If you are a passionate trout angler, there is no better way to get involved with trout conservation than a Trout Unlimited membership. Your membership supports the science and boots-in-the-water fieldwork and gives you access to your local TU chapter and the work they’re doing. Many of us here at Flylords began our fly fishing journies while involved with Trout Unlimited on some level whether via the Trout Unlimited & Costa del Mar 5Rivers program or simply membership in a local chapter. Getting involved with TU is a quick and easy process and one that will only yield dividends for your local fishery, and the world of trout conservation as a whole! In the brief article below, we will go over how to get involved with the organization today!
How to Get Involved with Trout Unlimited
Step 1: Sign Up for a Trout Unlimited Membership
This first step is a breeze and with memberships starting at just $35 for a year, it won’t break the bank either. All ages are welcome to join, and there are discounts for teen members that also include access to TU’s TU Teen program. Every membership with a free subscription to TROUT Magazine, access to a plethora of discounts in the fly fishing space, and tons of other benefits. Once you’re signed up, it’s time to get involved on a local level!
Step 2: Find Your Local Chapter!
This step is super easy thanks to TU’s “Find Your Chapter” tool, as there are 387 chapters nationwide. Being an active member of your local chapter is likely the most rewarding part of a TU membership. Whether you’re attending membership meetings to learn more about your local fishery or getting your hands dirty doing in-stream conservation work, inside every TU chapter there is something for everyone looking to make a difference and grow as an angler and a conservationist.
Step 3: Get Involved!
Now that you’ve become a member, and engaged with your local chapter, the rest is up to you! Attend your local chapter’s meetings, service projects, and fishing trips, and connect with fellow members. You’ll be surprised what you learn and who you learn from!
Other Ways to Get Involved with TU
TU Costa 5Rivers
The Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers program is a network of more than 100 TU-affiliated college fishing clubs around the country focused on conservation. As the capstone of the Trout Unlimited Headwaters Youth Program, these clubs seek to engage current and fly fishers-to-be on their campuses nationwide.
Through their affiliation with Trout Unlimited, clubs plan and participate in a series of events/initiatives in conjunction with their local TU chapter. Upon completion, club members earn access to the student discount program from participating industry partners, thereby reducing the prohibitive cost curve of entering the sport.
In fact, several of us here at Flylords got involved in the fly fishing industry through our times spent in 5Rivers chapters.
If there isn’t a 5Rivers chapter on your campus, starting a chapter is as easy as sending an email to FTate@tu.org!