Trout Unlimited members

Trout Unlimited members Gary Gidley, Keith Steele, Tom Fritsch, Fletcher Wilhite, Don Wilhite, and Dick Stentz help campers catch fish at Horsethief Lake State Park.

The Klickitat Chapter of Trout Unlim-ited just received a donation of 10 Quest Fly rod outfits from @LLBean to support its chapter’s youth/veterans fishing and casting events.

Each year, chapter members will use these and other donated fly rods to connect more people to fishing with the hope that they, too, will come to care as much about conserving our local rivers as possible.

Upcoming chapter events include the annual chapter picnic on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 12 to 5 p.m. It will be held at the home of Jessie and Keith Steele at 4 South Bailey Loop Drive in Goldendale. Jessie serves as the chapter events coordinator and treasurer. The chapter will furnish chicken and the rest is potluck style. Bring your own chair and your favorite drink or enjoy the coffee and punch provided.

The next Klickitat Chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The guest speaker will be Casey Andrews, US Wild and Scenic River and Wilderness coordinator for the Forest Service and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. She will make a presentation about the USFS’s work on the local Wild and Scenic Rivers and provide a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities and events.

On Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day, there is an opportunity to participate in a Klickitat River clean up event. More information will be provided at the TU meeting on Sept. 4.

The Goldendale Trout Hatchery will be the location of a fishing access work party in September. This is part of an ongoing conservation project that will include planting trees in the spring.

The year will wrap up with a chapter meeting on Nov. 6 and the Wild Game and Harvest party potluck in December.

Another Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM) Explorers camp will be hosted by the Klickitat Chapter #484 of Trout Unlimited (TU) on May 17-19, 2020. The East Prong of the Little Klickitat River flows over a mile right through Brooks State Park and travels 13 miles south to the town of Goldendale. The purpose of the weekend camp is to teach youth about healthy stream habitat, casting, macroinvertebrates, fly tying, outdoor art, and stewardship.

Both girls and boys are encouraged to attend STREAM Explorers to learn a variety of outdoor recreation and conservation skills. The next camp in May will be for first time STREAM Explorers and those campers who have already attended will be put on a waiting list as room allows.

Volunteerism is an important part of Trout Unlimited’s connection to sharing conservation and recreation opportunities with youth. The Klickitat TU Chapter is a small organization in numbers, but large in the commitment of members to volunteer their time for youth and conservation. New members are most welcome and can get a discount by joining the Klickitat TU chapter. Overnight chaperones and mentors are background checked by the national Trout Unlimited office. One of the newest TU members is Suzanne Sparks, who volunteered to cook at camp through the American Legion Auxiliary.

To join the Klickitat Chapter just go to www.tu.org/chapter/484-klickitat and enter chapter #484 to get the new member discount. If you prefer, just call and the group will mail you a Trout Unlimited application! For more information about the upcoming STREAM Explorers camp or joining the chapter, call 509-941-9979.

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