Holiday Conservation Banquet

2017 Holiday Conservation Banquet

The highlight of your social season, the Kiap-TU-Wish Holiday Conservation Banquet, is set for Thursday, December 7, 2017. We, the Banquet Committee, are committed to providing you with an enlightening and entertaining evening while helping the Chapter continue its groundbreaking conservation and restoration work.
— The Banquet Committee

Featured Speaker
Our featured speaker for the evening is Dean Hansen, PhD, the most enthusiastic aquatic invertebrate guy you’ll ever have the pleasure of witnessing. Lest you think a presentation on creepy crawlies is gross, or worse, boring, be aware that Dean has been enthralling audiences from grade school students to highly educated professionals for decades. You will be amazed.

Silent Auction & Raffle Items
We will have a multitude of items in our silent auction and some absolutely fabulous items in our two-tiered bucket raffles, such as: a Paul Johnson fly box loaded with exquisite patterns, a float trip for smallmouth bass with Hayward Fly Fishing, a gourmet lunch and access to the Lower Kinnickinnic, a Driftless Area trout fishing excursion hosted by Duke Welter, a musky fly fishing trip with the renowned Gabe Schubert. PLUS, a raffle for a Yeti cooler at $10 a ticket and a chance at a revered Dave Norling cane rod, for which there are only 100 tickets priced at $20!!!

Auction & Raffle Donations
Regarding our silent auction, we are particularly interested in receiving your contributions of tackle, as well as fly tying tools and materials. We are eagerly anticipating your donations, any and all. Your much-appreciated donations may be dropped off immediately and up until December 2 at Lund’s Fly Shop in River Falls, Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop in St. Paul, or Mend Provisions in Minneapolis. Please help us; your donations help ensure our continued progress on local streams as well as our ultra successful Trout in the Classroom programs.

WHEN: Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:30pm Social Hour
7:00pm Dinner & Program
8:15pm Dean Hansen
9:15pm Final Bidding

WHERE: Lake Elmo Event Center
3712 Layton Ave, Lake Elmo MN

MENU: *Forest Blend Salad: mesclun greens, blueberries, apricots, candied walnuts, maple vinaigrette
*Entree Choices: braised short ribs on a bed of polenta; salmon ravida with fresh herbs; or Montrachet Chicken stuffed with asparagus, roasted tomato and goat cheese with a red pepper cream sauce
*Sautéed vegetable medley
*Rosemary roasted red potatoes

PRICE: $49 per person

Monday, December 4, 5:00 PM
Register by phone: Lund’s Fly Shop: 715-425-2415
Alwin Residence: 651-739-3150
Register on-line:
Note that if you register for more than yourself online be sure to scroll to bottom of registration and follow the simple prompts to register a guest or guests.

Can’t attend the banquet? Buy a raffle ticket instead!
Kiap-TU-Wish is raffling off two items at this year’s Conservation Banquet on December 7. Raffle tickets for the items can be purchased in advance and attendance at the banquet is not required to win. To buy tickets, contact Tom Schnadt: 651-245-5163 /

Norling Bamboo Rod
5-wt, 7′-6″ rod with two tips, agate guides,
rod sock & aluminum travel tube.
100 tickets at $20 each.
Retail value $1000

Tundra Yeti Cooler

65 gallon
100 tickets at $10 each.
Retail value $450

River Falls Trout Fishing Clinic set for June 3rd

For over a decade, Kiap-TU-Wish conducted a very popular trout fishing clinic in River Falls. Last year we revived that clinic and had twenty students, a sure sign of success!. This year’s clinic is scheduled for June 3rd, from 1:00pm to 9:00pm in Glen Park.

Thie clinic will cover casting, knot tying, entomology, fishing strategy, and wading safety. We will provded supper and guide fishing in teh evening. We need instructors /gides/ mentors and supper servers. Contact Brain Smolinski at: or Mike Alwin at mark that calendar for June 3rd.




Glen Park, River Falls, WI

June 3, 2017




Do-It-Yourself Trip to Alaska!  with Tony Stifter & Chris Niskanen

The 2016 Kiap-TU-Wish Holiday Conservation Banquet has scored a MAJOR coup: Past-President Tony Stifter & former Pioneer Press Outdoor Writer Chris Niskanen are happy to present this year’s program, the topic of which will be “Do-It-Yourself Trip to Alaska!”

When & Where:

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: Doors will open at 5:30 PM
Place: The Lake Elmo Inn Event Center  |   3712 Layton Ave North   | Lake Elmo, MN

Cost: $49.00 per person
For the very first time, Kiap-TU-Wish will accept cash, check, or VISA/MC credit or debit cards!!! (Pay at the door.)

Your choice of three entrées is as follows.

1. Top Sirloin: 10 oz. choice steer with sauteed mushrooms
2. Salmon Ravida: Fresh herbs and shallots top this filet with Rivada Estates extra-virgin olive oil
3. Chicken Calvadoes: Sauteed chicken breast topped with sliced apples, and mushrooms in an apple brandy cream sauce

All entrees include a plated salad, wild rice, vegetable medley,rolls, butter, and coffee. A full bar service will be available for your beverage needs. As part of our ongoing conservation efforts, a fabulous array of cookies — made by Kiap-TU-Wish members — will be offered for purchase.

Due to the event center’s space capacity of 110 people, you need to register as soon as possible. Walk-ins are discouraged as we will feel bad if we turn you away – AND – your entrée choice will be limited!

You have three options for registering:

• Phone Lunds Fly Shop @ 715-425-2415
• Phone the Michael Alwin residence @ 651-739-3150
• Online @

Deadline to register is at 5:00 PM Monday, December 5th!!

Silent Auction Donations:

We LOVE the silent auction! We anticipate your donations of books, art work, crafts, gently-used tackle, fly-tying materials & tools, jewelry . . . AND other items of interest! You may drop-off your donations at Mend Provisions in Minneapolis, Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop in St. Paul, or Lund’s Fly Shop in River Falls. We have already procured a number of trips, fine tackle, and gift items that should excite you.

Why We Need You:

Why does Kiap-TU-Wish do this? The function of the Holiday Conservation Banquet is to raise money for our conservation projects. Projects on the Kinnickinnic, Pine, and Trimbelle have added thousands of feet of rehabilitated streams in the last few years. YOUR participation in the banquet and silent auction contribute greatly to those efforts!

So register now, and plan on a lovely evening in Lake Elmo on December 8th!

Kiap-TU-Wish Fly Fishing Clinic June 4th

Taught by volunteers from Kiap-TU-Wish chapter of Trout Unlimited for ages 12 and up.

Instruction in:

  • Fly Casting
  • Knot Tying
  • Etomology
  • Fishing Strategies
  • Wading Safely

If you have a fly rod, reel, and line— you’re encouraged to bring it; otherwise loaners will be available.

Waders or hip boot recommended, flies and leaders will be provided.

Lunch will be provided. Evening guided fishing included. Rain or shine!

Register through the City of River Falls Parks and Recreation by calling 715.425.0925, stop by city hall, or visit and click on “Recreation Registration.”

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