Pisgah Fly Fishing School
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Pisgah Fly Fishing School

Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM

Harmon Field, Tryon, NC on the Pacolet River

A complete class on fly fishing for beginners including: - Equipment used for fly fishing - Casting, including overhead, side arm and roll casts - Entomology, what trout eat and fly selection - On the water demonstrations and techniques

- Line Management and Knots - Fly Tying - materials provided - On River Safety and Etiquette Plus a separate half day of on-stream fishing with a mentor!

Adults: $150 Youth 12 to 18: $100 5-Rivers Students: $125 Bring your own bag lunch or add $15 for a Mediterranean wrap from the Purple Onion.

Lunch is only 30 minutes thus you will need to stay on site.

Registration form can be found at PisgahTU.org. Mail registration and make check payable to:

Pisgah Trout Unlimited PO Box 2439 Brevard, NC. 28712

Registration Deadline is April 16, 2019

Our Mission Conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Western North Carolina region.


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Monthly Meeting, Guest Speaker James Keith Whalen
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting, Guest Speaker James Keith Whalen

Come join us, May 20th for our Monthly Meeting!

James Keith Whalen is the Forest Fish Biologist for the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests in South Carolina.  He has been the Forest Fish biologist here in South Carolina since 2016.  He has been a Fish Biologist for the Forest Service for 20 years.  Before coming to South Carolina he was the Forest Fish Biologist on the Ozark/St. Francis National Forests in Arkansas for 12 years.  Before that he was a Biologist with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station-Coldwater Fisheries Unit out of Blacksburg, Virginia for 5 years.  He has a BS degree in Forestry – Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech and MS degree from James Madison University in Biology.  He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia fishing in the tributaries of the New River and the headwaters of the Holston River. 

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Monthly Meeting, At Wofford College in Spartanburg Guest Speaker Brandon Barber
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting, At Wofford College in Spartanburg Guest Speaker Brandon Barber

Our Monthly Meeting for April will be held on the campus of Wofford College

COME HEAR BRANDON BARBER OF RIVERBLADE KNIFE AND FLY SHOP PRESENT:

“NEW TREND IN TROUT FISHING- MICRO SPEY AND SKAGIT TECHNIQUES AND EQUIPMENT.  PLUS A FEW TIPS FOR CATCHING MORE TROUT.”

www.riverbladeknifeandfly.com

Brandon Barber, currently owner and operator of RiverBlade Knife & Fly Shop on HWY 9 in Spartanburg SC.  I have been fly fishing for 35 years, started chasing the bluegill and bass around my uncles pond with my dad as a kid.  Continued to fly fish for warm water species through high school and started trout fishing once I got into college.  I started doing guided trips for trout in 2001, travelling from Aiken County as I woroked as a Pathology PA at the time.  I moved to Spartanburg in 2005 and guided for the South Holston River Fly Shop (Champion Outfitters at the time) in 2006.  I opened RiverBlade Knife & Fly Shop in 2010 and have been doing that ever since.  I specialize in teaching newcomers and beginners how to fly fish and my guided trips are catered to that.  I have caught numerous species of fish on the fly over the years including, but not limited to, trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass and hybrids, bluegill and other panfish, carp, longnose gar, crappie and catfish.

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Night Out

Upstate SC Chapter RMEF Night Out

Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:00 PM

Dear Friend of Conservation,

One Big Day. One Great Event! Join us for fun, delicious food, great friends and to give back to Elk Country by attending the Upstate SC RMEF's Night Out @ Saskatoon on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 6:00 PM! We are very pleased and excited about our new venue and event format at the Saskatoon Lodge & Event Center. This casual event will have fast paced fun with Guns, Guns & more Guns!!! We will have games & raffles plus a Super Silent Auction (new this year). Tickets are limited so purchase your ticket today. Also, your admission ticket automatically enters you in the door prize drawings with a chance to win lots of great items plus a .243 scoped rifle! This is the do-not-miss social event of the year with a chance to win top notch firearms, premium hunts and lots of items and jewelry for the ladies too! What prize will you win at this year’s event?

Tickets: https://events.rmef.org/shop/upstatesc

Contact for More Information: Rick L. Addis • (864) 313-7471, RickLAddis@gmail.com

Saskatoon Lodge & Event Center

681 Halton Road

Greenville, SC 29607

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Montly Meeting, Guest Speaker Debbie Gillespie
Mar
18
6:30 PM18:30

Montly Meeting, Guest Speaker Debbie Gillespie

DEBBIE GILLESPIE WILL BE OUR MARCH SPEAKER. COME JOIN US MARCH 18 TO HEAR HER PRESENTATION

“CATCH AND RELEASE: THE RIGHT WAY”

Debbie was born in upstate SC, and grew up in a fishing family . She spent much of her formative years chasing stripers and largemouth in the large reservoirs of SC. While attending college in the mountains of SC, she became a competitive mountain bike racer and spent her free time exploring the hills of western NC. While ripping around the local trails had taken her all over the Appalachians, the explorer in her longed to see parts of the mountains you can't get to by bike.

