The local chapter of Trout Unlimited works to protect and restore the area's cleanest and coldest streams. In recent years, the chapter has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy materials and rent heavy equipment to improve trout habitat and monitor stream conditions. Last year, $85,000 and many hours of volunteer labor were donated to stream projects on Wilson Creek near Knapp and others in Buffalo and Jackson counties. In 2013, projects include Bear Creek near Durand and Elk Creek as well as others in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties.
The chapter also offers a number of educational workshops for men, women and youth. Fly tying and rod building classes are sponsored, a fly-fishing course is offered each spring at UW-Stout, and fly casting is taught to Menomonie Middle School youth.
The only fundraising done by the chapter is at the annual banquet held this year at the Holiday Inn, 2703 Craig Road, in Eau Claire, on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. Highlights include a dinner, cash bar, bucket raffles, and live and silent auctions. The prize inventory includes a flushed woodcock carving by Bob Dahlke, and guided trips on the Chippewa, Brule, Flambeau Rivers and the Coulee Streams of Southwest Wisconsin. Fly rods and reels will also be on the block.
Everyone is invited to attend or become a sponsor at any one of four levels in order to help support the projects in the area. Banquet ticket reservations and information are available at: WI Clear Waters TU, PO Box 822, Eau Claire, WI 54702; or at: email@example.com or: 715-833-8507.