Welcome to Vanguard Chapter, Trout Unlimited

from Jeff Gerwitz, Chapter President

Trout Unlimited is first and foremost a conservation organization dedicated to conserve, protect and restore Michigan's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. But the dirty little secret is that a very large percentage of our members also love to fish. Wading a picturesque river or flowing with the current in a drift boat, we truly enjoy our rivers, lakes and streams. Our love of the outdoors leads us to participate in these conservation efforts. We are always looking for new members to support our conservation efforts with their time or money.

TU came in to being when a group of like minded men decided that something had to be done to restore rivers that had been damaged by logging, and to restore our fisheries. They saw the need and did something about it. Vanguard Chapter, along with the other 19 chapters in Michigan have collectively done much to conserve and protect, and continue with their work projects every year. The problem is that we are facing not one but two new invasive species in our waters and it has largely gone unnoticed. You may have read about the New Zealand Mud Snail and "Rock Snot" or didymos. Due to their size the microscopic mud snails are easily overlooked, but their impact on the fish in the infected areas is huge. As has been mentioned in past articles this year it is vitally important to educate our members and other groups that use our rivers, to wash their boots, shoes, waders and boots in Formula 409 after each trip or before going to another river or stream. Doing so will prevent the spread of these organisms. 

You can also share this information with others you see on the water. Canoes, boats, inner tubes etc are used most every day in the summer and these folks are generally unaware of the situation. A friendly conservation can help more that you might realize, and maybe even get a new member for TU.

2017 Holiday Social

As we have done for several years now, the Clinton Valley Chapter will be hosting a Holiday Social for all of our Southeast Michigan TU members and friends to attend.  This year’s event will be Tuesday, December 12th from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at the River Crest Banquet Facility (900 W Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307).

As in year’s past, we will have a speaker for the event and a cause to focus any fundraising efforts on.  This year we will have Jeremy Giest (TU National Staff Member) talking about the projects in Northeast Michigan he is currently working on.  Our fundraising efforts will go directly to assisting with a project of Jeremy’s choice in his project area. 

Our goal is to sell $2 raffle tickets for each item with attendees being able to purchase a block of tickets for $20.  Usually this block of tickets contains 13 $2 tickets. 

The Clinton Valley website is set up to begin taking payment for the event.  The web page link to learn more about the holiday social and purchase tickets is:  http://clintonvalleytu.com/events/2013-holiday-meeting/

 Like last year, tickets will be $25 each which includes dinner, open bar and a ticket into our main door prize raffle (this item is still in the works so any suggests are welcome).

 2018 Expo Raffle Tickets 

The 2018 Fly Fishing Expo raffle ticket are now available.  You may pick them up at the monthly membership meetings.  You may also purchase them from our Make a Donation drop down tab. Fill in the information and in the write a note section add a message that this is a purchase for Expo tickets and submit.  You will get an email from our President, Jeff Gerwitz, with the ticket stub numbers. Expo raffle tickets are $5.00 each.   

This year's prizes are 1) Weekend for 2 at Riverview Lodge  2) Guided float trip on the Ausable river with Kelly Neuman  3) Custom Glass fly Rod 7' 6" 5 Wt by Jim Weiser. 

Lady Anglers in Action

Vanguard chapter of Trout Unlimited is sponsoring a clinic for lady anglers.  The clinic will be lead by board member Mary Rosenbusch. Mary and her team will be introducing Fly Fishing to interested female participants.  Students will learn the basics in casting, fly tying, knots and many other aspects of the sport of fly fishing. The all day clinic will be held at Van Hoosen farm on July 14, 2018 in Rochester Michigan.  The casting instruction will be lead by Jane and Perry Picard, knot tying by Katie Ferner, fishing manager from Orvis Royal Oak, a presentation by Ann Miller, and a presentation on conservation by Vanguard president Jeff Gerwitz.  There will be raffles (including fly rods), flys and fly boxes for participants, lunch , a fashion show and the chance to put the lady’s new skills to the test by fishing in Stoney Creek.  All you fisherwomen mark your calendars for this special event.  The itinerary can be found in the drop down tab under EVENTS/OUTINGS.  To sign up for this fantastic experience contact Mary Rosenbusch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The cost of the clinic is $25.  You may pay for the clinic from our Make a Donation drop down tab. Fill in the information and in the write a note section add a message that this is for the Lady Anglers in Action clinic and submit.  

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