MGTU's 48th Annual TroutFest Banquet
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, 2020
Best-Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The TroutFest Banquet is MGTU's one and only annual fundraiser. One-hundred percent of all proceeds from the banquet goes towards MGTU's mission statement to conserve, protect, and restore SW Montana's cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
Similar to previous years, the banquet will use and online ticket and mobile-bidding platform. This year, we are using a NEW mobile-bidding host called Givergy. Through Givergy mobile-bidding on our silent auction items will be an option for both attendees and non-attendees. Additionally, LIVE auction items will be available to bid on with an onsite Proxy Bidder the evening of the banquet on a first come, first serve basis. As always, we will work to ensure the mobile bidding option is easy for everybody to navigate. For now, gather up your pals and get ready for the best trout party of the year!
MGTU Monthly General Meetings
*COVID-19 UPDATE: Our APRIL & MAY 2020 General Meetings have been cancelled.
Held the Second Wednesdays of the Month
SpringHill Suites Bozeman (map) 7:00pm - 9:00pm *Doors open at 6:30
Each month, MGTU hosts a general meeting that is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. These meetings provide MGTU leaders with an opprortunity to update chapter and community members on happenings, and upcoming events and projects. These meetings are also a great opportunity to catch up with old and new friends. Typically, we host a guest speaker to present on topics related to fishing and/or conservation. Most of the meetings include a MGTU raffle and our local fly shops generously donate the monthly prizes. Occasionally we will mix up the meeting format and hold a social or fly tying evening. For more information on upcoming general meetings, please check our calendar.
Note: we do not hold general meetings the month of the annual banquet (February). We do not meet during the busy summer months of June, July, August and September.
Lower Madison Clean Up
Typically held on a Saturday in August or September - The 2020 Clean Up is Saturday, August 29th!
Each summer, MGTU hosts our Annual Lower Madison River Clean Up. This is a collaborative effort with MT FWP and BLM officials to spruce up one of our beloved home water stretches. The clean up typically begins at 9:00 A.M. with a coffee/donuts, safety talk, directions and or float details. If you do not have a boat, you can still help! We usually wrap up around 1:00 P.M. and meet at Trapper Springs Pavillion for lunch, drinks and prizes. This is a great way connect with fellow anglers, chapter members, and give back to your local trout waters. If you would like more information or to help out with the next Lower Madison River Clean Up, please contact us.
Gallatin River Clean Up and Weed Pull
Typically held on a Saturday in June *THE 2020 CLEAN UP is on Saturday, June 13th*
Each spring, MGTU parters with Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance to help clean up your favorite fishing and recreation sites along the Gallatin River. Join us and help pull noxious weeds at popular sites in the Gallatin Canyon - protect the places we love while practicing safe social distancing. All volunteers should meet at 9:00 AM at Portal Creek Flats in the Canyon - at the pullouts on both sides of 191 between mile marker 53 & 54, just north of Portal Creek Road. Gloves, sun protection and long sleeves are recommended for all volunteers. Enjoy cinnamon rolls from The Coffee Pot Bakery Cafe and win prizes from Mystery Ranch Backpacks and Bridger Brewing. If you would like more information or to help out with the next Gallatin River Clean Up and Weed Pull, please contact us.
MONTANA'S TU CONSERVATION & FLY FISHING CAMP
The 2020 Camp has been CANCELLED due to Covid-19
Each summer, twenty boys and girls (between ages 11 to 14) from around the state of Montana and beyond spend 5 fun-filled days learning about fly fishing, fly tying, watershed management and coldwater fisheries at Camp Watanopa on the banks of Georgetown Lake. Campers and counselors will take field trips to local streams, visit a fish hatchery and check out a completed habitat restoration project. Montana TU provides all the fishing equipment and classroom supplies during the 5-day, 4-night camp.
MGTU is proud to sponsor two scholarships for campers from the Madison-Gallatin area that are motivated indivduals who are excited about learning from experts on water quality, stream restoration, aquatic insects and coldwater fisheries. Students do not need to know how to fly fish, but must be willing to learn. The $400 fee to attend will be paid by MGTU and includes all meals and lodging, but does not include transportation to and from the camp.
TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE 2020 CAMP, Please contact Lynae Axelson at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your application! Applications must be recieved BY Monday, MAY 4th!
If you have questions about Montana TU's 2020 camp, contact:
- MGTU Board Member Lynae Axelson at email@example.com
- Montana TU at 406-543-0054 or firstname.lastname@example.org