I was once a member of Trout Unlimited when I lived in S.E. Minnesota for 8 years. While I learned a lot from the members of our chapter about the local streams in the area, I was a bit miffed how they treat trout fishermen who do not use a flyrod.
They really should call their organization something else (Fly Fishers For Trout?). I was often harassed for using "spinners" or "worms" (necessary in small narrow brushy brooktrout streams). I was called a "worm dunker" and other such titles repeatedly. I finally let my membership expire with no desire to ever renew it.
I hate to be opinionated against TU members, but many I have dealt with are purists. If you don't catch the trout on flies that you personally tied, you are basically dirt. While I would love to purchase and learn how to use a fly rod, I am happy catching stream trout on spinners, leafworms (where necessary when stream is too narrow to cast), jigs, spoons ect. I thought fishing was for the fun of it, not about the color of the hat you wear or the price of the fly rod. This post is sure to draw the ire of many fly fishermen. Sorry, no offence to you but just mentioning my ill experience with many of the TU members I ran across in 8 years of membership.
I do congratulate TU on the excellent job they do on helping restore trout streams thru the local DNR of whatever state the stream is in.