November 21 Chapter Meeting (6:30 Heritage on Main) & Brown Trout Egg Box Project

posted Nov 17, 2019, 9:17 AM by Jim Josefson

November 21st, 6:30pm - Chapter Meeting at Heritage on Main Restaurant, Downtown Wayneboro
November 22nd - Pick up Brown Trout Eggs from Wytheville Hatchery
November 23rd - 8am until done, Plant Brown Trout Egg Boxes in South River
December 10th - Chapter Christmas Dinner at Fishin Pig in Waynesboro. RSVP to Tommy by December 8th. Seating will begin at 6:30pm 

If you are available to help with egg boxes on Saturday the 22nd please contact Tommy at the South River Fly Shop. There will be evening sessions on November 18 and 19 to construct the wire cages and prep the boxes.

International Fly Fishing Festival, Wayne Theater, October 19, 7pm

posted Oct 12, 2019, 8:01 PM by Jim Josefson

International Fly Fishing Film Festival showing at the Wayne Theatre on October 19th, doors open at 6pm. Get your tickets at South River Fly Shop or Online at:

October 17 Chapter Meeting, 6:30, Parrott Orthodontics

posted Oct 12, 2019, 7:59 PM by Jim Josefson

Our October Chapter meeting will be held on October 17th at Parrott Orthodontics, 17 Gosnell Crossing, Staunton Va 24401. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm. On October 3rd nearly a dozen volunteers stocked 300 12"-16" Rainbows in the Catch and Release area. Fundraising from the Film showing on the 19th will be used for future stocking.
There will be a video presentation at the meeting on our upcoming Brown Trout Egg Planting Project in the Catch and Release Area.


September 19, 2019 Chapter Meeting

posted Sep 18, 2019, 2:34 PM by Jim Josefson

Join us at 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics, 17 Gosnell Crossing Staunton VA 24401.

Tom Benzing will be updating the chapter on the upcoming VTSS sampling in the spring of 2020 and we will also be discussing the upcoming SRA habitat project and chapter workdays for trail maintenance.
Upcoming Fall Events
Fall trout stocking Downtown South River - Early October exact date TBA

International Fly Fishing Film Festival - October 19th at the Wayne Theatre, starts at 6pm with gear raffles and concessions.  The Films start at 7pm.  Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and all proceeds will benefit the SVTU Trout Stocking Fund

March 21 Chapter Meeting, 6:30, Parrott Orthodontics

posted Mar 18, 2019, 12:12 PM by Jim Josefson

SVTU Chapter Meeting, March 21, 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics, 

17 Gosnell Crossing, Staunton VA 24401

Our guest for the March meeting will be Steve Reeser from the Region 4 office of VDGIF. Steve will be with us to discuss habitat improvement projects on the South River, trout reproduction in the South River, and lure regulations on the Catch and Release area. We will also be discussing: Summer Chapter Picnic, trail maintence, the upcoming stream cleanup, the South River Fly Fishing Expo, and Riverfest opportunities for chapter involvement.

February 21 Chapter Meeting, Parrott Orthodontics, 6:30

posted Feb 15, 2019, 6:06 AM by Jim Josefson

Drone Survey of the Upper South River - James Fulcher, TU
James will be reviewing the footage of the upper river and how that is used to determine placement of structures in the upcoming projects.  Tom Benzing will conduct the short business meeting prior to the presentation.

Upper South River Work Days
Due to weekend weather forecast we have decided to wait until March for trail work.  Tentative dates are March 10 and 24

January Chapter Meeting, Jan. 17, 6:30pm Parrott Ortho

posted Jan 13, 2019, 5:42 PM by Jim Josefson

Chapter Meeting January 17th, 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics located at 

17 Gosnell Crossing, Fishersville VA  22939

Our guest for the January meeting will be Seth Coffman, Shenandoah and James River Coordinator for Trout Unlimited.  

Seth will be with us to discuss our project funding for the Upper South River Bank Stabilization Project.  

We will be discussing whether there are any options for matching funds to help us grow this project.
We will also be setting dates for trail maintenance and putting up new signs at the SRA parking areas.
Please come out and join us and bring a fish story or two!

November 15 Chapter Meeting, 6:30 Parrott Ortho

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:22 AM by Jim Josefson

November 15th Chapter Meeting - 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics (17 Gosnell Crossing, off US 250 in Fishersville).

Guest Speaker will be Seth Coffman, Trout Unlimited Virginia Home Rivers Coordinator.  Seth will be joining us to discuss South River projects and other funding sources.

South River Cleanup, November 3, 2018 9am

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:18 AM by Jim Josefson

South River Cleanup - November 3, 2018 - Group will be meeting at 9am at the Farmers Market Pavilion by the Arch Avenue Parking lot.  Bring gloves, and outdoor work clothes.

Contribute to SVTU's Embrace-a-Stream Challenge

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:16 AM by Jim Josefson

Please make a donation to our ESA project:

The South River Special Regulations area near Lyndhurst Virginia was opened to angler access in January of 2011.  This section of the South River is fed by numerous limestone springs that keep the river temperatures below 70 degrees even in the hottest summer months.  This section of the river has been stocked with advanced fingerling Brown and Rainbow Trout and has shown reasonable success with holding over and trout growth rates.  Field surveys by VDGIF and by Ecosystem Services along with Trout Unlimited representatives have determined that stream channel over-widening and the resulting lack of cover could be the limiting factor in the trout carrying capacity for this section.  In the fall of 2017 the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited worked with property  owner Dr. Sam Graham to restore approximately 75 feet of stream bank that was eroding back into his property.  This project narrowed the stream channel by approximately 8 feet.  Prior to the project there was no holding cover for trout in the immediate area and trout were rarely seen.  Only weeks after the project, trout were observed in the adjacent channel and have been found there consistently since the completion of the work.  The success of this project and the existence of numerous similar sites downstream of this area led to the planning of 4 additional stream bank restoration sites.  The chapter has determined the budget for these project sites to be approximately $27,000.  The chapter has secured an agreement for donation of the large woody material necessary for the project and we are working toward the goal of raising the $18,000 to fund construction cost.

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