John Rochus, well-known fly fishing and fly-tying instructor and guide, passed away March 31 at the age of 75.  After a career as a high school biology teacher and basketball coach at Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, his passion turned to fly fishing when he focused on the sport and taught fly fishing and tying in a number of venues throughout NE Ohio.  Hundreds of students, both old and young, learned to love the sport through John.  Beginning in 2002, he headed up groups of anglers to fish for trout here in Ohio as well as in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico and to fish for bass and other fresh water fish in several eastern states.  More recently he held fly fishing and fly tying get togethers at the Exploration Gateway in the Sippo Lake park in Canton and headed up the fishing department at Fin Feather Fur in Canton.  Many Trout Unlimited members throughout NE Ohio owe John a debt of gratitude for introducing them to the wonderful world of fly fishing.  He will be greatly missed!

John Rochus



Greetings for the 2021-2022 CFRTU year! We will continue to provide updates on programs and meetings on our website this year, so please check frequently.

As we start up our monthly meetings again in September 2021, we will meet in-person and will provide a Zoom option (register at to receive meeting invitations) for those interested.  Meetings will continue to be the second Monday monthly and will start at 7:15pm.  PLEASE NOTE that the meeting location has changed and will not be on the OSU Wooster campus as in the past; rather, meetings will be at the First Presbyterian Church at 621 College Avenue in Wooster (see direction under EVENTS).  The parking lot is off Beall Avenue and across the street from the Discount Drug Mart.  The meeting room is spacious, so crowding is not an issue; but, COVID remains a risk and the delta variant is spreading rapidly in Ohio, so we do ask everyone to wear masks to meetings.

Look under EVENTS to see the excellent array of programs in place for the remainder of 2021.  


Steven Slack

CFRTU President