Spring Creek Cleanup

Laramie Valley Trout Unlimited had a team of volunteers out on Spring Creek this past weekend as part of the city wide Laramie Cleanup Day.  Thanks to everyone that came out and helped out.  We had a good time out on the creek and found some odd things.  Tim found a package of flies which I am sure he will put into full use this summer.  Jody won the finds competition with some cold hard cash in the form of a $1 bill.  All totaled up, we filled 30 bags with garbage among our small TU crew and then headed for the cookout at the annex.  Thanks again to everyone that volunteered their time this year to make our cleanup a success!

Meeting up in the foggy morning

Jeff finds some interesting reading

Tim's Comanche is full and it is time for the cookout

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March 28th Meeting Recap

Dave Sweet came and did a fabulous presentation on the current state of Yellowstone Lake and the efforts to control lake trout in the system. A big thank you to Dave for coming out and sharing all that great information.

We have elected our chapter leadership! Officers and Board are in place now to help the chapter move forward with our goals here in the valley.

Here is a quick run down of the chapter officers and board. Thanks to everyone for stepping up and volunteering your time.

Officers:
President -Tim Sowecke -1 year term (Expires March, 2013)
Vice President -Jody Evans -1 year term (Expires March, 2013)
Treasurer -Sam Patton -1 year term (Expires March, 2013)
Secretary -Jeff McDonald -1 year term (Expires March, 2013)

Board Of Directors:
1.) Keith Marcott -3 year term (Expires March, 2015)
2.) John Jenkin -3 year term (Expires, March, 2015)
3.) Chet Lockard -3 year term (Expires, March, 2015)
4.) Ben Kordon -2 year term (Expires, March, 2014)
5.) Paul Weaver -2 year term (Expires, March, 2014)
6.) Wayne Hubert -2 year term (Expires, March, 2014)
7.) Patrick Harrington -1 year term (Expires, March, 2013)
8.) Jason Carroll -1 year term (Expires, March, 2013)
9.) Preston Flaherty -1 year term (Expires, March, 2013)

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Meeting On February 29th 7pm at Boomer’s BBQ

Topics of discussion for the meeting:
Fly Fishing Film Tour – We have booked the tour again this year for Friday April 27th in cooperation with the University Flycasters and the Saratoga and Cheyenne chapters and Four Seasons Anglers.  The Flycasters will also be conducting their first Symposium of their newly reborn organization on Saturday April 28th.  Please come out to hear about the upcoming events and what we are doing to prepare as well as how you can help us to have another successful film tour event and symposium.  These events raise funds for all of our TU chapters  in SE Wyoming and the Flycasters.
Chapter nominations and elections – it is time to get our leadership and board positions solidified and filled so the chapter can move forward in 2012.  We will hold nominations at the meeting and encourage anyone interested in a board or leadership position to let us know.  Our chapter bylaws are posted here:
and just click Chapter Bylaws
It is a great reference to see what sorts of things are available and everything is open!
— Keith Marcott will be talking and presenting on fly fishing and trout in South America.  This should be a great talk and put fishing on the minds of everyone with spring just around the corner.

Conservation and project possibilities to begin coordinating with Wyo Game & Fish.

It should be a good meeting and we hope to see you all there.

Our March meeting date is set in stone for 3/28 and we will have Dave Sweet in town to talk to us and the chapter will conduct elections finalize leadership and board positions.

Other local events:  University Flycasters will be meeting on Feb 17th 7pm at Kendall House conference room (Location: 804 Fremont. Laramie WY). I  would encourage any other interested TU folks to attend.  There will be symposium discussion and film tour discussion.

Please let your friends that are interested in TU or coldwater conservation know about the meeting dates and we look forward to seeing everyone there!
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Vedauwoo Area Brook Trout Stocking

We had some TU members meet up on Saturday morning to participate with Wyoming Game & Fish and other organizations along with the general public in stocking the Pole Mountain area beaver ponds, streams, and lakes with brook trout.  It is an annual event that is scheduled for the first Saturday in June every year.  We connected and headed out in a small caravan to a drainage on the far north side of the national forest.  Derek Scott was leading our party for the Game & Fish and we had a great time stocking the brookies in the various beaver ponds up and down the drainage.  Jeff McDonald has posted quite a few photos to our Facebook page so be sure to check it out for the full scoop on the day’s happenings.  Thanks again to the Game & Fish for a great event and providing lunch for all the volunteers as well.

