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  Site last updated: 5/21/2024

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Adams County Trout Unlimited (ACTU) Chapter 323 was started in 1977 by a group of individuals interested in restoring and enhancing a section of the Conewago Creek in Adams County, PA. Our chapter has grown since its inception, and now includes over 200 members. Our vision is to expand the scope of our efforts and the breadth of the community that we reach.

Over the years, members have enjoyed the benefits of a network of like-minded, knowledgeable anglers. We hone our fishing and fly-tying skills through seminars, talks, and demonstrations at our monthly gatherings. Plus, we have led scores of stream improvement projects and supported hundreds of trout stockings in county creeks. The Chapter's many conservation and habitat improvement projects, which are intended to conserve, protect, and restore the county's fisheries and watersheds, have resulted in recognition from both National and State Trout Unlimited organizations.

Today, the Chapter has taken a broader role in our community and is guided by three tenets: ConservationCommunity, and Fishing. Guided by these tenets, our Chapter works to bring together diverse interests to achieve our mission of bettering the conservation-related educational and recreational opportunities in Adams County.

As important as our angling endeavors, many of the conservation and community efforts we now lead, or support, are focused on several annual youth programs in the county. For example, since the Chapter's founding, thousands of students have participated in activities such as the Trout In the Classroom Program, the annual Latimore Creek Youth Fishing Derby, the Southcentral Outdoors For Youth Program, and the New Oxford Middle School Environmental Day.

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


Upcoming Chapter Events

June Gathering Scheduled

Jake Villwock, owner of Relentless Fly Fishing, will speak about fly fishing for smallmouth bass at our next gathering, scheduled for 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 19, at the Adams County Conservation District Office, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg. Our monthly business meeting will follow approximately an hour later. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Chapter News

ACTU Participates in Environmental Field Day Event

Six ACTU Chapter members manned two stations at New Oxford Middle School's 8th Grade Environmental Field Day on May 20. The volunteers gave the students instruction on fly casting and fly tying. Thanks to the event organizers, especially Mrs. Danyelle Kaiser, an 8th Grade Science Teacher at the school, for inviting us to share our knowledge with an amazing group of young people! We'll be back in 2025!

19th Annual Youth Fishing Derby A Success!

Sixty young anglers between the ages of 5 and 15 years-of-age took part in ACTU's 19th Annual Youth Fishing Derby at the Special Regulations Fishing Area at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on May 11. The youngsters stocked over 300 trout to start the event and then fished for them for three hours before receiving prizes and lunch. Age group winners for the longest trout included: Wyatt Baker (5-6 years old), Kamden Buch (7-8), Bentley Janney (9-10), CJ Kasper (11-12), and Bryson Hughes (13-15).

Many thanks to our business sponsors, including Sheetz, W. E. Sell Sporting Goods, Keurig Cadbury Schweppes, B&B Lures, and the Yellow Breeches Anglers, plus individual sponsors Cindy Baker and Tom Ritter, who donated items for our prize tables. And finally, a big thank you to all the adults who took the time to bring the anglers to our derby. See you next year for the 20th edition!

ACTU Wins State Environmental Award

ACTU was recently honored as 1 of 22 recipients of the 2024 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Our Zeigler Mill Road Access project was recognized for "Collaborative Land and Stream Preservation and Restoration in Adams County." Thank you once again to all the various organizations and individuals who played a role in the completion of this multi-year project!

(Center picture Left -to-Right: ACTU Secretary Jerry Gladfelter, ACTU Board Member Rick Franzese, ACTU President Frank Kozak, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, ACTU Board Member Dave Swope, Department of Environmental Protection Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley, and PA Environmental Council President Tom Gilbert)

Monthly Newspaper Articles

The Gettysburg Times is now publishing articles detailing ACTU activities which are written by ACTU members on the fourth Friday of each month!


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