Congratulations 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!
Check out details for this upcoming event in our area on the Chapter Calendar.
In 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!
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!
Kyle 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.
Perhaps 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.
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!
Mark 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.
This Group is Fishing!
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!
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.