Thursday November 3rd ; 5:00 pm- 7:00
Jill Clark: Avid Angler, Hailey local and Middle School Science Teacher
Just the mention of Pyramid Lake conjures images of big Lahontan cutthroat trout for any angler who has ever fished there.
Cutthroat trout, named for the streaks of crimson underneath their jaws, colonized the cold mountain rivers and lakes of western North America some 4 million years ago, evolving into a dozen different subspecies. The Lahontan subspecies is the biggest, and the strain with the largest fish comes from Pyramid Lake.
Lahontan cutthroats, Nevada’s state fish, evolved in the Great Basin, which was flooded under a giant inland sea called Lake Lahontan during the last ice age. Pyramid Lake, which today lies on a Paiute Indian reservation was part of that basin.
Early settlers told stories of Pyramid Lake Lahontan cutthroats that weighed more than 60 pounds, though the official world record was a 41-pounder caught by a Paiute man in 1925. The explorer who discovered this electric-blue oasis in 1844, John Fremont, called them “salmon trout.
The Pyramid Lake fishery is famous for anglers’ unique method of using a stepladder as a casting platform. In general, the fish patrol a series of drop-offs just offshore, often out of casting range for a wading angler. To achieve that extra distance—as well as to get their butts out of the chilly water—anglers hit upon the idea of using stepladders as casting platforms in the 1970s. The extra height is especially helpful for fly fishermen because it keeps the backcast from hitting the water, allowing for much longer casts.
The best fishing on Pyramid is March and April, but anglers start working the shallows on October first and fish right through the winter. Many anglers use a 200- to 300-gram shooting head to make long casts and get their flies down quickly. A tandem rig with a Woolly Bugger and a Popcorn Beetle is a popular setup.
Jill Clark, is an avid fly angler, a Hailey local and a science teacher at the Wood River middle school In addition to flyfishing all over the Northwest with her family , Jill has also sponsored a youth flyfishing club for students, after, school with volunteers from the Hemingway Trout Unlimited chapter helping out.
To keep their stamina during the long days of fishing Jjill has devised a special beverage.
Lahontan Bloody Mary
2 oz. vodka
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of lemon pepper
Pinch of celery salt
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. Green Tabasco
1 c. tomato juice
Splash of Pickled asparagus juice
Garnish with pickled asparagus, marinated shrimp, or slice of crispy bacon, celery stalk or whatever you like.
Come and join us for what is certain to be a fun and informative evening. Admission to the program is free, all are welcome to attend.
Trout Unlimited’s mission is to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain our cold water fisheries and habitat. The Hemingway chapter holds free monthly meetings and presentations from September through May of each year.
Program Schedule 2015 – 2016
Wednesday, September 7 5:00-7:00 PM
“The River Itchen, Queen of the Waters”
Darrel Martin, author and angling celebrity
Thursday, October 8 5:00-7:00 PM
Status of Silver Crek Fall 2016
Mark Davidson, Director of Conservation Initiatives, the Nature Conservancy
Greg Loomis, Save Silver Creek
Dayna Gross, Senior Conservation Manager, the Nature Conservancy
Thursday, November 5 5:00-7:00 PM
“Pyramid Lake, Home of World Record Lahontan Cutthroats”
Jill Clark, WRMS Science Teacher
Thursday, December 3 5:00-7:00 PM
“Cuba, Before the Flood Gates Opened”
Glen Shapiro, Orthopedic Surgeon and angling addict
Thursday, January 7 5:00-7:00 PM
“Slovenia: Emerald Water and Marbled Trout”
Ewald Grabher, Fishing Guide, Silver Creek Outfitters
Thursday, February 4 5:00-7:00 PM
“Mountain Lakes of the Salmon Region”
Jordan Messner, IDFG Fisheries Biologist, Salmon Region
Thursday, March 3 5:00-7:00 PM
“Idaho’s High Country Golden Trout”
Bart Gamett, USFS, South Zone Fish Biologist
Thursday, April 7 5:00-7:00 PM
“Born to be Wild: History, Status and Recovery of Wild Chinook Salmon in Central Idaho”
Russ Thurow, USFS Fisheries Research Scientist, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Thursday, May 5 5:00-7:00 PM
“Big Wood River Inititive Project Update”
Chad Chorney, Big Wood River Project Manager, Trout Unlimited
Fishing Pyramid Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Nov 3, 2016
On Saturday, June 25th, at 5:00 PM, the Hemingway Chapter will hold our Annual Summer Picnic. The Nature Conservancy graciously allowed us to use the Stalker Creek Cabin at the Silver Creek Preserve, for our picnic site. We enjoyed the beauty of this special place, food and friendship. Hemingway Trout Unlimited provided the BBQ main course and non alcoholic beverages. Those who attend tare to bring wonderful side dishes, salds or desserts. We always share some delicious and unique foods and conversation. If you want alcohalic beverages please bring your own and some to share, our TU chapter is not allowed by National Bylaws to provide alcohol at events. Other Beverages will be provided.
Hope you can join us for an enjoyable evening.
Wounded Veterans Fishing Day
On July 10 & 11th members from the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited along with Support from Sun Valley Higher Ground and Ted Trueblood Chapter of TU in Boise, hosted a Veterans flyfishing weekend.
Seven Veterans came out and participated in the weekend event. There was casting instruction from certified Casting instructors, a single fly competition held at Hayspur Hatchery, with flies selected from donations made by Hemingway chapter fly tiers. After the single fly competition, the veterans were taken out with volunteer guides to local the local waters to catch some trout and then return to a BBQ Dinner and casting completion on the RR Ranch. The camaraderie and excitement of these veterans to be able to get out and fly-fish was contagious. Special recognition goes out to Mark Milkovich who coordinated and ran the event, to Higher ground for funding the event, Our many thanks to Jan Milkovich, John and Wanda Vladimiroff for organizing and preparing the BBQ, To Dustin Algers for recruiting volunteer guides from the Boise TU Chapter, to Bob Law for photos, to Carmen and Ed Northen for provide their casting instructor skills.
This is the first Event we have held as a TU Chapter and it went well. If anyone is interested in participating and helping these veteran on future events please contact Mark Milkovich at email@example.com.