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Meeting Minutes – March 10, 2021

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser   Mark Holcomb   Nick Christofeno  Jim Mock

     Ian Steigmeyer

SPECIAL NOTICE:

  • Due to the ongoing restrictions at the Middlebury Library because of Covid-19 the next meeting on Wednesday April 14, 2021 will be held at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser.
  • Keith’s Address: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for February 10, 2021 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Nick reported catching a brown near County Rd. 35 (Sunday 3/7) on a white/tan streamer pattern.  Ian Steigmeyer fished the area at the new Corson Park today before the meeting and reported catching a 14” brown on a white clouser minnow. Tom V. also fished before today’s meeting and caught a brown at County Rd. 43 on a black woolly bugger.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser submitted a verbal report for February 2021. He reported $ 28,659.79 balance summary for all accounts. 
  • LECTU needed to pay late fee charges on an over dated (90 days) check deposit.

Communications

  • Due to health issues Brandon Rasler was unable to publish the combined Summer/Fall edition of the Newsletter. The Newsletter will be released shortly.
  • The Winter/Spring edition of the Newsletter is being prepared and will also be ready shortly.

Fly Boxes from New Phase

  • LECTU approved a reorder of fly boxes and Mike will place a new order.

Film Tour Fundraiser

  • The deadline expired for this project before LECTU was able to submit an application. Therefore LECTU will not participate on the Film Fundraiser.

Little Elkhart River Guide 

  • Mike is working on a new draft, and then he and Keith will review before submitting to a printer.
  • Access points to be highlighted with blow-ups of key sections.

LECTU Web-Site Manager 

  • Ian Steigmeyer has volunteered to assume the job of Web-Site Manager. He will contact Brandon Rasler and begin the transition.

Corson County Park (Reprinted from January 13, 2021)

  • There is no new information from the County about the park, since they are waiting on a Federal Grant. As soon as there is progress Rhonda DeClaire of the Parks Dept. will contact LECTU.
  • New construction of building sites, roads, and retaining pond has started next to the park land.
  • When fishing this section stay back from the first house downstream from the access trail.

LECTU Annual Hats

  • The next four years (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024) of the annual hats arrived and Keith has them. 

Wood Duck Houses

  • A local girl-scout troop made duck houses and donated them to LECTU for installation.
  • Mark Holcomb reported that six houses were installed at The Meadow on Saturday February 27th. LECTU will review other sites for installation of the remaining duck houses.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • Nick submitted the stocking application to the state, and LECTU is waiting for the approval.
  • Nick has placed an order with Crystal Springs hatchery for 1,000 trout (13”-14”). Nick reported that since these are now two year old trout, some will be in the 15”-16” size.
  • The plan will be to stock 500 at The Meadow, and 500 near the Corson County Park area. The date of the stocking is still to be determined.

H.A.M. Project 

  • Hams will be distributed before Easter (April 4th). Nick will order the hams.
  • Seven Total: 1)Oesh, 3)Schwartz, 2)Yoder, and 1)Hoover (The extra Yoder ham is for his son).

LECTU Fly Tying

  • The last winter fly tying session will be Saturday March 20th. This will be 9:00am to Noon, and will be at Keith Loutzenhiser’s house.

Tie-A-Thon

  • 100 flies were tied on Sunday February 28th. These will be donated to the TU Youth Program.

LECTU (Future Meeting Place)(reprinted from February 2021 Minutes)

  • Chris Miller owns a primitive cabin (no heat, no facilities) on The Little Elkhart. This cabin is located on County Rd. 8 near County Rd. 10. Mike will speak with Chris regarding the cabin.

Summer Work Project(reprinted from February 2021 Minutes)

  • Wilbur Yoder contacted Mike regarding LECTU assistance with work on his bridge crossing the Little Elkhart at The Meadow. 
  • LECTU will focus on this area for the summer work project. In addition, LECTU will create a rock dam downstream from the bridge.

LECTU Meeting Place

Next Meeting – Wednesday – April 14, 2021

  • NOTE: Due to Library restrictions we will meet at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser. Address for Keith: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – February 10, 2021

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Mike Beachy   Mark Holcomb    Steve Mack

     Kevin Burkeen   Ian Steigmeyer

SPECIAL NOTICE:

  • Due to the ongoing restrictions at the Middlebury Library because of Covid-19 the next meeting on Wednesday March 10, 2021 will be held at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser.
  • Keith’s Address: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for January 13, 2021 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Mike and Steve Mack fished last Wednesday (2/3/2021) and reported that The Little Elkhart was extremely low and no fish caught. Mike reported catching one brown on 1/27/2021.
  • Steve Mack with this week with Dr. McComis and reported no fish caught.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser submitted the report for January 2021. The total for all accounts is $28,776.53
  • LECTU received $ 50 from Dr. Dan Burns.
  • LECTU received $ 5 for a fishing guide, and $ 114 for fly boxes.
  • LECTU received a Tax Form from Teacher’s Credit Union. Keith will complete and return.

