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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2016 Trout and About

Thanks to everyone who came out to Trout and About. We had a few non-present winners.

Mark Blatter -$100 Gift Certificate to Eich’s
Lynne Buchanan – $25 N40
Scott Struhs – Yeti Hopper

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3rd Annual Trout and About Festival August 28th.


  • When: Sunday, August 28th 2016, rain or shine
  • Time: Doors @ 11:00am, Whizpops @ 12:00, Kitchen Dwellers @ 3:00
  • Where: 513 Oak Street, Sandpoint (The Granary/Evans Bros. Coffee)
  • Who:  All Ages!
  • Cost:  $3 Adults, All kids FREE
  • Seating: Outdoor event, please bring a camp chair.  There will be chairs available to rent via donation ($1 suggested donation)
  • Raffles for gift certificates to local sponsors + a YETI Hopper 30 – Drawing to be held after Whizpops/before Kitchen Dwellers  – approximately 2:30 (Need not be present to win)
  • Food/Beverages available for purchase from:
    • Eichardt’s Pub
    • Jupiter Jane Café
    • Evans Bros. Coffee
    • Mandala Pizza


Sandpoint’s summer music scene continues on with the 3rd annual Trout and About Festival – an afternoon of music for kids and adults who still like to act like kids. The Festival will feature music from Missoula band The Whizpops and Bozeman’s Kitchen Dwellers.  There will also be trout-related games, education, raffles, and giveaways.

Blue sky, yellow flowers, and the pink of soil makes the Badlands a beautiful place to take photos. Erosion at its best!

Blue sky, yellow flowers, and the pink of soil makes the Badlands a beautiful place to take photos. Erosion at its best!

To get the party started, the Whizpops will bring their multi-genre, science-based, educational songs to entertain, teach, and groove all ages.  The band will be playing “The Bull Trout Song,” written just for Panhandle Trout Unlimited and Idaho Fish & Game to support the “Take No Bull – Protect Bull Trout” program.

In May 2016, The Whizpops worked with the National Wildlife Federation to put together a new album “Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1.” The song “The Stream I Call Home: the bull trout song” is included on the album.

kitchen dwellersThen, for the big kids, Bozeman band the Kitchen Dwellers will take you on a trip to outer bluegrass.  Montana-bred bluegrass outfit The Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed in 2010 while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle.

The event is sponsored by Avista, Panhandle Chapter Trout Unlimited, Idaho Fish & Game, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as part of their collaborative efforts to educate about the threatened Bull Trout species and to promote clean and clear water in our rivers and lakes.

The fun begins when doors open at 11:00 Sunday, August 24th, at the Eureka Center Annex (513 Oak St.). Music starts at 12:00. Cost is $3 for adults, and all kids are FREE (all minors must be accompanied by an adult).  This is a rain or shine event with limited seating, guests are encouraged to bring their own camp chairs.

Bring the your kids to the dance party!

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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.


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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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