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Update for Winter 2019-2020

News from Coulee Region TU

We had a very informative presentation at our November meeting.  Dan Baumgardt and Molly Aufforth from the National Weather Service of La Crosse shared information about the NWS in addition to the research they have done about the increase in the number of significant rain events in southwest Wisconsin over the past 20 years.  The slide show from their presentation can be found at  We highly recommend that TU chapters contact their local NWS office for possible presenters for their meetings.  

Our December meeting was a fun get together at the Pearl Street Brewery tasting room in La Crosse.  We enjoyed PSB products, tied flies, learned about bamboo rod building, and started planning for the new season.  January's meeting will be on the 15th at the American Legion in Viroqua.  Our guest presenters are Severin Tubbin, who attended the TU Teen Summit last summer with the chapter's assistance, and Kristina Pechacek who is a graduate student at UW La Crosse.  Kristina will present her study of brook trout on Cook and Mapledale Creeks.  

Our annual chapter banquet will take place on Friday, February 28 at the Cedar Creek country club in Onalaska.  Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for attendees under the age of 18.  Ticket sales information will soon be found at our website,, and on our Facebook page.  We are seeking donated items to use as raffle and auction items.  If you have anything you would like to donate, please contact John Townsell at or Bob Hubbard at  We certainly enjoy out of town guests at our banquet.  If you find yourself in SW Wisconsin that weekend, come join us.  Contact Curt Rees for tickets, or 608-317-3747.

There are several opportunities for fly tying get togethers in Coulee country.  Jason Freund and Jeff Henderson have teamed up with Island Outdoors of La Crosse to coordinate Scuds and Suds tying night at 608 Brewing in La Crosse (83 Copeland Avenue).  Bob Blumreich and Duke Welter have organized a winter tying night at the Legion in Viroqua on a variety of dates.  No matter one's tying experience, these events are for everyone, especially for beginners.  

Keep up with all that is happening in Coulee Region TU by following our Facebook page, Instagram account (@couleeregiontu), and  

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