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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

Meeting Minutes – November 13, 2019

Meeting Attendees

    Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips   Mike Beachy  Jim Mock    Mark Holcomb   Craig Dulworth  Steve Mack  John Hollister  Wayne Andrews

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for October 9,2019 were approved.

Fishing Reports

  • Mike reported that October was good for fishing the new Corson Park section of the Little Elkhart. Small streamers and hanging heavy nymphs worked the best. Mike also reported a nice 16” brown from the Well Field section on November 9th using a black/blue streamer.
  • The trout stocked by LECTU in October in the new Corson Section have already dispersed, and are finding good habitat near rock formations and gravel. Mike distributed a Corson Park map to the members present, but warned everyone to be very cautious as it is still deer season.
  • Nick also reported fishing the Corson Park section and catching the new stocked browns, but also caught two nice holdover browns.
  • Craig Dulworth reported catching a steelhead on the Little Manistee during a fishing trip there.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance of $ 28,947.69 in all accounts as of November 2019.
  • The balance was down approximately $2,000 due to expenditures for the October brown trout stocking.
  • LECTU received $ 100 from Dr. Burns.
  • LECTU received $ 10 for two Little Elkhart River Guides.
  • Mike received the raffle account check book from Keith in order to submit the LECTU application to the state of Indiana for the raffle license for the annual outing raffle in 2020.

Communications

  • The fall newsletter was sent to the members with emails on record. The winter newsletter has been started. Mark Holcomb and Oliver Miller will be contributing articles.
  • LECTU received guide requests from Chris Temple (South Bend) and Tim Whittacker (Indianapolis).
  • Michael Franz (IUSB professor) is giving away a trout tank. LECTU has no interest.
  • Nick Christofeno will be presenting a program at Butler University on November 12th.

Indiana Gaming Commision

  • The single event raffle license application forms have been changed. All the required information is the same but in a different sequence. Mike redid all the forms and Tom V (Secretary) has signed. The forms will be submitted for approval.

Middlebury Parks Rental Agreement

  • Unfortunately the Parks Department does not take applications for reservations until 2020. The May 2nd outing raffle license needed a signed reservation and signed game of chance letter in order to process the license. Mike was able to have Tom Enright of the Parks Department grant us an early reservation request.
  • Parks Dept. needs check for rental, a certificate of insurance with the Town of Middlebury named as a rider, and a ST-105 form for a Not for Profit Exemption.
  • Middlebury has a policy of no sales in the parks, therefore Tom Enright will provide LECTU a waiver to sell raffle tickets.
  • LECTU will need to secure the tent from the Parks Department.

Outing Featured Speaker

  • Nicole Watson a graduate student at Michigan State will be the speaker at the 2020 outing.
  • The topic will be the reestablishment of the Artic Grayling in Michigan.

Outing Printing

  • The fliers for the outing need to be ready in January for distribution at the 2020 fly fishing shows
  • Keith will contact the printer with a January 17th deadline.
  • LECTU needs raffle tickets (two colors), donation request letter, and outing fliers.
  • The ST-105 Tax Form is ready.

Annual Rod Raffle

  • Mike contacted Nick Halle, Head of Volunteer Operations at TU. Nick supplies all the information for TU fundraising discounts.
  • After discussion with the members present comparing rods/reels and various prices, LECTU decided on the following for 2020: Winston 9 ft (4pc) 5 wt Freshwater Air Rod and a Ross Reel Evolution R Platinum 5/6 wt.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • On Saturday October 12th 11 LECTU volunteers stocked 500 (8”-10”) brown trout from The Seven Pines Hatchery into the Corson Park section of the Little Elkhart River. The stocking went very smoothly and both the volunteers and the trout seemed to enjoy the event.
  • The cost not including the transportation fees was $ 1,539.00

