The Clinch River Chapter
of Trout Unlimited

Dedicated to conserving, protecting,
and restoring the
natural environment of the
Clinch River Watershed

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EFFECTIVE MARCH 2013
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www.crctu.org
 


See status of Trout in the Classroom chapter-sponsored program at Christian Academy

 

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FOR YOUR CALENDAR:
 

MONTHLY MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Clinch River Chapter Trout Unlimited meets on the second Thursday of each month at  7:00pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Norris, Tennessee.

DIRECTIONS to St. Francis' Episcopal Church:
I-75 North to Norris/Clinton exit, turn towards Norris to Highway 441, turn left toward Norris Dam. Travel about 1 mile and turn right on West Norris Road.  St. Francis' Episcopal Church is about 3 blocks on the left.  We meet upstairs in the Parish Hall.

Second annual Great Smoky Mountains
Aquatic Biology and Trout Fishing Adventure

Applications are open now for the second annual Great Smoky Mountains Aquatic Biology and Trout Fishing Adventure for middle school girls and boys, sponsored by the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited. This year's adventure will be June 18–23 at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Summer Adventure is designed to give kids an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the importance of our nation’s aquatic resources with an emphasis on conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater ecosystems. Participants will learn about stream ecology, brook trout restoration, stream physics and chemistry, fishing etiquette and aquatic entomology. They will experience fly tying and fly fishing along with hiking and swimming.

GSMIT is in Walker Valley on the banks of Little River’s Middle Prong, a coldwater stream containing brook, brown and rainbow trout. Facilities include dormitories, dining hall, classrooms, outdoor meeting shelters, bookstore/gift shop and full-time professional staff.

Summer Adventure 2012 will begin on Monday afternoon, June 18, and end at noon on Saturday, June 23. Boys and girls 12 to 15 years old as of June 18 are eligible to apply; Trout Unlimited will accept a total of 12 participants. Tuition is $488; insurance coverage is supplied by GSMIT.

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A new website has been created for Summer Adventure 2012 by students at Anderson County Career and Technical Center—high schoolers working on behalf of middle schoolers! Youngsters interested in attending 2012 Summer Adventure must complete an application form on the new website, http://www.tntroutadventure.org. Application deadline is March 1, 2012; selections will be made by March 15. Applications should be mailed or e-mailed to: John Thurman, P.O. Box 546, Norris, TN 37828, jthur727@bellsouth.net.

When families are notified that their child has been selected, they will be provided with a GSMIT registration form; TU will be happy to help families complete this form. All applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than March 20, 2012.

MONTHLY MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Clinch River Chapter Trout Unlimited meets on the second Thursday of each month at  7:00pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Norris, Tennessee.

DIRECTIONS to St. Francis' Episcopal Church:
I-75 North to Norris/Clinton exit, turn towards Norris to Highway 441, turn left toward Norris Dam. Travel about 1 mile and turn right on West Norris Road.  St. Francis' Episcopal Church is about 3 blocks on the left.  We meet upstairs in the Parish Hall.


View Chapter Strategic Plan
 

RESULTS OF TIRE ROUND-UP:  Check out photos!

On Saturday, August 14th,two hundred ninety-nine tires, three rims and a hubcap, were wrestled from the Clinch from the short stretch between the Highway 61 bridge and the Anderson County jail by 13 in-river volunteers, a six- man Litter Grant crew and two Bingham Tire volunteers. And we didn't get 'em all before it was time to stop -- we left a whole bunch of tires for next year!

The routine was to dig out the tires, pile them in boats, ferry them to the boat ramp at the southeast end of the bridge and load them in a Bingham Tire truck; Bingham will transport them to the tire recycling center. A total of four boats were provided by TVA (two), Scott Hahn and Bill Shipman. We only sank one boat (too many tires onboard), and it was raised without damage.

