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Meeting Minutes – August 10, 2011

Meeting Attendees

Wayne Andrews, Mike Beachy, Tom Cripe, Leonard Gustin, Brandon Rasler, Carlisle Roose, Lee Troyer, Court Walker

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the July meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports

Tom Cripe reported catching a 15” rainbow at Tornado Bend on June 22nd.
Mike B. caught 4 browns and 2 rainbows on July 29 downstream from Chris Miller’s place.
July 31, Mike caught 1 rainbow on the Rowe Eden and 4 browns and 2 rainbows on the Little Elkhart.
Mile and Chris spoke with a bait fisherman at CR 35 who said he had just caught and killed his 163rd
trout of the season.

Fish Shocking

Daragh Deegan did some shocking on the Little Elkhart upstream of SR 120. That resulted in 2 browns
from 10” – 12” and 6 rainbows ranging from 11 1/2 “ to 14+”.

Treasurer’s Report

There was no Treasurer’s report as Don Fiwek was not in attendance.


It was decided that we publish a fall newsletter in late September, prior to the deer hunting season.
There is a lot of deer hunting that takes place along the Little Elkhart corridor and anglers need to be
reminded to be cautious.

Beginning Fly Casting Class

A beginner fly fishing class will be held on August 27th and will be limited to 5 participants. Charlie Ray
will be the instructor. Cost will be $10. It will start at 9:00 AM and end at 11:00 AM. We still have room
for one more participant.

River Fest Report

LECTU participated with the Middlebury Parks Dept in the planning and running of the Middlebury River
Fest held on July 16th. It was estimated that 250 people attended. LECTU had a booth, demonstrated
fly tying and also fly casting. While LECTU did not have a lot of traffic, we did make several worthwhile
contacts. In addition, it was a good community program for our club to support.

Youth Fishing Derby

Middlebury is having their Youth Fishing Derby at the Essebhaus ponds on Saturday, August 13th from 9

– 11AM. Our club has helped in the past and we will help again this year. Court, Brandon, Mike and Lee
will help to measure and count fish. Volunteers are to be there at 8:30 AM.

River Work Days

We have had 3 work days thus far. In previous work days, we cleaned out from Tornado Bend to
Rassler’s Run. Last Saturday, we removed tree tops and built wing dams below Rassler’s Run. We will
have a work day on September 17 and the goal will be to complete the work to the steel bridge.

Indiana on the Fly

The date for the event in 2012 is Saturday, January 7th. Mike Beachy will get us registered for the event.

Indiana Gaming Commission

The Indiana Gaming Commission is having a seminar on gaming permits in South Bend on August 26th
from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM on the process of gaming permits. We applied and received a gaming permit
for our raffle for this year’s spring outing.

Stream Improvement Planning

Mike Beachy and John Law of the SJRVFF did a walk through from CR 43 to the Schwartz’s property. A
large extent of this stretch is loaded with sand with very little habitat. John suggested that our best
approach in improving the habitat in this stretch is to cut some trees that are leaning over the river in
such a way that it will push water to the other side to create holes for habitat. In addition, rocks placed
along the banks would protect and stabilize the banks. This work would be done in concert with the
landowner. John will write up his plans and work on getting the required permits.


The Great Lakes Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers is conducting a study on the effects on pre-
fracking on the Au Sable and Manistee rivers. They are raising funds for this. Lee suggested that
possibly LECTU would do a matching fund deal up to a certain pre-defined limit. This will be tabled until
the next meeting when our Treasurer will be in attendance.


John Legg of Fort Wayne inquired about fishing the Little Elkhart. Mike Beachy responded by giving him
some guidance.

Officer Elections

The officer elections for LECTU will be held at the September meeting. Jim Phillips term as a director will
be up and will be replaced by a director for a 3 year term. Court Walker has announced that he will run
for that position.

Trout Stocking

There was considerable discussion about our trout stocking plans for 2012. The discussion centered
around whether we should stock larger browns or smaller browns. Leonard suggested that this would
be a good time to determine as a club what our long term stocking goals should be and what we are
trying to achieve long term.

Next Meeting

September 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library.
Lee Troyer – Secretary