• Fishing

    Are my secret streams really my secret to keep?

    Anglers have a complicated relationship with secrecy.

    Anglers have a complicated relationship with secrecy. We hope a secret fly or lure, or bait will give us an edge. We get a tingly feeling when a friend entrusts us with knowledge of a secret spot.  But secrets also bring their own stresses and disappointments. There is nothing quite like the endorphin rush you…

  • TU joins Operation Pollination in Driftless Area

    In September, Trout Unlimited participated in the signing of the Mississippi River Operation Pollination Partnership.   The Partnership is a collaborative of groups, individuals and communities working with Rotary’s Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) and Rotary International to create, enhance and expand habitat for pollinators along the Mississippi River flyway.   Incorporating habitat for…

  • Restoration

    TU Driftless team makes progress in Iowa in 2020

    Despite challenges posed by the pandemic 2020 was a busy year for Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort in Iowa. TU and its partners collaborated on a number of habitat restoration projects in the state. Here's a rundown of the projects. North Bear Creek - In January 2020, the Iowa DNR acquired from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation 115…

  • Community From the President

    The Wisconsin way

    Something breeds great conservationists in Wisconsin. John Muir, famous for the Sierra’s, was born in Scotland and moved to Wisconsin as a young boy. He took his first course in botany at the University of Wisconsin. Aldo Leopold, author of the seminal, "A Sand County Almanac," lived in Wisconsin and raised five prominent conservationists in…

  • Conservation

    Restoration tour attracts big crowd in Driftless Area

    For a decade, hosting a bus tour of project sites has been is a popular annual tradition for the folks running Trout Unlimited’s Driftless Area Restoration Effort.  This year’s tour in Wisconsin in October drew nearly 75 people for a busy day of walking stream habitat projects in the Hudson-Menomonie areas of the Northern Driftless Area.  This falls…