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Mid-MO TU Newsletter December 2023

President’s Message:

Dear Mid-Missouri Trout Unlimited Members,

Our next meeting will be at Rock Quarry House where we had our annual holiday party and photo contest. We will start setting up at 6:00 PM and the business meeting will start at 7:00 PM. Information about and directions to the venue can be found here: 

The Christmas Party was well attended and I think a good time was had by all.

Our photo contest winner this year was a photo of Wind River submitted by Curt Morgret.

Upcoming planned events are: 

  • January 2 – 6:00 PM at Rock Quarry House

  • Monthly Meeting, 

  • 6:00 PM at Rock Quarry Hours

  • Jeff Holzem will show a Trout and Climate Change video. 

  • January 27 – 

  • 10:00 AM at the Ragtag Theater in Columbia

  • Fly Fishing Film Tour, 

  • February 6 –  

  • 6:00 PM at Rock Quarry House

  • Monthly Meeting, 

  • Mike Siepker, Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist 

  • February 23 – 

  • 6:00 PM Stoney Creek Inn

  • Chapter Banquet

  • March 5 – 

  • 6:00 PM at Rock Quarry House,

  • Monthly Meeting 

  • (need a program) 

  • April 2 – 

  • 6:00 PM at Ficklin Shelter, Cosmo-Bethel Park,

  • Monthly Meeting, 

  • (need a program) 

  • May 7 –

  • 6:00 PM at Ficklin Shelter, Cosmo-Bethel Park, 

  • Monthly Meeting, 

  • (need a program) 

  • June 4 -

  • 6:00 PM at Collins Shelter, Steven’s Lake Park,

  • Hot Dog Burn

Reminder to everyone we have a presentation of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Ragtag Theater in Columbia on January 27 at 10 am. Tickets are $20 and you can purchase them at: It is recommended that you buy your tickets before the event because seating is limited.

Another Reminder is the Chapter Banquet at Stoney Creek Inn on February 23 at 6 PM.  More details will follow.

Hopefully we have all had a chance to enjoy the Winter Trout Fishing program somewhere even though it is actually still Fall. I myself had tried to spend a few hours most days at Cosmo-Bethel Lake in Columbia and have had better than usual success this year. It seems there are a number of trout that have been stocked this year that are bigger than normal. So if you can, try to get out to your local stocked pond before it freezes over.

Hope to see you at the Meeting!

Doug Grove

Stream Team Level 2 and 3 Water Quality recertification

Monitors certified at Level 2 or 3 must be recertified by attending a Level 2 training every three years.

To register for a Level 2 or Validation training:

1. Highlight and copy the 4-digit Event Passcode listed by the training you want to attend.

3. Then paste the event passcode into the Private Event search bar.

Log in to complete registration.

All trainings are scheduled 9 AM to 12 PM. Instructions and details will be emailed prior to scheduled training.

  • Jefferson City 2/24 - Event Passcode 88DB

Help protect trout and their watersheds:

The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit suing the EPA over protection for Bristol Bay. Read about it here

Lindsay Slater, TU’s VP of Government Affairs said this and called for us to contact our Members of Congress: “For 50 years, we have attempted to mitigate the harmful impacts of the Snake River dams and hydro-system by barging, adult fish ladders, juvenile bypass, turbine screens, spillway modification increased spill, hatcheries, and dozens of other mitigation efforts.“But since the completion of the dams, we have never reached 2% fish returns; in fact, wild Snake River salmon and steelhead are near all-time lows.“Stakeholders have spent half a century of rate payer money (including $24 billion in mitigating funds from Bonneville Power Administration) and taxpayer money in the form of the Lower Snake River Fish and Wildlife Compensation Plan doubling down on a failed system while some of the most miraculous and prolific wild salmon and steelhead runs in the world circle the drain.“If we adhere to the status quo, salmon, tribes, and stakeholders lose. We can do better. For the salmon, the tribes, and the people of the Northwest. We can give the Snake River salmon their free-flowing river back.”

Join us in telling Congress it’s time to remove the lower four:

You can support efforts to protect clean water and native trout population in the headwaters of New Mexico’s Pecos River from mining in a simple way,  Sign a petition:

Nymphing Tips:

Now that it’s nymph fishing season in nearly every location across the country, check out these tips for more effective methods of getting your fly into the strike zone.

Among the pieces to consider are your fly weight, your tippet diameter and the technique you’re using.

Give some of these tips a try and let us know how it goes for you.

Keeping and sending articles and pictures for the newsletter.  Happy Holidays and I look forward to seeing you January 2nd.

Jeff Holzem
Newsletter Editor
Ozark Council Climate Change Coordinator
NLC Climate Change Workgroup Co-chair


Doug Grove

Vice President

Travis Figg

Past President

John Wenzlick


Bill Lamberson


Ty Figg

Financial Reviewer

Curt Morgret

At Large Board Members

Lynn Kleopfer, Eric Cunningham

Banquet Chairs

Curt Morgret

Alternative Funding Committee

Chalen Jackson

Education Director

John Wenzlick

Stream Team

John Wenzlick


Curt Morgret


Bill Lamberson


Sam Potter


Jeff Holzem

Web Master

Ty Figg

Facebook editor

Ben Moore


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