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!


Event Dinner, May 15, 6pm Heritage-on-Main, Silent Auction

posted May 9, 2016, 3:26 PM by Jim Josefson   [ updated May 13, 2016, 11:34 AM ]

Everyone is invited to attend the event dinner for the 3rd Annual Waynesboro Fly Tournament: 6pm, Sunday, May 15 at Heritage-on-Main.  Tickets at $20/ea, which covers a full dinner (but not tips and drinks).  

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Korkers Wading Boots Gift Certificate for 1 pair ($140 value)

Echo Ion  9’ 7 wt. ($190 value)

Echo Solo 9’ 8 wt. (#120 value)

Redington Zero Fly Reel ($90)

Redington Hydrogen 9’ 5wt. ($300 value)

R L Winston GVX ,9’ 6wt. (lightly used,$495 value new)

Airflo Superdri Elite Trout WF4 ($80 value)

Airflo Warmwater Bass/ Muskie WF9F & WF7F ($80 value/ ea.)

(3) TFO Hats ($20 value/ea)

(2) 2016 South River Fly Fishing Expo T-shirts ($20 value/ea.)

Chota Cufflinks ($20 value)

Flying Fisherman Eyewear Retainer ($6 value)

Flying Fisherman Sunbandit ($15 value)

Calcutta Sunglasses ($22 value)

Waynesboro Fly Tournament Prize Packages:Teams Still Needed

posted May 9, 2016, 3:15 PM by Jim Josefson   [ updated May 13, 2016, 11:45 AM ]

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3rd Annual
Waynesboro Fly Tournament
2016 Prizes

1st Prize
Thomas & Thomas ESP 7’6” 4wt ($795 value)
Tycoon Tackle Scion 9' 6wt. ($530 value)
Ross Cimarron  Reel ($200 value)
Ross CLA 2 Reel ($200 value)

2nd Prize
Echo Carbon Fly Rod 7’6” 3wt. ($200 value)
Echo Boost Fly Rod 8’ 4 wt. ($200 value)
Echo Ion 2-3 Reel ($90 value)
Echo Ion 2-3 Reel ($90 value)

3rd Prize
(2) Rising Sun Big Nippa ($24 value)
(2) Holly Trout Selection Flies ($90 value)
(2) Walt’s Poppers Selection Flies ($42 value)

4th Prize
(2) Rising Sun 6” Pliers ($40 value)
(2) Rising Sun Big Nippa ($24 value)

Special Chapter Meeting, May 11, 2016

posted Apr 23, 2016, 5:00 PM by Jim Josefson

At our April 20 Chapter Meeting, we discussed whether the Chapter should accept a $10,000 grant from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Community Investment Program..

Some members argued that the grant should be declined because they oppose the Pipeline and do not want to be associated with ACPCIP, felt the grant was intended to portray SVTU as aligned with the ACP, felt the grant created a conflict of interest, or feared that acceptance of the grant would create conflict and disunity between chapter members.

Other members argued that the grant should be accepted because they thought  ACP construction would not have longer-term negative effects on cold water fisheries, the ACP was part of developing a transitional source of energy to replace coal that is more harmful to cold water fisheries, TU national has not opposed the ACP, we have a long history of accepting grant money from Dominion and would probably accept ACP mediation grants, the grant would allow us to do projects consistent with our mission, or the grant would establish a relationship with ACPIP that might result in the Chapter being included in ACP mediation programs.

Because opinions were evenly divided and the absence of a quorum, we voted to table the issue until a special meeting to decide the issue on Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 at the South River Fly Shop.  That meeting will replace our regular monthly chapter meeting, and we will also be making final plans for the Waynesboro Fly Tournament.


April 20 Chapter Meeting, 6:30 Dominion Pavilion

posted Apr 16, 2016, 7:32 PM by Jim Josefson

We'll be holding our  next chapter meeting on Wednesday April 20th at 6:30.  We'll meet this month at the Dominion Pavilion in Constitution Park in Waynesboro.  Due to the bridge replacement, access to the Pavilion is only from the Invista parking lot off Short St.

We'll be discussing Chapter participation in the Fly Fishing Expo on Saturday and our Fly Tournament coming up on May 15.

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