Communications

  • Due to health issues Brandon Rasler was unable to publish the combined Summer/Fall edition of the Newsletter. The Newsletter will be released shortly, and we wish Brandon a speedy recovery
  • The preparation for the 2021 Winter Newsletter has begun. Kevin Burkeen and Tom Vanderputten will contribute articles for the newsletter.
  • Mike was contacted through TU.org by David Lasser of Merrillville. David is currently a member and is interested in fishing The Little Elkhart. Mike sent him a guide and map.

Fly Boxes from New Phase

  • LECTU approved a reorder of fly boxes with the LECTU Logo. Mike will reorder using the LECTU credit card.

Film Tour Fundraiser

  • Steve Mack reported on the 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T). Steve received information from Jeffrey Yates at TU National that there will be no in person venues for 2021. The F3T will be completely digital-only. LECTU can apply to F3T to sell the TV access to our members. LECTU will receive $ 2 per sale.
  • Steve will contact Sanford Anthony to get this set-up.
  • Steve suggested that our regular donors be recognized on the LECTU web-site. In addition, a hyper-link should be set-up so that our members can visit the donor sites as well.

Little Elkhart River Guide 

  • Mike will rewrite the guide with assistance from Keith. Mike and Keith will start will new draft.
  • Access points to be highlighted with blow-ups of key sections.

LECTU Web-Site Manager 

  • Ian Steigmeyer a new member from Fort Wayne has tentatively volunteered to take over the duties of web manager for the LECTU site.
  • Mike will contact Brandon and initiate a transfer of responsibility.

Corson County Park (Reprinted from January 13, 2021)

  • There is no new information from the County about the park, since they are waiting on a Federal Grant. As soon as there is progress Rhonda DeClaire of the Parks Dept. will contact LECTU.
  • New construction of building sites, roads, and retaining pond has started next to the park land.
  • When fishing this section stay back from the first house downstream from the access trail.

LECTU Annual Hats

  • Keith has hats on order for 4 years (2021,22,23,24). This will take advantage of discount pricing.

Wood Duck Houses

  • A local girl scout project made duck houses and has donated them to LECTU for installation.
  • LECTU will install these on trees, and free-standing posts. We will need volunteers to assist.
  • LECTU will install the first of the Duck Houses at the Wilbur Yoder farm property on Saturday February 27th. All volunteers will meet at River Bend Park in Middlebury that morning 10:00am.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • Nick is completing the paperwork for submittal to the State of Indiana for permission to stock brown trout in 2021
  • Nick has placed an order with Crystal Springs hatchery for 1,000 trout (13”-14”).

H.A.M. Project (Reprinted from January 2021)

  • The Habitat Access Management project which is giving hams to the property owners was not completed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • LECTU will schedule the HAM project for April 2021.

LECTU Fly Tying

  • The dates for the winter tying sessions are Feb. 20, and March 20th. These are all Saturday and the time is 9:00am to Noon, all sessions will be at Keith Loutzenhiser’s house.

Tie-A-Thon

  • The St. Joe River Valley Fly Tiers will have their annual Tie-A-Thon on Sunday Feb.28th. The event will be from 9:00am until the goal is reached.
  • LECTU will donate $ 200 and 100 flies for this event. This will also be at Keith’s house.

LECTU (Future Meeting Place)

  • Chris Miller owns a primitive cabin (no heat, no facilities) on The Little Elkhart. This cabin is located on County Rd. 8 near County Rd. 10. Mike will speak with Chris regarding the cabin.

Summer Work Project

  • Wilbur Yoder contacted Mike regarding LECTU assistance with work on his bridge crossing the Little Elkhart at The Meadow. 
  • LECTU will focus on the for the summer work project. In addition, LECTU will create a rock dam downstream from the bridge.

