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Idaho Trout Unlimited State Council Meeting, Saturday April 11

Hello All,  attached is the agenda  for the TU State Council meeting this Saturday. 
 

April 11– Idaho Council Spring Meeting, Boise, ID.  The meeting will be held at M-K Nature Center located at Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S Walnut Street. This is the same location as the last council meeting in Boise.  The hotel room arrangements are again at the Holiday Inn Express, 475 West Parkcenter Blvd., and (208) 345-2002.  Room rates are $83.00/night for a standard king or 2 queen beds. 

 

9:00            Welcome & Introductions

9:10            Minutes- Boots Allen

9:20            Treasury Report & Budget- Andy Brunelle

  • Scholarships for Western Regional
  • Fisheries of Idaho Grant

9:45            Climate Change:  Helen Neville, TU Scientist

10:30                   Break

10:40                   Water issue in Idaho, Peter Anderson, Counsel, Idaho Water Project

11:30          ID Water Project Update, Mark Davidson

12:00                   Lunch

12:30          NLC Report- Chris Jones

12:45          TU’s Wild Steelhead Initiative, JD Miller, TU

1:30            TU’s Owyhee Project, Pam Harrington

2:00            Break

2:10            Chapter Reports

3:15            Yellowstone Lake Update

3:30            New Business

4:00            Set Date & Location Fall Meeting; Regional Meeting Reminder

4:10            Adjournment – Dinner

 

Trout Unlimited film showing of “Wild Reverence ” April 28

Event Name – Trout Unlimited film showing of “Wild Reverence 
Event Dates and Times – April 28, 2015. Doors open at 6:30PM with film showing at 7:30PM
Description –  Trout Unlimited invites you to an evening of Wild Steelhead.  On April 28th, Trout Unlimited will show the award winning film “Wild Reverence” followed by a short presentation on their new Wild Steelhead Initiative. The event will help raise money for steelhead restoration in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Join us to learn more about the state of steelhead and what we can do to help restore the runs of this iconic fish. Sawtooth Brewery will be serving refreshments. Tickets are $15 each, and are available at the door and Silver Creek Outfitters. For more information, contact Chad Chorney with Trout Unlimited at 208-928-7656.

Location – NexStage Theater in Ketchum

Contact Name – Chad Chorney

Contact Phone  – (208) 928 – 7656
Contact Email Address – cchorney@tu.org

WILD STEELHEAD AND SALMON NEED YOUR HELP

Wild steelhead and salmon are unknowingly being killed by catch and release fisherman.  Last year while fly fishing the Clearwater river with friends in just one week we saw two steelhead drug up on the bank and pinned down then passed around for photos; two others were held up by the gills; and three were netted, brought into the boat where they were subdued before being passed around for photos with everyone in the boat.  Those fish swam away when released so people think they’re fine but the research shows that many of those fish will die hours later.

Washington and Oregon have made changes to their regulations to emphasize proper fish handling.  Tell Idaho Fish and Game they need to do the same by filling out their online Angler Input form.  Act quickly because the window for public comment is only open through the end of April March 22, 2015.  Here is a suggested comment, to get you started.

https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/webform/public-comment-opportunity-fishing-seasons-and-rules-2016-2018

Please help protect our wild steelhead and salmon by adding language to the fishing regulations to promote proper fish handling. Wild steelhead and salmon should be kept in the water and not drug up on the bank.

You can help wild steelhead and salmon by handling them with care. Don’t drag them up on the bank or bring them into the boat where they can flop around and bang their head.  Keep them in the water as much as possible.  For more details on how fish handling impacts mortality, see these great articles.

 

  1. TU Fish Handling Stress Summary
    http://www.tu.org/sites/default/files/Handling_Stress_Summary.pdf
  2. You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It
    http://www.ginkandgasoline.com/steelhead/you-may-be-killing-steelhead-and-not-even-know-it/
  3. Native Fish Society Keep ‘Em Wet Campaign
    http://nativefishsociety.org/index.php/conservation/keep-em-wet-campaign-photo-contest/

 

Thanks for your support, and remember. If they’re wild, KEEP ‘EM WET!

Troy Pearse

Boise, ID

 

Words Spoken at the Public Lands Rally

At the Public Lands Rally on February 12 one of the speakers was Pat Kilroy, Boise, Vice President of the Ted Trueblood Chapter.  Here is what Pat had to say:

I’m here representing myself.  The opinions I share are my own.

I’ve been asked to offer a perspective on this issue from a veteran’s perspective which I’m glad to do.  I have two points to share.

First, the lands of the United States of America are a birthright.  So, regardless of what state you call home and regardless of whether you hunt or fish they belong to all of us.

But, I believe that few groups have earned the right to enjoy those lands more than our service men and women.  Those that I served with hailed from each and every state and territory: Maine, Florida and Hawaii, Puerto Rico… and others chose to serve as a means to obtain U.S. citizenship – each should have the same rights you & I have to enjoy United States lands in Idaho.  Why would certain interests seek to disenfranchise them of that which they have defended?  In a state as patriotic as Idaho, I don’t think that is a question that should be casually dismissed.

Which leads me to my second point.  What’s the problem that needs to be solved by those seeking to wrest control of these lands from the citizens of the United States?  What is not working today that needs to be fixed?  In all the legislative literature and statements I’ve seen thus far, that rationale has yet to be fully and comprehensively explained.

