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International Fly Fishing Film Festival 2022!

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Canceled due to Covid hoping to reschedule for May 2022

Hemingway TU is bringing you the:

International Fly Fishing Film Festival 2022!

In person January 28, 2022, at the Argyros Theater in Ketchum, Idaho.
(There will not be a virtual showing.)

Doors Open at 5:30
Movie is at 6:45

Raffle and Bar Available

Buy your ticket in one of the following ways:

Go to this website,


Walk in to the ticket window or call 208-726-7872
or use a QR code reader to scan the code below which will take to you to the website. 

Hemingway TU programs

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January 5, 2022: Zoom Presentation:

Due to the high rate of Spread of Covid out of an abundance of caution we have changed our meeting from in person to zoom On Line Zoom link info is at the bottom of this announcement


Presenter: Tim Flagler

Time 6:00 PM

To meet in person TU National Policy Requires wearing of Masks

Trout Spey is nothing new, it’s just a more effective way to swing flies like streamers, soft hackles, and classic wets.  Res you can use it for nymphing and dry fly fishing but swinging and stripping is where trout spey works best.  The real difference comes when you employ either single handed or two handed spey casting techniques.  These make for no back cast to worry about, much longer casts, easy fast changes of cast direction, more effective mending and generally more relaxed fishing, The presentation is largely video based but includes an equipment show and tell at the end.  

Tim and Joan Flagler will be flying in from New Jersey on their way to the Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo in January, where Tim will be a featured presenter and guest Fly Tyer,  A seasoned presenter and Fly Tyer, he will be presenting Trout Spey for our TU Chapter on January 5 and  “ what fish eat and flies to feed them for the 5B Anglers club on Jan 6th.

Please click on the link to get your FREE ticket to our presentation.  We want to know how many are attending and hope to see you there.

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Hemingway TU Newsletter

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Hemingway Chapter December, 2020

 News and views from the Board:
 Greetings, all.  We miss you, and we all miss each other.  Patience.  We’ll be back together soon if we stay safe over the holiday seasons (plural) – Thanksgiving and Christmas.  My wife and I will enjoy both holidays here at home in Hailey. We cancelled our plans to visit our son, daughter-in-law and grandkids over Thanksgiving and, frankly, doubt that we will visit them for Christmas as well. Over cautious perhaps, but better safe than sorry.  And, if we have to be somewhere during this horrible pandemic, we can’t imagine a better place. We are all very lucky to live in paradise where we can step out into the Big Wood River for winter fishing, hop on our downhill or cross country skis (or both), or maybe just enjoy looking at the fresh falling snow.
Our (virtual) membership meeting last month was fun, even though participation was rather small.  (Everyone is tired of Zoom meetings so low attendance was not a surprise.)  We heard about the Chapter’s fish rescue program.  Now, the Ted Trueblood Chapter is very interested in what we’ve done.  Earlier this month they invited Ed Northen and John Finnell to discuss our rescue efforts with their members. (See the link to their presentation below.) And there is a good chance we’ll get a short article in a future issue of Trout magazine.  Nice publicity but more important a great way to get other similarly situated chapters, those in the west with irrigation canals, to think about how they too can save stranded fish.
Chapter volunteers helped pour concrete to improve the Elkhorn Fish Ladder.  A week later the “top” was put on the ladder, both to ensure the trout don’t jump out and people don’t fall in.  (Photos of the concrete work and the metal top are below.). The hearing on the Flying Heart public access litigation we discussed last month has been postponed from just before Christmas to sometime (as yet to be determined) in January.  We are following that very closely and looking for ways to participate in the process to ensure public access and parking at the trail heads is preserved. 
Two members, Carmen Northen and Jill Clark, recently volunteered to work with the Environmental Resource Council on testing the water quality in the Big Wood River.  (See photos and report below.). We can use more volunteers.  Let us know if you are interested. 
As mentioned in an earlier newsletter, we hope to alternate between virtual, Zoom, meetings and newsletters that pass along links to interesting videos focused, if possible, on the history and evolution of our sport as well as the evolution of fly fishing techniques and technologies.  We’ve found a few videos you might enjoy and have provided links to them.  You can enjoy them at your leisure. 
We plan to have a virtual meeting next month via Zoom.  We will be hearing from Brian Small, talking about the redband trout.  If you have ideas for future meetings or presentations, please let us know. 
Until then, stay safe, watch your drift and mend. 
Alan Richardson
Hemingway TU Chapter President
Elkhorn Creek Fish Ladder Completed 
10 years ago Bob Law, long time resident of Lane Ranch, envisioned a fish ladder allowing trout to climb over the small dam holding back the Lane Ranch pond along Elkhorn road. After several years of planning, fund raising and lots of volunteer hours, the ladder is operational and reconnecting the Big Wood with the spawning beds in Elkhorn Creek. This project was managed by Trout Unlimited National, supported by our local Hemingway Chapter of TU and local residents. The ladder became functional two weeks ago and the following day trout were spotted moving through the structure. Elkhorn Creek holds Rainbow, Redband, Brook and Brown trout.

