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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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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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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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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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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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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