Wyoming Trout Unlimited Winter 2021 Newsletter packed with great stories, photos and conservation information

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Wyoming Trout Unlimited 2021 Winter “Trout Tale” newsletter is available to read between your winter fishing, hunting and outdoor adventures. You’ll find a terrific story from Wyoming Water and Habitat Program Director Cory Toye on contractor Brett Carlson who helps restore Wyoming waters; a great Q&A piece on one of Wyoming’s top Trout Unlimited volunteers — Dave Sweet and a story from Trout Unlimited’s Liz Rose on how the Wyoming Legislature works and how she keeps an eye out for anglers’ values when the legislature is in session, plus a whole lot more.

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Wyoming Trout Unlimited classic sage fly rod and Abel fly reel giveaway winner announced!

As promised, today was the big day to draw the big winner of the Wyoming Trout Unlimited classic Sage rod and Abel reel giveaway. Congratulations to Molly Fretland of Casper, Wyoming. Her winning ticket number 57 was selected by Sara DiRienzo of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department this morning at the WGFD headquarters in Cheyenne.

Molly will walk away with an incredible prize pack that includes 5 Sage fly rods and 5 Abel fly reels (complete with two extra spools) and is valued at over $6,700.00!

The Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited executive committee would like to thank everyone who supported this fundraiser to help WYTU raise funds to support our mission of conserving, protecting and restoring Wyoming’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds!

Thanks again! Best wishes to everyone for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Attention WYTU “Classic Sage Rod and Abel Reel Sweepstakes” ticket holders!

As you know, we have been planning to draw the big winner on Friday, December 11, 2020. However, we’re going to delay the drawing until next Wednesday, December 16, 2020. This will allow us to get all ticket stubs in one place and to ensure that each ticket holder will be entered into the drawing. We really appreciate your patience and understanding knowing that tickets were sold around the state of Wyoming and we now need to get those ticket stubs to Cheyenne so we can conduct a fair drawing by having everyone who purchased sweepstakes ticket(s) represented in the drawing. Again, we apologize for the delay. Tune in on Wednesday to see who walks away with one incredible prize package valued at over $6,700.00! Good luck to everyone and thanks for your outstanding support of Wyoming Trout Unlimited!

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Wyoming Trout Unlimited Fall 2020 “Trout Tale” newsletter

The Wyoming Trout Unlimited Fall 2020 newsletter “The Trout Tale,” is now available for you to read between your fishing and hunting adventures! You can read about the outstanding work being done around Wyoming by volunteers, staff and conservation partners. You’ll find the newsletter packed with stories on project work, WYTU information and much more.

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WYTU to offer “classic” Sage rod and Abel reel Sweepstakes

The Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce they are holding a sweepstakes drawing for a “classic” Sage rod and Abel reel package that includes a rod for every fishing experience — from small stream trout to big tarpon! The retail value of this package is over $6,700.00.

One lucky winner will walk away with all five “classic” Sage rods and five “classic” Abel reels — Sage SP 3 wt. 7′-6″ three-piece rod with Abel 0GF reel with case; Sage SP 5 wt. 8′-9″ 5-piece rod with two tips and an Abel .5P HG reel with case and two extra spools; Sage RPLXi 7 wt. 9′-0″ 5-piece rod with Abel 2GF reel and case; Sage RPLXi 9 wt. 9′-0″ 5-piece rod with Abel S11 HG reel and case; and a Sage Xi2, 11 wt. 9′-0″ 4-piece rod and an Abel S11 HG reel with case. (All rods and reels come with rod socks, tubes and reel cases.

All proceeds raised from this sweepstakes will go toward Wyoming Trout Unlimited’s mission to conserve, protect and restore Wyoming’s coldwater fisheries and its watersheds.

