2020 Stream Work Days

  • The trail cutting through Hoover Woods will be either Saturday June 13th or June 27th. The decision will be made at the June meeting.
  • In addition, due to many fallen trees there will need to be chainsaw work as well.
  • The other work days are July 11, 25, August 8, 22, and September 12 (all days are Saturday).

May Meeting Minutes

Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Meeting Minutes – May 13, 2020

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Mike Beachy  Chase Spaw

     Mark Holcomb    Steve Mack   Jon Christofeno  Wayne Andrews  John Hollister  Leonard Gustin

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for March 11, 2020 were approved.
  • There was no April meeting due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The May meeting was held outdoors at Riverbend Park, since the library was still closed.

Fishing Reports

  • Last couple of weeks the Little Elkhart has been outstanding! Blue wing olives, Caddis & Hendrickson hatches. All members present agree about the great fishing.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance $ 29,234.87 in all accounts.
  • LECTU received a $ 150 donation from Dr.Burns.
  • LECTU received a few requests for the Little Elkhart River guides ($30).
  • Received additional $ 370 for the Adopt-A-Trout mail-in.
  • The raffle results will be submitted to the Indiana State gaming commission with explanation.
  • Keith is preparing the LECTU annual financial report for TU National which is postponed until July 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Communications

  • The spring newsletter has been sent.
  • Jim Phillips has passed away since our March meeting. Please read the Memoriam to Jim and also the Memoriam to Charlie Ray in the spring newsletter.
  • There have been 6 guide requests and numerous emails seeking information on the Little Elkhart.

Little Elkhart River Guide (reprinted from March meeting minutes)

  • The river guide is outdated and contains obsolete information.
  • After discussion it was decided to keep the current tri-fold format for the guide. After it is updated and new copies printed, they will be available at No Charge.
  • Keith volunteered to work on a new draft for the guide.

LECTU Web-Site Manager

  • The LECTU web-site is often not updated, and contains old and stale information.
  • LECTU will search for someone that can take over full time management of the Web-Site.

Annual Spring Outing

  • The May 2 annual outing was postponed due to the pandemic.
  • After much discussion regarding a possible fall meeting a motion was made and carried that the meeting for 2020 be cancelled. We will hold our annual meeting on the first Saturday in May 2021.
  • Nicole Watson (the Featured Speaker) is willing to reschedule.

Corson County Park

  • Ronda DeCaire of the Elkhart County Parks stated that although the survey is complete there is an issue with the south boundary that needs to be resolved.
  • The county has submitted a Land and Water grant to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and there will be no more crop plantings.
  • The Zoning Board will meet within the next two months, and Ronda will notify LECTU.
  • LECTU does not yet have permission to use the lane. Please park near the road.

NLC Youth Education

  • Workgroup Skype meeting on May 6. Keith will report next meeting.

Cub Scouts

  • Contacted Mike Miller about the Fisherman fence “up and over” installation.
  • There have been no meetings due to Covid-19 and therefore no information.

Wood Duck Houses

  • Mark Holcomb has agreed to look into this for LECTU.

CITU

  • LECTU received a Thank You note from Central Indiana TU for our participation in the 3FT.
  • Mike donated a fly rod for their silent auction.

LECTU Fundraising

  • Pandemic has stifled this effort and we have postponed the annual outing until 2021.
  • Steve Mack will retain the information and leads.
  • Jim Lothary donated a brown trout carving.

Annual Adopt-A-Trout Raffle

  • Mail back generated $ 2,085.
  • Fly shows, sales at other clubs, and personal sales added to mail-in= over $4,000 without Outing!

Edward Donnelly Chapter

  • Nick guided the past president of the chapter (Jeff Goad) on May 7th. They fished the new Corson County park area. Jeff was quite impressed with the fishery.
  • The Edward Donnelly Chapter will donate $ 500-$1,000 to LECTU for our stream maintenance.
  • The Edward Donnelly Chapter also has a list of our work days, and plan to assist for conservation hours.

