Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers In the News: February 2020
In this month’s newsletter you will find information about Project Healing Waters, club officers, fish outs, fly tying, the guest speaker for the February club meeting, some volunteer opportunities, and more.
Hope the publication is interesting and meaningful. The editor and the publisher hope to include more photos in the future- once we get things like “Pages” and “Word” and “jpegs” to play instead of argue with Mail Chimp.
Baum Lake Fish Out report And Next Fish Out:
Fifteen STFF members participated in our fish-out at Baum lake…arriving to 25 degree weather which was somewhat offset by steaming cups of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
For some of the participants, this was their first attempt at fly fishing at Baum Lake. The fishing was a little slow until the temperature improved…but once the first hatch of midges started the fishing rapidly improved. The most effect flies were zebra midges along with a variety of small mayfly nymph patterns.
By the end of the day, almost all members had landed multiple trout..mostly rainbows. Several members had landed over 20 fish….and a couple had 30 or more.
All in all is was a good day at Baum and a successful fish-out.
Dick Recchia firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 530/356-0547
Jim Tornillo adds: The Baum Lake fish out was” fantastic”. Two people in his boat did exceptionally well, and CONGRATULATIONS to Joan Muse: not only did she catch her first fly rod fish, but she also added almost a dozen more throughout the day. (Thanks to Jim for being the mentor!)
Joan and her first fly caught trout: see photo.
Another fish out is scheduled this month and should be an exciting event. On February 14th, Mike Caranci will be heading up the Lower Sac wade/float fish out. If any of you have attended this in the past, you understand Mike does an excellent job stream-side with information regarding where to fish and how to fish the river.
So, if you haven’t signed up give Mike a call or sign up at the next general meeting.
The Pyramid Lake fish out has been rescheduled from March 24th and 25th to April 7th and 8th.
This fish out conflicted with the release of Trout in the Classroom fish. Rescheduling allows those members who help out on this program, attend both events. Also, with the later dates, it just might be a little warmer and who doesn’t like warmer. Jim Tornillo
PHWFF February and March Activities
Our Redding Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program has been working on its spring fundraiser with exhibits at Sportsmen’s Warehouse providing program information about PHWFF and selling tickets for a rod, reel and landing net raffle. We will be at Sportsmen’s Warehouse for a few more weekends (Feb 14-15 and Feb 21-22). We will also be at Sportsmen’s throughout the day on February 15 with our PHWFF participants demonstrating fly tying skills learned through the program.
In partnership and along with STFF, we will be participating as exhibitors in the Norcal Boat Sport and RV Show at the Anderson Fairgrounds on February 28 through March 1. We will be demonstrating fly tying techniques and providing information about STFF and PHWFF.
PHWFF will also be participating as an exhibitor in the Sportsman’s Expo at the Redding Civic Center on April 4th and 5th. This expo and the Anderson Nor-cal show have been yearly venues that help us provide information about our program to the general public.
Our major event of the year is our annual Sundial Challenge fundraiser. The event will be on Saturday April 11 and Sunday April 12. We would like to encourage all STFF members to attend the event in support of PHWFF Redding’s disabled veterans and disabled active duty personnel through fly fishing. More information about the event and ticket sales will be forthcoming. Ron Saiki
Meet Your Club Officers Mary Nishioka: President
Some of my favorite memories growing up were summer trips to Minnesota; fishing with my cousins, uncles and aunts. This was all bait and lure fishing for pike, crappie and blue gill. (Another story) You had to drive at least 2 hours (even though my aunt and uncle lived on a lake with lots of fish), you had to be on the water by 4am (even though the first fish rarely bit before 9am), and you brought your fancy lures (red and white spinners) even though the biggest fish liked leach and corn sandwiches (kernel of corn, half a leech, kernel of corn). There would be 5 or 6 of us in the boat, lots of hot coffee, bags of doughnuts, cookies and sandwiches; and a red-hot penny ante poker game at the end of the day.
