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 are 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 5 Rivers 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: Stay in the Loop!
Sign up for TU’s free newsletter and we’ll take you into the field, introduce you to people making a difference, and keep you in the know about how you can stand up for America’s rivers and streams, whether it’s the Snake, the waters of Bristol Bay, or your own secret headwater.
Step 2: Take Action!
Now that you’re in the Loop, find ways to take action in your local watershed. Interact with your local chapter for service projects, and fishing trips, and connect with fellow members. You’ll be surprised by what you will learn and who you learn from!
Step 3: 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.
Other Ways to Get Involved with TU
TU Costa 5 Rivers
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 time spent in 5 Rivers 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!