2015 Trout Unlimited Yard Sale

Trout Unlimited Yard Sale

It is time for one of our largest fundraisers of the year! All of that well worn fishing equipment collecting dust in your garage could be just what someone else is looking for. Support Trout Unlimited and cold water conservation in our area by dropping your unneeded gear off at any of these area businesses: Curtis Wright (Biltmore, Weaverville); Hunter Banks Fly Fishing (Downtown Asheville, Waynesville); One Fly Outfitters (Black Mountain); Orvis (South Asheville), and The Practical Outdoorsman (New Leicester Hwy).

Trade-ins at One Fly and Hunter Banks will receive 15% off a same day purchase of a like item. All donations are accepted at all locations, with or without purchase!

Donations will be accepted through December 3. Be sure to swing by the Yard Sale at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo Dec. 4 and 5 to find a bargain for yourself!

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2015 Turkey Feather Challenge

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We hate to pile on but as long as everybody is eating all those turkeys at Thanksgiving, we may as well do something constructive with their feathers.  In the spirit of minimizing waste, we are  issuing our “Turkey Feather Challenge” for 2015.  The rules are simple:

1. Legally catch, measure and safely release a trout on a fly that incorporates some kind of turkey feather between Wednesday 25 November and Sunday 29 November.
2.  Do not miss Thanksgiving dinner because you were fishing.
3.  Send the time, location, fly used and hopefully a photo of you and/or your fish to: president@landoskytu.com

Here’s a helpful hint:  The traditional and most common version of the Hare’s Ear Nymph has turkey feather on it.

The person who catches the largest fish wins the challenge and an eye wateringly cool prize (that we haven’t decided on yet.)  Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Joy of Winter Fishing

If the thought of winter fishing only conjures images of wet, cold, fishless days on the water join us on Tuesday, November 10 for a different perspective on fishing during the “off” season.


Curtis Wright Outfitters guide and WNC Naitve, Josh Garris, will be joining us to discuss the fishing opportunities that many are missing during the colder months of the year. With a focus on rods, rigging systems, nymphing, proper clothing and area locations, Josh will surely pique your winter fly fishing interest.

As always we will meet in the REI Community Room located in Biltmore Park Town Square at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there!


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UPDATE – North Mills River Stocking and Cleanup

The Land O’Sky TU North Mills River stocking and cleanup has been rescheduled for Monday, October 12, 2015. We will gather at 10am that morning in the North Mills River parking lot. If carrying buckets isn’t for you, we will be doing a clean-up at the same time, so if you can walk, you can help. Come on out for an enjoyable day with fellow TU members, plus you get some exercise, and you’ll know where all the fish are!

Ace Stockers

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Get the Inside Scoop on DH Fishing at the October 13 Chapter Meeting

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If you’re new to the area or simply looking for new water to fish, don’t miss our October 13 Chapter Meeting. Delayed Harvest fishing is just around the corner, awakening a number of fishing opportunities that have lay dominant for many months. Our area DH streams are not only scenic but are some of the most accessible in the state. Armed with a bit of expert knowledge you will be ready to confidently find and fish these streams.

To prepare you to take full advantage of this resource we will be conducting a “Trout Stream Speed Dating” program highlighting five of our most productive DH streams. Each stream will have a “facilitator” discussing directions, access, fishing tips and distributing handouts. We will rotate through the five stations every 10 minutes, keeping the conversations lively and informative.

As always we will meet in the REI Community Room located in Biltmore Park Town Square at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

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And We’re Back!

In the blink of an eye this hot dry summer is drawing to an end. Cool night temperatures have settled into the area ushering in hopes of better fishing. This changing of the seasons also signifies the enlivening of our chapter after a brief summer hiatus. It’s a time for excitement. New ideas, fresh perspectives, and renewed passion abound. So to kick things off at our Septmeber 8th, 2015 chapter meeting we will have a presentation sure to inspire and remind us all where chasing trout can lead.

One word: Patagonia. It conjures up images of dramatic landscapes and huge kype-jawed brown trout – a fishing trip that is more than a vacation, it is an ineffable experience.


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Kevin Howell of Davidson River Outfitters Inc., located in Pisgah Forest, will be sharing his vast knowledge of traveling and fishing in Patagonia with the group. As a Managing Partner in Andres Drifters – a fishing, hunting and eco tour business – located in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina, Kevin has comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create an unforgettable trip to one of the world’s most coveted fishing destinations.

Come learn, dream, maybe scheme up the makings of your next adventure and help us in continuing our commitment to cold water conservation.

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Jessica Vedeler Named New Chapter Secretary

jessica vedelerCongratulations to Jessica Vedeler who has been named as our new Chapter Secretary.  She was appointed by a unanimous vote of approval from the LOSTU Board of Directors and will stand for election to the position at our annual chapter business meeting this upcoming October.  She replaces Diane Luebbers who will  be remaining on the leadership team as a Board Member at Large.  The next time you see Jessica please take a minute to congratulate her and thank her for stepping up to help lead LOSTU forward to bigger and better things!

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Quattromani Goes High and Wins Again!

quattromaniEmboldened by his victory earlier this year in our “Icebreaker” competition, Kyle Quattromani  climbed to 5,725 ft to catch the beautiful native Brookie picture below and claim victory in our “How High Dry Fly” competition.  For his skill, tenacity and fitness, Kyle wins a $75 REI Gift card.  Close behind in second place at 5,625 ft was Curt Silvers who wins a $50 REI gift card and rounding out the “Mile-High Dry Fly” entries in third place was Dave Alexander at 5,350 ft.  Dave will receive a $25 REI gift card for his outstanding efforts.   Congratulations to these outstanding high-country anglers and to all our entrants!howhighwinner



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Upcoming Project Healing Waters Events in Our Area

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2015 Poster

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Check Out Our New Look!

BradleyCrk (2)Congratulations to Tom Brewster for winning our “Capture the Spirit” photo competition.  A version of his beautiful picture of Bradley Creek is now proudly serving as our webpage title banner.  Tom won a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of Curtis Wright Outfitters.  Many thanks also to all our entrants, Christine Vigue for  initiating and running the contest and Curt Silvers for his technical assistance in getting the photo up where you all can see and enjoy it.

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