In the spirit of David Letterman I thought about the “top ten reasons to come to the Expo” but there were two dozen or more good reasons and I didn’t want to leave anything out. To summarize the Expo in one sentence is very simple the TU Trout Expo will attempt to cover every aspect of trout angling, trout habitat, trout fishing gear, camping, where to go, when to go, where the biggest fish are, where the native and wild fish are, where to get instructions and improve your skills, which lures, flies and baits work best, habitats that are best for trout and what TU, the DNR and the USFS are doing to improve habitats, trout in the classroom, kayaking for trout, state record trout, fly tying, rod building, fly casting instruction, knot tying, fly fishing Dream Trips, trout hatcheries, trout camp, waders and wading, nets and creels, polarized sunglasses, wading shoes and more. As you can see, the Expo is going to try and cover every aspect of trout and trout fishing and a top ten list wouldn’t cover half of what is going on.
Now that you have been exposed to the longest sentence I have ever written about trout I want to simplify things by saying that the Trout Expo will attempt to answer every question you may have about trout, Trout Unlimited and trout fishing. Many of our members will have presentations based on years of hands on experience fishing streams across all of North Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. All our members want others to enjoy trout fishing as much as they do.
A byproduct of becoming a trout angler is that you become familiar with the out of doors and see what is good and not so good that is going on with our cold water resources. The normal setting for trout angling is a rich mountain forest surrounding a free flowing stream that cascades down its boulder filled course. The air is clean and moist with a hint of mist blowing from a nearby waterfall and the noise of the water covering all sounds other than the splash of the big trout at the head of the pool. Some trout streams are away from the mountains and are cold due to the large dams that release water from lower levels of the lakes and the trout thrive in the cold water. The great Chattahoochee River is such a stream and it is where the current state record brown trout was caught.
By being a trout angler you can share these great places. Trout Unlimited would like to help you become familiar with trout streams and the issues that affect them. Trout Unlimited works regularly to protect the mountain streams and valley rivers and knows the issues that can affect the quality of the water and directly impact the fish. If you are a member of TU and see the edge of a stream being bulldozed or see open sewage flowing into a stream you will know someone who can escalate the issue and get the violator stopped.
Come to the Expo and join TU and become a member of the Coosa Valley Chapter. New memberships are free for women and half price for men for a limited time, so take advantage of the chance to join an organization that cares about the beauty of nature and the fish and creatures that live there.
The Expo will also be the last chance to purchase chances for the dream trip fly fishing adventure. This is a trip for two to a private cabin just outside Yellowstone near Henrys Fork and the Madison River. The trip includes 6 days food and lodging and 5 days of fishing. The winners will receive 2 custom built rods with reels and line ready to fish along with 2 boxes of flies chosen for the area and $500 to help offset the travel expense.
The next meeting of the Coosa Valley chapter will be this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the E.C.O. Center. We will be finalizing plans for the Expo and discussing the permanent display that is being built at the center. The public is invited and members are urged to attend.
Remember, the Trout Expo is Saturday from 10 until 2 p.m. at the Rome-Floyd E.C.O. River Education Center at Ridge Ferry Park. Admission is free and door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes.