Last Saturday, one of our newest chapters -- the TU Central Sierra Chapter – did themselves proud by hosting the 3rd annual Fresno SalmonFest. This event is jointly sponsored by TU and the San Joaquin River Partnership. In previous years, TU staff handled much of the duties required to put on a major event such as the SalmonFest, but this year CSTU did it all themselves (in no small measure by hiring former TU staffer Steve Thao to take care of organizing and production).
The Fresno SalmonFest is at its heart a celebration of the progress being made, slowly but surely, in restoring the San Joaquin River. A primary goal of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program is bringing back the spring run of Chinook salmon which made California’s second longest river one of the most productive salmon streams on the West Coast until construction of Friant Dam in 1942. Since its inception the SalmonFest has become one of TU’s signature events in the West.
This year’s event drew a solid crowd (estimated 500 people), with the highpoint being release of adult salmon, trapped earlier that day downstream, into their historic spawning habitat just downstream of the dam. But the event also threw in some new twists which were a big hit with participants, young and old.
Here is a short article on the 2015 Fresno SalmonFest: http://www.tu.org/blog-posts/2015-fresno-salmonfest-blends-fish-fun-and-family . Please join me in saluting the Central Sierra Chapter for a job well done.
Here’s hoping y’all are getting some good rain and snow out of this latest storm...
Trout Unlimited is proud to be once again the 'lead fish' in the 4th annual Wild Steelhead festival in Healdsburg, CA, Feb. 11, 12 and 13. Led by the local Redwood Empire Chapter, the event kicks off on Friday night, 2/11, with a wild salmon dinner at the Villa Chanticleer, starting at 5:30 P.M.Our featured dinner speaker is Lani Waller; famous Russian River steelheader, author of several fishing books and videos and, an activist in fisheries conservation issues.
The Plaza in downtown Healdsburg will be festival-central on Saturday, 2/12, from 10A.M. to 4:30P.M.. Features include our traditional kid's trout pond, live music, information booths, kid's face painting, winetasting and much more. Please visit the festival's website at http://healdsburgsteelheadfest.org for more details.
2009 Teacher's In-service Seminar
Allison Scott’s 3rd Grade Class
An in-service training for new teachers to the program is held on a Saturday in early January at the Warm Springs Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma.
Please check our Calendar in December for the date of the January training.
Also check our calendar for the date of the Saturday workshop held to build the aquarium/incubators which is held in mid-February each year.
GSF and TU-San Diego volunteers also teach youth flyfishing classes in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Cuyamaca near Julian. This class is essentially Flyfishing 101 for kids, and the students catch on to the basics in no time. In six hours, the students learn fly-fishing equipment, how to cast, tie a clinch knot, tie a wolly bugger, present a fly, and identify insects that trout love to eat. Then they got to fish in the lake at the end. More classes are on tap for 2007, contact Rod Hendrickson for more information and to join the cast of instructors.
Celebrate the Return of Wild Steelhead to the Russian River!
The Redwood Empire Chapter of Trout Unlimited is co-sponsoring the fourth annual Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival in the heart of Sonoma County’s Wine Country: February 10-11,2012
The Wild Steelhead Festival brings public awareness to this threatened species. The Russian River once hosted the 3rd-largest steelhead run in California, attracting anglers from around the world. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared February “Steelhead Month” and established a commitment to restore a run of 50,000 wild steelhead in the Russian River.
We invite you to celebrate the annual return of the wild steelhead with us and to learn more about the benefits they bring to our community and the efforts being made to enhance their natural habitat.
Gala Dinner--Villa Chanticleer,healdsburg, 6 PM
Fly Tying Classes, Casting Clinics & Fly Fishing
GSF has recently had the priviledge to conduct weekly Fly Tying classes at the Marines Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton. All of the Marines involved in these classes are recovering from wounds sustained in combat and I must say they are ready for anything. By the second week we needed to step up our program to meet the needs and interest of these gung-ho Marines.
GSF has assembled outstanding fly tying kits for the first ten Marines to participate in this program. With help from sponsoring businesses such as Eagle Creek, Griffin Vices, Dr. Slick, Danville Chenille and Bob Marriots, we have been able to assemble the tools and materials necessary to jump start this program at a very reasonable cost.