Hiawatha Trout Unlimited (HTU) will be holding the 2014 Driftless Rendezvous September 12-14 at the White Water State Park (WWSP) Group Center Cabins.
Many of the programs from previous years, food, and fun will again be on hand. The WWSP Group Center Cabins offer a large dining hall, clean comfortable cabins, a shower/bathroom house for men and women, group fire pit, and breathtaking grounds with the White Water River flowing thirty feet from the dining hall doors. It’s going to be a great weekend!
Friday after registration between 4:30 to 5:30 we will have a meet and greet. After the meet and greet, we will have supper and then a program with Vaughn Snook from the DNR Fisheries Department in Lanesboro talking about how the water sheds are doing and an update of the new fishing regs.
Mike Carpenter will offer a fly casting class called “secrets of the casting course” before the casting course contest begins on Saturday.
Marlene Huston will teach tweaking your casting for men and women. Both Mike and Marlene are International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) certified casting instructors. Bill Hinton will teach Spey casting and other casting instruction and Brad Eaton will teach casting as well. Both Bill and Brad are from the Lew Jewett chapter of IFFF and are also certified casting instructors.
Jeff Broberg will offer two geology hikes with emphasis on the karst topography of Southeast Minnesota and a Sunday morning class on spin fishing for trout if time allows.
Frank Angelotti, Carl Berberich, and I will teach fly tying and help at the open fly tying so bring your vise and materials. No matter what level you’re at we can teach you something new and old. Carl will offer a class on his favorite dry flies for Southeast Minnesota. Frank will offer his rotary fly tying class and I will also offer a basic class on fly fishing knots.
Fly fishing expert and photographer Wayne Bartz will teach two classes on outdoor photography. He will teach you how to take pictures of the trout you catch or wild flowers and other outdoor beauty. Please bring your cameras whatever they may be, cell phone, digital, or more advanced. Wayne will teach you photography techniques and the beauty of taking pictures outdoors. You’ll love it.
We will see if the Department of Natural Resources will offer nature hikes as well. George Spangler and Rich Enochs of the National Trout Center (NTC) will offer a class on bugs of Southeast Minnesota and so much more.
Tom and Marlene Huston will sponsor a hog roast Saturday night. You can sign up for the whole weekend or just Saturday all day or just come for the hog roast Saturday night.
Phil Pankow, HTU Newsletter Editor