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  • AUGUST 2015A Monthly Publication of the Hiawatha Chapter of Trout Unlimited HIAWATHA TU BOARD

    • What’s Going On in HTU?

    PRESIDENT Phil Pankow, NTLC Liaison pankow.phil0615@gmail.com 507-208-4410

    VICE PRESIDENT Seth Knight sethoro@gmail.com 931-434-2694

    SECRETARY Frank Angelotti angelofw10@gmail.com 507-289-1688

    TREASURER Jodie Ice cabo401@charter.net

    EX OFFICIO Carl Berberich cberberic@gmail.com 507-951-2916

    WEBMASTER Vince Robichaud vincer40@yahoo.com


    HABITAT COORDINATOR Paul Krolak pkrolak@gmail.com

    YOUTH EDUCATION COORDINATOR Greg Goodnow fish-pets@kmtel.com

    WOMEN’S INITIATIVE CHAIR Marlene Huston mjkhuston@gmail.com 507-208-5013

    NEWSLETTER EDITOR Phil Pankow, NTLC Liaison

    Deb Angelotti angelottiink@gmail.com

    at Hiawatha Trout Unlimited

    • HI Update • UpComing Meetings/Events

    Our August members meeting will be held August 14th when Hiawatha TU will host a Conservation Potluck at the Mike Tomashek

    residence on Camp Creek near Preston. Representative Tim Walz has been invited to be our guest at this event. The potluck and opportunity for conversation with Rep Walz will take place from 11am to 1pm. Meet and exchange ideas with other environmental/con- servation groups and government agencies that have an interest in what is taking place with the current Farm Bill and new soil conservation programs that will be available. This will also be an opportunity to sample the current hot dish brought by Tim – the recipe that he enters in competition with other Minnesota legislators each year. Since this is a potluck, please plan to bring either a side dish or dessert to share. Plan to come early and enjoy the use of the Preston bike and walking trail along Camp Creek, a visit to the National Trout Center in Preston, or spend your spare time before and after the meeting to fish the recently habitat improved length of Camp Creek from Hunter Road downstream to the Root River. Whatever you choose to do – COME and ENJOY the day!!! To reach Mike’s place, take US 52 south from Preston. After you cross the Root River, go a half mile up the hill. You’ll see a white fence and large farm gate on your right – that’s the entrance to his drive.

    • From the President • Secretaries Report

    Stream restoration season is well underway in our area. Construction is wrapping up on Willow Creek, outside of Preston, and the stream side veg- etation is starting to grow in. With easy access from the County 15 bridge, this should be a popular stretch. A two-mile long section of Mill Creek has begun construction and it should continue for quite some time. The prairie seedings on the stretch upstream that was constructed two years ago are looking fantastic and stream changes we expected to develop are happening. Access will be from the snowmobile bridge upstream of MN30. We’re in need of a large number of trees, so if you have a woodlot near Chatfield that needs clearing, please let us know. Construction is in progress as well on Newburg Creek, a tributary of Wisel. Newburg used to be a fine Brook Trout stream and an important spawning site for Wisel. The landowner will eventually turn our riparian prairie restoration into a several-acre Oak Savannah. When com- plete, this should be a little jewel. Construction will start shortly on Blagsveldt Creek, a tiny Brook Trout stream in the same general area as Newburg. This year’s Lessard-Sams bill was signed by Governor Dayton, so we’re beginning the process of getting our South Branch Root River project from Preston downstream off the ground.

    HI Update by Paul Krolak

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    August 2015

    UP COMING MEETINGS PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE! August 14th, 2015, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm HTU CHAPTER MEETING Meeting held at Conservation Potluck Picnic, at Tomashek residence.

    UP COMING EVENTS August 14th, 2015, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Conservation Potluck Picnic Potluck at the Mike Tomashek residence with Representative Tim Walz. See article on page 1 for more information.



