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.

Fall 2021 Chapter Update

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. As the weather cools and the calendar changes from August to November, the rivers come alive with migratory fish. I was able to spend a number of days in October on a not-so-secret South Shore river fishing for steelhead and lake run browns. Lots of memories were made and I was even lucky enough to land a few fish. We’ve enjoyed unbelievable weather this fall here in the Northland! Like me, many of our members had the opportunity to enjoy the weather hiking and fishing for salmon, steelhead, and coaster brook trout across our area. If you haven’t had the opportunity to spend time in the fall on our waters, make plans to do so next year. 

Our chapter has been busy this past summer into fall. GGTU partnered with the City of Duluth this summer and offered a series of fly casting clinics. We had good turnouts at each event and it was great talking to folks interested in fly fishing and Trout Unlimited. In September, we held a maintenance event on the Sucker River. Our habitat project on the Sucker River is thriving and we thank everyone that has helped over the years. 

We held a joint meeting with the TCTU Chapter at the end of September to kick off our 2021-2022 program season. Our vice president Jason Swingen presented Targeting Migratory Trout in Lake Superior Tributaries. In November we will hold another joint meeting, this time with the Hiawatha Chapter. Paul Johnson from the Laughing Trout Fly Fishing Club will be our presenter and will be demonstrating fly tying some patterns that seem to catch trout almost anywhere! 

In late spring, one of our members spent a day on the Kadunce River planting trees. My family and I explored the river in August to see how the trees handled the dry summer. I anticipated finding many of the saplings in rough shape. As we walked past one sapling to the next, we were surprised to find that almost all them were in great condition! We are hoping to schedule a tree caging event before the ground freezes. If we don’t get to it this year, we will plan to finish the project next spring.    

GGTU will be holding a raffle on February 26, 2022 for a bamboo fly rod courtesy of Steve Sobieniak with Root River Rod Company. Steve is an exceptional rod maker. One lucky winner will walk away with a beautiful piece of his work. Additional information about the rod and tickets will be available soon. Please contact Andrew St. Croix at astcroix4@gmail.com with questions. 

As always, watch our Facebook page and chapter newsletter for additional events coming up this year. 

Tight Lines 

Brandon Kime

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Contact the Gitche Gumee Chapter

Brandon Kime, Chapter President

brandon.kime@gmail.com