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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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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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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Aug
25
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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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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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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Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting with Greg Falls of Big Sky Anglers

Our next regular Monthly Meeting will be January 15th at the Mauldin Cultural Center, beginning at 6:30 pm. 

Greg Falls will be our speaker.

Greg Falls has guided in Montana since 2000, and for Big Sky Anglers since we were founded in 2004.  He is based out of Wolf Creek, Montana, and focusing his guiding skills on the Missouri River. Greg is one of the finest guides anywhere in Montana, but his knowledge of the Missouri River is unsurpassed. Quality conversation, patient and thoughtful instruction, and great angling are trademarks of his guide trips.  On the broad and seemingly featureless flats of the Missouri, there are a few guides and anglers who seem to have a type of sixth sense for the where, when, why, and how of the trout.  Greg is one of those people.

A native of Georgia, Greg ventured out to Montana for the first time in 1986 to hunt pheasants and fish the famous Missouri River. Something about the pace of life, and those pods of big rainbows really got to him.  After several more hunting and fishing vacations to the area, Greg moved to Wolf Creek permanently in 1996 to live year round on the Missouri River.

During the winter off-season, Greg has spent time in Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, and the Missouri River Canyon working with wood, building wooden drift boats and fine furniture alongside a couple different local woodworkers. His travels have taken him to Thailand from time to time as well. Most recently, he has been traveling back to Georgia for the winter to hang out with family and visit old friends in the South.  Come spring, though, he’ll be back where he belongs, hunting heads on the Mo.

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Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Fishing Outing on the Eastatoe

MBTU OUTING ALERT - This coming Saturday November 25, the MBTU Outing Group will fish Eastatoe Creek Dug Mountain Access and/or Hemlock Hollow Access. Members of MBTU helped SCDNR stock trout both Dug Mountain and Hemlock Hollow on Monday November 20 so fishing should still be good.

We will meet at the Dug Mountain parking lot at 9:00 am. Refer to the attached map #47 if you need directions.

Please RSVP me so we will be on the lookout for you.

Life is too short to miss out.

Ed Watanabe

972-898-7929

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Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting

Alex Bell will be our guest speaker.

Alex Bell, the owner of AB's Fly Fishing is a co-creator of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, the nation's first of its kind, as well as a certified adaptive fly fishing instructor.  Alex is an easy-going guide who knows his sole job for your day is to keep you happy.  You'll cast your line, enjoy the views, eat when hungry, warm up when cold, and take a break or keep fishing based on your desires.  Alex will do his best to make sure you catch a few fish too.

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Road Side Clean Up on Hwy 276

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
16
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting

Gerrit Jobsis of American Rivers will be our guest speaker. https://www.americanrivers.org/about-us/staff/

Gerrit joined American Rivers in 2005 after working four years for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League as Rivers Project Director under a partnership with American Rivers. Prior to that he worked more than a dozen years for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on a broad array of environmental and recreation issues affecting rivers and wetlands.

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Oct
7
8:30 AM08:30

Upper Saluda River Sweep

A river clean-up with Save Our Saluda and Foothills Paddling Club

When? Saturday, October 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where? Meet at Sunrift Adventures 1 Center Street in Travelers Rest What do I need to bring/wear? • Hard sole closed toe shoes that can get wet • Long pants and long shirt • Water bottle • Work gloves (we will have limited supply)

Beach Sweep River Sweep is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina's beaches and waterways. Organized by S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources (dnr.sc.gov/bsrs)

To sign up, please visit http://www.foothillspaddlingclub.org/club-events/35-rivercleanups/366-saluda-river-cleanup.html

For questions, please contact Melanie at 270-7629 or paddlerma@gmail.com Please join us afterward from 6-10 pm to celebrate at Quest Brewing!

Foothills Paddling Club will be hosting their annual paddling film festival and a food truck will be there. So plan to come out for fun, films, food and a frothy beverage!

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Project Healing Waters Healing Saturday

SUPPORT THE RECOVERY OF DISABLED VETERANS

"HEALING SATURDAY"

SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT " LUTHI'S OUTFITTERS "  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. will be hosting daylong events to raise funds and awareness of their cause for the injured and disabled veterans we serve.   

We will be at Luthi's from 10 AM to 6 PM -- There will be Fly Casting demonstration by top fly casters representing key fly rod manufacturers.  There will be hands on instruction on how to cast.  Fly Rods built by and decorated by veterans will be shown

This is your opportunity to give back to the men and women who have made great sacrifices for our great nation.

For more information contact :

Chuck Rouse

tel: 864-335-8938 

cell: 864-423-5372 

c.rouse@earthlink.net

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Sep
23
8:30 AM08:30

Kayak Fishing at Berry Shoals in Duncan SC

Ok kayak fishermen...We are planning a kayak outing on Saturday September 23rd. We will fish Berry's Shoals Pond in Duncan SC. Our preliminary plans are to meet at Brown's Tackle Shop at 8:30 am. We will fish until noonish and break for a bring-your-own-lunch. There are several nice picnic areas. We can continue to fish after lunch if you want. Please RSVP so we will be on the lookout for you. 

Life is too short to miss out. 

