A number of our members conducted a casting clinic at Miraflores Winey on Saturday July12. Casting was performed on the dry grass as well as in the nearby pond. Casting instruction was provided for Winery Club members as well as some drop-in people. All participants seemed to be enjoying the experience.
A catered lunch was provided to participants. Lunch included offerings of the Miraflores wines which went down well with the friendly conversations.
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Wild trout management may be one of the greatest ecological success stories never told. The wild trout management policy diverted attention from stocking fish to compensate for habitat destruction caused by pollution, bulldozing, and dewatering streams. The wild trout policy focused attention on protecting and restoring degraded rivers and streams to provide the cool, clean water and healthy streams that trout require. While trout and anglers were primary beneficiaries of wild trout, a long list of species like mink, otter, ospreys, eagles, bears and kingfishers enjoy healthy habitats and a consistent food source thanks to wild trout management. Humans other than fishermen also benefit from the recreational and economic riches of healthy rivers and streams. Floaters, innkeepers, rod and wader makers, restaurants and chambers of commerce each enjoy the bounty that Montana's trout fishing provides. Read the full TU Blog.
A warm tuesday evening brought five of our members and one American River Conservancy rep. out to fish the Wakamatsu Pond in Gold Hill on July 1. Three float tubes, a kayak and two bankies sought the elusive bass. The tubers seem to have the edge with multiple catches out in deeper water in the weeds. One banky had a small bass and three escapees. It was a quiet warm night and very still. The tubers had the most enjoyment.
The water level is dec;lining and it is hard to predict what it will be in August. Stay tuned for the next outing.
The Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation (SDFPE) is an effort to evaluate the feasibility of reintroducing Chinook salmon and steelhead to tributaries above Shasta Lake. A Fish Passage Pilot Implementation Plan is being developed with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Water Resources, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California State Water Board, and the University of California..
The SDFPE is part of Reclamation's response to the June 4, 2009, Biological Opinion (BO) and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) by NMFS. Read the full story and find links. A fact sheet of the shasta project is available.
A more extensive report of the total actions on west slope rivers is available.
There are over 380,000 miles of roads on National Forest Service lands in the US. If you place them end to end they would circle the earth fifteen times! Some of those roads are important, as they allow hunters, fishermen, and families to access public forests, rivers, and campgrounds.
But many roads lead to nowhere. They are relics of past logging or unstable routes created illegally by off-road vehicle users. This system of roads is in desperate need of maintenance to prevent erosion that muddies streams and kills fish. The taxpayer is now on the hook for $10 billion dollars in deferred road maintenance.
The Forest Service is beginning to take modest steps to fix or remove a fraction of these failing roads and define appropriate places for off-road vehicle use. Unfortunately, extreme anti-environmental groups are strongly vocalizing their opposition to these efforts. It is vital that those who support salmon, rare plants, and our shared natural heritage make a difference by speaking up for responsible road management.
Be a Weed Warrior and learn to fly fish on the famous Truckee River! Join Trout Unlimited and the Truckee River Watershed Council on July 12 on I-80 near the agriculture station east of truckee. Fishing lessons from 9:30 to 112:30 and weed lessons/work till 1:30. Volunteers from age 10 and up are wanted. See the poster for details.
Weeds, and especially those classified as Invasive Weeds, are an anomaly in our area that directly affect the enjoyment and use of the watershed for our wildlife, recreation, and fire suppression. They cost us all money and time.
The Weed Warriors coordinate activities for the prevention and control of invasive weeds in the Truckee River watershed. Our activities focus on the exclusion, detection, containment and eradication of invasive weeds. These efforts concentrate on species listed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and other species of local significance.
State legislation to protect 37 miles of the Mokelumne River in the California Wild & Scenic Rivers System cleared another hurdle on June 23 when the Assembly Natural Resources Committee passed the bill on a partisan 6-2 vote (with Democrats voting for the bill).
Read the full story and other related River stories in the Friends of the River June 25 Newsletter.
The El Dorado chapter will hold no Member meetings during July and August. The next scheduled meeting will be September 18. Now is the time to get uot and explore or fish. A number of members are going to the Yellowstone area in the coming months. Others are headed for the Mammoth region or elsewhere. THe board will continue their monthly planning meetings, support continuing Forest Service planning and continue mono-filament activities and fisheries cleanup.
Members and friends of TU El Dorado gahered at the American River Resort in Coloma to celebrate three years of chapter activity. The Board had intended the gathering to honor the members for their support and participation. Fifty-five to sixty persons attended the celebration and appeared to enjoy themselves. The picnic site was on the banks of the American overlooking Troublemaker Rapid. Attendees wandered the area and gathered to talk. A few tried the fishing in the river. Wofford Acres and Bechard Winery provided wines and cider for tasteing. Dinner of burgers, sausage and side dishes was served by Chris and Berni Bahro. Raffle prizes varied from simple door prize to A guided fishing trip With Grady Farlough, a night at the resort, half price on a stay at the Bella Vista B&B and Reddington and LL Bean fly outfits. The winners were enthusiastic about their prize. Bottles of Bechard and Wofford wines were also raffled. EL Dorado gained significant income from donations and raffle tickets. The Board looks forward to another year of chapter activity.
AP Story:A federal agency has agreed to restore temporary buffer zones for spraying several common agricultural pesticides along salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington while it continues work on a permanent rule.
The settlement agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides was published Friday in the Federal Register.
It stems from an injunction imposing the buffers that was issued by a federal judge in Seattle in 2004, but that had expired before EPA implemented permanent regulations. The buffers apply to all salmon streams in the three states.
The buffers prohibit farmers from spraying on the ground within 60 feet of a salmon stream and aerial spraying within 300 feet. The buffers will not be included on pesticide labels until permanent restrictions are adopted by EPA.
Federal biologists have found that the five broad-spectrum insecticides — carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl — will harm salmon even at very low levels. The chemicals can kill vegetation in the water that fish use to hide and kill insects. The chemicals can also kill other food items for fish and interfere with a fish's sense of smell, which it uses to avoid predators and navigate on migrations to the ocean and back again.
TU and Latitude 38 Entertainment Group have formed a partnership to promote the BottleRock music festival, a three-day extravaganza of great music, food, and drink held May 31 through June 2, 2014 in Napa. TU gets a 10% commission on all online ticket sales using the special promo code, TROUTUNLIMITED.
Latitude 38 Entertainment's CEO is Dave Graham, a TU member here in California. BottleRock is the largest music festival in northern California, and in 2013, 150,000 people attended the event. Eat, drink, and be merry...and conserve, protect and restore fish at the same time. For Tickets.
Pat Barron led a small team of members to Jenkinson Lake on April 19 and 20 to install the chapters Monofilament Line Collectors. Eight collectors were installed at various sites around the Lake. The collectors were designed to encourage fishermen and others to be responsible in disposing of scrap line. They are also available for casual use for others to pick up found line. The chapter will continue to monitor the collectors to empty them, record their effectiveness and maintain their integrity.