LOSTU Stocked Spring Creek This Year!

For the first time that anyone can remember, LOSTU members volunteered to stock Spring Creek near Hot Springs for the 2017-2018 Delayed Harvest season. The first stocking was on a cold April day where waders and Polartec felt really good! (Just ask member Michael Ebbs who was shown tossing trout off a bridge that day!) The weather for the May 4 stocking was much more agreeable. On this day, we stocked over 1200 trout and there were some serious piggies (> 3-5 lbs.), both rainbows and browns as well as a lot of brookies.

Krishun Karau with her friend from California, Bridget Dugan, Curt Silvers, Chris Tomsic, and Tom Tenbrunsel (on the truck). Photo credit Jay Hawthorne.

The Setzer Hatchery superintendent was very pleased that we volunteered to add Spring Creek to our usual stocking schedule of the N. Mills River as this creek is a very long way from the hatchery (on the Davidson River) and would require him to send a much larger crew to do it without our help.

This is the last stocking that LOSTU does for the spring Delayed Harvest season. We start again in October with the North Mills River on October 1 and Spring Creek on October 5. For more information on our stocking activities or if you wish to join us, please connect with Curt Campbell at rockygrove.curt@gmail.com.

Now, it’s time to go out there and catch them! Tight lines!

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Fly Tying and Fishing Challenge

Dame Juliana Berners was the prioress of the Priory of St. Mary of Sopwell near St. Albans in Britain. A Treatyse of fysshynge with an Angle was part of The Boke of Saint Albans which was first printed 1486. The other parts of the book were hunting, hawking, and heraldry.

 I think it would be fun to tie her flies and fish them here. These three flies are among the twelve included in her book and are described as effective in May (which means she beat Ernie Schwiebert’s Matching the Hatch by almost five centuries!)

So here’s the challenge – tie one, two or all three and fish them. There will be prizes for the first trout and the largest trout caught using them.

Following are her patterns, translations to current English, and photos of the flies. Since there were no standard hooks or hook sizes back then (in fact she describes how to make your own hooks) use any style or size you want to.

Bring your files and photos of the fish you caught to the June meeting.


In the begynnynge of May a good fly.   The body of roddyd wull and lappid abowte wyth blacke sylke.  The wynges of the drake & of the redde capons hakyll

Body – reddish brown wool ribbed with black silk.

Wings – mallard quill

Hackle – brown, tied palmer




The yelow flye. The body of yelow wull , the wynges of the redde cocke hakyll & of the drake lyttd yellow.

Body – yellow wool

Wings – mallard quill dyed yellow

Hackle – brown, tied palmer



The blacke louper, the body of blacke wull & lappyd abowte wyth the herle of ye

pecok tayle & the wynges of ye redde capon wt a blewe heed.

Body – black wool ribbed with peacock herl

Wings – brown hackle tips

Head – blue silk (or wool) however there is some controversy whether she meant that the capon had a blue head or that the head of the fly itself should be blue.  Your choice.

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Working Together for Conservation

On April 30, members of LOS TU and Pisgah TU joined forces to install line containers on the S. Toe River in Yancey County. The containers were placed near the obvious entry and exit points so that anglers can deposit spent line in them and keep it out of the river. Not only is the line unsightly tangled in the brush but can also be a danger to fish and other wildlife.

The work was requested by the Pisgah National Forest Service office near Brevard which manages all sections of the Pisgah Forest including those (like the S. Toe) near Mt. Mitchell. This was the fourth attempt by the team to make the installation…..two other times we were snowed out and one time there was a rain deluge!

From left to right, the team included Clive Morris and Tim Schubmehl from Pisgah and Ron Bradford and Jay Hawthorne from LOS.

In the past, Pisgah TU members have also helped LOS stock the N. Mills River and our folks have supported Pisgah in stocking the Little River in Dupont State Forest. We also share the Cantrell Creek Trail Restoration project which is still being planned to start field work this fall.

If you are interested in doing some field work with us, send Jay Hawthorne a note at johnjhawthorne@gmail.com.

