Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hoot on the Hootch

   The following are some of the programs and events that the Foothills chapter of Trout Unlimited supports using the funds raised/donated at the "Hoot On The Hootch" event.....


Fly Tying
 Stream Projects
Trout in the Classrooms 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Foothills Monthly meeting this Thursday, February 8th

The social time is around 6:00 - 6:30 with the program starting up at 7:00 and runs to about 8:00. We really need folks to show up so we can make sure we get presenters.  

Date: 02/08/18

Time: 6:30 P.M.

Location: United Community Bank, 468 W Louise Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523  

Program: Our guest speaker for February will be Chuck Head. Chuck guides for Unicoi Outfitters
for most of the year but spends his summers guiding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains on the Gunnison River.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

From our friends at the Gold Rush Chapter

First of all, our January Meeting is next Tuesday, January 16th at the Ivie
Lodge in Camp Glisson, Dahlonega.  Our speaker at this meeting is Jeff Wright
from Alpharetta Outfitters (one of our sponsors).  Also, we will be auctioning
off a 9ft, 5wt fly rod along with a 2nd prize of (270) flies and a 3rd prize of
a White River Fly Tackle Pack.  Also, we will be selling raffle tickets for the
2018 Dream Trip to the Henry's Fork in Idaho.  If you don't have your Dream Trip
tickets yet, please see Ken McKinnon at the meeting.  If you will be attending
this meeting, we need you to register by this Saturday at:

The second set of dates that I want to remind you of is Friday/Saturday, January
19th/20th.  This is the makeup dates that we have scheduled for our construction
project at Camp Glisson wherein we are building a bathhouse for middle school
aged kids to use in the spring when they become campers.  This is a very
important project and we can use all of your help that we can get.  Please
register right away at:  Friday  Saturday

We need you to register for one or both of these days so that the folks at Camp
Glisson know how much lunch to prepare for us on both days.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Looking forward to seeing you.
Neal Houtz
Trout Unlimited - Gold Rush Chapter

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Foothills December Monthly Meeting

Date: 12/14/2017
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: United Community Bank, 468 W Louise Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523

Come join us this Thursday and bring a friend. The social time is around 6:00 - 6:30 with the program starting up at 7:00 and runs to about 8:00.

Beverly Booth is our guest speaker for a program on the "Casting for Recovery" program the we have been supporting.

We have GOT to get our attendance up at the monthly meetings or we won't be able to get guest speakers to drive here for our program. We ask everyone to, at a minimum, bring your spouse or significant other and even better, bring a friend whom you think may be interested in what we do. I know we can count on you!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Camp Glisson Bath House Construction - Need Your Help

Because of potentially inclement weather tomorrow in Dahlonega, the plan is as follows:

I will be at Camp Glisson as originally planned and will decide then whether or not we will work on Friday.  If you live quite far from Dahlonega, you should decide for yourself if you want to risk coming and have to turn around and return home.

We are still a "go" for Saturday at this point in time.

All of us sincerely appreciate your volunteering for this important project and we'll get it done eventually.

Call or text me if you have any questions.


Neal Houtz
Trout Unlimited - Gold Rush Chapter

Camp Glisson in Dahlonega has been very good to our Trout Unlimited over the

years.  They have allowed us to use their facilities for our meetings at no cost
to the Gold Rush Chapter.  Now, it is time for us to pay them back.

Gold Rush TU is excited to have the opportunity to partner with Camp Glisson to
build a Bath House for their Middle School Campers.

Bath House:

The Bath House will be a 24' x 35' structure within the Frontier Camp. The Bath
House will support the current 7th to 9th Grades Boy's and Girl's Cabins within
the Camp at their Outpost property. Each cabin holds up to 8 campers and 2

The main foundation posts are already in place. We will build out the structure
including the flooring, walls, siding and roof. We will work in conjunction with
a plumber and will be overseen by David Stubblefield, the Camp Facility Services
Director (who is joining our Chapter!).


Camp Glisson will provide necessary tools for us to use, but if you have any of
the following listed below, please bring them, but make sure they are well
marked with your name.

1)      Nail Gun
2)      Level
3)      Compressor
4)      18v drill
5)      Circular saw
6)      Measuring tape
You will need to bring your own gloves and safety glasses if you have them.


Our initial work effort is scheduled for Friday December 8th and Saturday,
December 9th. We will meet at the Welcome Center, at the camp entrance at 8:30

We have tentatively scheduled January 19th and 20th, as additional workdays,
weather permitting.

You do not have to commit to every date. If you can make only one day, that will
make a difference!

Camp Glisson will provide lunch.

Let's have a lot of volunteers for this project and show Camp Glisson how much
we appreciate their support and the use of their facilities for our meetings!
Even if you have no experience with construction or wood working, we need your
help. There are construction materials to be carried, lunch setups to be done,
and a myriad of other activities that will need your assistance.  If you never
sign up for another series of work days, this is the one thing that will have a
lasting impact.

Please sign up at

Any questions, reach out to Bill Nelson,
<> , 678.543.3009.

Best regards,

Bill Nelson
William G. Nelson MBA, MS, FLMI

Neal Houtz
Trout Unlimited - Gold Rush Chapter

Hardman Farm Christmas Tree

Foothills Chapter of Trout Unlimited is thrilled to be a part of Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Historic Site. Our thanks to Mike and Valarie Dye for spearheading our participation. Our tree is in the upstairs boys bedroom. Which is perfect for our outdoorsy theme! We encourage everyone to enjoy Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Historic Site and be sure to visit our tree. You can find more information online at

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2018 Trout Camp

2018 Trout Camp Applications are now available. We will accept applications at our next monthly meeting. . It would be nice to have applications in hand when making the request at council meeting coming up on Dec 2nd. especially if we have three request and need to try to apply for the third spot.
You can email them to me if you are unable to attend chapter meeting. I don’t see any problems with funding 3 campers instead of the usual 2. This is an excellent use of our money. Please get the applications in as soon as possible and I’ll work at getting the spots secured.

Bruce Johnson

MORE INFO and link to application

Trout in the Classroom Project

Trout in the classroom at White County High School

I released the little guys from their playpen today.

They are growing!
Carrie Vandgriffe

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Healing Waters Fly Fishing Event at the Nacoochee Bend

Healing Waters Group from the Oakwood VA Clinic put on a fly fishing event for all Vets at the Nachoochee Bend. Sponsored by the Gold Rush and Georgia Foothills TU chapters and Unicoi Outfitters.  PHOTO ALBUM OF EVENT

Three "Quilts of Valor" were presented at the event...

Mike Dye for his service in the Army

Roy Price for his service in the Army

Richard Trotter for his service in the Air Force

Ron Thomas from Healing Waters Oakwood Chapter awarded the quilters group On Eagle Wings a plaque for our continued support for them.

Ron also presents certificates of appreciation from Healing Waters to the event sponsors, Gold Rush and Georgia Foothills Chapters of TU and the Unicoi Outtfitters Fly Shop

A check was presented to  the Healing Waters Program as well.....

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Certificate of Appreciation for Foothills

Certificate of Appreciation from Rock Creek Hatchery to Foothills for our support of the special events at the Hatchery...