The TU Teens of Gallipolis is a middle school fishing and conservation club led by Shannon Mayes, a volunteer leader from the Mad Men Chapter of Trout Unlimited. They take seasonal camping and fishing trips and are an active part of their community in Ohio. This blog highlights some of their activities from spring 2017.
by Shannon Mayes
TU Teens of Gallipolis had an action packed spring, with many fishing trips to other states, and fishing in our area as well.
We kicked off the spring with some fly tying demonstrations from Master Tier James Eggers. James came into the classroom setting and demonstrated fly tying, the students also had hands on experience and a few great flies were created! The students and I hit several local farm ponds in our area and many bass and blue gill were brought to the net.
Mostly this spring was busy with fishing trips. Here are a list of high lights:
- A trip with Master Guide Dave Brietmeir at ELKFISHER.COM, Dave knows the Elk River like the back of his hand. What a great guide, and extremely helpful for new fly fishermen/women, of all ages!
- A trip over spring break to the south Holston and Watauga rivers in TN was quite enjoyable. On this trip we also fished four different native brook trout stream with much success!
- The TU Teens of Gallipolis group was also featured in the TROUT magazine (Spring edition 2017).
- A few days into summer we took a huge trip to the Manistee River in Northern Michigan, what a blast!! I will go into details with pictures on the Summer blog!
Until next time, TIGHT LINES!
Shannon Mayes is a middle school teacher and the Youth Education Coordinator of the 477-Madmen Chapter of TU.