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.

2018 Annual Summer Work Weekend August 17-19, 2018
Pigeon River State Forest Area
Project Date: August 18, 2018
Project: Angler/River Access Steps
River: Sturgeon 
If you are interested in participating and would like more details contact Larry Walla at:
Phone: 248-819-0933
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 and Nina Macri. Mary, Nina 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, 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 (fishing licence required).  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 fill out the registration form (under EVENTS/OUTINGS tab) and send to Mary Rosenbusch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Nina Marci 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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