next in person meeting is tuesday, may 18, 2021
UPCOMING MEETING/FLY TYING/SOCIAL TIME AT STEVE ANDERSON'S on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 6:00pm.
IN PERSON MEETINGS TO BE SCHEDULED IN A NEW LOCATION > STAY TUNED!
- Tuesday, June 15, 2021
- Tuesday, July 20, 2021
- Tuesday, August 17, 2021
- Tuesday, September 21, 2021
- Tuesday, October 19, 2021
- Tuesday, November 16, 2021
kore mining - a problem for hot creek
COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 6, 2021. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SUBMIT ONLINE.
KORE MINING ARTICLE/MESSAGE BY Kevin Peterson, operations manager at Hot Creek Fly Fishing Ranch
It appears that a company is planning on digging for gold just next to Hot Creek. Below are a series of talking points about the project, followed by a letter sent in by Kevin Peterson in opposition to the project.
This will impact the natural beauty we all enjoy in the Eastern Sierra, tourism, and recreation that our economy depends on. It will lead to an open pit mine.
This will impact the Bi-state Sage Grouse. Their population numbers are already in decline.
This should not be a Categorical Exemption. There should be an EA at the very least. (The USFS uses a CAT Ex because they have to let the claimant have access to their claims under the 1872 mining law. However, this excludes an environmental analysis and limits public input based on little information)
LINK < LONG VALLEY EXPLORATION DRILLING PROJECT
PDF < REGARDING THE SCOPING
PDF < DRAFT EXPLORATION PLAN OF OPERATIONS for the KORE Long Valley Project
LINK < Public Comment/Objection Reading Room (read what concerned citizens are writing)
Presidents message for May 2021
Greetings to all. Hope you are surviving the doldrums of the virus and you have been vaccinated.
Are you ready for the Season opener in the Sierra's?
Actually many of the Sierra locations have opened early. However, you need to check the current regulations for the specific body of water you wish to fish, as things have changed and there are special regulations. Please go online and check before you go…do not be un-informed.
Also if you are planning to fish inside the park of Yosemite, you will need to register online for an entrance pass in order to travel thru the park…
With the current snowpack conditions being light this year at approximately 55% of normal, there will be weak run-off conditions and a bleak water shed for this year…Many of the places you would normally fish later in the year may not be possible due to low water conditions and excessive heat, so plan accordingly…
While you all may be figuring out where and when you want to fish, I have been meeting with our club's board members to figure out where and when we can safely and conveniently gather again as a viable club.
We will target a gathering date of early June however we are not sure where to meet cost effectively and safely…
We most likely will not be meeting at the Elks Lodge conference room as it was too small…We also are reconfiguring our budget in order to live within our means.
Currently we have taken in approximately $1500 with membership dues, however our current budget stands at about $4700 in order to keep the doors open. We have always entertained a yearly fundraising auction to offset any budget deficits. However, we have not had any fundraisers in the past two years…Obviously changes will need to be made and creative options investigated.
The other important aspect of our meetings is to determine how we can meet your needs in order to further your knowledge and experience in the art and sport of fly fishing.
Our club has always had a social emphasis but lacked in the ability to engage the members in outings where all can enhance their fly-fishing experience. There has also been an educational emphasis with our club in the form of casting clinics, fly tying, knot making and of course Trout in the Classroom…While all of these activities are worthy for increasing one's knowledge of fly-fishing…, all require champions to lead them…
I am looking for your input in answering the many questions before us in order to re-engage all involved in our club's future…all of us are eagerly waiting to break out of the grip of the Covid virus…I welcome your input and will seek to invest my efforts in creative options for the life of our club…Please feel free to contact me especially if you want to go fishing…
Gary Scott | (805) 559-3041
President, Conejo Valley Fly Fishers
scott olson | MISSIVE
Big sometimes is better
I admit it, I’m a small stream fisherman and proud of it. I like nothing more than traipsing along the banks of a little Sierra rill with my 2 wt., poking at pocket water with an attractor pattern in the hopes of raising a feisty rainbow, brown or brook trout. To me this is Nirvana and I look forward to it with unmitigated anticipation each month.
However, even the most parochial eaters love to get their chops in to a big juicy steak every once in a while and for west coast trout anglers nothing beats Pyramid Lake in Nevada for a chance to hook and land a monster.
Pyramid is a basin lake as it has no outlet and is fed mainly by the Truckee River and it is home to very large Lahontan cutthroat trout.
A record 41 lb. cutthroat was caught there in 1925
. . .but realistically a “monster” today would be in the 20+ lb. range.
The lake averages giving up about one or two 20 pounders a week during the season (October to June), but the average fish runs in the 6 to 8 lb. range.
Most people fish Pyramid at one of the many developed beaches on the west side of the lake. With names like Wino, Sand Hole, Popcorn and Pelican Point (among others) there are plenty of beach and rock areas to fish from and have your chance at a trophy.
The most popular fly fishing technique for Pyramid is still water nymphing from a ladder, basically fishing flies under an indicator, in 5 to 15 feet of water.
During the winter and spring the fish move up out of the deeper water in anticipation of the spawn and to chase the baitfish that hang out along the shore. I have seen 15 lb. fish literally cruising 3 ft. from the bank of the lake in 2 ft. of water.
Favorite flies are midges and balanced leeches in a variety of sizes and colors and there are also some local preferences like the Popcorn Beetle that will get some grabs as well.
Leaders tend to taper from 15 lb. to 8 lb. on 7 to 9 wt. rods. A switch rod isn’t bad to have in your arsenal as well if the wind comes up, which is more often than not.
On our recent trip we netted fish up to 10+ lbs. (Joe’s) and probably had our best year ever as far as fish count was concerned. All of the fish were caught in mostly comfortable weather conditions in 7 to 10 feet of water.
I recommend adding Pyramid Lake to your “bucket list” if you want to add a trophy to your fishing legacy.
Tight lines and fighting fish to all!
Scott Olson | CVFF Former President
CHARLEY BEALS | fish report | MAY 2021
Spring has sprung and if you have not noticed the extra show in the flowers and the new additions to everything not domesticated then you are missing the message being whispered in your ear.
Three weeks ago, I got the call from Casey Cloud. Cachuma Lake was turning on and could I go fishing on Sunday afternoon?
By the end of the day, we had put about every species they have in the bag – and that was a great fun time.
The fish were lit up in spawning colors – all dressed for the party and on the feedbag.
Last week I left the house early and off I went to meet another fishing buddy – a few hours later, rod in hand, we were walking across a mud flat looking for Carp.
Two hours and 9344 steps later (that is 4.38 miles for those who care) we had concluded the water was too cold and we needed to find a solution.
Friday afternoon we landed at Lake number two just in time for the wind to get puffy and clouds to roll in – If you are me and not so good at Carp fishing then this is about the end of your day. Beer is always a solution, at least for a little while, especially when my buddy seems to wield a magic wand not a fly rod, keeps holding up fish as if to say, “Yep, there’s fish in here”. I do like cold beer.
Saturday morning, blue sky, light wind, and redemption in my grasp. I wandered about until I found an opportunity. There in less that 6 inches of water was a cruising Carp – maybe 5 pounds, maybe 4 or 6, I do not carry a scale, but it was about the size of a loaf of Wonder Bread.
I laid the fly about three feet off its right side, lifted the rod to drag the fly across the water then dropped it three or so inches from its nose.
That carp turned and dug its face in, pinning my fly in the mud. I saw the backing on the first run, the second and third were less but still exciting. And so, it went for the rest of the afternoon.
Casting to dark shapes in off color water – l netted several good fish that day.
Carp, Bass, Trout, Corbina…. They are all here, they are all close to you right now. Chose to try something new this season – it will bring a new dimension to your skill set.
Get out there before it is too late.
My very best,
Charley Beals | former CVFF president
BROKEN BOW RIVER, OKLAHOMA
NEW MEMBER: JOHN ARDY
ALL THE DETAILS:
GEAR & TOOLS | Rod 8 ft 5/6
FLIES | Using sinking green flies (not sure the name).
- Fished at 18-24 inches depth.
- Rainbows caught between 6am and 9am.
