Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Meeting Minutes – November 14, 2018
Tom Vanderputten Jim Phillips Leonard Gustin Nick Christofeno Mike Beachy
Wayne Andrews Keith Loutzenhiser John Hollister Jake Snyder Scott Lehman
- The meeting minutes for October 10, 2018 were approved
- Mike reported the following from the Catch/Release section but not the restricted (deer) area. He lost a giant brown (estimated 25”) on black/purple clouser. Mike also reported fishing the Deschutes River (Oregon) on November 10th Mike reported the river was difficult to fish while wading but he did catch one rainbow.
- Nick reported fishing on November 10th from the Well Field to the Park, and catching 4-5 browns using a white clouser.
- Leonard reported fishing the Rowe-Eden earlier this month and catching a couple of browns using a white streamer.
- Keith Loutzenhiser submitted the financial report for Nov. 2018. The total summary for all accounts was $ 26,810.18
- LECTU received $ 50 donation from Dr. Burns
- The annual TU report has been filed.
- LECTU needs to file 990 to maintain non-profit status. TU national will need a copy of this 990 and receipt from the IRS (rshane@TU.org). TU will not reimburse LECTU for membership dues until the 990 is received.
- The fall newsletter was sent out on November 12th.
Corson County Park
- The name be Corson Nature Preserve County Park
- Mike met with Rhonda DeCaire and Daragh Degan concerning Catch/Release intentions. The County Parks will approach it with a conservation/preservation attitude. The park is not suited for bank fishing, nor will it be developed like Bonneyville Mill Park.
- The preliminary information is to keep the park as wild and natural as possible. Only one parking area, one pavilion, and one or two trails.
- Mike will meet with County Board in December or January for discussion
- The county is in favor of Catch/Release. See section below regarding LECTU efforts to assist the County Parks with that endeavor.
Catch and Release Proposal for New Park (Re-Copied from December 13, 2017 Minutes)
- Redraft old proposal into new proposal
- Start working on names of the people we need to lobby regarding proposal
- Research names and addresses of property owners across the river from new park
- Draft the letter to be sent. Meet with each person to explain and answer questions
LECTU Stream Work
- Completed joint project with Middlebury Parks on the Krider Park log jam. Project went smoothly with the help of the Park’s Bob-Cat.
- Very little cutting but lots of large log/debris removal.
- The project lasted 4-5 hours.
Project Work Trailer
- Application for title was denied by BMV again. The LECTU Federal ID and State ID do not match.
- It is possible the LECTU ID on the IRS form 990 will match.
- It will be submitted for a third time.
Heartland (Indy) Fly Show
- LECTU received a reminder that the date will be January 19th and 20th. The set-up will be on Friday January 18th.
- Keith and his wife will not be able to attend this year. Since she was the big raffle ticket seller, we need a replacement super-salesperson. Mike mentioned the possibility of his niece.
- Since this is the first show where LECTU sells tickets for the annual raffle and outing, we discussed changing the name from Adopt-a-Trout to something more general with the emphasis on the stream work and habitat restoration.
- Need to have raffle tickets for this show. The decision was made to feature a 9’ 5wt Helios Rod and Mirage Reel from Orvis as next year’s outing prize
- This show will be February 9th. Mike spoke with Curley Hodgson and LECTU will have two spaces again this year.
Formerly Known as A-A-T
- The prize for the annual outing drawing formerly known as Adopt-A-Trout has arrived. It is the Orvis H3 9ft 5wt and Mirage Reel.
- LECTU needs to contact Middlebury Parks and reserve Saturday May 4, 2019.
- After the reservation is secure the tickets for the outing can be printed.
Annual Outing Items
- Reserve the Riverbend Park for Saturday May 4, 2019
- Submit application for raffle license
- Print tickets (2,500 mailers/1,000 handouts, different colors)
- Finalize guest speaker (Steve Mack is working with the Asian Carp guy). In addition Steve has some fund raising ideas once the speaker is decided.
- Print fliers (500 tri-fold mailers/1,000 flat) and FKA A-A-T letter.
Fly Tying Sessions
- The dates decided were the last Saturday of each month.
- Dec. 29, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30.
- Need to order 9 hams for delivery to the home owners on the Catch/Release section
- Nick will order the hams.
- Leonard talked with Larry Koza about the stocking program for 2019. The trout stocking program has not been discussed. Leonard discussed the benefits of catch/release with Larry, and with talk with him again in two to three months.
Next Meeting - December 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library
Tom Vanderputten - Secretary