Picking up a fly rod was a natural progression, and Debbie was hooked. She has fished for trout all over the country, and learned to row on Montana’s Yellowstone River. Debbie  has spent time on most of the popular trout streams in Western NC, and some that most people have never heard of. She  prefers small ,difficult to reach wild trout streams.....which are plentiful in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Debbie is a full time guide at Davidson River Outfitters in Pisgah Forest NC, and lives in Travelers Rest SC. 

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Mar
15
to Mar 17

DAVIDSON RIVER CAMP OUT MARCH 15 TO MARCH 17

  • davidson river campground (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

MBTU OUTING ALERT - DAVIDSON RIVER CAMP OUT MARCH 15 TO MARCH 17

OK....The MBTU 2019 spring camp out has been reserved for March 15th Friday to Sunday March 17th at the Davidson River Campground.

If you want to attend, you must make your own tent site reservations. I suggest that you do that as soon as possible as campsites will book up fast for spring camping and fishing. The MBTU main camp site is #045. We will hangout at the main site and have our famous Saturday evening dinner. Helmuth will make his world famous award winning peach and blueberry cobbler in his Dutch Oven. 

If you want to just fish and have dinner with some of the best outstanding MBTU guys/gals...you can come up on Saturday. 

More information will be sent out as we get closer to the date. If you are going to attend, please let me know.

Life is too short to miss out.
Ed Watanabe
Outing Co-chair.
972-898-7929

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Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Road Side Clean Up February 23, 2019

South Saluda River Clean Up Information

We will be cleaning up the South Saluda River at the "Rock Vanes" and the Adopt-A-Mile clean up of the Highway 11/276 right-of-way two mile stretch adjacent to the Rock Vane area and then fish the Rock Vane area of the stream. We will begin at 9:00 am and it should only take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete the clean up.

Bring gloves and come join us for this worthwhile effort! 

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Jan
21
6:30 PM18:30

January Monthly Meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday the 21st. We will be hosting our first ever Fly Fishing and Outdoor gear Swap/Buy/Sell/Trade event.

Come join us at our January Monthly Meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday the 21st. We will be hosting our first ever Fly Fishing and Outdoor gear Swap/Buy/Sell/Trade event.

Bring gear you have to buy/sell/trade/swap, including fishing gear, camping gear, outdoor clothes, boots, shoes, waders, Kayak, Kayak accessories. No firearms or ammo, please. This should be a big event and a great opportunity to free up some space in your garage and snag a great deal on some used gear.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Road Side Clean Up Along Hwy 276 and Fishing

South Saluda River Clean Up Information

We will be cleaning up the South Saluda River at the "Rock Vanes" and the Adopt-A-Mile clean up of the Highway 11/276 right-of-way two mile stretch adjacent to the Rock Vane area and then fish the Rock Vane area of the stream. We will begin at 9:00 am and it should only take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete the clean up. Afterwards, we will fish the rock vane area or go to the Eastatoe River, if the rock vane area is poor fishing. Orange safety vests and plastic bags will be provided (we also have about 10 pick-up "grabbers" for you to use). You should bring and wear gloves. Come join us for this beneficial effort. We always have loads of fun for a very worthwhile cause.  

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Oct
31
9:00 AM09:00

Eastatoe Stocking with SCDNR

SCDNR (Dan Rankin) needs help stocking trout in the Eastatoe Creek at Dug Mountain parking area at 9:00am on Oct. 31 (Happy Halloween). The site is #42 in the SCDNR Trout Guide. It is 1.3 miles north off Hwy 11 on Roy F. Jones Road on the right after crossing Eastatoe Creek. The Roy F. Jones Road intersection is 4.9 miles traveling west from the intersection of Hwy 178 and Hwy 11. Contact Gary Davis if you can help or need further information  at  636-346-0413  gdavis6032@.sbcglobal.net.

