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To conserve, protect and restore Michigan's cold water fisheries and their watersheds, including our own Huron River!

​​2018-2019 Activities Calendar

 Please consider donating to Ann Arbor TU on a  yearly or monthly basis to support our conservation and education programs. Thank You!

Member meetings will continue to be held at Weber's Inn on Jackson Blvd. in the Ann Arbor Room at the back of the main entrance level dining room.  Doors open at 5:30 for friends, food, and drink, and the monthly program begins at 7:00.

September 11 - Legacy Land Conservancy, Diane Dupuis, Development Director, and Remy Long, Land Protection Specialist. How the Conservancy works to help ensure fly fishers continued success.  Click here for more......

October 9 - Patrick Ertel, of the DNR  in Grayling, will present the Biology of Rivers. Don't miss this one!

November 13

Volunteer Opportunity:    
Jeremy Geist, a National TU staff member assigned in Michigan, is the director for grants from Federal and State governments, foundations, and TU to study the New Zealand Mud Snail and it effect on trout.  As part of their work, they would like for individuals to voluntarily survey rivers they fish on.   It is important to monitor the spread of the snails into other rivers and creeks.

Jeremy will be at Webers Inn in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, November 13th at 5:30 pm to present their work and train volunteers on how to survey for these snails.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

This presentation is prior to the regular AATU meeting that will occur at 7 pm.  It is important to start Jeremy’s presentation at 5:30 pm.   There is an option to order food.  If you are interest in doing this, please arrive early so it can be ordered prior to 5:30.
After the training Don't miss our guest speaker:   
Capt. Devon Carr,  H2O Charters; West Michigan Rivers Customized Trips on the Fly!!

Day Change!  Monday, December 10 - Holiday Party and Swap Meet at Webers Inn.

January 8 - John Gouker Guide;  D-Loop Outfitters of Wellston; Fishing the Big and Little Manistee, Pine, PM, and Bear Creek for your favorite cold or warm water species. Specializes in walk-in trips.

February 12 - Member Movie Night, a night to remember!

March 12 - Mill Creek Update: “Where are we on our 6 year project”. Bill Phillips, Jeff Braunscheidel, MDNR Fisheries Division; Kristen Thomas, MITU; Steve Zawistowski, AATU

TUESDAY April 23 - Annual Conservation Banquet at Barton Hills Country Club

May 14 - TBD This meeting will be a replacement for the former "Bamboo and Brats" meeting - still working out details with the probable location, Webers.

Meeting Location: Weber's Inn

The Ann Arbor Chapter of Trout Unlimited welcomes anyone who has an interest in cold water conservation efforts, meeting others with similar interests, and learning more about trout and other angling opportunities in the AATU area and beyond while investing in habitat management that will benefit future generations.  Please join us at monthly meetings between September and May with guest speakers talking about conservation issues and angling opportunities.  Click on the Meeting tab for our newest schedule.  Our success in conserving, protecting and enhancing coldwater fisheries and their watersheds depends on the active participation of people like you.

Tight lines,

John Zolan
AATU President


Mill Creek Location

Mill Creek Fishing Survey
If you have tried your hand at fishing in Mill Creek near Dexter we would sure like to hear about your experience.  Please fill out form and tell us about it. This vital information will be submitted to the DNR for their continued suport of our fishery.

Did you know that AATU has a small library of books for members?  Click here for the current inventory of books . If you would like to checkout a title, click the email link below for Chuck Billups.  Chuck will deliver the book to the next Chapter meeting.  We would love to grow our library.  If you have donations, please email Chuck to arrange. ​​

Book Titles
The Fireside Book of Fishing Stories – Raymond Camp
The Longest Silence - Tom McGuane
Complete Book of Freshwater Fishing – Parsons
How the Experts Catch Trophy Fish – Ulrich
Pro Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle Making – Herter...

Click here for the complete list.

Number of Trout Caught
Size(s) of Trout
Lure or Fly Used
Total Number of Days Fishing on Mill Creek. (Dates if you can)

Click here for Guides that support AATU's conservation efforts

Environment News Alert:

NEW: Public Access map to Mill Creek

The Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee (SNRC) has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday, November 28, at 12:30 pm to discuss a major reduction to the extent of wetlands, lakes, and streams protected in Michigan under Part 301 (Inland Lakes and Streams) and Part 303 (Wetland Protection) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. The bill also makes significant changes to permit application review procedures and to the handling of potential wetland, lake, and stream violations. Currently the proposed bill is listed on the SNRC committee web page as Bill Request # 01951'17 (Casperson) Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act). Click here to read more.
The first  release  of this guide will be for sale at the 2018 Mill Creek  Trout Festival Contact Bill Phillips:  [email protected] for more info.

Sloan Preserve  Wading Station

Want to Change Your TU Chapter?

When you join Trout Unlimted, you are then assigned to a specific chapter to attend meetings at or to volunteer your talents with. Sometimes, the chapter's meeting location that you are assigned to is much further away than a neighboring chapter.  Can you switch chapters?  The answer is "yes". 
An active TU member may change his/her chapter affiliation by: E-mailing: [email protected] .  In your e-mail, include your name and address, and say that you wish to be assigned to Chapter 127 – Ann Arbor. 
Or, you can change it by calling: 1-800-834-2419 and making the same request.

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State and Local News

Learn More about the Au Sable River Fish Farm Controversy

"Hearings are taking place at the state Capitol as environmental groups argue against a permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality. That permit allows the operation of a fish hatchery operated by the Harrietta Hills Trout Farm in Grayling to raise rainbow trout on a branch of the Au Sable River, which is located in the northern lower peninsula, about 50 miles east of Traverse City... 'The primary concern is the addition of nutrients to the Au Sable River,' said Professor Luttenton, who will be testifying on behalf of the anglers’ groups that are objecting to the permit, which would set regulations for certain levels of water quality for the river.  For more information, check out this and related stories on  WUOM Radio website
Below are links to various publications that discuss this threatening expansion of the Graying Fish Hatchery:

Michigan TU

Fish Farm Hearings Start: First Week Ends Well

Anglers of the Au Sable

Battle Over Holy Waters, Anglers put Michigan Fish Farmig on Trial, M-Live

Something Fishy about the Graying Hatchery Permit, Detroit Free Press

Graying Fish Hatchery, Mason Griffith TU

Searching for the truth about grass carp and their impact on the Great Lakes
Weeek after week, month after month over the past year, headlines have denied the presence of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
But there are Asian carp in the Great Lakes, and the way they are being handled has been the subject of heated discussion among scientists. Click here for the Rest of the Story

TU Women's Initiative
Learn about the TU Women’s Initiative. You can view that TU web page at: omens-initiative , and you also can click a link on that page to see the Women's Initiative newsletter, On the Rise.

On-Line Trout Media

Trout TV
Jointhe Trout TV Community by becoming a subscriber to their digital distribution portal.
A Tight Loop-
a digital magazine about fly fishing in the Midwest.
Dun Magazine-
a digital fly fishing magazine for women.