Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Searsville Dam and San Francisquito Creek






































San Francisquito Creek, flowing out of Searsville Dam located on Stanford University has become a recent debate among Environmentalists who support one of San Francisco Bay's last populations of Wild Steelhead. Historically these steelhead spawned in the headwaters above this dam and have been blocked for decades in order to fill the reservoir above for irrigation water for Stanford's gold course and grass on its community.

This remnant steelhead population struggle through drought, depleted flows, degraded habitat and blocked access by Searville Dam. This dam that is currently being assessed for removal and with out help can be removed to help this dwindling population of native fish. With no meaningful benefits, safety concerns and the benefit to our native fish, the removal of this dam need to be taken under consideration.

In the end we are either protecting green lawns or steelhead. Which would you rather see? With Stanford University touting themselves as a leader in global stability, lets hope they make the right decision, removing this dam from campus and leading the way, proving they are leaders providing environmental stability in this community and the San Francisco Bay.

Read move via Ecowatch.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two Hander Day on the Klick 2014

Jack Mitchell Helping to Create proper Loop Formation. 
Its that time of year again for the second annual Klickitat Two Hander Day. Though last years the river was blown out, this year is looking promising. Regardless this spey gathering was a great success and lots was learned for all. 

Trey Combs













Come join us Saturday August 9th, 2014 for this years event at Leidl Access on the Klickitat. The event starts with a 11:00 am check in and ends with a riverside barbecue. After the afternoon classes you have the option to fish or hang out with the gang at the Steelhead Ranch where Todd Moen from Catch Magazine will be showcasing some film work.


Jeff Cottrell
This years group includes Jack Mitchell from the Evening Hatch, Jeff Klick Skater Cottrell , Brian "Snake Eyes: Chou, Brian Styskal the Hammer Tosser, Judge Ben Dow,  Eric Easy Neufield and myself.

Brian "Snake Eyes" Chou and Chad Brown from Soul River rolling in Clyde.
This years Itinerary.

This years topics include:

-Demystifying the variety of two hand lines
-Beginner two hand casting
-Intermediate/advanced two hand casting
-Getting More Distance
-Fishing the Fly, hooking and fighting fish
-Single hand spey casting
-Up against the trees
-Combining casts to optimizing efficiency
-Long belly vs underhand casting
-Overhead casting with the two hander

Product Representation Include:

-Airflo
-Echo
-Hardy/Greys
-Vision
-Rio
-Sage
-Redington

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Swing the Fly Magazine


With online magazines and more time to read then fish these days, Swing the Fly Magazine has been a bonus. Check out this summers edition when you get the time. Swing the Fly.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Breaking the Surface



Yeah, its time to tie skaters again.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GEOBASS Nicaragua





These guys kill me. Rainbow bass in Nicaragua with the Motiv Crew.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Umpqua Kill Fishery?

As disturbing as it sounds, locals who fish the Umpqua River in Oregon are once again trying to petition the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to allow retention of native winter steelhead. Over the years we have had to fight this battle again and again and as annoying as it is, we must continue to fight for these native fish. Please contact ODFW and let them know how vital this resource is to the Pacific Northwest and why it brings back anglers despite it being a no kill fishery.

Send Emails to: odfw.commission@state.or.us

and

Sign the petition here.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Lost Fish



Pacific Lamprey are one of the lesser known, yet oldest anadromous species in the Pacific Northwest. Much like salmon and steelhead, Pacific Lamprey struggle to reach the ocean when young and again in adulthood while on their spawning run, navigating through hydroelectric dams on their journey to their native waters.

The Lost Fish is a collaborative film with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Columbia River Intertribal fish Commission to bring light and public awareness to the decline of this disappearing species of fish. Pacific Lamprey hold both an important role in the heritage of our native people as well as a role in an intact ecosystem here in the Pacific Northwest.

In this Trailer you also see Elmer Crow, a Nez Perce elder and fisherman. Elmer grew up on the banks of the Clearwater River in Orfino, Idaho and has fished it since the young age of 3. This was long before the construction of Dworchak Dam on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Legend has it he is one of the remaining fisherman in this world who can not only say he has caught steelhead in Kelly Creek, but has taken them on a dry fly.