General Membership Meetings

Membership meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307.

The information about the current and near future meetings is located under the "Calendar" page.  An interactive map to assist you in getting to the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is located at the bottom of this page.

Meetings are open to TU members and non-members alike. Please feel free to attend if you are considering joining TU. Just ask any officer and we'll be happy to provide you with information and/or an application.

Meetings begin at 7:30pm and adjourn about 9:30pm. Programs for each meeting are listed on the Calendar of Events page. Each year we bring in renowned guides and fly fishing experts from around the state as well as resource pros who make a living conserving the resources we all enjoy.

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Below is a list of previous meeting topics for reference:

Previous Meetings 2015

January 2015 Speaker: Kelly Neuman - note Au Sable River guide

February 2015 Speaker: James Hughes from Schultz Outfitters on fishing the Huron River for smallmouth bass.

March 2015 Speaker: Jeremy Geist on Paint Creek insects.


Previous Meetings 2014

January 2014 Speaker: Lisha Ramsdell on the Black River Sauder Dam Removal.

February 2014 Speaker: Kevin Feenstra - noted Muskegon River Guide

March 2014 Speaker: Jeremy Geist on his recent trip to New Zealand.

April 2014 Speaker: Todd Wills (MDNR Research Biologist) on "Troutology 101."

May 2014 Speaker: John Sabina on Bamboo Rod Making.

June 2014: Speaker: Dave Leonhardt gave casting demonstration and instruction in Rochester Park.

October 2014: Speaker: Joseph Barker on Fly Tying Techniques.

November 2014: Speaker: Jeffery Braunschdeidel, fisheries biologist, from the Michigan DNR, Lake Erie Fisheries unit.

December 2014: Speaker: Katie Ferner, new fisheries manager for Orvis, Royal Oak.


Previous Meetings 2013

December 2013 Speaker: Rich Merlino on the subject of how to teach fly fishing.

November 2013 Speaker: Nik Banda presenting on the success of the Rochester Park Paint Creek project

October 2013 Speaker: Joe Barker on the subject of trico fishing in Wyoming and Colorado.

September 2013 Speaker:Jeremy Geist on the subject of the Latest (#3) Vanguard stream section for the Adopt-a-Stream project.

August 2013 No Membership Meeting

August 2-4, 2013 Annual Black River Restoration Project.  (Erosion control work on a sink hole lake.)

July 2013 No Membership Meeting

June 2013 Fly Casting at Rochester Park

May 2013 Speaker: Stan Roland on "Fishing Streamer Flies."

April 2013 Speaker: Joe Barker on "Opening Day Flies & Fishing."

March 2013 Speaker: Jeremy Geist, Watershed Ecologist - Clinton River Watershed Council and Vanguard Chapter Director on "Projects and Volunteer Opportuniites within the Clinton Watershed."

February 2013 Speaker: Dr. Bryan Burroughs, Executive Director Michigan Council Trout Unlimited

January 2013 Speaker: Nik Banda, Rochester - Economic Development Director & Deputy City Manager, gave Vanguard Members an update on the 2013 restoration project on Paint Creek.

Previous Meetings 2012

December 2012 Speaker: Rich Merlino, Fly Fishing Manager-Orvis Royal Oak, Winter Trout Fishing

November 2012 Presentation: VCTU members Joe Swantek & Joe Barker will give a travelog presentation on their 2012 Colorado fishing adventure; where they fished, what they caught, where they stayed, and planning suggestions for a similar trip.

October 2012 Presentation: 30 year History of Vanguard Chapter & CHAPTER ELECTIONS , OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

September 2012 Presentation: Salmon in the Classroom with Jon Gray, Waldon Middle School (Lake Orion) science teacher and preeminent expert on SIC programs in Michigan!


May 2012 Joe Swantek & John Sabina - Bollibokka Fly Fishing Club and fly fishing the legendary McCloud River. PLUS, special election for chapter director.

April 2012 Topic: KVCTU Michigan Youth Trout Camp

March 2012 Speaker: Carol & Paul Rose, Upper Black River Council.

February 2012 Speaker: Kevin Feenstra, Feenstra Guide Service.

January 2012 Speaker: Czech Nymphing 101 by Steve Parrott and will be viewing portions of this video at the January meeting. This is the latest craze and you'll enjoy this video explaining how to fish this method successfully.


Previous Meetings 2011

December 2011 Speaker: Rich Merlino, Fly Fishing Manager The Orvis Company-Royal Oak store will give a presentation on Fishing in Belize.

November 2011 Speaker: Terry Drinkwine about fishing the Jordan River.  We will also have a short presentation by Tony Palmeri, a middle school science teacher, 7th grade, in the Avondale District. He will tell us about their SIC program.

October 2011 Speaker: Jason Davis, author and owner of The Downstream Drift Guide Service to discuss his new book,An Angler's Guide to paint Creek".

September 2011 Speaker: Jeremy Geist from the CRWC. Jeremy will talk about the pending removal of the Paint Creek Dam & the upcoming SE Michigan TU Chapters work projects & picnic event on Sunday, September 18th.

June 2011 Presenter: Dave Leonhardt, FFF Certified Master Casting Instructor, beginning @ 6:30PM.

May 2011 Presenter: Jim Reed on stacking deer hair for fly tying.

April 2011 Presenter: Jim Bedford and his presentation, Expanding Your Trout Fishing Horizons.

March 2011 Speaker: John Sabina and his presentation, Trout Fishing 101.

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February 2011 Speaker: Mike Batcke owner of Batcke's Baldwin Creek Lodge

January 2011 Speaker: Kelly Neuman of Streamside Custom Rod & Guide Service

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