LECTU Meeting Place

Next Meeting – Wednesday – March 10, 2021

  • NOTE: Due to Library restrictions we will meet at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser. Address for Keith: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2021

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Mike Beachy  

     Mark Holcomb    Tom Sult   Jim Mauck

SPECIAL NOTICE:

  • Due to the ongoing restrictions at the Middlebury Library because of Covid-19 the next meeting on Wednesday February 10, 2020 will be held at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser.
  • Keith’s Address: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540
  • The LECTU meetings for November and December 2020 were cancelled due to the Corona pandemic resurgence in Indiana and Elkhart County.

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for October 14, 2020 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Mike reported that he fished today (1/13/2021). He fished The Meadow and caught 3 browns with one being 17”. He was using a new streamer (Polar Bear) that he made.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser submitted the report for all activity since October 2020. The total for all accounts is $ 26,968.78
  • LECTU received $ 300 from Dr. Dan Burns.
  • LECTU received $ 5 for a fishing guide, and $ 75 for fly boxes.
  • LECTU received $ 1,500 from the McComis Foundation. Steve Mack sent a thank-you to Dr. McComis for LECTU.

Communications

  • Due to health issues Brandon Rasler was unable to publish the combined Summer/Fall edition of the Newsletter. The Newsletter will be released shortly, and we wish Brandon a speedy recovery
  • The preparation for the 2021 Winter Newsletter has begun.

Little Elkhart River Guide (Reprinted from September 2020)

  • Mike will rewrite the guide with assistance from Keith.
  • Access points to be highlighted with blow-ups of key sections.

LECTU Web-Site Manager (Reprinted from September 2020)

  • 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. 

Corson County Park 

  • There is no new information from the County about the park, since they are waiting on a Federal Grant. As soon as there is progress Rhonda DeClaire of the Parks Dept. will contact LECTU.
  • New construction of building sites, roads, and retaining pond has started next to the park land.
  • When fishing this section stay back from the first house downstream from the access trail.

River Work Project

  • On October 24, 2020 Jim (Middlebury Parks), Mark & Caleb Holcomb, Tom V., and Mike B. put in 4 hours each for a total of 20 volunteer hours.
  • The project was the removal of a log jam in Riverbend Park just above the bank stabilization project. LECTU cut and removed the logs and then cabled them to the bank to create a V sluice.

LECTU Annual Hats

  • Keith has hats on order for 4 years (2021,22,23,24). This will take advantage of discount pricing.

Wood Duck Houses

  • A local girl scout project made duck houses and has donated them to LECTU for installation.
  • LECTU has designated Saturday February 27th as the day to install these along the Little Elkhart.
  • LECTU will install these on trees, and free-standing posts. We will need volunteers to assist.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • Nick is completing the paperwork for submittal to the State of Indiana for permission to stock brown trout in 2021
  • Nick has placed a verbal order with Crystal Springs hatchery for 2,500 trout.

H.A.M. Project

  • The Habitat Access Management project which is giving hams to the property owners was not completed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • LECTU will schedule the HAM project for April 2021.

LECTU Fly Tying

  • The dates for the winter tying sessions are Jan. 23, Feb. 20, and March 20th. These are all Saturday and the time is 9:00am to Noon.
  • All sessions will be at Keith Loutzenhiser’s house.

Tie-A-Thon

  • The St. Joe River Valley Fly Tiers will have their annual Tie-A-Thon on Sunday Feb.28th. The event will be from 9:00am until the goal is reached.
  • LECTU will donate $ 200 and 100 flies for this event.

LECTU Meeting Place

Next Meeting – Wednesday – February 10, 2021

  • NOTE: Due to Library restrictions we will meet at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser. 
  • Address for Keith: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Annual Outing

  • Since the Middlebury Parks Department is still not reserving any parks, LECTU will not schedule the outing at the normal date in May. We will monitor the situation and decide on a monthly basis.

Adopt-A-Trout

  • The 2021 Adopt-A-Trout raffle has also been postponed.

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – October 14, 2020

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Mike Beachy  

     Jon Christofeno   Mark Holcomb  

SPECIAL NOTICE:

  • Due to the ongoing restrictions at the Middlebury Library because of Covid-19 the next meeting on Wednesday November 11, 2020 will be held at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser.
  • Keith’s Address: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for September 9, 2020 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • The water is low, clear, and cool. The river bottom is covered with a fine silt.
  • Mike reported fishing the new Corson Park area with a Jig Leach Bomb and did well.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser submitted the report for September. The total for all accounts is $ 26,851.97
  • LECTU received $ 50 from Dr. Dan Burns
  • LECTU received $ 500 from 3RFF as a donation. Steve Mack (Fund Raising Chairman) will send 3RFF a thank you letter.

