The Blennerhassett Chapter of Trout Unlimited was started in 1976. The Chapter serves the Parkersburg, WV and Marietta, OH area, as well as the surrounding region. Currently BCTU has around 180 members.
Meeting Times and Place. All meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Vienna Public Library on the first Monday of the month, located on River Road just off Grand Central Ave. (Turn at the light between Wendy's and Neale School...the Library is on the right, straight across the street from the new IGA).All are welcome!
What do we do?
We meet once a month to discuss issues important to trout anglers in West Virginia. Being a grass roots organization, it is important that members come to meetings, participate and voice their opinions. Together we can help determine what activities and projects that BCTU what to become involved in.
In addition to monthly meeting, BCTU is also active in several local and regional projects
Some of our more recent projects include:
The restoration of the Red Run of Dry Fork watershed from a severely acid impacted stream into on of the states premier fly fish only catch and release brook trout streams. Ten years ago this was a dead stream. BCTU assisted the WV DNR in bring the water chemistry of the stream back in acceptable levels with the application of limestone sand fines. Once the water was habitable for trout, native brook trout from an adjoining watershed were placed in the stream. They thrived in the now perfect water. We continue to support this effort with a yearly donation made to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to purchase and apply limestone fines to the headwaters. This limestone counteracts the acidity from precipitation to provide the perfect water chemistry for a mountain stream ecosystem. The naturally dark water (some liken it to ice tea) is the result of tannin leaching from the decaying leaves of vegetation adjoining the stream. As a result the brook trout of Red Run tend to keep a dark coloration all year long, resulting in some of the prettiest fish you will see in West Virginia. Again, be aware of the regulations as the WV DNR manages this as a fly fish only, catch and release stream.
Trout in the Classroom (TiC). After a successful inaugural year for the Trout in the Classroom project at Williamstown Elementary School, BCTU in sponsoring two TiC projects for the 2010-11 school year. In addition to continuing the program at Williamstown Elementary School, the chapter has added Harmar Elementary School in Marietta, OH.
Brown trout fingerling stocking of the West Fork of the Greenbrier and fall campout at the Thornwood DNR cabin. Each year the chapter, with the help of the WV DNR, stocks fingerling brown trout in the West Fork. The DNR open the rail trail gate up and we take the fish via truck along the trail and stock fish. This is an excellent "first time" stocking experience as the river is very close to the trail and the fish are easily transported. Also a good stocking to take kids on. The chapter rents the DNR cabin in Thornwood for the entire weekend so its a great opportunity to do a TU project, then fish and fellowship the rest of the weekend.
Directions to Wildell Trailhead:
Brown trout fingerling stocking of the head waters of the Little Kanawha. Trout in the Little Kanawha? Why sure, if you go upstream far enough...say Rock Cave,WV. A relatively recent project, BCTU has been fingerling stocking sections of the Little Kanawha headwaters over the past few years. The fish are stocked in a remote canyon section so access is by hiking. This is a more physically demanding stocking as the fish are backpacked in along the rocky river bank (no trail). While some one of average physically fit condition should have no problems, it is not for smaller children or folks with health issues. This stocking is usually done during the late summer/early fall and is often condition dependent.