Gitche Gumee Chapter

Serving Northeast Minnesota, the Gitche Gumee Chapter is active along Minnesota’s North Shore and works to protect, preserve and enhance our local trout, steelhead and salmon resources.  There are lots of opportunities to get involved in our upcoming habitat work, and some great meetings open to the public yet this season.  Come on out, get in contact with us and we hope to see you at the meetings and on the water.

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Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that February 2021 is already here but, after everything we all went through this past year, it’s great to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. I enjoy this time of year for a number of reasons. First, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments on the water and reminisce of fishing trips while looking at pictures. Secondly, it’s a time to go through, sort, and organize all the gear and fly boxes used from the past season. Lastly, this is the time to pull out the vise and tying materials and start tying fly patterns that need to be replenished for the upcoming steelhead season. Then, just like that, the rivers will be alive and steelhead fishing will be top of the mind! Before that happens, check out the number of exciting events we have happening in the next several months. 

Tuesday, February 16  we will hold a joint meeting with Arrowhead Fly Fishers. We have a great lineup of speakers from the Minnesota and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources presenting topics on our area fisheries (North Shore and NW Wisconsin).  This is one of our favorite presentations each year so be sure to add this to your calendar. We plan to bring you another great presentation on March 11, topic TBA. Then on April 8 we will have our annual State of the Steelhead meeting. Typically, we have fishing reports to share at this time so if you want to catch the “buzz” on what’s happening and what to expect for Spring ‘21, be sure to mark this date on your calendar! All meetings will be done through Zoom. Additional details about all three meetings will be shared on our Facebook page and in the chapter email newsletter. We will be holding our chapter elections during our April meeting. 

We are also working on putting together a survey that will be sent to our chapter members. We are interested in hearing from our members on issues including conservation, stream restoration, volunteer opportunities, and fishing our waters. This will help us with developing future programs and planning river maintenance days, and give us a sense of what is most important to our members. Members, please watch for the survey participation email in your inbox in late February or early March. By participating you’ll be entered into a drawing for a box of flies and a gift certificate to the Great Lakes Fly Shop. 

Lastly, later this Spring we are planning on having a few work days on our local rivers. The first event will be during the week of June 7 and we will focus on the Sucker River. There are several sites our chapter has worked on over the past several years. Visit mntu.org/projects to see all the great work we have done on this river. We are also targeting a date in late May/early June time frame to do some trail maintenance and tree planting on the Kadunce River. Again, more details about both projects will be available through our Facebook page and chapter email newsletter. If you are looking for an outlet after a Minnesota winter or just love being outdoors, we’d love to have you help volunteer!

Have a great rest of the winter and we hope to see you on one of our Zoom presentations.

Brandon Kime

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Contact the Gitche Gumee Chapter

Brandon Kime, Chapter President

brandon.kime@gmail.com