by Alex Klokke

Educational Links for Your Enjoyment!

Il Pescatore Completo | The Complete Fisherman

5 Tips for Better Mending

Tying the Serendipity

Joan Salvato Wulff- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

Catch and Release Fishing Principles

Book Recommendation:  Feather Thief, by Kirk Johnson
Interview with the author:

Classic Pro Tip:  How to tie the Perfection Loop

Mastering the Roll Cast month Jill Clark and I had the opportunity to take a class sponsored by the Environmental Research Center, that prepared us to be citizen scientists.  The class was taught by Dr. Jim Elkins of University of Idaho who is a water educator.  Jim taught this class for those interested in becoming an IDAH2O Master Water Steward. The goal of the class was to collect water quality data and enter the information into the IDAH2O database.  Using this data, change in water quality over time can be monitored.

We learned about land use practices and how they can affect a river, how to identify healthy riparian habitat and canopy cover, and the importance of monitoring fish populations, macro invertebrates, wildlife, and birds. We defined the stream substrate, cobble, boulders, silt, sand as well as the stream bank itself. We tested the Ph balance as well as dissolved oxygen levels. We measured water clarity and temperature.

 The reach of the river that we tested is the Big Wood River below Bow Bridge. The Big Wood passed these tests with flying colors by the way. Jill and I measured the width of the river from bank to bank in addition to the actual width of the in-wetted section.  Next year at the same time of the month we will conduct this survey again. With this year being low water, it will be interesting to measure the change in the in-wetted sections.  We also waded the river to note size of cobble, boulders and presence of aquatic plants.  Since there is a USGS gauging station just upstream we didn’t measure stream flow in CFS but recorded it from that 
gauge.   Each month we will test dissolved oxygen levels, Ph levels and clarity of the Big Wood River. A portion of our data set is listed below, in case you were curious. 

Date:  November 5, 2020
In-wetted transect:  68 feet
Substrate:  large and small cobble primarily, very little silt, leaf mats present
Maximum Depth: .56 meters
Ph:  7
Dissolved Oxygen:  11 (High)
Temperature:  41 degrees
Flow:  151 cfs
Primary Macroinvertebrates:  very small mayfly nymphs, evidence of caddis, leaches, crane fly and damsel larvae, blood worms, small aquatic snails, scud, beetles, stonefly 

If you are interested in the Idah2O Master Water Stewards class you may contact Jim Ekins at Or for a more basic understanding of stream habitat assessment you may contact Trout Unlimited to order the book My Healthy Stream. Our chapter has a set of testing equipment that you may borrow to monitor your favorite section of the Big Wood.  