    Picnic with Tim Walz

    at Tomashek Residence

    In early July, Doug Deiterman and Vaughn Snook of the DNR invited me to participate in a rapid habitat assessment on a Long-Term Monitoring station of Trout Run. I’ve fished this section pretty regularly over the years. DNR Summer Intern Garret Palmer also participated. The habitat assessments, which are repeated regularly to track changes over time, try to re- cord various physical features that correlate strongly with trout size and population figures. Population assessments are done in the spring and fall. We made two passes thru the station. On the first, we measured pool lengths, width and depth at mid-point, and same for riffles. A long tape measure and marked off poles are used to get the measurements. On the second pass we measured vegetation area on the stream bottom, rock cover area, overhanging vegetation, depth of overhanging banks, and areas deeper than 2’ and areas deeper than 3’. My own observation from the day was the way overhead canopy cover reduces the amount of in-stream vegetation, even for the same bottom composition and similar flow. As we worked thru the stream, Doug and Vaughn described how some habitat features are strongly correlated with overall population, while others correlate to presence or absence of larger trout. They also related their experiences in shocking this exact stretch of water; they know where the big fish are usually found. In the end, given the raw measurements and Doug and Vaughn’s description of the habitat to fish relationships, my fishing results and what the assessment will say are in pretty close agreement.



    moved to August 14th

  • respectfully submitted by Frank Angelotti, HTU secretary

    July, 2015 HTU Board Meeting Minutes

    In attendance: Frank Angelotti, Phil Pankow, Carl Berberich, Ray Ricketts and Paul Krolak.

    • Secretary minutes from June BOD meeting were approved.

    • We used 40 small HTU fly boxes for TUNE camp attendees. We have ordered more HTU fly boxes from the supplier we purchased them from last year.

    • Our Think Bank merchant account has been closed

    • We believe a separate TIC meeting is needed in the near future. Phil and our youth program coordinator will set that up.

    • Summer HI update

    - RFPs are under work for Lynch creek and East Indian creek

    - Willow creek is nearing completion

    - Mill creek is underway

    - Newberg creek is underway

    - Prairie grass is up on Mill creek project from 2 years ago

    - Blagsveldt creek project starts soon

    - Trout Run brushing is completed, wrecked trailer is removed

    - South Branch Root lessard funding has been approved

    • A doctoral candidate, Jessica Fulgoni, from Southern Illinois University is go- ing to carry out a benthic invertebrate survey on streams we have improved in SE MN.

    • TUNE camp is finished, senior fishing day in Lanesboro is finished. We fed 135 people at that event.

    • Our 2016 Banquet is booked for 04/09 so keep that date open!

    Thank You From The President

    I want to take a moment to thank the organizations, volunteers, and participants that helped put together and successfully pull off three separate events.

    Deb Groebner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) MinnAqua program of Southern Minnesota organized another wonderful adult/youth pairing weekend. She created a program for twenty pairs which included obtaining rods, reels, line and starter equipment for the participants to keep and the place to hold it. This is her job, but I think she would agree that it is also her passion to set up and run these programs. Volunteers from Hiawatha Trout Unlimited (HTU), the DNR Fisher- ies staff, others from TU organizations, and single individuals gave their time and talents to teach all the adult/youth pairs the basics of fly fishing.

    Bruce Gockowski, event organizer of T.U.N.E. (The Ultimate Nature Experience) Camp put together another fantastic event for kids ages 13 to 17. T.U.N.E. Camp is a weekend that teaches multiple outdoor skills and disciplines including fly fishing and fly tying, shooting trap and rifles, archery, water ecology, ropes courses, plant identification, astrology, and more to give kids a rich experience in the outdoors, about the outdoors. T.U.N.E Camp had a host of characters like Vic who taught sur- vival skills and compass work; Hiawatha, MNMTU, and TCTU Chapters; and many other TU organizations and individuals who helped with fly casting and fly tying. Dean from Laughing Trout, a Twin Cities organization that gives their time and flies in spades, was also on hand to teach the kids the beautiful art of fly tying. The kids went away with an amazing new set of outdoor skills that will give them a fuller life and maybe a new career goal.

    Chester (Chet) Daniels and a few other individuals along with the Lanesboro Fisher- ies and Hatchery staff started Senior Fishing Day over thirty years ago. Along with many of his own family members, including his lovely wife Betty, he organized and set up this event by