A new edition is out from our friends in SE MN and Iowa, including everything new about Habitat, Conservation, Advocacy, and, of course, a fishing report!
You may have pointed your phone at the QR code on our brochure, or perhaps you just blundered into this post. In any case, thanks for visiting! Here is a quick guide to some key info.
The Dakota County Fair is one of the best fairs in a state famous for its fairs. It has great food, rides, and animals like the State Fair, without the crowds and crazy prices. TCTU will have a booth at the fair; if you do visit, stop by!
Even better, volunteer to work at the TCTU booth.! The Dakota County Fair attracts over 250,000 visitors, and we need your help to talk with them about trout fishing and coldwater conservation.
Our booth will be open from Monday, August 7th through Sunday, August 13th from 10 am to 9 pm. We are looking for volunteers to work one or more shifts, plus a couple of volunteers to help set up the booth on the afternoon of Sunday, August 6th. Shifts will be 10 am to 2 pm, 2-6 pm, and 6-9 pm for the night owls. If you sign up for a shift, you will receive free parking and free entrance to the fair that day!
Please sign up to volunteer here.
MNTU has just completed a massive 8000 foot habitat improvement project on Hay Creek off 320th Avenue. The prairie grass is growing in nicely, and the section will be ready to fish from August 1st. Please stay off until then to give the grass a little time to grow! For a map, click here. For a photo slideshow of the project, click "read more"
By Jim Sauter
According to Paul Douglas’s weather report in the Star Tribune, the recent high temperature of 95 degrees in the metro area was the warmest day in 2023 so far. We typically see an average of 14 days in the 90-degree range. Already in 2023, we have tallied thirteen 90-degree days. This is shaping up to be a very warm summer. Let’s hope for more moderate temperatures and rain in the coming weeks and months! Our stream water temperatures have stayed remarkably cool so far this summer in most streams.
In April of 2023, Minnesota Trout Unlimited joined ten other local, state, and national environmental groups to ask the EPA to use its emergency authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to mandate a moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Minnesota’s karst region until nitrate levels decline.
TCTU, in conjunction with Cabela's Rogers location, is offering free summer sessions to introduce people to the sport of fly fishing. Students will be exposed to four areas of fly fishing:
Just over 100 years ago, Charles Adams and his son Lon were out fishing in northern Michigan. From what I have read, they were somewhat frustrated by not having the right flies to match a hatch. So they visited a local friend and fly tyer Leonard Halladay in Mayfield, Michigan. Mr. Halladay tried to come up with a pattern that would meet Mr. Adams’ needs and the Adams dry fly was created.
TCTU hosted its first Fishing Adventures trip June 23-25 in Preston, Minnesota’s Trout Capital. Twelve members joined the event, a few of whom are pictured below. Some missing individuals not in the picture got a head start on the water!
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