About Us

Our History

Trout Unlimited is a group of conservation-minded anglers promoting quality trout and salmon fisheries — both for their intrinsic value as well as for watershed health.


In 1959 on the banks of one solitary stream — Michigan’s Au Sable River — a small group of anglers banded together to ensure the health of trout, their habitat, and the sport of angling.Two years later, they won their first victory.


Michigan replaced its indiscriminate fish-stocking activities with stream improvement programs, fingerling planting and protective fishing regulations – all designed to protect the wild, native fish.


So began TU’s concept of catch-and-release. Trout Unlimited has evolved, and today’s Mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.

Today, Trout Unlimited’s 500 chapters and 125,000+ volunteer-member network continue to conserve, protect and restore … One Stream at a Time.

“A good gamefish is too valuable to be caught only once.”

—Lee Wulff, 1938

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