Greetings Muddy Creek TU
We waded into the spring of 2021 as if the waters were high and pushing grass – with caution. We held our monthly meetings remotely and were able to connect with exciting and inspiring guests as we hosted; Dom Swentosky of Troutbitten, Author and Guide – Henry Ramsay, WCO Rachael Thurner-Diaz, and Addie Dees from Wyoming’s Ugly Bug Fly Shop. Further caution was observed as we elected to forego our annual Opening Day food stand fundraiser, TIC release days, and other in-person activities.
Yet as the waters recede, we’re running into the summer months with big plans for the fall, and it’s exciting to see the energy returning to the chapter. There’s nothing quite like the magic created by a group of volunteers putting a shovel in the ground in the name of conservation. And as the calendar turns to July with stream temps boiling in the low 80’s and flows at half of their historical average, our mission is more important than ever.
Looking ahead to the back half of the year, there are numerous opportunities to get involved. In September, Jim Keirn is championing our first Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing Clinic – a great opportunity to increase our diversity in the chapter and on the water. In early October, we’ll bring back a heartwarming MCTU tradition to host vision impaired children and their families streamside. We’ll follow that up with our annual Fall Fest and Landowner Appreciation Event, and finish the year strong with another large riparian buffer zone planting along Leibs Creek. Keep an eye on our website for event updates and specifics.
Together, we have some exciting days ahead of us – and all of it possible because of volunteers like YOU! It’s important work that we’re doing, and I look forward to seeing you out there!