2015 Icebreaker Challenge…Do You Have What it Takes?

ice_breakerPerhaps the most coveted title in all of LOSTU is that of the being the winner of the Icebreaker Challenge.  It’s simple, but not easy.  Just be the first LOSTU member to land a trout, on the fly, once the new year begins.  Last year’s championship was won at  7:59 am on New Year’s Day in 24 degree conditions.   Are you tough enough???  A handsome (and warm) merino wool cap from Icebreaker clothing…plus 12 months of bragging rights are waiting!  A photo of the winning fish is not required but is highly encouraged.

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Movie Night! Hank Patterson’s Reel Montana Adventure Jan. 15th

Hunter Banks is hosting a fundraiser for Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited!  Join us for a special movie night featuring Hank Patterson’s Reel Montana Adventure Jan. 15th at Highland Brewery. Doors open at 6pm, Film at 7pm.  $10 Tickets, include an entry into the LOSTU raffle featuring prizes from Orvis, Yeti Coolers, Simms plus more!  Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event through LOSTU.

Self proclaimed “world-renowned fly fishing expert and guide” Hank Patterson became an internet sensation with his hilarious films that parody being a fly fishing guide.  His YouTube videos have collectively had nearly a million views.

“Hank Patterson’s Reel Montana Adventure” is a hour long film that documents Hank’s hilarious 11-day fly fishing adventure through Idaho and across Montana.

Buy tickets at Hunter Banks or online:  https://flyshop.hunterbanks.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=17616

Watch the trailer here:

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Thank You for Making the LOSTU Yard Sale a Huge Success

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We raised over $2900 at our annual “Yard Sale” held at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo exceeding our goal by 17%.  Thank you to the WNC Fly Fishing Expo for providing us with free booth space. Thank you to Ron Bradford, John Ramey, Roger Parkin,  Mark Lynch and Tom Brewster for all their hard work before, during and after the event.  And a very special thank you to all of you who so generously donated all that great  fly fishing gear.  This gets us off to a great financial start for 2015 and puts us on track to continue and grow the good work of TU here in western North Carolina.

I hope to see all who can make it at our Chapter meeting, 7pm  this Tuesday evening,         8 Dec at REI.  Until then, tight lines and well done to all!

John Miko

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Come See Us at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo!

Expo LogoMark you calendars for the WNC Fly Fishing Expo coming up on 5 & 6 December.    LOSTU will have our regular booth and once again we will be holding  our annual “Yard Sale” of used fly fishing equipment.   Stop by to say hi, grab a bargain and support the good work of LOSTU here in WNC.

Check out www.wncflyfishingexpo.com for hours and directions.

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TGIF: Shelton Laurel – Hot Springs, NC

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Just a reminder that our next TGIF outing will be on Nov. 14th. We will be fishing the DH stretch of the Shelton Laurel near Hot Springs, NC.  Show up when you can, get on the river and get in a little Friday  fishing!  At 5pm, we will head over to the Iron Horse in Hot Springs for refreshments.

Directions:   From I-26 take exit 19A onto US 25N/70W.  Go 21.3 miles and continue straight along the Laurel River, keeping it to your left.  The DH water begins at the bridge to Hot Springs.

Hope to see you there!

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Fly Fishing Film Night at Highland Brewery Nov. 6th

Join us for a fun evening of Fly Fishing Films at Highland Brewery Thursday Nov. 6th!

Presented by Hunter Banks Co., Southern Culture on the Fly (S.C.O.F.) magazine, and The Fiberglass Manifesto, movies will consist of short and feature length films produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all over the world, showcasing the passion lifestyle and culture of fly fishing.

This event will take place at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. Doors will open at 6pm. Food will be available from Melt Your Heart Food Truck. The films will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Discount tickets are available at Hunter Banks Flyshop until Nov. 5th. FFFilmNight

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TGIF: Green River Oct. 24th


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Just a reminder that our next TGIF outing will be on Oct. 24th. We will be fishing the DH stretch of the Green River in Saluda, NC.  Show up, get on the river and spend a great day fishing!  Afterwards, we can retire at the Green River BBQ in Saluda. Plan on meeting around 5pm in the Fishtop parking lot and Dave Vigue will have maps for the BBQ joint with him.

Directions: The most popular access point is at Fishtop on the Green River Cove Road in Saluda, NC. From Asheville, take I-26 East to Exit 59 and make a left turn, go approximately 150 yards and make a left turn on Green River Cove Road. Follow the road until the bottom of the hill and Fishtop parking area will be on the left.

More info here:  Green River

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Gittin’ Down to Business!


Your chapter doesn’t run on autopilot.    It is guided by  its officers and Board who meet quarterly to make sure we are trying to be the best Chapter we can be.  The Board recently had its last meeting of FY2014 and made some significant decisions.  We reviewed and made some minor adjustments to our Strategic Plan and approved our budget for FY2015.  These documents lay out what we hope to do as a Chapter, how much money we need to raise and how we intend to spend it.   I encourage you to take a minute to look in our “Library”, read them over and let your chapter leaders know what you think.

Of all the goals we laid out two years ago, the only one we’re struggling to meet is increasing our meeting attendance.  You can help!  Make time to come to our next Chapter meeting on 14 October ….and bring a friend!

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We’re LOSTU Because We Have U!

thank youThank you everyone who supported our “LOST without U” fundraising campaign.  We raised almost $1,800, exceeding our target for the effort by 75% due to your support and generosity.  This was our final activity before the beginning of our “Summer Break” and it’s great to end the fiscal year on such a high note.  This will put us in good financial position to start our fiscal year 2015 in October and  will enable us to continue and grow the good work of LOSTU here in western North Carolina.

Have a great summer and stay tuned to www.landoskytu.com  (or Like us on Facebook) as our fall schedule of programs and activities starts to take shape!


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Conservation Fund Angling Survey

surveyThe Conservation Fund has invited our members to participate in a survey on the economic impacts of fishing in WNC.  The survey has a particular focus on Heritage Trout Waters but goes beyond that also.  Their goal is to demonstrate the economic value of trout streams in order to encourage more communities to take care of their local waters.  The survey just takes a few minutes.

In order to participate, just go to: https://duke.qualtrics.com/SE/SID=SV_8AeCjxOtyFKWHQ1



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