May 17, 2022 Meeting and Agenda

Date: 5/17/2022

Location: Sportsman’s Warehouse Roanoke, VA

Current treasury balance: $14,171.72

Meeting start: 6:00pm

Meeting end: 7:15pm

Approximately 26 in attendance


  • The chapter received a very generous check from the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited for TIC reimbursement.
  • The Chapter also received a generous donation from the Babcock-Wilcox Employee Giving fund in the amount of $2930.91.

Trout in The Classroom

  • Volunteers are still needed for the TIC program for next school year: contact Jon Wilson @ or Dave Mueller @
  • Dave Mueller has agreed to remain the TIC program coordinator lead for the upcoming year (2022-2023). Thank you Dave!

Other Notes

  • Dave Mueller gave an update on the TIC program and expects next school year to be at full capacity with 22 to 24 schools participating.  We are in great need for members to volunteer to serve as coordinators for the school year to be a success.
  • Brenda Willis gave an update on the donations from the Pampered Chef program.  The chapter will be awarded 15 to 30 % of the proceeds from all sales.  Please see the post on Face book regarding the Virtual Pampered Chef Program or contact Brenda directly.
  • Camper Wilson, our new President opened the meeting and did an awesome job.  
  • We are still looking for someone to serve as Vice President.  Please let Camper, Jon, George, Jack or David know if you are interested in serving this great chapter.

Our Presentation was by Mark Taylor: 

Mark is the eastern communications director for Trout Unlimited and is based out of Roanoke.  He is a longtime member of our chapter and manages communications for a region that stretches from the upper Midwest to the Atlantic. 

Mark’s presentation, DIY Alaska:

Alaska is sometimes called the “Last Frontier of Fly Fishing,” and most of us have drooled over ads, stories and videos highlighting the incredible fishing and amazing scenery. Then we see the price tag for a week at a lodge and think, “Nope.” But it is possible to take a fishing adventure to Alaska without dropping $10,000 to $15,000. Do-it-yourself fishing in Alaska, while not exactly cheap, is fairly affordable. It can also be incredibly productive and very satisfying. 

Key points:

  • Getting There, driving, plane, as well as travel within the state, ferries, charters, etc.  Airfare is probably the most expensive DIY cost.  Remember to book both ways to and from for ferries and in state charters as you are not always guaranteed a spot.
  • Where to stay, hotels, motels, VRBO, Air B&B, forest service cabins.  Camping is the cheapest option as you can camp most anywhere in Alaska.
  • Vehicle rentals, very expensive and he has found renting a motor home is the least expensive option for transportation and lodging.  You can camp anywhere and not always a campgrounds.  Not all areas have rental vehicles available.
  • When to go, the season runs from May to September and targeted species of Salmon vary.  Trout are always available when Salmon are spawning
  • Discussed where to go and recommended Anchorage as a starting point.  Stock up before heading out to remote areas.  Once out of larger cities the cost for essentials are much more expensive.
  • Gear and tackle, 5 to 10 weight rods are recommended, various size and color of beads are typically used.  Must have gear are: the best rain jacket and rain gear you can afford, wool clothing, layering clothing, Alaska gazetteer, maps and books on the area.  Once out of populated areas there is very limited cell service.  No felt soled boots allowed. 
  • Resources to use, must have book, Fly Fishing Guide to Alaska; internet and YouTube. 

Thank you Mark for the very informative presentation.  If you would like further details feel free to reach out to Mark. 

The Roanoke Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold our May meeting at Sportsman Warehouse, 3550 Ferncliff Ave NW, Roanoke, VA on Tuesday May 17, 2022 at 6:00pm. Notice Day of the week is Tuesday not our usual Wednesday.

Guest speaker Mark Taylor will talk about tips for planning an affordable DIY Alaska fishing adventure.

Also Dave Mueller will talk about our Trout In the Classroom program,

So bring a fishing buddy, friend or your spouse and come on out to Sportsman Warehouse for an informative evening.