Mike Beachy, Bob Hagin, Brandon Rasler, Bob Roth, Lee Troyer, Don Fiwek, Chris Miller
Our annual spring outing was held at Riverbend Park on Saturday, May 7. There were about 55 people in attendance. The highlight of the outing was a presentation by Chris Wood, President of Trout Unlimited. Our chapter presented him with a jacket with the LECTU logo on the back and his name on the front. It was well received.
Don Fiwek will fill out the after event gaming permit documents. Mike will prepare a letter thanking those who donated for the outing.
Review of outing activities is as follows:
• We need to re-print the Adopt-A-Trout tickets to get the correct information on them.
• The Charlie Ray fly casting demo was a positive.
• The fly casting course was a bust and will probably be discontinued next year.
• Setting up a separate table with the raffle items under a separate canopy was good. Last year attendees sat around the picnic table with the items, restricting access.
• Don Fiwek felt he could have used some help in collecting money so that he could be relieved at times, rather than being tied up for the entire outing.
• The silent auction was good. It is believed that it raised a lot more money than letting those items be a part of the general raffle.
• The river access tour is always a popular event as was proven out again this year. Chris Miller had a large van and he still had to give two tours.
Next year suggestions:
• It would be nice to have a door prize. Every attendee gets a ticket when they sign in for a
drawing for a door prize(s).
• We need to think about ways of improving the way revenue is handled in order to minimize the
efforts and still get the accounting by revenue source that we want. Lee reported that he was able to run a tab on all purchases this year and then pay with a check at the end of the event. However, this was simply a one-off accommodation. It was pointed out however, that it is human nature to spend more money if you can charge items and pay for them all at once, rather than to reach for cash every time you buy a raffle ticket, silent auction item, etc. Club members are to give this some thought for next year.
The outing for next year will be May 5th.
It was moved and passed that we donate $250 to the Elkhart Conservation Club towards their trout rearing program. This check will be presented at the upcoming May SJRVFF outing. It was also moved and passed that we donate $250 to Casting for Recovery.
Mike stated that we only have 6 blue and 6 yellow hats left.
Mike attended the NEITA meeting. He reported that they work closely with the state DNR. Mike also found out that there is a proposed slot limit for smallmouth bass state wide where those measuring between 12 and 15 inches have to be released.
TU Board of Directors
Mike announced that since the State of Indiana does not have a TU Council, we can actually nominate someone for the TU Board as a grass-roots nomination.
Fly Casting Class
Charlie Ray is willing to put on a fly casting clinic at our location. The cost would be $5 per person. For his beginner class, he limits the class to 5 participants and the class lasts for 3 hours. His advanced class is limited to 2 participants at a time and lasts for 1.5 hours. He has limited availability this summer. Two open dates are June 4 and June 18.
Lee also announced that the instructors from Ohio that held the Castapolooza at Leeper Park would put on a spey casting clinic for approximately $500 for 5 participants.
FlyMasters of Indianapolis
They are now an Orvis Gold level dealer. As such, they are willing to put on a fly fishing 101 clinic. More on that later.
We will have river cleanup work dates as follows:
We will meet at River bend Park at 8:00 for the cleanup dates.
Chris Wood stated that there is grant money available for stream improvement projects. He can provide resources to assist in the filing of applications for these grants. As this would probably require permits from the various state agencies, we may want to think about teaming up with SJRVFF who is well versed in the permitting process.
Dave Arrington had to cancel his presentation this month due to the fact that his company had an opportunity with a Canadian Airport that was having bird strikes. He left immediately for that airport.
Next Meeting – June 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library.
Lee Troyer – Secretary