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Meeting Minutes – June 10, 2010

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees
Mike Beachy, Don Fiwek, Leonard Gustin, Bill Myers, Penny Myers, Jim Phillips, Brandon Rasler, Tom Taylor, Lee Troyer

Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the May meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports
Brandon passed around a report from our catch rate database for review. There have been additional reports of what appears to be naturally produced browns being catch. Their size is smaller than what the Elkhart Conservation Club is stocking in the stream. The only possible explanation is that we are getting some natural reproduction in the Little Elkhart.

Mike received an email from Andrew Krzysiek of W. Washington University asking about fishing the Little Elkhart. Mike pointed him in the right direction.

Treasurer’s Report
Don Fiwek reported our balance approximately $8,200. He suggested that we put some of this into a CD. We agreed that a $4,000 CD would be appropriate.

C&R Signs for Solomon Creek
Tom Taylor has the signs in his garage ready to install.

Indiana on the Fly
Mike has not heard back on his request for a discount for the show. The show is not until January but we will keep it on the agenda.

Youth Education
Scheduled for October.

Indiana Fly Casters
Scheduled for October.

River Work Project
June 19 we will be working on the log jam at CR 43 and US 20. We will meet at Riverbend Park at 8:00 AM. Mike received approval to purchase a large come-a-long to aid in log repositioning.

Middlebury Riverfest
We have been asked to participate in the Middlebury Riverfest activities at Riverbend Park on June 26. It was suggested that we set up at least a portion of our casting course with some demo fly casting. We could also bring our fly casting training rods. In addition, we were asked if we could do some fly tying demonstrations. Mike suggested that we can also set up a table with our display board and banner for the event.

It was decided to purchase two casting outfits which can be purchased fairly reasonable.

New Business
It was suggested that we get Dave Arrington back for a program to update us on his progress working on the Little Elkhart drainage. This will probably be scheduled for the fall.

Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting – July 14, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library
Lee Troyer – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – May 12, 2010

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees

Wayne Andrews           Mike Beachy               Don Fiwek                   Michael Flowers

Leonard Gustin            Chris Miller               Jim Phillips             Brandon Rasler

Tom Taylor                             Lee Troyer                Tom Vanderpotten           Adam Wallace

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the April meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports

Brandon reported that members are logging their catch statistics on the web site.

Catch rates thus far are 2.4 rainbows per hour and 0.5 browns per hour.

Conservation Officer Report:

Mike met the new Conservation Officer for Elkhart County. He stated that they have been active at Solomon Creek checking fishermen but it does not appear they have done a lot of patrolling on the Little Elkhart catch and release section.  Mike invited him to our chapter meeting, but they did not attend this month.

It was mentioned that the signs on Solomon Creek are no longer there.  It was decided that we would put two signs at the CR33 bridge like the signs we have on the Little Elkhart.  Sign costs for the Little Elkhart were $80 each.

Treasurer’s Report

Don Fiwek reported our balance at $8,529.53. The outing was a success financially.  The income/expense numbers were as follows:

· Lunch $210 income $139.69 expense $70.31 net (Have not paid for the brats yet)

· Pick Raffle $670 income $0 expense $670 net

· Adopt-A-Trout $2,070 income $522.91 expense $1,547 net

· Merchandise $565 income $0 expense $565 net Total net $3,122

Spring Outing Recap

There were 46 attendance cards filled out.  There were a few that did not fill out a card.  It was estimated that 50 were in attendance.

· There was good attendance at the European nymphing techniques program by Jeff Stanifer.

· Chris Miller stated that he gave stream tours to 30 individuals.

· Mike Beachy reported that only 4 individuals took part in the guided fishing. We may discontinue this for next year.

· Lee Troyer reported that 8 individuals went through the casting course.

Overall it was a successful outing.

It was suggested that next year we may want to have several more items in the Adopt-A-Trout raffle.

Stocking Report

The trout arrived Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM and were stocked in the Little Elkhart.  We stocked 100 at CR43, 200 in the meadows and 200 in the woods on Judy’s property.  The trout were in good shape.  We ended up getting 8 – 10 inch browns.  Total cost was $1,982.  Cost per fish was $2.65.  In addition, we were charged mileage for 330 miles at $1.75 per mile.

Don Fiwek asked if we would be able to order two different fish sizes in the same load and he said that we would be able to in the future.


Rather than send out a newsletter right away, it was decided that Brandon would email a notification for the upcoming stream work days, the first of which is June 19.

River Work

There was a discussion about where we wanted to work on the stream at our June work session.  One suggestion was to work on the log jam that is just north of the US 20 bridge where it crosses the Little Elkhart.

There was some discussion as to what is required for more permanent restoration activities, such as bringing in rip-rap and installing lunker structures.  It was assumed that we would need to get a permit for this type of activity.  More research is needed to determine the feasibility for this.

Casting at the Cove

Tim Scott of SJRVFF asked Mike Beachy if LECTU was interested in having a booth at the Silver Hawks ball park for the Casting at the Cove evening.  Some discussion followed but there was not enough interest at this time.

Indiana on the Fly

The event will be in Indianapolis on Saturday, January 8, 2011.  There was a discussion whether we should participate again this year.  We did make a lot of good contacts last year.  In addition, we sold 50 adopt-a-trout tickets last year.  The fee is $200 for the booth.  Mike Beachy will see if he can get the fee reduced because of our non-profit status.

Youth Education

The plans are to work with the 4-H fishing club in October.  Charlie Ray plans to assist us in this.  He has a lot of experience in youth education as related to fly fishing.

Indiana Flycasters

Indiana Flycasters wants us to put on a program at their meeting in October.

New Business

Leave No Trace is willing to put on a program for our chapter.  This is about minimizing your impact in the environment, taking out what to pack in, etc.

River Bend Park

It was suggested that we look stocking the pond at River Bend Park in Middlebury with bluegills, primarily for kids fishing.  Some research would need to be done to determine what is involved.

Meeting adjourned.

Next MeetingJune 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Lee Troyer – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – April 14, 2010

Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Meeting Minutes – April 14, 2010

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees

Mike Beachy

Don Fiwek

Michael Flowers

Mike Gibbs

Leonard Gustin

Bob Hagin

Chris Miller

Bill Myers

Brandon Rasler

Bob Roth

Lee Troyer

Charlie Ray

Keith Loutzenhiser

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the March meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports

March 20 – Mike Beachy caught 4 rainbows.

March 21 – Mike Beachy caught 8 browns and 1 rainbow.

April 6 – Lee & Sandy Troyer caught 2 rainbows and 1 brown.

April 13 – Leonard Gustin caught 2 browns

Wayne Andrews caught 1 brown and 1 rainbow

Treasurer’s Report

Don Fiwek reported our balance at $7,880.77.  There are no payables outstanding.  Adopt-A-Trout ticket sales thus far are $478 in excess of the associated expenses.

Stream Improvement

On March 27, volunteers moved a large tree on the Oesch property in order to function as a wing dam.  This stretch has a lot of siltation.  This has resulted in the silt being washed away down to gravel in this area.

Casting for Recovery

A motion was made to donate $250 to Casting for Recovery.  The motion was seconded and passed.  Don Fiwek will handle the donation.

Youth Education

Mike Beachy has been in contact with Marc Gant of the 4-H fishing club.  Their club meets the first Tuesday of each month.  We will work with them to introduce them to fly fishing at their October 5th meeting.  It is estimated that 20 youths would participate.

Charlie Ray was in attendance and he does extensive work with youth groups introducing them to fly fishing.  His programs are through the Plymouth Park Dept and the Culver Summer Camp.

Charlie suggested that with 20 participants, it would work best if 4 or 5 stations could be set up.  Participants then could be divided into groups of 4 or 5 and then rotate through the stations.  This will allow more personal attention to the participants.  The stations could be fly casting, fly tying, entomology, stewardship, essential knots, … as examples.

Brandon reported that there will be another fishing derby for youths at the Essenhaus ponds this summer (August timeframe). Tom Enright has asked if our TU Chapter wanted to participate and possibly put on a fly casting demonstration.


The newsletter will go to press tomorrow.  Brandon suggested that we establish stream improvement work dates so that he can include them in the newsletter.  Mike Beachy will get him those dates.


Brandon Rasler and Lee Troyer represented LECTU at the fourth annual Tie-A-Thon on April 3rd.  Mike Beachy also donated flies but was not able to attend.  This year there were 7,000 flies tied by volunteers bringing the 4 year total to 20,000 flies.  This year the flies will go to the Kalamazoo Valley TU Youth Camp as well as Reel and Heal.

Next year the flies will be donated to Project Healing Waters.

