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NCFF-Spring 2016

[h3]“Getting Started Again-Thoughts and Reflections on the Upcoming Fishing Season”[/h3]
[h5]By R. A. Lewis NCFF member[/h5]

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Now that the ice is off the local waters we are all thinking about wetting lines again. In between the late winter/spring storms, there just might be some favorable windows of decent weather that will allow us to get out and fish again soon. It has been a rather wet winter here in Central Nevada and the ponds, streams and reservoirs are filling up again! This is great news and more water helps our naturally reproducing fish a bunch. It may, however, take several years for the fish populations to recover from the effects of our multi-year drought. No one knows if the drought is over. The rising water levels and increased flows will help the put-and-take stocked fisheries too; by moderating the water temperatures over the hot Nevada summer season. Let’s think about what we need to do in the coming months.

Flyfishing and fishing in general is a wonder sport. It gets you out into the wide open spaces, on the water and can be satisfying in many ways. You might choose to fish with family and friends. Some prefer the solitude of solo angling. You can put food on the table and/or mark your achievements by catch and release fishing too. Counting the number of fish caught, and measuring the size of the fish we land can be a rewarding competition among fishing friends and family. As responsible sportsmen we are bound by the laws and regulations of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). It’s time to get your 2016-2017 license and re-read the regulations. Buy the trout stamp and consider a second rod stamp. Note: June 11, 2016 is Nevada’s free fishing day.

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[h3]How will you approach the sport this year – keep them for the table or let them go free?[/h3]

1) Keeping fish: There is nothing wrong with taking a limit of trout for the table. You are responsible to keep your catch from spoiling. The very best way to insure non-spoilage is to dispatch the fish immediately and ice them down. Fish spoil quickly hanging on a stringer. If you intend to keep a limit-then take a separate ice chest just for the purpose of keeping your fish fresh. Gutting your catch and storing these fish on ice will make those meals memorable. Try not to let the fish sit in the ice slush. Instead-drain off the water from the melting ice often in order to keep the fish cold on top of the ice. Follow the laws on take and possession limits, carry out your trash and be familiar with the laws and regulations on the specific water that you are fishing. The harvest limits vary by species and waters. Be responsible-and please teach your children well.

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2) Catch and Release: Many flyfishers elect to Catch & Release. Many feel that this practice is the only way to go; since they are not harming nor taking the fish from the fishery. However, considering the varied studies on the topic, C & R anglers kill between 5-20% of the fish they catch and release! Many of them don’t realize this. So who is impacting the fishery more; an angler who takes a limit of 5 fish and then goes home, or the trout bum who C&R’s 50 fish in a long day-unwittingly killing five fish through post catch and release mortality? It becomes a push doesn’t it? Fishing is a blood sport and there is no way around that. If you want to catch and release, then it is your responsibility to do all you can to ensure the likelihood of the fish surviving the ordeal of being caught. Also-if you injure a fish-you should keep it for the table.

 

Guidelines for catch and release-

The following C&R considerations are commonly accepted as best practices:

1) Minimize angling duration (the time a fish is played and handled before hook removal). Although we have all done it, don’t play a fish until it is exhausted. That is a sure way to kill it. An exhausted fish will take 4 hours to recover or it might just die after a battle. See how fast you can land and release your fish. It becomes a win-win situation.

2) Minimize air exposure (15-20 sec) by removing hooks with the fish in water and photographing fish quickly. A fish kept out of the water for even 30-60 seconds may be adversely affected and die. Even if it swims away, that fish may die afterwards if it has been mishandled. Air time kills fish. It is best to use forceps to remove the hook while the fish stays in the water. Respect the fish as it is a living creature. Don’t take pictures of the fish held at arm’s length to make it look bigger. It is a phony practice in my opinion. If you need a “grip and grin” photo-then take the time to pose that image of the fish in the water or in a rubber net. If you must have the photo, then time the shot so the photographer snaps the photo as you lift the fish from the water and then instantly dunk it. You’ll know when you’ve done this correctly when the picture shows the water dripping from the fish.

3) Use barbless hooks and artificial lures/flies. Using barbless hooks, or hooks with mini-barbs allows you to unhook the fish faster and to minimize the damage to the mouth of the fish. It is easy and fast to pinch down the barb of a hook using hemostats or flat billed fishing pliers. Better yet-do this at home before you set out to your fishing hole.

