Welcome to Vanguard Chapter, Trout Unlimited

Welcome From Larry Butts, President Vanguard Chapter



L. L. Bean Equipment Raffle

$10 per Ticket - Only 50 tickets will be sold

Tickets will be available at our General Meetings on May 21st and June 4th and at the May 28th Fly Tying Meeting or by contacting Jeff Gerwitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Four (4) winning tickets will be drawn during our June 4th meeting.  Winners can chose one of the following four prizes in the order in which their ticket was drawn.

Angler II Rod and Reel Outfit -8'6" 5 wt.

• Includes new composite reel with disc drag

• Each outfit comes loaded with backing, a floating line and a leader – just tie on a fly and in minutes you're ready to fish

• LL Bean worked closely with their Fly-Fishing instructors to develop a smooth medium-action rod, easy for anyone to learn the graceful art of fly casting.

L. L. Bean Rod Carrier

• Will hold up to three rods in their tubes (tubes not included)

• 2 large front pockets to store reels & fly boxes 

Pleasant River Net

• 7-1/2” x 12”, overall length 19”

• Made of strong laminate with catch-and-release mesh net bag

• Made in Maine

L.L. Bean Nipper

• Innovative magnetic spring is guaranteed for life

• Aircraft-grade aluminum 

• High-quality blades effortlessly cut through mono and braided line

• Hexagonal textured grip for a strong hold


 The mission of Michigan Trout Unlimited (MITU) is to conserve, protect and restore the cold water fisheries and their watersheds of Michigan. 

I would like to welcome you to Trout Unlimited and the Vanguard Chapter. We have an active calendar this year in support of this mission and plan to expand our work in the areas of stream restoration and conservation, education programs and financial support of these projects. This work not only repairs the damage done to our rivers and streams by urban growth and the logging industry almost 100 years ago, it seeks to reconnect miles of river that have been disrupted by dams that in many cases are no longer in use and have fallen into dangerous disrepair. In an era of climate change this work helps to reduce the temperature of these waters to better ensure the survivability of trout and other species that depend on cold, clear water. 

In partnership with other TU chapters, the Clinton River Watershed Council, the Michigan DNR, the Upper Black River Council and several other wildlife & fisheries organizations volunteers from the Vanguard Chapter have made significant improvements to coldwater fisheries throughout the state of Michigan and in particular our home waters of Southeastern Michigan. In addition to our local efforts, Trout Unlimited National (TUNA) is establishing offices in Michigan as a base to direct efforts to protect our great lakes and large scale projects within Michigan that impact the region as a whole. 

Most of us are drawn to conservation through our love of the outdoors and our love of nature. It is not uncommon for us to enjoy fishing after our work is done and we continue to do the work so that our children will be able to do so as well. We invite you all to join us in our work, either as a volunteer on one of our projects or through your financial contributions. Both are needed as there is still much to do.  

Please see our calendar of events for our meeting times and upcoming projects. 


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