Meetings, events

March 17, 2017

Here are 2016 highlights of chapter projects and activities, presented at the March 16 AGM.

March 6, 2017

Heads up on some important Trout Unlimited Oldman River Chapter Society events in the near future:

1. Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. March 16 at Theoretically Brewing Co., 1263 2nd Ave S, Lethbridge. On the agenda are three local students updating their research on area fisheries habitat:
• Jeremy Benson has been doing research on the winter habitat of Westslope Cutthroat in Gold Creek in the Crowsnest Pass as part of his U of L Master of Science work.
• Lethbridge College student Amy Russel will report on her findings on Ecological and Environmental Impacts of the Enviro Span Modular Culvert System on Six Mile Coulee Creek.
• Zach Southgate, also a Lethbridge College students, will be presenting on a Comparison of Fish Abundance in Reaches of the Elk River based on Catch Per-Unit Effort.
• The chapter will be electing its new executive.

2. We are raffling 2 days of professionally guided fishing on Bozeman, Mont. area waters, 2 nights of comfortable accommodations in one of Bozeman’s fine motels, and one evening of fine dining at one of Bozeman’s many outstanding restaurants as guests of the Madison-Gallatin Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Here’s a note from the guide, Dave Kumlien: “Bozeman Montana is known as the fly fishing for trout capital of the world. Within a 50-mile radius of Bozeman flow 100’s of miles of North America’s finest trout rivers, spring creeks, and streams including the Madison, the Gallatin, the Jefferson, the Big Hole, and the Yellowstone.”

This is a reciprocal arrangement between Trout Unlimited Oldman River Chapter and the Madison-Gallatin Chapter. Don Jensen, our chapter director for the St. Mary/Belly/ Waterton drainages, is providing a similar trip on the Elk and Oldman Rivers for the Madison-Gallatin Chapter as part of their dinner auction.

Second prize for our raffle is a Pieroway 4 wt. fly rod, thanks to Peter Degorter.

Third prize is Fishpond Savage Creek Chest Pack and a handcrafted wood landing net by Cedar Landing Nets Company, thanks to Vic Bergman at Crowsnest Angler.

If you can sell a book of tickets,  let us know early this week by responding to this email, or by contacting Peter Degorter at 403-315-1912, phone or text.
If you want to buy some – $10 each or 3 for $25 – let us know or pick them up either at the AGM on March 16th (see above) or at the Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club’s Fly Fest March 17-18 at the  German Canadian Club, 902 6 St N. Lethbridge.

The draw will be held at the Fly Fest, the night of March 18.

3. The Chapter will be manning a booth at the Fly Fest weekend, March 17-18 at the German Canadian Club. Besides selling raffle tickets, the chapter will be distributing angler diaries as part of an ongoing citizen’s science project to get angler input into the state of the fishery from those who know how to catch trout (and other species) in our rivers, streams and lakes on the fly. If you’d like to participate in the Chapter’s work by keeping track of what you’ve caught and where (generally), let Josh Markle know at josh.markle@gmail.com or see him at the AGM or Fly Fest.

4. The Chapter will be participating at a casino in Lethbridge Sept. 14 and 15 and needs volunteers to help out. This is our major fund-raiser for the next three years, so we really need some help. If you can volunteer – a shift of about 8 hours (I think), let Josh Markle, our VP and Casino Chair know at josh.markle@gmail.com.

2016 TU Oldman AGM – Jim McLennan speaking. 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 2016, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Lethbridge river valley

Cows and Fish WSCT workshop Feb. 24 at Chain Lakes

From Norine Ambrose, Cows and Fish – Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society executive director.

Please register early as we already have quite a few people registered.  Please share with relevant friends and colleagues.

Stakeholder Workshop Feb 24, 2015:

Hello friends and colleagues,

I want to personally invite you to attend and participate in an upcoming workshop, to discuss the future opportunities for conserving and improving habitat of the Westslope Cutthroat Trout, a threatened Alberta fish species.

Why attend?  You may want to attend for personal interest, to provide your input, learn more about these fish and their habitat or to share a perspective from your organisation or sector, and to take back what you learn to your neighbours and colleagues.

The objective of this workshop is to broaden awareness about the challenges facing westslope cutthroat trout, share ideas on what has been done recently and what can be done to improve their habitat.  Fisheries experts and riparian specialists will provide information on the status and habitat needs of this species, followed by a discussion.

We will have limited space, so register by February 17, 2015 (4pm):

http://wscutthroat-2015workshop.eventbrite.com

If you know someone else that you feel should attend, please pass this invitation onto them.  A detailed agenda will be sent out in a couple of weeks.

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