The workers were: Clinch River Chapter members and friends in the river, Joyce Anderson, Steve Brown, Jim Ferguson, Dan Freeman, Dick Geiger, Scott Hahn, Denny McMahan, Aaron and Andrew Morgan, Frances Oates, Bill Shipman, John Thurman and Jerry Van Fossen; from Bingham Tire, Thomas Tedder and Trenton Matthews; and the Litter Grant crew, Anderson County Deputy Sheriff Rodney Lineberger with John Barnes, Johnathan Burress, Jonathan Childs, Billy Davis and Lawrence Gilson.

See results from June 12th Annual Kids Fish Free Day!
 

 

HOW TO FISH THE CLINCH OUTDOOR WORKSHOP RESULTS

BUG HUNT RESULTS:  Outdoor Meeting: "The Aquatic Invertebrates of Clear Creek".  Check out the results with photos at http://www.crctu.com/BugHunt2010.htm

Chapter members present "Thank You" plaque to Little River Outfitters.  View photos at http://www.crctu.com/LittleRiverPlaque.htm

RESULTS of Arbor Day Tree Planting Event in Coal Creek
 

RESULTS of Combination Adopt-A-Highway and Annual Shoreline Clean-up -- Saturday, April 17, 2010. Clinch River Trout Unlimited members and friends held their annual shoreline/roadside clean-up on as part of Keep Anderson County Beautiful/Keep America Beautiful.  Twenty volunteers cleared seventy bags of trash along the Clinch River area in Anderson County.  Trout Unlimited chapters across the country held similar events on Saturday.  Check out the group photo! 

Also, our picture was in the Clinton Courier News as shown here: 

JANUARY MEETING SPEAKER
Fly Fishing Argentina's Patagonia

From high country lakes and rivers to spring creeks to the pampas, Destination Fishing's Dave Teffeteller shared his knowledge of fly fishing central Argentina's Patagonia.
http://www.destination-fishing.com

ANNUAL CHAPTER
BEGINNING FLY TYING CLASS

SEE RESULTS WITH PHOTOS!

 

Bank Stabilization projects completed
with the leadership of Clinch River
Trout Unlimited Members

View Chapter Strategic Plan

View chapter's 2009-2010
Strategic Plan

View tasks completed 2009

VIEW RESULTS OF COAL CREEK HEALTH DAY 2009!
Click here for photos, results and news story!

 


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH BOY SCOUTS?

The chapter has undertaken a project to help Boy Scouts earn merit badges associated with conservation.   The job of a counselor is to help the Boy Scout with the requirements, and when all requirements are met, sign a certificate certifying that the Scout has satisfied the requirements. It is not a time consuming job, and we know that we have members of the chapter qualified to serve as counselors. 

If you are interested in participating with the Boy Scout projects, please contact Bill Guinn at (mguinn06@comcast.net ) or phone 865-922-0879.

MONTHLY MEETINGS: Unless otherwise noted, the chapter meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Norris, Tennessee.  Public is invited! 

Photos by Dwane Wilder, LaFollette Press
Kids Fish Free Day 2009

Read story of record
Trout caught at this site
on the Clinch River

Clinch River Trout Unlimited Volunteers present fly-tying
and fly and spin casting
with Norris, Tennessee
Youth Program

26 June 2009

August 1   CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS!
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY TRASH PICK-UP

August 15 -- CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS!
In-River Clean-up
--
The Clinch River is an East Tennessee treasure to be preserved and protected.  Unfortunately, there are still a lot of folks illegally dumping their trash and debris. 

Kids Fish Free Day
2009
See the results!

See results of chapter Fly Tying Class 2009!!

Kids Fish Free Day 2008

See the results page here!

Read Bob Hodge's feature in
Knox News Sentinel about
this Saturday's event

Read Ray Blakney's story from The Courier News

Trout in the Classroom Program

Our first ongoing
"Trout in the Classroom"
project at Briceville School!!