Today’s complex problems need comprehensive solutions – and perhaps this is one of those kinds of complex problems.  Idaho has both a good reputation and provides a terrific example of how Federal, State, local and individual interests (and politics) can be considered, represented and addressed: I’m referring to the Clearwater Collaborative.  I’ll not comment further as  there are others more qualified to speak of its many attributes and contributions like Scott Stouder.  But, perhaps this is a candidate for a collaborative rather than some other political or interest group venue.

Thank you.

Hunters and anglers start their rally with the Pledge of Allegiance
Hunters and anglers start their rally with the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Top Ten Trout 2014

For the sixth year Idaho Trout Unlimited presents the top ten stories affecting trout, salmon and steelhead and their watersheds in Idaho.   You can find the previous top ten here for 20132012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.  There are always a lot of wild trout tales out there and we try to feature some from around the state.  This year we see much good work going on at the local level.

1. The shiny object of a record Snake River Sockeye Salmon adult return in 2014 grabbed headlines and pushed out any discussion of the chronic low numbers of the Snake River spring and summer chinook salmon, which have more high quality habitat than any other Columbia River salmon run, yet are upstream of the eight Federal dams.  Still lots of empty rooms in the five star hotels that the central Idaho backcountry represents to anadromous fish.

2. Idaho’s fabled Silver Creek is poised for the future thanks to completion of the Kilpatrick Pond restoration project.  Check out this video:

3. Federal water managers manipulate August flows in the South Fork of the Boise River to help move sediment in the tailwater section of the South Fork downstream of Anderson Ranch Dam.  The South Fork has been on the receiving end of massive amounts of sediment from post-wildfire debris flows in 2013 and 2014.

4. Restoration of the Coeur d’Alene Basin and its fish and wildlife habitat took steps forward, including completion of an important demonstration project on the Coeur d’Alene River.

5. The Bear River Narrows hydroelectric project will not go away.  Opposition to this project, that includes a large cross section of society, is still organized and commenting on the idea.

6. Check out this cool video of habitat restoration of the Yankee Fork, trees being placed in the stream by chainsaw, heavy equipment and chopper!  This project is a cooperative effort of many parties:  Salmon-Challis National Forest, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, US Bureau of Reclamation and Trout Unlimited.

The Yankee Fork work is part of the larger efforts in the Upper Salmon River basin as described here.

7. Clark Fork Delta restoration makes a big step forward with completion of work this fall.  There are many partners involved in this initiative.

8. A pure strain of native redband trout live in Dry Creek, just a few miles from Idaho State Capitol.  In December the city of Boise announced a new agreement to protect the watershed and trail use, including improvement of stream crossings, all of which will help this isolated population of native trout thrive.

9. After the wildfire of 2013 near Ketchum and Hailey meant erosion and other impacts to the Big Wood River, Trout Unlimited and the Wood River Land Trust announced in 2014 an initiative to improve habitat on the Big Wood River.

10.  The lower Boise River received some attention and will continue to in the future as the city of Boise updated its Master Plan for the Boise River.

Update on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

August 16, 2014
Posted by John C. Ellsworth, Vice-President Idaho Council of Trout Unlimited

“Identifying Movement Patterns and Spawning Areas of Invasive Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in Yellowstone Lake
Investigators Annual Report for 2013 (July 2014)”, the final report for the 2013 season of telemetry and netting on Yellowstone Lake, is now available online for automatic download here:

http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/files/norock/research/YSLake/LakeTroutTel_2013AnnualReport.pdf

Additional information and a link to the above report is available here:

http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/yellowstone_lake/pubs

As you review it, you’ll realize 2013 was a successful year for suppressing lake trout and enhancing Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations, but there’s still plenty of work to be done!

 

2014 Big Wood Single Fly Event

Save these dates, August 2-3, 2014. The Big Wood River in Ketchum, Idaho will be the site for the inaugural Big Wood River Single Fly Event. The proceeds will help fund TU’s Big Wood River Home Rivers Initiative, and will be put to use “on the ground;” protecting, re-connecting, restoring, and sustaining the Big Wood River and its wild trout fishery. Event Schedule: Friday, August 1 – for pre-event fishing, please contact Chad Chorney; Saturday, August 2 – registration and welcome dinner begins at 6 pm; Sunday, August 3 – event fishing, lunch, awards dinner and fundraiser

For more information, please contact Chad Chorney (cchorney@tu.org) or Nancy Bradley(nbradley@tu.org)

Download the flyer, rules and registration form.

http://www.tu.org/get-involved/national-events/2014-big-wood-single-fly-event

State Council Meeting April 12

Greetings Council,

It is time to crawl out of our winter hibernation.  We are starting to form the agenda for our spring meeting April 12 in Sandpoint.  If there is a topic to discuss or action item for the council please contact me.  Council meetings are a great forum to discuss concerns that are important to local chapters.

As noted below, this is a good time to be in Sandpoint for fishing and fun times.  Please consider this opportunity to explore our northern; some say “most beautiful “part of the state.

Thank you for your time,

Chris

 

Greetings from the north country— I have set up for rooms at the Best Western Edgewater Resort for the spring meeting-  They have given a price of $68 dollars for both a room with a King and one with two queens-  their number is 208-263-3194-  As always you need to tell them that you are with Trout Unlimited- I told them there could be some that would want Thursday, most for Friday and Saturday- could have this rate for all plus sunday-  We are still in the process of finallizing the meeting room- that info will follow-  Also, for those of you that would like to do a one day float on the St. Joe or the CDA let me know so I can line up enough boats for the day-  could be thursday friday, sunday or even monday if so want-  This is a very good time to be fishing these two rivers- would be some midge, baetis, and possibly some sqwalla stones-All wild native westslope cutts- later my friends- loren