Greetings to all,
I'm very honored and privileged to serve as your new President of the Mountain Bridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited here in the Upstate of South Carolina. I'm looking forward to the coming year with much excitement and enthusiasm. My goals as president and our goals as a chapter are to continue growing our membership and to seek local conservation projects to protect and conserve our fisheries in South Carolina. Of course, none of these goals will be accomplished without your support.
It was very gratifying to be part of our first hosting of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. It was a success and a great time was had by all. This will become an annual event. The money raised will go towards helping our conservation projects and Project Healing Waters. Thanks to all that helped with event. Also, many thanks to the best board and volunteers a new president can have at his side.
Thank you very much.
Tight loops to all,
Trout Unlimited is a natural resources conservation organization of volunteers dedicated to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
In 1959, sixteen dedicated anglers gathered on the banks of Michigan’s Au Sable River. United by a love of fishing and a desire to help wild trout survive, they launched Trout Unlimited with successful campaigns championing catch-and-release fishing and the use of barbless hooks. Today TU has over 155,000 members working out of 380 chapters and 36 state councils nationwide to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries. We donate well over 650,000 volunteer hours and significant funds every year to clean up polluted streams, repair and restore stream riparian and watershed areas, restore water to damaged and dried-up rivers, and teach young people about responsible stewardship of our coldwater resources and good fishing habits. We have won major victories in court and in Congress, using a nonpartisan, action-oriented approach that has earned the support of state and federal agencies, universities, non-profits, landowners and thousands of partners. The scale of our work continues to expand, but our focus remains the protection of wild and native fish, and our greatest resource is still the energy and enthusiasm of America’s anglers.
Together, we are working to ensure that our favorite streams and rivers will still be there—cold, clean and fishable—for the next generation. (TU is a tax exempt Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.)
Mountain Bridge Chapter
The MISSION of the Mountain Bridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MBTU) parallels the Trout Unlimited mission but is focused on upstate South Carolina, specifically: "To conserve, protect, and restore South Carolina’s trout fisheries and their watersheds (and on a selective basis, those of western North Carolina) through chapter and member activities, advocacies and common goals."
In addition, our VISION reflects our mission, which is: "To ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish continue to thrive within their original South Carolina range, so that our descendants can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters." All our efforts and activities are ultimately directed toward our belief in these tenets. More about our goals and objectives and the operation of our chapter can be found under the tabs at the top of each page.
The Mountain Bridge Chapter is the original South Carolina chapter of Trout Unlimited founded and headquartered in Greenville in 1974. It was founded by Bob Martin, Jerry Alexander, Larry Vickery and others with the initial effort to facilitate the transfer of private property of Jones Gap to the State of South Carolina - now Jones Gap State Park. A few years later, MBTU members helped to start the Saluda River Chapter in Columbia, SC, and later, the Chattooga River Chapter in Clemson, SC. These three chapters, along with at-large members in the lower and coastal regions, make up the South Carolina Trout Unlimited State Council and comprise over 1,600 members.
Our MBTU chapter currently has over 540 members primarily from upstate South Carolina’s greater Greenville-Spartanburg area and extending over to the Rock Hill area. Our members cover all adult ages, are both male and female, and come from all walks of life, socio-economic status, and interests. We all share the same passion to preserve, protect and restore cold water fisheries and to spend time together fly fishing for trout in those cold rivers and streams of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and beyond. We meet monthly featuring a speaker with specific expertise and experience on various areas of our interests in trout and trout fishing, conservation, and community service. Additionally, we have chapter outings at popular regional fishing streams during the spring and fall, along with other scheduled social and conservation activities. There is much more information about us and our activities on this web site.