Results of
Coal Creek Health Day 2008

See photos from Chapter's
Annual Fly Tying Class 2008

Chapter member Terry Douglas watched a demo on the DIY Network about  5 years ago and as his wife says, "became obsessed"  with the hobby.  Terry studied everything he could find on building rods and has made 28 rods since he started and he can't quit.  Terry brought a couple of his finished rods and also some of the bamboo at different stages of the process and explained the basics of the process from start to finish at our October 2007 meeting. To check out some of Terry's work, visit his web site at http://www.douglasflyrods.com/index.htm

Read article in the Clinton Courier News


Kids Fish Free Day
on the Clinch River
9 June 2007

Introduction to Coal Creek
Aquatic Invertebrates
(Looking for Bugs and
Critters in Coal Creek)

RESULTS AND PHOTOS!

WARNING!!  DIDYMO Read This!
LEARN MORE ABOUT this invasive algae -- 'Didymo' found in Tennessee River
 

Clinch River Trout Study Results
TWRA conducts annual electro-shocking studies on the Clinch River tailwater as part of its trout management plan.  According to Mr. Jim Habera, TWRA Region IV Coldwater Fisheries Manager,

"The attached graphs show our mean electrofishing catch rates (for the 12 monitoring stations) since 1996.  Catch rates went down in 2004 and 2005 because of the high flows in the tailwater, but came back nicely in 2006.  In fact, we reached or exceeded our management plan objectives for trout 14" and over (30/hr.) and for trout 18" and over (8/hr.) in '06.  We had exceeded the management plan objective for trout 7" and over (200/hr.) in 2003, but the catch rate fell off in '04 and '05.  It's on the way back up now (about 170/hr. in '06).”

Adopt-A-Highway
Clean-up Results!

See results from our chapter's Saturday, November 4th Quarterly Adopt-A-Highway morning with the Clinch River Chapter Trout Unlimited on a two-mile stretch of road in Norris. 

Chapter member, Buzz Buffington,
recognized as Anderson County Hero

Chapter's efforts featured in TROUT Fall 2006 issue!!

Back the Brookies:  The Tennessee Council of TU acted to provide an educational DVD about the “Back the Brookies” project.  If you would like more information or wish to make a donation to the funding of this project, contact Steve Brown at wsbrown@nxs.net.

See results and
photos of
Kids Fish Free Day
2006
ear
featured in the news

Chapter's annual shoreline and roadway clean-up.  See results!


Scott Baker's
Fly Tying program
November 2005
See photos and read about the fun

Chapter May Meeting
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Introduction to Clinch Tailwater Aquatic Invertebrates


Fly Tying Class 2006

 

Clinch River
Chapter Members
participate in Coal Creek Health Day 

SEE PHOTOS AND RESULTS
OF KIDS FISH FREE DAY
ON THE CLINCH RIVER
 


Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s fly casting instruction class with  Instructor Linda Good

Annual  Fly Tying Class
Raises funds for chapter's conservation efforts

Clinch River Chapter featured
in national TROUT magazine

Chapter member
John Thurman
named Anderson County Hero

Clinch River Chapter Board member and volunteer receives Trout Unlimited  2004 Volunteer Conservationist Award

Coal Creek Bank Stabilization projects affect Clinch River

Chapter members participate in
Coal Creek Health Days

Clinch River Tire
Round-up Results

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Our chapter partners with the efforts to improve the quality of life in the Coal Creek Watershed that flows into the Clinch River.  What happens in Coal Creek affects the Clinch.
Visit
www.coalcreekaml.com

CASTING INSTRUCTION AT CLINCH RIVER CHAPTER TROUT UNLIMITED
MAY 2004 MEETING
 Click to see photos

Clinch River Chapter
helps restore
Historic Briceville Park

Our chapter's Adopt-A-Highway
work day on 28 February 2004

Read the article in
The Clinton Courier News titled,
"The art of tying a Woolly Bugger"

Click here to see news articles

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Miller Island
Kids Fish
Free Day

Whirling
Disease Info


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Bank Restoration

Cleanup

Education

River Studies

Water Quality

 
 

The Clinch & Its Tributaries

The Clinch

Clear Creek

Coal Creek


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Travel Times

Weather


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Contact Us

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