Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

August Monthly Meeting with Brady's Handmade Nets

Our August Monthly meeting will be held August 19th and will feature Joshua Brady of Brady’s Handmade Nets.

https://www.bradyshandmadenets.com/

Brady’s Handmade Nets is a custom net company founded by two guys who love to fish but broke their net. With some fabrication skills in our back pocket and a wood shop in the back yard we decided to build our own net. What started out as a personal replacement, quickly turned into orders with help from social media platforms. Before long Brady’s Handmade Nets was born. Two years later we are proud to offer the highest quality, affordably priced custom nets available. Made in Spartanburg, SC our nets can be completely custom made from hoop to handle. The level of customization is only limited by your creativity and your involvement! Brady’s Nets carries domestic woods such as Walnut and Maple, as well as exotic woods for customer requests. For more information or custom builds please contact us at bradyshandmadenets@gmail.com

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Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

Fly Fishing Film Tour at Brewery 85 in Greenville SC

The Mountain Bridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited is proud to bring you the 2019 premiere of the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Greenville, SC at Brewery 85.

This 4th annual fundraiser will benefit the Mountain Bridge Chapter of TU, a volunteer organization delivering on local Projects for Conservation, Youth Education, and Veteran Services.

Doors open at 5pm for the pre-party, and the show starts at 7pm - Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Come for prizes, raffles, auctions, games, and fly-fishing vendors.

See www.mountainbridgetu.org for more information.

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Jul
10
8:00 AM08:00

Chattooga River Fish Sampling with SCDNR

Reminder to TU volunteers about the Chattooga sampling on July 10. 

Of course as always this will happen only if flows allow, and that is generally a "game time" decision.  The plan is to sample the Spoonauger site just up from Burrells Ford.  Any help from TU will be greatly appreciated.

Contact Gary Davis for more information and to let him know if you are attending at: gdavis6032@sbcglobal.net

 

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Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Meeting, Fly Tying and Gear Swap

Our next Monthly Meeting will be June 17th. We will have fly tying and a gear swap along with a short presentation about our conservation project at Matthews Creek. Bring your fly tying tools and fly fishing gear for the swap!

Gary Davis will give us an update on the Matthews Creek Project and Mike Liebrecht will present on a recreation program he is developing with Greenville Recreation and Parks

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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Fly Tying Demonstration with Mountain Bridge at REI Greenville

On June 15th at REI, MBTU will have a fly tying demonstration near the front door of the store! Store opens at 10:00

This is a first for MBTU and REI and should expose MBTU to another great environmental/conservation sensitive group. Our world famous fly tyers will be there again to show their skills.

REI is a new MBTU supporter who will also participate in the Film Fest this year. 

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Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Mountain Bridge and Dale Jr. at Cabela's

Ok, guys and gals...this coming Saturday, June 8, Dale Earnhardt Jr...the famous NASCAR driver will be at Cabela's! He might be a fly fisher!? He will be signing autographs and taking selfies with all MBTU members! His table will be right next to the MBTU table!

The doors will open at 9:00 am and MBTU will have a table with smiling faces and fly tiers demonstrating their tying skills and answering questions. Of course...Shug will be there with his place card promoting MBTU...and you can pet him if you sign up a new MBTU member.


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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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May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Roadside 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.     

DIRECTIONS: Go Northwest on US HWY 276 through Travelers Rest. From the last traffic light in Travelers Rest at the Sunrift Outfitters store (on the right), continue on US 276 for 13.3 miles (it combines with US 11 after a few miles) to the pull-out on the right at the river (river is behind the trees on the left). If coming from the Spartanburg area, continue on US 11 to where it joins US 276 going west. Continue on US 11/276 for 2.8 miles past the “F-Mart“ store to the pull-out on the right at the river.

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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, 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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