SRTU Meeting July 26th, 2012

As many of you know we had a series of events which necessitated cancelling our our June meeting. We are now  back on track and have rescheduled our next Smith River TU meeting for Thursday, July 26th. Details below:

Smith River Trout Unlimited will meet at Rania’s Restaurant in uptown Martinsville, on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 6:30 pm.  Mary Dail, Regional Coordinator from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s water monitoring staff will give a presentation on DEQ’s water quality efforts and the associated challenges in the Smith River. Specifically, she will summarize the benthic macroinvertebrate community (or aquatic invertebrate) impairment and the ongoing study that DEQ is conducting to identify stress(es) to the aquatic invertebrate community. (In layman’s language – she is going to tell us why we do not have a lot of insect life on the river and what is needed to change that)

In addition to our feature presentation we will hear from SRTU President Darrin Doss on a variety of topics. These include:

  • Summary of recent SRTU questionnaire / survey
  • Update on SRTU Web presence:  Facebook page:     Chapter webpage: 
  • After action report on our participation with Nat Greene Fly Fishers with Boy Scout event at Woodfield Camp, Asheboro, NC (May 12, 2012)
  • After action report on our participation in the Friends of Philpott Expo (April 21, 2012)
  • Stream clean up (Aug 4, 2012) Check out this link and sign up to participate!/events/331941696883863/
  • Booth at the Smith River Fest  (Aug 11, 2012)
  • Program for September meeting
  • Any other business which would be of interest to the membership

You do not have to be a member of TU to attend our meetings.(You must be a member in order to vote on chapter business).   Anyone who has an interest in the Smith River Fishery is encouraged to attend.

Rania’s provides us with a meeting space with the expectation that the majority of attendees will purchase a meal. (Good food, moderate prices).  Address is 147 E. Main St., Martinsville, VA  24112. It is in the historic district of Martinsville known as uptown as it sits on a hill.

For information contact Chapter Pres Darrin Doss (276)340-3193  Secy Al Kittredge, (910) 868-6235 or check our website for more details and directions.

Smith River Clean-Up 2012

OK folks here is a heads up, we need you to put the Smith River Clean Up on your calendar. Don’t plan on anything else for Saturday, August 4th because here is a chance to back up all that “I’m for a clean environment” with action.  In other words put in some “sweat equity”. Smith River Trout Unlimited, Dan River Basin Association and Gateway have teamed up to conduct a 30 mile clean up of the Smith River from Philpott Dam, downstream to Eggleston Falls. (See attached flyer)

Obviously a massive effort such as this requires lots of help – that is where you come in. If you belong to an organization such as hiking or paddling club, church group, bowling league, professional organization, neighborhood watch, fishing club, etc, etc we’d love to have you adopt and concentrate your efforts on a predetermined section of the river for the day. If you’re an individual or just a couple of fishing buddies we’ll pair you up with others to hit a section of the river.  We’ll provide gloves, safety vests, litter bags, drinking water and a limited number of canoes. If you’re going to wade you should bring your own waders. If you or your group have access to canoes or small Jon boats they will come in handy for transporting trash to centralized pick up points. We even have some jobs for those who do not want to wade or are otherwise unable to get wet.

We’re setting up headquarters at Gravely Nature Preserve, 2525 Eggleston Falls Rd, Ridgeway VA. All volunteers are asked to assemble there prior to 9:00 am on Saturday so we can get a headcount and pass out safety equipment and assignments. We will assemble there again at 2:30 pm for an assessment of work accomplished, work still to be done, group photo and a cook out for all participants. Several members of SRTU will also be available after the event to fish with “out of towners” who may want to learn more about the Smith River Fishery.

Stay tuned for additional information. If you have questions or would like to volunteer for a specific task or section of the river contact SRTU VP Lisa Hall at 434-713-1888 or email

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