Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

Communications Chair: Jeffrey M. Hammen   communications@ucctu.org
August 2016


As part of our continuing effort to engage women and youth in TU, we have scheduled a family picnic on Saturday, August 27 instead of the regular monthly meeting.  It will be held at the Island Ford site of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area from noon till 4:00, with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and desert.  We will have a variety of fun games for children, teens and adults as well as educational displays for all. Come and hear Jeff Durniak of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources share some of his knowledge about  fishing opportunities throughout the state.  All we ask is that you sign up for the event (details elsewhere in Newsline) so that we know how much food to prepare.

At the September 27 meeting we will elect new officers for the next two-year term.  If you have an interest in volunteering with UCCTU, or if you would like to nominate someone for an officer position, please let me or one of the other officers know.  We would be happy to discuss it with you.
Sincerely,
Jim
Jim Harvey
President
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

UCCTU News
Fall Trip 2016
Brevard, North Carolina 
November 3-6


 
       Brevard, NC is home one of Trout Unlimited's Top 100 trout streams in North America, the Davidson River located within the Pisgah National Forest. Rivers and streams within the Davidson River area support a variety of fishing opportunities including backcountry trout fishing on Cove, Avery and Looking Glass Creeks. Not too far from downtown Brevard is also the Delayed Harvest sections of the East Fork of the French Broad river, the North Mills river, and the Little River (in the DuPont Forest).
 
Kevin Howell, owner/guide of Davidson River Outfitters will be our September chapter meeting Guest Speaker. He will provide us with the knowledge on selecting flies, equipment, and an overview of the local trout waters in the Brevard area.
 Don't miss out!  

 
If you are going on the Fall trip you need to book your room accommodations now. Rooms are going fast due to strong bookings for October and November. This is because current water levels are low and anticipated better fishinglater in the year. 


Stay tuned for more information on equipment, fly patterns, and hatch  charts in the next email update. 

If you have any questions about the trip contact Ken Mock, Programs Chair at  programs@ucctu.org
UCCTU Picnic
August Chapter Meeting and Family Day
Fun & Games
 
Water Ballons
Giant Jenga
Bean Bag/Corn Hole Toss
Connect 4
Sumo Wrestling for Kids
Belly Ball
Fish Tattoos for Little Ones
 
AND
 
Fly Casting Instruction for Ages 10 and Older
 
Fly Tying Demonstration
 
River Health Display
 
AND
 
Patagonia Waders and Boots Raffle
 
 
Everyone's Invited!

Please remember to register to attend our next chapter event.
Bring the family to our special Summer BBQ - Chapter Meeting - Family & Kids Day event at Island Ford Park (boat launch area) on Saturday, August 27 from noon to 4 pm. It'll be a fun afternoon for all with food, fun and games & prizes for the kids.
Come hear Jeff Durniak, Region Supervisor, GA DNR discuss recent activities of the DNR affecting the Atlanta region and our local fisheries.
Register and let us know who's coming in your group.
Donations will be accepted to help defray food costs.
Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please contact Ken Mock, programs@ucctu.org.
 
We look forward to seeing you and your family at this special chapter event.
 

Fishing Dayz - September - Island Ford

Next Fishing Dayz - Saturday, September 10th


We'll meet at Island Ford parking lot around 10:00 A.M. and walk down the path to the river.. For those that would like to float, bring your tube. We'll be going for Browns. Lunch following at a local restaurant. 

If you have more questions contact Ken Mock, Programs Chair at  programs@ucctu.org
 
Conservation & Advocacy

Cooper Creek Stream Restoration Project

Mark your calendar - August 20th to join Upper Chattahoochee support US Forest Service,  several TU chapters and other groups to work on Cooper Creek. No new structures will be built but there will be time spent cleaning up debris and reinforcing existing structures. There will also be some fish sampling done. 

This would be a great event for Youth to attend and participate. This would be a great opportunity for them to  restore and clean up the stream, and to help with fish sampling they will do at the end.  Should be pretty interesting. 


From Jim Wentworth, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service

I wanted to pass on the details on the upcoming project on Cooper Creek.  We will plan to meet on site at 9:00 a.m. (directions are below) and do some much needed maintenance work on a number of existing stream structures.  This will primarily involve the  refilling the log cribs with rock and removing branches and other debris that are impacting the structures.  We won't be doing any placement of new logs for this workday so it should be a relatively easy morning.  I will bring a fish shocker and do a sampling demonstration at the end (11:30 a.m.) so the scouts can see some of the fish species in Cooper Creek and learn how we sample streams.  We will wrap up around 12:00  -12:30 p.m. for lunch.
 
Since this is primarily a day to get the scouts involved, we won't need a big NGTO/TU crowd except for a handful of folks to provide some additional supervision/direction. 
 
We will meet at a large roadside pull-off on Cooper Creek Road (FS 33).  To reach the site, turn on Cooper Creek Road across from the entrance to Lake Winfield Scott on GA Highway 180 and go 5.5 miles to the meeting site.  It is approximately ½ mile past a large camping area along the creek. 
 
When you can, please send me an approximate head count for the scouts/leaders and NGTO/TU folks.
 
 
Please let me know if there are any questions. I'm looking forward to a great workday on the 20th.  

Jim
 

Jim Wentworth 
Wildlife Biologist
Forest Service
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Blue Ridge Ranger District
p: 706-745-6928 x107 
f: 706-745-7494 
jwentworth@fs.fed.us
2042 Highway 515 W 
Blairsville, GA 30512
www.fs.fed.us 
Caring for the land and serving people


If you are interested in getting more involved in UCCTU and Advocacy or Conservation contact Advocacy/Conservation Chairman Bill Lott at  conservation@ucctu.org
Project Healing Waters/Share Military Initiative

Seeking Volunteers

PHW - FFFV
UCCTU is teaming with Project Healing Waters to teach wounded veterans how to fly fish. Accordingly, we are seeking volunteers to provide instruction. Project Healing Waters has affiliated with SHARE Military Initiative, which is based out of Shepherd Spinal Center and assists veterans who are recovering from brain injuries and/or PTSD. For more information, visit http://www.shepherd.org/patient-programs/care-for-us-service-members 

Although there will only be a few veterans at a time needing instruction, we need many volunteers for this effort so that each one is only needed once a month or less. This will only be on weekends and entail basic instruction that includes casting, tying knots, mending, etc. 

If you are interested in getting more involved in this project and helping the warriors who have given so much to provide the freedom we enjoy contact the Project Coordinator Denny Desmond at 770-992-9242 or at  fundraising@ucctu.org
Fundraising
UCCTU Summer Raffle sponsored by Alpharetta Outfitters

Chance to win Patagonia Waders and Patagonia or Korker Boots. 

Drawing moved to August 27th meeting/picnic.

Approximate value: $600.00


Tickets are

$3.00 each or 4 for $10.00

Tickets can be purchased online>>>>>

See a UCCTU Board members to purchase your raffles. 

If you have any questions about our fundraising contact Fundraising Chairperson Denny Desmond at  fundraising@ucctu.org

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Don't forget to pay your UCCTU Voluntary Dues  Here

New 2016 Georgia Fishing Regulations.  All Mountain Trout waters are now OPEN year round.

Contact Fulton County's Georgia DNR Officer Mark Puig if you see any poaching or violations while your fishing next time.
Ranger Hotline: 800-241-4113
Cell: 404-997-3214
Email:  Mark.Puig@DNR.STATE.GA.US

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