Blue Ridge Chapter History
The Blue Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited was chartered June 26, 1970 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as a chapter of the national association, Trout Unlimited. The Blue Ridge chapter is one of fourteen chapters in the North Carolina Council with 4,000 members. The national headquarters of Trout Unlimited is located in Arlington, Virginia.
Trout Unlimited's mission statement:
"The mission of Trout Unlimited is to protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds."
As a local chapter of Trout Unlimited our goal is to restore and maintain the environment of coldwater fisheries in North Carolina by fundraising for on-stream restoration, educating youth and adults, and by introducing the fun and pleasure derived from learning to enjoy the art of fly fishing. We promote environmental stewardship.
Come join us.
A new program has just been released for new members and members whose membership has lapsed for over one year. Your first year membership dues are only $17.50 for the first year! Even better, our chapter will receive a rebate on your dues of $15.00 to add to our funds for conservation programs.
You MUST enter our chapter number for the chapter to receive the refund, however. It is number 072. Look at the upper right hand corner of the web page for the following text: "If you were directed to join on the website by a local chapter" followed by a link.
Learn about the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and how Back the Brookie program began it all. Click on this link to learn about the program that is now in all states in the Eastern US that have Brook Trout in their streams. Our chapter and others in North Carolina are actively participating in the program to bring back the only native trout in the Eastern US.
You can now purchase products with the Back the Brookie logo on them. Open the site and go to the Store page.
Trout Unlimited, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the nation's largest association whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Nationwide there are 431 active local chapters with a total membership of 126,589. The chapters in North Carolina are focused on ensuring the future of coldwater fisheries in our state.