Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

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

Spring is here and along with it are many ways to participate in UCCTU activities. On March 19 and April 1 we have scheduled the release of trout fry at Jones Bridge from two Trout in the Classroom programs, St. Pius X High School and St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School (elementary). If you have ever seen the expression on the faces of students as they release the trout, you will never forget it.

April 9 is the annual clean-up of our home waters, Sweep the Hooch. UCCTU is responsible for the Jones Bridge site (Fulton County side of the river). This is an opportunity to spend a morning cleaning up a heavily used section of the river. Registration is required, so please visit this web site to sign up for the Jones Bridge location: https://sweepthehooch.org

This year's Rizzio Youth Clinic will be held April 23 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This is a great opportunity for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15 to learn the fundamentals of fly fishing and conservation from experts. We already have enough registered participants to hold the clinic this year but are hoping to reach our capacity of 36. So please take a moment to reach out to anyone you know in this age range to discuss their potential interest in the event. Participants will have an opportunity to do some fly fishing at the Nature Center after the clinic is over (just after lunch). All participants will leave the event with items generously donated by our sponsors. For more information, please view our web site at ucctu.tu.org/upperchattahoochee/rizzio-fly-fishing-and-conservation-clinic

Hope to see you at our meeting March 22 at Ippolito's when Kevin Arculeo will discuss fishing for stripers and other species on Lake Lanier.
Jim Harvey
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

Fishing - Spring 2016 Trip to South Holston River

June 9, 10 and 11th

R and R Fly Fishing
South Holston River Fly Shop

No Spots Left!!!!

First Come -- First Served
The three houses available are described below. Your TOTAL "per bed fee" is ONLY $115 for the trip -- that includes two or three nights and a special dinner! Call 404-309-1368 or email Brad Cruickshank  with your reservation request and let him know which home is your first choice. Rooms/Beds will be assigned as reservations are made. The rooms/beds are described on the Holston Castaways website 
Holston Castaways .

Don't delay! Reservations for the Holston Castaways homes are limited to 15 . After that, if you want to go, you'll have to find other accommodations. There are other lodges nearby and several campgrounds.

Future emails from will list those who have reserved a spot and which home they've been assigned to. We'll also talk about guide services available in the area. If you want a guide for one or more days you are encouraged to book early since June is a prime month on the South Holston and other nearby rivers and streams.

Maps and Directions

Directions to Holston Castaways

Directions to South Holston River

If you have more questions please email Ken Mock at programs@ucctu.org or call Ken at 404./725.3979

Our March Speaker:   Kevin Arculeo
Fly Fishing Lake Lanier - What you don't know

This month's speaker is familiar to many chapter members who get out on beautiful Lake Lanier to fish. Kevin Arculeo, owner of Arculeo's Action Flies & Guide Service will get you interested-if you're not already-in fly fishing for striped bass and spotted bass.

The presentation will include:
  • The history of Lake Lanier
  • Available species on the fly
  • Types of bait forage
  • Season and target locations for really big fish
  • Weather conditions, moon phases and how they affect the fishing
  • Clues and surroundings of what to look for to find fish
  • Specific equipment to use with hands-on examples of each
  • Video clips throughout
Kevin is a professional fisherman with over 15 years of guiding experience not only on Lake Lanier, but also on the Chattahoochee River and several trout streams in North Georgia. His fly creations have been featured in national publications and his association with many pro programs like Sage, Rio, TFO, Simms, Tibor, Fishpond, and more demonstrate his deep commitment to the sport of flyfishing. You may also recognize him from his days working at The Fish Hawk in Buckhead.  More details via the internet at  http://www.kevinarculeofishing.com/
Kevin will also be donating a ½-day fly-fishing trip on Lake Lanier. Everyone attending the meeting will have a chance of winning!
Come hear Kevin speak at our March 22 meeting at Ippolito's Italian Restaurant off Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. 
Our April speaker will be Dr. Dale Greene, Dean, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia.

If you are interested in speaking at future UCCTU meetings contact Ken Mock, Programs Chair at  programs@ucctu.org
Fishing Dayz - April - Fern Valley at Soque River

If you know anything about Fern Valley on the Soque, you know that the stream holds some 'really big trout.' These monsters of the deep require some special tactics to catch them and to keep them safe upon releasing back to the river. Here are some suggestions:

Fly patterns: pink or yellow eggs (no dark colors allowed), green weenie, small prince nymph, girdle bug with rubber legs, small stone fly nymphs (again with rubber legs), soft hackle pheasant tails in size #16 or #18, streamer imitating a creek chub - brown or olive on top, cream on bottom. Caddis emerger patterns may work well. REMEMBER---only barbless single hooks are permitted.

Floating fly line is recommended with 2X tippet (3x if you are careful and patient with the larger fish). Fluorocarbon is preferred over monofilament.

Rod should be a 6 wt. if you have one or 5 wt. Set the drag on your reel fairly tight so that the trout will feel resistance when they take off after you have them on the reel.

Nets ARE Required. Small nets will not work well. Get a big one! Do not lift the trout out of the water. Get the front of their body in the net and drag them to the shore or into quiet water where you can get the hook out. Take your photo of the fish close to the water and get it back in the stream ASAP.

Be sure to pack a lunch. We'll gather at the picnic area between 12-1 pm. Drinks will be provided.

No spots left!!!!

Due to limited parking, try to buddy up with another participant for the drive up to Fern Valley. 

If you have more questions contact Ken Mock, Programs Chair at  programs@ucctu.org
Sweep The Hooch - April 9th
3 weeks to register

We are gearing up for another BIG cleanup this year, on April 9th! Although it's obvious to most that river cleanups improve the quality of our water, we've discovered that they do much more than that. Cleanups are also a great way to develop a sense of "river community." This is your chance to volunteer and be part of this community.

In 2015 more than 500 volunteers removed 7.16 tons of river refuse with more than half ton of trash recycled. That's 14,320 pounds!!! 

For more details, visit our webpage http://sweepthehooch.org

If you have any questions about Sweep The Hooch contact Bill Lott at  sweepthehooch@ucctu.org

UCCTU monitors the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries as part of Adopt-A-Stream. Did you know? The program is actually statewide and much larger and continues to grow after 22 years.

Adopt-A-Stream by the numbers.

66 Active trainers.       492 workshops.   3,157 Active volunteers.
247 Active monitoring groups.   568 Active Streams. 

25,335 points of data.      497 New active members.
83 New Monitoring Groups.    241 New Monitoring Sites.
168 New Streams

Read more in the current newsletter.

If you are interested in attending a Adopt-Stream workshop contact Bill Lott at  conservation@ucctu.org

More information about Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program
Chapter Survey - Please Complete
In our ongoing effort to identify new ways to engage members in our activities, UCCTU sent an on-line survey to members in early February. The survey has been designed to gather feedback from members on a confidential basis about our meetings and activities so that we can better address your needs. Please complete your survey as soon as you can.. Your feedback is important.
Education - Trout in the Classroom Fish Releases

Volunteers needed for two upcoming releases:

St Pius X Catholic High School
Saturday, March 19 at 10:00
Jones Bridge Park (Fulton County side)
parking lot at the end of entrance road
St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School (elementary)
Friday, April 1 at 9:30
Jones Bridge Park (Fulton County side)
boat ramp parking area

If you have any questions about Trout In The Classroom or would like to assist contact Jim Byrd at tic@ucctu.org
Education - Sam Rizzio Youth Fly Fishing Clinic
The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Chattahoochee Nature Center, The Fish Hawk, Atlanta Fly Fishing School, Alpharetta Outfitters, Bass Pro Shops and the Georgia Women FlyFishers are pleased to announce a comprehensive one day fly fishing clinic for young men and women, ages 10 to 15 .  

The clinic is designed for the beginning fly fisher and will provide basic instruction in all phases of fly fishing including  fly casting, knot tying, insect identification and conservation.  Certified Instructors and Mentors will work with students to provide individual instruction and answer questions about fly fishing and conservation.  Each student will be awarded a certificate upon completion and a drawing will be held for a fly rod and reel. In addition there are hundreds of dollars of prizes and giveaways to help the kids get started, including 10 complete fly rod and reel combos! 

The clinic will be held on April 23, 2016 at The Chattahoochee Nature Center  near the Chattahoochee River in Roswell from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Open to the public. All are invited.

Lunch will be provided.  The clinic will be limited to 36 students and is offered at a cost of $20. 

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Tom Hayes at rizzioclinic@ucctu.org 

Click on the link below to register.
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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

Check out the new Chapter Website at  ucctu.org and leave comments in the Shout Out box. 
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Soque River Fishing Trip - March 11, 2016 with Roswell First Presbyterian Men's Group

Top - Jim Owen with his monster rainbow, Bottom/Left - Jeffrey Hammen with his big rainbow, Bottom/Right - Group pic - several UCCTU members. 

Fishing Dayz - Callaway Gardens - March 12, 2016


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