LOSTU Tenkara Anglers Get a Grip

BYOT Workshop

The LOSTU Build Your Own Tenkara Rod Workshop was a huge success Saturday.  Thirteen chapter anglers left with their own, hand-built Tenkara rods just in time for spring fishing.  John Cianchetti, founder and owner of Tenkara Customs, came all the way from upstate New York to help us assemble their custom designed kits.  Chapter tenkara  aces, Roger Parkin,  Brooks Michael and Bob Tupper generously volunteered to help and their knowledge and support kept things running smoothly throughout.   Sunday morning a few of us tried out the new rods and showed John Cianchetti a little WNC hospitality to repay him for his incredible support.  He is pictured below getting a taste of a some winter fishing, Land O’Sky style!


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F3T – Fly Fishing Film Tour to Benefit LOSTU

15F3T 2The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is coming to Highland Brewery in Asheville, NC March 19, 2015.

One of fly-fishing’s most celebrated annual events; the Fly Fishing Film Tour simply offers a showing of the most diverse, polished and compelling set of independent fly fishing films.

Hosted by Hunter Banks Co. and Southern Culture on the Fly (S.C.O.F.) magazine, this event will benefit the Land O’ Sky chapter of Trout Unlimited.

A raffle to benefit the Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited (LOSTU) will feature prizes from YETI Coolers, Smith Optics, Patagonia, Scientific Anglers, Flymen Fishing Company plus many more.  Raffle tickets can be purchased from LOSTU at the show.

This event will take place at Highland Brewing Company.  Doors will open at 5pm.  Food will be available on site by a local food truck .  The films will start at 7:00 pm.  Discounted tickets are available at Hunter Banks Flyshop or online for $13.   $15 at the door.

Presale tickets:  http://flyshop.hunterbanks.com/store/pc/2015-Fly-Fishing-Film-Tour-Ticket-p15204.htm


Fly Fishing Film Tour:


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Calling All Shutterbugs…”Capture the Spirit” Photo Contest!

camerasQuit taking selfies, turn your camera around and win our competition to find a new photo for our website header.  You must be an LOSTU member in good standing and the rules are (pretty) simple:

1.  Submit up to 3, original, relevant photos, in .jpg form, by emailing them to photocontest@landoskytu.com .
2.  Entries don’t have to be new but they have to be your work.
3.  Entries must be received by 30 April.
4. The winner will be selected by a panel of impartial, unbribable judges.
5.  Entries will be judged on how well they “Capture the Spirit” of LOSTU, how well they are suited to the wide-”landscape” (198 X 940 pixel) proportions of the website header  and general coolness.

The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Curtis Wright Outfitters made possible through the generous support of CWO.  Plus! The fame and notoriety that will surely come from having your photographic masterpiece grace the header of this prestigious URL.

Good luck and happy snapping!


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2015 Delayed Harvest Stocking Dates Announced

Ace StockersThe North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has published their calendar of stocking dates for Delayed Harvest trout streams.  As you will see in our Chapter calendar, we will be stocking the North Mills on 5 March, 1 April and 6 May this spring.  We will be doing a riverside litter pick up at the same time.  Come on out and join us for a fun morning.  If you’re interested in stocking dates for other area DH waters they can be found at: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Fishing/documents/TROUT_MAP.PDF

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Diane Luebbers Named New Chapter Secretary

DianeCongratulations to Diane Luebbers for being named as our new Chapter Secretary.  Diane came to Asheville from Bozeman, MT last fall and brought with her a love of fly fishing, TU and boundless energy.  She has quickly become a regular contributor at Chapter gatherings and activities and was unanimously approved by the Board.  Diane replaces Reba Brinkman who will remain on the LOSTU Board as our new Fundraising Chair.  Many thanks to both of these outstanding members for  stepping up to help lead our Chapter to an ever brighter future!

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Orvis Down the Hatch Fishing Festival

dth15-main (2)Check out details for this upcoming event in our area on the Chapter Calendar.

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Trout in the Classroom at the WNC Nature Center

NatureCenter_Jan2015_1In addition to adding Asheville Catholic School to our “Trout in the Classroom” program in 2014, we also worked with the WNC Nature Center to add a trout display.  Check out the Nature Center trout in the photo above.  They are thriving and on display to thousands of visitors like good little ambassadors of cold water conservation!

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Many Thanks to Hunter Banks !

We had a blast at tonight’s Hank Patterson film and brought in just over $400 for LOSTU in the process.  Many thanks to Hunter Banks Outfitters for putting on this benefit and a very special thanks to Reba Brinkman for setting it all up.

There was a crowd of LOSTU faithful and we were really gratified to see neighbors from the Pisgah Chapter, the Cataloochee Chapter and lots of fellow fly fishermen there for a fun filled evening.

If you missed it…you missed it but there are lots of fun and informative LOSTU events coming up in the next few months so stay tuned to this page and we hope to see you soon!



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Kyle Quattromani Wins 2015 Icebreaker

2015 IcebreakerKyle Quattromani shook off his New Year’s Eve celebrations, drove to Wilson Creek and won the 2015 LOSTU Icebreaker Challenge with this New Year’s Day Rainbow trout, caught on a midge pattern at 10am.  Congratulations to Kyle and all the other New Year’s Day anglers who sent in entries for the 2015 Icebreaker Challenge.  For his winter angling efforts Kyle wins a beautiful Merino wool hat from Icebreaker clothing, which we will be presented at the 13 January Chapter meeting.

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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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