Communications

  • The newsletter will be a Summer/Fall Double issue newsletter. Summer photos of each phase of the stream work with narrative of the construction method and the purpose (to meander the stream). Featured fly in addition to articles on summer and fall techniques for the Little Elkhart.
  • The newsletter is complete and submitted to Brandon for publishing.
  • Keith contacted Andy Loffredo (TU National Volunteer Chairman) regarding the TU 5 Rivers program. The 5 Rivers program is an outreach for college campuses. LECTU has been contacted by Connor Flora of IU regarding his efforts to establish a fly fishing club at IU. Keith will facilitate the contact with Connor and the 5 Rivers program.

T.U. Service Partnership

  • This is a TU program for first responders (Military, Medical, Fire, Law Enforcement) introducing them to TU and fly fishing. TU gives a free 1 year membership.
  • LECTU will do an outreach with local first responders.

Little Elkhart River Guide (Reprinted from September)

  • Mike will rewrite the guide with assistance from Keith.
  • Access points to be highlighted with blow-ups of key sections.

LECTU Web-Site Manager (Reprinted from September)

  • 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. 

Corson County Park (Reprinted from September)

  • There is no new information from the County about the park.
  • New construction of building sites, roads, and retaining pond has started next to the park land.
  • When fishing this section stay back from the first house downstream from the access trail.

Middlebury Youth Fishing Contest

  • Tom Enright (Middlebury Parks) and LECTU (Sponsorship) were planning to host this event, but it was cancelled for this year.

Summer Work Project

  • LECTU “Kicked Ash” this summer. Lots of dead ash trees were felled, and repurposed in the river. A great deal was accomplished this year. 
  • Next summer will require additional wall work (supporting the bank to prevent erosion and create trout habitat). 
  • Mike proposed the idea of creating a Mid-River man-made island with bank reinforcement on each side.

Middlebury Parks

  • There is a log jam forming at the lunker box work project site at River Bend Park.
  • Tom Enright has requested assistance from LECTU to remove the log jam
  • LECTU (Mike B, Nick C, Mark H, and Tom V) will assist the parks department Saturday 

October 24th.

Electrofishing

  • Nick reported that Carlson Ross of IDEM performed an electroshocking of the Little Elkhart near County Rd. 35. The state was taking tissue sample from bass, white suckers, and trout in order to assess the water quality and river conditions. 
  • There were lots of browns, and a couple of lunker size.

LECTU Annual Hats

  • Keith has taken over this responsibility from Lee Troyer, and order hats for 2021.

3RFF

  • The 3RFF has cancelled the February 13, 2021 fly fishing show in Fort Wayne. Since this show and others during the winter are a major source for our annual raffle sale, this could pose a fundraising issue for LECTU.
  • The LECTU annual outing (normally the first Saturday in May) is also in jeopardy. A final decision will be made during our December meeting.

LECTU Meeting Place

Next Meeting – Wednesday – November 11, 2020

  • NOTE: Due to Library restrictions we will meet at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser. 
  • Address for Keith: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540
  • LECTU is attempting to source an alternative meeting place for our winter meetings.

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – September 9, 2020

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Mike Beachy  

     Jon Christofeno   Mark Holcomb  Lee Troyer  Wayne Andrews  Jim Mauck

SPECIAL NOTICE:

  • Due to the ongoing restrictions at the Middlebury Library because of Covid-19 the next meeting on Wednesday October 14, 2020 will be held at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser.
  • Keith’s Address: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Meeting Minutes

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

Fishing Reports

  • The water temperatures have been good with cool nights. The low water levels have caused the fishing to be tricky. Dries and baby leech patterns have been successful.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser submitted the report for August. The total for all accounts is $ 26,199.43
  • LECTU received $ 150 from Dr. Dan Burns
  • LECTU received a legal notice from INterra regarding Mandatory Arbitration with disputes.
  • LECTU received dues reimbursement from TU National. The total was $ 767.50

Communications

  • The summer newsletter is nearly complete and will be sent out soon.

Little Elkhart River Guide 

  • Mike will rewrite the guide with assistance from Keith.
  • Access points to be highlighted with blow-ups of key sections.

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. 

Corson County Park

  • There is no new information from the County about the park.
  • New construction of building sites, roads, and retaining pond has started next to the park land.
  • When fishing this section stay back from the first house downstream from the access trail.

