To conserve, protect and restore Michigan's cold water fisheries and their watersheds, including our own Huron River!

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2017-18 Activites Calendar

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

Mill Creek Location

Banquet Planning is Gaining Momentum
The 2018 AATU Conservation Banquet will be on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor. Reserve the date to join together in AATU’s major fund raising event and enjoy an evening of fun, conviviality and fine dining - with a large offering of very desirable and attractive prizes to add some excitement to the proceedings! 

As with our past banquets, the evening will feature the amenities of Barton Hills Country Club, plenty of time for socializing with “like-minded” conservationists, a great dinner, and a large collection of prizes available in our auctions, raffles and other surprise programs. 

Your response to this banquet in previous years has universally been: “Great, fun time!” We encourage you to be part of this important fundraiser by planning to attend, and for even more fun, talking your friends and family into attending and joining you to form a table.  Please also consider donating a prize to be included in the auction and raffle programs. 

Tickets for the 2018 banquet will be available for purchase on the AATU website in early January, 2018. Should you have questions, suggestions or a donation to the banquet, contact Robert Schultz, Banquet Chair, at  robertschultz@att.net. 

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 15:  Meeting
TBD:  Dexter Mill Creek Festival

AATU Meeting Location- Weber's Inn

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.
Join Trout Unlimited and the USDA Forest Service, Huron - Manistee National Forest staff for a native planting workday!

Volunteers are needed to help plant native shrubs at a restoration site in the Manistee National Forest. The shrubs will help provide cover and shade for a recently restored headwater stream, and help to stabilize watershed soils and stream banks.

The workday will be held during the week of October 16th, specific day and time TBD. For questions and details, please contact Jeremy Geist, Great Lake Stream Restoration Manager at jgeist@tu.org or 248-877-7256.
See you on the river!
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.)
MTU Volunteers Needed For:
Salmon in the Classroom Egg Distribution
Volunteers are need to help with Salmon in the Classroom egg distribution at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan (near Kalamzoo). Volunteers are needed November 6-9 for two shifts 8 am to noon and noon to 3:30 pm and November 11 from 8 to noon. No prior experience is needed. You will learn everything you need to know at the hatchery. The main duties will be checking teachers in, scooping and bagging eggs, and handing out food. We generally look for two volunteers per shift. Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. We fill slots first come first serve.  

Shana Ramsey from the MI DNR has indicated that the volunteers MITU provides to assist with egg distribution are an incredible asset to the Salmon in the Classroom Program and aid greatly in the DNR providing such a fun and eductional natural resource program to thousands of students across Michigan each year.
If you are interested or would like more information please contact Kristin Thomas ( kthomas@michigantu.org ). To sign up please send Kristin your name and email address and preferred date(s). She will be in touch to confirm and provide additional information.
We do only need volunteers at Wolf Lake (near Kalamazoo) at this time, as that is where most teachers pick up their eggs. 
Thank you for supporting Michigan Trout Unlimited!

Mill Creek News

A Call For Volunteers

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.
Wader Cleaning Staion Installations- AATU/MDNR

If you have the interest and an hour available on Thursday at 9:00am, Steve Zawistowski and I will buy you a coffee at The Riverside Resturant in Dexter and we can install the Wader Wash Station in Mill Creek Park South (next to the Forest Lawn Cemetery)

Installation averages 30 minutes. Less than 30 minutes with more than 2 people helping. The Station should be installed and everyone moving on with their day by 10:00am.

If you have the time and would like to help, meet Steve and me at the Riverview Resturant at 9:00am. Coffee is on me!

Contact: Bill Phillips  greyghostbp@gmail.com

Fall Electro Shocking at Mill Creek

Solan Preserve  Wading Station

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

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

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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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