Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

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

UCCTU's spring trip earlier this month was a huge success thanks to Ken Mock's organizing skills. Everyone caught fish and had a great time. 

I want to share an experience I had on the trip because it captures the essence of good sportsmanship. That Sunday morning I was fishing an unfamiliar stretch of water looking for pockets of deeper water suitable for nymphing instead of the flat, shallow riffle water that was more common in this area of the river. I had searched and fished for more than three hours with nymphs without a bite and was considering switching to dry flies in anticipation of the mid-morning sulphur hatch when a fisherman approached me from the trail in the woods. My first concern was that he would encroach on the water I was fishing, but I could not have been more wrong. We struck up a conversation and I mentioned my poor luck with nymphs. 

He made some suggestions, including small nymphs with purple in them. Then he said to try a puff daddy when the hatch starts. I mentioned that I had heard about this pattern but had never seen one. He offered to give me two from the flies he had tied the night before, cautioning me to load it up with Frog's Fanny (a desiccant) from time to time to keep it floating well. Trout seem to like it best just after application. Then he proceeded to describe where the trout held and fed in the water in front of me during various stages of the hatch. 

Obviously, he knew this water very well. As he left for a shoal below me, he offered to rotate positions if the fishing slowed. He couldn't have been more helpful. Although the hatch had not yet started, I decided to prospect with dry flies and tied on a traditional sulphur imitation with the puff daddy as the point fly. 

On the first cast a nice brown trout nailed the puff daddy. It was the beginning of an incredible morning of dry fly fishing until the water came up at 1:00. The trout took the puff daddy almost ten to one over the traditional sulphur nymph! Needless to say, the friendly fisherman made my morning by taking just a few minutes to share some flies and advice. 

Another incident happened just after my return to Atlanta. I had left a new fly box with flies in it at a fly shop Saturday night. When I called the fly shop Monday to inquire about it, Ben Walters, the owner, offered to send the fly box back along with a couple of new flies in it! After thanking him I gave him a fishing report and mentioned the success with the puff daddy. He said he would send three puff daddies with the fly box! This is the kind of service that deserves return business, so I don't mind plugging Eastern Fly Outfitters, 423-538-3007. 

Experiences like this certainly enhanced my experience on the trip to the South Holston and made the fishing even more memorable. I look forward to returning to a river that has so many trout looking to the surface for dry flies. So Ken the Trip Planner...what are you doing next week??
Jim Harvey
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

Our June Speaker:   Tom Redmon, Vice President and Director - The Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, Inc.

Come hear CPC Board Member Tom Redmon speak about these important initiatives and learn about their ongoing activities in helping to keep the Chattahoochee River "Alive and Well."

As citizens of metropolitan Atlanta, we all know that we have a remarkable resource winding its way through the north and northwest sections of the region. The Chattahoochee River starts high above Atlanta, winds it way through southwest Georgia and eventually ends up emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Along 50 miles of its Atlanta area footprint this river has the protective oversight of the National Park Service (NPS). 

The Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy (CPC) was organized about four years ago to assist the NPS as a "friends group" providing assistance in the effort to keep the river alive and well. The strategic plan of the CPC focuses on its Mission, Vision, and Goals:

*The Mission is to build a community of support for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and to promote stewardship of its cultural and natural resources.

*The Vision is to be a thriving community of support for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

*The Goals are:
1.Build the Organization
2.Increase Community Involvement
3.Engage the Next Generation
4.Create a Legacy

Tom earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to obtain a Master's in Theology from Boston University. Additionally, he earned an Ed.D from the University of Georgia. He also holds certification in adult and lifelong learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and certification ("retired") as an ASAE Certified Association Executive (CAE). He has served on numerous boards, including the Council on Spiritual and Ethical Education and the Council for Advanced Study in International Education, the Board of Trustees of the Galloway School, and is a former member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary.

Tom is a Georgia Certified Master Gardener, Georgia Certified Master Naturalist, and a Land Ethic Leader of the Aldo Leopold Society. His board service includes the Big Trees Forest Preserve and the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy

More details about Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, Inc can be found at their website>>>> https://www.chattahoocheeparks.org/

If you are interested in speaking at future UCCTU meetings contact Ken Mock, Programs Chair at  programs@ucctu.org
Fishing Dayz - July - Stripers at Cochran Shoals

Next Fishing Dayz - Sunday, July 10th

We'll meet at Cochran Shoals parking lot around 4:00 P.M. and walk down the path to the other side of 285 and fish from the banks. For those that would like to float, bring your tube. We'll be going for stripers. Fish till dark.

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

Martins Branch Stream Restoration Project

Mark your calendar - July 30th to join Upper Chattahoochee River, Foothills, Oconee River, Rabun and Savannah River TU Chapters for a brook trout stream restoration project on Martin Branch near Helen, GA. Martin Branch is a tributary of
the Chattahoochee River. We will be building and repairing in-stream structures to improve stream flow and provide habitat for brook trout. The workday is led by UCCTU and is open to anyone. Bring a friend or young relative!! A hat and work gloves are the only equipment needed. We will work with the Forest Service and DNR until about noon. Lunch and water will be provided. You might want to bring a change of clothes for the ride back.

So that we know how many lunches to prepare, please register with Bill Lott at 404-735-9989 or by email at conservation@ucctu.org.

Depart the Waffle House, 1470 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell GA at 7:15 AM (sharp) to carpool [arrive early for breakfast] or meet 8:30 am at Martin Branch on the Chattahoochee River Road - the intersection of FS 44 and FS 178.

From Helen GA take GA 17/75 North toward Robertstown.
At Robertstown, pass Hwy 356 to Unicoi and turn left over the Chattahoochee River at the Flea Market.
Just over the river, turn right onto Polar Stump Road.
Follow Poplar Stump Rd. along the Chattahoochee River as it turns to gravel and enters the Chattahoochee WMA.
Park at the FS 178 Bridge. It is the first bridge that crosses the river to your right.

This will be a great opportunity to contribute directly to the preservation of trout habitat. We hope you will join us for some fun and camaraderie on July 30th.

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

Seeking Volunteers

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
UCCTU Summer Raffle sponsored by Alpharetta Outfitters

Chance to win Patagonia Waders and Patagonia or Korker Boots. 

Drawing on July 26th.

Approximate value: $600.00

Tickets are

$3.00 each or 4 for $10.00

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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