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.
This Group is Fishing!
Just a reminder that our next TGIF outing will be on Oct. 24th. We will be fishing the DH stretch of the Green River in Saluda, NC. Show up, get on the river and spend a great day fishing! Afterwards, we can retire at the Green River BBQ in Saluda. Plan on meeting around 5pm in the Fishtop parking lot and Dave Vigue will have maps for the BBQ joint with him.
Directions: The most popular access point is at Fishtop on the Green River Cove Road in Saluda, NC. From Asheville, take I-26 East to Exit 59 and make a left turn, go approximately 150 yards and make a left turn on Green River Cove Road. Follow the road until the bottom of the hill and Fishtop parking area will be on the left.
More info here: Green River
Your chapter doesn’t run on autopilot. It is guided by its officers and Board who meet quarterly to make sure we are trying to be the best Chapter we can be. The Board recently had its last meeting of FY2014 and made some significant decisions. We reviewed and made some minor adjustments to our Strategic Plan and approved our budget for FY2015. These documents lay out what we hope to do as a Chapter, how much money we need to raise and how we intend to spend it. I encourage you to take a minute to look in our “Library”, read them over and let your chapter leaders know what you think.
Of all the goals we laid out two years ago, the only one we’re struggling to meet is increasing our meeting attendance. You can help! Make time to come to our next Chapter meeting on 14 October ….and bring a friend!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.