February 10, JMU Festival Center, VCTU Meeting on Wild Trout Management Plan

posted Feb 5, 2018, 7:07 AM by Jim Josefson

Our quarterly Council meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 10 at the JMU Festival Center, Allegheny Room in Harrisonburg.  The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

From 10:30 until noon, Paul Bugas and Steve Reeser from VDGIF will join us with information on “Managing Wild Trout in Virginia”.

The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is preparing their Wild Trout Management Plan for Virginia.  Steve Reeser, district fisheries biologist, is taking the lead on drafting the plan and he and Paul Bugas, aquatics manager for Region IV, will present their ideas and the expected timeline for the plan.  They are seeking input from stakeholders including Trout Unlimited and hope to finalize the plan during 2018.  This plan will complement the Stocked Trout Management Plan that DGIF completed in 2016.i

Chapter Meeting Schedule

posted Dec 17, 2017, 7:55 AM by Jim Josefson   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 7:10 AM ]

2018 Shenandoah Valley Trout Unlimited Meeting Schedule
January 18th - 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics
Aaron Revere of RES - South River Settlement Projects

February 15th - 6:30 pm Parrott Orthodontics

Dr. Tom Benzing - JMU - 2017 Summer Temperature study

March 15th - 6:30pm Parrott Orthodontics

S V TU Christmas Dinner

posted Dec 17, 2017, 7:52 AM by Jim Josefson

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Needs

posted Sep 14, 2017, 6:54 AM by Jim Josefson

Support SVTU and our conservation community by joining us for the following events:

South River Stocking - Monday Sept. 19th - 11:30am at the parking lot by Waynesboro Fire Department on Arch Ave.  Waders are recommended!

TU National meeting - September 27-30th -

September 20, 2017 Chapter Meeting and Picnic

posted Sep 14, 2017, 6:53 AM by Jim Josefson


The September Meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will held at the property of Dr. Sam Graham.  Dr. Graham's property is the log cabin home immediately adjacent to the Shalom Road Bridge on the Upper South River Fly Fishing Only Section.  The meeting and picnic will begin at 6:30pm.  The Chapter will provide both fried and grilled chicken and we ask that all attendees bring a small side dish, chips, or beverages.  Please join us to catch up after the summer and learn about the projects and opportunities that are on the horizon for the South River and our chapter.

SVTU Fly Fishing Tournament Moved to November 11, 2017

posted Mar 27, 2017, 3:37 PM by Jim Josefson


The date of April 1 for the SVTU Fly Fishing Tournament has run into numerous conflicting events. Therefore, our Chapter has voted to move the Tournament date.

Our Committee has also approved several changes that will not only lessen our dependability upon the fishing communities’ suppliers, but make the event more exciting and stimulate more interest for the participating anglers.  

The main change is that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be cash. 
1st Prize:  $1,000
2nd place team will receive $800
3rd place will garner a $500 prize.

The SVTU Chapter will also offer several levels of raffles as additional fund raising opportunities to support our TIC program and the stocking of the South River.

In changing the dates it is our hope that you and your chapter members will be available to either assist us with the event or provide participating anglers. Further reminders and updated information about the SVTU Fly Fishing Tournament will be sent to you periodically throughout the months between now and November.

Thank you,
Billy Buchanan
SVTU Tournament Chairman
(201) 723-2699  Cellular #

March Chapter Meeting

posted Mar 10, 2017, 7:11 PM by Jim Josefson

Our 6:30, Wednesday, March 15 SVTU chapter meeting will be held at  Parrott Orthodontics, 17 Gosnell Crossing (of US 250 between Staunton and Waynesboro.

Our guest will be Brad Fink, who will present the results of an angler creel survey of the South River and SF Shenandoah.  He will also discuss a survey of permit holders for the South SRA, Buffalo Creek and Mossy.

Should be a good time.

Fourth Annual SVTU Fly Fishing Tournament

posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:56 PM by Jim Josefson

SVTU is proud to announce the Fourth Annual SVTU Fly Fishing Tournament

Date:                                April 1, 2017
Location:                          South River, Waynesboro, VA
Registration:                     South River Fly Shop or
Size of Field:                    Limited to First 12 Teams Registered
Cost:                                $400 per team, two (2) anglers per team
:                            Constitution Park Pavilion 9:00 AM
                                       Coffee, drinks and pastries, Rules Review

Tournament fishing times:           9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Scorecard Return:                     No later then 4:00PM at Constitution Park Pavilion
Dinner following event:               5:00 Happy Time
                                                5:30 – Dinner and Awards

Prizes:                             1st place winners will receive over $1,000 in prizes.

January 18, 6:30 Chapter Meeting, @ Parrott Orthodontics

posted Jan 10, 2017, 6:58 PM by Jim Josefson

Our next meeting will be January 18 at 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics, 17 Gosnell Crossing (off US 250 between Waynesboro and Staunton).  We will be discussing a formal comment SVTU will be issuing in response to the DuPont Mercury Settlement. 

Here's a link to the TV3 story and an interview with our own Dr. Tom Benzing abut the settlement:

You can submit your own comment about the settlement.
The period for public comment on the draft RP/EA ends January 30, 2017. 
Requests for paper copies of the draft RP/EA and written comments on the draft RP/EA should be addressed to: 

Anne Condon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6669 Short Lane, Gloucester, Virginia 23061

Ph: 804-824-2407


Guests are always welcome at our meetings, so bring a fishing friend.

DuPont Settlement: Preferred Restoration Alternative?

posted Dec 15, 2016, 6:56 PM by Jim Josefson

The DuPont Waynesboro - South River/South Fork Shenandoah River/Shenandoah River
Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment  considers SVTU's preferred inclusion of trout stocking and managment as part of the settlement to be the "non-preferred restoration alterrnative/"

From the report:

4.4 Alternative C: Non-preferred Restoration Alternative Alternative C includes all components of Alternative B (see Section 4.3 for descriptions), as well as enhanced trout management or increased trout stocking in the SR. In this Alternative, funding for projects to improve water quality and fish habitat (e.g., agricultural and urban BMPs in the SR/SFSR watershed) would be reduced to allow funding for the trout management project. 4.4.1 Recreational Fishing Improvement Projects – trout stocking or management This project will focus on improving trout fishing opportunities in the SR that allow safe consumption, where allowed by regulation, of harvested fish. The SR has well-established seasonal trout fisheries in and around Waynesboro and Grottoes. A special-regulation, yearround trophy section exists on the SR upstream of Waynesboro. This project would aim to expand stocking in the SR, through purchase of more and/or larger fish, or through development and construction of a grow-out and holding facility. This project would provide narrow benefits to trout anglers, or possibly anglers with no preferred target fish, in certain sections of the SR. 

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