|Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited|
The Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited serves the western North Carolina counties of Jackson, Macon and Swain.
Our mission is the preservation and conservation of coldwater fisheries throughout western North Carolina. One of the best ways to preserve our fisheries for future generations is through education and communication. Our previous website is located here: http://www.smokyonthefly.com/tucktu/.
Meetings of the Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited are held at the Community Meeting Room of the United Community Bank on highway 107 south in Sylva, NC. The meeting room is at the rear of the bank. Meetings start at 6:30 PM and are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Meals are provided by a rotating grub committee to chapter members at a cost of $5.
The chapter's monthly newsletter may be downloaded here:
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Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.
TU accomplishes this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. TU’s national office, based just outside of Washington, D.C., and its regional offices employ professionals who testify before Congress, publish a quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings, and work with the organization’s 140,000 volunteers in about 400 chapters nationwide to keep them active and involved in conservation issues.
July 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of TU’s founding, on the banks of the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan. The 16 fishermen who gathered at the home of George Griffith were united by their love of trout fishing, and by their growing disgust with the state’s practice of stocking its waters with “cookie cutter trout”—catchable-sized hatchery fish. Convinced that Michigan’s trout streams could turn out a far superior fish if left to their own devices, the anglers formed a new organization: Trout, Unlimited (the comma was dropped a few years later).
From the beginning, TU was guided by the principle that if we “take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself.” And that principle was grounded in science. “One of our most important objectives is to develop programs and recommendations based on the very best information and thinking available,” said TU’s first president, Dr. Casey E. Westell Jr. “In all matters of trout management, we want to know that we are substantially correct, both morally and biologically.”
In 1962-63, TU prepared its first policy statement on wild trout, and persuaded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to curtail "put-and-take" trout stocking and start managing for wild trout and healthy habitat. On the heels of that success, anglers quickly founded TU chapters in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania.
From its hundreds of local stream restoration projects, to helping lead the way to remove the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Maine, to compelling Congress to strengthen the Clean Water Act, TU has a strong 50 year track record of conservation achievements. Perhaps TU's greatest strength is that it works at multiple levels of society and government to achieve its mission. From the landowner on the stream bank, to the state fisheries agency, to the Halls of Congress, TU is working to achieve its vision.
|HOW WE WORK|
There’s one fundamental truth about rivers: what happens upstream will eventually flow downstream. Everything is interconnected, so we must work effectively not only on local streams, but also on entire rivers and river systems.
To succeed, we rely on our combination of grassroots capacity and professional expertise. A simple yet effective framework integrates our efforts: protect pristine habitat, usually in the headwaters; then reconnect it to areas we restore downstream. Sustain this work over time by building a broad coalition of people committed to coldwater conservation.
On any given river, you might find TU policy experts advocating for legislation to protect pristine lands, while staff scientists collaborate with volunteers on the ground to clean up streams and replace culverts that block fish passage. Partnership projects with local schools complement these efforts, introducing a new generation to TU’s work.
Everyone tackles a different piece of the puzzle, but the end result is miles and miles of interconnected habitat for fish, and healthier, more fishable rivers for all of us.
| Greening Up the Mountains 2014|
Dick Sellers and Craig Green manning the Tuckaseigee chapter's booth at Greening Up the Mountains, April, 2014.
We have participated at GUTM for the past several years.
Raffle tickets were sold to the attendees for several prizes which include framed print and photograph donated by chapter members Craig Forrest and Larry Tucker; two half-day guided fly fishing trips donated by Hooker’s Fly Shop and River’s Edge Outfitters; and a one-year fishing permit for Cherokee Tribal Waters (including the trophy section) donated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Members demonstrated fly tying and offered the public the opportunity to learn more about Trout Unlimited and the benefits of membership
|TUCKASEIGEE CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED|