Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

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

On April 23 UCCTU sponsored the Sam Rizzio Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation Clinic at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. It was a major success, with a capacity of 36 participants between the ages of 10 and 15 learning the fundamentals of fly fishing and cold water conservation. Generous donations from sponsors such as Alpharetta Outfitters, The Fish Hawk, Bass Pro Shop, and Atlanta Fly Fishing School enabled us to give every participant fishing equipment to help them get started, including nine rod/reel outfits donated by L L Bean. We want to thank all of the sponsors that helped make this possible.

Special thanks to UCCTU and GWFF volunteers that donated generously of their time to plan and instruct at the clinic: Tom Hayes, Bob Foster, Bill Malloy, Cullen McClure, Pete Dvornek, Jeff Hammen, Ken Mock, Eunice Lovell, Deb Bowen, Circe Tsui, and Ryan Hartley.

And speaking of Ryan Hartley, I am very pleased to announce that he has been accepted to TU's Teen Summit that will take place at Georgetown Lake, Montanna next month! The Summit is an opportunity for teens from across the country to meet to discuss how to better engage teen members, to learn how to become leaders, and to work on service projects. There is an outside chance they may be able to work in some fly fishing as well... Congratulations to Ryan! We look forward to hearing about his experience there.
Jim Harvey
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

Our May Speaker:   John Lee Thompson, Trout Stocking Coordinator for the State of Georgia

John Lee Thomson is the Trout Stocking Coordinator for the State of Georgia and he will be presenting an overview of the Georgia's Trout Stocking Program at our meeting in May. John Lee grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County. While earning a B.S. degree in Aquacultue, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Clemson University, he worked at the University's experimental catfish facility. After graduation in 1999 he moved to West Palm Beach, Florida to pursue a career as a fisheries biologist with a private environmental consulting company. Over 8 years, he learned about private business sector and aquatic ecology.
In 2006, he and his wife decided to move back to Georgia to start their family. He applied for a technician position at Lake Burton Fish Hatchery and has been working there since. He performed the duties of the Assistant Hatchery Manager for over two years, when he was asked to act as the interim manager. In August 2012 he was officially promoted this position. As the manager at Lake Burton Fish Hatchery, he also serves as the Statewide Trout Stocking Coordinator. This position requires him to work with all the government trout hatcheries to achieve the goal of over 1 million catchable trout stocked in Georgia each year. 

Come join us on Tuesday evening, May 24 from 6 to 9 pm. The meeting will be held at Ippolitos Restaurant near the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and Eves Road in Roswell. 

If you are interested in speaking at future UCCTU meetings contact Ken Mock, Programs Chair at  programs@ucctu.org
Fishing - Spring 2016 Trip to South Holston River

June 9, 10 and 11th

R and R Fly Fishing
South Holston River Fly Shop

One Spot Open!!!!

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

Fishing Dayz - June

Due to the late spring/early summer trip to the South Holston River there will NOT be a June Fishing Dayz.

Next Fishing Dayz - July 9th

If you have more questions contact Ken Mock, Programs Chair at  programs@ucctu.org
UCCTU Summer Raffle sponsored by Alpharetta Outfitters

Chance to win Patagonia Waders and Patagonia or Korker Boots.

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

News Bites
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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Rizzio Clinic - Chattahoochee Nature Center - April 23, 2016




Fishing Dayz on Ron Cheslock's lake in Ellijay, GA.  - May 7, 2016

Ron Cheslock, member and host showing Mitch Muehring how it's done.

Bill Lott working the lake from a tube.

"We caught 'em all This Big!"

Chapter Meeting - May 24, 2016

Lake Lanier Fishing for Bass and Stripers with Kevin Arculeo - May 15, 2016

Jim Harvey had something big but it got away - so he showed us some barefoot water skiing. 

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