My youngest daughter was leaving for college and I needed something in my life besides work. I really tried to learn and like golf. I really liked hitting things but golf just made my teeth ache.
Fly fishing came into my life as a fluke (another story) but it clicked. My job was intense, high pressure, nit-pickingly detailed, and I loved it. I was always thinking about my clients, what to do better, different, etc.
Fly fishing was the only thing that totally moved my focus and everything else faded away. I started with one rod, one reel, and planning on fishing only in Northern California. I have an embarrassing number of rods, reels, flies. I have had so many adventures, some wonderful, some scary (more stories); met wonderful people, and fished new water all over the world.
Note: photo of Mary with Hound fish, Belize; 2019.
Meet Your Club Officers Deborah Ksenzulak: Vice- President
Deborah (Deb) Ksenzulak is the Administrator for Wells Small Fleharty & Weil in Redding, CA.
She started fishing at an early age using dental floss and marshmallows in her neighborhood pond.
This sparked a lifelong fascination with fish.
As a teen, Ksenzulak volunteered with Coleman National Fish Hatchery helping out during the Chinook Salmon spawning season. Years later with encouragement from her brother Steven, she picked up a fly rod and was instantly hooked. A self-taught tier, it was fly tying that initially brought Ksenzulak to the club.
Ksenzulak holds a B.S. from Chico State University in Recreation Administration. Born in Shasta County, she grew up in the mountains, rivers, lakes and ponds of the area. She joined STFF in October 2018. Her favorite piece of water is a small lake just off the PCT in the Russian Wilderness.
Ksenzulak enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, traveling, reading, and tying. Her future goals are to explore the waters of Mongolia and Slovenia.
Note: photo of Deborah on another favorite lake.
Trout Unlimited – Shasta Trinity Cascades Chapter
The local chapter of TU is the unofficial conservation arm of STFF. Some of the projects either underway or being considered are:
- The continuation of the Clear Creek rainbow trout/steelhead study, where a number of fish have been fitted with telemetry tags.
- A possible Hat Creek study in April.
- The future urban stream enhancement projects in or near the Redding city limits.
There will be a Film Premier on February 20. This used to be a major TU fundraiser but the program has a new owner so the financial benefits for the local chapter will be much less.
The TU state meeting will be in the Sacramento area on October 23-25 and will include fishing on Putah Creek, which was described in some detail in the Feb/Mar edition of “Fly Fisherman” magazine. Also discussed were some of the proposed changes in California fishing regulations, and a contribution was made to Project Healing Waters. Allan
Fish Camp- STFF scholarships. What is “Fish Camp”?
“The Fly Shop’s summer kids FishCampTM is a great opportunity for children from 10 – 15 years old to learn fly fishing and conservation in a fun outdoor environment. Held on the 440 acre Antelope Creek Ranch since 1998, kids experience a great week with plenty of fishing time every day, workshops on a variety of different aspects of fly fishing, fly tying in the evenings after dinner, and stories and S’Mores around the campfire each night.
The FishCampTM staff is a selected group of talented individuals who make learning fun and easy. Our team of counselors are patient experts who enjoy sharing their love of fly fishing with children. They are role models who share their positive attitudes on life with the campers”.
Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers and Shasta Mayflies are supporters of the program, and offer several scholarships each year to youths 10-15 years of age. The applicants must live in either Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, or Siskiyou county.
Along with their application they are to include two brief essays about themselves and why they wish to attend the camp. Also offering scholarships are Golden West Women’s Fly Fishers Foundation, Siskiyou Fly Fishers, and Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen.
If you know of a youth who would be eager to learn more about fly fishing, encourage him or her to apply. You can find out more on the Fly Shop’s web site as well as STFF’s Web Site under Club Events. Application deadlines are in April. Allan
The Shasta Mayflies
A bit of fly fishing history, the Mayflies club was founded in 2000 by Rachel Connery Andras. Her vibrant personality and great smile were really missed when she and her fishing guide husband Jim moved to Oregon. The club was women oriented though some guys like myself were among the 60 members. The meetings were informative and I always enjoyed listening to Nancy Modeen when she would present her fly fishing “tip of the month”.
The Mayflies club joined forces with Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers in 2012, and became a sub group or “ad hoc” group of STFF. They still have an annual fishing outing on Rock Creek Lake in August, which is a fund raiser for a Fish Camp scholarship. Each year the group sends a girl (a future fly angler) to the camp. They are also a contact group when I am looking for volunteers to help students during their classroom trout release day.
Which is a lead-in to the following: Request for Volunteers – Trout in the Classroom
Club member’s assistance is needed for fly tying and fly rod casting when schools release their trout. All events are 8:30 to 12:00 rain or shine, Dates and locations are:
March 23: STFF club house, fly tying and casting: 42 students
March 24: Anderson River Park: fly rod casting: 135 students
March 25: Whiskeytown Lake Brandy Creek launch: casting: 200 students
March 26: Whiskeytown Lake Brandy Creek launch: casting: 300 students
March 27: STFF club house: fly tying and casting: 65 students
If you are willing to help out, email Allan at email@example.com. Thanks!! Allan
Beginning Fly Tying
Tom Taylor has provided a complete description of the program on the STFF web site. The sessions begin on March 3rd and continue for six weeks. See the web site for sign up details.
Intermediate Fly Tying
The Intermediate Fly Tying Class is on the first Wednesday night of each month at 6:30 pm, doors are open at 6:00 at the Clubhouse.
We will be tying the Fox Poopah for February. March we will tie the Micro May. All those member who have their own fly tying tools and thread are welcome to come and tie. Cost of class is $5.00 for the materials packet to tie the fly.
Anyone who is reluctant to attend because of your skill level is welcome to attend and observe at no cost ( check-in with the instructor). We have a wide range of attendees with students just out of the beginning class to tiers that have been coming to the class for years. Usually if someone is struggling in the class you can ask someone else in the class, or myself, for help; I also sometime have another instructor in the class that can help students.
We have an atmosphere in class of having fun tying flies, good conversations, and there’s nothing like tying your own fly and catching fish with what you’ve tied.
Any Questions: email me and include your phone number and I’ll give you a call. Jim Gunderson – Intermediate fly tying Instructor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Meeting: Feb. 12: guest speaker: renowned fly fishing guide Hogan Brown; presentation “Striper fishing on the Lower Sacramento River”: and check out the new sound panels in the club house. A report on that project in the next newsletter.
Fish out Feb 14: Lower Sacramento River with Michael Caranci
Catch your “Coastal Rainbow” for the Heritage Trout Project! Take a photo!
Check the club website for the 2020 STFF Monthly Fish Out Schedule – under Club Info! Thanks to Jim Tornillo- Fish Out Chair
Note: the Pyramid outing has been moved to April 7 and 8. This is prime time on Pyramid, and if you want to stay at Crosbys it would be prudent to make your reservations asap. Staying in Sparks or Reno has its advantages, so that is still a good option.
More on Pyramid in March/April newsletter. Catch your Lahontan Cutthroat for the Western Native Trout Challenge!!
Nor Cal Sports show: Feb 28-March 1: volunteer for fly tying??
Kids Fishing Days: Two at the Mt. Shasta Hatchery, one at Lake Siskiyou (dates tba) and one at Lassen Pines Pond, Shingletown/Viola: May 9th
Reminder: Dues were due by the end of Jan 2020 so if you have not sent in your renewal notice we mailed to you or lost it you can visit the web site to download the application for new and renewals: mail the application and your check to the STFF mailing address found on the web site:
There were 212 STFF members in 2019
At some point: changes in store with the STFF web site and e-mails: the board is working on this.
And remember:There will be days when the fishing is better than one’s most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home. – Roderick Haig-Brown and:
“Really, the only thing a psychiatrist can do that a good (fishing) guide can’t is write prescriptions.”― John Gierach
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