If you would like to volunteer to help monitor the Big Wood River, contact us at
by Carmen Northen
Hemingway Chapter collaborates with the Ted Trueblood Chapter
in a presentation on Fish Rescue

On November 18th, Ed Northen and John Finnell shared a zoom presentation with 30 members of the Ted Trueblood chapter who were interested in the possibility of establishing a fish rescue program in their area. View the presentation video below. 
 Watch Ed and John’s presentation prerecorded on zoom.

 Dave Spaulding sharing his fly tying talents with David Garcia who is working with both Dave, and Bob Knoebel to complete his high school personal project on fly fishing.

Photos by Bob Knoebel
 Join the Hemingway TU chapter by clicking on the link
 Five Trout Unlimited volunteers fished with 7 members of the Outdoor Hispanic Leadership Club on Friday, October 23rd at Hayspur.  Jill Clark ran the students through a casting clinic and then joined Ed Northen, Alan Richardson, Nick Miller and Bob Knoebel at Gaver’s Lagoon to help the young men catch their first trout on a fly rod.   
Facebook Event
Eventbrite Tickets

A virtual event bringing together women fly fishing professionals. We have gathered together a diverse group of women professionals including: artists, business owners, instructors, guides & product designers. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on our talents of women in the fly fishing industry, our clothing, fly fishing education & gear designed for women by women!

 Did you read and interact with our newsletter?  Let’s find out!
This month’s raffle item is a TU Ball Cap!

In order to enter, take the 10 question quiz attached below. 
Type in your full name or email address as your username so that we can know who won and I can track you down to mail the cap to you. 

Each question is on a 20 second timer, the quiz is active until December 10. 

Link to the Quiz:

May the odds be ever in your favor!  Jill Clark

Fish Rescue Program

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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 fishbecome trapped and die. In 2021 we rescued 23,00 fish,  If you want to know more about this program please go to our website The Rescues often occur with little notification resulting in times and locations changing at the last minute. If you would like to volunteer for this meaningful and fun program please email me a with your email address and phone number. I will put you in a list that gets contacted when we do the rescues. I look forward to hearing from those of you who are interested. Ed Northen:, mobile: 949-246-9372

Save Bristol Bay- Stop Pebble Mine Update

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Bristol Bay, Alaska is one of the most pristine watersheds in N. America.  It is home to the world’s largest Sockeye Salmon runs.

In addition, there are tremendous runs of several other salmon species, including Kings, Chinook, Coho as well as giant Rainbow Trout

The Day before Thanksgiving, The Army Core of Engineers denied the permit for the Pebble Mine!! This is wonderful news, after 15 years of fighting this mine it is for the time being defeated. There is still work to be done though, we need to get protective measures legislated so that the Pebble mine does not come back in the future and seek another permit.

For more information visit this link

Taking Care of Idaho Steelhead

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By Chris Wood

The first time you snorkel a stream, the size of the bugs is disarming. Stoneflies tumbling down the stream look like aquatic dragons bent on taking off a limb. It is an optical illusion, of course.

We were way up in the South Fork of the Salmon River drainage. Hiking in neoprene wet suits in relatively warm weather is never a good idea. It is a downright bad idea when you are gaining several thousand feet in elevation.

I eased into the cold water, and lifted my head and yelled in fake fright to a Forest Service colleague when I saw the first stoneflies drifting down the stream. I eased around some dead-fall, and around a bend, and gasped. There they were. Two steelhead, tails fanning, beat-up, side-by-side.

And not just any steelhead but likely part of the fabled Idaho “B-run” steelhead that spawn primarily in the Salmon and Clearwater rivers. The B-run steelhead are Idaho’s largest, and with good reason; some climb more than 6,000 feet in elevation and traverse more than 800 miles to their natal mountain streams to spawn.

I thought about those two fish when I learned that Idaho had decided to close the steelhead fishing season in Idaho for the year (which typically starts in September and continues into May the next year). Threats of litigation, the Endangered Species Act, and bureaucratic wrangling are part of the official explanation, but the real problem is that there just aren’t enough wild steelhead making it back to Idaho.