- Rainbows between 10-15 inches.
- Rapids and pools below, fish in deeper pools.
- Water temp 51.
- Air temps in the 60s.
In what may be one of the most groundbreaking announcements to hit the fly fishing industry since the release of the squirmy wormy, Columbia Pictures has just dropped the first teaser poster for the sequel to the 1992 film, “A River Runs Through it”.
The project is titled, “A River Runs Two It”, and will be set to hit theatres and streaming services as early as the Summer of 2021.
Little is known about the upcoming release besides the return of award-winning director, Robert Redford, who will be heading the project, as well as a new ensemble of cast members such as Zach Efron, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogan.
According to our sources, the popular trio will be playing the characters of the unmentioned nephews of the late Paul McClean, who will be returning to their Uncle’s home river to pay homage to the originator of the shadow cast. Further character casting has been left up to speculation, but no additional talent has either been confirmed or denied by studios.
In a quote from Mr. Redford himself, who will be taking on a producer role alongside his directing credit, he stated the following:
“It was time to give this old movie a new coat of paint. The original film doesn’t even begin to scrape the surface of Euro-nymphing or the life of Fly-fishing influencers whatsoever, and quite frankly that strikes me as a problem. [A river Runs Two It] will be a movie for the people of today’s fly-fishing culture.” - Robert Redford
SOUTHWEST COUNCIL FLY FISHERS INTERNATIONAL | President's Message
LEIGH ANN SWANSON, email@example.com
(Right) Rhys de Callier teaching his 7 year old son Asher how to fly fish! And no surprise that mom Cindy catches the most fish! | Quote by Lee Wulff
WHY DOES FLY FISHING MATTER?
I get asked this a lot these days. It matters because fly fishing connects us to fish, fish connect us to the rivers, and rivers connect us to conservation issues. And all of this connects us to one other. Sharing our passion for fly fishing reaches beyond the banks of the river, inspiring youth, healing souls, connecting us to the environment, and so much more.
WE'VE BEEN BUSY
During the last quarter, the Southwest Council has been busy planning 2021 and taking care of general housekeeping. We have updated the SWC bylaws, turned in our Annual Report, created the 2021 budget, looked at fundraising platforms, and been hard at work planning new events and every aspect of Club Management Day.
One of the highlights of Club Management Day was the youth panel featuring three outstanding young anglers: Willow Rutter, Lorenzo Blanco and Jesus Hernandez. It was inspiring to hear their stories. Poised and articulate, they shared their passion for fly fishing, teaching others, and protecting our rivers and streams. It was a poignant reminder of the importance of engaging the younger crowd. If you or your club would like information on creating a youth program, please contact Carl Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org
SALTWATER SATURDAYS | IT'S A WRAP!
A great big thank you to Michael Schweit and Marshall Bissett for putting together Saltwater Saturdays! Saturday, April 24, was the last day of the six series seminar. The series was informative, fun, and took us on a journey through the many and varied ways to enjoy saltwater fly fishing. Whether you are a seasoned angler looking for a different way to experience the sport or new to fly fishing, you are sure to want to explore saltwater fly fishing after seeing this series. If you missed them, no worries, recordings of the seminars can be found on our new YouTube channel (LINK). Thank you to all our viewers for your generous donations and Snowbee USA for generously sponsoring the event.
FFI SUPPORTS DAM REMOVAL
FFI has joined with its conservation partners to support the removal of the four hydroelectric dams from the Lower Snake River. The goal of this proposal is to restore wild salmon and steelhead populations in the Pacific Northwest. An endorsement was sent to members of the Northwest House and Senate Delegations, asking for their support for the proposal and eventual legislation. CLICK HERE to read the letter.
BACK TOGETHER -ALMOST
Lately, many of you have asked questions about how to safely transition back to social gatherings. If you want more information on this topic, Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers has a comprehensive list of guidelines on their website - CLICK HERE.
If you need a sample of a COVID Liability Waiver, COVID Health Questionnaire, or any other questions about this topic, please contact us. We are here to help.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST -THANK YOU!
We continue to focus on conservation, youth, women, diversity, education, events, and helping others experience the joy of fly fishing. We couldn't do it without the help and support of our local clubs and members. I look forward to seeing all of you in 2021!