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Tie One On for Casting Carolinas Team Challenge
Oct
27
8:30 AM08:30

Tie One On for Casting Carolinas Team Challenge

https://castingcarolinas.com/tournament/

Join us on Saturday October 27th for the 6th annual “Tie One On for Casting Carolinas Team Challenge” presented by Mission Health. The Tournament will be held on Raven Fork in Cherokee. Teams of two anglers in Professional, Amateur and Alumnae Divisions compete in this fun tournament for cash and great prizes!! Just $250 per team. To sign up or sponsor go to www.castingcarolinas.com “Tournament page.” To volunteer or for more information contact Josh Garris: josh@castingcarolinas.com. There will be live music, BBQ and a silent auction on the day of the event. All proceeds go directly toward funding Casting Carolinas retreats and programs.

 

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Oct
18
to Oct 21

Davidson River Camp Out and Fishing

MBTU OUTING ALERT - DAVIDSON RIVER CAMP OUT - OCTOBER 18TH TO OCTOBER 21ST.

Ok...this is your chance to experience a MBTU camp out and fishing trip on the Davidson River in North Carolina. MBTU has reserved camping site #045 by the river. This site will be the main site where we will hang out, have one main feast  together...probably Saturday dinner...and tell fishing stories about the one that got away. Helmuth will make his world famous Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler! All MBTU members and guests are invited. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP. More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date. 

You must reserve your own campsite near the main MBTU #045 site. I suggest that you select your campsite early because they will fill up fast during this time of year.

If you want to join us for this outing, go to: 

www.recreation.gov/camping/davidson-river/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70204

 

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Oct
15
8:30 AM08:30

Fish Sampling with SCDNR

SCDNR (Dan Rankin) needs help conducting a fish sampling on the Whitewater River. Waders will be needed. It will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at 8:30am 1/8 mile east from the bridge across Whitewater River (35°01'07.60" N/82°59'42.99" W ). Take Whitewater Falls Hwy (Hwy 130) north from Hwy 11 10 miles to the entrance to the Duke Power Bad Creek facility. Turn right into the facility and follow the road down the hill and turn left at the first left into the adm/maintenance site and the parking lot for the Foothills Trail. Turn right onto the gravel road (gate should be open) and follow to meeting area after crossing the bridge over the Whitewater River. Contact Gary Davis if you can help or need further information at  636-346-0413  gdavis6032@.sbcglobal.net.  

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Sep
14
to Sep 16

Casting for Hope's Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer Patient/Survivor and Caregiver Retreat

Casting for Hope's Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer Patient/Survivor and Caregiver Retreat is September 14-16 at the Casting for Hope Retreat Center in Bakersville (Mitchell County) NC.

 

Our guests are treated to a weekend "away from it all" in order to de-stress, enjoy a quiet setting, share cancer-journey stories, learn new things, and be pampered by people who care.  This retreat is FREE...no cost to the patients and caregivers who attend.

To see what a weekend like this has to offer view this site:

http://castingforhope.org/our-retreat-programs/

Here are the words of a caregiver who attended the June retreat:

"I continue to reflect on the amazing Casting for Hope weekend.  Everything was so well planned and just perfect in spite of the rain.  The speakers, food, gifts and fly-fishing experience are so much appreciated.  I am grateful for the experience."

We will be grateful, too, if you would mention the retreat to any one in your network who may be interested in attending.

For more information, email me at kathy@castingforhope.org or call me at 828-712-2716.  

Well wishes,

Kathy

 

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Aug
23
to Aug 26

CAMP OUT AT THE CATALOOCHEE CAMPGROUND  

Save the date for August 23rd to August 26th for an MBTU camp out to the Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

MBTU has reserved campsite #19 as the main campsite. There are 14 other campsites still available as of today. If you want to join us, go to:

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/cataloochee-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72293

to reserve your own campsite. More details and information will be coming as we get closer to the date...but we will have one main dinner for everyone at the MBTU campsite. Maybe...MBTU member Helmuth will make his world-famous peach cobbler!

Mark White has camped and fished Cataloochee and loves it!

Life is too short to miss out.

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Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Road Side Clean Up along Hwy 276 and Fishing

South Saluda River Clean Up Information

We will be cleaning up the South Saluda River at the "Rock Vanes" and the Adopt-A-Mile clean up of the Highway 11/276 right-of-way two mile stretch adjacent to the Rock Vane area and then fish the Rock Vane area of the stream. We will begin at 9:00 am and it should only take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete the clean up. Afterwards, we will fish the rock vane area or go to the Eastatoe River, if the rock vane area is poor fishing. Orange safety vests and plastic bags will be provided (we also have about 10 pick-up "grabbers" for you to use). You should bring and wear gloves. Come join us for this beneficial effort. We always have loads of fun for a very worthwhile cause.  

