Every year EYTU in Cody begins it’s annual fall fish rescue program as soon as the local irrigation ditches turn off. This year the fun has already begun and the following is a message from EYTU President Rich Hostettler on how to get involved.
Rich writes: “The East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited will begin its annual “Trout Rescue” from irrigation canals on Thursday, October 20, 2011. The rescue operation will run intermittently through the first week in November depending on closure times of the canals.
Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact our Conservation Chair Bob Capron at 587-2456, or check our web site at www.eastyellowstonetu.org
“Trout Rescue” can be physically demanding, but is extremely rewarding. Volunteers are encouraged to bring waders. EYTU has some additional waders if needed. Our chapter also provides lunch for all volunteers. On rescue days, we meet at the Rocky Mountain Sports parking lot, 1526 Rumsey Ave., at 8:00 AM and disperse to the rescue location from there.
The Best Western Sunset Motor Inn has provided a government rate of $75.00 a night, not including tax, for TU members. The best Western is located at 1601 8th Street. They can be contacted at 307-587-4265. Tell them you are a TU member attending the “Trout Rescue” to obtain the government rate. The Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn have provided a government rate of $84.00 a night, not including tax, for TU members. The Comfort and Holiday Inns are located on the N/E corner of Sheridan and 17th Street (directly across the street from our meeting location). The Comfort Inn can be contacted at 307-587-5556, and the Holiday Inn at 307-587-5555. Tell them you are a TU member attending the “Trout Rescue” to obtain the government rate. The Best Western and Comfort Inn provide a Continental Breakfast.
Any volunteer under the age of 18 will require a signed release from a parent or guardian. The form will be provided at our morning meeting. Volunteers 13 years old and under will also need a signed release and the parent or guardian will have to attend rescue operations with them.
Again, “Trout Rescue” can be a physically demanding and tiring day, but is extremely rewarding when you watch those fish swim free back into the river at the end of the day.
We would love to have you come and join us. Hope to see you there.
Rich Hostetler, President
East Yellowstone Trout Unlimited”