On October 8th, Hemingway TU volunteers gathered at Silver Creek Preserve to partner with The Nature Conservancy to plant native plants of various sizes to help protect and restore areas of the preserve. Dayna Gross the Preserve Manager oversaw the plantings and lunch was provided for all the workers. It was a rewarding day for all the participants. There will be more opportunities for planting and stream restoration in the future. Dave Spaulding, our project chair coordinated and participated in this restoration effort.
When: 1st Thursday of the month: Unless otherwise noted by **!!
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Whiskey Jacques 521 Main St, Ketchum, ID
Guest speakers present local and global fishing opportunities, discuss tactics and stewardship practices. Learn about opportunities to participate in local projects and conservation efforts.
This Months Program: Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Topic: Exploring the Diversity of the Snake River Fishery
Presenters : Larry “the legend” Larsen, Owner, Snake River Fly
Dave Raisch, professional fishing guide, Snake River Fly.
In this month’s program we are taking a break from our conservation topics to have a little fun with an exciting fishery. This water will take some driving time from the Wood River valley and is definitely not a local fishery. We thought this program would expose you to some different waters other than the ones you might normally cast a line.
The Snake River is 1,078 miles (1,735 km) long, it is the largest tributary of the Columbia River, It rises in western Wyoming, then flows through the Snake River Plain of southern Idaho, the rugged Hells Canyon on the Oregon–Idaho border and the rolling Palouse Hills of Washington, emptying into the Columbia River at the Tri-Cities, Washington.
Our program this month will focus on the Snake River below the confluence of the famed Henry’s and South Fork near Menan, Idaho. This portion of the river offers many quality and diverse angling opportunities.
· Idaho Falls to Blackfoot,
· Firth to Rose,
· Blackfoot to American Falls Reservoir,
· American Falls Dam to Massacre Rock State Park.
Depending on where and when you fish, these waters provide fly fishing for Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout as well as Smallmouth Bass, Carp and Sturgeon.
We will have two presenters both who work out of Snake River Fly Shop
Larry “The Legend” Larsen is owner and head guide for SRF His latest effort has been spent exploring the lower river stretches. Larry teaches fly fishing and tying in the Physical Education department at Idaho State University.
Dave Raisch moved to Idaho from Ohio in the late 90’s in pursuit of his Masters degree in Biology. He discovered the amazing fishing near Pocatello and got his Phd in fly fishing. His knowledge of areas rivers, fishes and hatches is extensive. Dave ties bugs that inspires even the toughest of fish to bite and his eagerness to teach is evident.
We will also be presenting a short presentation and update on the Pebble Mine status. If you have not already written a letter to stop the Pebble Mine, please go to our home page and click on the Pebble Mine action alert.
This is certain to be an interesting and educational meeting.
Admission is free, all are welcome.
Program Calendar 2018-2019
September (no meeting)
Thursday, October 4 5:00-7:00 PM
Scott Lake, Idaho Director, Western Watersheds Project
“The Effects of Cattle Grazing on Our Fragile Watersheds”
Thursday, November 1 5:00-7:00 PM
Chad Chorney, professional fishing guide and photographer
“Let’s Take an Amazing Photo”
**Wednesday , December 5 5:00-7:00 PM
Kevin Lewis, Director, Idaho Rivers United
“The Effects of Dam Removal on Salmon and Steelhead Recovery”
Thursday, January 3 5:00-7:00 PM
Keri York, Trout Unlimited, Big Wood River Project Manager
“Update: Big Wood Initiative”
Thursday, February 7 5:00-7:00 PM
Dan Garren, Regional Fisheries Manager, IDFG
Pat Moore, Hatchery Manager, Mackay Fish Hatchery
Bart Gamett, Fish Biologist, USFS
“Copper Basin: Survey Results and Plan for the Future”
Thursday, March 7 5:00-7:00 PM
Jeff Burley, Director of Adaptive Sports, Higher Ground
“Take a Veteran Fishing”
Greg Loomis, Executive Director, Silver Creek Alliance
“News from Silver Creek”
Thursday, April 4 5:00-7:00 PM
Larry “the legend” Larsen, Owner, Snake River Fly, Pocatello
Dave Raisch, professional fishing guide, Snake River Fly
“Secrets of South Fork of the Snake Revealed”
Thursday, May 7 5:00-7:00 PM
Alan Byrne, Anadromous Fish Manager, Idaho Fish and Game
“The status of Steelhead Runs in Idaho”