When: 1st Thursday of the month: Unless otherwise noted by **!!

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Where: Whiskey Jacques 521 Main St, Ketchumn, 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, March 7, 2019

Topics: Hemingway Chapter Veterans program & Silver Creek Update

Presenters : Jeff Burley, Director of Adaptive Sports, Higher:                  Greg Loomis, Executive Director, Silver Creek Alliance

The Veterans Service Partnership is a nationwide effort initiated by TU in 2011 to bring the healing power of the water to those who have served our nation so boldly. As we engage our 400 chapters and 300,000 members and supporters in this good work, we are seeing miracles, large and small, on a regular and increasing basis.

Hemingway Chapter has been partnering with Sun Valley higher Ground and Project healing waters to provide a program in the Wood River Valley.  Leadership for this program is provided by Mark Milkovich, TU Board member and Jeff Burley, Director of Adaptive Sports, Higher Ground.  Project Healing Water provides support for contact with veterans, fishing equipment and other support.

This partnership provides opportunities for veterans to learn rod building, tying flies, casting and flyfishing techniques.  There are also fishing outings with veterans in the summer, where we spend time on the water.  There is something happening on a weekly basis

Each participant in the VSP program receives a complimentary membership to TU and is automatically assigned to a TU chapter. For many served by TU’s VSP, they are quickly integrated into their chapter community which becomes a safe haven where veterans can serve and be served in return. The chapter is a place where friends are made, where a passion is born and a commitment to protect the resource is fostered.

Silver Creek Update:

Silver Creek is an amazing ecosystem, which is continually impacted by many factors; weather, land use, water flows, water quality, water temperature, aquatic health, ecosystem health, access, and recreation which includes fishing.

We are fortunate to have Greg Loomis, Executive Director, Silver Creek Alliance, come and present on issues and updates concerning Silver Creek’s health. This is always a topic of interest and concern.  We are also thankful to Greg and the Silver Creek Alliance for their efforts to protect and preserve Silver Creek.

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”