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ABOUT THE ANNUAL

TROUT UNLIMITED & DR. R. J. SCHILLING

COMMUNITY FLY FISHING CELEBRATION AND

THE DR. RICHARD J. SCHILLING FUND


Dr. Richard J. Schilling (1928-2018) was a surgeon, oilman and philanthropist whose ultimate concern was putting others before himself.  The festival originates from Dr. Schilling's bequest to introduce children and beginners the sport of fly fishing as a means of fostering personal relationships and developing mentorship opportunities, thereby providing dignity and confidence to children.  Dr. Schilling (“Opa,” or “grandfather,” as so many called him) also believed in fly fishing as a means to instill an appreciation for habitat conservation leading to healthier communities. 

New Hampshire Trout Unlimited and the Dr. Richard J. Schilling Fund share Opa’s belief that when people slow down and appreciate the great blessing of natural beauty that we enjoy in the North Country, including the natural treasure of the Ammonoosuc River, it makes our lives, our children and our communities healthier.  The Trout Unlimited-Dr. R. J. Schilling Fly Fishing Celebration is dedicated to Opa’s ideals, and to instilling within others the confidence to take up the sport of fly fishing to the benefit of our children and wider community.


Funds raised at the Celebration will benefit the Dr. Richard J. Schilling Fund, dedicated to furthering human dignity and elevating communities, and will be specifically earmarked to send children to NH TU’s Youth Trout Camp, held annually each summer in Pittsburg. This camp enables youth to learn about fly fishing, trout habitat, and coldwater conservation. Funds will also be used for Trout Camp equipment and supplies.  We thank the Schilling family and our fellow sponsors for such generous support.

 


“The Dr. Richard J. Schilling Fly Fishing Celebration

honors our grandfather, Opa, who taught us compassion in life

and patience in the stream. The Dr. Richard J. Schilling Fund is

established to convey his passion for fly fishing to our

community, and to get the kids into the stream. As Opa said..."

 


‘Get away from the rest of the world, slow down,
 

and watch your fly drift.’”

                                                                                                                                    - Jeffrey B, Cozzens, Littleton, NH

 


“I want to emphasize to all how deeply I feel about

exposing young people to the outdoors and fly fishing.

I started at age 14 in Northern Michigan.

Every year since, I have fished and sat on banks or

logs to enjoy nature whether or not I caught fish.

The thrill has always been being away from the rest

of the world and watching my fly drift alongside a

log in the stream. Please, young people, try it and

become absorbed in it as I did. Be patient and enjoy

nature and learn. You can do it and enjoy it for the

rest of your life, as I have.”

 

- Dr. Richard J. Schilling, Glen Lake, MI

 


Please join us at the 2018 2nd Annual NH TU & Dr. R. J. Schilling Community Fly Fishing Celebration!



2017 FESTIVAL PHOTOS

Visit more of the 2017 Celebration pictures on the Ammonoosuc Chapter's Facebook Page Album here.

Watch NH TU Trout Camp Director Phil Donovan's video of the 2017 Festival.
 


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CURRENT AND PAST DONORS:

 


 

PLATINUM DONORS

   

B. Boulanger

 

Dick Gould

 

Soft Hackle Guide Service

 

James A. Cheney

 

Dr. Richard F. Schilling

 

R. Varney

 

Dr. Bruce & Kathy Cozzens

 

Dr. Richard J. Schilling

 

 

              

 

 

 

GOLD DONORS

 

   

Corey's Sports

 

Jeanette Fournier

 

Dr. J. Kartsimas

 

Ann Edison

 

Thomas Ives

 

Tom Troost

 

Nest

 

   

              

 

 

 

SILVER DONORS

 

 

 

 

Cozy Cabin Rustics

Lincoln, NH

 

E. Hatch Flies

 

Maureen Timmins

 

 

Gypsy Cafe

Littleton, NH

 

Maureen Timmins

 

 

Yankee Cheeseman

M. McCubrey

 

Fired On The Mountain

Lincoln, NH

 

North Country Anglers

North Conway, NH