By Tom Roddis, Oktoberfish Volunteer
Join the TCTU community at the Summit Brewing Rathskeller for our year-end celebration and silent auction to benefit TU education and outreach programs.
Swap fish tales over beer and food trucks fare. Learn the finer points of fly lines and their performance from guest speaker Josh Jenkins of Scientific Anglers. Catch up on the latest TCTU news with a chapter update from Bob Luck.
Tickets are $25 per person and include one free beer. And...we have an early bird special! If you register for the event by September 1st, you can select one of the following gifts: a ceramic mug, a Silipint cup, or a box of flies tied by one of our volunteers (approx. 30 flies). We have limited supplies of the fly boxes and Silipints, so act now to get your first choice!
To register, click below. You can also visit our Facebook page for updates on the event (don’t forget to like the page and share it).
Please read this important message from our State Council Chair, Brent Notbohm. Getting on the Board of MNTU is one of the best ways you can contribute to TU's Mission in Minnesota, and it is a lot of fun as well!
TCTU Streamkeeper Report, July 8, 2022, By Jim Sauter
Welcome to July. Our days are getting slightly shorter as we enter the summer season. Air temperatures have been rising into the 90’s and 80’s, and it appears that most streams are holding their own with water temperatures in the upper 50 and lower 60 range. When I fished Lawrence Creek in Central Wisconsin recently, I recorded my highest water temperature of the season at 62 degrees. The brook trout were in a deeper section of the river below a riffle and were very active. Our Streamkeepers have been busy monitoring streams. Click here for our reports!
TCTU Streamkeeper Report
June 11, 2022
By Jim Sauter
Welcome to June. Our days are getting longer as we approach the summer solstice, the stream water temperatures are warming up nicely in the 50 degree plus rise range, the hatches have been very active, and the water levels have been replenished with ample spring rains. This bodes well for our streams! Most of our streams continue to be healthy, with a few having elevated nitrate levels. We may need to take more accurate readings on these if the pattern continues.
Greetings from your TCTU stream-keepers, and welcome to the spring season. We look forward to expanding our “targeted” streams and will be monitoring these streams in 2022: Bell, Hay, Little Cannon, South Vermillion, and Trout Brook. In addition, we have several “general” Streamkeepers monitoring other streams on a more random and spontaneous manner. In the coming months, we hope to give you updates on stream conditions in the TCTU area and beyond.
Greetings from your TCTU Streamkeepers, and welcome to the spring season. As we begin the stream monitoring program for 2022, the season has been marked with cool temperatures and plenty of rain and snow. We expect that area streams may rebound well after last year’s drought conditions and extremely warm temperatures
Overall, our stream temperatures are currently in the 40-degree range, clarity in streams is good, and there has been little or no spring flooding due to a slow snow melt.
Last year was the first year of our “targeted” Streamkeeping monitoring efforts on Hay Creek, Trout Brook, and the South Vermillion. Our “targeted” Streamkeeper teams were successful in monitoring these streams at least ten times over the course of the season and started establishing baseline data.
Like many of you, some of my favorite moments in fly fishing haven’t involved me catching a fish, but rather helping family and friends to catch a fish on a fly rod. One of my finest moments in a life spent fishing, is the day I helped both of my daughters get their first trout on a fly rod. However, a close second has been getting other young people their first fish on a fly through my involvement with the Foster the Outdoors Mentor Program with Minnesota Trout Unlimited. There’s an undeniable thrill and sense of accomplishment here that you can’t really get anywhere else.
If you, or somebody you know, love to teach kids how to fish, then we have the perfect job for you! MNTU's Education program is looking for a Fishing Skills Instructor from June to August to run its fishing programs in the metro area. You'll work hands-on with kids, and also coordinate and communicate with volunteers from our chapter--a great bunch of people to work with! To download a detailed job description, including job requirements, qualifications, compensation, and application information, please click below.