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...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Foothills November Monthly Meeting

Date: 11/9/2017
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.

Our guest speaker will be Jeff Durniak, Regional Fisheries Biologist for north Georgia. He will be discussing the Delayed Harvest season which has just begun. His focus will be on changing tactics after the fish have become more selective a few weeks into the season.

As a side note, Jeff is one of seven nominees for "Legends of the Fly" Hall of Fame". Pretty cool honor.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Project Healing Waters Veteran's Day Events



This weekend.....

Hey folks, I think we have everything about ready for Fri. and Sat. – just hope the weather is good.

This is our 3rd annual Vets Fly Fishing Event with great and free BBQ and outstanding fishing at Nacoochee Bend.

We will meet in the big field below the bridge going in to Helen between 10:30 and 11 AM on Fri. for lunch and fishing and we will start our fly tying event on Sat. around 10 AM at Unicoi Outfitters Fly Shop – bring your vise and tools to this.

This is our Main Event of the year and I hope most of our guys will be there – it’s going to be a blast!

We will have a couple of guided trips to give away and more good stuff that will be available.

We will have Vets from Atlanta, Augusta, and Blue Ridge and from different parts of South Carolina.

If the parking lot is filled on Sat. at the shop, don’t park in front of the real estate office. You can park across the street behind the restaurants or you can also park in the Habersham Winery parking lot, walk across the street to Nora Mills and walk up the road to Unicoi Outfitters – if everything else is filled. Don’t park at Nora Mills or Jumping Goat Coffee Shop.

This event was great last year, and we hope it will be even better this time around.

We have put a lot of hard work in preparing for this weekend and so have the folks at Unicoi Outfitters.

We will have the field roped off for parking on Fri. – we cannot park in the middle of the field.

We need another pop-up shelter or canopy for Fri. if anybody can bring one – not real big and we need to have it there in time to set up before we start.

Be sure to bring your Ga. Fishing license and trout stamp and expect a great day!!

I am attaching the info about our event.
If you have questions, email me or call me at 678-316-1288.
Thanks to everyone who helped stock fish last week – it was awesome – and thanks to all you guys for helping make our group special.
Thanks,
Ron

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stocking Smith Creek for DH

1600 Fish, A mixture of Brooks, Browns, and Rainbows were stocked in the Smith Creek Delayed Harvest Section Today. Groups supporting this effort included School Kids from Chattahoochee Christain School, members from Foothills TU, Gold Rush TU, Project Healing Waters and staff from Unicoi State Park. A great time was had by all involved. VIDEO




Monday, October 30, 2017

Trout in the Classroom program

Ron Thomas son's Class room at at Mount Vernon Elementary School.


The Trout eggs hatched over the weekend and  estimate that there are 150. Carrie Vandegriff, science teacher at White County High School.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2018 Trout Camp

2018 Trout Camp Applications are now available. We will accept applications starting with the November chapter meeting.  APPLICATION


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Foothills October Monthly Meeting


Date: 10/12/2017
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.

Our guest presenter for October is Steven Patrick. Steven is the Habersham County Extension Agent and is actively involved with the Youth Kayak Trail which encourages and mentors high school age kids to get into fishing. Steven is also leading a research group to establish baseline data on Shoal Bass in the Chattahoochee River watershed. This group is attempting to learn more about Shoal Bass in order to help determine how to manage and improve the population.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Healing Waters Schedule to End of Year

1st Wednesday of October (10/4) - Meet at Oakwood VA Clinic at 9:30 am for Rigging and Fly Tying.

3rd Tuesday of October (10/17) - Meet at Chick Filet in Clayton, GA at 7:30 am to go fly fishing on the Tuskaseegee River in Webster, NC

1st Wednesday of November (11/1) - Meet at the Huddle House in Cleveland, GA at 7:30 to go fly fishing on Smith Creek at Unicoi Lodge above Helen.

Friday November 10th - Meet at 10:30 am in the field by the Chattahoochee River for Fly Fishing on the Nacoochee Bend in Helen. BBQ for Lunch and fish the afternoon.

Saturday November 11th Veterans Day - "Healing Saturday" Fly Tying at Unicoi Outfitters in Helen. 10 am to 4 pm.

1st Wednesday of December (12/6) - Meet at Oakwood VA Clinic at 9:30 am for Fly Tying.

3rd Wednesday of December (12/19) - Meet at the Huddle House in Cleveland, GA at 7:30 to go fly fishing on the Nantahalla in Topton, NC

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wildlife Resources Division’s free events



Folks,

I can use your help with event publicity.   Please pass the word about the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s free events to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day this Saturday, September 23.  In north Georgia, we are featuring Outdoor Adventure Days at Unicoi and Sloppy Floyd State Parks, along with a kids fishing rodeo on the Chattahoochee River at Buford Dam.

Info on each statewide event is featured here:

Steve Hudson’s excellent newspaper article on both the Unicoi Outdoor Adventure Day and Buford Dam KFE  is here: http://www.northfulton.com/stories/discover-outdoor-adventure-at-outdoor-adventure-day,109888

For Facebookers, Unicoi State Park has a new post on OAD that you can “like” and share with friends.


Pass the word.

Then grab a carload of kids and come see us on Saturday.  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks,

Jeff Durniak
North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

Wildlife Resources Division
(770) 535-5498

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October weekly fishing schedule

The long awaited fall fishing season is upon us. I am suggesting the following schedule for October:

3rd Cherokee
10th Fires Creek
17th The Tuck at Webster with Ron's veterans group
24th Nantahalla
31st The Tuck at Bryson City

These are subject to water levels and the Tuck to generation schedules. If you want to go to any or all of these, let me know and I will share times and meeting places. I will also send weekly reminders for your convenience. Hope you can join us....

Parks

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Unicoi OAD- Need Your Help - A Few More Vols



Remember Saturday’s event at Unicoi State Park!


My event roster is rounding out very well, but I still have two important staffing needs.  They are:

11)     3 vols to register guests at the skeet shooting venue and to windex the headphones (ear protection) between users.
22)     Up to 5 vols to serve as stream fishing guides, who find fishless kids and help them to rig correctly and catch a trout.

Thanks for your consideration during this home stretch.  Please pass the word on my last minute appeal for a few more vols and contact me here if you can help.  I do plan on sending out a roster and event instructions to all OAD vols and staff NLT tomorrow.



Jeff Durniak
North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

Wildlife Resources Division
(770) 535-5498

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Foothills September Monthly Meeting


Date: 9/14/2017
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.

The guest speaker for the September meeting of Georgia Foothills Chapter Trout Unlimited will be Patsy Gentry. Patsy is an accomplished outdoor artist who was fortunate to marry a fly fisherman several years ago. She and her husband Ray reside in Sautee, Georgia and are active contributing member of Trout Unlimited. Patsy's paintings and sketches have raised a considerable amount of money for several Trout Unlimited chapters across Georgia. In addition to her artwork, Patsy will be enlightening us to how this world of ours looks from the spousal point of view. We hope you'll enjoy us for an entertaining evening with Patsy.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Healing Waters - Oakwood VA Clinic


Great turnout at today's Healing Waters meeting.  (20) Wading staffs were built courtesy of the Handles that were donated by the Chattahoochee Wood Turners Group.  I think everyone had a good time  and went home with a wading/walking staf.