Trout Stocking November 7th

Meet at the parking lot at the Mills River Park at 10 AM on Tuesday, November 7th.

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Laurel River Volunteers


LOSTU volunteers Jay Hawthorne and Cliff Albertson helped Whitney Mitchell (of Ivy River Partners) with a cleanup on the Big Laurel River in Madison County on Saturday. Total of 8 tires (2 were radials), LOTS of plastic and glass bottles, and styrofoam were removed from the river and stream banks.

We also had some excitement when bear hunters were running a bear on the opposite side of the river …. We think the bear won.

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Embrace A Stream Challenge

Make your donations to Pisgah Chapter because they are the ones getting funds for the Cantrell Creek Trail project


Embrace A Stream - Grant WinnersThank you for supporting Trout Unlimited’s Embrace A Stream program. This year,we were able to provide $214,010 in grants to 47 incredible local TU chapter projects in 22 states!

Now, thanks to a powerful commitment from our partners at Orvis, we’re excited to tell you that these projects have a chance to win an additional $50,000 in cash grants in the Embrace A Stream Challenge – a special online contest running Nov. 6-12.

The Embrace A Stream Challenge is a fun, week-long online competition encouraging all of us to “give where you fish” and support local projects led by local TU members and volunteers like you. The premise is simple, TU and Orvis have each put up $25,000 and invited this year’s Embrace A Stream grant recipients to compete for those dollars.

But to win their share of the $50,000 prize pool, they need your help.

Please visit and from midnight on Nov. 6 through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 12, consider making a donation of $10 or more to one or more of these important local projects. You can read all about the projects your support has made possible, and find the rivers you love to fish, or the local chapter projects that inspire you to make an even bigger impact.

Every $10 donation you make can unlock prizes up to $1,000. Every $25 donation can unlock prizes up to $1,500. With more than 55 prizes up for grab, every donation – no matter the size – makes a difference and can help our chapters bring critical conservation work to their home waters.

On Nov. 6 – 12, go to and “give where you fish.”

Since 1975, the Embrace A Stream program and donors like you have helped us award more than $4.6 million in grants to over 1,050 local chapter projects that bring TU’s mission to the local level.

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Laurel River Clean -Up


Laurel River Trash Clean- Up Saturday, November 4 Ivy River Partners will provide all clean-up equipment including gloves. Just dress for weather! Meet at Laurel River parking lot (trailhead) on 25/70 & 208. For questions, contact Whitney at:   

Meet at 10 AM

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Hail to the Chief!

At our October chapter meeting a new slate of officers and board members was elected, led by our new chapter president, Cliff Albertson.  Cliff’s lifelong passion for fly fishing has taken him to trout and salmon waters across America and Canada with a good dose of salt water angling mixed in.   Cliff is a long time TU member, a former board member of the Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  We are fortunate indeed to have someone with his leadership experience and passion for cold water conservation as our new president.  Congratulations to Cliff and all the other new leaders of Land O’Sky TU.  We all look forward to helping you in moving our chapter forward.  For  a complete list of our new leadership team check out the newly update “Contacts” page and the next time you see one of these wonderful folks, thank them for stepping up!

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Trout In (and Out of) the Classroom

On Monday we had our first fall river clean-up and stocking on the North Mills River.   Thank you to everyone who came out to help keep this beginner friendly fishery clean and healthy.    An added treat this month was the support of students from one of our Trout in the Classroom programs.  Students, teachers and parents from The Learning Community School pitched in  and got a chance to practice a little environmental stewardship and to see what those tiny eggs they currently have in their classroom will grow up to be.  The kids had clearly done their homework.   I conducted a little stream-side quiz and got quick, correct  answers explaining facts like “A Brook Trout is not really a trout, it’s a Char” and “Brown Trout are not from America, they came from Germany.”    Of course, you all already knew that…..right?


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Helping Brookies Get “Over the Rainbow”

Last week LOSTU  pitched in with the fisheries team from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and fellow TU volunteers from Tuckaseegee and Little River Chapters to help native Brook Trout reclaim Little Cataloochee Creek and its tributaries.  We were racing to complete the project ahead of hurricane Irma and a great team effort, led by GSMNP Head Fisheries Biologist Matt Kulp, was able to get the job done just in time. The task involved electroshock surveys, the temporary removal of native Brook Trout to sanctuary and the removal of  non-native Rainbows to a point below a natural barrier.   It was hard work but fun and highly educational as well.   There are more opportunities coming up to volunteer to help our only native “trout.”  Stay tuned and when the time comes, pitch in!

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“The Memory of Fish” Asheville Film Premier

“The Memory of Fish” is a moving and inspirational film about one man’s lifelong quest to restore once mighty salmon runs to Washington’s  Elwah River.  It resulted in the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history.  It’s an amazing tale of the restoration of a unique and priceless cold-water fishery and a testament to what one person with courage, passion and persistence can accomplish.  The film is being shown on September 9th as a fundraiser for “The Collider,” an Asheville based non-profit created to find business friendly solutions to climate change.  More details about the evening and tickets are available here.  

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On Top of Old Smoky

Land O’Sky TU is currently working with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park fisheries team to reintroduce native Brook Trout in the the Cataloochee Creek drainage.  Pictured above are Ed Heeg, Jay Hawthorne and Ron Bradford,  three of our hard working volunteers following a recent work day to survey and mark out the drainage in preparation for invasive species removal and further restoration work to come in September.   If you would like to get involved to help the Brook Trout reclaim this habitat, contact Jay at   Be ready for some physical work in difficult terrain but you’ll meet some great folks and learn a lot about how real cold-water fisheries conservation work gets done!

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Building Bridges in Madison County

Yesterday a great group of LOSTU volunteers turned out to help Madison County in their ongoing efforts to introduce local youth to the great outdoors.  The one week camp for teens featured a variety of fun, outdoor activities and ours was fly fishing.  As you can see by the attached pictures, it was a beautiful day and these first time fly anglers took to the water and to fishing with energy and success!  We wove in a conservation theme, looked under some rocks, picked up some litter and caught some fish. The kids then had an afternoon session on aquatic ecology with a faculty member from Mars Hill College.  Many thanks to all who came and helped nurture the next generation of stewards of our beautiful WNC trout streams.


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