Corson County Park

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

Fly Show Season

  • Heartland Show (Indianapolis: January 18-19). 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. Nevertheless Mike will try to get a better location.
  • 3RFF Show (Fort Wayne: February 15th). This has been a good show for LECTU. We have already reserved space for two tables.
  • Central Indiana Trout Unlimited 3F Film Tour (Venue Changed – Indianapolis area ?: March 7th). LECTU will wait for additional information.
  • Midwest Fly Fishing Expo (Warren MI: March 14, 15). Although LECTU does not display at this event members will attend.
  • Tinley Park Fishing Show (Tinley Park, IL: February 9, 10)
  • Chicago Fly Fishing Film Tour (Chicago, IL: April TBD)

T.U. Headwaters Youth Program

  • Franklin Tate and Tara Granke sent LECTU a thank you for our $ 1,000 donation to the TU Youth Fund (scholarships, camps, youth education programs).
  • They will provide up to 10 free TU youth memberships for LECTU. Mark Holcomb (2 sons), and Tom Vanderputten (2 grandsons) expressed an interest in the youth memberships. Keith will get additional information for Mark and Tom.

Winter Fly Tying Class

  • 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.

LECTU Hats

  • 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.

LECTU Member Fishing Trip

  • The members have shown an interest for a fishing trip to the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.
  • Steve Mack will investigate and have further details at the next meeting.
  • We have set the weekend of June 12, 13, 14 of 2020 has the tentative trip date.

Next Meeting – Wednesday –  December 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – October 9, 2019

Meeting Attendees

    Tom Vanderputten   Keith Loutzenhiser  Nick Christofeno   Jim Philips   Mike Beachy  Brian Wingard    Lee Troyer   Mark Holcomb   Craig Dulworth  Court Walker  Carlisle Roose  Sam Judd  Tom Sult

Meeting Minutes

  • The meeting minutes for September 14, 2019 were tentatively approved pending publication.

Fishing Reports

  • October 6th Mike reported fishing from Tornado Bend to Riverbend Park. Mike tried streamers but with no success, he did turn a couple of trout.
  • There were numerous trees down in the river. At this point the river is moving freely under and around these trees, and not causing excessive blockage and restricting the river. Therefore LECTU will not remove the trees at this time.

 Treasurer’s Report

  • Keith Loutzenhiser reported a total balance of $ 30,473.25 in all accounts as of October 2019.
  • LECTU received $ 100 from Dr. Burns.
  • LECTU received $ 10 for two Little Elkhart River Guides.
  • Due to a change in the Indiana Gaming Rules, LECTU may need to refile with the state of Indiana regarding the Raffle at the Annual Outing.

Communications

  • Brandon will be sending the Summer/Fall newsletter soon.
  • Mike received two requests for the Little Elkhart River guides.

Brown Trout Stocking

  • Mike spoke with Larry Koza, DNR stocked 500 brown trout (from Kentucky Hatchery) at County Rd. 35.
  • Larry Koza believes that the LECTU fall stocking at the new Corson Park is a good idea.
  • LECTU will stock 500 brown trout (from Wisconsin Hatchery) on Saturday October 12th.
  • Mike spoke with Rhonda (County Parks) about access to the river, and the County Parks does not own the lane. Rhonda did secure access from the developer and the farmer.
  • LECTU will meet at MacDonalds at IN 13/US 20 at 10:30am on Oct 12th.
  • The following members have volunteered to stock the brown trout. Craig Dulworth, Sam Judd, Carlisle Roose, Brian Wingard, Keith Loutzenhiser, Mike Beachy, Nick Christofeno, Mike Beachy, Steve Mack, and Tom Vanderputten.

Corson County Park

  • Mike spoke with Rhonda DeClaire (County Parks). The County has applied for a grant from the DNR ($200,000) to aid in the funding for the new park.
  • The DNR requires that the new park be surveyed and have its own deed. The next step is for the County Parks to survey the land and then secure the grant.
  • After the grant is approved a rezoning request will be submitted to Elkhart County.
  • LECTU is waiting on the rezoning meeting prior to meeting with the C&R.
  • The Elkhart County Parks and Recreation does own the property and there should be no hunting on the property. Rhonda wants to be informed if there are hunters present, however homeowners contiguous to the park property will still hunt on their own land

Boy Scouts

  • Steve Mack with his son James constructed an up/over at the fence by the Wilber Yoder chicken house. Since the Meadow was flooded they needed to postpone the additional up/overs.
  • The styles for these up/overs are stored near the trailer at Chris Miller’s property.

LECTU Work Trailer

  • The information needed for the title has been given to Nick’s brother John who is a lawyer.
  • John will attempt to circumvent the legalities preventing LECTU from getting a title.

Adopt-A-Trout

  • LECTU needs to have the rod/reel to be raffled next year available for the first fly fishing show which is January 2020 in Indianapolis. The members present agreed that a Winston rod/reel combo should be the outfit. Mike will investigate wt/length etc. and let the members know what is available.

Annual LECTU Outing 2020

  • Planning will begin to source the main speaker for the outing for next year.
  • Craig Dulworth suggested the woman who has been researching the reintroduction of the Artic Grayling to Michigan. This was the same woman who presented this topic at the TU Mid-West Regional Leadership conference in March. The LECTU members who were present at the conference agree that she would be a good choice.
  • LECTU needs the Indiana Gaming Rules/Raffle updates.

Middlebury Parks

  • Middlebury Parks has applied to the DNR for a Next Level Trail Grant to connect Riverbend Park to the Pumpkinvine Trail.
  • The Parks Department is seeking donations for matching funds. Funds and the number of matching partners are important.
  • LECTU voted to donate $ 100 from the chapter.
  • The members present at the meeting collected another $ 160 to donate.

Board of Directors

  • The following were selected and/or are continuing terms as the LECTU Board of Directors
  • Don Fiwek 3rd Year
  • Mark Holcomb 2nd Year
  • Court Walker 1st Year

Next Meeting – Wednesday –  November 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Tom Vanderputten – Secretary

Deer Hunting Season Advisory

October marks the opening of the whitetail deer-hunting season, and with that the majority of the “Catch and Release” section is deemed “OFF LIMITS” to fisherman access. It is unfortunate for trout fishermen however it is what it is.

The Little Elkhart River runs through private property for the most part. Fishermen are at the mercy of the property owners for fishing access to the river. Property owners who either hunt deer or grant hunting privileges to others do not want fishermen on their property during hunting season. A fisherman sharing the property with hunters puts deer hunting success and themselves at risk.

It is very important that during this time of year that you secure permission prior to fishing the Little Elkhart River anywhere along it’s length. We as fishermen need to respect the property owners’ wishes. We do not want to do anything to inflame relations with private property owners or put our life in danger by being somewhere we should not be. A fisherman trespassing has the potential to risk future access to the river outside of the hunting season.

Deer hunters hunt the majority of the properties along the catch and release section of stream. The only portion that remains open to fishermen, without the need to secure permission, is the city owned property near the town of Middlebury next to Riverbend Park.

Wearing a blaze orange hat, while fishing the river, is highly recommended. You do not want to be mistaken for a big buck creeping along the river bank. Please be extremely careful.

Trout Fishing the Little Elkhart 101

Are you new to fly fishing trout on the Little Elkhart River? Have you had less success on the Little E than you would have liked? Did you arrive at the river clueless as to what to use or how to fish it? I think that has happened to all of us at some point however LECTU is about to change all that. We are going to hold our first ever Trout Fishing 101 Clinic on Saturday June 21 starting at 9:00am for all those who want to know how to fish for Amish trout. We have taken the most experienced Little Elkhart trout fishermen and asked them to serve as instructors. Each instructor will be teaching a different technique for taking trout on the Little Elkhart River. The Little E fly fishes different than most rivers. We have water level fluctuations, water clarity considerations and trout cover that are mainly woody. To be successful you need to be able to change techniques depending on the conditions and the time of year. We want our members to be successful in their adventures to the Little Elkhart River so let us help you get a jump on the learning curve.

The Clinic will run like this. The “students” will divided into smaller groups. Each group will go with an instructor to the river for education on a particular technique. Your instructor will advise you as to the type of water to look for when fishing this technique, the best time of year to use it and a list of flies to use with this technique. The instructor will then demonstrate the technique and answer any questions you have about it. After a designated time the “student group” will then move to another instructor for another educational demonstration until all techniques have been gone through.

Techniques covered will include streamers, nymphing, swinging soft hackles, jig fishing log jams and dries and dry/ droppers. We will provide written handouts with diagrams, fly selection and information on each technique and space for you to take notes for future reference. There is no fee for this clinic however we would like to know who and how many will attend so you will need to reserve a spot. This clinic will be a rain or shine event so dress appropriately.

The clinic should take about two hours so there will be plenty of time to try out all that you have learned the rest of the afternoon. You might as well bring your fishing gear and make a day of it while all the info is fresh in your mind.

To reserve a spot in LECTU’s inaugural Little Elkhart Trout Fishing 101 Clinic contact Mike Beachy at beach@bnin.net or call (574)596-4929.

Meeting Minutes – July 10, 2013

Meeting Attendees
Mike Beachy, Wayne Andrews, Leonard Gustin, Jim Phillips, Tom Cripe, Lee Troyer, Bill Myers, Penny Myers, Brandon Rasler, Bob Roth

Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the June meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports
Mike reported catching 3 browns and 1 rainbow on July 7th.  He also caught a 17” rainbow at Tornado Bend.  There are some indications of lampreys that have affected some trout.

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

 Correspondence

  • Brandon will publish the newsletter this week.

  • Mike was contacted by Carla Gull of Woodlawn Nature Center for their July 13th Celebrate Water event.  She was asking if LECTU would participate with our display and demonstrations.  Mike declined due to the short notice and our stream work schedule.

  • Dan Burris from Huntington wants a guided tour of the Little E.

  • We had previously supplied our river guide to the local KOA with the agreement that they would sell the guides and keep a sellers fee.  We have found out they are giving them away.  This will be addressed.

Trout Fishing 101
The meeting attendees felt that a fishing 101 on the Little E is something that should take place in May or early June as the fishing is friendlier during that time.  This is something we should plan for next year and promote it at the spring outing.  We also discussed limiting the number of participants as there would only be a limited number of guides.

Schwartz Property Signs
Mike will try and contact John Schwartz to determine what they want on the signs.

Middlebury Parks Project Assistance
The Youth Fishing Contest coordinator is Court Walker and will take place at the Essenhaus ponds on August 10.  Brandon, Tom C and Penny will assist as judges.

The coordinator for the Riverfest at Riverbend Park is Leonard Gustin.  Lee will assist Leonard.  This is scheduled for August 17.  Leonard has the display materials from Mike and will contact Chris for a canopy.

Stream Works Dates
June 22 – The trail was cut by Bob Roth, Mike Beachy and Tom VanderPutten.

July 13 – The plan is to work above Wilbur’s meadow and into the woods to cut some trees, cable them to the bank, open log jams, and survey the meadow for a future project.

Additional work dates are July 27 and August 24.

Chestnut Lamprey Project
We are asking club members to keep track as to what percentage of fish caught have lampreys attached or lamprey marks.

 LECTU Fishing Trip
A fishing trip for local LECTU members was discussed for late August or September.  Leonard will check on lodging in Grayling.

Fly Tying Clinic
We failed to report this at the meeting but want to include this as a part of the minutes.  We met on Sunday June 28th at Keith Loutzenhiser’s house for a fly tying clinic.  In attendance were Keith, Brandon, Lee and Cameron.  There were 4 – 5 ties demonstrated and it was enjoyed by all.  Thanks to Keith for initiating this and hosting this at his home.

Next Meeting –September 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library.  NOTE: There will be no August meeting.

Lee Troyer – Secretary

Meeting Minutes – May 8, 2013

Meeting Attendees
Mike Beachy, Don Fiwek, Leonard Gustin, Bob Roth, Jim Phillips, Pete Lehman, Lee Troyer, Court Walker, Chris Miller, Wayne Andrews, Cameron

Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the April meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports
There are lots of fish being caught. The rainbows that the state stocked this year are exceptionally large.

Treasurer’s Report
Don reported a balance of $10,300. The spring outing netted $2,400 – $2,800.

