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

F3T RAFFLE 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.

NORTH MILLS RIVER STOCKING APRIL 2

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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Thanks to all of the intrepid LOSTU volunteers  – Charlie Green, Chuck Dauphine,  Ron Watkins, Jon Moore, Trevor Reis, Krishun Karau, Justin Metzger, John Metzger, Dave Sergas, Thom Flinders, Neal Labrie, Seth Burns, Steve Buchanan, John, Bennett, Michael Krol, John Lordeon, Brad Lunn, Cliff Albertson, and Jay Hawthorne – who showed up to stock the North Mills River on March 5th.  We stocked 800 browns, 800 rookies, and 400 rainbows including a few real monsters so go out and get ’em.

Don’t forget our meeting next Tuesday, March 13th at the REI on Schenk Parkway.  Roger Parkin, Patrick Brady, John Miko, and Cliff Albertson will be demonstrating how to tie some sure-fire winning patterns so don’t miss out.  And we’ll have two tickets for the 8 PM showing of the F3T film show on March 31st as door prizes.  We need about four or five volunteers for each show so please let me know wither at the meeting or email me at clifford.albertson@veriaon.net.  

And speaking of volunteers, we need a bunch of you to help out with the Orvis Guide Rondezvous in April.  Contact the volunteer coordinator Reba Brinkman – brinkman.reba@gmail.com – with your availability.

Finally or friends at Pisgah TU Chapter are having their 2018 edition of their fly fishing school.  It will be on Saturday April 28th at Harmon Field in Tryon, NC. It’s a very intensive and complete day of instruction in a wide range of essential knowledge and skills including equipment selection, line systems, casting and line management, fly selection, stream tactics and stream etiquette and safety.  There will also be an introduction to fly tying and includes a half-day of fishing with a mentor to apply the lessons of the class.  Cost is $150 for adults and $100 for youths aged 12-18.  For more information or to register visit their website –  https://pisgahTU.org/ffschool.

Hope you’ll join us at the meeting next week and share your fishing stories with us.

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CALLING ALL FLY TYERS

Spring is on the way and it’s time to start tying some new patterns. So for the upcoming March Meeting (March 13 7 PM REI Schenk Parkway) bring your vises (not vices – we’re a family organization) and show off your tying skills to those of us who are butter-fingered. If you want to demonstrate your skills, email me at Clifford.albertson@verizon.net and let me know so I can have an idea of how many tables we will need.

Also, a reminder that our first stocking of North Mills River will be March 5th. 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 60.But the weather channel has been known to be not too accurate on their long-range forecasts so it will probably be snow and 35 degrees. In any case, bring waders because you will be going in the water.

Our intrepid Conservation Chair, Jay Hawthorne, has contacted the Hatchery Superintendent and he welcomed our offer to help stock 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.

Our February meeting with Matt Culp was one of our biggest turnouts, Matt always has a great presentation and that is as entertaining as it is informative. There are some opportunities for volunteer work with him this summer and we will pass along information about dates and locations as soon as we find out.

 

 

Also upcoming in March is the F3T Film Tour sponsored by our friends at Hunter Banks. There will be two showings on March 31st – Main Showing doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. The Matinee opens at 1:30 and the show starts at 2 PM. Tickets are available at Hunter Banks either online or at the store: $15 for the Main Showing and $10 for the matinee. We will need volunteers for both shows to sell raffle tickets so email me if you want to help.

Also coming up – In April 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)

Friday April 13th – Cocktail Party at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown Asheville (15-20 Volunteers needed for the evening)

Saturday April 14th – Orvis Guide Olympics Highland Brewing, Asheville (30-50 Volunteers needed, all day)

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

Finally our own Jacob Rash, rod maker supreme, has informed us that the 8th Annual Carolina Cane Gathering will be held on April 19-21 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard, North Carolina. Events will kick off with a picnic supper at 5:30 pm on Thursday the 19th at the Sycamore Flats Picnic Shelter on Rt 276, just north of the intersection with Rt 64. This will be followed by program activities at the Education Center on the 20th (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) and 21st  (8:30 am – 12:00 noon) and by a dinner/social gathering on Friday evening at the Ecusta Brewing Company at the Rt 276/Rt 64 intersection.

The cost of the Gathering is $65 per participant for those who register prior to March 1, 2018, and $75 for those who register between March 1 and April 1.This fee includes access to all program activities, the welcome picnic, coffee and pastries and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and the dinner/social on Friday night. Lodging costs are not included. 

Our goals are to provide rodmakers (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) with opportunities to meet other builders, share tools and techniques, brainstorm on common (and not-so-common) problems, cast rods, and enjoy fellowship.

Additional program details, and registration information will be posted on our Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1764412180441666/

To download our registration form visit:  https://carolinacane.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/registration-form-doc.pdf

Ooops – one more thing – I forgot to mention that we had a winner of the 2018 Icebreaker Challenge at the February meeting. Unfortunately I forgot to write down his name.

Tight lines to all and see you in March.

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Volunteers Needed – Huge Fundraiser

Good afternoon fishing friends! 

As you may have heard, the 2018 Orvis Guide Rendezvous is coming to Asheville April 12-14. I am working with Orvis as their Lead Volunteer Coordinator and I am reaching out to you to inquire if you or anyone you know may want to be a part of this awesome event as a volunteer!

I will be recruiting upwards of 50 people to help with the cause. There are different levels of roles and tasks along with variety of shifts that will be assigned. NO fishing experience is necessary for participating as a volunteer. As a benefit for helping Orvis, they will be issuing a generously deep discount for up to three Orvis Fly Fishing products to all volunteers (30% off WHOLESALE!!!) as well as hosting a volunteer dinner so that you can meet the Orvis staff that you’ll be working with. 

 Tentative Agenda:

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

Friday April 13th – Cocktail Party at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown Asheville (15-20 Volunteers needed for the evening)

Saturday April 14th – Orvis Guide Olympics Highland Brewing, Asheville (30-50 Volunteers needed, all day)

This agenda is subject to change.

If you are interested, please send me your contact information and availability as soon as possible! I am available to answer any questions directly in regards to tasks and opportunities.

Of course, feel free to forward this email and my contact information to anyone that would be interested.

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State of Trout in America’s Most Popular Park 

At our February 13 chapter meeting (REI store on Schenk Parkway in Biltmore Park at 7 pm), we are excited to have Matt Kulp (Supervisory Fishery Biologist) return for another engagement with us.   Matt has worked in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for almost 25 years and is nationally well known for his work restoring native fish populations.  He currently leads efforts in the Park on brook trout restoration and our chapter has worked with him and his staff in that activity.

  Matt will cover a variety of topics including trout status in the Park, study of mercury in fish tissue, and fish restoration projects.   He will also discuss 2018 opportunities for volunteer activities for us with his team. This meeting has been one of our most popular topics in past years so come early, share stories with your buddies, and stay for a great time.

Here we are in February and no one has yet claimed the Icebreaker Trophy! I hope it’s just that the first trout of the year hasn’t been reported and that there’s a winner out there. Maybe we will find out at the February meeting.

Something else to put on your calendar are the dates for stocking the North Branch of the Mills River.

March 5, April 2, May 5, October 1, November 2.

We usually meet about 10 – 10:30 in the parking lot of the Mills River Campground. So if you want to know where the REALLY big ones are (and I do mean big) pack your waders and join us.

And don’t forget the F3T film festival is coming up next month – March 31 at the Highland Brewery.

Also, it’s nearing the time for us to nominate a student we will sponsor for River course. If you know a student between 13 and 15 who would really benefit from this, please let us know.

And finally, kudos to our Conservation Chair, Jay Hawthorne who participated in the Mountain True “live staking” on the Upper French Broad River. Jay is doing a great job and is constantly finding volunteer projects for us.

 

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Top Ten Whys of Fly Fishing

TOP TEN “WHYS” OF FLYFISHING

  1. Why do you find golf balls in trout streams but never find trout flies on a golf course?
  2. Why do you find only # 16 hackles on a neck when you’re tying # 14 flies?
  3. Why do hackle pliers slip on the last turn and not the first turn?
  4. Why do 7X tippets break at dusk but not at noon?
  5. Why do new waders develop leaks and old ones you want to replace don’t?
  6. Why do you sneeze right after you’ve sorted and stripped a dozen pairs of hackle tip wings?
  7. Why do you not remember that tip for tying pattern “X” that you picked up at the tying demonstration until you’ve tied 10 of the dozen you wanted to make?
  8. Why is it that when you’re almost done with a fly and think, “Hey, this is gonna be one of the better ones”, the thread breaks as you’re tying off the hackle?
  9. Why does your bird dog that won’t pick up a woodcock pick up your # 1 Metz neck when you get up to answer the phone?
  10. Why do we consider a person who is too busy to go fishing a success?

 

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