No Trespassing at Well Field 

  • New signs have been posted below the No Trespassing Signs. The new signs: “Fishing Permitted” This will remove any ambiguity regarding the access at this section of the Catch/Release.

Summer Work Days

  • The trail cutting through Hoover Woods will be either Saturday June 13th or June 27th. The decision will be made at the June meeting.
  • In addition, due to many fallen trees there will need to be chainsaw work as well.
  • The other work days are July 11, 25, August 8, 22, and September 12 (all days are Saturday).

Brown Trout Stocking

  • LECTU stocked The Little Elkhart with 500 brown trout at the Meadow in the Catch/Release area, and another 500 brown trout in the Corson County Park area.
  • The stocking was on Wednesday May 13th.
  • All the trout stocked were 10”-12” with some exceeding 13”

Riverfest 

  • The Middlebury Riverfest event is August 29th. Our contact is Tom Enright.
  • Keith will be the chairperson from LECTU for the event.

Adopt-A-Trout Drawing

  • The raffle was conducted at our May meeting since the outing was cancelled.
  • The Grand Prize winner was Larry Beachy.

Next Meeting – Wednesday – June 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Click here for the Spring 2020 Newsletter.

2020 Spring Outing


The 2020 Annual Spring Outing is: Postponed until later date

Due to Covid19 / CoronaVirus CDC Recommendations,

Trout Unlimited National Organization,

Middlebury Parks Department and LECTU Leadership.

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam
Jim Phillips
James (Jim) H Phillips, age 79 passed on Friday March 20, 2020. Jim was a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of Purdue University and a journalist with the Associated Press for 20 years. After retirement from the A.P. Jim returned to Goshen to care for his aged mother and began writing a weekly outdoor column for the Goshen News.

Jim was a founding member of the Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited and helped steer us into what we are today. Jim was instrumental in the establishment of Indiana’s only “Catch and Release” regulations on the Little Elkhart River, Cobus Creek and Solomon Creek. Jim’s ability to mend words, foresee and quell arguments were paramount in dealing with Indiana’s Governmental bureaucracy in writing our Catch and Release proposal. Without his help LECTU would have floundered in this endeavor.

President Mike Beachy said “Jim is the one who got me into fly fishing”. Back in 2001, Jim and Mike were fishing the Little Elkhart River on the opening day. Mike had brought an old fiberglass fly rod and a small box of old crusty flies along with his spinning gear. After catching and releasing several trout on spinning gear Beachy traded out his normal gear for the fly rod. Jim coached him into catching trout with the fly gear. That was it, Beachy was hooked.

Jim was the kind of guy that loved to play Devil’s advocate. That made him come across as kind of a cranky argumentative fellow but in reality he helped us to rethink issues and be observant of how the general public might view our problems and solutions.

March Meeting Minutes

Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Meeting Minutes – March 11, 2020

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips Mike Beachy Jim Mock

     Mark Holcomb    Steve Mack Court Walker   Jon Christofeno Wayne Andrews  Rick Weidow

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for February 12, 2020 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Nick and Jon Christofeno fished the Catch/Release section on Sunday March 8th. They reported catching 15 browns. Mike fished last week and reported catching 3 browns.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance $ 28,615.09 in all accounts.
  • LECTU received a $ 100 donation from Dr.Burns.
  • LECTU received a request for a Little Elkhart River guide ($5).
  • The following are the received Adopt-A-Trout ticket sales: 3FT $110, SJRVFF $150, Mail-In $250, 

3 Rivers Fly Show $700.

  • Keith is preparing the LECTU annual financial report for TU National which is due by April 2020.

Communications

  • The spring newsletter is nearly complete. Keith will write the article on the Featured Fly.
  • A Little Elkhart river guide was sent to Robert Bryant (Robert retired from NC and lives in FT.Wayne). 

Little Elkhart River Guide

  • The river guide is outdated and contains obsolete information.
  • After discussion it was decided to keep the current tri-fold format for the guide. After it is updated and new copies printed, they will be available at No Charge.
  • Keith volunteered to work on a new draft for the guide.

