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Tuesday's March Member Meeting - A Triple Threat Event
Oh yes, there will be member Show and Tell, as promised. Two or three of our fellow members will show us and tell us about a great fishing adventure they’ve had recently – BTW, we have room for one more presentation, so if you have some fly trip-related pictures on a memory stick or a CD, last minute or not, please let us know by e-mailing mouradia@gmail.com. Presentations are casual and friendly, and every size and shape is welcome. In addition, there will be a very special Part II to this meeting: MDNR Senior Fisheries Biologist Jeff Braunscheidel, our partner in the Mill Creek Brown Trout Project, will present a State of Mill Creek report. Finally, as previously announced, this meeting will end with a mercifully brief AATU annual business meeting, i.e., probably no more than the last 5 to 10 minutes. 
See you at Webers this coming Tuesday at 5:30, the program to begin at 7:00.

The 2018 Conservation Banquet - It's Time To Get Real!
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 - Barton Hills Country Club - 5:30-9:30
O.K., we’ve been planning, working hard on, anticipating, and talking about our upcoming AATU Conservation Banquet for the last few months. With tickets going fast and attendance nearing capacity at the beautiful Barton Hills Country Club banquet venue, our best advice would be to buy your tickets as soon as you can. Nothing would be more disappointing than to wait too long, only to find that tickets have sold out. We've already given, more than once, all the great reasons to attend, but here's the closer: a short sampling of the outstanding raffle prizes that will be available to all comers.

A case of red wines from around the world, selected and donated by Banquet Chair Robert Schultz and Jeanie Schultz
Hand-made Mike Mouradian cigar box guitar with trout theme
Full-day float or wade trip for two on one of the famous Yellowstone area trout streams, from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT
Gift certificate at Satchel’s B-B-Q in Ann Arbor (plus certificates at several other area restaurants)
Two night stay for two at Fuller’s North Branch Outing Club on the Holy Water
Seven foot 4wt hand-crafted bamboo rod by Dr. Jim Gilsdorf
A $500 shopping spree at The Painted Trout fly shop’s new location in Dexter
And many, many more similarly mouth-watering prizes
So once again, below is the web link for the quick and easy purchase of your ticket. Please don’t delay, we wouldn’t want to enjoy this fabulous evening without you!

To buy your ticket(s): Click http://annarbortu.org/, then click the orange Banquet box in mid-screen. On the next page, scroll down the to ticket purchase form and follow the instructions for registration, meal selection (!), and payment.  You will receive a confirming email from AATU, which will be your "proof of purchase" ticket to the event. Questions?Contact Banquet Chair Robert Schultz at robertschultz@att.net or 734-973-9788. We look forward to seeing you Thursday April 12 at 5:30.

Mill Creek Update
by Bill Phillips
Water conditions in Mill Creek are still high and fast, coming down from the 1,000 cubic feet per second flood stage. The flooded yards and low areas along Mill Creek are still draining back into the creek. It is a good time, as the water level drops closer to normal, to start tying dark stonefly and dark caddis fly imitations in sizes 14 to 18 to be ready for the hatches on Mill Creek. When the cfs is below 75, the browns will be interested in looking for the small black stoneflies and dark caddis flies on the surface, followed by tan caddis. Have a great year and please report all your Mill Creek catches to the annarbortu.org Catch Report!

A Heads-Up From MITU Executive Director Bryan Burroughs
In a February 26 e-mail to the MITU Council, Executive Director Bryan Burroughs called attention to a proposed Michigan bill, as follows:
"House Bill 5638 was introduced last week.  It would undermine the state’s large quantity water withdrawal statute and assessment programs.  This is the most directly dangerous bill I have seen for coldwater fisheries, in some time. I’ll be working up an action alert for our TU members during today, and hope with help from Ron, to get that out sometime today.   Until then, here is a link to an article that got posted last night.  http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/02/michigan_agriculture_water_bil.html."
This is an issue your AATU board will continue to monitor, and any comments or questions will be welcome.

Michigan TU Fly Fishing School (TUFFS)
Join us at the Michigan Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School at Ranch Roudolf near Traverse City. This three day school is in its 48th year of offering training in the art and science of fly fishing to beginning, intermediate and advanced students alike; you will be placed in your appropriate level of instruction. This great three-day program, which includes nine meals and lodging, is taught by TU volunteers, most of whom are experienced Michigan guides and certified casting Instructors. This is a great opportunity to bring along someone who is new to flyfishing and just as great an opportunity for experienced fly fishers to become even better practitioners of the art.  The Dates are June 8,9 and 10, and spots for 2018 are already filling up. Learn more, including how to register, at http://www.tuffs.org.
Forward Cast
March 13th: Members’ Show and Tell program, plus "The State of Mill Creek" report by DNR official Jeff Braunscheidel, and a brief AATU business meeting. (See article, above)

April 12th (Thursday): 2018 Annual Conservation Banquet at Barton Hills CC, Ann Arbor. (See article, above)

May 8th: Bamboo and Brats

May 13th: Dexter-Mill Creek Trout Fest (See article above)