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Mountain Bridge Annual Picnic, This Year at Paris Mountain State Park

Mountain Bridge will hold our Annual Picnic on Friday, June 8th at the picnic shelter 001 at Paris Mountain State Park. Mountain Bridge will provide BBQ, buns, coleslaw, chips, baked beans, ice and condiments. Please bring a covered dish, deserts are welcome and your beverage of choice. There is a lake at the picnic shelter, so bring your gear if you would like.

 

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May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting with guest speaker Chuck Rouse

Come join us May 21st at our Monthly Meeting. Chuck Rouse will be our guest speaker!

Chuck has been a member of Trout Unlimited for 10 to 11 years and was one of the original developers of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program working with Jim Hopkins and Gordon Anderson.  His education background is Mechanical Engineering (ME) University of Youngstown and BS with majors in Psychology, Math, Chemistry and Economics from University of Pittsburgh; Almost a professional student, after serving in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1964 to 1970: with extensive foreign duty serving in Vietnam initially as a MAGV Advisor then onto MACV also based in the Philippines, Italy and Germany.  He currently does business consulting and project management specializing in logistics and supply chain activities. His last employment was President of All Star manufacturing in Lakeland FL and COO of Penco Products Hatfield, PA. He came to Greenville in 1999 as Executive VP of Engineered Products. Prior to that he worked through various companies: FROG Navigation Systems, Managing Director of the Americas (North, South and Central); Litton Industries, Sales and Marketing Director of Industrial Automation; Apogee Robotics, VP Sales and Marketing: Interlake, Director National Accounts and Systems Sales Manager East Coast; Standard Products and Application Engineer, Mathews Div. of Rexnord. He is Past Commander of American Legion Post 3 Greenville and currently serves as Commander of the Color / Honor Guard, Chair of the Public Relations Committee and serves on the finance committee.  He is married, 49 years, with two daughters and four granddaughters all outdoors people.

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May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Saluda River Road Side Clean Up and Fishing

South Saluda River Clean Up Information

We will be cleaning up the South Saluda River at the "Rock Vanes" and the Adopt-A-Mile clean up of the Highway 11/276 right-of-way two mile stretch adjacent to the Rock Vane area and then fish the Rock Vane area of the stream. We will begin at 9:00 am and it should only take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete the clean up. Afterwards, we will fish the rock vane area or go to the Eastatoe River, if the rock vane area is poor fishing. Orange safety vests and plastic bags will be provided (we also have about 10 pick-up "grabbers" for you to use). You should bring and wear gloves. Come join us for this beneficial effort. We always have loads of fun for a very worthwhile cause.  

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Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting with Andy Brown, Stream Restoration Manager

BIO: ANDY BROWN

Trout Unlimited: Stream Restoration Manager – Southern Appalachians

Andy Brown joined the employment of Trout Unlimited on April 17, 2017 as its Stream Restoration Manager for the Southern Appalachians.  Andy occupies the role formerly served by Damon Hearne.  Andy is collaborating with TU chapters, federal and state natural resource agencies, private landowners and other partners to advance the cause of coldwater fisheries conservation in the mountains of southwest Virginia to north Georgia and upstate South Carolina, including all points in between. 

Andy has degrees in public administration, environmental policy and planning and cultural anthropology.  For 14 years he served as the president and principal conservation planner for Equinox Environmental in Asheville NC, a for-profit consulting firm he founded in 1998 to facilitate conservation and sustainable development.  Andy is also a stonemason and novice blacksmith.  As for fishing, he’s always been more comfortable where he was born and raised on flat, blackwater rivers in northeast NC or in the sounds and surf of the Atlantic Ocean.  But he is now eager to round out his experience by getting more comfortable with a fly rod on swift moving trout waters!  Andy lives in Asheville, NC when he is not on his farm in Buladean (headwaters of Big Rock Creek; Mitchell County NC).  He is married for 24 years and has two daughters aged 17 and 25 and a grandson aged 5.

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Mar
22
to Mar 25

Davidson River Camp Out and Fishing

Ok...get out your camping equipment, camp stove, tent and bedroll from the garage attic and get ready to camp out and fly fish on the Davidson River this spring! We have a campsite reserved March 22nd to March 25th. Campsites will be a first-come-first-serve signup outing for a maximum 10 adults. MBTU Ladies...you are invited too! 

MBTU camp outings are really fun. Invision...sitting around a campfire telling your trout fishing stories! There are two approved times to stretch the truth...telling the weather forecast and fish stories...so plan to join other MBTU members to tell your story on March 22nd.

The 10 spots will fill up fast so please let me know if you are interested. 

If you have any questions contact me. More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date.

Life is too short to miss out.

Ed Watanabe

972-898-7929

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