June 2-7: Trout Camp 2019 – Application Time!

November 1, 2018

Where: Tallulah Falls School, Clayton, Georgia
When: June 2-7, 2019 (Sunday – Friday)
Boys and Girls, 13-15 Years Old

Calling all Trout Campers!

  • Learn and Practice the Sport of Fly Fishing
  • Study Sound Conservation Practices
  • Enjoy a Fun and Rewarding Experience

A brochure describing camp activities is available: 2019 Trout Camp Brochure

What will campers be doing? Here is the 2018 Daily Schedule. Location for the 2018 Trout Camp stream restoration project TBA.

What to bring to Trout Camp? What to Bring to Camp

Applications:

Trout Camp applicant: Trout Camp 2019 Application
Trout Camp Mentors Application/Background Check process: 

Camp Mentor Application/Background Check: Georgia Trout Camp Mentors – Background Check Informaton 2018 and Sexual_Abuse_Policy

Young Mentors (Trout Camp graduates ages 15-18): Young Mentor Application

Mail applications to:

Charlie Breithaupt, GA Trout Camp Coordinator
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, GA 30525

Deadline for applying: Set by each Chapter – Check with your local TU Chapter for details.

The application and payment must be in the Camp Director’s office by March 15, 2019.

 

June 3-8: Georgia Trout Camp

May 2, 2018

June 3-8 (Sun-Fri) Trout Camp at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Sponsored by the Georgia Council.

June 2: Kids Fishing Event at Tallulah River – POSTPONED

May 2, 2018

EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING. New Date TBA soon.

June 2 (Sat) Kids Fishing Event at Tallulah River. 8:00 am—12:00 pm. Sponsored by the Rabun Chapter.

Kids Fishing Rodeo at Tallulah River Campground, Clayton, GA

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Fish in a stocked river

Hot dog lunch with chips and drink

Win prizes

Meet Forest Service Rangers and learn about forest stewardship

ALL FREE

Children age 2-16. Registration that morning or forms are available at go.usa.gov/x532G

For more information, call 706-754-6221.

Apr 7: Rabunite 101

February 13, 2018

April 7 (Sat): Rabunite 101. Beginning Fly-Fishing Seminar 8:30 am until 1:00 pm. Clayton Methodist Creative Learning Center/ Gym . Cost is only $25.00. Event limited to 28 participants. Sign-up sheet on page 4 of the February 2018 newsletter.

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!

Sept 23: Unicoi Outdoor Adventure Day

August 13, 2017

Sept. 23 (Sat): Save the date for the annual Unicoi Outdoor Adventure Day. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

It’s that time of the year again! Interested volunteers should reply to me, preferably by email (jeff.durniak@dnr.ga.gov) Office phone:770-535-5498 and fax 5953.

Please consider volunteering to help us at Unicoi State Park’s Outdoor Adventure Day to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, 9/23/17. You don’t have to be an expert outdoorsman or woman to play a vital role in the day’s success. Can you help at registration or direct parking? There’s a niche for everyone.

Unicoi State Park’s management company, Coral Hospitality, hosts us, WRD Game Management Supervisor Scott Frazier will handle the budget, and I will handle event staffing. We (DNR) need a hundred or so volun- teers to make this event happen. Many of you are OAD veterans, but the following info may help prospective volunteers to understand the roles they could play and to make the decision to join our ranks. To fill out my roster and to ensure good communications with all of you volunteers, I would like the following info from each volunteer:

=================================================== PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM

1) Your name : _______________
2) Your affiliation (if you’d like me to credit your group or club) :_________________ 3) email address: ______________
4) phone number : ________________
5) first choice of venue : ______________
6) second choice of venue: ____________
7) are you willing to work anywhere I need somebody (y/n)? ____

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First come, first served. The majority of the event is held along the creek downstream from Unicoi Dam

(map: http://www.unicoilodge.com/ga-state-park/park-map/)
Below is the narrative from previous years’ volunteer instructions to help you understand the duties at each venue. Thanks for your consideration. We can’t pull off this event without an army of vols!

Venue Info:

• Registration tent. These workers will greet visitors and get signed liability release forms and pens back from them in exchange for raffle tickets. Detailed instructions will be provided to you on Saturday (9/23), as Kim trains you. Visitors will be given an arm band as proof of signing the release form (so they can shoot).

• Raffle tent. Visitors will put one copy of the raffle ticket into the raffle bucket of their choice and keep the other copy. The raffle will start at 1 PM for free prizes. I have a small, separate work force assigned to the raffle. Volunteers on my roster are eligible for prizes, also!

• Parking. Lodge staff will guide visitor vehicles to orderly parking in the big field. Parks staff also have a plan for overflow parking, if needed. They may need a few helpers to direct traffic and explain the venue lay- out to arriving guests as they depart their vehicles.

• Archery. Hands-on. One-on-one instruction by WRD and Traditional Bowhunters Association. Note that this venue is on far side of Smith Creek, next to the laundry building. It can be reached by the road cross- ing up near the dam or by the footbridge over the creek to the group camp. Some of you may be asked to pro- vide security. Just stand at edge of venue and prevent visitors from straying into the line of fire.

• Airgun. Hands on by WRD, 4-H Club, and other volunteers. Same as #4, and located next to it. Again, a few of you may secure the perimeter.

• Skeet. Handled mainly by well-trained DNR and USFS Rangers and Game Management Technicians. It’s 500 yards downstream from the main event (safety, safety). A few of you may simply help at the sign-in tent and keep waiting guests a safe distance away from the shooting area (no experience needed).

• Fishing tent. This is where visitors can exchange a driver’s license for a loaner fishing pole and bait. Biologists, fishing guides, TU’ers, and other fibbers can answer questions and give fishing tips. Fisheries staff will need at least 6 helpers to stay at the tent to handle loaner rod untangling, knot-tying, bait distribution, and rod checkout. This is a busy, yet fun tent.

• Fly casting. Part of the field will be set aside for casting instruction. I suggest that volunteers bring a rod that they don’t mind visitors tinkering with (DON’T BRING YOUR GOOD SAGE OR WINSTON!!!). I am venue leader for casting and tying. If you tie, bring your tying stuff with you, too.

• Fly tying instruction. Bring your supplies and an extra vise if you have one. Let visitors sit down at the table and tie his/her own fly to take home. Variations of the woolly worm (W. bugger, Anytime/Anywhere, etc.) or San Juan worm have worked well for me in the past. Kids love a gold bead and a big, gaudy fly. Girls love pink flies. Beads from craft store, yarn from Wal Mart. Cheap, easy, and fun for visitor. Many visitors are shy, so you may have to speak up and encourage youngsters to come over and tie their own fly.

• Fishing-stream helpers. Grab a pocket fishing kit (hooks and shot) and some bait (corn) that WRD will supply and go help people fishing on stream. Search them out—look at stringers, tackle used, and forlorn faces. Find a kid and work with him/her for an hour or so on reading water, casting, setting hook, etc. Mentoring! Fishing is NOT restricted to kids only (parent has the driver’s license, so they must be hooked, too). Feel free to bring some of your favorite baits to help your reputation as an awesome fishing guide. We will have about 100 loaner poles available, but feel free to bring an extra Zebco outfit if you have one to loan to your “student,” since we made more than 200 loans at our last event. Some of you can help WRD staff stock creek around 9:45AM. Get some kids to help too – we’re bringing buckets to get them involved.

• Wildlife. The experts pretty much run their own shows. Volunteers here will mainly help WRD Wildlife Education Specialists Kathy Church and Pete Griffin with logistics needed by the demonstrators (tables, chairs, PR, food and water, etc).

Thanks for considering the donation of your Saturday to preserve the future of your sport! Please provide your information to me if you are interested in helping DNR to promote outdoor recreation and plant some seeds of conservation.

Sincerely, Jeff

Jeff Durniak

June 4-9: Trout Camp 2017

May 15, 2017

Today’s Georgia Trout Campers are the next generation of conservation leaders.

Boys and Girls, 12 to 15 years old

Learn and Practice the Sport of Fly Fishing

Study Sound Conservation Practices

Enjoy a Fun and Rewarding Experience!

Camp Dates: June 4-9, 2017

Cost: $500 per camper

What will campers be doing? Here is the Daily Schedule 2016 and a location map for the 2015 Trout Camp stream restoration project.

What to bring to Trout Camp?

Trout Camp Mentors Application/Background Check process: 

Camp Mentor Application/Background check (Will be updated shortly)

Young Mentors (Trout Camp graduates ages 15-18): Young Mentor Application

Mail applications to:

Kathy Breithaupt, GA Trout Camp Coordinator
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, GA 30525

Deadline for applying: Set by each Chapter – Check with your local TU Chapter for details.

The application and payment must be in the Camp Director’s office by April 15, 2017.

Each camper leaves with his or her own set of fishing equipment!

Closing ceremony in which campers receive a certificate of completion

Fly casting competition with awards presented at closing ceremony

What to expect at Trout Camp

Learning hands-on skills and trout fishing fundamentals

Knot tying
Attaching lines for specific needs

Stream tactics
Presenting the fly

Tackle
Handling and maintenance

Fly Casting
The basics and practice

Entomology
Bugs! Study insect life cycle, physiology, behavior environment, and classification

Fly tying
Create the flies that catch the fish

Fishing on the stream
Applying newly learned skills
At least two hours daily devoted to fishing
One mentor per two campers

Stream etiquette
How we consider others and the environment

Natural Resources and Conservation

A visit to Burton Trout Hatchery and nearby creeks

The trout’s life cycle

Aquatic invertebrates (more bugs!)

Protection of trout habitat

Stream Dynamics/Fish stocking

Work project to restore habitat structures

Particulars

Fees: $500 per camper
Includes a TFO, 9Ft., 5WT, Rod and Reel Outfit, Fly-Vest packed full of flies and other gear, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, and much, much more!

Trout Camp brochure available here(pdf)

Room and board in the facilities of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School 

Application form available here (pdf)

List of what to bring available here

Detailed Trout Camp schedule available here (MS word doc)

Who staffs Trout Camp?

Many TU members willingly volunteer their time and talent to pass on their knowledge and love of fly-fishing to another generation. Our camp is truly a statewide effort as mentors from 10 of the 14 chapters in Georgia show up to help out. Some mentors even take vacation from their jobs and stay all week; you can’t ask for more than that!!

Georgia DNR and USFS personnel provide great support, including leading sessions on stream entomology at Smithgall Woods, visiting Burton Hatchery, stocking the Tallulah River, building structures on Ramey Creek and electro-shocking brook trout all added to the experience for the campers. Even in these tough economic times, these agencies still find a way to give us all the help we need. We couldn’t do it without them. We have also welcomed guest speakers from the national office of Trout Unlimited as well as Jimmy Harris, local expert guide and owner of Unicoi Outfitters.

For further questions, please contact

Kathy Breithaupt – Trout Camp Coordinator
knc615(at)windstream.net
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, Georgia 30525
706-782-6954

Trout Camp Supporters

Georgia Trout Camp is grateful for the generous support of our partners and sponsors.

Would you like to be a Trout Camp mentor?

Want to mentor at the 2010 camp? We need your background check permission form.  Please read the TU National Sex Abuse Policy then download the mentor forms below. Sign both and fax to Charlie Breithaupt.

TU National Sexual Abuse Policy

Mentor Background Check form 2010 

Trout Camp Young Mentor Application and Guidelines

Also, you must be a member of TU to serve as a mentor. It’s easy to join.

June 3: Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo on Tallulah Rive

May 15, 2017

June 3 (Sat): Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo on Tallulah River starting at 8AM. We coordinate every year with USFS and DNR for the great event for the kids! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! A great chance to help pass it on!!

May 16: Fishing and Cookout with Scouts at Indian Lake

March 13, 2017

May 16 (Tues): Annual Scouts Fishing and cookout at Indian Lake.

Mar 18: Rabunite 101

February 8, 2017

Our annual beginning fly fishing course for ages 18 and over will be held again this year. Contact Charlie Breithaupt at 706-782-6954 for more information.

Ever wanted to try your hand at fly-fishing for trout but never learned the in’s and out’s of it?

Ever wonder why some people seem to get so “hooked” on it?

Now’s your chance!  The Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a half-day fly-fishing seminar for adults (male and female 16 years and older).

The seminar will cover equipment, casting, knots and entomology (the bugs we imitate for fish to eat).

Instructors include Federation of Flyfishermen Certified Instructors and other experts for a hands-on learning experience that will be helpful and fun.

WHAT

Fly-Fishing Seminar   “Rabunite 101”

WHEN

Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:30 am until 1:00 pm

WHERE

Clayton Methodist Creative Learning Center/ Gym
205 Ministry Mountain Drive, Clayton, GA  30525 (off old hwy 441 behind the radio station)

HOW MUCH?

Cost is only $25

WANT TO SIGN UP? FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!

The session is limited to 28 participants.

Download, print, sign, and return this form (.pdf) along with your check made payable to:

The Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited  
Charlie Breithaupt                                                                                  
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, GA  30525       
knc615@windstream.net   
(706)782-6954

You will receive notification when you have been registered.

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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.

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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