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  Site last updated: 6/2/2023

2020 PA Small Chapter of the Year
Award Recipient!

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ACTU is the Southcentral PA regional chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU). As a local, grassroots organization, we work to promote TU’s mission of conserving, protecting, and restoring North America's Coldwater fisheries and their watersheds right here in Adams County.

We work to support TU’s vision of ensuring robust populations of native and wild cold water fish will once again thrive within their Southern District, so our children and grandchildren can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters. Local improvement projects have included: Conewago Creek, Conococheague Creek, Marsh Creek, Mountain Creek, Latimore Creek and Opossum Creek.

Please note that ACTU is not strictly a fly fishing organization. We support and promote all types of trout fishing!


Chapter News

Upcoming Events

Stream Clean Up Day - ACTU will conduct their annual stream clean up day on the fly fishing-only, catch-and-release, section of the Conewago Creek from 8:30 am until noon on Saturday, June 17. Lunch will be provided to all those in attendance following the clean up. Those interested in helping should meet at the Rockwell Lanes Bowling Center parking lot, 2855 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg. Contact ACTU President Frank Kozak at [email protected] or 419-704-2766 with any questions.

June Gathering - our June gathering will begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 21, and will be held at the Adams County Conservation District Office, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg. The evening will begin with a presentation by Lynn Rebert entitled "Euronymphing Techniques", and will be followed by our monthly business meeting approximately an hour later. Both events are free and open to the public.

July Gathering - Dan Herrick will headline our July gathering, which will be held starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 19, at the Adams County Conservation District Office. Dan shared his expertise with the Chapter in 2022, and he'll be back to demonstrate fly tying in July. He's planning to tie a Parachute Adams, a Bead head Hare's Ear, a Shenk's Minnow, and soft hackle flies. As usual, our monthly business meeting will follow. Both events are free and open to the public.

Recent Chapter Activities

Environmental Day

Seven ACTU members recently participated in New Oxford Middle School's 2d annual Environmental Day directed by 8th Grade Science Teacher Danyelle Kaiser. The students rotated through six stations, two of which were manned by ACTU volunteers - fly tying and fly casting. After a little basic instruction, the 8th graders were able to tie their own flies and accurately cast a fly rod. ACTU has been involved in this program since it's inception in 2022.

Annual Youth FIshing Derby

More than 60 young angers braved a rainy morning to fish for the trout they stocked that morning during ACTU's 18th Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 13, at the Special Regulations Fishing Area at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds. Many thanks go out to all our sponsors and volunteer Chapter members who made this event possible. All the anglers received a prize regardless of how many fish they caught, and as well as lunch. Additional prizes were awarded for the longest trout in each of the five ago groups!

Access Site Tree Planting

ACTU Chapter members and volunteers planted over 200 trees and shrubs at the Zeigler Mill Road access site in late-April. This planting is in addition to the 100 trees planted earlier this spring. Tree species included black walnut, elderberry, white pine, shagbark hickory, pin oak, sugar maple, and silky dogwood.