Welcome to Merrymeeting Bay Chapter 329 of Trout Unlimited (MMBTU). Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore cold water resources and the watersheds on which they depend in Maine.

APRIL 2020 meeting cancellations

Well, after having spent the last 2 weeks at home, pretty much, I can say that spending time wading a river or paddling a canoe on a remote pond in pursuit of brook trout or salmon is looking pretty attractive right about now. I mean, it always has been attractive, right?
There is something about these times in which we find ourselves, voluntarily isolating (personal distancing), which draws me to want to be outdoors more than ever…I love living here in Maine, and I hope you all have had the chance to get into Maine’s amazing wilderness, or even her friendly neighborhoods, to air out, look around, experience and appreciate all that is fresh, natural and alluring about this place we call home. Who imagined mud season could look so good?!
It will come as no surprise that we’ll be cancelling the April 21st monthly chapter gathering at Joshua’s Tavern, as well as the Thursday April 2nd Fly Tying session. (I want give a shout out to Eric and Selene Frohmberg, Justin Crouse and Ray Minchak for taking the lead and for launching this event for members and the public.) We’ll be continuing the tying sessions as soon as people can gather together again! Stayed tuned…
While this is exceptional, most fishable fresh waters here in Maine have been open to angling for a couple of weeks now. Still, traditional opening day fishing in closed waters starts April 1st – that’s this Wednesday – and is always something to look forward to!
I hope that you are all healthy and well, and doing your part to avoid catching or spreading this novel coronavirus.
Tight lines,
Brad Swanson
MMBTU President



When not hunkered down, we hold 8 monthly meetings September through May. Our December meeting is typically a Yankee Swap.  Currently we are meeting at Joshua’s Tavern 123 Maine Street Brunswick, the third Tuesday of each month, 5:30 meet & greet, 6 PM dinner, 7PM speaker.

By attending our monthly meetings you will gain new fishing friends, learn about Maine fishing opportunities, join members on expeditions across America, improve your fly casting, learn new fly patterns, find volunteer opportunities, and have fun. Check out our schedule of speakers above.

We typically have a chapter fishing day in the fall and again in the spring.  In March we hold our March Brown Madness fund raiser, which features speakers, silent auctions, fly tiers, authors, and more.

Look to our Special Events page for a quick run-down of upcoming activities and join us!