The decline of Snake River wild steelhead has been dramatic. In the early 1960s, over 100,000 wild steelhead returned to the Snake River. This year, by Nov. 15, when the vast majority of wild steelhead have already returned, only 11,719 wild steelhead had passed Lower Granite Dam. And fewer than 2,000 of those wild fish are the large B-run steelhead so highly prized by anglers.

Steelhead declines over time

Even compared to recent years the 2018 run of wild steelhead is abysmal. The 10-year average wild steelhead return exceeds 39,000.

Lower Granite is the last of the eight federal hydropower dams that span the Columbia and Snake Rivers.  This dam is the last impediment to the several thousand miles of habitat – much of it five-star quality—that awaits salmon and steelhead in the Snake River Basin if they can get past the dams, and too few do.

While the eight dams that Snake River wild steelhead must pass to reach their spawning grounds are not the only cause of their decline, that gauntlet takes a heavy toll. The last four dams that the fish must pass on the lower Snake River are particularly problematic. Though there is work to be done to reduce losses of Snake River wild steelhead to predators and harvesters downstream in the Columbia, as well as the need to reform hatcheries, overwhelming scientific evidence supports either removal of the four lower Snake River dams or some other way to improve survival as the most effective way to recover Snake River salmon and steelhead to healthy, fishable levels.

Releasing a wild steelhead

The state of Idaho has spent millions of dollars restoring wild steelhead and salmon habitat in the Snake River Basin. Similarly, Idaho farmers have reduced their irrigation withdrawals from the Snake to help young salmon and steelhead with their downstream migration through the predator-filled, slackwater reservoirs that sit behind each of the four Lower Snake dams. Cold water is released from Dworshak dam on the Clearwater to help cool the lethally hot water in the lower Snake River reservoirs during the summer months when adult wild steelhead and salmon return.

These measures, while certainly helpful, have not stopped the decline of Idaho’s wild steelhead and salmon.

Idahoans are incredibly proud of their wild salmon and steelhead. For 40 years they have been willing to shoulder sacrifices to ensure their return to their natal mountain streams. At some point, however, they will begin to question the benefit of the billions of taxpayer dollars that have been spent on wild steelhead and salmon without a clear path to recovery.

Let’s hope they do so soon. Time is running out for Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead.

Chris Wood is the president and CEO of Trout Unlimited

Past Projects

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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  in which fish can hold and survive.  This project was done 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 2015.  The enhancement  consisted of adding large woody debris in-stream to add fish habitat and assist with stream hydraulics.  Volunteers moved log sections, secured them in-stream, and performed additional riparian enhancement work in 2014.  In 2015 phase 2, took place over three days.   Volunteers planted a variety of stream side vegetation that will provide, shade, habitat and stabilization to the habitat.  Lots of digging through rocky soils presented a challenge but the volunteers were undaunted.

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

Continuing Projects

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 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 maintain the erosion control barriers.
A few hours of hard work are followed up by a BBQ lunch and snacks.    
Volunteers should bring appropriate clothing including  hats, sun glassess, and work gloves.
Tools to bring: garden rakes, scoop shovels, hoes, Wheel Barrows

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 marking and maintaining access to the Big Wood river.  We have been doing this for over a decade and Board Member Dave Spaulding, has been the lead on this effort. In 2011 we began posting 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.  This year members of the TU Board gathered together to clear the access at the two Flying Heart access points.  These two parking have been closed down by the homeowners association.  Blaine County Commissioners, Silver Creek Outfitters and TU Hemingway Chapter are in the process of trying to resolve this issue.    We parked just off of the highway and walked into the access sights and cleared the trail . We will be sending out notices of the dates for this project,  once we have them scheduled. Volunteers are needed to participate in one day or all of them.

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 removed a chaise lounge , burnt up guitar, a muffler system and lots of beverage bottles and cans, road cones and general debris.  Our team has won the “best spirit” award and “most unusual find” awards.  This is a fun event and accomplishes our goal of protecting our rivers.