Thank you everyone who supported our “LOST without U” fundraising campaign. We raised almost $1,800, exceeding our target for the effort by 75% due to your support and generosity. This was our final activity before the beginning of our “Summer Break” and it’s great to end the fiscal year on such a high note. This will put us in good financial position to start our fiscal year 2015 in October and will enable us to continue and grow the good work of LOSTU here in western North Carolina.
Have a great summer and stay tuned to www.landoskytu.com (or Like us on Facebook) as our fall schedule of programs and activities starts to take shape!
The Conservation Fund has invited our members to participate in a survey on the economic impacts of fishing in WNC. The survey has a particular focus on Heritage Trout Waters but goes beyond that also. Their goal is to demonstrate the economic value of trout streams in order to encourage more communities to take care of their local waters. The survey just takes a few minutes.
In order to participate, just go to: https://duke.qualtrics.com/SE/SID=SV_8AeCjxOtyFKWHQ1
Josh Kelly got the most out of daylight on the longest day of the year and won the LOSTU Summer Solstice Challenge by catching a trout at 8:40pm on Lower Meadow Fork. Pictured, in Josh’s hand, is a beautiful example of the rewards of fishing into the “magic hour.” For his efforts, Josh wins a Black Diamond “Storm” waterproof headlamp to light his way on future evening excursions. Follow Josh’s example and wait until the heat of the summer days has waned into dusk and you too can enjoy some great fishing after everyone else has gone home. But be safe and don’t forget that legal trout angling ends in N.C. 30 minutes after sunset.
So you’re not a morning person? Hate cold too much to compete in the “Icebreaker challenge”? Well then don’t forget the “Summer Solstice Challenge” tomorrow. It’s the longest day of the year and the LOSTU member who catches (and submits a photo of) the last legal trout, in NC, on the fly before the 9:19pm end of legal angling wins. All entries will receive prizes.
Send your entries to email@example.com
Good luck and be safe!
The U.S. Forest Service has reopened most of the trails and roads in the Trace Ridge and Wash Creek areas of Henderson County in the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.
The closures were necessary to implement portions of the Brushy Ridge project, an ecosystem improvement project that will provide a number of environmental benefits. Visitors will see evidence of the project where timber harvesting activities took place in the Trace Ridge Trailhead area and a portion of Trace Ridge and Wash Creek Trails.
The following areas are reopened to non-motorized use:
Hendersonville Reservoir Road (FS 142);
Fletcher Creek Road (FS 5097);
Wash Creek (Trail 606);
Trace Ridge (Trail 354);
North Mills River (Trail 353) and
Yellow Gap Trail (Trail 611).
Wash Creek Road remains closed to motor vehicle traffic to protect public safety and facilitate implementation of the project. The road remains open to non-motorized use with caution advised for logging truck traffic on the road. Seniard Mountain Road and Bear Branch Trail remain closed to all use. The Forest Service will reopen all roads and trails once timber harvesting and hauling are completed, which will most likely be late fall.
For the rest of June we will be having our once-a-year funding appeal to support LOSTU’s programs and operation. We are calling it “LOST without U” because…well, we are. Our efforts in youth education, conservation and all of our chapter activities depend upon financial support that comes principally from our members. We are growing our Trout in the Classroom program to four schools this year, funding two deserving attendees at the Rivercourse youth conservation camp, supporting Kids’ Fishing Day, helping to finance the Southeast Conservation Initiative and providing a host of workshops, activities and events for our members. All these things take money. You can help us continue and expand these efforts by clicking the “Donate” button on our homepage to make a contribution.
If you’d like to donate by check, just send it to:
P.O. Box 117
Asheville, NC 28802
Donors at the $50 level will receive a limited-edition print of Appalachian fly patterns signed and numbered by the artist. $100 donors will receive a copy of the book ”The Art of Angling”, a beautiful pictorial that would look great on any coffee table. (While they last! Supplies of the book are limited)
Your support at any level will be welcome and appreciated!
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The USDA Forest Service is sponsoring a fishing day for local children at Max Patch Pond on June 7th!
The events are for children ages 12 years and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event allows families and friends to share fun, quality time together while learning about one of our nation’s favorite pastimes – fishing. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission co-sponsors these events. No experience is needed for families to participate.
Members from our Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited will be present to help with the event. We could use a few more helpers to assist with unhooking fish, untangling lines and baiting hooks. If you are interested please contact Matt Allenbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Carpooling for volunteers is available.
For a listing of events taking place this spring, go to www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc and click on “Kids Fishing Days Events.” For more information on Kids Fishing Day at Max Patch Pond, call Brandon Jones or David McFee on the Appalachian Ranger District at 828-689-9694.
Just a reminder that our final TGIF outing will be on 30 May. We will be fishing the DH stretch of the East Fork of the French Broad. Get there when you can and plan on departing the kiosk at 7pm to head over to Oskar Blue’s tasting room in Brevard afterward. These events are just come if you can and the forecast may include thunderstorms. Remember that graphite is an excellent conductor of electricity so be safe or at least try to stand near a Tenkara fisherman with a 13′ rod!
Rivercourse 2014, in its twelfth session, is for boys and girls ages 13-15. This camp emphasizes Trout Unlimited’s mission, the conservation of cold water fisheries, while at the same time teaching campers the basics of fly fishing, a sport for a lifetime. The dates for camp this year are June 15th – 20th.
Rivercourse needs your help! The team is looking for ghillies to guide the campers in the evenings in order to pass on hard earned knowledge about everything trout! They are in need of ghillies for the evenings of June 16th,17th, and 18th, from 7pm til 9pm. Dinner will be served to volunteers at 6pm.
This is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your knowledge and passion with the next generation.
To volunteer please reach out to David Wells at email@example.com or 828-506-2077.
The Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival will return to Western Carolina University on May 16th & 17th. The event is sponsored by the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. This fun-filled weekend of programs, presenters and exhibitors is the Southeast’s premier fly fishing educational event.
The Festival is expected to attract at least forty local fly shops, non-profits and other exhibitors as well as forty demonstration tiers from throughout the Southeast.
Steve Rajeff and Leslie Holmes will headline our talented group of casting instructors. In addition to two days of casting instruction by some of the best instructors in the country, the Federation will offer its casting instructor certification tests. The Cullowhee area also offers non-fishing activities for the entire family.
On Friday, May 16th, the Southeastern Council will once again partner with Little River TU to host the Back the Brookie BBQ. All profits will support the restoration of brook trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On Saturday, May 17th, the Southeastern Council will host its annual awards dinner and auction.
Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to support the establishment of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians by donating exhibition items or financial support. The Museum, located in Cherokee, North Carolina, will become the home of the rich heritage of fly fishing from Maryland to Georgia and will provide a base of education related to fly fishing with workshops, exhibits and presentations.
Donated funds will be used to secure fly fishing artifacts before they are lost to future generations.
Hours for the Festival will be Friday, May 16th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 17th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for adults and $10 for families. Scouts in uniform and disabled veterans are free.
Online registration is now open! For more information, visit www.southeastfff.org