Spring 2019 TroutBust
A bright spring day, colorful blooms are everywhere and you've got your line in the water waiting for a strike. Trout fishing is a leisure activity that many can enjoy. It is a stress reliever, a great way to enjoy the outdoors, assists conversation efforts and also gives you a chance to support a variety of good causes.
The 17th Annual Spring Troutbust will be held the weekend of May 17-19, 2019, at the Hidden Valley Outfitters Campground (HVOC) outside of Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon, Missouri. The site runs along the Niangua River with very convenient access to it.
It is a weekend filled with fishing, incredible meals, music by our Fellow Buster Pete who will rock into the night. As always there will be a chance to hook up with old friends and hopefully make new ones. Even if you do not fish, come for a walk in the woods and then sit around the fire open a bottle of wine and enjoy the music.
The registration fee for one person is $80 when paid by cash or check or $85 when using a credit or debit card. Your ticket includes all meals, from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. As always disabled Veterans and children under are our guests. Please make your camping reservations directly with Hidden Valley Outfitters (417)533-5628 by April 1st. HVOC has level concrete pads plus electric campsites with full hookups, electric only sites and primitive sites. Each full hookup site has a dedicated water and sewer line, is handicap accessible and includes a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern post.
The food has become legendary. Friday night is a classic BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, homemade chili, a variety of salads and dessert. The Saturday country breakfast includes biscuits, gravy, meats, fresh fruits and more. Smok'n man Les begins smoking Friday night and his smoked meats including brisket, pork shoulders and chickens are to die for! Have you ever had a Trout Taco? If not you won't want to miss Saturday lunch. Sunday breakfast features bananas foster French toast is a Bust tradition that can't be beat.
Also on Saturday night is the raffle, silent auction, attendance prizes and booths selling all kinds of great stuff.
The first Troutbust was held in 2000 with about 12 in attendance and has grown to just over 140 at the spring Troutbust in 2016. Charities receiving funds have included: Lt. Daniel P. Riordan Scholarship Fund, Reel Recovery, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the Troutbuster Scholarship Fund at Missouri S&T University.
The Missouri TroutBusters began when Jim Wallace met Chris Hellman, Troutbuster President, and they discovered their shared passion for fly fishing. They began organizing weekend camping and fishing trips with friends and families. The term TroutBusters was originally a phrase Jim and his sons used for their memorable father-sons fishing trips, coining the term from the popular movie, Ghostbusters.
When a family friend was killed during combat in 2007, the TroutBusters rallied together for an official event to raise money for a scholarship started in the soldier’s name at St. John Vianney High School. That TroutBust had such an overwhelming response that the TroutBusters decided to formalize their events and create a nonprofit organization to raise funds for deserving veteran and trauma charities.
What began with a few dozen people enjoying the outdoors, food, and family has rapidly expanded into twice-a-year outings with over 100 people in attendance. The Missouri TroutBusters are now officially a tax exempt 501©(3) non-profit organization with many local, corporate and personal sponsors.
With continued success and the desire to find other ways to contribute, the TroutBusters has become the sponsor of the St. Louis Chapter of Project Healing Waters. This group is dedicated to the physical and emotional recovery of active and veteran military personnel through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. Come help us help others!!
This years Bust will be dedicated to the memory of Fireman Rich-Friend, Mentor, Leader, Guide. Come sit around our fire and share your favorite Fireman Rich stories.
Get ready for a fabulous weekend in the great Missouri out of doors. Bring your own beverages, chairs, camping and fishing gear, and cash or credit cards for the auction and attend the Spring Troutbust. As Grandpa Oscar always said "I hope you all can come and bring someone else with you if you can".
Help us help others.