Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Conserving, Protecting and Restoring Coldwater Fisheries

Welcome to the Central WI Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Thank you for visiting the Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited's website.  We are an active group of TU members from the central sands area of Wisconsin with over 300 members who all share in a common goal:  to conserve and protect our cold water resources.  

Please take some time to look around our website to find out more about us by clicking on About Us, or by clicking on News to find out what we have been doing. You can also click on Activities and/or Calendar to find out more about planned activities and events. By clicking on  River Keepers you can find out all about our water monitoring program and by clicking on Workdays, you can find out more about our stream restoration projects and activities.  

Many of our members enjoy fly fishing and fly tying and you can find out more about Fly Tying by clicking on this tab.  We support fishing by all legal methods, including spin fishing and live bait fishing for trout.  Our Multimedia section includes pictures and video's of some of our activities and other things you might be interested in, so you might want to check that out. 

TroutFest '17  Saturday, February 25

TroutFest '17 poster designed by Winneconne High School student Brock Dulski.  Photos by John Gremmer.


Please consider joining us for a free day of fun and fishing talk by attending our annual celebration of trout and trout fishing. TroutFest is a great way to meet people who share similar interests and passions as you.  It is also an excellent event to learn a new skill, introduce children to fishing, ask questions, tie flies, meet old friends and make new ones.

Most all of our members enjoy fishing and all work hard to conserve, protect and restore our cold water fisheries.  If you have a desire to learn about Trout Unlimited activities and how to get involved, we highly encourage you to come to the Fin n' Feather restaurant in Winneconne on February 25th from 9am - 4pm.  Join us, sit down and talk with the fly tiers, stream restorers, water monitoring teams, WI-DNR staff, fishing guides, CWTU members, a bamboo fly rod maker, artists and much more.  

We have an excellent series of speakers lined up all day for fishing related 

mini-seminars.  We also feature the some of the best fly tiers in the state, who really enjoy sharing stories and techniques.  Feel free to grab and seat and ask questions. 

We really enjoy helping children tie flies at our youth tying area.  The kids get to take them home and yes they do catch fish.

Come and spend the day, watch the eagles fly over the Wolf River and grab a delicious meal downstairs. We also have a raffle area with great prizes along with a rummage and consignment area which is always very popular.  There is so much to do and enjoy.

We look forward to meeting you at TroutFest'17, February 25th in Winneconne.

Directions to Fin n' Feather in Winneconne.  Take Hwy 116 to downtown Winneconne.  The Fin is the showboat looking building right at the bridge.


Here are our TroutFest'17 presenters and their programs.  Please thank them for their contribution to making TroutFest a very fun experience.  All these presenters have a passion for the outdoors and our beautiful state.  They would enjoy talking with you about their topics, so go ahead, say hi and ask questions.

This schedule is subject to change, so check back frequently.

9:30 Charlie Mitchell,  Artist Designer

10:00 Clay Parmely,  Fishing Sylvania Wilderness Area

10:30 Kyle Siebers,  Trout Habitat in the Northwoods

11:00 John Luthens,  Bois Brule River 

12:30 Heidi Oberstadt,  Women in Fishing

1:00 Kyle Zempel,   Keep'em Wet - Successfully photographing your catch

1:30 Bob Haase,  Bob's new flytying Book

2:00 Scott Grady,  Bamboo fishing rods

2:30 Jerry Kiesow,   The Ultimate Tying Experience: Creating Patterns, Recipes, that Catch Fish – sometimes – Maybe

3:00 Shawn Sullivan,  Stream Restoration Projects to take advantage of

CWTU Meeting, Program, and Activity Schedule for 2016-17

The following is the tentative meeting and program schedule for Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited. Please check the "Home Page" for any changes that will be listed prior to the meeting or event. 

September 13, 2016: Board Meeting and Program. The September meeting will be held at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne.  The board meeting will start at 6:15pm and the program will begin at 7:15pm. Abe Downs of Great Northern Fly Fishing will present the 2nd. in a series of "Exotic Fly Fishing Locations".  The program will discuss the fishing associated with northern Amazon basin of Columbia, focusing on the species of Peacock Bass and Payara and the culture of the Sicuani tribe.

September 17, 2016:  Pine River Restoration and Work Day: The September stream restoration work day will be held on the Pine River just off of Aniwa Rd, Wild Rose, WI. See the Workday Page for more information.

