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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Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting with Lindsey Jacobs

Lindsey Jacobs will be our speaker on March 19th, 2018

Lindsey Jacobs is the Upstate Field Organizer for Conservation Voters of South Carolina. A former lawyer, Lindsey left her practice last year to focus her efforts on grassroots organizing. She joined CVSC's UPowerSC campaign in February to educate and activate South Carolinians in the Upstate around clean energy and energy efficiency. Lindsey joins us to share about CVSC's innovative UPowerSC campaign, a central part of which utilizes the power of film and storytelling to inspire new advocates to action. Lindsey will also provide a short legislative update on pending energy legislation and suggest ways that TU-Mountain Bridge members can get involved!

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Feb
24
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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Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting

Our next regular Monthly Meeting will be February 19th at the Mauldin Cultural Center, beginning at 6:30 pm. 

George Durdziak, will be our guest speaker.

George, is a past president of MBTU and known as “ one of the retired guys” Visit his website- retiredguysworld.com
His presentation will be about catching Big Fish in Alaska, the Pere Marquette River in Michigan, Cannons River in Michigan, Big Cedar and Little River in Virginia.

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Field Day with Naturaland Trust and Upstate Forever

Privet Removal on the South Saluda River
February 2018

Naturaland Trust and Upstate Forever are teaming up to remove Chinese privet and Japanese honeysuckle along the South Saluda River this weekend. 

If you enjoy hiking and fishing along this stretch of river, come join us and bring a rod for some angling and hiking afterwards. 
 

Saturday, February 10 |  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  

Mountain Bridge Wilderness area

Near Wildcat Wayside State Park

5334-5434 SC-11 Geer Highway

Cleveland, SC 29635


Driving instructions from Greenville:

Take Highway 276 North toward Cleveland.

Pass Cleveland First Baptist Church on the left.

Bear left as Highway 276 North merges with SC-11/Geer Highway

Continue approximately 4.2 miles west toward Wildcat Wayside State Park
 

After passing Lawton Road on the right, property is on the south side of SC-11/Geer Highway. Park on the side of the road at the dirt turn-off at the telephone pole and red gate. There is additional parking on the side of SC-11/Geer Highway in front of Wildcat Branch Falls.


Click this link to view on Google Maps
We will have a couple of signs so be on the lookout.

Materials

Comfortable shoes, work gloves and water always encouraged. If you have a shovel or other tools, please bring them with you. Light refreshments will be available. Short hike (mile or so) available on property after clean up for those who want to join.

 

Volunteer Forms

Please click on, print and fill out volunteer application, waiver and photo release forms. You can bring them the day of or scan and email them back to ggoldsmith@upstateforever.org

Carpooling
If you want to carpool please e-mail Ginger Goldsmith at ggoldsmith@upstateforever.org or call Ginger's cell 843.469.8465 by Friday, February 9th at Noon.
 
Otherwise please follow above directions if you are driving yourself.

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Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

Trash Pickup sponsored by the Naturaland Trust and The Nature Conservancy

Naturaland Trust and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have adopted the section of E. Preston McDaniel that runs between the Nine Times Forest and the Nine Times Preserve. This weekend, on Saturday, we would love to see you there. 

We need volunteers to help pick up trash along our 2 Miles of E. Preston McDaniel Rd between the Nine Times Preserve and the Nine Times Forest. Afterwards we can show you the new hiking trails we've been working on. 

What:     Pick up roadside trash as part of the SCDOT Adopt-a-Highway Program

When:    Saturday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m.  Should take about 2 hours

Where:   Intersection of Nine Times Rd and E. Preston McDaniel Rd in Pickens County

Trash bags, reflective vests and rubber gloves provided.  We need 8-10 people to make short work of it.  

We will cancel only if heavy rain. If you have any questions and to let us know you're coming, please email Mac Stone: macstone@naturalandtrust.org

As always, thanks for your support.

Naturaland Trust

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Jan
20
8:00 AM08:00

MBTU OUTING ALERT - Tuckaseegee, Chattooga or French Broad

MBTU OUTING ALERT - Tuckaseegee, Chattooga or French Broad

This coming Saturday, January 20, MBTU Member David Lynch will fish either the Tuckaseegee, Chattooga or French Broad near Rosman. If you want to fish on Saturdayand need a partner, contact David directly via his email address. dwwyche92@gmail.com

You can meetup and car pool from Greenville. 

Please remember to take some pictures of your outing and send me a report.  You just might get your pictures and story posted on our MBTU website.

Remember....Life is too short to miss out.

Ed Watanabe

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Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Chattooga River Outing

MBTU OUTING ALERT - CHATTOOGA RIVER

This coming Friday January 19th, Ken Baerwalde MBTU member will be fishing the Chattooga River. Ken is an excellent fly fisher and has fished the Chattooga often.

If you want to fish with him, meet up at The Chattooga River Fly Shop, 6832A Highlands Hwy, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 at 9:00 am sharp.You will caravan from the fly shop to the river.

If the weather becomes a factor or plans change, Ken will let me know and I will blast out an alert again.

Life is too short to miss out.

Ed Watanabe

972-898-7929

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