Adopt-A-Trout Raffle

Ticket sales have been good, thanks to the members who have been selling them.  We are over $400 ahead of expenses.  Everyone is encouraged to continue to sell tickets over the next two weeks.

Brown Trout Stocking

The stocking permit from the DNR has arrived.  The letter certifying that the trout are disease free is in the mail.  Once we receive that, we will forward it to the DNR.  The Crystal Springs hatchery can deliver the trout for stocking the second week of May.  Mike Beachy will get an exact date from them.  Chris Miller will coordinate the stocking.  Volunteers are Leonard, Chris, Lee, Bill Myers and Bob Roth.

Lee will contact Sam Hoover to get permission to access the stream across his farm property.

Annual Spring Outing

The Annual Spring Outing will be held at RiverBend Park on May 1st.  Volunteers need to arrive by 8:00 AM sharp to help set up.  Mike reviewed activities, duties and supplies needed.  Assignments are as follows:

Greeting and Sign-In table – Bill Myers, Leonard Gustin and Don Fiwek

Purchase Food – Mike Beachy

Food Cooking & Service – Bill Myers and Bob Roth

Slide Show – Brandon Rasler

Fly Tying – Tom Park of GO-2-Flies

Fishing Guides – Mike Beachy

Access Tour – Chris Miller

European Nymphing demonstration – Jeff Stanifer

Casting Course – Lee Troyer

Apparel – Don Fiwek

DNR Officer Patrol

Lee Troyer will contact the DNR to request a Conservation Officer to patrol the catch and release area on opening day.

Creel Reporting Process

Mike Beachy stated that we should track our fishing catch rate again this year so that we have the statistical database for future reference.  Brandon Rasler will construct a link on our web site so members can post their statistics.  The reporting process will include hours fished, # rainbows caught, # browns caught, C&R Y/N, and an experience rating.

Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting – May 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Lee Troyer – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – March 10, 2010

Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Meeting Minutes – March 10, 2010

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees

Wayne Andrews  Chris Miller

Mike Beachy   Brandon Rasler

Don Fiwek   Lee Troyer

Leonard Gustin   Adam Wallace

Jim Phillips   Tom Taylor

Bill Myers   Penny Myers

Meeting Minutes

Don Fiwek made an amendment to the minutes changing the wording for the supplemental trout feeding  discussion from “the matter will be dropped” to “the matter has been dropped”.  The minutes were approved as amended.

Fishing Reports

February 20 – Mike Beachy caught two browns and one rainbow.

March 7 – Mike Beachy caught three browns and one rainbow while Don Fiwek caught three rainbows.

March 10 – Lee Troyer caught two browns.  One was two inches long.  This is significant because it has to be a naturally reproduced fish.  Both Mike Beachy and Leonard Gustin have had that same experience.

Mike reported on his trip to the Brookville tailwaters.  Mike was not able to catch any fish but a few were caught by the people he was with.  Mike stated that the locals are very unfriendly, which validates what we have been hearing.  Mike had his vehicle keyed, which had been reported by others previously.

Treasurer’s Report

Don Fiwek reported our balance at $7,395.  Adopt-A-Trout ticket sales thus far are $277.09 in excess of the associated expenses.


The newsletter went out yesterday.  Mike suggested that we need to start on the next newsletter soon as that one will have a lot of information in it for our spring outing.

LL Bean Donation

We have received two fly fishing outfits from LL Bean.  The fly rods are 8 ½’  6 weight rods complete with reels, backing and line.

Carmel Orvis Program

Mike Beachy stated that the program that our chapter put on at the Orvis store in Clay Terrace went well.  There were approximately 15 in attendance.  However, they did not sell many Adopt-A-Trout tickets.  Orvis did donate a fly reel to our chapter.

Orvis days are the first week of May.  They want us to come back for that.

Jim Phillips questioned why we are giving programs around the state about the Little Elkhart, and thought that we had discussed in the past that we would not do that.  No one could remember such a discussion and nothing was found in previous minutes to that extent.

Fly Masters

They stated they will get in touch with us in regards to a donation.

Lunkers Extravaganza

Brandon and Mike were on fly tying duty for the Lunkers event.  Brandon stated that most people that stopped by were interested in bluegill flies.

Shipshewana Taste of Summer

It was decided that our TU chapter will not participate in the Shipshewana Taste of Summer event.  Their theme is too far removed for our Trout Unlimited interests.

Youth Education

Mike is still waiting to be contacted by Marc Gant for the 4-H fishing club.