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May Meeting – May 8, 7 PM at REI

Our past president, John Miko, will give a presentation on Tenkara
fishing.  The last time he did this I wpent a half-day with him and it
made me an immediated convert to Tenakara.  It’s easy to learn and lot
of fun.  I hadn’t had such a great time fishing for a long while.
Our stream stocking is done for this season but we will resume on
October 1st so put that on your calendar.
And on June 2 we will be supporting the US Forest Service on its
annual Kid Fish Day.  We’ll ned a half dozen or so members to help out
with serving hot dogs and sodas to the participants.  Details in a
future email and will be posted on our web page.
For our meeting on June 12th, our speaker will be Kevin Howell from
Davidson River Outfitters.
Hope to see you at the meeing and on the stream.

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Don’t Forget Stocking This Week

Mills River on Tuesday May 1st.  10 AM – 2 PM.  Meet at Mills River Campground Parking Lot.

Spring Creek on Friday, May 4th.  10 AM-2 PM Meet at Hot Springs Parking Lot on South Andrews Avenue

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Last Chance to Work in the Smokies This Summer!

If you are ready for some “angler science” and brook trout conservation work in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park this summer, now is your last chance to volunteer. We will submit our nomination list on Thursday, April 26.

Find out more details about projects and dates here or contact Jay Hawthorne at johnjhawthorne@gmail.com with any questions. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Great Results from Down the Hatch

Our participation in the Orvis-sponsored Guide Rendezvous and Down the Hatch Film Festival was a HUGE success.  And the biggest reason for the success was due to the efforts of our Chapter Vice-President, Reba Brinkman who pulled together a group of volunteers for the event, not just to help our chapter, but to provide the assistance Orvis needed for all of the events.  And thanks to the members of LOSTU and our friends at Pisgah Chapter for stepping up and volunteering your time – you really made a difference.

Now, to really show our appreciation to Orvis, why don’t you make them your first stop when you need some new fishing stuff (and as anglers we all know that we really do NEED the stuff, not just want it.  Right?).  They are a company tremendously involved in conservation and donate 5% of PRE-TAX profits to organizations like ours and others so remember that when you make your purchases.  There’s an Orvis store on Schenk Parkway in Biltmore Park, and our friends at both Hunter Banks and Davidson River Outfitters carry Orvis products.  So please be sure to patronize these stores and any other store you visit that carries Orvis products.

Come to our meeting next Tuesday, April 17th, 7 PM at REI in Biltmore Park for more details and to see Josh Garris give us a presentation on getting prepared for summer fishing and an upcoming trip to Yellowstone Park.



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Volunteers for Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer

Hey LOSTU members, now is the time to apply to work on projects with the Fishery folks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. An outline from the Fishery Group Leader of the three projects we plan to support is listed below. This is an activity where we need committed people to volunteer as we have to ‘nominate’ our folks for this effort and there are limits on how many folks will be selected. Other area TU chapters are also eligible to apply as well.

Projects include:

1. Large stream IBI sample – Big Creek – July 12

2. Large stream IBI sample – Cataloochee Creek – July 16

Large stream IBI (Index of Biotic Integrity) sampling involves some similar fish collection techniques as three-pass depletion work, however the goal isn’t to enumerate all fish in the site (no measuring/weighing). What this sampling technique involves is the surveying of different types of habitat, e.g., shoreline, riffle, run, and pool, to determine what type of species are present and using those types of habitat. Crews will be broken up into different groups to survey the above-listed habitat. One crew will shock along the shoreline, while another may be shocking into a large seine located at the bottom of a riffle. A separate group will also seine a pool for fish collections. The idea is to see what specific species of fish are occupying the different habitat (darters, shiners, bass, trout, etc.).

The IBIs typically take place in lower elevation streams where the species diversity is greater. In the case of Cataloochee, our IBI site is located near the USGS gauging station at the Asbury Trail Crossing bridge, approximately 2-miles downstream of the group campground on Cataloochee Creek.

The IBI at Big Creek is a little less stellar; less fish diversity and more strenuous to navigate the streambed than Cataloochee Creek.

