April 17 TGIF (Tidy-up Garbage…Improve Fishing)

keep-calm-and-tgif-12[1]We have decided to hold our next  TGIF outing on Friday, 17 April so that we can extend an invitation to our TU brothers and sisters who may be arriving in town early for the Trout Unlimited SE Regional Meeting (which is occurring the next day.)  We will be fishing the Laurel River and then gathering at the Iron Horse Station in Hot Springs afterward.  We will depart from the Laurel River Store parking lot (just over the bridge) at 5:30pm to head over to the Iron Horse.

We are asking everyone who attends to bring a big trash bag and take 15 minutes to pick up litter around your favorite fishing spot.  The Laurel could really use some help…and who better to help it than you…the awesome members of LOSTU.

Hope to see you there.

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F3T = Fun, Friends, Fundraising & Trout!

15F3T 2A great time was had by all who came out to support us at last night’s Fly Fishing Film Tour.  We raised over $1,600 dollars for LOSTU programs here in WNC.  Thank you to Hunter Banks and all the F3T sponsors.  A very special thanks goes out to the beautiful Elk Springs Resort, WV for their awesome donation of a two night stay for two…that helped with raffle ticket sales!  Please check out these great Trout Unlimited supporters at www.elkspringsresort.net   If you missed it…well, you missed it but there are a lot more LOSTU activities coming up this spring, so stay tuned in to our calendar and join us at our next happening.

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March TGIF..Fun Without Sun!





We had fourteen  LOSTU members and friends  show up for our first TGIF outing of 2015.  In spite of it being Friday the 13th, we were lucky with the weather, which threatened but gave us good fishing right  up to the end.  We retired to the new Sierra Nevada Taproom afterward and enjoyed a libation and food at this cool new establishment, right close to our own North Mills River.   If you couldn’t make it in March, our April TGIF is tentatively being set up for Friday, 10 April.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

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Volunteers Needed to Patch-Up Max Patch Pond

max patch pondThe USFS is will be working to re-foliate some of the shoreline of Max Patch Pond on Thursday, 2 April and needs volunteers.  The work will run from about 10am-2pm and involve “live-staking” young tree cuttings.   If you’ve never visited this beautiful site in Madison County, it’s 360 degree views make it well worth the drive up.   Max Patch Pond offers hatchery supported trout fishing and serves as the site for one of the USFS’ Kids’ fishing Days.   Please let me know as soon as possible at president@landoskytu.com if you can help.  Plan to bring a lunch and water.

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“Green Man” Wows Chapter Meeting

hawk1Many thanks to Jeff Curtis who brought his two beautiful hawks, Green Man and Trace, to last night’s chapter meeting to help us learn more about the ancient sport of falconry and about raptors here in WNC.  Everyone present was in awe of these amazing and majestic creatures and the vital role they play in the balance of nature.  The highlight of the evening had to be the chance to have them perch on your arm (and everyone wanted a chance to do it!)  Like fly fishing, falconry provides a unique opportunity to get close to creatures that we might otherwise overlook.  Last night was a wonderful reminder of why we should care.

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Thank You Hardy Stocking Volunteers!

stockersWe had a super dedicated group of volunteers for the 5 March stocking on the North Mills.  Many thanks to everyone who braved plummeting temps and chilly rain to help us get the fish out of the truck and into the stream.  Well done everyone!

If you couldn’t make it and would like to know what was stocked and where they all went… we’ll tell you all about it at the 10 March chapter meeting.  Hope to see you there.

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March 13 TGIF North Mills & Sierra Nevada

keep-calm-and-tgif-12[1]We will be fishing the North Mills River for our first TGIF of the year and then heading over to check out the newly opened Sierra Nevada taproom and restaurant.  Come when you can, bring a friend or look for a friend and enjoy a little afternoon time on our adopted stream.  We will leave the North Mills Rec Area parking lot to head over to Sierra Nevada at 5pm.

We can arrange some meet-ups at the 10 March Chapter meeting if folks like.  Hope to see you there!

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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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