Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited
May 2014 

Upper Chattahoochee is just one of the twelve TU Chapters in Georgia. Together they are represented by the Georgia Council, currently chaired by our own Mack Martin. Quarterly, Coucil officers and representatives from the twelve Chapters meet to conduct their business. Among other activities, the Council carries out education and conservation activities, as well as supports the activities of the Chapters with matching funds. The Council also conducts the annual Trout Camp. This quarter's meeting was held May 10th, in Dahlonega; hosted by the Gold Rust Chapter. Bob and Pat Foster, and Jim Harvey joined me in attendance. Activities reported at this meeting included: 

  • Donations to both Smithgall Woods and the Nation Park Service for youth education
  • Further development of plans for two TU interactive kiosks to be placed at Cabela's and Bass Pro
  • Continuation of research into modifying top discharge dams so as to maintain trout water below the impoundment

The meet ins also give Chapter leaders a chance to meet and share ideas. The current level of youth participation in UCCTU events should be a disappointment to us all. At least one Chapter subsidizes the cost of Trout Camp, and another Chapter pays for the Trout in the Classroom equipment for participating schools. We need to discuss these financially more aggressive approaches to youth education along with other ideas to improve participation. 


Brad Cruickshank
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

 2014 UCCTU Rod Raffle


Raffle tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10 and will be available for purchase at our May meeting and online.

The 2014 Fly Rod Magazine's fiberglass rod of the year has been garnering rave reviews across the web from both fiberglass enthusiasts and graphite rod users. These are some samples:

"The modern tapers and softer glass feel combine to make a snappy, responsive rod that so far looks to be perfect for a general purpose 5 weight. The rod shines on accuracy but has the backbone and power to be a great addition into any anglers quiver."  Fly Fish or Die Blog.

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The Importance of Headwater Streams

For its first 30 years, the Clean Water Act was one of the best tools for protecting trout and salmon habitat and provided better fishing opportunities for millions of anglers. In the last decade, however, this bedrock conservation law has been weakened by a series of Supreme Court cases. Waters threatened by these decisions include millions of acres of wetlands and some of the most important trout and salmon habitat across the country - headwater streams.

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Pretty Branch Work Day
Mark your calendar to join Upper Chattahoochee River, Cohutta,  Blue Ridge Mountain, Gold Rush and Chattahoochee/Nantahala TU and for a brook trout workday on Pretty Branch near Suches, GA. Pretty Branch is a tributary to Cooper Creek. We will be building and repairing  instream structures to improve stream flow and provide habitat for brook trout. The workday is led by Cohutta TU but is open to anyone. A hat and work gloves are the only equipment needed. RSVP for Lunch. Bring a friend! Sign Up Here
The Guides Angle


  This is the time of year where most fishing in the Northern Hemisphere is prime. The snow pack is almost done melting in high elevations in the Rockies and weather patterns are more stable for many salt water venues. It's time to plan that annual trip to your destination river, lake or ocean fishing Mecca. 

  Why not higher a local guide to help you get ready for that dream trip? Most experienced guides have fished many of these distant waters or know clients who have and would be willing to share what they know to help you prep for your expedition. 

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To Net or Not to Net
By Ronnie at The Fish Hawk


Amazing how refined nets have become.  Used to be I carried a $5.00 aluminum net and it did the job even though after a few months the cotton netting rotted from fish slime, or the elastic bungy cord snapped after hanging on a limb while walking through the woods to the stream  Or worse, the bungy stretched to the breaking point till the net came loose and then hit me in the back of the head.  Continue Reading Here  

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UCCTU is happy to accept donated flies tied by chapter members for our bucket raffles
Sign up for our workdays and help improve Brook Trout Habitat 
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Coming Events
June 21- Pretty Branch Stream Restoration
June 24- Monthly Meeting with Andy Bowen- Cohutta Fishing Company
July 22- Monthly Meeting with DNR Official- Mark Puig
July 26- Martin Branch Stream Restoration
Monthly Fly Tying
Dutch Earle will be hosting March Fly Tying. Email Chris Smith for information about the event if you are interested. 
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Welcome to our new members:
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  • John Dimling
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  • Shane Lanham
  • Thomas Lee
  • Jenny Mattes
  • Arthur McDaniel
  • Brendan Messina
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The  Spring Trip Group at Callaway Gardens
Executive VP Jim Harvey speaking at the May Meeting

Tom Hayes celebrating a bucket raffle win

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