Winner takes all! Sweepstakes tickets: 1 for $50 or 3 for $100. Purchase your tickets from any WYTU executive council member or go online to www.wyomingtu.org and click on the donate button and follow the instructions on how to purchase your sweepstakes ticket(s). Drawing will be held Dec. 11, 2020. For more information, e-mail Mike Jensen at: mike.jensen@tu.org or by mail at PO Box 22182, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

No purchase necessary to win. Send your free ticket request in letter format to the address shown above. A ticket will be sent to those who request one. Limit one free ticket to those who request one. Sweepstakes grand prize will be given away to one lucky winner on Dec. 11, 2020. (Earlier if possible depending upon ticket sales). Wyoming Trout Unlimited Sweepstakes not open to residents of New York.
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Wyoming Trout Unlimited Summer 2020 “TROUT TALE” newsletter

Hot off the press! The Wyoming Trout Unlimited Summer 2020 newsletter “The Trout Tale” is now available for you to peruse between casts on your favorite water! The summer newsletter is packed with lots of great information and includes some of the great work WYTU volunteers and staff are doing around the Cowboy State to help meet conservation goals!

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A message from Wyoming Trout Unlimited

I’m sure many of you have seen or read Trout Unlimited’s CEO Chris Wood’s comments that were e-mailed or posted on social media on March 17. While many of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the realities of the COVID-19 virus, it is clear that our priority right now is the well-being of Trout Unlimited’s employees, volunteers, conservation partners and their families and friends.

With that said, the executive committee of the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited met last week over the phone for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The council firmly stands behind the directives as outlined by Chris in comments from last week as well as the guidance issued from the Centers for Disease Control which says:

“Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible.”

Effective immediately, all in-person and indoor Trout Unlimited events and gatherings, including chapter meetings, are cancelled for the next 30 days. Trout Unlimited will assess the situation in 30 days and have further guidance at that time. Small group outings may proceed with all of the proper precautions in place regarding social distancing. Phone conferencing is also acceptable.

I have been in contact with many of WYTU’s chapter leadership regarding upcoming chapter meetings, film tours and fundraising events. It is unfortunate, but necessary, that all of the events and chapter meetings scheduled for the end of March, April and early May in Cody, Cheyenne, Jackson, Evanston, Green River and Sheridan, have been cancelled or postponed. While our fundraising efforts are so very important to our coldwater conservation efforts in Wyoming, there is nothing more important than the good health and well-being of our volunteers, members and staff of Trout Unlimited.

As of now, the WYTU Fundraising Rendezvous and Spring Council Meeting, scheduled for May 15, 16 and 17 in Cody, is tentatively set to take place as scheduled. However, with the evolving situation associated with the COVID-19 virus, things can change at a moment’s notice. We will strive to keep our chapter leadership, volunteers and staff updated as we can, and, as we move forward.

In the meantime, we hope that you’ll keep a watchful eye on the situation and be safe. Wyoming is a great place to social distance, and I’m looking forward to doing a little bit of that on the water soon.

As Chris Wood said, “enjoy the time with family and friends, and the people you love. Know that we will get through this together, and we will continue the good work of protecting and restoring the places we live, love and fish.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and contact me. On behalf of the WYTU executive committee, we wish each and every one of you the very best during this difficult time.

Mike Jensen, Wyoming Council Coordinator



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WYTU Winter 2020 Trout Tale newsletter

The Wyoming Trout Unlimted 2020 Winter Trout Tale newsletter is now available to read online. Check it out by going to:


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Wyoming Trout Unlimited to gather in Pinedale for fall council meeting

The Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited (WYTU) will be gathering on November 1, 2 & 3, 2019 for their annual fall council meeting in beautiful Pinedale, Wyoming. According to Council Coordinator Mike Jensen, the three-day event will kick-off with Friday fishing for those attendees interested in getting out and fishing the many waters available in the Pinedale area.

As a reminder to those planning on going, the Hampton Inn & Suites has offered a special discounted rate for the council meeting and the deadline to book your rooms will be Friday, October 18th. To book your room, call the Hampton Inn & Suites at 307.367.6700. Choose option “0” when prompted to speak to the front desk. Let them know that you are booking a room in the Wyoming Trout Unlimited room block in November. Give them the group code: CHXWTU. Select your available room type and provide your credit card guarantee and receive your confirmation number. Again, deadline to receive the discounted room rate is Friday, October 18, 2019.