LECTU Web-Site

  • The LECTU web-site is often not updated, and contains old and stale information.
  • Steve Mack attended a TU National seminar last March regarding the TU Tackle Box. This is information and formatting for many chapter activities and is available to all chapters at no charge. The members agreed that an issue is available time for volunteers (in this case Brandon), especially those working full time and with family responsibilities.
  • LECTU will search for someone that can take over full time management of the Web-Site.

Corson County Park

  • The County is waiting on the official deed verification. In addition, they are waiting for the official grant notification which is due by July/August.

Outing Fundraiser

  • Steve Mack and Mike will review all donated items and sort them prior to the outing.
  • Any members collecting any items for the outing, please notify Steve or Mike.
  • Jim Lothary is donating a Brown Trout carving.
  • Steve Mack informed the members that do to tax law changes businesses are reluctant to give items as in the past, but prefer discounts on existing goods.
  • Mark Holcomb will be in Charge of the Silent Auction at the outing.

Annual Adopt-A-Trout Raffle

  • To Date Sales: Mail-In Tickets $1,715, Heartland Show $810, St. Joe $210, 3 Rivers Show $700, CITU Film $110.
  • Total Estimated: $ 3,545. 
  • Additional Mail-in sales are expected, and In Person sales at the outing are expected. We are tracking towards our normal expectations.

CITU Film Tour

  • The Central Indiana Trout Unlimited presented their film series on March 7th. It was a nice venue with bar, films, crowds, and silent auction. Our raffle sales were down ($110) due to the absence of our super sales person Tammy Loutzenhiser.

LECTU Streamer Class:

  • Jon Uhlenhop from Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters taught a class on Sunday March 8, 2020 .
  • The class was excellent according to our members that attended. Unfortunately attendance was not what LECTU expected. This was due to a number of issues: lack of advanced advertising, the venue moved just prior to the event, and last day cancellations.
  • Steve Mack indicated that LECTU will receive all left over material from Jon Uhlenhop. In addition Steve talked with the Hampton Inn manager who apologized for the cancellation. The Hampton will offer reduced rate rooms from May 1-11 for anyone attending the annual outing and staying to fish. Normal Rate: $119 LECTU Rate: $99.

Edward Donnelly Chapter

  • LECTU provided the chapter with three dates for a joint work project. No Response at the time of our meeting.

No Trespassing at Well Field 

  • New signs have been posted below the No Trespassing Signs. The new signs: “Clear to Fish”. This will remove any ambiguity regarding the access at this section of the Catch/Release.

LECTU Fly Tying

  • The winter LECTU fly tying will be Saturday March 28th at Keith Loutzenhiser’s house. Please contact Keith directly if you plan to attend.

Summer Work Days

  • Mike will select the work days for this summer, and they will be announced in the Newsletter.

LECTU Outing May 2nd

  • After discussion we will hold the large value items until the end of the raffle. This hopefully will keep the attendees to the end of the day.
  • 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. Nick will contact a friend with the “Purdue” bus.
  • 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.
  • Court Walker will again be responsible for the water and the pop.
  • LECTU is seeking a new casting instructor due to the passing of Charlie Ray. LECTU will contact Dane Schmucker to see if he is interested. It was also discussed that the fly casting course be named for Charlie Ray as a tribute to his service.
  • The Hampton Inn in Middlebury will discount rates for overnight attendees. Normal Rate: $ 119, LECTU Rate: $ 99. This is in effect from May 1 – May 11.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • Nick is working with the Crystal Springs Hatchery (Muskegon, MI) for the Brown Trout. LECTU is prepared to purchase 500 trout (6”-9”) and 500 trout (9”-13”).
  • The delivery and stocking will be approximately Mid-May. The exact date to be determined.

Riverfest 

  • The Middlebury Riverfest event is August 29th. Our contact is Tom Enright.
  • Oliver Miller will be the chairperson from LECTU for the event.

