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July 2018

Continuing Projects

By | conservation & projects

 Box Car Bend Clean-up & Maintenance:

Every Spring usually in May

The Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited  has been partnering with The Wood River Land Trust since 2006 on this annual project. Each year we provide maintenance to the accesses and trails at Box Car Bend on the Big Wood River. 

 Participants of all ages helped  pull invasive weeds, clean trails from overgrowth and crab grass, put down wood chips on the trails and do maintenance to erosion control barriers.
A few hours of hard work are followed up by a BBQ Lunch and Snacks.    
Volunteers should bring  Clothing: Hats, Sun Glassess, and Work Gloves,
Tools to bring: Garden Rakes, Scoop Shovels, hoe, Wheel Barrel

Contact for this project is  Carmen Northen at flyfishngirl@cox

 

Fishing Access Maintenance:

One of the ongoing projects the Hemingway Chapter is involved in, is Access to the Big Wood River.  In 2011 we posted fishing regulation and access signs in English and Spanish on almost all of the Big Wood river accesses. We continue to maintain the accesses clearing them of overgrowth and making them visible.  This year we will again provide maintenance to these accesses and ensure regulation and access signs are posted.  Usually the project is done by 4 to 6 people over several days. We will be sending out notices of the dates for this project,  once we have them established. You can participate in one day or all of them.

 

 


Lake Creek Project

 

Lake Creek Lake sits in a beautiful setting and is one of the places families in the community gather to teach their children about fishing.  There is little stream habitat below the lake  which fish can hold and survive.  This project will enhance the stream to provide better habitat for trout to live in.

Volunteers and Staff from TU and the US Forest Service performed a stream enhancement project on Lake Creek this October.  The enhancement  consisted of adding large woody debris in-stream to add fish habitat and assist with stream hydraulics.  Volunteers moved log sections, secure them in-stream, and perform additional riparian enhancement work in 2014.  In 2015 phase 2, over three days   Volunteers planted a variety of stream side vegetation that will provide, shade, habitat and stream side stabilization to the habitat.  Lots of digging through rocky soils presented a challenge but the volunteers were undaunted.

Future restoration of this area may continue in the future.  We will evaluate and the impact of work completed in a few years to see if more restoration is viable.


ERC Clean Sweep

Each spring since 2017 the Hemingway chapter supports and participates with a team in the ERC “clean sweep” of the Wood River valley.  Volunteers join together and clean up the river and banks along the Big Wood River at River Run access up and down stream.   We have found and remove a chase lounge , burnt up guitar, a muffler system lots of beverage bottles and cans, road cones and general debris.  Our Team has won the best spirit award and most unusual find awards given out.  This is a fun event and accomplishes our goal of protecting our rivers.

Youth Philanthropy

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Thanks to the generosity of the Wood River Foundation, Louise Stumph from Wow Students, Erika Greenberg, Spanish teacher at WRHS and Mrs Greenberg’s level 5 Spanish class, a check for $500.00 was donated today to the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited in recognition of their conservation efforts throughout the Wood River Valley. Wow Students is a nonprofit organization that promotes good works and “growing the next generation of generosity.” Students from Mrs. Greenberg’s class chose Trout Unlimited after extensive research into valley non profits to determine the best recipient for their generosity.

Accepting the check on behalf of the Hemingway Chapter, is long time board member Bob Knoebel, and new TU board member Enrique Dolores, a Sophomore at WRHS. The funds donated will be used to support the chapter’s Youth Education Program.  New flyrods and supplies will be purchased to benefit the more than 100 kids chapter volunteers teach to flyfish each year, ensuring the future of the sport we love and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.

Adopt A Trout:  Held Tuesday Oct 30th

Location:  The Broadford Road bridge/access in Bellevue ( south Bridge)

Volunteers from Hemingway TU, Idaho Fish and Game, EPA met along with  teachers, students, and parents from the Pioneer Montessori school, to participate in this pilot program to get youths involved in Trout and environmental education.  Twenty-five trout were captured using an electro shocker, measured, weighed, had a transmitter surgically placed in them and put in  recovery cage overnight. The next morning all of the trout were healthy, doing well and were released back into the Big Wood River.  The Children from the Montessori school gave names to each of the fish such as Big Franz for a large brown trout,  Sparkle for a beautiful rainbow trout etc, becoming personally attached to them.  The students also logged onto a tracking sheet the number and name of each trout along with specifics about the trout and will track the movement of the trout over the next six months to see where they go in the river. This was a successful first event and we look forward to see the results of the fish movement in the Big Wood River, canals and bypasses.

What is Adopt-a-Trout?
TU’s Adopt-a-Trout (AaT) program is a placed-based educational experience catered to elementary school students. AaT programs are focused on engaging students by putting them on the ground; up close and personal with cold water fish and their habitats. The goal of AaT is to ensure that students become active citizens in their community and future stewards of local resources. AAT keeps the focus and attention of students by emphasizing hands-on, real world learning. AaT programs do this by:

  • Inspiring students’ curiosity and interest in trout, their habitat, and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Partnering students with biologists and resource professionals on research and science projects.
  • Exposing students to future aquatic restoration activities and projects.
  • Providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to have fun fishing.

