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.
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.
Congratulations 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!
Emboldened 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!
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.
Oh yeah! Another contest to test your skill and determination. It’s not bad enough that we’ve given you frostbite on New Year’s day, made you further exploit the poor turkey or kept you up late on the summer solstice. This time, we’re going to test your legs, your lungs and your angling prowess.
For the month of June we will be running a competition to see which of our members can catch (and release) a trout, on a dry fly, at the highest elevation. You have to stay in North Carolina (no photos from a Colorado vacation) Use GPS, a map, an altimeter app whatever. Photos are not required but are highly desirable.
Submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the month and you could be the winner of some yet to be determined but undoubtedly cool prize. Be safe and good luck!
We had a beautiful afternoon and a great turnout for our TGIF outing yesterday on the West Fork of the Pigeon River. It was wonderful to see some of our newcomers there and even better to see some of our Chapter’s “aces” helping them out with tips and techniques. After an awesome session on the water we all rejoined at the Oyster House Brewery in West Asheville to enjoy a libation, scarf a couple of bivalves, share photos and swap lies. The perfect way to kick off the 3 day weekend. Above is LOSTU member Lauren Miko with her tenkara caught Brown Trout from yesterday. Now don’t you wish you had come!
Hey everybody, we’re going to have one last TGIF outing on Friday, 22 May up on the DH stretch of the West Fork of the Pigeon River. Come when you can on Friday afternoon, find a fellow LOSTU angler and enjoy the last of the Delayed Harvest season. We will leave from the Iron Bridge at 6pm to head to the Oyster House Brewery in West Asheville for a libation and maybe a bite to eat. If you’re new, contact me at email@example.com and I’ll help you link up with some fellow LOSTU anglers. I hope to see you there!