The Vikings messed up and forgot to check our chapter meeting schedule before scheduling their Monday Night Football game. In case you missed last night's chapter meeting, you can find Jason Swingen's excellent presentation on our YouTube Channel here. Don't forget to like and subscribe! You can also download a PDF copy of Jason's presentation.
by Doug Moran
The air temp was a chilly 17F but that didn't deter 18 hardy volunteers showing up at the Super 8 motel in Red Wing to pick up trash from a stretch of Hay Creek on Black Friday.
Over 25 garbage bags of trash were collected, including some unique items: a mini 'fridge, a nice pair of running shoes, an orange traffic cone, an unopened bottle of Corona beer & a Vikings sleeping bag!
When you see these folks, make sure you thank them for their efforts (apologies if I have misspelled names):
Dan Sandelar, Barton Winter, Bob Mazanec, Linda Mazanec, Brandon Kassick, Brian Hanson, Craig Eldred, Jason Riggins, Kerry Fenner, Deb Fenner, Lee Stoe, Mitchell Abbett, Sally Noll, Jeff Kaphingst, Ellen Miller & Nicole Rohwes.
Because this action was so successful, keep next year's Black Friday open on your calendars for another TCTU Trash Day event!
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!
by Bob Luck
I’m not asking for money (not today!), but I’d like to provide some thoughts on donating to TU.
TU is a decentralized organization with local chapters (such as TCTU), State Councils (such as the Minnesota State Council--MNTU), and a National Headquarters (TU National). For a more detailed description of TCTU, MNTU and TU National, you can check out our website. Chapters, State Councils and TU National all make fundraising appeals, which can be confusing to members. I hope to provide some clarity, with the disclaimer that this is my opinion, and any errors are my responsibility.
By Doug Moran
You may have already heard of TCTU Adventures. If you haven't, these are trips organized by our TU chapter for trout fishing.
In 2023 we had two successful trips: an overnight trip to Preston, MN to fish the Root River area and a day trip to Hay Creek which was also a clean-up day.
This is what's in store for 2024, dates and locations will be finalized.
So keep an eye open on the Events page of the TCTU website for more details & signups.
By Doug Moran
Your opinion is needed by the Vermillion Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO).
The VRWJPO has started their planning for the Vermillion Watershed for 2026-2035, and they want to hear your opinions, concerns and ideas for how to protect and enhance this river so close to all of us.
Make your voice heard, here’s how:
By Jim Sauter
Recently MNTU and TCTU were invited to the "Pho! Games! and Hunters' Extravaganza" event on Wednesday, November 1, in Maplewood by MN State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Foung Hawj, Chair of Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee. Senator Hawj also serves on the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. This council was established by the legislature with the responsibility of providing annual funding recommendations to the legislature from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Senator Hawj invited us to the event to share information about Trout Unlimited, fly fishing, and fly tying. Several outdoor organizations, such as Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the Wild Turkey Federation, and others were present.
The annual event was held at the Unison Restaurant and Banquet Hall in Maplewood. This was a great opportunity for TCTU and MNTU to connect with the Hmong Community. They are doing some amazing things with conservation and outdoor recreation.
Evan Griggs, Mike Hodgens, and I demonstrated fly tying during the evening. As always, I got some excellent tips from these master fly tiers!!! Amber Taylor dropped off some additional copies of newsletters, and TU President John Lenczewski brought some DNR fish posters and trout maps.
The turnout was terrific. All in all, this was a fun night!
By Jim Sauter
Greetings from TCTU Streamkeepers.
“Autumn teaches us the beauty of letting go. Growth requires release- it is what the trees do.” Ka’ala, @alohakaala
We have just completed our third year of stream monitoring, and we expanded our WISEH2O chemical testing from three streams in 2021 to seven streams at eight sights near the metro area. There are 24 volunteers helping with this effort and several other streamkeepers that are randomly testing other streams.
One question that keeps recurring with members of our group and beyond is, “What is the value of stream monitoring?”
by Bob Luck
The last time I fished in Iowa was in early October of 2005. I arrived during a warm spell and had a couple of days of amazing hopper fishing. Every year since then I have told myself I need to get back to Iowa, but all of that closer water in the Minnesota Driftless got in the way. My sense of urgency increased this year after hearing John van Vliet talk about Iowa at our chapter meeting last November and reading his book. Last week, with nearly all of Minnesota closed and my wife out of town, I finally made it down for a few days. It was terrific!
By Gary Wittrock
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) offers students of all ages a chance to raise trout in their classrooms from eggs to fingerlings through the winter and then release them into a MN-DNR approved body of water in the spring.
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