To conserve, protect and restore Michigan's cold water fisheries and their watersheds, including our own Huron River!
Mill Creek Fishing Survey
If you have tried your hand at fishing in Mill Creek near Dexter we would sure like to hear about your experience.  Please fill out form and tell us about it. This vital information will be submitted to the DNR for their continued suport of our fishery.

The Ann Arbor Chapter of Trout Unlimited welcomes you to view our Website and newsletter, The Reel News. We are a friendly and active chapter. We fish together and work together. We organize several fishing trips each year as well as working trips where we practice “hands on” river habitat restoration. We also host monthly informative meetings each year, from September to May.
 Click on the Meeting tab for our newest schedule.
Tight Lines,
Mike Mouradian
AATU Past  President

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 Please consider donating to Ann Arbor TU on a  yearly or monthly basis to support our programs.

While on our page, join the group to get the  latest fishing news, activities at our local fly  shops and ecology groups, fly-tying hints,  and member posts.  
 2015-2016 Meeting Schedule
Click here for complete schedule 
March 26- Birch Run Swap Meet

April 14- Annual Fund Raiser Banquet

May 9 – Bamboo and Brats and AATU Annual Business Meeting

May 12-14 - Salmon Fly Hatch Trip to Oregon
More info in the Reel News and at the Painted Trout

Want to Change Your TU Chapter?
When you join Trout Unlimted, you are then assigned to a specific chapter to attend meetings at or to volunteer your talents with. Sometimes, the chapter's meeting location that you are assigned to is much further away than a neighboring chapter.  Can you switch chapters?  The answer is "yes". 
An active TU member may change his/her chapter affiliation by: E-mailing: TUmembership@tu.org .  In your e-mail, include your name and address, and say that you wish to be assigned to Chapter 127 – Ann Arbor. 
Or, you can change it by calling: 1-800-834-2419 and making the same request.

Annual Meeting:  Bamboo and Brats  May 9

Come and join us for AATU's annual meeting. Location:  The Barn at 12075 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI 48130  Brats and condiments are provided by the chapter.  Please bring your beverages.  Have a bamboo rod? Have a new rod?  Bring it and let folks try it out. At the meeting, we will summarize our chapter's activities, highlight up coming events, and hold our election for board members.  Consider becoming part of our governing body- Please contact John Zolan if you're interested in running for our board.  Conservation, Education, Communications, and Fund Raising are just some of the areas you could contribute your skills to.
Opportunity Knocks!  There will be several vintage bamboo and fiberglass rods to try.  They are part of a fundraiser for our chapter, so if you're  in the shopping mode, bring your checkbooks. Click on the gallery below for more photos.
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2016 Activity Updates 

Dexter Mill Creek Trout Fest

Saturday May 14, 2016, 10 am-2 pm.  Come join the fun!   If you want to help out, contact Bill Phillips at  greyghostbp@gmail.com . Casting, Fly tying, Kid Acitivites, and 500 Brown Trout to plant. Come join us!   Mill Creek Park North 8140 Main St, Dexter, MI 48130

Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School
June 10th, 11th & 12th @ Ranch Rudolf, Traverse City, MI. Whether you're a beginner, somewhere inbetween or an expert, there are instructors to help you master the sport.
Click here for more information:    http://www.tuffs.org

Rifle River Clean Up

Rifle River clean up will be held on Tuesday June 28, 10am -2pm.  The clean up will start at River View Campground and Canoe Livery.  River View Campground & Canoe Livery is in Sterling, MI, located in Arenac County, 5755 N Townline Rd
Sterling, MI 48659.  Lunch is provided by the Mershon TU chapter.
FYI: There are several Townline Rds in the area and it is very easy to select the wrong one in your GPS. Use Exit 195 and follow the signs. Contact Dave Neal for more information.

Huron River Days  July 10-2016

​Enjoy the beautiful Huron River and participate in free family river activities during the Huron River Day celebration at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor, on Sunday, July 10, 2016.   Click here for more information.

State and Local News

Learn More about the Au Sable River Fish Farm Controversy

"Hearings are taking place at the state Capitol as environmental groups argue against a permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality. That permit allows the operation of a fish hatchery operated by the Harrietta Hills Trout Farm in Grayling to raise rainbow trout on a branch of the Au Sable River, which is located in the northern lower peninsula, about 50 miles east of Traverse City... 'The primary concern is the addition of nutrients to the Au Sable River,' said Professor Luttenton, who will be testifying on behalf of the anglers’ groups that are objecting to the permit, which would set regulations for certain levels of water quality for the river.  For more information, check out this and related stories on  WUOM Radio website
Below are links to various publications that discuss this threatening expansion of the Graying Fish Hatchery:

