Volunteers still REALLY needed For April 19 Buggers last class!

The next Buggers night is Tuesday, April 19.
This last night of class is dedicated to casting instruction and our final class of the season TBA will include an outdoor picnic and fishing for the kids.

Last week’s tying class went very well, but we were really short of helpers! A ratio of one helper for every 2 students is optimal and we want to keep that ratio in the coming weeks. I am including a few pictures that Peg Miskin took to encourage your participation.

Come down and help on our flagship program. The kids this year are really great and very attentive, so they are a pleasure to work with. You do not need to be a skilled tier to be of major assistance. We are nearing the end of the classes, so the tying skills of the students have improved significantly. This makes it a lot more fun to assist.

Class is from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Hamilton Middle School located on Madison between 5th and 6th St.  Enter through the blue door with a yellow flower.

Questions? Contact Joe Byrne of the Keystone Program at  369-0568 or Greg Chester at gchester55@aol.com

Thanks in advance for your valued assistance –

BRTU and Keystone Enrichment Program

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April 21 BRTU meeting to feature St Joe, Kelly Creek and North Fork of the Clearwater!

Holy Cutthroat! The number of inquiries I have had about the upcoming meeting about Kelly Creek, The St Joe and the North Fork of the Clearwater is nothing short of amazing. I am guessing this will be on the best attended meetings we have ever had. BRTU.02

So, the April 21 BRTU meeting is one you won’t want to miss.  Joe DuPont from the Idaho Fish and Game will be coming over from Lewiston, ID to talk about the St Joe River, Kelly Creek and the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

The meeting will start at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 21 at the Hamilton Elks Club at 203 State Street in Hamilton. The title of Joe’s talk is “The St. Joe, Kelly Creek,and the North Fork of the Clearwater: exceptional fishing right next door.” Joe sent some very savory pictures of the streams and the fish.BRTU-01

It turns out that by driving a little further and buying an Idaho license, you can enjoy some of the best fishing in the northwest. The St. Joe, Kelly Creek, and the North Fork of the Clearwater offer relatively uncrowded and exceptional angling opportunities. A few Bitterroot hardies have made the short trip and all agree the fishing is more than worth the drive.

The catch and release management offers the chance to catch some magnificent trout, the access is pretty easy, and the scenery is what fly fishing ought to be like.BRTU.ct-trout

This will be our last general membership meeting until October. so you don’t want to miss this.

As always, the public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission.

For additional information, please contact Greg Chester or Marshall Bloom

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Joe at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Information for Elks Lodge 203 State
Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions
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Volunteers REALLY Needed For March 22 Buggers Flytying Class

The next Buggers tying night is Tuesday, March 22. The first class went well and the students are a great bunch of kids, but additional helpers are desperately needed! A ratio of one helper for every 2 students is optimal and we were nowhere near that.

So, this is a plea for you to come down and help on our flagship program. You do not need to be a skilled tier to be of major assistance.

Classes are from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Hamilton Middle School located on Madison between 5th and 6th St. Enter through the blue door with a yellow flower.

The pattern for the coming class is the traditional wet fly Gray Hackle Peacock.

Don’t forget that each night you help you earn a raffle ticket for a unmounted Monte Dolack print valued at $175. The more you attend, the better your chances! We’ll be judging flies each night for those students choosing to enter. Be sure to review judging criteria and instructor guidelines when you arrive.

Questions? Call Joe Byrne of the Keystone Program at 369-0568 or Marshall Bloom of BRTU at 363-3485. Thanks in advance for your valued assistance – BRTU and Keystone Enrichment Program


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St. Paddy’s Day BRTU Program to Feature Bitterroot Water Resources

 “Whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for fightin!” 

BRTU1So for our St Paddy’s Day program we have a scheduled a program about water  in the Bitterroot. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 17 at the Hamilton Elks Lodge at 203 State St in Hamilton.

The speakers will be Ginette Abdo and Todd Myse from the Ground Water Investigation Program at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte. The title of their program is “Irrigation Recharge and Groundwater Studies in the Bitterroot Valley: looking for links in the chain”BRTU2

The first part will  discuss the impacts and implications of irrigation on groundwater recharge using several examples throughout the State. For the second part, hydrogeological aspects of the Stevensville-Hamilton Ground Water Investigation Program project areas will be presented. This section will include the overall scope of work and preliminary results such as long-term groundwater trends and the use of numerical groundwater models to help predict future land use changes.BRTU3

As always, the public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission.

For additional information, please contact Greg Chester or Marshall Bloom

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Tom at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Information for Elks Lodge 203 State
Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions

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Kootenai River Sturgeon featured at February 18 BRTU Meeting

The February 18, 2016 meeting of Bitterroot Trout Unlimited will feature Tom Parker, GEUM Environmental Consultants, presenting a program on the Kootenai River White Sturgeon.

sturgeonThe Kootenai River White Sturgeon is one of Montana’s most  ancient native fish. Isolated for thousands of years from other Columbia River sturgeons, this unique and magnificent fish became a unique species, but it has suffered mightily from  a number of factors including development, habitat destruction and the impact of Lake Koocanusa Dam on the Kootenai. A remnant population barely hangs on, but some very dedicated and talented biologists and streampeople

restoration experts working with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho have mounted a strong effort to keep this special native species from checking out completely.

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GEUM in Hamilton, is one of the key players in this program, and the scale of the work they are doing is truly astonishing. GEUM President Tom Parker is going to give an overview of the fish and the program intended to give the sturgeon a fighting chance today. If you care about native fish species and want to learn about the Kootenai River White Sturgeon, you won’t want to miss this program. tiny.sturgeon

The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Elks Club, 203 State Street in Hamilton. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

For additional information, please contact Greg Chester or Marshall Bloom

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Tom at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Information for Elks Lodge 203 State
Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions

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2016 Bitterroot Buggers program Tuesday evenings 3-8 thru 4-19 FREE

This program is open to Bitterroot youth ages 9-14. Registration Forms are available at Freestone Fly Shop and www.hsd3.org, then choose programs and keystone.

The youth will get an Introduction to fly-tying and fly-fishing; included are
 5 popular patterns
 Essential knots
 Basics of casting
 Picnic and fishing day

For More Info Call:  369-2213 or 375-9999
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Fly Fishing Clinic in May 2016 – BRTU and FFB

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Wilderness Waters featured at January 21 BRTU Meeting

A reminder about the January 21 meeting of Bitterroot Trout Unlimited that will feature Zack Porter from the Montana Wilderness Association.

The critical role of wild lands in Montana’s trout fisheries
is inescapable, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Bitterroot. All of our headwaters arise in wilderness areas, and as the climate changes, these wilderness streams and lakes may prove to the best stronghold and refugia for native trout species like cutthroat and bull trout. Plus, wilderness fishing is usually devoid of the madding crowd and can be spectacular fun.
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The Montana Wilderness Association has been working to promote and protect wilderness waters for decades, and is one of BRTU’s most enduring partners in conservation. MWA staffer Zack Porter will present a program about wilderness waters and wilderness fishing, highlighting some of our local streams and lakes. He will also give an update on some of the issues that are threatening our wilderness areas and how MWA is working state wide to address these issues. If you care about native fish and the future of native trout fisheries, you don’t want to miss this program.

The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Elks Club, 203 State Street in Hamilton. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Zach at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So please come join us for dinner.

Information for Elks Lodge 203 State
Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions

 

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