Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Meeting Minutes – May 9, 2018
Keith Loutzenhiser Tom Vanderputten John Hollister Rick Weidow Jim Phillips
Leonard Gustin Nick Christofeno Don Fiwek Wayne Andrews Mike Beachy
The minutes from the last meeting (April 11, 2018) were approved.
- Opening Day was a rainbow funfest, in addition 5 browns caught at CR 43 section
- High muddy water has been an issue
- Mike fished just below Wilbur Yoder property and caught both rainbows and browns
- Fly Fishing generally has been very good
- Keith Loutzenhiser submitted the financial report. The total summary for all accounts
was $ 28,027.66
- Check for $ 1,000 was sent to Mary Smith at Casting for Recovery
- The ticket total for Adopt-A-Trout was $ 6,225. The net estimate after deducting expenses (rod/reel, postage, printing, etc.) was approximately $ 3,000
- The 2018 outing income from all sources was $ 3,484. The net estimate after deducting expenses (tent rental, speaker, food, etc.) was approximately $ 1,000
- There was a story in the Eastern Fly Fishing magazine regarding The Little Elkhart River. It was generally agreed to not be truly representative of the real nature of the fishery
- After an exchange of emails between John Shewey (Editor) and Mike Beachy it was decided that a correction or further clarification was not in the best interests of the LECTU
- Summer Newsletter will be released later this summer (July/August)
New County Park
- There are no new updates on the progress of the park.
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
Down by the River
- This is a recently published (Dave Weiner) children’s book. LECTU (Steve Mack) has purchased two to be donated to both the Goshen and Middlebury libraries
- We are waiting on LECTU stickers for the books and then they will be presented to the libraries
Summer Work Days
- June 16 (cut trail)(catch poison ivy)
- The following days for stream restoration: July 14 & 28, August 4 & 18, September 15
- This will be Phase III of the Meadow Project.
- LECTU has invited both the Chicago Chapter and Central Indiana Chapter of TU.
- Wilbur Yoder has requested we work on debris under his old bridge.
- Mike has given check to Chris Miller and LECTU needs to move quickly to have the trailer ready for this years’ work days.
- Keith will arrange title and license
- Bob Roth will customize the interior after LECTU has the trailer
- Keith will meet with Chris Miller to get specs needed to apply for title and license.
- Mike wants to purchase some new equipment (chainsaw, log roller, etc.)
- The committee would like LECTU and Dar Deegan to do a presentation, and talk about the benefits of the Little Elkhart River
- Nick and Leonard attended the last meeting and the date is set for August 25th.
Middlebury Youth Fishing Contest
- The date for this event is August 11th
- Court Walker is the LECTU contact person and Court will need additional volunteers
- There will be a June 16th Fly Fishing youth instruction (Cheryl Mast 291-651-2811)
- Keith has agreed to represent LECTU and will need additional volunteers
Charlie Ray Fly Fishing Class
- Advanced and Intermediate fly casting class will be held on June 9th for $ 15 per participant.
- Three people signed up at the outing. A minimum class size is six.
- Venue is undetermined until we finalize the class size.
- Leonard, Lee, Nick, and Mike will meet with Larry Koza of the IDNR regarding the state stocking the Little Elkhart with brown trout yet this year
- Lee has continued to maintain contact with Richard Kesler of Seven Pines Hatchery. We are investigating the possibility of 1,000 brown trout (8” size) for either May or September of 2019. In addition we would request that Seven Pines holdover another 1,000 trout for stocking May 2020. These brown trout would then be in the 12’’ range.
- Attendance was slightly below last year
- Date seems to be the best time and will remain for next year
- Donations will need a new Chair Person since Steve Mack has resigned
- Raffles were handled well and presented well
- Lunch was good despite the absence of our regular cooks (Well done John Hollister)
- Program was excellent and George Daniel was a good choice
- The Adopt-A-Trout winner was Greg Sauter of Granger
- At the outing next year Middlebury Parks will provide the tent
Next Meeting - June 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library
Tom Vanderputten - Secretary