Trout and About Festival is back for 2019!


Kids of all sizes will rock down with Missoula based Cowboy Andy and the Salamanders, starting @ 11:00.  Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders bring big music to little people of all sizes! Their all-original rock and roll spans all the genres and makes kids and families want to dance, sing, and celebrate!  Winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, NAPPA Winner, and Creative Child Rock and Roll Album of the Year!

The second act of the Trout and About Festival, Missoula based Shakewell will be laying down the groove.  A funk brotherhood of lifelong friends and collaborators, Shakewell thumps out funk, neo-soul, and rock ‘n’ roll.

An event where parents and their kids can socialize, listen to great music, learn some fun facts about trout, dance it up and have fun!  Located at Matchwood Brewery.  513 Oak Street, Sandpoint.


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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!

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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.


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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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