Spring Outing Wrap-up
This year’s event was attended by more than 70 individuals. The access tour and the fly casting were extremely popular. There was a mention that the raffle drawing tended to drag toward the end. It was suggested that some of the smaller items could be bundled in zip locks in order to speed up the process.

The fly tyer from Montana was not able to make it due to an accident. Andy Kitson filled in for him.

The silent auction netted approximately $1,000.

The Adopt-A-Trout raffle netted $1,283.

The table raffle netted $920.

Mike reported that the KOA will be selling our river access guide. They will reimburse us $3 per each.

Middlebury Riverfest
Mike stated that we donated 3 T-shirts and an LL Bean outfit to the Riverfest.

Schwartz Property
There was some confusion as to whether we needed passes for the Schwartz property this year. Lee stated that he had spoken with Phillip who said that they are considering putting up signs instead. Lee offered LECTU to take the lead on getting the signs in place. Lee will check with both Phillip and John Schwartz.

Beginner Fly Fishing Class
There are 9 signed up with 1 maybe.  Charlie prefers to hold two separate 2-hour classes with a 15 minute break between the 2 classes.  The class will be June 8 at Riverbend Park and the first class will start at 8:30 or 9:00.

August 10th Activities
On August 10th, there will be a spey and switch rod casting clinic at Shamrock Park on the St. Joe in Berrien Springs. They would like LECTU to participate with a booth. Since this conflicts with the Middlebury Youth Fishing day, we will have a couple of members at Shamrock Park but not have a booth.

Brown Trout Stocking
Lee reported that the trout will be here Friday morning, May 10th. The hatchery truck will meet us at McDonalds at 8:00 AM. The stocking plan is to stock at 4 locations including CR 43, Wilbur’s meadow, Hoover’s farm and the well field.  Each location will get 100 trout except Wilbur’s meadow will get 200. Volunteers to help with the stocking are to bring clean 5 gallon buckets.

Jim Phillips suggested that we tail punch approximately 50 fish so that we can see if they hang around. There was concern that this would stress the trout as they had just bounced down the road for several hours and are being dumped into a new environment.

Chestnut Lamprey Project
Trevor Nunamaker is taking water temps for Dar Deegan.

Riverbend Habitat Project
Joe Mitchell had stated that he wanted to start work on the project mid-May but had not set any firm dates yet.

Stream Wrok Dates
Our work dates this year are June 22, July 13, July 27 and August 24. Meet at Riverbend Park at 8:00 AM with old waders and gloves and prepare to get dirty.

New Business
Next Meeting –June 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library.

Lee Troyer – Secretary

 

SJRVFF Offers Fly Tying Class

The Saint Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers are hosting a flytying class in Elkhart, and have openings available.

TERRESTRIAL FLY TYING CLASS WITH GLENN WEISNER

FEBRUARY 16, 2013– ELKHART CONSERVATION CLUB (MAIN BUILDING)
9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
$50.00 PER PERSON – LUNCH AND SOFT DRINKS INCLUDED

Glenn Weisner


Glenn hails from Toledo, Ohio and is the owner of Glenn River Fly Co. He was the speaker at our March 2012 meeting and his program was on Terrestrial insects for the fly fisher. We will be tying 5 – 7 terrestrial patterns that you will be able to use in our area for trout, bass, and panfish.

Class participants are expected to have basic tying skills as this will be an intermediate skill level class. You will need to bring heavy and light tying threads in several colors, vise, tying tools and a light. The tying materials will be provided.
The class size will be limited to 20 fly tyers. If you are interested in taking the class please email Eric Wroblewski or call 574-850-5441.
If you would like more info about Glenn please visit his website.

SJRVFF Terrestrial Fly worskop FAQs

LECTU Welcomes Neil Ledet

LECTU is pleased to announce that Neil Ledet will be a featured speaker at the November 10th meeting. Neil Ledet, a Fisheries Biologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will be on hand to discuss Indiana trout and the Little Elkhart River. Please join us on November 10 at the Middlebury Public Library at 7:00pm.