Unlimited Headwaters Youth Program, these clubs seek to engage current and fly anglers on their campuses around the country.
Through their affiliation with Trout Unlimited, clubs plan and participate in a variety of events/initiatives related to their local TU chapter. Upon completion, club members gain access to the student discount program from participating industry partners, thereby lowering the prohibitive cost curve of entry into the sport.
In fact, several of us here at Flylords became involved in the fly fishing industry during our time at the 5 Rivers Chapters.
If there isn’t a 5Rivers chapter on your campus, starting one is as easy as sending an email to FTate@tu.org!
Boots on the ground: Jeff Wright
Boots on the ground for a low, free-flowing snake river
Boots on the ground: Jessica Strickland