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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MFWP legend Mike Gurnett is kicking off this season’s BRTU General Meetings

MFWP legend Mike Gurnett at October 15 BRTU Meeting!

mike-gurnettThe October 15 BRTU general meeting will feature Mike Gurnett showing the documentary Full Circle and some other treasures from the MFWP vaults. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Elks Club, 203 State St in Hamilton.

During his career as the legendary producer at MFWP, Mike Gurnett produced many award winning documentaries. However, Mike feels that “Full Circle” is the finest one ever produced.

A weathered Montanan is tracing his family storyline across Montana history and space so he can come full circle with both his family history and his outdoor heritage. Full Circle, produced in 1989, interweaves breathtaking Montana scenery with intimate scenes of mountain cabins, wildlife, water, and fish.

Last fall Mike came and showed “Three Men, Three Rivers,” and everybody at the meeting wanted him back. And he will be here next week.

Mike will also show some rare “Outdoor Reports” from the MFWP vaults. If you are drawn to history, the outdoors, fish and wildlife, this is Montana at its finest.

The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission. For information, contact Greg Chester (gchester55@aol.com) or Marshall Bloom (drtrout@mtbloom.net).

And, remember! We will be having dinner with Mike 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

 Also, at this meeting we will be electing new officers. The Board of Directors is proposing the following slate Greg Chester (President), Scott Ziegenfuss (Vice-President), Ria Overholt (Treasurer), and Peggy Ratcheson (Secretary). Nominees for board members are Cassie Buhl, Dan Dulebohn, Merle Loman, Marlin Lewis, Jack Mauer, Peg Miskin, Doug Nation, Dave Campbell and Peg Miskin. Ross Rademacher will be Past-President.

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2015-2016 Meeting Program Schedule for Bitterroot Chapter Trout Unlimited

The public is welcome to attend all Bitterroot TU meetings. Unless noted, meetings are the third Thursday evening of the month, at 7:00 PM at the Hamilton Elks Club, located at 203 State St in Hamilton. A tentative schedule (subject to change) is:

  • October 15, 2015 – Mike Gurnett, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (ret.), “Full Circle and other video treasures from the MFWP vaults.”
  • November 19, 2015 – Dave DeLisi, Outreach Coordinator, Ruby Habitat Foundation, “The Ruby River and the Ruby Habitat Foundation: protecting a unique southwestern Montana treasure and its fishery.”
  • January 21, 2016– Zack Porter, Montana Wilderness Association, “The role of wilderness in native trout fisheries.”
  • February 18, 2016 – Tom Parker, GEUM, Hamilton MT, “Restoring the Kootenai River white sturgeon: helping an ancient native species.”
  • March 17, 2016 – Ginette Abdo and Todd Myse, Montana Bureau of Mines, Butte, Montana, “Groundwater studies in the Bitterroot Valley: looking for links in the chain.”
  • April 21, 2016– Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game, “The St. Joe River, Kelly Creek and the North Fork of the Clearwater: exceptional fishing right next door.”

To join or for additional information about Trout Unlimited, go to www.montanatu.org, or contact Greg Chester (363-0033, gchester55@aol.com) or Ross Rademacher (rossrademacher99@gmail.com).

Bitterroot Trout Unlimited Chapter Officers and Board Members

Bitterroot Trout Unlimited is a completely volunteer organization. Dedicated individuals work many hours each month on boards, committees, projects and activities.

The BRTU Officers are Ross Rademacher (President), Greg Chester (Vice President), Peggy Ratcheson (Secretary), Cassie Buhl (Treasurer).

The BRTU board members are: Jack Mauer, Doug Nation, Peg Miskin, Merle Loman, Cassie Buhl, Dave Campbell, Scott Ziegenfuss, Ria Overholt, Dan Dulebohn and Marlin Lewis.

To join or for additional information about Trout Unlimited, go to www.montanatu.org, or contact Greg Chester at  (406) 363-0033 or gchester55@aol.com or Ross Rademacher at rossrademacher99@gmail.com.

And don’t forget we will be having dinner with the presenters, BRTU members and friends at 5:00 pm at the Spice of Life. Long-time BRTU support Karen Suennen will donate 10% of the proceeds to BRTU.

Street Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031  Click here for directions

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BRTU October Newsletter – October meeting, pike on the move, banquet report, and more….

