PADDLE-n-PLANT Work Day Volunteering Opportunity
 The French Broad Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. These stakes will grow into trees that will stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them, and will reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. We have lots of dates to choose from, so come out to one or more of our Paddle-n-Plant work days!  (Also, please mention that you are connected with LandO’Sky Chapter of Trout Unlimited so that the organizers can see the connection to us.)


*Please note the deadline to sign-up will be by noon on the day before the event. Thanks!


  • January – 17, 19
  • February – 2, 7, 27
  • March – 8, 13

Times: 10am – 4pm

Locations: French Broad River in Transylvania and Henderson Counties. Meeting locations will change, depending on water level, and will be emailed to you 1-2 days before the work day.

What to bring with you:

  • Lunch
  • extra change of clothes
  • warm layers (we’ll be on the water, so dress for weather, but also make sure it’s things you don’t mind to get dirty); we’ve got a couple dry bags
  • rubber boots and/or waders (We have some, but not many so bring your own if you have them.)
  • pocket knife (if you have one)
  • water to drink
  • really, just what you think you need to keep warm and dry that day.
  (If you cannot get the link to work for you, please contact our Conservation Chair, Jay Hawthorne, at and he will help you get in touch with the Work Day organizers.)
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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that the New Year brings all good things. Of course that includes lots of fishing and maybe trips to exotic places (so you can do a program on your trip!)


And speaking of the new year, I haven’t had any report of the first trout of the year. Has anyone even dared to wet a line in this weather?




We will have our regular chapter meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at 7 PM in the REI store. Our speaker will be Andy Brown who will do a presentation on TU in the Southern Appalachians: Collaboration in Coldwater Conservation 2017 Results and 2018 Opportunities. Hope to see you there.

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December Meeting

We’re in for some cold weather on December 12th but don’t let that deter you from coming to our meeting. Jeff Curtis of Curtis Wright will bring a bundle of new gadgets and goodies to add to your holiday wish list.

Hope to see you there.

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December Doings



We had a great turnout this morning sorting and pricing the items. There is about a ton (well, not literally) of terrific items so thank you for your donations. Come early and take your pic. There is the usual collections of rods, waders, boots, and other fishing stuff as well as some unusual items – a Mad River canoe, a pair of snowshoes, and even an 8” Meade Reflector telescope. We are in our usual location on the left wall side of the hall as you enter.


Our monthly meeting will be on December 12th at 7:00 PM at the REI on Schenk Parkway in Biltmore Park. Curtis Wright will bring some new items that you just can’t live without. Well, okay, maybe you CAN live without them, but they’re good to put on your holiday wish list or keep in mind for your next trip to the store.


In partnership with the Pisgah Chapter we raised $4,000 in donations. And because so many of us donated we had top scores in all categories of the challenge and won an additional $10,000 to use for the joint conservation projects we have with Pisgah. So, again, thanks to all of you for your donations.


The new year is coming up and with it is our First Fish of the Year contest. The angler who catches the first verified fish of the year on New Year’s Day (or later if the weather on that day is unfishable) wins a small prize and gains notoriety by having the photo of the angler with the winning fish posted on our website and Facebook page. And, yes, the first fish does have to be a trout.

Best wishes to all for a happy holiday season.

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Western North Carolina Wins Big!

As you know, the Embrace A Stream Challenge ended at midnight.  We knew we were doing well in the standings, but until this morning we didn’t know just how well we were doing.

There’s great news today for everyone who lives in or visits western North Carolina and enjoys her beautiful streams, rivers, woods, mountains and trails; for everyone who cherishes wild places and wants to ensure that they’re there for many future generations to enjoy.

The Cantrell Creek Project received close to 130 gifts — none of them huge, but each and every one of them a game-changer, a difference-maker.

Working together, with help from Orvis and TU, we turned $3,905 into $14,505 for the Cantrell Creek Project.

Total of Donor Gifts:  $3,905
EAS Prize for Most Money Given:  $2,500
EAS Prize for Most Unique Donors:  $5,000
EAS Prize for Most $25+ Gifts:  $1,500
EAS Prize for Most $10-$24.99 Gifts:  $1,000
EAS Random $10 Drawing:  $100
EAS Random $50 Drawing:  $500
EAS Challenge Total:  $14,505

Without your personal gift none of this would have happened.

We are amazed and humbled by your generosity, and your willingness to step up big and come through for Cantrell Creek, the south Mills River and all of the wild places in western North Carolina.  You’ve done it so many times before, and we knew we could count on you again.

Take some time to savor your victory. You’ve earned it.

We’ll talk more in over the next few days but for now, while we all take time to let it soak in, we couldn’t pass up this chance to say a heartfelt Thank You.

Your friends at Pisgah and Land O’ Sky TU.

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Embrace A Stream Challenge

Land O’Sky TU Members

This part of the country is blessed like few others with beautiful places to explore, fish, hike, bike and camp.

Our chapter is among the most active in the country when it comes to conservation of our wild places, and to be entrusted with that legacy is an amazing honor.

As you know, we’re in a partnership with the Pisgah Chapter of TU in a program to reroute the Cantrell Creek Trail which is now running in the stream bed causing siltation and other problems for the Brook Trout population.

I ‘m asking you to give a gift of $10 to help out. More if you can afford it, but $10 makes a huge difference — and could help us win $10,000 more.

Not to put trout in the river, and not to teach people to catch them; but to use for education, conservation and other programs and opportunities — every one with an eye to the future of our wild, beautiful places in this part of the country, and preserving them for ourselves and generations yet unborn.

If you’ve ever stood alongside a cold stream on a crisp morning, watched fish rise and listened to the birds, been grateful to take in that fresh air, and thankful for the people who fought so hard to keep them alive for you, here’s your chance to be one of those people.

The deadline for giving is THIS SUNDAY at midnight.   

So please, click on the link below and choose the Pisgah Chapter for your donation.  The reason Land O’Sky is not listed is that  the challenge only allows one chapter name and although we are equal partners with them we didn’t want to divide donations between the two of us which would happen if both chapters were listed.  I hope you’ll join me in supporting Cantrell Creek,  the many beautiful wild places we share right here in western North Carolina.


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Great Turnout For Trout Stocking

About 15 LOSTU members and family showed up amid pouring rain and some (very loud) rumbles of thunder.  We stocked about 1,000 pounds of trout, some of them in the 4-5 pound class and we finished in record time – about an hour.  Photos to follow.

After we finished several of us adjourned to the nearby Sierra Nevada brewery for some brews and lunch.  One conversation dealt with how catching a lot of fish isn’t really important  – it’s the total outdoor experience that draws a lot of us to the rivers and streams.  And the discussion reminded me of a short essay by a former Michigan Supreme Court Judge – John Voelker who wrote under the pen name of Robert Traver.  Those of a certain age will remember him as the author of the movie “Anatomy of a Murder” starring Jimmy Stewart and was the screen debut of George C. Scott.  It was entitled “Testament of A Fisherman”

Testament of a Fisherman

I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant – and not nearly so much fun.

-John Voelker (Robert Traver )

Still true except the part about no telephones on trout waters.  He also wrote a few books on trout fishing, my favorite is Trout Madness.


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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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