Fish Talk | September 2018 Newsletter

Hello everyone!

The colorful leaves are beginning to fall, and you can see your breath when you go outside in the morning. There’s some new snow on the mountains from time to time now as well. More signs that winter is on its way are the flocks of geese in the air, and puffy, flowerless, fireweed along the roadways. Silver salmon fishing is still in full swing in some places, and the big, fat, rainbows are easy to find in their habitat gobbling up the salmon carcasses.

Carcasses for Stoneflys
Carcasses for stoneflies

I had the luck to spend two days on the Kenai River this past week-end doing my best to connect with one of its huge, 30-inch rainbows that appears late in the season to gorge for the bounty. Two freezing mornings greeted us as did heavy fog until mid-morning when a glorious sun broke out and warmed us continually throughout the day. Both large and small fish responded to our offerings, but the jumbo beasts stayed hidden until another day. The really-really large fish are said to appear only as the temperature drops, but I’m not sure I’m tough enough to face teen-numbers to see if that is actually true. Why don’t you get out your gear for one last attempt and see what you can do if you’re tougher than me before the snow flies. Send me a picture for the news letter if you score.

Maxine McCormick, the Wonder Girl of Fly-casting

The week-end of August 16-17-18-19, 2018 was poised for the 5th World Championships in Fly Casting in Cumbria/North England and 14-year old Maxine McCormick was poised and ready to compete and repeat her gold-medal-winning performance from the 2016 Estonia competition. And, medal-winning it was. Two gold medals and one silver medal ended up in her hands where the custom rod (created just for her by her coach, Chris Korich,) did its magic. One medal was for accuracy and another for distance. One set a new distance record at 189 feet! It is almost unbelievable, but Maxine’s championship casts took place in winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour. (Just “Google” Maxine McCormick fly fishing and see what a phenomenon she really is. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to write about Maxine for my up-coming book, the Second Edition of my gold medal book River Girls. Look for it next May from Epicenter Press. )

News from Trout Unlimited on Pebble Mine

Some Bad Bristol Bay news for you:

Recently, the federal agency in charge of reviewing Pebble’s mining application moved the company one step closer to digging a massive, toxic hole at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
The Army Corps of Engineers released an incomplete report that leaves out important scientific studies and glosses over input from thousands of Americans. A project the size and scale of the proposed Pebble Mine – that threatens our fish, jobs and way of life – deserves a more rigorous review. If you live in Alaska, please help ensure this happens today.

thout significant intervention by Alaska’s state leaders, the process that is underway now will pave the way to Pebble mine being constructed in Bristol Bay.
Taking only 37 pages to summarize over 400,000 comments, the report is insufficient to acknowledge the value of Bristol Bay and does nothing to protect the region’s salmon, cultures, and jobs from Pebble.

ALASKANS: Please take a moment to contact our decision makers right now and ask them to put the current flawed process on hold, and ensure Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a fair and rigorous process.
Nearly all of our state leaders say that the mine application should receive fair review, however that’s far from what’s playing out in reality. We need to convince our state’s most powerful leaders that they can no longer remain silent.

If you live outside of Alaska, please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors across the country that Pebble’s mining permit is ADVANCING at a rapid pace. We’ll certainly contact you the next time we have an action alert in which you can participate. Thank you for staying engaged.

Thank you,
TU’s Save Bristol Bay Team
P.S. Our Facebook page is a great place to find the latest news and updates.

Columbia River Closes to All Salmon Fishing

With fall Chinook salmon returns to the Columbia River tracking well below preseason predictions, fishery managers announced the Columbia River from the mouth at Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington closed for angling and retention of all salmon and steelhead at 12:01 am Thursday, Sept. 13.

October 6-7 Florida Sportsman Expo

Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
Florida Sportsman Magazine will return to Tampa to host the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds, October 6th & 7th, 2018. Attendees of the Florida Sportsman Expo will find an array of new exhibitors, new fishing and hunting seminar speakers and other exciting features, including boat dealers and manufactures, large fly casting pond, artist, archery games and the Iron Buck Archery Tournament by Arrowhead Archery will return again this year.

Maryland: Fall Trout Stocking to Begin

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes and rivers from mid-September through the end of October. If you live in the area you better get ready to take advantage of it!!

Orvis-Endorsed Saltwater Fly Fishing Schools in Sarasota, Florida

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL has announced dates for their Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools for the upcoming fall through spring timeframe; Nov 17, 2018 and Jan 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, and Apr 13, 2019. Located on Siesta Key, named Best Beach in America, the schools will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. Instructors, Capt. Rick Grassett and Capt. Ed Hurst, will also cover leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly-fishing techniques. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Cost for the schools, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $195 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or to make reservations.

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Alaska Fly Fishers ‘On-Line” Auction

An ‘on-line’ auction is in the making by the Alaska Fly Fishers! It will be predominately trips including some of AK fly fishers members’ favorite places to go. More information very soon!

That’s all for now. ~ Pudge