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Meeting Minutes – February 12, 2020

Meeting Attendees

    Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips Mike Beachy Jim Mock   Mark Holcomb    Steve Mack Lee Troyer   Leonard Gustin Tom Cripe Jon Christofeno

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for January 8, 2020 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Nick reported fishing on Sunday February 8th. He fished the Little Elkhart upstream from the Meadow, and caught +10 browns using streamers and European Nymphing.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance of $ 27,126.87 in all accounts as of December 2019.
  • Dr. Dan Burns sent a donation of $ 100.
  • New Income from the sale of the Adopt-A-Trout raffle tickets as follows: $1,545 from all mail-in tickets, $60 from SJVFF, $ 810 from the 2-day Heartland Fly Fishing Show.
  • LECTU received $5 for a Little Elkhart River Guide.
  • LECTU received the 1099 form from Teacher’s Credit Union
  • The receipt for the H.A.M. project was submitted to Keith.
  • Mike reported that numerous mail-in tickets received had amounts higher than the amount of tickets purchased. This money will be considered donations and added to the Adopt-A-Trout fund.

Communications

  • The winter newsletter has been sent to members, but not yet posted to the web-site.
  • The spring newsletter will be short and primarily focus on the Annual Outing (May 2nd), Official Opening Day for Indiana trout fishing, and the closing of sections of the Catch/Release area due to Turkey Hunting season of the Amish landowners.
  • A Little Elkhart river guide was sent to Jim Oresko (Crown Point, IN).

Corson County Park

  • There were no additional updates on the progress of the new park.

Outing Fundraiser

  • Tom Barnowski (Chicago Guy from the Tinley Park Show) will donate a custom fly rod.
  • Members are encouraged to canvass local shops/businesses for free stuff for the outing. Places to canvass: Tackle Shack, Rusty Hook, Big R, North Webstee/Syracuse
  • Per Steve Mack: Keough has indicated they will donate (gift to be determined), Hawkins will donate a guided trip or a discounted 2-day trip.
  • Steve Mack will visit Clear H2O and Rusty Hook.
  • Leonard Gustin will donate a 8.5 ft/ 4 wt rod.

Annual Adopt-A-Trout 

  • $810 from the Heartland Show, $60 from SJVFF, $ 1,545 from the mail-in tickets.
  • $2,415 year-to-date sales without any individual sales.
  • Outing Sales, 3RFF Show, CITU film tour still ahead. The sales at this point are at previous year expectations.

Heartland Fly Show

  • Heartland Show was held in Indianapolis: January 18-19. LECTU participated for both days.
  • The show was well attended on Saturday, but very sparse on Sunday. Unfortunately LECTU was set-up in the back room again which greatly diminishes our contact with the attendees.
  • Mike reported talking to LECTU members from both Muncie and Lafayette. They expressed appreciation for our efforts to maintain the Little Elkhart has a sustainable fishery.

3RFF Fly Show

  • The show is Saturday Feb. 15th. Mike contacted Curly (3RFF) and LECTU can set-up Saturday morning. The location will be the same as in previous years. The show starts at 9:00am.
  • Keith, Tammy, Mike, Nick, and Leonard will attend. 
  • Mike will bring display and show set-up equipment.

CITU Film Tour

  • The Central Indiana TU will present a film tour on Saturday March 7th at the Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple.
  • Mike, Nick, Steve Mack, and Mark Holcomb plan to attend.
  • LECTU will not be able to set-up a presentation but will be allowed to sell Adopt-A-Trout tickets.

LECTU Streamer Class:

  • Jon Uhlenhop from Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters will teach a class on Sunday March 8, 2020 at the Hampton Inn (Middlebury, IN).
  • Jon plans to tie six flies and supply the materials and thread.
  • 4 Duneland guys are expected. Steve, Mike, and Nick from LECTU are also attending.
  • LECTU will continue to solicit attendees from other clubs and organizations.

Edward Donnelly Chapter

  • Bill Wobbekind (The Conservation Project Chairperson) of the Edward Donnelly Chapter of TU which is based in Chicago contacted LECTU regarding participating in some of the Little Elkhart river projects.
  • The Edward Donnelly Chapter is willing to donate money and volunteers for a Group Conservation Project.
  • LECTU will contact them and offer the following dates for the project: July, 11th, 18th, and 25th.

No Trespassing at Well Field 

  • Lee Troyer talked with Ron Cupp of the Middlebury Water Department. The no trespassing signs were not intended to prevent LECTU from fishing access. 
  • Signs will be added below the current signs “Fishing Access Permitted”.

LECTU Fly Tying

  • The winter LECTU fly tying will be Saturday February 22nd at Keith Loutzenhiser’s house.
  • Mike will demo a fly (Little E – Baby Leech). Flies will tied for donation fly boxes.

LECTU Outing May 2nd

  • There will be a stream access tour again this year. The church bus is no longer available, and a van or bus needs to be arranged.
  • Keith will handle the rental of the PA System (including amp and cordless microphone). Keith will also rent the chairs.
  • Steve Mack will provide the screen and laptop.
  • John Hollister will again be the LECTU chef.

LECTU Member Fishing Trip

  • The $500 deposit has been made to the Lodge.
  • Thursday June 18th 3:00pm check-in. Sunday June 21st 11:00am check-out.
  • The Lodge is located on Spring Creek which is a tributary of the Timber Coulee. This is the Driftless Area of Wisconsin (Coon Valley).

Brown Trout Stocking

  • The planning and responsibilities for the Brown Trout stocking will now be handled by Nick Christofeno instead of Lee Troyer.
  • The members agreed that a spring and fall stocking as happened in 2019 should continue.

New Business

  • The members present agreed to donate $200 to the ST. Joe Valley Fly Fishing club for their annual Ty-A-Thon. Mike will contact Tim Scott with this information.

Next Meeting – Wednesday – March 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary