The Fly Fishing Film Festival is BACK!

Join us on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at the Panida in Sandpoint. As usual, our sponsor N40 Fly Shop will be providing great gear for door prizes and raffle items. Tickets available online or at N40 starting February 20th.

Please click the Fly Fishing Film Tour tab above for more details.

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IDFG Bull Trout Coloring Contest for grades 1-3

Panhandle Trout Unlimited is thrilled to support this IDFG coloring contest!  Since we had to cancel our upcoming F3T showing we are looking for new artwork to highlight on this websites header.  Submit your budding artist’s work and win a place on our page!

Dear Parents and Educators,

With the concerns regarding COVID-19, countless activities have been cancelled and postponed. As a result, the Idaho Fish and Game hasn’t been able to hold many of the water quality and bull trout education events normally held in the spring.

For students stuck at home looking for something to do, Fish and Game has put together a bull trout coloring contest for grades 1 through 3. All ages are encouraged to submit their work, but only 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will be considered for the contest. Download the coloring image along with the information and submission form to get to work and enter the contest.

Here are the instructions:  Bull trout coloring contest instructions

Here is the artwork to color: Coloring page for contest submission

Other fish coloring pages:  Other fish coloring (not for contest submission)

Macroinvertebrates coloring:  Bugs don’t bug me coloring book

Rules are included on the submission sheet. Be creative, learn something, and stay healthy!
Dustin Masin

Senior Conservation Officer, Idaho Fish & Gamecoloring contest 8

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General Membership Meeting May 6


The Idaho Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to attend a general membership meeting on Monday, May 6, 2019 beginning at 6:00pm.  The meeting will take place at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Regional Office located at 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

In addition to updates on Panhandle Chapter activities, there will be two presentations:

  1.   AVISTA Clark Fork Settlement Agreement Projects: Fish Habitat Improvement and Creel Survey of Lake Pend Oreille Tributary Streams by Ken Bouwens, Regional Fish Biologist IDFG
  2. Idaho Forest Group:  Prichard Creek Conservation Easement and Stream Restoration Project by Erin Plue, Community Outreach, IFG

Door prizes and raffles offered.

For additional information contact:

Bill Love, PresidentPanhandle Chapter Trout UnlimitedEmail:


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Trout Unlimited Banquet set for Saturday, March 31st 4:30 doors, 6:30 dinner

The Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its fall banquet on Saturday, March 31st at the Ponderay Events Center.   Ivano’s will be catering a delicious dinner buffet and will host a cash bar.  Tickets are $55 for singles and $100 for two.  There are lots of great door prizes, raffles, and auction items (both silent and live), and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to grab some great items while enjoying great food and great company.   Tickets are available by email at

More details to come!  Follow us on Facebook for our most current information!

TU Banquet poster


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Trout and About 2017

Hello!  Do to some logistic difficulties with the change in location, the 2017 Trout and About Festival will be held where its always been…513 Oak Street in Sandpoint, i.e., Evans Brothers Coffee or “the granary.”  Hope to see you there!

Click here for details.

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The date of the Fly Fishing Film tour is Saturday March 25th!

F3T at the Panida theater in Sandpoint.  Advance tickets are $12, Day of show $15.  Tickets available at N40 Fly Shop in Ponderay or online at F3T website:

Scroll down for a partial list of all the great items we have to raffle off.  Door Prizes as well!

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New Bull Trout Website Launches! Win a YETI Tundra 65!

In cooperation with Avista, Idaho Fish & Game, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited, has launched the new “Take No Bull” website. The website is part of our collaborative efforts to educate about the threatened Bull Trout species and to promote clean and clear water in our rivers and lakes.


tnb yeti for FB



You can win a YETI Tundra 65 simply by registering your name and taking the bull trout quiz. Know your fish? Here’s your chance to prove it and WIN.

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Announcement from Rock Creek Alliance

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Dear Members and Supporters,

The Kootenai National Forest recently released a Draft Supplemental EIS (DSEIS) for public review with a 45-day comment period ending April 19, 2016.  The Rock Creek Alliance requested an extension of this short comment period to give us and our experts enough time to review the EIS and supporting documents, and report back to you about the changes and deficiencies in the mine plan.  The Kootenai National Forest Supervisor denied our request, stating that the DSEIS is not a lengthy document.  We think 990 pages is a lot to expect the public to read, and note that the Forest Service and mining company consultants had six years to work on the DSEIS.

It’s disappointing, but not unexpected that the Draft Supplemental EIS dismisses impacts to Idaho’s waters claiming, “No impacts to Idaho waters are expected.”  Given that the mine plan still calls for a perpetual discharge of pollutants to the Clark Fork River, this is clearly untrue. Unfortunately, this proposal hasn’t gotten any better, and still poses substantial risks and known impacts to water quality, wilderness, wildlife, and local economies.

You can help by sending a letter to the Forest Service by April 4, 2016.  Your letter does not have to be long, but should include substantive issues.  Below are some points you can raise.  We have additional talking points and a sample letter on our website:

To read the full letter from RCA, including talking points, please click here or visit

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Sandpoint Fly Fishing Fim Tour set for Friday March 11th

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The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Sandpoint at the Panida Theater on Friday March 11th. Panhandle Chapter, along with the sponsor North 40 Fly Shop will be hosting this fundraising event.  We’ve got great raffle items from Simms, Echo, Patagonia, Scientific Anglers, and more!

Visit our Facebook  page for more details and raffle updates!

Doors open at 6:00 and the show will begin at 7:00. Tickets ($12) are available locally in advance at North 40 Fly Shop, 208-255-5757 (ask for the Fly Shop) and Eichardts Pub. They can also be purchased online for $14. If available, they can be purchased for $15 at the door on the night of the event.

For more information please contact Reg Crawford at, or Calvin Fuller, at 208-255-5757 or

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Panhandle TU General Meeting, October 28, 2015

Sandpoint TU invites all members and guests to our annual dinner meeting with featured speaker Tom Anderson who will give a talk on fishing Lake Pend Oreille in all four seasons.  Tom, one of the original founders of Panhandle TU, knows the lake as well or better than anyone in the area and will divulge where to fish as well as how.

Meeting will be at Di Luna’s Restaurant on Wed. October 28. Social hour will begin at 5 PM, Dinner at 6 and program to begin around 7:00. Di Luna’s would appreciate a head count so call or email Don Childress,   255-7928 or

Tom Anderson

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