December 31, 2012
As the TU Madmen Chapter finishes up another year,
I would like to personally THANK everyone who has helped support our
chapter. We logged 1641 volunteer hours through various projects and
outreach programs, which included initiating two new programs – Trout in
the Classroom (TIC) and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHW). Special
thanks go to Dr. Don Dean, and school teacher, Spencer Reames,
for establishing TIC in Benjamin Logan Schools and to John Davis for
coordinating the PHWFF program in Columbus. Also, thanks to ODNR-Division
of Wildlife for providing trout eggs and assistance for the TIC program.
Below I have included a summary of our 2012 accomplishments following TU’s
Conservation approach: PROTECT, RECONNECT, RESTORE and SUSTAIN.
Supported watershed protection in coordination with the Mad River
Watershed Joint Board and Advisory Group as well as the Scenic Mad River
Supported ODNR’s 4 year Ohio Brown Trout Study and provided data to
the ODNR from 2 fishing surveys.
Conducted 4 stream monitoring events at 6 locations within the Mad
Held 4 stream clean-ups as well as workdays for trail maintenance; we
are working to improve the Adopt-A-Bridge/Stream Watch Program.
Supported efforts to protect Ohio’s native brook trout and Ohio’s
Involvement with national TU workgroups in an effort to protect cold
Continue to work on establishing ground water monitoring in the Mad
Continue to evaluate opportunities to protect Mad River headwaters
and potential spawning areas.
Removed log jam upstream of the Pimtown
Road Bridge; logs are being used to create in-stream habitat downstream.
Received plan approval and began “In-stream Habitat Improvement
Project” on over 400 feet of river below Pimtown
Planted willow cuttings at State Route 36
Assisted in establishing the “Trout in the Classroom” program in the
Benjamin Logan School District as well as adding Graham and West Liberty-Salem School
Districts for 2012-2013.
Helped sponsor screening of CONNECT
in Columbus with all proceeds going to Casting For
Helped sponsor the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) in Columbus with all
proceeds going to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF).
Currently working to establish PHWFF with the Columbus VA.
Assisted in the PHWFF event at ODNR’s Castalia Hatchery. (Watch the Video Clip)
Held a Stream Team Workshop in Urbana in cooperation with The Miami
Worked with Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and students in both Champaign and
Supported and coordinated with other Ohio TU Chapters, fly fishing
clubs and conservation groups and organizations.
As you can see, the Madmen Chapter has as alot going on, so please consider getting involved in
2013. Keep checking the web site calendar for upcoming events and
activities. The coming year should be just as good as 2012. Once again the
year’s activities will begin with Buckeye United Fly Fishers’ (BUFF)
Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show. This year the show will be at the
Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, Ohio. The show will be on Saturday,
February 2, 2013 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. For more information as well
as directions to the show please check out the following link: www.buckeyeflyfishers.com/EXPO/default.html.
Also, our Annual Membership Meeting will be in
March at the Champaign County Historical Society Museum. Once we have the
details for the Membership Meeting we will post them on our web site as
well as send out the information through TU.
Thanks again for your continued support and I wish
everyone a Happy New Year!
Don Boysel, President
TU Madmen Chapter