Volunteer for October 13 Coldwater River Watershed Macroinvertebrate Study

Oak Brook TU members will return to the Coldwater River near Alto, Michigan on October 13 to continue the four-year macroinvertebrate survey as part of a Michigan Clean Water Corps grant which commenced in 2014.

The study will take place Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the meeting location at the Tyler Creek Country Club in Alto, Michigan.

As with the past spring and fall surveys, audit teams will be formed, and each team will visit one of five sites along the Coldwater River or its major tributaries.  Each site will be observed for any physical changes since the June audit.  Then samples will be taken by volunteers using D-nets from the various habitat types within each site.  Samples will be collected into large pails before each team returns to our base at Tyler Creek Country Club where we will identify and count everything collected.

Volunteers need to bring their waders.

The Saturday morning activity is usually followed by a cookout and the opportunity to do some local fishing.  Drive time from Chicago to the Tyler Creek Country Club is about 3.5 hours.

To volunteer for the October 13 Coldwater Study, please contact Marv Strauch at your earliest opportunity if you plan to be attend.
E:  mjstrauchjr@gmail.com
M:  708-638-1318.

April 18 Speaker: Carl Hueter, former Michigan TU Council President, on the “History of Trout Unlimited and its Founding on the banks of the Au Sable River”

Carl Hueter will speak on the “History of Trout Unlimited and fishing Michigan’s Au Sable River” on April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Brook Recreation Center Central Park West Building.

Carl was a TU National Leadership Council member subsequent to becoming Michigan TU Council Chairman. He is not only a noted conservationist of northern Michigan’s Au Sable River “Holy Waters,” but an ardent angler of the Au Sable River North Branch, a master of its hatches and an accomplished imitator of the insects found there and elsewhere. Carl is also a classic tackle aficionado who sells cane, fine reels, and other angling paraphernalia through his resurrected Wanigas Rod Company, originally operated by Art Neumann, TU’s first executive director.

Carl has been an enthusiastic supporter of Illinois TU Youth Camp and an active participant as a fly fishing instructor.  He also owns a historic river house on the North Branch of the Au Sable River where he hosts Illinois Council youth campers each summer for a fly fishing session.

A professional architect by trade, Carl makes his home in Ann Arbor.

Carl Hueter provides fly fishing instruction to 2017 youth camp participants.


Wednesday, December 14, 7-9 p.m.
Annual Holiday Party & Rod Raffle Drawing
D.O.C. Wine Bar, Yorktown Shopping Center–around the corner from Orvis Yorktown

This year’s event again features a wine tasting and food pairing. In addition to the Rod Raffle drawing, a silent auction will feature Michigan and Wisconsin guide trips; fly fishing gear; plus plenty of bucket raffle items including wine, food and craft beer baskets.
Tickets to the event will cost $45 apiece and will be available for sale at our November 16 chapter meeting, website, and at the door via check and credit card. Members who purchase tickets in advance at our November 16 meeting or RSVP before December 1 will be eligible for a wine basket door prize.
Please contact Carol Hennessy with your RSVP via phone or email–815-341-6010; clhennessy@earthlink.net
Spouses and guests are welcome!

Thursday, December 15, 6:30-9 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting