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...

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.

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