Land O’ Sky

At home in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, the Land O’ Sky Chapter of Trout Unlimited received its charter in 1969, and today serves more than 400 members in Buncombe, Henderson, Mitchell, Madison and Yancey counties in Western North Carolina.  We are an organization of angler-conservationists dedicated to the protection of trout and the rivers, streams and watersheds they call home.

Most of our members live  within an hour’s drive of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and close to both the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Many of the premiere trout streams of the southeastern United States including the Nantahala River, Davidson River and Oconaluftee  are within easy driving distance.

Our chapter is an active partner with government agencies, such as the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in decisions about best management practices for fisheries and watersheds; and with other conservation service organizations in the region.

In addition, we maintain an active, ongoing interest in the education of youth regarding the importance of environmental stewardship, preservation, restoration and conservation, and the benefits of catch-and-release fishing.

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There is in the very haunts of the brook trout a suggestion of where it gets its vigor and wariness: the cold, clear streams where the water is pure; brooks that wind in and out over rocky and pebbly beds, here shaded by trees and there dashing through the open–it makes us feel vigorous even to think of such streams.

Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, 1911.

Officers & Board Members

  • Kip Pritchard, President
  • Parker Andes, Vice President
  • Cliff Albertson, Treasurer
  • Jamey Grant, Communications
  • Neal Labrie, Past President
  • Jay Hawthorne, Conservation Chair
  • Jeffrey Skolnick, Events and Meetings
  • Andrew Kabel , Trout in the Classroom
  • Bruce Johnson, Fund Raising
  • John Miko, Financial Advisor