Conserving, restoring and protecting trout and their coldwater streams and rivers
December 6 OBTU Holiday Party
Venuti’s in Addison
OBTU was presented TU National’s “Silver Trout” award at the September 29 annual meeting in Spokane, Washington. Dave Carlson, OBTU President, and Willie Beshire, OBTU’s Ex-officio President, accepted the award on behalf of OBTU from Chris Wood, TU CEO. Come to a meeting & check it out!
Read OBTU’s Silver Trout Award Announcement via the following link:
OBTu’s 50th Anniversary cELEbRATION was A GREAT Time!
Chris Wood, TU CEO, Delivered a Key Note Address Praising OBTU Accomplishments and mingled with the croud for 4 hours.
Janet Yang Rohr, Illinois Congressman (Naperville, 41st District ), spoke on the issue of access to Illinois Waterways. (Janet introduced HB5844 to safeguard public rights to Illinois navigable waters.)
180 People Attended including presidents of all four Illinois TU Chapters. Weather was perfect. 2 large tents sheltered the croud. Thanks to all who participated!
A $5000 check was presented to Mike Siepker, Iowa DNR Fisheries Management Biologist, for habitat improvement of North Bear Creek. Dave Carlson, OBTU President, announced that this project had been designated as OBTU’s 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Conservation Project. A special thanks to Mike for travelling from Decorah, Iowa!
15 OBTU partners staffed display tables. Fly Casting, Fly Tying, Fishing for “Lawn Trout” and other activities kept everyone entertained. OBTU fly boxes & other giveaways were distributed.
Parachute Adams Band was Outstanding!
Quick Summary of Key Upcoming OBTU Events:
December 6: Holiday Party at Venuti’s in Addison from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
January 17: OBTU Chapter Meeting. Annual Meeting with Board Member Elections.
January 25-28: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Illinois Council of TU to host a show booth.
February 16-18: Tinley Park Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo. OBTU to host a show booth.
February 21: Chapter Meeting. Mat Wagner, Owner, Driftless Angler Fly Shop to speak on fly fishing Patagonia, Argentina. (re-scheduled from Oct, 2023)