Stone Mountain Conservation Effort
Good meeting today at Stone Mountain State Park with park staff, TU volunteers and Wildlife Resources staff. We have identified 2 projects to assist with over the next few months. This email provides dates to assist Kevin Hining with trout surveys in and around the park. This survey work will focus on updating genetic information for brook trout in northwest NC. Please pass this on to interested volunteers. Any interested in helping can email Kevin and cc me so I can track volunteer efforts.
We also want to line up volunteers to assist the park with their efforts to protect hemlocks along the stream corridors in the park. This work will be scheduled in April and May. I will pass along dates and more details as soon as I have them along with a volunteer form to fill out and bring with you.
Finally, we have scheduled our next meeting for June 13 at 10 AM. We meet at the park office. This meeting will focus on identifying projects and setting priorities with SMSP and NCWRC staff.
Below are the dates I currently have planned to do trout surveys, from now through July. I can send you dates for later in the summer and fall as we get further along.
March 18, 19
April 10, 15, 24
May 7, 15, 29
June 10, 11
July 1, 2, 15, 16
For most dates, if someone wants to assist me, I can change the survey around to fit a location they might be interested in (Stone Mt. State Park, Ashe County, Watauga, etc.,), as well as the intensity (close to a road, 2-3 mile hike, etc.). Definitely love to have anyone out that is interested. Also, feel free to have folks call or email me if they have any questions.
District 7 Fisheries Biologist I
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
AFS Certified Fisheries Professional
Fleetwood, NC 28626
Posted by Busta Brown on March 14, 2013.
Kin Hodges-North Carolina Wildlife Biologist
Kin will be presenting some early results of a region-wide research project designed to assess the survival and migration patterns of trout stocked into Delayed Harvest streams. This study is being conducted in conjunction with fisheries researchers at N.C. State University and will hopefully provide information that can be used to improve the management of Delayed Harvest trout fisheries in North Carolina.
Posted by Busta Brown on March 3, 2013.
TIC Starts A New Year
Our schools have received there eggs and at last check all of them have baby trout but one. We now have seven schools and we are in the process of adding another. I hope to have some pictures to add to this blog soon but wanted to pass along the good news. Our schools again include, East Wilkes Middle School, Mount Airy Middles School, Central Wilkes Middle School, Avery Middle School, Ashe High School, Watauga High School, Avery High School and Cranberry Middle School if we can squeeze them in this year. Our chapters is proud to have these fine schools in our program and want to thank them for participating..
Posted by Busta Brown on October 30, 2012.
River Clean Sweeps
SMTU has been busy picking up trash on the South and North Forks of the New River. In April, with the help of Shea Tuberty, we cleaned up a section on the South Fork from Boone down river for 3 miles. Then in June ,we worked with the folks at NCNR to clean a stretch of the North Fork around Bare Creek. There was lots of trash removed and as always, folks having a good time doing something for our environment.
Posted by Busta Brown on July 9, 2012.
TIC Release Day at Stone Mountain
Another great event at Stone Mountain Sate Park as East Wilkes Middle School enjoys a day of fun outdor education. Got to the web-site below view the photos taken by Keith Cockerham.
Posted by Busta Brown on June 14, 2012.
Thanks to Our Banquet Supporters
Thanks to our table sponsors and our mechandise sponsors. Also thank you to our auctioneer and hostesses.
Banquet Gold Sponsors.
Boss Hog BBQ
White Sulpher Springs
G & B Energy
New River Soil & Water Conservation
Blue Ridge EMC
Tilley Auto Sales
Custom Heating and Cooling
Temple Fork Outfitters
Simons Welter-Guided Trip Davidson
LL Bean Fly Rod
Denver Restaurant Equipment
White Sulpher Springs
Blue Ridge Chocolates
R & R Guide Service
Jeff and Nancy Payne
Fort Dobbs Hardware
Carolina Mountain Sports
Mr. Bullhide Leather
Keith & Melinda Cockerham
Foscoe Orvis Shop
Bob & Brenda Pearson
Blueberry Hills Gift Shop
Great Outdoor Provision
Hunting Creek Preserve
Cooks Sport Store
Waggles Pet Supply
The Vintage Corner
Rivergirl Fishing Co.
Yadkin Valley General Store
National Committee for the New River
MDR and Associates
Steve and Darla Parker
Good Life Outfitters
Robby’s Army Store
Car Quest of Elkin
Parker Tie Hardware
Dr. Mary Lou Church
Posted by Busta Brown on March 6, 2012.
By all indications the banquet was a success. The attendance was awesome even though presales of tickets was low. Everyone who said they would buy tickets at the door pretty much did attend and then some. Thanks to all the donors, the TIC schools who were able to be there (East Wilkes Middle School, Watauga High School), and the officers who made it possible. Thanks to the Elks Lodge for a good meal and to our hostesses for a job well done. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Posted by Busta Brown on February 26, 2012.
Stone Mountain TU Banquet
The date is February the 25th and will get started at 5:30 pm. Ticket info is to the left in the “Upcoming Events”. We will again have the live, silent auctions along with bucket raffles, trout bingo, door prizes and special drawing for sponsors and the ladies who attend. We hope everyone can make it because this is our only major fund raiser for projects we sponsor for the the next two years so please be there if at all possible. See everyone there.
Posted by Busta Brown on January 2, 2012.
Pictures From Spring 2011 TIC Release Day At Stone Mountain
It has been a busy spring/summer for me and as my guiding season slows down I hope to get caught up on the SMTU web-site. As you view the pictures from the 2011 TIC release day, keep in mind that we added the Mount Airy Middle School for the 2010/2011 year. Our chapter wants to thank the teachers there and East Wilkes Middle School for the hard work they put into TIC and we hope to continue working with them. We are also excited to let our readers know we have now added two new schools. Watauga High and Ashe High will be on board for the 2011/ 2012 TIC program bringing our total number of schools sponsored by SMTU to four. We are looking forward to another successful year.
Posted by Busta Brown on August 28, 2011.
Stone Mountain TU @ Mount Airy Kid’s Health Day
Stone Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited was well represented by our members at the Mount Airy Healthy Kid’s Outdoor Day. Below are just a few of the children that came out to do a little trout fishing in the Ararat River that is located in the town limits of Mount Airy. According to Dick Everhart, our project coordinator, the trout fishing was one of the most busy activities at the event. Kin Hodges, wildlife biologist for Surry County, provided the trout, bait, and equipment. Our members were in charge of helping make sure everyone had equipment, bait and if needed, help fishing. Thanks again to those who helped and thanks to Catrina Alexander of the Mount Airy Parks and Recreation for inviting us to help.The pictures below show Kin getting folks ready to start, Bob Pearson, our treasurer, helping a child to catch trout, and folks enjoying the day.
Posted by Busta Brown on May 15, 2011.
Boat Loads of Trash Collected (Literally)
Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the South Fork clean up this past Saturday, May 5th. We found some interesting items including a strong box full of cash. Unfortunately the cash had all dissolved due to years of being submerged in the water. Kelly, of Rivergirl in Todd, has some of the items including the strong box if anyone is interested in seeing it for themselves. I think she also has a scary looking baby doll in case anyone wants their nerves disturbed.
Posted by Busta Brown on May 4, 2011.
6th Annual “Kid’s Fishing Day” at Wilkesboro Big Success
With 50 to 60 kid’s ages 5 to 13 showing up for our 6th annual “Kid’s Fishing Day” in Wilkesboro it is easy to say it was a success. Kevin Hinning with the NCWRC brought around 400 hundred brook and rainbow trout to Cub Creek Park for the young fisherpeople to catch and take home. We provided assistance to those who needed help and prepared about 130 hot-dogs, all of which were eaten by the hungry participants and their families. Thanks to those who helped from our chapter and their spouses and significant others. Also, thanks goes out to the town of North Wilkesboro for their restoration work on the stream as it continues to improve with the work they do. I will be posting pictures as I get them and also have the link to the Journal Patriot.
Posted by Busta Brown on April 13, 2011.
Combination Day of Fly Fishing and Conservation Team Work Planning
Our SMTU Chapter, Boone Fork TU, ASU Fly Fishing Club, NCNR and Franklin Tate along with Damon Hearne from TU National got together for a little fly fishing and planning for some of the waters we want to make sure, through conservation, maintain its ability to hold trout in our area. We are currently in the first stages of working together on projects this year and hopefully for years to come. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it. Below are some of the trout we caught before the meeting that night along with pictures of the area we fished.
Posted by Busta Brown on March 20, 2011.
New Trout Fishing Opportunities
Be sure and go to “Cold Water Fish Management News” and check out Kevin Hinnings latest news for some new opportunities in our area.
Posted by Busta Brown on March 10, 2011.
Mount Airy Middle School Trout in the Classroom
Dick Everhart, representing the Stone Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, delivers the eggs for Mount Airy Middle Schools first TIC project which will be under the direction of Jeannie Noble in the Science Department. Pictured is Mr. Everhart with the trout eggs and some of the students helping with the project. Also shown are the actual eggs which the students are responsible for taking care of and hopefully hatching into trout. In the Spring, if all goes well, the students will then release their rainbow trout into the East Prong of Roaring River in Stone Mountain State Park.
Posted by Busta Brown on November 14, 2010.