To conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries
and their watersheds in western North Carolina.
A western North Carolina where healthy watersheds
support thriving populations of coldwater species.
Snags & Snarls
I’m pleased to bring you the Summer 2018 Edition of Snags & Snarls, the quarterly newsletter of the Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited. I’m thrilled to start it off with an outstanding article by our own Mark Byington, Pisgah TU chapter leader, on the critical issue of climate change.
Along with Mark’s article, this issue includes many wonderful things from individual Pisgah TU members: fishing trip reports, updates on chapter programs, chapter news, business, our popular fly tying recipe, original poetry and much more. Like our chapter, it would not be the same without each unique voice.
Given Pisgah TU’s storied history and Snags & Snarls’ part in it, the honor of editing this newsletter is a somewhat sacred duty. It was first printed in 1974 as a 4-page edition and included this classic note from the editor:
“You will note that this is Volume I of Snags & Snarls. Cherish it. It may become very valuable as a collector’s item because it may very well be the last edition as well. By the time we pay the printer and mailing costs we’ll have just about enough money left to file for bankruptcy.”
Somehow they managed to stay afloat, and Snags & Snarls became a regular publication in 1994. It was refined and expanded in 1995 to include more information of value to the Pisgah TU family and along the way it’s gone through several changes; most notably the change to digital-only publishing and most recently to the quarterly feature publication you’re reading today.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful summer on the water.
Editor, Snags & Snarls
The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Brevard, NC, and serves Henderson, Transylvania and Polk Counties. Chartered in 1969, the Chapter has dedicated more than 45 years to cold water conservation. From our humble beginnings of 29 members we have grown to over 400, including men and women of all ages and abilities.
The Pisgah Chapter was the 34th chapter chartered by Trout Unlimited and the 3rd in North Carolina. That’s quite a legacy when you consider that Trout Unlimited is a national organization with about 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils from Maine to Montana to Alaska.
Thanks to many years of good stewardship and the continued generosity of generations of members, Pisgah TU enjoys a firm financial footing and as a result is able to commit to effective partnerships with other conservation organizations, and to longitudinal programs that require significant financial commitment over time, like the recently-completed Davidson River Study.
We invite you to join us when you can. The first thing we do is welcome newcomers, but come early and introduce yourself around. You’re sure to make an friend or two and you’ll experience a warm western North Carolina welcome.Sara Jerome