The American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates created a new series of one-page infographics for all 435 Congressional districts in all 50 states. The 2017 infographics provide fishing participation and economic data at the Congressional district level.
See California-District-4-2.pdf for data on our chapters district under Representative Tom McClintock.
The information in the report and infographics use data from the most recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau, as presented in ASA’s Sportfishing in America report. The study used mapping and population software to hone in on smaller geographic areas in a way that is particularly relevant to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
See Economic Contributions for the whole report.
Get geared up for California's premier fly fishing camp in Truckee, CA. June 24th and 25th, 9am-5pm. This camp is open to ages 10-12. Limit 20 Campers. Campers will learn all skills required to become fantastic fly fishers. Activities include fly casting, fly tying, insect identification, knot tying and fly fishing for trout. The camp is run by TU staff and expert local guides. You won’t find better instructors anywhere. All equipment is provided and prizes and awesome SWAG are given out to all campers!
This is not an overnight camp but it takes place at two private lakes donated for the day by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitter and Matt Heron Fly Fishing. There is not a better place to catch fish.
To sign your child up, please contact Sam Sedillo: or call (408) 718 9897. Reserve your child’s spot ASAP while there is still space!
June 24th: The resort at Squaw Creek. June 25th: Sawmill Lake. Cost: $150 per camper.
Do you know a dedicated angler and conservationist (young men or women) who have shown involvement with TU and have just completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Send them to TU's Teen Summit to meet other TU teens from across the country, talk about how TU can better engage teen members, learn how to become a TU leader in your community, work on a service project and fish! Spend five days with a group of new friends that love fishing, the outdoors and TU as much as you do. All summit goers must be TU members before attending the TU Teen Summit.
2017 Summit will be at the RALPH A. MACMULLEN CENTER. ROSCOMMOM, MICHIGAN on Wednesday June 21- Sunday June 25, 2017. Cost will be $250 including food, lodging, shuttle from the airport (if required) and all activities. More Information.
Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) recently secured a twenty-year ban on new mining projects in an ecologically and economically critical region in Southwest Oregon. The areas protected include the watershed of the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River in Oregon, the watershed of Rough and Ready Creek (an eligible Wild and Scenic River and tributary to the National Wild and Scenic Illinois and Rogue rivers), as well as 17 miles of the National Wild and Scenic Chetco River. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreational and natural resources to the area.
In 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board will make a decision that will fundamentally affect rivers and streams that California anglers know and love. This decision could make or break California’s salmon fisheries and the multi-billion dollar commercial and recreational angling economy they support.
Even under the proposed new standards, two-thirds of the natural flow of the Merced, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Rivers would still be diverted, mainly for agriculture.
Truth is often hard to hear. The truth is that demand for water far exceeds supply in California—and that fish species, in particular, have been shouldering most of the burden of providing water for California, for decades. To keep some of our state’s unique natural heritage alive, we must better balance the allocation of this precious limited resource.
Please help us make sure the water board knows that the angling community unequivocally supports boosting flow standards for the lower San Joaquin River watershed, and reserving at least 40 percent of unimpaired flow for environmental needs.
Read Chandra Ferrari's Blog for the full story.
This December ARC signed a Purchase Agreement to acquire another 5,247 acres of Blue Oak woodland savanna south of El Dorado and west of Highway 49. In 2013-14, ARC acquired a 2,139 acre portion of this ranch fronting the Main Fork of the Cosumnes River. The acquisition of this contiguous landscape would create the largest, contiguous block of protected Blue Oak Woodland in El Dorado County - a Preserve of over 7,385 acres and help preserve the quantity and quality of water flowing downstream to the San Francisco Bay Delta.
Alan Ehrgot of the American River Conservancy reports the acquisition of 10,115 acres adjacent to the Granite Chief Wilderness and the restoration of 3,323 acres. The ARC intends to donate these properties to the Tahoe National Forest as part of the Granite Chief Wilderness area. ARC deserves recognition and congratulations for conceiving, fund raising and completion of these acts in only 3 years.
Article in The Christian Science Monitor by Zack Colman
In an innovative agreement, farmers have joined with environmental groups and state and federal officials to both increase water availability and restore the natural landscape. Although the plan focuses on just one section of the state, it is an agriculturally significant one – the Yakima Basin. And it’s comprehensive: The plan includes voluntary conservation programs, building new water-storage reservoirs, and adding structures to dams that would help fish seek cooler waters as they migrate upstream. The framework, in place at the state level since 2012, has begun to show promise, even though federal approval by the US Congress is still needed for full implementation.
El Dorado Trout Unlimited has wrapped up its monitoring program for the year and has begun the process of data analysis that will culminate in a watershed assessment. Thanks so much to our amazing monitors and volunteers! Thanks also to Trout Unlimited for an Embrace a Stream grant that helped to fund this important work!
Meanwhile, the Chinook salmon run has begun, the earliest connection since passage barriers were removed. Keep your fingers crossed for more rain, so this large run won't be stranded due to continuing diversions & overdraft....
The Wild Steelhead Coalition, Patagonia, and award-winning filmmaker Shane Anderson have teamed up to produce a new film series called Steelhead Country. The six-episode series explores the rise and fall of angling for wild steelhead in Washington State – from the heydey of steelheading on the Puyallup River to the litany of legendary rivers that are now closed throughout Puget Sound, including the mighty Skagit. Follow along as Steelhead Country explores the past, present, and hopeful future for this iconic species. If you have seen Rivers of a Lost Coast this film drives the point home.