The Ice Breaker marked the first time I have personally donated raffle items to an event. On behalf of ShoreboundHero.com I donated two packages. The first was an 8 weight Orvis Encounter combo and a collection of my hand tied carp flies. The second item was a half day guided carp on the fly trip around the Madison area. If you're thinking it was a strange choice to donate fly carp'in gear to a trout event you might be right. However, the prizes got a lot of attention and were very well received. They also turned out to be the only "big rod" prizes and I was told by more than a few anglers that it was nice to see something offered that wasn't just for the driftless area.
|Henry teaching fly tying.|
The speaker for this event was none other than everybody's favorite globe trotting trout bum Jeff Currier. He was giving multiple presentations and did some of his wonderful sharpie art on a Cliff Fly Box that he donated to the raffle. Getting to meet Jeff was the whole reason I decided to attend this event to begin with and I will have more on that in a future post. In the mean time you can keep up with Jeff and all his angling adventures here.
The 2016 SWTU Ice Breaker Event was a big hit with local fly anglers and proved to be a wonderful way to spend a cold Wisconsin Saturday. I met so many new people and was shown what Trout Unlimited is really all about. These members truly care about the waters they fish and the communities they fish in. With a real passion for the outdoors and a dedication to the anglers of tomorrow the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a driving force in the Midwest fly fishing scene. For more information on the SWTU chapter follow the link here. Then make plans to attend next years Ice Breaker Event, I know I'll be there.