Be well, thrive, and thank you for all you do to support the Southwest Council.
Leigh Ann Swanson
Leigh Ann Swanson | PRESIDENT
Southwest Council of Fly Fishers International
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WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD YOU TAKE WHEN GOING FISHING?
JOE RADOCCHIO | email@example.com
We seldom think anything is going to happen to us when we go fishing, but you never can tell. The following recommendations are intended for people that enjoy the outdoors and should become part of your flyfishing life.
Before you leave home, always check the weather where you're going so, you're prepared with proper rain or cold-weather gear. Depending on the time of year, if you are heading to an area of higher elevation, such as Mammoth, the weather can go from warm to ice cold in a matter of hours.
TELL A FRIEND
Always be sure to let your wife or other family member, a neighbor or friend know where you'll be going and when you expect to return. If you will be camping leave information regarding the camp site, such as name of the camp site, a possible address and/or phone number if there is one. If you are staying in a motel or resort, again leave a phone number and other contact information.
Another important item to check is the stream flows on the river where you're going for your fishing trip. If the area you are planning to fish does not have flow data cubic feet per second (CFS) available online check with a fly shop that is in the area. There is a good chance they will have up to date information regarding the conditions on the river.
POCKET-SIZED EMERGENCY TOOLS
When you head out to the river, it's a good idea to take a signaling device and your cell phone with you. A whistle which can be used to alert other anglers on the water in case of an emergency can be a life saver (storm whistles are the loudest). I personally carry a whistle in case I need to hail someone for help. I also carry a small pocket knife along with a small first aid kit that fits nicely in one of my vest pockets.
FUEL FOR THE BODY | WATER AND SNACKS
People should take plenty of water with them when on the river. If you plan on being a significant distance from your vehicle, make sure you carry water with you in your vest or backpack. It's amazing how quickly you can become dehydrated in the outdoors, so drink plenty of water (not coffee or soda or even energy drinks). I usually take a couple of power bars or a bag of trail mix, in addition to the water if I plan on staying on the river all day.
WATCH THE CLOCK
The other issue that is important is to pay attention to the time. If you are in an unfamiliar area you don't want to be in a situation where you have to find your way back to your vehicle or camp site in the dark. You don't want to be one of those people that ends up on the news.
WISDOM WHILE WADING
Safety on the water starts with wearing a wading belt at all times. It should be snug around your waist so that if you fall in the water your waders won't fill up right away. Wading itself can be very dangerous, and a good rule to follow is "don't wade in water over your calf when the current is very strong." Even a strong individual will be at risk if they get into water that is deep and fast. So, it's a good idea to follow any instinct that says the water is too deep or too fast. Simply don't go there. Look for other places in the river where you feel safer. Remember, no fish is worth drowning for.
MEN and WOMEN VS THE RIVER
Women need to keep in mind that they often cannot wade where men can wade. That is not just because guys are usually heavier and taller than women, it's also because a man's center of gravity is in his shoulders and a woman's is in her hips. Just imagine how differently the water is going to push against each type of body.
TRUSTY TOOL | THE WADING STAFF
One of the very best safety devices for people fishing rivers is a wading staff. Many people think that they are good, competent waders and don't need a staff. Then when they find themselves in trouble in the water, they'd give anything to have one.
SUN | FRIEND OR FOE?
Polarized sunglasses and a hat with a good brim are two essential fishing items that also help us avoid eye damage from sun glare. These items also help to protect you not only from the sun but offer protection from your fly finding your neck or eyes. It is highly recommended that sunscreen be used when in the outdoors. Sun exposure can result in skin cancer and many years of fishing could put you at risk if you don't consistently use the appropriate sunscreen.
PLANNING SETS YOU UP FOR SUCCESS
Nothing can spoil a great fishing trip like an unexpected situation. We can't always be ready for every possible occurrence, but the more planning we do and putting safety considerations/practices into effect will help to ensure that the trip is safe and enjoyable.
JOE RADOCCHIO | firstname.lastname@example.org
SWCFFI EDUCATION DIRECTOR
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