BRIDGEPORT, Calif. - California Lahontan cutthroat trout, squeezed out of their native Sierra habitat by illegally planted brook trout, will be reestablished and nurtured by a consortium of local fly-fishing clubs and the Southwest Council-International Federation of Fly Fishers (SWC-IFFF) in cooperation with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW).
Target area is Silver Creek in the West Walker River watershed near Bridgeport.
A base camp will be established at the headwaters of Silver Creek and a team of 4-5 people will assist the CDFW with electro-fishing. The goal of this multi-year event is to eradicate the non-native brook trout so the stream can sustain a currently imperiled population of Lahontan cutthroat trout. Upon competition, Silver Creek will be opened to angling.
TROUT SEASON OPENING DAY & 35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
There is such a thing as a free lunch!
The Fly Shop – 4140 Churn Creek Road, Redding, California – Friday, April 26, 2013 – 10:30am-4:30pm
THE FLY SHOP’s annual Opening Day celebration will be held this year on Friday,April 26th from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. It’s our way of saying thank you to the community of fly fishermen for decades of support and a great opportu- nity for anglers to get up-to-date information and expert advice on local river and stream conditions.
Guests will be treated to gourmet meatball sandwiches, classic sausage dogs, cold slaw, chips and soft drinks. Lunch will be hosted by the Shasta-Trinity Fly Fishers, desserts will be provided by The Shasta May Flies, and the top
brands in the sport will have their representatives on hand, displaying and demonstrating the newest rods, reels, flies, tackle and accessories in fly fishing.
At the same time, we’ll be celebrating our 35th business anniversary, and our out-of-town personalities will include Skip Morris, (famous fly fishing author, and fly tier). FFF Hall of Famer, Hal Janssen, will be on hand to personally au- tograph his great new book, Stillwater Fly Fishing Secrets. Local celebrity authors Bob Madgic (The Sacramento: A Tran- scendent River) and John Rickards (The McCloud River) will also be on hand to promote their terrific new books featuring what we consider to be the most important rivers in Northern California. Of course, Mike Mercer and our entire retail, outfitters, and international travel staff will be on hand to answer questions and help make sure everyone is pointed in the right direction.
It’s that time of year again where we get a chance to fish some of the best tailwater in the nation. Of course, I am referring to the San Juan River below Navajo Dam in New Mexico.
Once again this year we will be staying at “FISHEADS”. All the information you will need about our location is at http://www.fisheadsofthesanjuan.com
The date of the trip is May 23 thru 26 2013. Arrival is on the 23rd and dinner will be served that night at around 7pm. Guided drift boat fishing on the 24th and 25th with departure on the 26th which includes breakfast that morning. All meals (including shore lunches), fishing equipment, flys and lodging are included in the price of $825 for the whole trip. The only additional cost will be your transportation there (most of us drive, but you can fly into Durango or Farmington and rent a car) plus tips for the guides.
We have the same arrangement with Fisheads as last year in that for every 11 people we sign-up, we get one “free” trip fee (that’s = to $825). We will have a drawing again this year and everyone that goes is eligible for the drawing (if they are club members in good standing).
This year, when you sign-up, please make sure that you have a partner. Single sign-ups cause a three people group to have a walking/wade day and it is not the best way to fish this great water.
Initial deposits of $425 are due not later than March 27th and final payment of $400 is due 30 April 2013. Please make checks payable to Deep Creek Flyfishers and either mail or give them to me at a meeting. No refunds/cancellations after the last payment is made because that number of attendees if given to Fisheads and they contract with guides on a non-refundable basis.
I look forward to having another great time this year and hope to see many of you on the trip. If you have any questions reference the trip, please contact me.
On April 6, we will hold our annual Fly Fishing for Beginners clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This comprehensive course covers everything from rod selection to knot tying to “reading the water”. This is an excellent introduction for first-timers, and a useful refresher course for those still new to the sport. This class is free, and is open to the general public. Lunch will be provided.
There will be an Advanced Fly Casting class on Saturday, April 13, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Still having trouble with that reach cast or puddle cast? How’s your double-haul coming along? This will be primarily a hands-on class with casting on the lawn near the clubhouse. Mike Wright is a FFF certified casting instructor, and will provide a wealth of useful information. Bring your favorite rod and line (6 or 7 weight preferred).
Our Aquatic Entomology class returns on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Here, we focus on the life cycles of the four major aquatic insects that are important to trout (mayfly, stonefly, caddisfly, and midge), and how they can be effectively imitated. There is also some hands-on experience in identifying the different organisms in samples taken from local streams and lakes. Dave Parker is the principal instructor.
Also on April 27, there will a special class on Tying Small Flies for Spring Creeks and Tailwaters, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Have you been frustrated trying to tie that size 24 Trico dun? If so, this is an opportunity to learn some tips and tricks that will help you tie such “micropatterns” successfully. This course targets experienced tyers who are comfortable tying both dries and nymphs down to size 16, but need help with the smaller patterns. Materials will be provided, but bring your own vise and tools. Enrollment is limited, so sign up early if interested. Contact Dave Parker for further information.
Finally, Introductory Fly Tying classes are ongoing, with the next scheduled session on April 13, from 8:30 to noon.
Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held at the Izaak Walton Building in Fairmount Park. The cost for DCFF members is $10 per class.
More classes may be added for May, so be sure to keep an eye on the Education & Outings Calendar in the monthly newsletter, and/or on the Calendar tab on the DCFF web site.
*** NEW: On-Line Registration for Classes ***
We are pleased to be able to roll out the on-line registration system for the April classes. The process is quite simple: go to the DCFF web site, click on the Calendar tab, and find the date of the class you wish to sign up for. Click on that class and you will be prompted for your name, email address, and phone number (optional). Click “Yes” to complete your registration, and the instructor will be able to send you additional information and reminders as needed.
DCFF Education Coordinator
In keeping with a decade-old tradition, in late March there will be an outing to the Bishop area featuring on-stream instruction. This year, there will be three separate classes (weather permitting): (i) introduction to stream fishing (a class for beginners), (ii) introduction to Czech nymphing techniques, and (iii) mastering the challenges of Hot Creek.
As in years past, there will be a Saturday night BBQ dinner at Dave Parker’s house in Swall Meadows. This is an event you do not want to miss! Directions will be provided on Saturday morning.
Sign-up sheets and a detailed informational packet will be available at the monthly meeting on February 27. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up in advance. If you have questions, please contact Mike Wright.