Next Meeting – Wednesday – April 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Charles M. “Charlie” Ray, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of our friend and member Charles M. “Charlie” Ray, Jr. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Charlie Ray

Born in Cranford, NJ on November 22, 1937, Charlie was a journalist early on in his career until beginning what would become his life’s passion.  Education and instruction.  It was his love of teaching that brought Charlie to the LECTU.  Charlie was a member of Trout Unlimited as well as the FFF.  He was an FFF certified fly casting instructor, and for many years Charlie volunteered his time with the LECTU to run our annual Spring Outing casting course as well as provide free casting instruction to anyone who came.  Charlie resided in Plymouth, IN with his wife Sue Ann.  He spent over 35 summers working at the Culver Military Academy Summer camps as a Division Commander, Program Director, Director of Tennis and Fly Fishing Instructor.  In addition, Charlie taught fly fishing for many of the area Park Departments.  He is survived by his loving wife, Sue Ann, sons Kenneth and Kevin, and daughters Kathleen and Kellie. 

Thank you Charlie for all that you have done for the LECTU and the sport of fly fishing.  You not only made us better fly fishermen and women, you made us better people because of the person you were.  Rest In Peace, Dear Friend.

-Court Walker

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

Meeting Minutes – January 8, 2020

Meeting Attendees

    Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips   Mike Beachy  Court Walker    Mark Holcomb    Steve Mack  John Hollister  Wayne Andrews  Lee Troyer  Rick Weidow    Craig Dulworth   Oliver Miller   Tom Sult   Brandon Rasler

Middlebury Library

  • Keith Loutzenhiser met with the library staff to reserve a room for our normal meeting. The room is reserved for the second Wednesday of each month in 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for December 11, 2019 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Mike reported that on December 29th in the Corson Park area a 17” brown. Now that deer season for 2019 is closed the full length of the Little Elkhart is now open for fishing.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance of $ 25,430.66 in all accounts as of December 2019.
  • Dr. Dan Burns sent a donation of $ 100
  • Dr. Larry Beachy donated the proceeds from his book sales ($ 135).
  • The McComis Charitable Foundation donated $ 1,500
  • Mike submitted the expenses for the outing (stamps, literature, envelopes, etc.) to Keith.

Communications

  • The winter newsletter is complete and has been sent to Brandon for publication on the LECTU website.
  • Frank Chontas a TU life-time member from Angola has transferred his chapter affiliation to LECTU.

Indiana Gaming Commision

  • The filing for our gaming license with the state of Indiana is complete and LECTU has the license.

Middlebury Parks Rental Agreement

  • The reservation for Riverbend Park in Middlebury on May 2, 2020 for the annual outing is complete.

LECTU Outing Printing

  • The tickets, fliers, and letter are complete. The members attending today’s meeting stuffed the envelopes at the end of the meeting. Mike will put them in the mail.

Outing Fundraiser

  • Mark Holcomb was able to purchase (2) Cortland fly rod outfits (with reel, line, backer) for 50% off,  for the silent auction at the outing.
  • Steve Mack received a donated Wright & McGill saltwater fly rod for the outing. In addition Steve received some donated fishing/murder mystery books for the outing.
  • Mike Beachy completed a BCR fly rod (6wt. St. Croix) that he is donating for the outing.

Annual Adopt-A-Trout Rod Raffle (reprinted from December 11, 2019 minutes)

  • LECTU has purchased a Winston Air 9ft. 5wt rod for our outing. In addition a Ross Evolution R 5/6 reel was purchased. Nick Halle (TU National) was very helpful in expediting this process.
  • There was a discrepancy between the listed cost ($475) and our payment ($605). Keith will contact Winston regarding this difference.

Corson County Park

  • There was no additional update on the progress of the new park.

H.A.M. Project

  • The HAM (Habitat Maintenance Project) Project delivered the hams on December 20th 2019.
  • The following recieved hams: Oesch 1, Schwartz(s) 3, Yoder 1, Hoover 1, Adam 1
  • The Schwartz(s) informed Mike that they had purchased the former Whetstone property on the Rowe Eden. This will enable LECTU to expand the fishing habitat from the junction of the Rowe Eden and the Little Elkhart River since this is now all Schwartz property.