3. Population Sampling – Little Cataloochee Creek – July 23 – 26 (with overnight camping and meals in Park with Fishery folks)

The 3-pass depletion work we will perform in Cataloochee will be on Rough Fork, Pretty Hollow Creek, and Onion Bed Branch. Rough Fork is on the southwest portion of Cataloochee Valley near the Caldwell House. The site is easy to access; we just park our trucks and walk less than 30-meters to the site. Pretty Hollow Creek requires roughly a 5-mile round trip hike to access from the Pretty Hollow Horse Camp. Onion Bed Creek is also accessed via the Pretty Hollow Trail and requires a 7.26-mile round trip to reach. The Pretty Hollow Trail has a continuous grade from the horse camp all the way to the Mount Sterling Ridge Trail.

Pretty Hollow requires two shockers and a minimum of 6 crew, while Onion Bed is a one shocker site that requires a minimum of 3 crew to survey. Depending on available staff/volunteers, we can divide and conquer our efforts.

Note from the group leader: Of the three projects, the IBIs are far less strenuous. The hike into Onion Bed and Pretty Hollow are steady and steep. The good thing is that there likely won’t be any brush that needs clearing, although in the case of Pretty Hollow, there will be a steep hike down from the trail to the stream. (The TU-supplied outline describes project #3 as “strenuous all day sampling efforts with long hikes possible”.)

If you have any questions or want to apply, please connect with Jay Hawthorne at johnjhawthorne@gmail.com.

There is an urgency to let me (Jay) know as we need to propose our volunteers to the project manager for selection no later than April 26.


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Stocking and F3T Results


The raffle at the Fly Fishing Film Tour showing last Saturday was a great success.  Thanks to Jay Hawthorne, Krishun Karau, Roger Parkin, Curt Campbell, Neal Labrie, and Ron Bradford for helping to set up the display and selling the raffle tickets.

And thanks to Patrick Brady and Nathan from Hunter Banks for putting together the raffle items package and setting them up in a professional display.

And a big thank you to Hunter Banks for sponsoring us in this event and for all of the other help they give up over the year.

Oh, and in case you’re interested, we pulled in $2,850 in raffle ticket sales.


We again stocked 2,000 brooks (800), browns (800), and rainbows (400) in the North Mills River.  Thanks to LOSTU members Jay Hawthorne, Curt Campbell, Cliff Albertson, Chuck Dauphine, Krishun Karau, Neal Labrie, Tom Finders and son, and John Lordeon and grandsons,   

And a special thanks to Evan Snyder for bringing a crew of workers from Four Circles.  They made our work a lot easier.  



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April News

There’s a lot of activity for LOSTU this month.

First we have Stocking the North Mills River on April 2. We’ll meet at the campground parking lot about 10 AM and spend a few hours distributing the fish up and down the river.   As I write this, the forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 63 and afternoon showers. So bring a rain jacket so it won’t rain but in any case, bring waders because you will be going in the water.

We will also be stocking Spring Creek on April 9th. There are only a limited number of volunteers needed so contact our Stocking Chair Curt Campbell at rockygrove.curt@gmail,com to reserve your spot.

Then we have a big fundraising event – we will be helping Orvis host the Orvis Guide Rendezvous. The tentative agenda is:

Tuesday April 10th – Volunteer Dinner hosted by Orvis. (Will be assigning tasks at this event)

Thursday April 12th – 5pm – 6pm Cocktail Party/Registration – Sell Raffle Tickets (LOSTU BOD 5-10 volunteers)

Friday April 13th – Cocktail Party at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown Asheville – Sell raffle tickets (LOSTU BOD 5-10 volunteers)

Saturday April 14th 12 Noon– 7 PM – Orvis Guide Olympics/Down The Hatch Film Event – Highland Brewing, Sell Raffle Tickets (LOSTU BOD 5-10 volunteers)

This agenda is subject to change.

Our Chapter Vice President, Reba Brinkman, is the Lead Volunteer Coordinator as as you can see there is a need for a LOT of help. If you can volunteer please email Reba at brinkman.reba@gmail.com


The date of our April meeting has been changed to April 17th. Still at REI at 7 PM. Our new Program Chair, Brown Hobson has arranged for Josh Garris from our friends at Curtis Wright for a presentation which will be entertaining and informative. Hope to see you there.


And a reminder to Board of Directors, that our quarterly meeting will be April 18th at my house at 7 PM.

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