Adopt-A-Trout Raffle

Members are encouraged to keep selling tickets for the raffle.

Brown Trout Stocking

Jim Phillips reported that we will not be able to get fish for stocking this year from the same place as last year due to disease issues at that hatchery.  Mike Beachy found that Cedar Brook had fish available and he ordered 500 7” – 9” browns.  Mike has already been talking to the IDNR to help expedite the permit process.  Stocking from this source is dependent on the hatchery passing the tests that their fish have to go through to be able to bring them across state lines.

Mike has estimated that the cost this year will be between $1,700 and $2,000.

Annual Spring Outing

Lee Troyer will be taking care of the casting course for the outing.

Mike has a number of fly rods and reels for the raffle.  In addition, we also have an LL Bean Tech vest in addition to our hats and T-shirts.  Mike stated that he would like to have some additional miscellaneous items for the raffle.

SJRVFF Tie-a-Thon

Mike asked how many members were participating in the SJRVFF Tie-a-Thon this year.  The date is April 3rd.  Mike, Brandon and Lee have tied their 100 flies.  Lee and Brandon will attend on April 3rd.  Don Fiwek may also attend.

Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting – April 14, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Lee Troyer – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – February 10, 2010

Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Meeting Minutes February 10, 2010

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees

Wayne Andrews Bob Hagin Chris Miller

Mike Beachy Brandon Rasler Cliff Buell

Don Fiwek Lee Troyer Lynn Roose

Leonard Gustin Adam Wallace Tom Enright

Jim Phillips

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from last month were approved.

Fishing Reports

Some of the members reported both browns and rainbows being caught during January.  Mike Beachy caught a 22 inch brown.

Treasurer’s Report

Don Fiwek reported our balance at $7,064.90. We have no open accounts payable as all bills are paid.  We have also received enough in Adopt-A-Trout ticket sales thus far to cover our expenses so all future ticket sales will go directly to trout purchase.


Brandon reported that a newsletter will be going out soon.

There is also a link to the Asian Carp web site on our web site.

Brandon is working on the technology of getting a photo gallery set up for our web site.

Adopt-A-Trout Raffle

Members are encouraged to keep selling tickets for the raffle.

Brown Trout Stocking

Jim Phillips reported that we have reserved 500 brown trout.  We will be buying the larger ones like we did last year.  Jim is working on the necessary permits.  We plan to release the fish on May 10th.

Youth Education

Mike Beachy reported that we will not be working with the 4-H Fishing Club in March as previously planned.  This will have to be moved to a later schedule.


Ø Carmel Orvis Program

Mike Beachy will be giving a presentation at the Carmel Orvis store on our Trout Unlimited Chapter on Saturday, February 27th. Brandon Rasler and Leonard Gustin will also attend.

Ø Indiana Fly Casters – They have contacted us to put on a program for their club.  They also meet on the second Wednesday of the month.  They have openings for a program in May, June, July, Sept, October and November.  Because of our activity schedule, Mike Beachy stated that he would prefer doing this later in the year.

Ø Lunkers Extravaganza – They have asked us to do fly tying demonstrations at this year’s event.  Mike Beachy and Brandon Rasler have volunteered.  The event is scheduled for March 5 – 7.

Ø Middlebury Riverfest – Tom Enright of the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department reported that they plan to have a Riverfest this year on June 26th.  There will be a number of activities planned.  He invited LECTU to also participate.  Tom received a positive response from the LECTU members.

Ø Shipshewana Taste of Summer – This is an annual event that is held in Shipshewana with various activities.  It is scheduled for May 23rd and they expect 4,000 plus visitors.  Booths are free to non-profit organizations and any tickets we sell ahead of time ($5.00), we keep one-half.  It was suggested that we think about this and discuss at the March meeting.

Annual Spring Outing

Tom Park of Noblesville will be tying soft hackle flies.

Jeff Stanifer will be demonstrating European nymphing techniques.

The LL Bean order has been sent in.

Flymasters will make a donation if we can provide an event poster to them.  Mike will deliver it when he is at Orvis this month.

The materials for the casting course have been acquired.

New Business

TU Training

There will be a stream restoration training clinic on March 20 – 21 at Westby, Wisconsin.  Mike Beachy and Chris Miller are interested in attending.

TU Stream Clean-up

TU is sponsoring a National Stream Clean-up on April 17th and June 26th.  There will be prizes for the number of volunteers and the amount of material removed.

