Courthouse Creek Road to Close for Construction

PISGAH FOREST, N.C., April 23, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service will replace a low water ford on Courthouse Creek Road (Forest Service Road 140), located in the Pisgah Ranger District off Highway 215 in Transylvania County just north of Balsam Grove, NC, starting on May 5th. The road will be closed to motorized vehicle traffic from May 5th until late October. Non-motorized traffic is allowed, however crossing the low water ford will not be an option.

The ford, which in the past has become both blocked by large boulders and washed out from storm events, will be replaced with a bridge that will improve passage for aquatic species and allow a more natural stream flow during storm events.

Courthouse Creek is a class C trout stream, designated by the NC Department of Natural Resources, Water Quality Division. This classification is intended to protect freshwaters which have favorable conditions for the year-round survival and the propagation of stocked trout.

The construction of this new crossing is designed to have minimal impacts on the spawning of the rainbow trout in Courthouse Creek, and the brown and brook trout in the North Fork of the French Broad River. Work will occur outside of the stream bed while bridge abutments are installed. The only “in-stream” disturbance will occur when the existing ford is removed after both abutments for the bridge are complete.

If you have any questions about the project please contact the Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265.

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LOSTU at the F3T

F3TFun, Fundraising, Friends and TU…that is what this year’s F3T was all about.  We had a great turnout at the Highland Brewery. With the tremendous generosity and support of Hunter Banks Outfitters we brought in over $1,100 to support our programs here in WNC.  A special thanks goes out to Reba Brinkman who has turned this event into one of our regular and most popular fundraisers.  Thanks also to the ticket sales “gang” who kept things fun for all.  If you didn’t make it…you missed it, but at LOSTU there’s always something else coming up, so hopefully we’ll see you at the next Chapter happening!

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LOSTU Welcomes Jacob Rash to the Board

IMG_9462 copyOn behalf of the Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited, we would like to welcome Jacob Rash to the Board of Directors.

Jacob grew up in Weaverville NC, and spent his childhood fishing Reems Creek until he was old enough to explore bigger and better places. The streams and branches of Northern Buncombe and, maybe more so, Madison Co. is where he calls home.  “Fishing and caring for  fisheries has always been a passion of mine, studying Environmental and Natural Resources.   Now as a board member I feel as though I can do just what I set out to do in caring for that which is most important to us all. I am truly looking forward to working with LOS TU and our neighboring chapters to reach this common goal.  I’m also looking forward to helping organize more outdoor events for the future to strengthen our chapter from within through, finding new fisheries, picnics, maybe a camping weekend.”

Welcome Jacob!  We are thrilled to have you as a part of our board.

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Serve Those Who Served Us

uncle samLOSTU has been approached about supporting a Fly Fishing 101 course for Veterans-In-Need here in Asheville.   The course curriculum is developed and the course has been run in the past by Alan Folger, Head of Veteran’s Programs for TU and Ryan Harmon, Regional Director for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.  They are in need of reinforcements due to their travel schedule.  If you would be willing to support this most worthwhile initiative please contact me; and we will set up a meeting with Alan and/or Ryan so you can learn more.

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Coming in May…TGIF!

keep-calm-and-tgif-12[1]THIS GANG IS FISHING!Throughout May we will get together informally every-other Friday afternoon/evening on a local stream and head out for libations/eats after.  Get there when you can, look for some of your LOSTU compatriots and then meet up at 7:30pm at a predetermined  establishment.  No reservations, no sign-up, just come if you can. Weekly details are TBD based on your input (ie; fish the Laurel and meet up at the Iron Horse afterward, or fish the Davidson and meet up at Oskar Blues afterward…etc.) Send your suggestions to:


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Stocking in the Sunshine!

Ace Stockers Theright wayAs these pictures of some of our expert fish-handlers show, we had a great day and a great turnout for our April stocking and clean-up on the North Mills.   Thank you to everyone who showed up and helped out.  We will be doing it again on 6 May and there is a job for all ages and physical abilities, so mark your calendars and join us for some fun.  If you’d like particulars on how many fish went in and where…we’ll give a full report at our 8 April Chapter meeting.  Hope to see you there!

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The Henry’s Fork Foundation Comes to Asheville

The Henry’s Fork Foundation will be hosting a very special presentation at Highland Brewery April 16th, 2014 at 6pm.  Free admission.  Come learn about this amazing non-profit organization and the work they have done to restore and protect the famed Henry’s Fork River in Idaho.

  • Video Presentation of “30 Years on the Fork”, Henry’s Fork Foundation’s 30th Anniversary video as well as a few other short videos
  • Presentation on the Henry’s Fork Foundation and its work by HFF Executive Director Brandon Hoffner


The Henry’s Fork Foundation is located in Ashton, Idaho and is the only organization whose sole purpose is to conserve, protect, and restore the unique fisheries, wildlife, and aesthetic qualities of the Henry’s Fork and its watershed.


  • Improve angler access to the Henry’s Fork through collaboration with public agencies and private landowners.
  • Secure higher stream flows at critical times for juvenile trout through a collaborative process that serves as a model for watershed management.  Higher stream flows have doubled the trout population below Island Park Dam.
  • Lead and/or contribute to fisheries research projects throughout the entire Henry’s Fork watershed with the aim of improving fisheries and angling experience.
  • Improve river habitat by removing barriers to fish passage.
  • Protect the watershed by advocating for good land use planning and working with partners to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Educate the next generation of conservationists through Trout in the Classroom, student field days and student internships.


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2014 The Fly Fishing Film Tour

F3T2014The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is coming to Highland Brewery in Asheville, NC April 17th, 2014.

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., Southern Culture on the Fly (S.C.O.F.) magazine, this event will benefit the Land O’ Sky chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Very special guests Cameron Mortenson from The Fiberglass Manifesto, Towee Boats and Lowcountry Flyshop will be joining the festivities.

A raffle to benefit the Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited (LOSTU) will feature prizes from YETI Coolers, Smith Optics, Patagonia, Scientific Anglers, 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 from the Lowdown food truck.  The films will start promptly at 7:00 pm.  Pre-sale tickets are available at Hunter Banks Flyshop for $13.

$15 at the door.

F3T Trailers:

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North Mills Stocking & Clean-Up, Tuesday 1 April


We’re at it again!  We will gather at 10am, Tuesday 1 April in the North Mills River parking lot for the second stocking of the spring.  We will not be stocking up at Trace Ridge so it should be quick and easy…not to mention warm and sunny.  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, enjoy the spring sunshine…and if your ego needs a boost, bring a rod.

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Tenkara in the Sunshine

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We had a beautiful morning and a great group for our Tenkara workshop this morning on the North Mills River.  It gave a us a perfect chance to help some newcomers to this style of fly fishing as well as share some ideas, techniques and gear amongst the devotees.  And even though it wasn’t a goal of the workshop…everyone caught fish!

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