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Who We Are

Our History

The National Organization, Trout Unlimited, was founded in 1959 along the banks of Michigan's Au Sable River by a group of 16 anglers who were interested in protecting trout in that and other popular fishing rivers.   By 1963, New York anglers established local chapters to carryout Trout Unlimited’s mission of protecting endangered streams and rivers.   In July, 1977, the New York State Council was formally incorporated.   Today, Council supports over 8,500 members in more than 25 chapters across the State.

The original board of directors were:

Sally Dwyer, wife of John Dwyer, recounted that the board met at her kitchen table in Victor to draw up the plan for incorporating the Council.