SJRVFF Offers Fly Tying Class

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


9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

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.

Meeting Minutes – September 8, 2010

Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the August meeting were approved.

Fishing Reports
Mike Beachy reported that he caught one brown and one rainbow in the meadow.  He stated that the rainbow looked really stressed.  The water level is very low, which will contribute to warmer water during the 90+ degree weather we suffered this summer.  The browns seem to be surviving okay but time will tell about the rainbows.

Treasurer’s Report
Don Fiwek reported net income for the fiscal year at $570.58.  Balance of funds is $7,973.46.

There was some discussion as to when the Trout Unlimited report is due for the year.  Last year, we filed the report on November 4.

C&R Signs for Solomon Creek
Nothing new to report.

Indiana Fly Casters
Mike Beachy will do a presentation at their meeting on October 13.  The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with a social hour.  Lee will get the PowerPoint presentation from Brandon and Mike will get the projector from Chris Miller.

As this is the same night as the LECTU meeting, it was decided to cancel our October meeting.

Indiana on the Fly
Nothing new to report.

Up Coming Meetings
Neil Ledet will be at out November 10 meeting.

Dave Arrington will be at our December 8 meeting.

Summer newsletter – Brandon will be emailing the newsletter soon.

Middlebury Fishing Derby Report
Mike and Larry Beachy along with Brandon Rasler & Lee Troyer were volunteers to help the Middlebury Park Dept with their youth fishing derby.  A lot of youngsters showed up, a lot of fish were caught, and everyone had fun.  Mike suggested that maybe we could put on a fly casting demo next year as part of the event.

Cabela’s Membership Drive
Leonard manned the booth at the Cabela’s Hammond store on August 28 for their family weekend event.  Cabela’s donated some merchandise which Leonard sold raffle tickets.  The proceeds netted our chapter $74.00.

Youth Education
Our meeting with the 4-H fishing club will be October 5 at 7:00 PM.  The 4-H Fishing club has approximately 48 members.  Charlie Ray will provide a syllabus and handbook.  We will do a casting demo and a presentation.

River Clean-up
While our clean-up projects are complete for this year, there are two projects that we need to keep on our agendas.  One is where Bob Roth was approached by a Little Elkhart river landowner.  Bob was going to get some clarification of project details.  The other is from a landowner on Solomon Creek that wants some help with a tree.

Election of Officers
The following slate was presented for the officers for the coming fiscal year:

President                            Mike Beachy

Vice President                   Leonard Gustin

Secretary                             Lee Troyer

Treasurer                            Don Fiwek

3 Yr. Board Member       Bob Roth

A motion was made and passed to accept the proposed slate for the officer positions for the coming year.

New Business
Adopt-A-Trout rules tabled until raffle begins.

Next Meeting – November 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Middlebury Library

Note: No meeting in October!

Lee Troyer – Secretary

30 Species in 30 Hours

A fishing marathon to raise money and awareness to fight the threat of asian carp in The Great Lakes. Two anglers are going to attempt to catch thirty species of fish in thirty hours. http://www.michiganoutofdoors.com/thirty_thirty

Tired of the Shack Nasties

This isn’t going to help. Here is a great video of trout takes. It’s a clip from “Off the Grid” by Beattie Outdoor Productions, the makers of the film, “Nervous Waters.”

chasing hatches from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Snowstorm May Affect February Meeting

If the Middlebury Library is open we will have the meeting as scheduled, their phone number is 574-825-5601. If library is closed Wednesday night the supplemental feeding dialogue will be postponed until the March meeting.

Meeting Notice
The Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Wednesday, February 10
at 7:00 P.M. at the Middlebury Public Library
Map: http://tinyurl.com/2tygvg

Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2010

Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Meeting Minutes January 13, 2010

Mike Beachy called the meeting to order.

Meeting Attendees

Wayne Andrews, Bob Hagin, Kevin Curtis, Mike Beachy, Brandon Rasler, Michael Flowers, Wayne Andrews, Lee Troyer, Larry Beachy, Mike Gibbs, Josh King, Leonard Gustin, Adam Wallace

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from last month were approved.

Fishing Reports

There has not been much activity by club members.  Some of the ice on the lakes is suspect, so be careful if you venture out.

Treasurer’s Report

Don Fiwek reported our balance at $7,200.  He has not received an invoice for the hats that were recently purchased.

Don explained that our chapter needs to file a Business Entity Report to the Secretary of State on an annual basis.  The fee is $7.00.  Don filed the report for our chapter in December 2009.

Indiana on the Fly

Indiana on the Fly was at the state fairgrounds this past Saturday.  LECTU had a booth at the event with about six chapter members in attendance.  Attendance at the event was not great, however, we were successful in selling 53 Adopt-A-Trout raffle tickets.  However, we sold very few caps and T-shirts.

We received a lot of traffic in our booth.  A number of people asked about the availability of a guide service on the Little Elkhart (which there is none).  Also, some asked about steelhead, which are limited to the St. Joseph River.

We also met folks from Central Indiana TU.  They had tried to get catch and release on the Brookville tail water, but were not successful.  That leaves the Little Elkhart with the only C&R trout water in Indiana, which probably increased the traffic at our booth.


The updated web site looks good.  Brandon stated that he implemented new technology, making it easier to update.

Mike suggested that we get a newsletter out soon so that we can advertise the selling of Adopt-A-Trout raffle tickets.

Adopt-A-Trout Raffle

Mike Beachy passed out tickets for chapter members to sell.

Mike will also sell tickets at the SJRVFF meeting next week.

Brown Trout Stocking

Jim Phillips was not at the meeting, thus no report on the status of the permit and ordering process for this year’s trout.

Habitat Improvement Ham Project

Mike and Wayne delivered hams to Little Elkhart landowners.  The hams went over real well.

Youth Education

Plans are to put on a program with the 4-H fishing club in March. We want to focus on fly fishing.  Both fly tying and fly casting were discussed as possible activities that we could involve the 4-H youth in.

Carmel Orvis Program

Mike Beachy will be giving a presentation at the Carmel Orvis store on our Trout Unlimited Chapter on Saturday, February 27th.

Asian Carp

Mike Beachy was contacted by a TU coordinator to get a grass roots initiative in Indiana to stop the Asian carp migration into Lake Michigan and ultimately the rest of the Great Lakes watershed.  Mike did some research and found that Bill James is very active on this issue and deferred to him.

Annual Spring Outing

The outing will be at River Bend Park in Middlebury on May 1st.  Brandon will reserve the pavilion.  We plan to have the stream access tours as well as some on-stream fly fishing pointers for those not familiar with small stream fly fishing.  And of course, we will have our cookout and raffle.

We also plan some new activity this year.  We are looking at setting up a casting skills course with a golf type score keeping system.  In addition, Mike Beachy will ask Jeff Stanifer if he can do his on-stream Czech nymphing demo.

Also, Tom Parks has expressed an interest in attending.  He was one of the fly tiers at Indiana on the Fly and he ties beautiful soft hackle files.  We will try and get him to do some tying demos.

Mike also stated that we need raffle items for the outing.  We will explore Bass Pro, Cabela’s and LL Bean.

February Meeting

The chapter meeting on February 10th will spend a fair amount of time discussing a proposal by a chapter member to feed the trout in-stream on the Little Elkhart.  We encourage attendance at this meeting in order to get a consensus (if possible) from as broad of an audience as possible.

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

Lee Troyer – Secretary

Indiana On The Fly

Join LECTU this Saturday for Indiana’s 3rd annual fly fishing and wing shooting show at the State Fairgrounds Ag/Hort Building in Indianapolis.

LECTU will host a booth to spread the word about the great things being done in our chapter to protect Indiana’s only Catch and Release trout fishery. We will have hats, shirts and Adopt-A-Trout raffle tickets.

Indiana on the Fly will feature exhibitors from across the Midwest and Canada with enough variety to satisfy the most discriminating outdoor sport enthusiast. Fly fishing celebrity and conservationist Craig Mathews from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone Montana will be presenting seminars on fly fishing in Montana as well as upland bird hunting. Additional presenters will be conducting seminars on a variety of related topics.

Admission is $10, kids under 10 are free as well as scouts in uniform. This one day show will take place from 9:00-5:00.