October 11, 2016: No meeting this month.  Please plan to attend our Annual Banquet on October 15th, at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh. It is located at 1 North Main St., Oshkosh. The banquet will begin at 4:30pm and run to around 9:30pm.

October 15, 2016: CWTU Annual Banquet. The Annual CWTU Banquet will be held on October 15, from 4:30pm to 9:30pm at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center, 1 North Main St., Oshkosh, WI.  Click on Fundraiser Banquet under the Activities Tab for more information.

November 8, 2016: Board Meeting and Program. The November meeting will be held at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne.  The board meeting will start at 6:15pm and the program will begin at 7:15pm.  Tim Pantzlaff of Speyco will present a program about "Taking Your Spey Fishing Interests To The Next Level". Tim will discuss the rapidly growing worldwide interest in spey fishing.  He will tell us about the old approach of using two-handed rods and its new found popularity throughout the world. We will hear from a person who is both involved in the business as a skilled custom craftsman and also a fly fisherman and conservationist. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the November meeting.

December 13, 2016: Board Meeting and Program.  The December meeting will be held at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne. The board meeting will start at 6:15pm and the program will begin at 7:15pm.  Long time CWTU member Ira Giese will present a program about "Fishing Alaska's Silver Salmon".  Ira has traveled much of the world in pursuit of his passion of fly fishing.  As a fly tier and long time outdoor enthusiast his program promises to be entertaining and informative.  Mark you calendar and make plans to attend the December meeting.

Rescheduled to January 31, 2017:  Board Meeting and Program. Bob Haase will facilitate a program called the "Night Of Beetle" with the help of Tom Lager from the Fox Valley Chapter of TU and Charlie Piette from Tight Lines Fly Shop in DePere. Tom will talk on the entomology aspects of the beetle and Charlie will talk on the flies used to represent them and various presentation techniques. We will also have some of the best fly tiers in the area demonstrate how to tie their favorite flies to represent the beetle.  Tom, Charlie, and the tiers do such a great job that it is one of our most popular programs every year.  Mark your calendar and bring a friend for a fun night.

February 14, 2017: We will not meet this month and encourage everyone to attend our Annual Trout Fest scheduled for February 25th at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne.

February 25, 2017: Trout Fest. Our annual CWTU Trout Fest will be held on Saturday, February 25th at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne. There will be mini seminars, vendors, fly tying demonstrations, DNR staff representatives, and environmental displays.  More information will be posted when it becomes available. Mark your calendar for this as it is a great event and it is probably the only FREE event like this in Wisconsin.

March 14, 2017: Board Meeting and Program. The meeting will take place at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne. The meeting will start at 6:15pm and the program will begin at 7:15pm.  Dr. Henry Kanemoto, long time fly fisher and fly tier and developer of Crystal Coat UV Polymer will present a program titled "Understanding the Biologic Basis of Selectivity and its Application to Trout Populations".  The program describes why and how trout become selective; how this process applies to diverse populations of trout; and what we are actually doing when we fly fish. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend this very informative meeting.  Bring a friend.

April 11, 2017: Board Meeting and Program.  Scott Grady and Shawn Sullivan, both long time CWTU members will once again present a program titled "A River Runs Through It".  A comprehensive peek into the history, management, fishery, and recent improvements and access to one of our local trout streams.  If you want to learn more about our area streams and maybe find some new places to fish you should plan to attend this meeting.

May 9, 2017: Board Meeting and Program. The meeting will take place a the Fin N Feather in Winneconne.  The meeting will start at 6:15pm and the program will begin aat 7:15.  The program will be another in a series of "Bob Hunt Commemorative" programs. It is a program that will honor a person who has worked to enhance our trout species and the waters in which they thrive through a science base approach.  The speaker will be posted as soon as it is confirmed.

June 2017: To Be Determined

July 2017: To Be Determined

August 2017: To Be Determined

Please click on "Workdays" to get updated Workday information.  Next Workday is September 17th, 2016, on the Pine River.

Please watch this video on Wisconsin's Ground Water

Please CLICK HERE to watch Elward Engle in the video "Not Standing Still:  The Degradation of Wisconsin's Waters".  CWTU has added its name to those groups that support the message in this video. 

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