Michigan TU

Fish Farm Hearings Start: First Week Ends Well

Anglers of the Au Sable

Battle Over Holy Waters, Anglers put Michigan Fish Farmig on Trial, M-Live

Something Fishy about the Graying Hatchery Permit, Detroit Free Press

Graying Fish Hatchery, Mason Griffith TU

Michigan Trout Unlimited: Advocacy Alert: Great Lakes Net Pen Fish Farming

It's Time for Your Voice to be Heard
We have been communicating with you for the last year about the proposal to allow large-scale commercial fish farming in the Great Lakes. There are now legislative bills introduced for this. Now is the time for you to voice your opinion to your legislators. It's imperative that you do. Below is information on this critical subject to help you accomplish being informed, but the need is simple: we need you to contact legislators to voice your opposition to Great Lakes net pen fish farming. Please take the time during the next couple of days to let your voice be heard on this subject.
The rest of this message contains supporting information on focused advocacy needs, current legislation information, background on the subject, and links to useful research on this subject.

Who to Contact

House Natural Resources
Anthony Forlini R - 517-373-0113  AnthonyForlini@house.mi.gov 
Andrea LaFontaine R - 517-373-8931  AndreaLaFontaine@house.mi.gov 
Ken Goike R - 517-373-0820  KenGoike@house.mi.gov  
Lisa Posthumus Lyons R - 517-373-0846  LisaLyons@house.mi.gov 
Bruce Rendon R - 517-373-3817  BruceRendon@house.mi.gov 
Ed McBroom R - 517-373-0156  EdMcBroom@house.mi.gov  
Julie Plawecki D - 517-373-0849  JuliePlawecki@house.mi.gov 
Charles Smiley D - 517-373-3906  CharlesSmiley@house.mi.gov   
John Kivela D - 517-373-0498  JohnKivela@house.mi.gov 
Joy Brewer, Committee Clerk - 517-373-8474  joybrewer@house.mi.gov 

House Leadership
Speaker Pro Tem Tom Leonard R - 517-373-1778  TomLeonard@house.mi.gov 
Speaker Kevin Cotter R - 517-373-1789  KevinCotter@house.mi.gov  
Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt R - 517-373-0839  AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov 
Democratic Leader Tim Greimel D - 517-373-0475  TimGreimel@house.mi.gov 
Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh D - 517-373-1786  SamSingh@house.mi.gov


Current Legislation 
HB5255 , seeks to prohibit commercial net pen fish farming in the Great Lakes. MITU supports this bill. Its been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, and will receive a hearing on Tuesday February 2, 2016. Sponsored by Representatives Jon Bumstead, Pscholka, McCready, Kivela, Garcia, Pettalia, Cochran, Irwin and Rendon.
SB526 ,    prohibit Great Lakes fish farming. A S2 substitute for this bill is imminent, and will ensure that other forms of aquaculture must not be allowed to discharge pollutants or create pollution. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where it has not received a hearing (Senator Joe Hune is the Chair). Sponsored by Senators Rick Jones, Schmidt, Marleau, Beida, Knezek, Warren, Hertel, Hopgood, B. Johnson, and Knollenberg.

Senate bills SB681 , 682 , and 683 , would allow Great Lakes net pen fish farming, create an "Office of Aquaculture Development" to both promote the industry and oversee its regulation, would remove local units of governments from decisions on where these could be located, and remove many permitting rules and public comment opportunities. Sponsored by Senators Darwin Booher, Tom Casperson, David Robertson, Shirkey. MITU opposes.

House bills HB5166 , 5167 , and 5168 , are identical bills to SB681, 682, and 683. Sponsored by Representatives Ed McBroom, Cole, Lauwers, and B. Roberts.   Would allow Great Lakes net pen fish farming, create an "Office of Aquaculture Development" to both promote the industry and oversee its regulation, would remove local units of governments from decisions on where these could be located, and remove many permitting rules and public comment opportunities

Casting for Recovery Returns to Michigan
Casting for Recovery is a nation-wide organization founded in 1996 with the mission of hosting weekend retreats for women who have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Mark Delaney will give a short presentation on the program at the next AATU meeting, and will take names of people – both men and women – who are interested in volunteering.  The retreat will be held at Barothy Lodge in late August and the 28th is the day that AATU members will participate.
More information on Casting for Recovery can be found on the organization’s website:  

TU Women's Initiative
You should know about the TU Women’s Initiative. You can see that TU web page at www.tu.org/blog-posts/tu-w omens-initiative , and you also can click a link on that page to see the Women's Initiative newsletter, On the Rise.

On-Line Trout Media

Trout TV    http://www.trouttvshow.com
Jointhe Trout TV Community by becoming a subscriber to their digital distribution portal.
A Tight Loop- http://atightloop.com
a digital magazine about fly fishing in the Midwest.
Dun Magazine- http://www.DunTheMagazine.com
a digital fly fishing magazine for women.
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