Heartland Fly Show

  • Heartland Show (Indianapolis: January 18-19). LECTU attendees will arrive Friday afternoon for set-up.
  • Room reservations have been confirmed at the Quality Inn.
  • The attendees are Keith and Tammy Loutzenhiser, Nick Christofeno, Mike Beachy, Mark Holcomb, and Steve Mack

Winter Fly Tying

  • Keith Loutzenhiser has offered to host fly tying sessions at his home.
  • December’s meeting was cancelled. In addition the January is also cancelled due to schedule conflicts.
  • The next scheduled session will be Saturday February 22nd.

LECTU Streamer Class:

  • Jon Uhlenhop from Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters will teach a class on Sunday March 8, 2020.
  • Seating is limited and the cost is $50 per person. The reservation deadline is February 16, 2020.
  • The location is the Hampton Inn, Middlebury Indiana. The Hampton will extend a discount for any overnight attendees.
  • 3RFF, SJRVFF, and Duneland FF have all been invited via digital to Curly Hodgson & Eric Graham.
  • Printed handouts will be distributed at the 3RFF show, and the SJRVFF meeting.
  • Steve Mack is working with the Middlebury Subway to provide sandwiches, etc.
  • Steve is also working with the Hampton to secure room discounts for the May 2nd outing.

LECTU HATS

  • Craig Dulworth reported that he could procure hats for $ 7.00 each (any color/any design). The order minimum was 144 hats.
  • The members did not want to commit to that number of hats. The decision was postponed.

LECTU SWAG

  • Tom Sult reported that he was able and willing to design unique t-shirts and sweatshirts for LECTU.

No Trespassing at Well Field

  • Lee Troyer talked with Ron Cupp of the Middlebury Water Department. The no trespassing were not intended to prevent LECTU from fishing access.
  • Signs will be added “Fishermen Exempt” and/or “Fishermen Access Granted”
  • Lee will follow-up with Ron Cupp to finalize the verbiage for the signs.
  • Signs are recommended for the beginning, middle, and end of the Catch/Release area.

LECTU Member Fishing Trip

  • The members have shown an interest for a fishing trip to the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.
  • A $500 deposit has been paid to the lodge for the weekend Thursday June 18 to Sunday June 21.
  • Check-in Thursday June 18 at 3:00pm, Check-out Sunday June 21 at 10:00am.

Next Meeting – Wednesday – February 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – December 11, 2019

Meeting Attendees

    Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips   Mike Beachy  Jim Mock    Mark Holcomb    Steve Mack  John Hollister  Wayne Andrews  Lee Troyer  Leonard Gustin     Oliver Miller   Tom Sult

Middlebury Library

  • Keith Loutzenhiser will meet with the library staff to reserve a room for our normal meeting times in 2020. The meetings are always the second Wednesday of the month (7:00 to 8:00pm)

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for November 13, 2019 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Mike reported that on December 7th he caught 6 browns (Well Field to the Park) on large soft hackles and a black leech. He had also been out a couple weeks earlier and caught a few browns

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance of $ 27,657.61 in all accounts as of December 2019.
  • Dr. Dan Burns sent a donation of $ 100
  • $50 was sent to the Indiana Gaming Commission along with the ST-105 forms required for the annual raffle.
  • Jeff Yates of TU National will receive the annual Financial Reports when they are complete. There was a discussion to align the LECTU elections with the new fiscal year. This would eliminate an unnecessary overlap of our financial reporting. LECTU will decide within the next few meetings.

Communications

  • The winter newsletter has been started. Mark Holcomb and Oliver Miller will be contributing articles. The newsletter will be sent after the articles are submitted.
  • Nick Christofeno presented a program at Butler University on November 12th. The program was well received and three people signed up as members to TU.

Indiana Gaming Commision

  • The filing for our gaming license with the state of Indiana (annual raffle and outing) was unnecessarily difficult with the state requiring a confirmed date, and the town of Middlebury not willing to grant a date until 2020. Tom Enright of the Parks Commission assisted LECTU by verbally confirming the date, and the signing the necessary documents. Tom is an asset to LECTU.
  • The documents have all been submitted to the State of Indiana for approval.

Middlebury Parks Rental Agreement

  • Keith will sign the rental agreement with the town of Middlebury in January 2020, and also pay them the $ 50 reservation fee.

LECTU Outing Printing

  • Brandon Rasler sent the formatted flier to Steve Mack and Mike. Steve will forward this information to Keith. Keith will arrange for the printing through Mapleleaf Printing.
  • The total printing package will contain 500 fliers for mailing, 1,000 fliers for distribution, the solicitation letter, and the annual raffle tickets.
  • The printing package should be available one week after submittal by Keith.

Outing Fundraiser

  • Steve Mack has been in discussions with Yeti and Kong Cooler regarding donating to the outing. Kong Cooler (Local Distributor) will donate, but would like to advertise at the outing. Steve will contact the local distributor with tentative approval of LECTU.
  • Steve contacted the Hampton Inn (Middlebury). The Hampton will grant LECTU a 15% discount for Friday/Saturday of our outing weekend (May 1st and 2nd). In addition Steve will reserve a room for our Featured Speaker (Nicole Watson of Michigan State who will speak of reintroducing Artic Grayling to Michigan).
  • Steve has been in contact with John Uhlenhop (noted fly tier and published author) regarding his availability for a fly tying event. The Hampton room cost will be $ 150.
  • The demonstration would consist of 3 flies for the Intermediate to Advanced Tier with a maximum of 15 participants. A tentative date of February 23rd (alternate date: March 8th) was agreed by the members present.
  • Additional expenses such as lunch, and any participation fee will be determined at our next meeting.

Annual Adopt-A-Trout Rod Raffle

  • LECTU has purchased a Winston Air 9ft. 5wt rod for our outing. In addition a Ross Evolution R 5/6 reel was purchased. Nick Halle (TU National) was very helpful in expediting this process.
  • There was a discrepancy between the listed cost ($475) and our payment ($605). Keith will contact Winston regarding this difference.

Corson County Park

  • There was no additional update on the progress of the new park.

H.A.M. Project

  • The HAM (Habitat Maintenance Project) Project will again provide hams to the property owners on the Little Elkhart catch/release section of the river. Nick has ordered the hams, and Nick and Mike will deliver them on Saturday December 21st.
  • The following will receive hams: Oesch 1, Schwartz(s) 3, Yoder 1, Hoover 1, Adam 1

Heartland Fly Show

  • Heartland Show (Indianapolis: January 18-19). Mike contacted Joe (The Show Guy) since the LECTU location in the past has not been very good. However as a Non-Profit LECTU does not pay a fee. Therefore we have little chance to receive an upgrade.
  • LECTU will reserve four rooms for members. The following have confirmed that they will attend. Keith Loutzenhiser (and spouse), Mike Beachy, Lee Troyer, Mark Holcomb.
  • Any additional members wishing to participate need to contact directly.

Winter Fly Tying

  • Keith Loutzenhiser has offered to host fly tying sessions at his home. These will be held the second Saturday of the month.
  • December 14, January 11, and February 8. Due to possible conflicts dates in March and April will be determined.
  • Oliver Miller and a couple other members have confirmed for Saturday December 14th.

LECTU Hats

  • Craig was not at the December meeting and no information was provided (see below).
  • The members decided that LECTU hats to sell would be a worthwhile venture. Craig Dulworth will investigate let the members know the details at the next meeting.

No Trespassing at Well Field

  • While fishing the Catch/Release section of the Little Elkhart, Mike encountered No Trespassing Signs posted at Well Field.
  • Although these apparently are not intended for LECTU members fishing that section there is cause for concern.
  • Tom Enright of the Parks Department will investigate and address our concerns.

LECTU Member Fishing Trip

  • The members have shown an interest for a fishing trip to the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.
  • Steve Mack reported that Orrit Tout Lodge on Spring Creek would be able to accommodate 10 members. LECTU would need to book for three days at a total of $ 2,170 ($ 217 per person).
  • Steve will contact Orrit and reserve the lodge for June 11, 12,13 (Thurs., Fri., Sat).

Next Meeting – Wednesday – January 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary