This has been an interesting spring thus far, to say the least. Trout opener is just around the corner, and for me, this time of year usually marks the first camping trip of the season and joining friends out on the trout streams; this year holds a very real prospect of a gap in that tradition. While spending time on the water by oneself can be very rewarding, most of us know the joy of sharing that experience with a loved ones or friends; this is what makes us a community. During these difficult times, it is important to remember a very big part of communities: our local fly shops. Dealing with Covid-based shop closures and ban on guide trips, places our friends and supporters at the local fly shops in a very difficult situation. Having spoken with many local business owners, I cannot express how vital it is that we continue to support our community partners. If you’re after some tying materials, leaders, flies, or any new equipment think local first. Both the Northern Angler and Streamside Orvis are offering online purchasing of gift certificates, as well as regular merchandise.
The Adams Chapter has decided to show our support through a fun give away. Email us a copy of your receipt from Streamside Orvis or The Northern Angler and be entered to win this framed set of classic trout flies. This will run from March 29th – April 30th.
Remember to take a moment to give a call and check on your fishing buddies and neighbors. Take care of each other and we’ll be seeing each other on the river soon.
Send a copy of your receipt along with your name and phone number to:
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If your email inbox looks like mine, almost every organization you have ever worked with, joined or “liked” has sent you a note this week about the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.
It’s a sign of how thoroughly this crisis has swept across all of American life. Trout Unlimited is rooted in communities of volunteers, anglers, and partners coming together in the name of conservation. And, given the advice from experts to practice “social distancing,” our work faces serious challenges in the coming weeks.
As of today, Trout Unlimited is cancelling all indoor gatherings of 10 people or more, including annual spring banquets, regular chapter meetings and other events.
In addition, Trout Unlimited has cancelled all travel for its staff, called off our regional meetings, and is taking a hard look at whether to hold the annual meeting, scheduled for August in Maine. We have closed our offices around the country and are asking staff to work from home. We are all spending this time catching up on paperwork, writing assignments and overdue reports.
I will be sad to miss big events such as the Orvis Rendezvous in Roanoke, as well as smaller but equally important ones such as the Sal-Font Chapter banquet in West Virginia. It sounds obvious, but the most important priority for all of us is to stay healthy, and protect our friends, families and communities from the spread of this virus.
See Chris Wood’s message at:
2020 Adams Chapter Coldwater Celebration
Due to COVID-19 public health concerns, we have changed the date of this event to Saturday, July18, 2020 (please ignore the date in the graphic below).
Doors open at 5pm, dinner served at 6pm
at the Park Place Hotel & Conference Center
300 E. State Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
It’s time for the 2020 Adams Chapter Coldwater Celebration! Please join us on Saturday, April 18th at the Park Place Hotel and Conference Center for an evening of good food, great company, door prizes, silent auction, live auction, and much more! Please visit actu2020tickets.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets; single tickets for $50, table of eight for $350. Your patronage supports the conservation, protection, and restoration of our cold waters, as well as youth enrichment programs. We hope to see you there!
All handicap-licensed vehicles will be authorized to park in the Park Place Hotel parking lot for easy accessibility. Please park all non-handicap vehicles across the street at: Hardy Parking Garage, 300 E. State Street. Park Place Hotel reserves all standard on-site parking for overnight guests only.
The Adams Chapter was just awarded an Embrace A Stream grant for $6500. We also have the opportunity to raise much more through a Crowdfunding campaign organized by Trout Unlimited with some matching funds from Orvis. This offer runs from November 4 through November 10. For this opportunity go to
Our project is to restore a now abandoned sand trap on the Boardman River’s north branch. The sand trap was build around 1994 and the site now has bare and eroding streambanks, no shade, and no instream structure for fish. The Chapter will also repair an upstream bend as part of this project.
The goal for the project is to build stream structure, repair eroding banks, and restore some streambanks now staying in place with only geotextile cloth. The project will require volunteer time for physical work and planning as well as engineering for planning and permitting, acquiring wood, rocks, and rootballs, and an excavator with heavy equipment.
The sand trap was built in the mid 1990s and was abandoned after it did not prove to be effective — a function of its size, location, and operating costs. Experience here and elsewhere showed that taking steps to stop erosion and trap sediment is more effective.
The Adams Chapter is pleased to be working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Grand Traverse Conservation District. The area MDNR Fisheries Management Biologist is the Sponsoring Professional. The Chapter and Grand Traverse Conservation District are also contributing funds to the project.
Successful fundraising will allow the Chapter to complete this project in the latter part of 2020, after getting permits, when environmental conditions are suitable.
We appreciate your support!
Join the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the historic Wa Wa Sum Lodge on the banks of the Au Sable mainstream in Grayling Friday September 13-Sunday September 15. The lodge is located on the section known as the “Holy Water”. Wa Wa Sum is located just downstream from the birth place of Trout Unlimited. TU was formed at George Griffith’s home, The Barbless Hook, in July of 1959. Wa Wa Sum is a historic lodge dating back to 1880 and was originally owned by the Stranahan family from Toledo, Ohio. Michigan State University acquired it in 1982 and uses it primarily as a research center. They rent the lodge to various organizations throughout most of the year. This event is open to all members of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited and their guest(s). Must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are needed see The Events Calendar for details