As the fishing slows down and the weather gets colder, we have more time to give back to the fly fishing community.
There are multiple organizations that provide volunteer opportunities here in the high country.
One major partner of Due South Outfitters is Trout Unlimited. We partner with TU through donations, fundraising, and working as chapter officers. Meredith has actually taken the position of chapter president and we hope to be even more involved in the future.
We fully support their mission of protecting wild trout streams and helping to keep the public informed of public land conservation. Being the only TU approved fly fishing company in the high country, we do our best to stay very involved with local stream protection and education of the public on how they can get involved. TU is a national organization with hundreds of chapters. We have a chapter in Boone, NC that meets the second Monday of every month at Valley Crusis Park. By attending the meetings, you will be introduced to local events to give back. If you are interested in participating on a national level, the TU website has options to donate financially, volunteer on national level projects, and voice your concerns to congress via petitions. To partner locally check out: https://highcountry.tu.org/?_ga=2.25883709.1235099528.1512951542-1891700432.1506623195 or on a national level: https://www.tu.org
Another great local resource is the Watagua Riverkeeper with MountainTrue. The organization focuses on public land protection with a specialization in water quality monitoring, stormwater management, SMIE Biomonitoring Program (determining the presence of aquatic insets that indicates river health), and pollution prevention.
We partner with Watagua Riverkeeper through whirling disease prevention; this disease is caused by a parasite that affects a fishes' brain preventing them from swimming correctly and ultimately death. We provide a wader, boot, and equipment cleaning station on site, that prevents the spread of the parasite from stream to stream. This is something that can be done at any local business or household. Check out the website here: https://mountaintrue.org/waters/ to learn how to set up a station.