Friday night, the attendees will gather at the Wind River Brewing Company, located at 402 West Pine Street, around 5 to 5:30 p.m., for an informal dinner.

Saturday will feature the council meeting that will be held in the Lovatt Room in the Sublette County Library. The library is located  at 155 South Tyler Street in Pinedale. Lunch will be served at the library and the meeting should wrap up around 5 p.m. or sooner. A full slate of discussions are planned including elections for the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited. If you are interested in running for a board position, please contact Mike Jensen at mike.jensen@tu.org.

Saturday night’s dinner will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 7 p.m. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the hotel. A cash bar will be available and the council will pick up the cost of dinner for those in attendance. Bring your cash and check book as there will be a terrific raffle drawing featuring some great items that will be given away.

On Sunday, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Daniel Fish Hatchery located west of Pinedale. The hatchery celebrated their 100th Anniversary last year. The tour will last about 90 minutes or so.

A special thanks to Upper Green River Chapter President Jocelyn Moore and the members of the chapter for their assistance in hosting this event.

For more information, please contact Mike Jensen at mike.jensen@tu.org.





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Jensen hired as WYTU coordinator

The Wyoming Trout Unlimited Council (WYTU) is pleased to announce that the conservation organization has hired Mike Jensen as their new council coordinator. He replaces Calvin Hazlewood of Green River, who has held the position for the past three years. Calvin, and his wife, Amy, will soon be relocating out of state.

“It’s been great working with the volunteers and staff in Wyoming over the past few years,” said Hazlewood. “Many great friendships have been made over those years as well as some phenomenal conservation work to help our fisheries and habitat throughout the state. Keep up the great work!”

Jensen, a 37-year newspaperman veteran, spent 25 years in Wyoming where he served as group publisher and oversaw newspaper operations in Evanston, Pinedale, Bridger Valley, Kemmerer, Cheyenne (Cheyenne Minuteman), Torrington, Wheatland, Lusk, Guernsey, Lingle, Page, AZ and Scottsbluff, NE. (The Business Farmer).

He is a longtime outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible driving his drift boat in search of big trout on Wyoming and the Intermountain West’s rivers. He also enjoys waterfowl and upland bird hunting with his two Labrador retrievers.

He is a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited (TU) and has been a volunteer for the organization both on a local and state level for over nine years. He helped revitalize a dormant TU chapter in Evanston and has served in a variety of positions including vice president, newsletter editor and fundraising chair for the Upper Bear River Chapter. He also served as chair, vice chair, newsletter editor and fundraising chair for (WYTU). While Jensen served as council chair and newsletter editor, WYTU was awarded with two prestigious national awards from TU that included Council of the Year in 2013 and having the best newsletter in TU in 2014.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Jensen. “Trout Unlimited is an outstanding grassroot organization and in Wyoming, we have a very passionate group of volunteers and members. Additionally, there are a group of national TU staff members in Wyoming that are second to none. I’m looking forward to working with both staff and volunteers to further our cause to conserve, protect and restore Wyoming’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.”

The Wyoming council is made up of an executive committee and 12 chapters located around the Cowboy State. Executive committee officers include chairman Cole Sherard of Laramie, secretary Barb Allen of Jackson, treasurer Jim Hissong of Mountain View, national leadership council representative Werner Studer of Casper and at-large board members Dave Sweet of Cody and Rick Slagowski of Evanston.

“We are extremely pleased to have Mike join out Wyoming Trout Unlimited team,” said Wyoming Trout Unlimited Council Chairman Cole Sherard. “Mike’s many years of volunteer experience will most certainly help the council to move forward and expand our great work around Wyoming.”

Jensen can be reached by emailing him at mike.jensen@tu.org.

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