Middlebury Youth Fishing Contest

  • Tom Enright (Middlebury Parks) and LECTU (Sponsorship) will jointly host this venture.
  • Tom is getting permission from The Essenhaus and LECTU will provide prizes.
  • Keith Loutzenhiser will be the contact person at LECTU. We need additional volunteers.
  • The plan is to have the event in early October.

Summer Work Days

  • Saturday September 12th was the last scheduled work day for this year.
  • Mike and Nick will lead a team of Nick’s friends.
  • Mike and Wayne Andrews will work Friday September 11th to pre-drill logs.

TU Youth Report

  • The national TU youth director will interview Keith regarding the youth volunteer hours submitted to TU National by LECTU.

Chris Wood TU CE0

  • Mike and Nick have a scheduled Zoom Meeting on September 22nd with Chris Wood.

Electrofishing

  • Nick received an email from Carlson Ross from IDEM who will be conducting a study of fish tissue samples. 
  • Nick will assist Carlson Ross with access to the Little Elkhart.

LECTU Annual Hats

  • We will need a new source for 2021 LECTU hats. We will research new vendors.

Next Meeting – Wednesday – October 14, 2020

  • NOTE: Due to Library restrictions we will meet at the home of Keith Loutzenhiser. 
  • Address for Keith: 10475 Cottage Grove Dr., Middlebury, IN 46540

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – August 12, 2020

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Mike Beachy  

     Jon Christofeno  Leonard Gustin  Mark Holcomb

Meeting Minutes

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

Fishing Reports

  • The cool nights have made the Little Elkhart safer to fish (occasionally). It is best to have a stream thermometer, and catching trout when the water is above 64 degrees will cause undue stress to the trout.
  • There is good fishing everywhere on the Little Elkhart. Jigging a small streamer into log jams is a good technique to catch trout. The majority of trout being caught are 10-14 inch browns, and some rainbows are again being caught.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser submitted the report for July. The total for all accounts is $ 25,214.97
  • LECTU received $ 100 from Dr. Dan Burns
  • LECTU received $ 5 for a fishing guide
  • Expenditure of  $89.38 at Stock & Field for work day supplies (chain saw oil, gas cans, blades).

Communications

  • The summer newsletter is nearly complete and will be sent out soon.
  • A Little Elkhart river fishing guide was purchased by Linda Kulikowski of Zionsville.

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 is working on a draft for the new guide.

LECTU Web-Site Manager (reprinted from July meeting minutes)

  • 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. 
  • David Rosbrugh is a new member from Warsaw. David is interested in possibly taking over this position. David will work with Mike and Brandon to check if this is a viable option.

Corson County Park

  • There is no new information from the County about the park.
  • New construction of building sites, roads, and retaining pond has started next to the park land.
  • When fishing this section stay back from the first house downstream from the access trail.

Middlebury Riverfest

  • The Middlebury Riverfest event for August 2020 has been canceled due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of Covid-19.

Youth Fishing Contest

  • A text was sent to Tom Enright of Middlebury parks for information about this event, and LECTU is waiting for a reply.
  • It is most likely that this event will be also canceled.

Trout Routes

  • Leonard Gustin contacted Zach Pope of the Twin Cities Chapter. Zach is attempting a detailed mapping of all Mid-West trout streams. Leonard assisted him with the Indiana portion.

Summer Work Days

  • July 10 – Mike prep-work (4h)
  • July 11 – 7 guys (35h)
  • July 25 – 2 guys (8h)
  • Aug 7   –  Prep-work (3h)
  • Aug 8   –  6 guys (24h) includes 2 kids
  • There are two scheduled days remaining: August 22 and September 12. There is a lot to finish yet this summer.
  • The members present at the meeting decided to work an additional day on Sunday August 16th.
  • Mike Beachy, Nick Christofeno, Mark Holcomb, Chase Spaw, Tom Sult, and Tom Vanderputten participated and were able to complete three additional sections of the log retaining wall at The Meadow.

Winter Fly Shows

  • There is uncertainty regarding the winter fly shows that LECTU normally attend. LECTU uses these shows to sell our annual raffle tickets, advertise our spring outing, and spread information about LECTU.
  • If these shows are canceled we need to develop alternative venues.

Next Meeting – Wednesday – September 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM 

  • NOTE: Due to the reduced hours at the Library we will continue to meet at Riverbend Park.

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – July 8, 2020

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Mike Beachy  David Rosbrugh

     Jon Christofeno  Leonard Gustin  Mark Holcomb

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for June 10, 2020 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • With the recent heat wave it has been too hot to safely fish. Remember to use a stream thermometer and if the water temperature is above 64 degrees, it is too hot for catch/release. Trout will most likely not survive the stress even if they are released.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser did not have a complete financial report. He will have a report at the August meeting.
  • The report to Indiana Gaming for the raffle license has been filed with the State.
  • LECTU received $ 100 from Dr. Burns. Mike plans to deliver a LECTU appreciation plaque to Dr. Burns for his continuing support.

Communications

  • The summer newsletter has been started and will be sent by August.

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. 
  • David Rosbrugh is a new member from Warsaw. David is interested in possibly taking over this position. David will work with Mike and Brandon to check if this is a viable option.

Corson County Park

  • There is no new information about the park we are still waiting on the zoning board.

NLC Youth Education

  • Workgroup Skype meeting to be held. Keith will report at our August meeting.

Wood Duck Houses

  • Mark Holcomb is working with the Boy Scouts of St. Joe County to procure 20 duck houses for LECTU. They would be installed at The Meadow, Hoover Woods, and on the Swartz brother’s property.

Edward Donnelly Chapter

  • LECTU will supposedly receive $ 500 from the Ed Donnelly for our stream conservation efforts.
  • The Ed Donnelly has requested a joint work day in August/September starting at 10:00am (9:00am Chicago Time). Since LECTU has already established work days for these months, we will notify them of these days.
  • LECTU has not been contacted by the Ed Donnelly as of the July 8, 2020 LECTU meeting.

Summer Work Days

  • The trail cutting through Hoover Woods was completed on Saturday June 13th.
  • In addition, many fallen trees were cut and removed.
  • The first work day is July 11th. We will install new up and overs, and cut and move logs.
  • The remaining work days are July 25, August 8 and 22, and September 12 (all Saturdays).

Middlebury Riverfest

  • The Middlebury Riverfest event is August 29th. Our contact is Tom Enright.
  • Keith will be the chairperson from LECTU for the event.
  • It is very possible that this event will be cancelled for 2020.

Trout Routes

  • Zach Pope of the Twin Cities Chapter is attempting to compile a trout map in the Midwest States.
  • Zach is working on Indiana and Michigan and needs some help.
  • LECTU will have Leonard Gustin contact Zach and offer assistance.

Next Meeting – Wednesday – August 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM 

  • NOTE: Due to the reduced hours at the Library we will continue to meet at Riverbend Park.

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – June 10, 2020

Meeting Attendees

     Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Mike Beachy  Chase Spaw  Jon Christofeno  Wayne Andrews  

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for May 13, 2020 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Nick reported fishing the Little Elkhart and doing well using an Elk Hair Caddis

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance $ 25,893.34 in all accounts.
  • Keith reported that the Annual Financial Report to TU National has been filed.
  • The report to Indiana Gaming for the raffle license will be filed this month.
  • LECTU received $ 100 from Dr. Burns, $ 30 for fishing guides, and $ 5 for a fly box.

Communications

  • LECTU received $ 30 from Sean Ward of Ft. Wayne for two fishing guides.
  • Greg Hodnett (LECTU member from Indianapolis) contacted Mike about fishing the Little Elkhart.
  • The summer newsletter will be sent by July/August.

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. There are no additional updates regarding this position.

Corson County Park

  • There is no new information about the park we are still waiting on the zoning board.

NLC Youth Education

  • Workgroup Skype meeting to be held. Keith will report at our next meeting.

Wood Duck Houses

  • Mark Holcomb has agreed to look into this for LECTU

Edward Donnelly Chapter

  • LECTU will supposedly receive $ 500 from the Ed Donnelly for our stream conservation efforts.
  • The Ed Donnelly has requested a joint work day in August/September starting at 10:00am (9:00am Chicago Time). Since LECTU has already established work days for these months, we will notify them of these days.

Summer Work Days

  • The trail cutting through Hoover Woods will be Saturday June 13th and start at 7:00am. Mike, Nick, Wayne, Jon, and Chase will participate.
  • 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).

Middlebury Riverfest

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

#cleanmywater

  • The cleanmywater is a 50 states initiative and TU is involved
  • The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Atlanta Ga. is leading this effort
  • Pick up trash along the river, take a picture and then post the picture.
  • Instagram – tag #cleanmywater and #lectu.

Trout Routes

  • Zach Pope of the Twin Cities Chapter is attempting to compile a trout map in the Midwest States.
  • Zach is working on Indiana and Michigan and needs some help.
  • LECTU will have Leonard Gustin contact Zach and offer assistance.

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

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

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

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