Supplemental Feeding of Trout

Jim Phillips made a comprehensive presentation in relation to the supplemental feeding of trout in the catch and release section.  His overall objective is to increase the number of trout in that section of the stream.  He stated that with supplemental feeding, the trout will become more readily established in that stretch of the stream rather than migrate to other sections.  The process would involve feeding twice a day for the first two weeks and then twice a week for the rest of the year.  He is asking that LECTU formally adopt a supplemental feeding program.

Mike Beachy stated that according to Neil Ledet and Bill James, it is legal to feed the trout in the Little Elkhart.  However, they feel it will have little benefit and that the key is habitat and suggest that is where our emphasis should be.

Mike also contacted National Trout Unlimited.  TU supports wild trout, and while they do not specifically support stocking programs, they realize that is unavoidable in certain circumstances.  TU does not have any formal policy on supplemental feeding but suggest using management practices that support as close to a natural environment as possible.

All the members at the meeting were given a chance to give their thoughts on the subject.  There were five members that were strongly against any form of supplemental feeding.  Some of the reasons stated were public perception, ethics and a possible hindrance in ongoing relationships with the IDNR.

There were four members that would not be against supplemental feeding during the first week or two of the trout being released, but no one stated that the process should be endorsed by LECTU. Chris Miller stated that he fed 25 browns that were released on his property last year, but he would not repeat that practice in the future.

A LECTU board meeting was held after the membership meeting to determine the next steps to come to closure on supplemental feeding.  It was determined relatively quickly that it was pretty obvious that the members did not want LECTU to have a supplemental feeding program. Since no motion was ever made for or against supplemental feeding, the matter has been dropped.

Next MeetingMarch 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Lee Troyer – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – December 9, 2009

Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Meeting Minutes December 9, 2009

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees

Mike Beachy, Leonard Gustin, Don Fiwek, Wayne Andrews, Lee Troyer

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from last month were approved with corrections.

Fishing Reports

Mike Beachy reported that he caught a couple of browns on the Rowe Eden.  Both Mike and Leonard reported catching a couple of fish in the two inch class.  This is significant because it may be an indication of natural reproduction.  Leonard stated that the fish stocked by the Elkhart Conservation Club were larger.  Mike will double check with Ed Evans on exactly what was stocked.

Treasurer’s Report

Don Fiwek reported that we received a deposit from the council.  There was some confusion in the process because the direct deposit did not work since we were changing our account at the time.  Therefore, he is not sure if this deposit was for last year or this year.  It was for $295.00.  Total current balance is $7,388.11.


Mike reported that we are waiting on Imagemill for T-shirts and caps.

Annual Outing

Mike will reserve the pavilion for our annual outing.  We will target May 1 if available.  The alternate date is May 8.  Don suggested that we look at varying our activities so that we do not do the same thing every year.  Jeff Stanifer had put on an interesting Czech nymphing demo at the SJRVFF outing last May.  Mike will contact him to see if he could do that for our annual outing.


Mike produced a sample of the Adopt-A-Trout tickets.  Once he gets the annual outing date finalized, he will put that date on the tickets.  We will order a minimum of 500 tickets.

Adopt-A-Trout Raffle

This year’s winner will receive a Winston rod (which we already have) and an Orvis reel (which is on the way).

Brown Trout Stocking

Jim Phillips will take care of the application process for our trout stocking this year.

Indiana on the Fly

LECTU will have a booth at the Indiana on the Fly event which will be held on Saturday, January 9 at the Indy Fairgrounds Ag-Hort building from 9 AM – 5 PM.  Setup is on Friday from 8 AM-5 PM.  We will have a 10 X 10 booth with a couple of tables and chairs.

In the booth, we will have our banner, display boards, raffle tickets (Brandon), caps, T-shirts, and fishing guides (Don).

There will be a reception on Friday evening at 6:30 located at 1454 W 86th street.  Discounted lodging is at Marten House at 1801 W 86th street.

Habitat Christmas Project

Mike and Wayne will deliver the hams to the landowners Friday or Saturday.

Youth Education

Plans are to put on a program for the 4-H fishing club in March.

Middlebury Park Business

No report on the brainstorming session.

New Business

We need to get dates for the presentations to Fly Masters, Orvis and Three Rivers Fly Fishers.  Mike will speak with Orvis and Fly Masters while in Indy in January.

Next MeetingJanuary 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Lee Troyer – Secretary