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. 

DuPont Settlement Reached. Public Meeting Jan.10

posted Dec 15, 2016, 6:38 PM by Jim Josefson

"Today (12/15/2016) Governor Terry McAuliffe joined with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to announce that Virginia will benefit from a $50 million settlement with DuPont stemming from the release of mercury from the company’s former facility in the City of Waynesboro, Virginia.

The joint press release is here.

The trustees will host a public meeting to summarize key components of the draft restoration plan and answer questions.  The public meeting will be held on Jan. 10, 2017, at the Waynesboro Public Library lower level meeting room from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  The library is located at 600 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, Virginia, 22980.  Following the comment period, the trustees will review and consider comments and prepare the final RP/EA.  Ultimately, the trustees will work with project partners such as local, state, and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; and landowners to implement the projects. - See more at:"

SVTU hopes to have a significant member turn out for the Jan 10 meeting.

2016-2017 Officers Elected

posted Sep 25, 2016, 5:09 PM by Jim Josefson

At our September Chapter Meeting, Tommy Lawhorne was unanimously elected the next preseident of SVTU.  Other officers:  Jim Josefson (Vice President and Webmaster), Quay Parrott and Dino Cappuzzo (TIC Coordinators), Dana Willie (Treasurer), Joe Thompson (Secretary).

September 21 Chapter Meeting: New Project on Upper South

posted Sep 6, 2016, 6:34 PM by Jim Josefson

Our September 21 SVTU chapter meeting will be at 6:30 at Parrott Orthodontics, 17 Gosnell Crossing, off of US250 between Staunton and Fishersville.

Tom Benzing will be presenting on the project we've developed with Kip Mumaw of and Larry Mohn to do stream improvement work on the Upper South River.  We're going to start with the money we have to do a modest project, but we hope Kip will be helping us with grant writing in order to do some ambitious work on the watershed.  This is an exciting opportunity that we think will energize the chapter.

Hope to see everyone come out!


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