The latest Two Tips, a Tie and a Tune

Here from board member Matt Wysocki as he talks not just about his tips, ties, and tunes, but also about his role as coordinator of stream restoration and stream maintenance projects with our chapter. Matt plans, organizes, and coordinates these projects. Learn about the impact of these projects on the fishery, the water and the environment. And learn too about volunteer opportunities if you’re interested in being a part of these projects.

 





Mailing Address

Wisconsin Clear Waters TU
PO Box 822
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Wisconsin Clear Waters is excited to announce the Al Noll Gilbert Creek Memorial Fund. Your donations to this fund will continue the improvement of Al’s favorite stream. Al even named his famous hunting partner (Dog) Gillie as a namesake to Gilbert Creek.

Plus, Wisconsin Clear Waters TU will match your donation to the Ojibleau Legacy Fund in Al’s name.

Dear Fellow Anglers

Most of us fly anglers who live in the Driftless are grateful for anglers from other regions and states who enjoy fishing here.  Fortunately there are plenty of streams and plenty of trout and I personally am a firm believer that trout streams need friends and advocates.  But please be aware that currently most Wisconsin counties in the Driftless region have a very low COVID-19 infection rate and most of us are doing our best to follow social distancing guidelines so that we can return to regular business and travel practices as soon as possible.

We are seeing a fair number of out of state vehicles on Wisconsin Driftless streams.  Some of them are from areas that are COVID-19 Hotspots.  Folks are coming from distances that make it necessary for them to stop at convenience stores, gas stations, restaurant take out, and secure overnight accommodations.  It is true that it is currently legal to fish in Wisconsin and out of state licenses are still for sale.  But I am asking, is it wise and in the best interest of your neighbors to come here at this time?

One local fly shop is encouraging people to only make day trips to areas they can fish.  I recognize not everyone can do this.  But I am inviting you to think carefully about whether a fishing trip that involves significant distance, social interaction at businesses and overnight accommodation is important enough to risk spreading infection to a region that is not suffering from community spread of COVID-19?

Author Peter Jonas

 

Hey ______ – thanks for your interest in the chapter meeting. The above video will take you to the December chapter meeting with Tracy Hames of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.

Did you miss our November chapter meeting with      Brian Smolinski of Lunds’s Fly Shop and Gabe Schubert from Dry Fly Sales.

Check it out above via our YouTube channel. Loaded with great content – gear, lines, retrofitting lines, neutrally buoyant streamers, etc. etc. Thanks Brian and Gabe – fantastic night.

Duncan Creek Brushing 

On Saturday, December 19 from 10AM until about 2PM we’ll have our first winter brushing project, on Duncan Creek where it crosses SS north of Bloomer. LINK TO MAP. I am hoping some folks will want to get out of the house and join us for some fresh air and exercise on this popular section just north of Bloomer. Mostly, we just need people to drag and stack brush. No special skills required, just work at your own pace and enjoy being outside.

We will be strictly following COVID social distancing guidelines – I don’t anticipate any issues given all the practice we all now have, but, I will be ensuring that people stay at least 6 feet apart at all times.

Please send me an RSVP if you plan to attend, at mattwysocki1@gmail.com (don’t reply to this email – it will go to no one). Due to COVID we are limited to the first 10 volunteers who sign up, therefore, showing up without an RSVP runs the risk that you will have to drive back home if we have too many people. 

TO BRING: leather gloves, ear plugs, and wear old clothes because we will be burning what we cut, and falling embers will ruin expensive outerwear. If you have some hip boots or even old waders that may allow you to work along the banks and cross the stream easily without having to go back to the bridge. 

Due to COVID we will not be providing lunch, so bring some snacks for yourself, and some water to stay hydrated.

Remember to RSVP! Hope to see you December 19.

-Matt

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