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Chad Chorney awarded Magic Valley Fly Fisherman of the Year

Chad Chorney, a longtime Magic Valley Fly Fishers volunteer and Trout Unlimited staffer, was awarded Fly Fisherman of the Year by the Twin Falls chapter at their annual banquet on Saturday Feb. 9.

Ben Collins, emcee for the evening, summed up Chad’s accomplishments like this:

“This individual is a firm believer of conservation and education through fly fishing. He joined Magic Valley Fly Fishers several years ago and brought with him an in depth experience in fly fishing, fly tying, fly casting and a willingness to participate in all the club’s activities and even more important, a willingness to become a leader and eventually serve as newsletter editor and then as president for two years. He also took on the onerous task of banquette chairman for two years and was always instrumental in any conservation projects the club worked on.

The only problem, he wasn’t an Idaho native and you know how that plays out in this state. However, he went to work under the tutelage of Dave Anderson who soon had him molded into an “almost” Idaho native.

Then he found a higher calling and went to work for Trout Unlimited where he could really put his fly fishing and leadership qualities to work improving trout waters in the state and lately, he raised his sights another notch and combined his fly fishing with photography.”

Chad has another success on the river.
Chad has another success on the river.

Congratulations to Chad and to the Magic Valley Fly Fishers on a successful banquette and another year of working to protect, restore, reconnect and sustain coldwater fisheries in Idaho.

Statement on Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Joan Hurlock

The Idaho State Council of Trout Unlimited met in Twin Falls on Saturday February 9 and voted to support the Senate confirmation of Joan Hurlock to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

Unfortunately the State Senate voted the other way and she was not confirmed.

Ms. Hurlock is a product of the commission screening process, which Idaho’s hunters and anglers strongly support. The eight-member screening committee unanimously recommended Ms. Hurlock and Trout Unlimited believes that attempts by a vocal but small minority of people to subvert the commission selection process is a disappointing and dangerous precedent.

First Blog Post

Welcome to the new online home of the Idaho Council of Trout Unlimited.

Idaho contains some of the most important habitat for several native trout and salmon species such as the Yellowstone cuttroat trout of eastern Idaho, redband trout across south Idaho, and westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout in the remote mountains and valleys of central and northern Idaho.

And then there’s the anadromous species of chinook salmon, sockeye salmon and steelhead that spawn in the relatively pristine waters of Idaho before they migrate to the Pacific Ocean.

Idaho is taking steps to protect the remaining stronghold habitats for these native resident and anadromous trout and salmon. A Federal regulation adopted by the Secretary of Agriculture directs the US Forest Service to protect about 90 percent of the remaining roadless areas on National Forests in the state ­­ about 8.8 million acres of 9.3 million acres. Wild and native trout will greatly benefit from this rule.

Save the Yellowstone cutthroats. Learn more about this project here.

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