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North Bay Trout Unlimited is organizing a trip to Sun Valley, Idaho for four days and four nights of great fishing, hiking, biking, and sight-seeing this September 2016. We will be staying just north of Ketchum on the Big Wood River. The accommodations may be seen here.
The trip begins the evening of Tuesday, September 6th and departs on Saturday, September 10th. The cost includes breakfast and lunch every day with dinner served on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The accommodations are steps away from the Big Wood River as well as a bike and hiking path which runs North toward the Sawtooth Mountains and South for over fifteen miles through Ketchum to Bellevue. There are many activities in this historical area and you will be two miles from downtown Ketchum, the center of shops and restaurants. Conde Naste lists Sun Valley as the #2 vacation destination!
There are many types of fishing opportunities including out your back door on the Big Wood River's Catch & Release section for rainbow and brown trout, small creeks, beaver ponds and the Queen of Idaho spring creeks and Silver Creek, 25 minutes south, where rainbows average 14” and browns run to 36”. Fish with anywhere from # 22 baetis and tricos to large grasshoppers and beetles. It is truly a fishing classroom and a beautiful stream with abundant wildlife, even the occasional moose!
You will be hosted by fishermen with over fifty years of experience in the area. Guides are available at all the local outfitters in Ketchum. They also have equipment rentals: www.picaboangler.com or http://silver-creek.com/. Bicycle rental shops are abundant and there is plenty to do in addition to fishing. We will be only thirty minutes from the Stanley Basin, the Sawtooth Mountains, and the River of No Return (Salmon River.)
The cost for four nights with all food and fishing info:
$600 per person - Bunk room. Shared with one other person. If using more than two bunks - $1400.
$800 per person - Shared twin room (or private for a couple), beds either king or two twins & shared bath.
$900 per person - Sold out - fireplace, king size bed, and luxury bathroom with spa tub ($1800 per couple or $1600 per single).
It's an eleven hour drive from the Bay Area or flights are available directly from San Francisco to Hailey, ID where car rentals are available. Less expensive flights are available to Boise with a two and a half hour drive to Ketchum.
This trip will be filled on a first come, first served basis. A $300 deposit will secure a spot. Please include which accommodation is best for you. Make the check to NBTU and send to George Starn, 220 Corte Colina, Novato, CA 94949. If you have any questions email George at email@example.com or phone 415-883-7447. All proceeds will go to NBTU.
Mike Cronin, NBTU Project Manager, giving a tour of NBTU's work at Devils Gulch to Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited. Work completed with the funding and assistance of California Fish and Wildlife, Patagonia, and the Rockey Foundation.
NBTU hosted its latest Redwood Creek workday on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. Thirteen NBTU volunteers joined with local tutoring company Sage Educators to assemble over 20 small, woody debris bundles which will be installed in the Creek at a later date to provide shelter for juvenile fish. The volunteers finished the day with some light weeding, removing bristly ox tongue around one of the three frog ponds to provide habitat for the endangered California red-legged frog.
Pictures of the progress made at Redwood Creek since 2009 can be found on the National Park Service website (PDF Link). There is also a map showing what the area looked like before the restoration began and what it looks like after (PDF Link). If you are interested in participating in Redwood Creek or other restoration projects, please send an email to Info@NBTU.org.
After several years in a row with below average rainfall during the typical coho spawning period, this year has finally delivered some much needed rain. This year the trick has been figuring out the windows for optimal conditions to conduct surveys. Until this past week, these survey windows have only been one or two days long in between storm events. However, even with short survey windows, we were able to document coho spawning in Olema, Redwood, and Cheda Creeks.
So far, monitoring crews have observed an increase in coho activity on Olema and Cheda Creeks when compared to the last time this cohort returned to spawn in 2012-2013. Cheda Creek, a small tributary to Lagunitas Creek, had five coho redds, eight live coho, five coho carcasses and six redds not determined to species. The largest number of salmon spawning was observed on Olema Creek in which 50 coho redds, 85 live coho, 28 coho carcasses, and 30 redds not determined to species. This is the largest coho spawning run observed in Olema Creek for over a decade.
On Saturday, January 23, NBTU volunteers helped plant willow stakes and build and installing willow fascines to help control erosion of sediment into John West Fork Creek in Point Reyes National Seashore. The control of fine sediment is key to successful spawning of endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead in the creek, a tributary of Olema Creek. Despite the wet and stormy conditions, volunteers helped plant 100 willow stakes and install 56 willow fascines, benefiting John West Fork Creek and about 7 miles of Olema Creek downstream.
Thank you to Jack Barry who organized the volunteers, and to our volunteers, who traveled out to Point Reyes and worked hard on a day of challenging weather!
See below for photos and examples of the work and the effectiveness of willow fascines.
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