Ed Watanabe

C-972-898-7929

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Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting at Mauldin Cultural Center

Melanie Ruhlman, President of Save Our Saluda, will be our speaker!

https://www.saveoursaluda.org/

Melanie Ruhlman is a water resources specialist with over 20 years of professional experience in water resource assessment and planning. Her professional career has included work in industry, government, and private consulting in Atlanta, Athens, and Greenville. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University and master’s degree in Forest Hydrology from the University of Georgia. Melanie’s areas of expertise include watershed assessment and planning, stormwater management, watershed hydrology, water quality, erosion and sediment control, stream surveys, soils, wetlands, public outreach and education, and technical writing. She currently serves as President of Save Our Saluda, an all-volunteer citizen based watershed group whose mission is to protect and restore the Saluda River Watershed. Melanie enjoys life on the North Saluda River in Marietta, South Carolina with her husband and two children. She loves paddling, camping, biking, hiking and gardening.

 

https://www.mountainbridgetu.org/monthly-meetings/

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Sep
1
to Sep 4

Labor Day Weekend Backpacking and Fishing on Noland's Creek

Labor Day weekend. This is an outing message from MBTU Outings member Andy Moore - Backpacking and fishing Nolan Creek. 

 

"I've already booked some campsites on Noland creek for this (Labor Day) weekend. If anyone is interested in backpacking Noland creek, they would need to go ahead and book campsites accordingly. Me and my buddy are staying at Smokies Backcountry campsite #65 Friday night and #64 Saturdayand Sunday night if anyone is interested in joining us." 

Andy Moore

If anyone is interested, please contact Andy directly.  See his email address below.

awmoor5503@gmail.com

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Aug
26
9:00 AM09:00

Roadside Clean Up on Hwy 276

August 26th at 9:00 am See website for directions and more information.

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. 

Conservation Day Trip To Matthew's Creek Conservation Site

August 26th is our Highway Cleanup on Hwy 276 of our Adopt-a-Highway section, afterwards we will make a trip to visit the Matthew's Creek Restoration Site, a current Mountain Bridge TU project. Come Join Us!

After the clean up project, we will meet back at the "pull-off" around 10:00am and will travel up to Matthew's Creek Restoration Site. This is a current MBTU Conservation Project. This is an opportunity for MBTU members to see first hand one of our conservation efforts protecting our cold water fisheries in the Upstate. 

Bonus - MBTU will provide a free hotdog lunch to all Matthew's Creek attendees! Please RSVP me by this Thursday so we will know how many "dogs" to provide. 

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Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting - Fly Tying Night

Our regular Monthly Meeting will be July 17th at the Mauldin Cultural Center, beginning at 6:30 pm. This will be our "Fly Tying" night. Bring your fly tying setups if you like. We will have members set up to assist and instruct in tying some flies.

Come early for casting practice and instruction on the lawn!

Mauldin Cultural Center

101 East Butler Road

Mauldin, SC 29662

Meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Light snacks are provided.

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Jul
15
8:00 AM08:00

Forest Service Culvert Survey

In cooperation with the US Forest Service, Mountain
Bridge Trout Unlimited will continue our culvert survey project on
July 15th. Those that want to help with culvert surveys should meet at
the US Forest Service office, (not the fly shop) in Mt. Rest on Hwy 28
north of Walhalla at 8:00 am. Be prepared with food and water.  We
will be wading small streams and bushy areas.  Bring your mosquito
spray. Afterwards we will fish the Chattooga or Chauga, if interested.

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Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Mountain Bridge TU Family Picnic

Our 2017 Mountain Bridge TU Family Picnic will be held Friday, June 2nd at the lake and picnic shed of Herman Walker’s farm, north of Travelers Rest, SC. We will begin at 6:00 pm, but come earlier if you would like. This is a popular event, so come and bring your family members, spouse, kids, grand kids, friends, etc. As always, the chapter will furnish the meat   (Bar-B-Q pre-cooked), bread, paper plates & napkins, and plastic forks/knives and we are asking each member to bring a dish of your choice to share with everyone.

In addition, you will need to bring your own drinks, cooler, and lawn chairs for relaxing. There will be opportunities to fish for bream and bass in the lake from the shore, so bring your gear if you like.

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May
7
9:00 AM09:00

May 7, 2017 Trail Cleanup at Asbury Hills with Orvis Greenville

From Our Friends at Orvis, Greenville

HELP US CLEAN UP TRASH AND CLEAR TRAILS AT ASBURY HILLS METHODIST CAMP

Come join Orvis Greenville May 7, 2017 from 9AM - 4PM while we perform trail maintenance and improvements along Matthews Creek in northern Greenville County on Asbury Hills property. Orvis Pledges 5% of Pre-Tax profit to Conservation Initiatives. In addition, Orvis Greenville wants to contribute on a local level with man-hours and community building. This is a volunteer effort so any time that you can contribute is greatly appreciated!

The following items are recommended and encouraged:    

  • Please wear weather-appropriate clothing, shoes, work gloves, and bring your own snacks (Orvis will supply water for drinking)
  • Long pants and boots or shoes that may get muddy are suggested;
  • Poison ivy, long grass, and potential for stinging insects are always a possibility when one goes out in the woods, be prepared
  • Bring your saws, rakes, shovels, and safety glasses if you care to use them or let others use them
  • Respect for the Landowner

 

Afterwards you are welcome to hang out and fish. Anyone unfamiliar with this small wild trout stream will be rewarded with it's seclusion, scenic beauty and fishing action. Bring your Adams, Caddis, or favorite dry/dropper combo and we can see who ends up hooking up with "Mr. Big".

 

If you have any questions or are unable to make it, please give us a call here at the store: 864-240-4284 or send us an email at retail-greenvillestr652@orvis.com.  Otherwise, we look forward to volunteering with you on May 7!

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