Youth Leadership

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Enrique Dolores, a sophomore at Wood River High School, has been selected by Trout Unlimited to attend their annual Youth Leadership Conference to be held June 19-23 at Georgetown Lake Montana.  Enrique was chosen among applicants from all over the country in recognition of his 6 years of volunteer service to the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  A member of the National Honor Society as well as the lacrosse and soccer teams at the high school, Enrique also serves on the Board of Directors of the local Trout Unlimited chapter as a Youth Advisor.

Fish Rescue

By | conservation & projects

Every year thousands of Trout and other species of fish which live in the Big Wood River migrate into irrigation diversions and canals never to return to the river. At the end of each irrigation season when the water flows are shut off the fish become trapped and die.   There are a number of solutions to this problem of fish migrating into the diversions i.e. fish screens, but they are expensive and to this point have not been installed.

The Hemingway Chapter of TU has been working with Canal companies and Idaho Fish and Game ( IDFG) for over a decade to rescue these stranded trout and put them back into the Big Wood River. When water is about to be shut off, TU is notified by the canal companies or Water master at which point we recruit volunteers to net and transport the fish, from the canals back into the Big Wood River at the location closest to the now closed diversion point.

In order to do this the Hemingway TU Chapter applies for both fish collection and transport permits which are provided by IDFG and follow prescribed collection and transport techniques approved by IDFG. We use seine nets to collect fish from the shallow waters, put them in buckets with oxygen bubblers and then place the fish into an aerated, oxygen infused fresh water tank, where they are held until we finish the collection. Once the collection is complete we transport the fish back to the Big Wood River and put them back in.

One of the difficulties is timing. We have no way to measure how fast the water will percolate into the ground and dry up so we make our best estimate based upon years of experience. Once we get the shutoff date we have only a couple of days to coordinate volunteers , ready equipment and get to the site to rescue the trout. Recently John Wright of the Diversion 45 Canal company has been working closely with us to provide advanced notification and even maintain some small flows to allow time to rescue the fish. This has help our success rate in collection of fish.

John Finnell who designed, built and donated the fish rescue tank, has been involved with the fish rescues for years is the point person for this effort and deserves a great deal of credit for the success of this program.

This rescue is both fun and rewarding and volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.   If you have never participated in one come out and join us. It is usually a three to four hour commitment but a person can leave whenever they need to.

If interested please contact Ed Northen, hemingwaytu@me.com mobile 949-246-9372

photo credit Nancy Whitehead

Youth Education

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Each year Hemingway TU provides various opportunities to educate youth in the Wood River Valley.  Last year we worked with approximately 130 kids teaching them the value of habitat and conservation, as well as how to fish. Silver Creek Outfitters generously supports these efforts through donation of fishing gear.  Recently we had a donation of 2 youth flyrods combo’s  By Sage/Reddington and we purchased 16 more at cost.  This added to the 4 flyrod combos donated by LL Bean will allow us to expose Youth to flyfishng and catch and release  fishing.

Youths spend the day at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery where they are given a tour of the Hatchery, learn about trout, are taken on a Bird walk and taught how to identify birds, play a game that teaches about ecology/ conservation and are taught how to catch and release fish with fly rods. We partner with Idaho Fish and Game who lead the Hatchery tours and stock the pond with rainbow trout, to ensure many bent rods and smiling faces.

For more information or to be part of this great effort please please contact:

Bob Knoebel Chairman, Youth Education
Trout Unlimited, Hemingway Chapter at Flyrodbob@aol.com  720-0005

Below are the events we held in 2018

photos by Bob Knoebel

Alturas Elementary School:  May  2018

Hemingway TU members play an important role in teaching kids to fish and to appreciate our environment. Volunteers helped to SUSTAIN the sport we love by sharing our skills. We  will spend the day with 80 fourth  graders from the Alturas Elementary School many who are first time anglers! The day  included fishing, birding , games and a tour of the hatchery (thanks Jamie Mitchell and your staff at Hayspur!)  These enthusiastic kids had  a great day as they  catch a trout and then releasing it to watch it swim away. Volunteers always experience a reward for their efforts when they see the smiles on the faces of these kids.

YMCA: June,  2016

This year we had another very successful event, Lots of large fish caught on flies and released, resulting in Big Smiles on the faces of these ambitious anglers.  Owls, Yellow Warblers, northern Harriers and Red Wing Black birds, were  just a few of the bird sightings, and a fun and educational tour of the Fish Hatchery by  the IDFG crew.

Higher Ground Youth 2014

This was our final youth education / fishing outing for the year, this program is always a success,  A thrill for these youngsters to be able to catch and release Rainbow Trout , see Birds and play some games that help the learn about the environment and go through a tour of the Trout hatchery.  Come out and volunteer to take some kids fishng. Always a lot of fun for both the kids and the volunteers.   Contact Bob Knoebel, Chairman, Youth Education, 720-0005