No May 2021 Chapter Meeting. Go fishing instead! Yee Haaaa!!!!!

May 11, 2021

Feb 16: Chapter Meeting

February 7, 2021

February, 2021 Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, Feb 16 at 7:00 pm
Meeting by Zoom: “Hope Springs Eternal” by Steve Hudson

For the Rabun TU’s February 16 zoom program flyfishing author and instructor Steve Hudson reunites (virtually) with his Rabunite buddies at 7:00 pm for “Hope Springs Eternal.” Zoom in as Steve prepares us for the spring fishing season. He’ll share some tips and techniques to make us more effective during our own hydrotherapy sessions.

Tying fans may also like to zoom into Steve’s popular Saturday morning tying lessons. They’ve kept a lot of fisherfolks sane and entertained through their extended season of sheltering. Learn more and sign up here: https://www.flykits.net/

The program will start at 7:00 pm, but we’ll open up the Zoom room at 6:45 so folks can get settled in.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Let’s have a big turnout! See you then!

March Chapter Meeting Sneak Peek

February 7, 2021

A Sneak Peek into the March Rabun Chapter Meeting

Topic: New Ways to Make A Difference, Emerging TU Tools to Help Conserve, Protect and Restore Trout in Georgia

Presenters: Jeff Wright, TU Southeast Coordinator and Sarah Baker, GA DNR Trout Biologist

The last year has been difficult for TU members throughout the country. With many traditional activities still on hold, people are looking for new ways to get on the water and do something to support their favorite rivers and streams. TU’s Southeast Coordinator, Jeff Wright, and GADNR’s Sarah Baker will join us to discuss how just about anyone can use TU’s Community Science program to do just that. Our emerging app-based surveys, includ- ing Sedimentation Survey, the RIVERS app and a pilot program in Georgia called TroutFinder, give anyone with a smartphone the power to become a data collector and provide input into future conservation projects. Whether you just want to know how to report river issues when you see them or you are interested in a more in-depth, hands-on way to help, this talk will provide new opportunities for every volunteer to make a difference.

BIO: Jeff Wright is TU’s Southeast Coordinator. In this role, he focuses on project management, implementation and engaging volunteers in key focal areas in the Southeast. He also assists grassroots members with various issues. Jeff’s passion for conservation and the outdoors stems from a childhood hunting, fishing, and generally running around exploring wild places of Missouri. He continued to develop an outdoor ethic through college, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s in biology, and has worked or volunteered in various conservation roles. Jeff combines this education with over a decade of experience working and volunteering in education, leadership development, and nonprofit management to support TU in the Southeast.

BIO: Sarah Baker is GA DNR’s Trout Biologist. She developed a passion for trout while conducting research as an undergraduate at The College of Idaho. She has been tromping through streams with electricity for the past 8 years in search of answers related to salmonid population dynamics, habitat utilization, riparian restoration, and nonnative species interaction. She has fallen in love with Georgia’s mountain streams (rhododendron and all) and flings flies into them every Saturday that she can.

Jan 19: Chapter Meeting

December 13, 2020

7 PM

Zoom

Rabun TU’s January 19 zoom program will be “Taking Better Fishing Fotos” by longtime chapter friend and commercial photographer David Cannon.

http://www.davidcannonphotography.com/

David’s pics and stories, from the Amazon to Alaska, are now seen in national magazines and cata- logs from Cabelas to Gray’s Sporting Journal. His latest work is a Georgia photo spread in the Nov/ Dec 2020 edition of American Fly Fishing Magazine. David’s second edition of Fly Fishing Georgia is expected to hit bookstore shelves next year. David gave us this program a decade ago and I’ve invited him back for a “new and improved” session on Fish Pics 101. If you want to take great fish pics, don’t miss it!

The program will start at 7pm, but we’ll open up the Zoom room at 645 so folks can get settled in.

Zoom meeting ID and password here:

Meeting ID: 880 0710 1363 Passcode: 638273

Nov 17: Chapter Meeting

November 11, 2020

“Tips and Tricks from the Chattooga River Fly Shop”Tuesday, Nov 17 at 7:00 pm

To be held using Zoom video conferencing.

Please join our November Zoom program as Chattooga River Fly Shop owners Karl and Karen give us some hot tips for fishing the upstate (including our favorite bor- der river!) and update us on the latest & greatest fly- fishing equipment and supplies at their shop.

Remember that they’re just 15 minutes East of the Highway 28 Bridge and can save your fishing trip ifyou’ve forgotten some vital trinkets!

Zoom in with us at 7pm on the 17th.
To Join the Zoom Meeting—Click Below and Enter the Meeting ID and Passcode

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81335057261?pwd=SkZmQm1sUFc5NVJBRzZLSTUwVGp2QT09

Meeting ID: 813 3505 7261 Passcode: 778963

July 21: Chapter Meeting (via Zoom)

July 8, 2020

July 21 (Tues) Rabun Chapter Monthly Meeting. 7:00 pm by Zoom conferencing. Final program details and a meeting password will come soon. Contact Jeff Durniak.

Meet Your Game Warden”

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 pm

To be held using Zoom video conferencing.

The GA Department of Natural Resource’s new Rabun County game warden is Ethan Franklin. He’s got a great pedigree! A native of Habersham County, Ethan has done DNR tours as a brook trout intern for Leon Brotherton, a wildlife technician, and finally as a DNR Law Enforcement officer. And his mom, Shari, was Jeff Durniak’s office manager.

Come and learn more about Ethan’s hunting and fishing heritage, his commitment to conservation, and his desire to have your eyes and ears helping him to protect our natural resources.

Final program details and a meeting password will come soon, so consider joining our video conference and virtually reuniting as Rabunites.

July 16: Rabun Chapter Annual Family Picnic – CANCELED

May 12, 2020

July 16 (Thur) Rabun Chapter Annual Family Picnic. 6:30 pm at Kellys Water Fall Park in Dillard, GA. CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

April 29-May 3:Rabun Chapter Spring Campout – CANCELED

March 4, 2020

Wed Apr 29 – Sun May 3 at Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest, SC. See page 7 for more information. Contact Terry Rivers.

Details: The Chapter will use Site #93 in the Wooded Loop as the “gathering spot”. Meals will be taken there along with story telling around the campfire at night.

Campers should contact the Park and make their own campsite reservations. There are a variety of sites available, including sites with full hookups.

We will eat breakfast and supper together at Site #93. Lunch is on your own. If you sign up to cook a meal then all meals are free of charge to you. If you do not cook a meal, then pay the cook $5.00 for each meal that you eat. What a deal! The Chapter will provide stoves, paper plates, silverware, cups.

Even if you don’t camp, come by to eat a meal or sit around the campfire. You may even be treated to some cowboy poetry by Pat and Charlie!

During the day you may explore the Park, hike to scenic waterfalls, photograph spring wildflowers, visit nearby Cashiers, NC, or fish the many streams in the Tri-State area. Remember to carry the appropriate State fishing license!

For more information, or to sign up to cook a meal, contact the Campout Host Terry Rivers.

Apr 21: Scouts Appreciation Cookout and Fishing Event CANCELED

March 4, 2020

Apr 21 (Tues) Scouts Appreciation Dinner and Fishing Event. Fishing begins at 4:00 pm, supper begins at 6:00 pm. Indian Lake Picnic Area at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Contact Jimmy Whiten.

Mark your calendars for the annual Scout Cookout which will be held on April 21st at Indian Lake on the campus of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. The scouts in attendance will not only enjoy grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, but also an opportunity to hone their angling skills while working up and appetite. We always have a great time with our local scouts who bring high energy, big appetites and lots of enthusiasm with them.

Apr 18: Women’s Fly Fishing Clinic – CANCELED

March 4, 2020

Due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has been canceled. Please contact Michele Crawford at mcrawfordtu@windstream.net for more information

Saturday April 18

10:00 am—3:00 pm at the Delayed Harvest section of Smith Creek, Unicoi State Park. See pages 4 and 5 for more information. Contact Michele Crawford or Tammy Hopton.

Calling All Ladies!

The Rabun Chapter Trout Unlimited Ladies Fly-Fishing Clinic is the perfect time to act on your desire to learn how to fly fish for trout.

* Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

* To be held at the Delayed Harvest section of Smith Creek, Unicoi State Park.

* Cost is $30 per participant. Don’t forget to buy your fishing license!

Each lady participant will be paired with a fishing guide that will work with you throughout the day to learn the basics of fly fishing. Waders and rods will be provided.

The morning will begin with some casting demonstrations with your personal guide (if needed) then fishing until 1:00pm with your personal guide. Your guide will work hands on in the water with you. You will learn casting techniques, fly selection, reading the water, catching and releasing.

After fishing, from 1:00 until 2:30 enjoy fellowship with the other ladies and guides along with a great lunch and creekside fire.

When you sign up, we will get your boot and pant size so you will be fitted with waders and boots on Saturday morning.

This is a rain or shine event. There is no rain date should this event have to be canceled due to extremely stormy dangerous weather. If we have to cancel you will have first opportunity to sign up for our fall event.

For more info or to sign up email Michele Crawford at mcrawfordtu@windstream.net

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