Welcome to Valley Forge Trout Unlimited
TO JIM CLARK
Jim Clark was honored as “Volunteer of The Year” at Lancaster Fly Fishing Show!
Jim is one of the founders of the Coatesville program. Most would say Jim had been the wisdom and glue that’s held our group together since it first met in 2013. This mention will make him crazy; he’s incredibly humble. He’s been at every meeting we’ve had since our inception, given dozens of the most amazing fly tying tutorials to our vets, and has treated us with his trademark venison bologna every week. Trust me if you’re lucky enough to have a Clark fly, it’s hard to get it out of the box & wet – they’re that beautiful.His quiet, humble approach to the vets makes him a natural for them to sit with on Wednesdays.
Trust me, Jim Clark is an american original. His vast knowledge of the fauna of Chester County makes him the ideal partner during our fishing outings. Throw in a little Will Rogers humor and you get the picture. Jim, we literally would not care to do it without you! — Matt Seymour, Project Healing Waters.
Valley Forge Trout Unlimited’s
2nd Annual Spring Fishing Trip
⇒UPDATE: Announcement regarding our legal action against Tredyffrin Township.
Final Petition for Review 2/26/2016
We are pleased to be joined in our efforts by many local partners and by the National Park Conservation Association (NPCA). The NPCA has published this helpful document outlining the dangers that uncontrolled storm water run-off pose not just to Valley Creek but to our irreplaceable and historical structures such as Washington’s Headquarters.
Additional documents can be viewed under the Resources tab: Reports, Information and Whitepapers
The Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring trout habitat throughout Chester County, Pennsylvania. Valley Forge Trout Unlimited is an active chapter effectively working to advance conservation efforts and the sport of fly fishing. Its 800-plus members and affiliates are engaged in the fight to preserve our precious cold water resources. All similarly inclined persons are invited to join in our efforts.
Valley Forge Trout Unlimited general meetings are open to the public. They are held the second Thursday of each month, with the exception of June, July, and August.
⇒ NEW NEW Meeting Location! ⇐ Chester Valley Grange Hall, 3285 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
7:30 PM Second Thursday of each month from September – May
Please plan on joining us for our regularly scheduled monthly meetings featuring great speakers and terrific members! Click Here for more information
Project Healing Waters
Project Healing Waters is a nationwide program administered through the Veteran’s Administration that introduces fly fishing to veterans. Our chapter began this outreach program in 2012 and it is growing rapidly. Click here for more information how we’re engaging our veterans in this rejuvenating project and how you can take part.
Our primary mission is to protect Chester County’s watersheds – Valley Creek, West Valley Creek and the Brandywine Creek. As a result, our conservation efforts are many and varied. Below are the projects and efforts we’re working on currently.
Keeper of the Stream
Valley Creek bisects much of Chester County’s eastern and most populated area. As such it is most at risk of erosion from storm water run-off and pollution from both point and non-point sources. Our Keeper of the Stream program offers assigned “beats” to volunteers who inspect the stream and report quarterly to the National Park Service at Valley Forge Historical National Park, where Valley Creek runs through to its confluence with the Schuylkill River.
Wilson Farm Park
Tredyffrin Township’s Wilson Farm Park is a large, mostly cleared public park bordered by Route 202 on its south side and the Chesterbrook development on its remaining three sides. Valley Creek bisects much of the Chesterbrook development before it enters Valley Forge Historical National Park. Such a large, open expanse of land can do more than it currently does to capture and collect storm water before releasing it into drainage systems that ultimately discharge into Valley Creek exacerbating bank erosion. Our efforts include partnering with other local, like minded community and conservation groups to increase the park’s capacity to hold water. We have planted trees and have installed and maintain a rain garden to capture storm water and thus replenish the aquifer reducing the amount of water that reaches the storm sewer.