To conserve, protect and restore Michigan's cold water fisheries and their watersheds, including our own Huron River!
 Please consider donating to Ann Arbor TU on a  yearly or monthly basis to support our programs.

2018 AATU Spring Banquet 
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Barton Hills CC

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

2017-18 Meeting Schedule
New Location - Webers Inn
5:30-7:00pm -social hour and dining
7:00-9:00pm- regular meeting

September 12th:  Ethan Cramer will present ...Spring Creek fishing in SE Michigan and Mill Creek strategies. All you need to know but were afraid to ask!! (my words)
October 10th:
 Kelly Neuman of Steamside Custom Rod and Guide Service. Sharing his years of experience for whats hot this year for your best successes.
November 14th: Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) Laura Rubin , Executive Director, will present fish habitat and stream restorations as well as updates on dam removal projects for the Huron at Milford, Pinckney and Ypsilanti locations.
December 12th:  Holiday Party and Swap meet.
January 9th: Jon Ray, head Guide at Hawkins Outfitters. 23 years of guide experience on many northern Michigan rivers with focus on the Upper and Lower Manistee and the PM...plus some "unknown and unspoken spots". Trout, Salmon, Steelhead and Small-mouth Bass are his main targets.
February13th: Pete Hodgman, the Carp Whisperer.  20 years experience with special emphasis on Grand Traverse Bay. How to be successful in luring that Golden Bones to your fly.
March 13th: Home movies night and annual AATU business meeting.
April 12th Thursday: 2018  11th Annual Conservation Banquet at Barton Hills CC, Ann Arbor.

May 14:  Meeting
TBD:  Dexter Mill Creek Festival

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.
Number of Trout Caught
Size(s) of Trout
Lure Used
Total Number of Days Fishing on Mill Creek. (This includes days without catching any fish. Please use dates if you are able to.)

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.   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:    https://castingforrecovery.org

August 28th  Rifle River Bank Restoration
More information coming soon.


Don't forget to check out the National Trout Unlimited website​​

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.
Two reasons you should fish in Michigan this summer
Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 07/28/2017 11:00 AM EDT

Check out our brand new Roadmap to Fishing Lake Michigan and meet your fishing match!

This roadmap provides information on many Lake Michigan ports, times of year when great fishing opportunities exist, and species you might find during those periods of time. Please note it is not an exhaustive list.

Do the young people in your life (like your kids, nieces/nephews or grandchildren) constantly bug you to go fishing?
Let them plan the next trip as part of Michigan’s first-ever Take an Adult Fishing Day on Saturday, August 5!
On that day we’ll ask anybody who takes an adult fishing to share their picture with us using the hashtag
We’ll randomly select a few winners to receive a fishing gear prize!

   Check Out the DNR Bulletin

Here's a link to the DNR Bulletin for those of you who don't already tap into this informative news source:  

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

Go to Michigan Enviromental Updates

Searching for the truth about grass carp and their impact on the Great Lakes
Weeek after week, month after month over the past year, headlines have denied the presence of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
But there are Asian carp in the Great Lakes, and the way they are being handled has been the subject of heated discussion among scientists. 

  http://freep.mi.news Click here for the Rest of the Story

TU Women's Initiative
Learn about the TU Women’s Initiative. You can view 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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