MFWP legend Mike Gurnett at October 15 BRTU Meeting! Read more here…

2015 Banquet report – a great time!

If you missed the banquet on September 25, you missed out on a wonderful evening and a lot of fun. The event was a virtual sellout and there were only a few scattered seats that were empty.A great meal accompanied by fine beverages adjusted everyone’s attitude. Ross Rademacher emceed the evening. A huge number of raffle tickets were sold, the bids on the Silent Auction items were great and the Live Auction bidding was fierce. Auctioneer Randy Kearns worked the crowd and didn’t miss a beat.

Chris Clancy and Al Pernichele got a standing ovation when they were presented with the 2015 Golden Trout award.

Planning has begun for the 37th BRTU banquet in September 2016, and will let you know as soon as the date is finalized.

Pike on the move in the Bitterroot?

Pike have been found in the lower Bitterroot for about 30 years. These piscivorous invaders made their way up the Clark Fork from the Flathead where they were illegally introduced many years ago by some bucket biologist genius. Everyone thought that they were restricted to the warm water slough environs below the Metcalf Refuge waters.

Several Bitterroot guides, like Banjo Jack Mauer of Wapiti Waters, have made it a crusade to catch these toothsome marauders and reduce their impact on the trout population. This past season, however, there have been several reports of pike being spotted just below the Stevensville Bridge along the banks in some deep slow moving water. This could be a further ominous sign of unwanted changes in the Bitterroot River ecosystem.

The photo is of a 38 inch Esox lucius caught somewhere north of the Stevi Bridge. I am going think twice before dangling my toes in that stretch from now on!

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The Onion on Catch and Release

 Leave it to The Onion, America’s Finest News Source, to come up with a droll commentary on catch and release. This terrific spoof on catch and release should give everyone pause. Plus, if you don’t check out the irreverent Onion every once in a while, you are really missing out.

Salmon population crashing in the Great Lakes

We Montanans have a tendency to think that the only important fishery problems are those in our own state. Well, it ain’t quite that simple. Here is a chilling story about crashing salmon populations in the Great Lakes. The threats are often the same and that is why TU’s work all over the country is so important.

For more information about BRTU and board members click here

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36th Annual BRTU Banquet on September 25!

The date for our 36th annual banquet on September 25 is drawing near. The tickets have started to move briskly, but there are still plenty left. Remember last year’s banquet was a complete sellout, and although you might be able to snag one at the door, don’t wait until the last minute.2015 BRTU banquet poster croppedThis is our only fund-raiser of the year and the money we make goes to support the Bitterroot Buggers and all the other educational and conservation efforts.The fun will start at 5:00 pm at the Bitterroot River Inn, and the gourmet dinner by Riversong Catering will be at about 6:30 pm to be followed by awards, drawings, silent and live auctions and more. Beverage service is by the Banque Club and we will be serving microbrewery from the Bitterroot Brewing Company. Members of the Bitterroot Buggers will be on hand tying flies.

The lineup of premiums for the auctions and drawings is really exceptional. if you don’t believe me, take a look at the 2015 Live Auction premiums! But this doesn’t include the great premiums in the Silent Auction and bucket raffles – like a wine expert’s case of wine, a SIMMS Bulkly jacket, Patagonia waders and boots, a collection of flies for tarpon-bonefish-permit, limited edition prints, clothing, fine dinners, jewelry, tackle and much more.

The 2015 Gold Trout Award will be presented to MFWP biologist Chris Clancy and Bitterroot River Commissioner Al Pernichele. Their efforts helped to prevent an unmitigated disaster for the river and the trout. Come help us applaud their efforts.

Tickets are just $50 a person and are available at the locations listed on the poster. For more information, please contact Ross or Marshall

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BRTU to sponsor July 16 meeting on fisheries and water management strategies

BRTU to sponsor July 16meeting on fisheries and water management strategies.

The public meeting will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 16 at the Hamilton Elks Club at 203 State St in Hamilton.

In stressful years like this, we are lucky to have dedicated MFWP fisheries biologists like Chris Clancy and Leslie Nyce to watch out for our trout and a great water commissioner like Al Pernichele to make sure that limited Bitterroot River water resources are allocated equitably. These professionals have been working overtime to protect natural resources while still allowing anglers to fish and agriculturalists to irrigate.

However, in years like this, rumors and suspicion are rampant, and misinformation can be downright damaging on all ends of the spectrum. Therefore, BRTU is providing a forum for Chris and Al to explain the current situation and discuss what options are available. This meeting will be very informative.

There is no charge for admission and the public in invited to attend.

For more information, contact BRTU Chapter President Ross Rademacher (rossrademacher99@gmail.com ) or Marshall Bloom (drtrout@mtbloom.net),

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

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Bitterroot Buggers – class of 2015

Below are photos of the last day of the 2015 class. Below the photos is a small description of the program. All photos are courtesy of Diane Davis. Thanks to Diane and all the volunteers who make this happen.

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Bitterroot Buggers is a program for kids in the Bitterroot ageDSCF1017s 8 through 14 during late winter and early spring. Six of the classes teaches them to tie flies, about bugs and fish identification. The last class is held outdoors on a pond where they learn casting skills and end the day with a picnic. Classes are sponsored by Bitterroot Trout Unlimited and the Keystone Discovery Enrichment Program.  Volunteers are critical to the success and very much appreciated.

The program provides hands-on small group instruction and all the materials. In addition to the beginner class, an advanced class is offered for students who would like to learn more advancDSCF1029ed fly patterns.

Read more about the program at http://www.brtu.org/blog/bitterroot-buggers/
For more information about Bitterroot TU, contact Ross Rademacher, BRTU President; email: RossRademacher99@gmail.com

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BRTU Monthly Program – 4-16-2015 Seth Jordan, Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation

April 16, BRTU presents the former Executive Director of Warriors and Quiet Waters Seth Jordan will give a presentation entitled “Building resilience and hope for wounded US veterans through trout fishing.

WoundedWarriorsWarriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, located in Bozeman, has as its vision “An America in which a new generation of traumatically injured combat veterans successfully reintegrates into society.” The mission of WQW is to help reintegrate traumatically combat-injured U.S. veterans and active service members from recent wars into society by building hope and resilience, facilitating camaraderie, and providing security and serenity through fly fishing and other high quality therapeutic recreational mediums in southwest Montana.

The program will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 15, the Hamilton Elks Club at 203 State Street. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

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And don’t forget we will be having dinner with Seth at 5:00 pm at the Spice of Life. Long-time BRTU support Karen Suennen will donate 10% of the proceeds to our club.

For more information, contact BRTU Chapter President Ross Rademacher (monkeykatet@gmail.com) or Marshall Bloom (drtrout@mtbloom.net),

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

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Bitter Root Trout Unlimited is in need of volunteers for the March 3 Buggers class.

buggersBitter Root Trout Unlimited is in need of volunteers for the March 3 Buggers class. A number of the regular instructors have a prior commitment and cannot assist. Please come down and help us out with BRTU’s flagship program.

The 18th annual Bitterroot Buggers Program in Hamilton, Montana is well underway and we are looking for volunteers to help out with BRTU’s flagship educational program. The Bitterroot Buggers are co-sponsored by BRTU and Keystone Enrichment Program.

The Buggers were recently featured Bill Bean’s Flyfishing report in the Ravalli Republic. Bill, former BRTU President and former owner of Fishaus Tackle, has been volunteering at the classes. Here is the link to his column.

On Tuesday, March 3 and the following  Tuesdays, the students will be learning flytying and flycasting.  This week the class will learn how to tie a new dry fly.

All of the sessions start at 6:30 pm on Tuesday in the gymnasium of the Westview Center at 9th and Main Streets in Hamilton. Please enter through the east doors facing 9th Street.

You do not need to be an expert tier to help. This is an excellent way to get young http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs175/1116681909895/img/7.jpgpeople involved in a life-long pursuit. After tying, the students have the opportunity to learn casting using the new yarn rods that BRTU recently purchased. All volunteers get entered into a drawing for a BRTU Monte Dolack print of the Bitterroot River.

Questions? Call Jeff Gray at Freestone Fly Shop (406-363-9099), Ria Overholt of the Keystone Program (406-363-5996) or Greg Chester of BRTU (406-363-0033)

The “U” in BRTU

Unlike many groups, BTRU has no paid staff. We are an entirely volunteer organization. We are always looking for new members to get involved in projects or to join our board and assist with maintaining our focus on native fish, clean healthy streams and education. If you would like to help out, please contact BRTU Chapter President Ross Rademacher at RossRademacher99@gmail.com . We could sure use your help!

In other words, how about putting a little “U” in BRTU?

If  “U” are not already a member, “U” can join TU today by going to the Montana TU website http://montanatu.org/. BRTU’s chapter number is #080.

 

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