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Tuesday, Nov. 6 Meeting

We ARE meeting on Election Day!

Tuesday Night, 6:30PM at Columbia's on Lime:  Don Kirk (editor of Southern Trout Magizine) will be joining us. 

Don's topic will be "Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park."  This sounds like a meeting not to miss as most of us fish the Smokies regularly.  

Check out Southern Trout here

Fall Field Day


Ah come on, Troy, it couldn't have been that bad!Barry and Cathy Beck joined us for the 2012 Fall Field Day at Talon Winery.  

Check out their blog post here, and their Bluegrass photo album here.

-Barry and Cathy Beck

Trout in the Classroom

The 2012-13 Trout in the Classroom has started with 19 active classrooms this fall (4 rooms are taking the year off).  Eggs have been delivered to all ready schools, and have hatched and grown into fry.  The classes are well underway; teaching kids about trout and their watersheds.  However, some classrooms still need a mentor.  If you would like to interact with a classroom or just be available to troubleshoot any problems, give Bill Davig a call at 859-358-8277.  Bill is doing a terrific job coordinating all the schools. 

As the school year rolls on we will need some one-time volunteers to demonstrate fly tying, talk about bugs on the stream, and give a short talk on stream life.  These talks are for 4-7th grades so complete mastery of a subject is NOT required, just the enthusiasm and patience needed to interact with children.  One possible lecture might cover the anatomy of a trout.  Call Bill with any ideas you have. 

-Sandy Broughman 

Social Media

I'm happy to announce that Bluegrass Trout Unlimited now has 52 followers on Twitter and 162 followers on Facebook (up from ~80).  We reach an average of 200 users weekly.  If every one of our followers shared one story a week from our page, we could potentially reach 95,000+ people.  Think about that...

Our content spans from chapter news and events, to articles about conservation, fishing tips, and videos.  Subscribing to our feeds on both of these sites is a great way to stay in touch (and interact) with our chapter, the national orginization, and the sport of fly-fishing.  Please take the time to use one of the links (see left) and check out our pages.

I'd also like to encourage you to help us generate content for our website, social-media pages, and newsletters.  If you stumble on anything even mildy interesting, please send it to us.  We're thrilled to have any sort of media.  You could even write an article or fishing report for this newsletter.  If you've been reading a lot, fishing a lot, or doing anything else cool, please get in touch!

Reach us at:

-Courtland Leer

Conservation Note

Floods are natural events that occur in response to heavy rains and snow melt. Under flood conditions, waters rise and often overflow stream banks and spill onto adjoining low-lying land.

Historically, streamside landowners have responded to floods by making straighter, deeper stream channels to carry the water downstream as fast as possible. But this approach actually can cause more damage in the long run, since it increases stream power and causes severe erosion and damage to nearby structures.
Rather than fighting against a stream, it is more practical to work with the natural landscape to avoid damages by reducing the speed and volume of flood waters.

-David Cummings

2012 Treasurer's Report: Click Here

A summary of our orginization's 2012 Fiscal Year.

-Steve Slade

Rock Creek Restoration: Click Here

This is a great article on the Rock Creek clean-up project.  TU was part of the task force for the 10 year, $2.4 million project.  And now it's a great Kentucky trout stream!

-Land, Air, and Water (Thanks Sandy)

Wolf Creek Dam Repairs Status, Done by 2013?: Click Here

-Commonwealth Journal (Thanks Steve)

The Little River
I'm pretty pumped about Don Kirk's talk next Tuesday.  I was just in the Smokies last weekend where I failed to move a fish short of spooking it.  

I was there because I drove the Sayre AP Environmental Science class to Tremont, TN for a weekend field trip.  Needless to say I was excited by the prospect of a free fishing trip, and encouraged by a stellar fishing report.  However, as soon as we arrived the tempature dropped.  This combined with low water, leaves, and no sunlight confused my tactics and dampened my spririts. 

As many of you know, Tremont is the Smoky Mountain Research Institute that hosts our chapter's summer "Trout Camp."  The high schoolers I drove participated in many of the same activities our Trout 
Campers engage in.  I was especially impressed with the Stream Ecology instruction.  Students collected and analyzed aquatic invertibrates, tested water quality, and listened to lectures on ecology.

On the other hand, my experience was not nearly so successful.  As you can see below, I re-learned two important lessons: (1) Always carry nippers (this happened trying to bite off a dropper), and (2) fish barbless hooks...if only for your own sake.

Don't worry, I managed to shake this Rainbow Warrior out of my lip with a mininum of pain.  If you don't know the Mono-Trick...I suggest you learn: Click Here for Video
Contact Sandy Broughman for more info on Trout Camp!

-Courtland Leer

Louisville TU's Newsletter: Click Here


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