The Magic City Fly Fishers chapter of Trout Unlimited was officially organized on January 9, 1990 in Billings, Montana. It is one of thirteen Trout Unlimited chapters in Montana, serving south central and southeastern Montana, and currently has over 600 members. MCFF is a non-profit organization, governed by the Chapter By Laws that were approved when it was first organized. A Board of Directors establishes the policies of the Chapter and oversees the conduct of business and activities on behalf of the members. MCFF holds monthly membership meetings, September though June, with each meeting featuring a guest program. MCFF also publishes a monthly newsletter, The Hackle Bender.

Letter From Chapter President Lyle Courtnage

The Magic City Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited Chapter 582 is a great chapter. The reason why is you. Over the last ten years we have accomplished many things in conservation, public access, introducing young people to fly fishing and the Trout Unlimited conservation ethics, educational events, as well as magnificent fund raising events including an Expo and Banquet – not many chapters accomplish both.

To continue our success, we need you to jump in and help us continue our successful run of accomplishments. Look over the following events and activities. If you have an interest in any area send me an email. Or, if you just want to help we can visit about some neat things we are doing. If you have ideas or suggestions on how we can better meet our vision and mission, let me know. Thanks.

Keep Magic City Fly Fishers Great—Get Involved Today—Here’s How

Banquet: The board is looking to do introduce some new ideas this year, we just need a bit more help to make it happen. This is the major fund raiser that supports the club’s conservation, youth, access and education activities. Tentatively scheduled for early May, we need 5 people to help with the planning committee, 5 people for banquet logistics, 5 people for Auction Planning including securing art, trips, and items for silent auctions.

Girl Scout Conservation and Fly Fishing Day: May 20, Audubon Center; the goal of this event is to introduce the young girls of The Girl Scouts to female mentors who encourage them to learn the ethics and skills of fly fishing. We are looking for five women and a couple of men, plus one to coordinate. Plans are done, just need to do it. Fabulous success last year.

Welcome Committee: Our first Tuesday of the month meetings have great guests who bring a wealth of information. However, the board would like to build the social aspects of getting a group of men and women who love fly fishing together in one place. Be one of six people to rotate on the club’s welcomed committee. The club is reorganizing our membership database. Membership chair Ed Knight will help you get involved.

Expo Committee: The daytime Expo, focused on both adult and youth education is quite unique among TU chapters. Our Expo planning group has gotten a bit thin. No dates set yet, so we are looking for 5 people to put it together.

Conservation: MCFF has a great conservation track record. Yellowstone Lake has fewer lake trout gobbling up Yellowstone cutthroat. More Yellowstone cutthroat are spawning in the Soda Butte Creek drainage. Soda Butte Creek has almost all cutthroat and no brook trout. Many more examples. Maybe you have some ideas, or just want to jump in on current projects.

Youth: You are always welcome to join us for working with the kids in the regional school districts, conservation districts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Fish Wildlife Parks events, Rocky Camp, and more!

Board Leadership and Direction: Even with a great track record, we are continually looking for new ways to refresh our TU club. We are a pretty casual group looking to accomplish great things. Why don’t you join us in helping set the agenda and direction of your local TU club in the years to come.

Contact President Lyle Courtnage, or any board member to visit about you helping to move MCFF ahead.

Lyle Courtnage, President

Magic City Fly Fishers TU # 582

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