Dream Trip Tickets Now Available

January 8, 2018

One winner will be drawn for the grand prize and will choose a partner to accompany them on the trip. Several other tickets will be drawn for the runner-up prizes which include: custom-made rods, fishing trips and flies. The seller of the grand prize winning ticket will also receive a prize. The ticket price is $10, and proceeds will go to the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited to fund Council projects. Details here.

 

RULES

Winners will be drawn at the Georgia Foothills Chapter of Trout Unlimited annual banquet, the “Hoot on the Hooch,” in Helen, GA – March 24, 2018.

One winner will be drawn for the grand prize and will choose a partner to accompany them on the trip.  Several other tickets will be drawn for the runner up prizes which include; custom made rods, fishing trips and flies. The seller of the grand prize winning ticket will also receive a prize.

Ticket price is $10 and proceeds will go to the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited to fund Council projects.

The winner and their partner will each receive:

July 22 – 27, 2018

Five days fishing and six nights food and lodging at a private cabin in Island Park, ID near the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.  Laine and John McGarity are the owners and hosts!

A float trip on the Madison River.

Choice of Winston BIII-x or Air 4, 5, or 7 weight rod.

A Fly Reel with Scientific Angler line.

A fly box and flies (approximately 5 to 7 dozen per box) for the trip.

$500 in travel expenses (this is total, not per person).

NOTE: Travel arrangements will be the responsibility of the winners.

Fishing licenses, gratuities, and alcoholic beverages will be the responsibility of the winners during their stay.  The winner(s) of this raffle are responsible for any tax due on the value of the winnings.

The winners will be required to sign a waiver releasing the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited and John McGarity of any responsibility of injury that could occur during the trip.

Chapter friend Mack Martin receives national award

January 4, 2018

Each year Trout Unlimited (National) recognizes individual members, Councils and Chapters for outstanding work in several categories. This year Mack Martin of the Cohutta Chapter received the Distinguished Service Youth Education Award. Since the beginning of the Georgia Trout Camp in 2004, Mack has been a driving force to see that the camp provides the best experience possible for the 24 boys and girls that attend each year. In addition to procuring equipment for each camper, Mack leads all the daily casting instruction and practice and conducts the final “casting contest” near the end of camp. Outside of camp Mack leads clinics and offers lessons throughout the state. As co-owner of the Atlanta Fly Fishing School–one of the first TU Gold Level Business Members in the country–Mack passes on his love of the sport and his passion for the conservation of clean, cold water.

Rabun Chapter Benefits from Eclipse Camping Event Profits

January 4, 2018

Back in August during the eclipse, a local Clayton business, Wander North Georgia, with the permission from the City of Clayton held a camping event on the City of Clayton property. Wander representative, Josh Brown, told the council that if any profit was made from the event that they would turn it over to the City for disbursing. They just asked that the monies went to a local non-profit, with extra consideration given to a conservation group. After the event there was a profit made from the event from both Wander North Georgia and from the City of Clayton. This past fall the council voted to award half the funds to the local Foodbank and the other half to Rabun TU !!!!

So between Wander and the City of Clayton, Rabun TU was the recipient of just under $1000.00.

We can’t thank the two groups enough!! Thanks Wander for hosting the event and Thank You to the Clayton City Council for recognizing all that Rabun TU does for the Rabun Community in choosing us to be great stewards of the awarded funds!!!

Calling all Trout Campers!

January 4, 2018

If you have or know of a young boy or girl between the ages of 12-15 years old who is fully crazy about Trout Fishing this camp is for them. The camp is held at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. For 2018 the dates are June 3-8 (Sunday – Friday). Twenty four kids will be chosen from the 12 Trout Unlimited Chapters in the state of Georgia. The kids will learn and prac ce the sport of y shing. They will study and have hands on in the eld conserva on prac ces. Each kid will enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. If you know a kid that would love to further enhance their love of trout sh- ing click here for more informa on. You will also nd the applica on at that link also! Help protect what we all love by passing on the passion!

Feb 20: Chapter Meeting

January 4, 2018

Tuesday Feb 20: Regular monthly meeting starting at 6:30. Our speaker for the evening will be our own Brian Weeks. Like many in our group Brian is part trout so for those wanting to learn and improve any and all fishing skills…. He’s the man! Brian’s topic will be Winter Trouting Tips. In other words if you’ve ever wished that wintertime wasn’t offseason for trout fishing and find it too cold – for either you or the fish; Brian will share tips so you can learn how to stay warm on the water, where to go, and what to fish for success. Always a great time with fellow Rabunites!!

At every regular chapter meeting there will be a raffle for fishing or camping items to help pay the cost of mailing the newsletter to members without email and to raise money to pay for our storage building. Bring an item to donate and a dollar or two for raffle tickets.

DON’T MISS OUT ON A GREAT TIME WITH FELLOW RABUNITES

Plan now for the Rabun Rendezvous, January 20!

January 4, 2018

The Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited proudly presents…

A Celebration Of Rivers, Streams, Trout, and Trout Fishing.

Please Join Us for the 31st Annual Rabun Rendezvous

“The Rendezvous was unlike anything before or since, a gathering of uninhibited men down from the mountains. The event attracted perhaps a hundred mountain men, their indian wives, and assorted visiting tribesmen. Amusements included gambling, drinking, storytelling – continuing day and night.”
Quote from The Mountain Men by George Laycock

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: The Dillard House Conference Center, located behind the Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia.

Who: The more the better. Everyone interested in protecting our cold-water resources, including their families, friends, and all who love clean cold streams, trout, and trout fishing.

Social: About 5 o’clock PM folks will start gathering to “pick the pig” and enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch of the Conference Center. There will be snack trays of cheeses, crackers, and fruits. Soft drinks and ice will be available. If you want something stronger, better bring it yourself. There will be a fire inside to warm your buns.

The Foxfire Boys will generously provide their ‘down home’ style of bluegrass picking and singing for your musical entertainment. Don’t forget to ask about their CDs, which will be available.

The large screen TV will be showing the Rabunites trout fishing some of their favorite ‘secret spots’. This will be the ideal time to be looking over the raffle and silent auction items.
We welcome donations of raffle and auction items at the door, fellow TU’ers.

Dinner: Fish, chicken, and pork with all the side dishes and desserts that have made the Dillard House so famous, will be served about 6:30. It is a serve yourself buffet, so you will not leave hungry.

Program presenter will be Jim Casada, an outdoor writer and inaugural inductee into the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Hall of Fame, among many other honors! http://jimcasadaoutdoors.com

Cost: $35 for adults and $25 for youth of 15 and under. Cash, checks, VISA or MasterCard. We don’t do advanced tickets, just pay at the door.

Lodging: The Dillard House has set special rates for rooms starting at $79 (plus tax) for those that call and tell them you’re attending the Trout Unlimited Rabun Rendezvous. Call: 706-746-5348 or Toll Free 1-800-541-0671. Also Mountain Aire Cottages on North Main Street in Clayton is a good source for lodging. Call them at 706-782-9568.

The 2017 Rabun Rendezvous provided funds for: Georgia Trout Camp, Smithgall Woods Conservation Education Program, USFS Kid’s fishing event at the Tallulah River, UGA Coldwater Research Endowment fund, construction of a handicap accessible fishing pier on the Tallulah River, Casting for Recovery and Fly Fishing for Vet’s Project Healing Waters, TU National First Cast, Embrace-A- Stream, Southeast Land programs, GA Council of TU statewide conservation program. We provided equipment and manpower for the Chattooga River clean-up day, and In-stream habitat improvement workday with USFA on a brook trout stream in Rabun County.

We hope to see you there!

2019 Dream Trip Raffle

The opportunity to fish with John McGarity, stay in his fabulous log cabin conveniently located between the Madison River, Yellowstone National Park and the Henry’s Fork puts you smack dab in the middle of some of the most famous trout waters in North America. Details here.

 

 

Congratulations to Kathy Breithaupt

Rabunite Kathy Breithaupt has been elected as the Council Chair for Georgia Trout Unlimited. She is the first woman to hold that position. Read more here

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Calling All Trout Campers! Time To Apply

Trout Camp 2019 is set for June 2-7, at Tallulah Falls School, Clayton, GA! Applications due March 15.

Read more here.

 

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