Some Good Looking Water To Stock

Brook Trout To Stock

Loading The Buckets

Tim After A Successful Release

Surveying The Drainage

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Fly Fishing Film Tour A Huge Success!

Thank you everyone for coming out to the film tour on a cold, wet Thursday night!  We had a great turn out and the event was a complete success.  We had many happy raffle winners and we are hoping to turn the film tour into a yearly event that can bring everyone in the SE Wyoming area fishing community together.

Theater Filling Up

Films About To Start

Tim Talking To The Crowd

Adam And Tim Chat Over A Beer

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LVTU River Cleanup Day Recap

We had a chilly and blustery Saturday morning when the Cleanup day finally arrived.  Our crew were assigned the river greenbelt and with a quick gathering of supplies off we went to work on the river.  The cleanup went great and the team gathered quite a bit of trash and debris that has flushed into the river system over the last year.  With seven of us working on the corridor we were able to accomplish quite a bit this year including the heroic efforts of the Gosar brothers in attacking the hillside right at the bridge on Snowy Range Rd.  Some of the better finds – MONEY!  It wasn’t much but I think Pete used it towards his film tour ticket.  Oddest find – full body xrays from the local hospital?!  How the heck does that end up out there.   It was a great time and everyone enjoyed lunch in Washington Park after finishing up on the river.  Thanks to everyone that came out and found time to lend a hand on the citywide cleanup day.

Greenbelt work

LVTU finishing up at Optimist Park

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Tickets Available Now for Film Tour April 21st!

Students are free, $8 in Advance or $10 at the door or online.  The event will be held Thursday, April 21st, UW Education Auditorium, doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7pm.  There will be some awesome raffles at the event – rods, fly lines, boxes, gift certificates, and more.

Where to buy tickets:

Laramie:

FOUR SEASONS ANGLERS located at the corner of Snowy Range Highway and Fillmore St in West Laramie WY. Phone at 307-721-4047.  Map here

Saratoga:

Hack’s Tackle located at the north bridge over the North Platte River on Highway 130 at the corner with Rochester Ave, Saratoga, WY. Phone at 307-326-9823.  Map here

Cheyenne:

Bob Mason at the Curt Gowdy TU Chapter in Cheyenne.  Call 307-287-9455 or email curtgowdytu@gmail.com to purchase tickets locally in Cheyenne.

Worldwide:

Online at the Flyfishing Film Tour site

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Clean Up Day – April 16th

Laramie Community Clean-Up day is April 16th. We will meet at Washington Park (Shelter #1) at 9am. We will need a couple of large trucks so if you have one that you can bring that will be a great help. We will be working on a stretch of Spring Creek so bring work gloves, clothes that can get trashed, and waders (if you have them). There will be a BBQ from 11am-1pm in Washington Park to thank volunteers. It should be a great community event, and hopefully we can pull a bunch a junk.  Map to Washington Park

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Meeting Recap And Photos

Brian of bhpimaging was gracious enough to send over a few photos from our March 24th meeting at Altitude Chophouse & Brewery.  It was a great meeting and the presentation from Lee McDonald of the Wyoming Game & Fish was well done and well received.  Thanks Lee for all the information and the great presentation.  Thanks to everyone that made it out to our meeting and packed the house at Altitude (on a WNIT playoff night!).   A big THANK YOU to all the local area businesses that helped us out as well, Altitude Chophouse & Brewery for the great meeting space, Four Seasons Anglers for the raffle prizes and film tour support, and bhpimaging for the photo followup since the rest of us always seem to forget our cameras!  If you were unable to attend, you can find the meeting notes here.  We had representation from both the Saratoga and Curt Gowdy TU chapters as well.  Thanks to all the folks that “made it over the hill”.

All photos courtesy of bhpimaging
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Fly Fishing Film Tour Coming To Laramie

April 21st, 7pm, University of Wyoming Education Auditorium. Pricing for tickets will be:  UWyo Students FREE, otherwise $8 in advance/$10 at the door for general admission. Sales of tickets will be online, at Four Seasons Anglers, directly from all three TU chapters involved, and from the University Flycasters.  Please feel free to come by and grab tickets to distribute to friends as well as posters to put up in your workplace, on your fridge, etc.  The funds we raise through this event will support the growth of our local chapter through projects, events, education, and more. You can see our tour date listed on the Fly Fishing Film Tour website at http://www.flyfishingfilmtour.com/

More info to follow later today including detailed ticketing info on where to buy and online availability.

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