Panhandle Chapter hosts Youth/Teen Fly Fishing Outing

Space is limited so sign up today!!!

PCTU Youth Fishing Day
Date: Sunday, June 8th, 2014
Arrival time:  11:45
Place: Clark Fork Pond @ Clark Fork Lodge


LukeActivities include fly casting instruction, fly tying instruction, and fish identification.  All equipment will be provided by PCTU.  Event starts off with a simple cook out, then on to the activities.  Parents are encouraged to bring their own camp chairs.

Pond will be stocked by Idaho Fish & Game.  Thanks to a generous donation by a TU Board Member, the PCTU Fly Fishing Day is now FREE to all participants.  Participation includes 1 year TU Youth Membership which includes a subscription to Trout Magazine, TU’s fishing calendar, local chapter membership, and a chance to apply for TU’s national Teen Summit!

To participate, please fill out and return the signed release form and information sheet to PCTU, 1326 B Baldy Mt. Rd., Sandpoint, ID 83864 or return to  Please contact Paul Koch with any questions:  208-290-2401.

Release Form
Information Sheet
Event Poster

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Join us for 2 nights of Fly Fishing Films! The Sandpoint Fly Fishing Film Festival is Back for 2014!!

Once again the Panhandle Chapter is excited to help Big R Fly Shop bring the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) and the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) to Sandpoint.  Two separate films, one each night!   Both films will be shown at the Panida Theater, with doors opening at 6:00 for a pre-event social hour and early bird door prize drawings.  Movies start at 7:00f3t 2014 logo-text

Friday night April 25th we bring back F3T for it’s 3rd consecutive year!

BRFS LogoThen on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00-2:00pm there will be Demo Casting Day at Big R Ponderay Parking Lot.

tim rajeffSpecial guest instruction with Tim Rajeff  from Echo Rods. From 2:00 to 3:00pm put your skill to the test in the 5WT Casting Competition for Accuracy and Distance.  Learn some new skills and win!

Then IF4 will show Saturday night!  All proceeds from boFestival Icon - webth shows will benefit the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival.

Tickets will be available both online and for local pick-up at Big R Fly Shop and Eichardt’s Pub (ticket sales to begin in March).  Tickets are $12 advance, $14 online, and $15 day of show.

Join us for BOTH nights – a different film each night!

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Panhandle Chapter Offering Wilderness Medicine Training.

The Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be offering a wilderness medicine course designed for anglers. When you venture away from the road, you may need more training than provided in a basic first aid course. This 8 hour course, taught by an instructor from Longleaf Wilderness Medicine, will address the specific needs of anglers on water.

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The morning session will cover CPR, submersion injuries, hypothermia and cold injuries, bites and stings

The afternoon session will cover musculoskeletal injuries and splinting, wounds and wound care (including hook removal), ear, nose and teeth injuries, and first aid kit building.

The course will be held in Sandpoint on Saturday, February 8th and will be split into two four hour sessions with a break for lunch. Cost is $44. and open to all TU members. Please contact Chapter President Don Childress with any questions or to enroll, (208)255-7928 or at

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Trout Unlimited schedules Annual Meeting for November 21st

The Panhandle Chapter has set the date for the annual meeting! Please join us at DiLuna’s Café in Sandpoint on November 21st.  More details on our Events page.

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Rock Creek Alliance hosts Annual Party on August 29th

Join our friends at the Rock Creek Alliance at their Annual Party on Thursday, August 9th!

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ID Fish & Game releases Draft Management Plan for Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Idaho


The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has developed a draft Management Plan for the Conservation of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Idaho. Westslope cutthroat trout are a native species and an important game fish. They occupy an estimated 80 percent of their historical range in Idaho.

The draft plan discusses the population status of westslope cutthroat trout in major watershed groupings and the conservation actions the Department intends to pursue to protect and enhance populations and habitat across the species range in Idaho.

The Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited is preparing to draft formal comments and would like your input. In the interest of brevity, we have selected pages (below) that we feel should be reviewed by those in the Moyie, Clark Fork/ Pend Oreille and Priest River drainages, i.e. most of our members.

Please read the pages indicated and let our Cutthroat Committee Chairman, Greg
Mauser, aware of any comments on the plan. We will be making an official response before the deadline of July, 26, 2013.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Don Childress, Chapter President

Gregg Mauser: 208-683-1751

Link to website with entire draft plan

Westslope Cutthroat Draft Management Plan

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Panhandle Chapter to show double feature of “Red Gold” and “Eastern Rises” at Little Panida on Wednesday May 22 to support the Save Bristol Bay Campaign.

We know most of you are familiar with the campaign to stop development of the mammoth Pebble Mine in Alaska.  But did you know that the EPA’s Revised Watershed Assessment shows a clear need for protecting Bristol Bay?  The Assessment, released April 26, is open for comments now.  Trout Unlimited is offering a trip to the Crystal Creek Lodge in the Bristol Bay region…you can learn more and help save Bristol Bay here.

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In support of the campaign, the Panhandle Chapter is planning a free showing of Red Gold (54 minutes) and a bonus showing of Eastern Rises (38 minutes).  For those of you who may have been at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, you’ll remember seeing some of the beautiful footage of Kamchatka, Russia – now we bring you the full length film!

Also, learn about what’s been happening since the film Red Gold was
released with a brief “intermission” update.

We invite you to join us!  Read details on how to get tickets here!

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