4) Use rubber nets void of knots that protect fish scales and mucous. Keep your hands off the fish if possible. Hoisting the fish vertically to snap a picture is a sure way to injure the fish. In a vertical position a fish’s organs are unsupported and can get damaged just by the force of gravity. Therefore, keep the fish on its side-netted or not-and quickly get that hook removed. The object is to minimize stress and have the fish swimming again as quickly as possible.

5) Avoid angling during extremes in water temperature. When the late summer temps hit 100F and water temps approach 70+ degrees, it is time to sit by the swamp cooler and watch your favorite fishing shows on TV and tie flies.  Give the fish a break until fall. Fish, especially Trout get super stressed trying to survive in warm water. Signs of stress include a change to a dull color and lack of fight. These stressed fish won’t taste good or provide much sport and likely not survive catch and release.

 

The above information should give us all food for thought. Be sure to check your gear. Be sure to have the correct gear for the water you are fishing. It’s fun to plan ahead for a fishing trip. Be sure to get your annual license. You can buy them at retailers and online here: http://www.ndow.org/

NCFF Meeting Notes Feb. 18th, 2015

Location: Tonopah Brewing Company. Thanks goes out to our host, Master Brewer and fellow club member Lance Jergensen.

The Club held a general membership meeting which was headed up by Mark Madsen. Mark covered club business and then did a presentation on “Winter Fishing” tips and tricks. 10 members were on hand including two new members:

1) Todd Tanner –IGFA World Line Class Record holder (83LB King Salmon on 10# tippet)-using a Spey (two-handed) Fly Rod. (See photo on our gallery page) Todd is an avid fly angler and hails now from Smoky Valley where his family has roots. Todd took ownership of the NCFF fly tying kit for the next six weeks. If you want to try your hand at tying next round, the club kit has instruction manuals and plenty of materials: plus the Dyna-King tying vise. Tying your own flies is a rewarding activity; especially when you land a fish on a personally tied fly!

2) Hep Klemm– He’s a long time local who prefers fly casting using a traditional fiberglass fly rod. These sexy glass rods are in vogue again. Hep is a lively addition to NCFF’s ranks.

Mark reminded everyone about the NCFF play day at Sportsman Park Feb. 28th, 2015 @ 10:00 am. All members, families and guests are welcomed. Please give us a head-count ASAP so that enough lunch will be on-hand. OK? Thanks. Stay tuned for alternate locations if the weather turns sour. (Cancelled due to winter weather.)

Claudia Lewis gave a treasury report. The club is in the black with $235.00 in the till after expenses. Everyone’s 2015 dues are paid up except for one member.

Teresa Madsen is keeping our club website and Face Book page up to date: http://www.nevadaflyfish.com

Rich Lewis addressed the political aspects of the club.

1) He covering the proposed cleaning up of the second pond at Sportsman Park for fly fishing. We are working with Rotary and City of Tonopah to make this happen. Todd Tanner offered a gold dredge to remove weeds from the pond if we get the OK.

2) A discussion was held on the proposed reparation of Basset and Comings lakes; in coordination with NDOW’s Heath Korel- an NDOW’s Elko office Fisheries Biologist. Many of you met Heath at the last NCFF club meeting. In Early march NDOW will have a public comment period for their restoration proposal to the US Department of Wildlife. It is important for the club to support this initiative; since when implemented, it will restore Comins Lake into a banner trophy trout fishery once again.

3) We have renewed interest from the Nevada Dept. of Tourism to help promote fly fishing in Central Nevada to tourists. There should be a permanent pointer on Travel Nevada’s website soon. Their Content Director Sydney Martinez will be attending an NCFF event this spring and will write a feature on the club and fly fishing our area. That is exciting!

NCFF October Meeting Notes

 

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[h4]We had our second general club meeting Wednesday night at the new Tonopah Brewing Co.[/h4]
Our newest member, Lance Jergensen, just happens to be the brew-master at the Tonopah Brewing Co. Lance invited NCFF to use the place as the “NCFF Club House”. He is a gracious host indeed. Lance is also an accomplished fly angler.

At Wednesday’s meeting Lance J. offered and donated pitchers of beer to NCFF Members (fresh brewed Red Ale) that wanted to have a taste. Food: We had the option of buying BBQ from their extensive menu. We set-up chairs and tables among the vats and kettles inside the brewery-instead of being seated in the restaurant. It was a great atmosphere and a fun meeting.

NCFF picked up 5 new members and that now raises the NCFF roster to 16 members. Four gals and 12 guys strong (one Junior): NCFF is an optimistic group. Guessing that 5 have fly fished and the others need to/want to  learn. . So far. The club is now making plans for some outings and events in the upcoming months.

What really blew me away last eve was when a gracious member announced that he is going to pick-up a 10 passenger van for the club! All he wants in return is help on maintenance and keeping it on the road. Wow. We can sure have some great group outings with that vehicle. Then inspired by this donation, another member, donated his small john boat to the club too! Additionally, Mark Madsen will make his 4 man raft available for the member’s use. Double wow. I have a  personal pram, and a kayak to share as well. So all of the sudden we have a small fleet to work with. Any member wanting to get out on the water will have a chance to do so.

Another member, Jack W., is a master BBQ’er and has a trailer mounted BBQ Pit and says he cooks for up to 500! So Jack will be cooking BBQ for us at our first fund raiser. We want to team-up with the Rotary and have a fly fishing event at the annual Rotary Father’s Day fishing derby. If we can raise the funds at the BBQ,  NCFF wants to clean out a second pond at sportsman’s park (NCFF Work Party)  and pay to have trout dumped in for the derby, W can have a Fly Fishing- only derby in that pond with entry fees and prizes etc.That would be in conjunction with the bait-chucker’s derby which has been going for 44 years in pond #1 Ponds are 12 miles from Tonopah.

Additionally-NCFF was able to purchase a Dyna-King entry-level fly tying vise from a hefty donation of $250.00 from a sponsor at the Nevada Test site. We will loan out this vise to beginners in order to get them started. A member named Rick took it away to learn to tye. Get in on the draw at the next meeting for your turn on the Dyna-King vise.

We also now have NCFF art work in place at the local t shirt shop. You can have any garment or item made of fabric embossed with our logo. I ordered a LS tee with pocket and I think the total price will be $18. One guy had a ball cap made and it was around $8.00 So the biz doing this is very reasonable on prices. You can even bring in your own garment and have the vinyl NCFF artwork/logos pressed on-for less than $6. Neat! Any color combo you desire too.
[h4]Special Membership Note:[/h4]  Annual dues are $10 and for those charter members joining in 2014 the dues for 2015 will be only $5. Starting 2016-everyone is even and the dues will be nominally $10 annually from there on out  JR members are $5 per year.

 

Rich Lewis-NCFF Member

Aug 21, 2014 NCFF Meeting – RA Lewis

 

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Thankfully CJ was able to get the projector to work with her laptop. Whew. Always good to have a smooth presentation for an occasion like this. Now mind you, I’d be just as happy to have a future club meeting “Tailgate” style and you pick the fishing hole! It was good to meet so many new faces. A familiar face-Bob Perchetti, brought his Grandson Gabe. Gabe, whom I have fished with before, is NCFF’s youngest member. We now have eleven (!!) NCFF members. Bob had a very intriguing list of all his fishing spots around these parts. Impressive list and one that he said he’d share with the members. Bob said, at one time Peavine Creek ran hard to Millers and you could catch Trout at Millers! Things change. We are in a drought and have less and less water available to us.

 

 

 

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Enjoyed tying a few flies with the new members too. Thanks for watching!

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Thanks again to both Teresa and CJ for the great snacks. That was above and beyond the call. Also-Thanks to Dianne Perchetti for setting us up in the Tonopah Convention Center. The next NCFF meeting is Oct.1 at the new Tonopah Brewing Company. The Brew Master Lance is a fly fisherman who is also joining our ranks once he gets his production of beer and soda pop running smoothly.

Just In- As I was writing, the FedEx truck arrived with a package from Spectratek. Our friend Marty Kelum at Spectratek gifted NCFF with two very large master spools of holographic tensile and fine stranded slit film. What a great club donation! These “Flash” materials are perfect for many, many fly patterns we can tie. I’ll bring these master spools along to the next meeting along with some empty thread bobbins. You are welcome to wind some off a bunch of flash strand for yourself. http://www.spectratek.net

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Lastly- I am going to ask our webmaster Teresa to post a new fly pattern in the NCFF “Fly Pattern Index”. I call it the Global, or International fly. It was crafted a few years ago after talking with a park Ranger at Cave Lake about a Hot Fly used by a guy from Europe to good effect there. So my interpretation is not “That” fly actually-because I never did see it. Rather; the Ranger described it to me as best he could. My original “Global Fly” then is designed from my notes on this fortunate conversation & has been a “Hot” fly for me and several friends from California to Quebec ever since. It takes Trout at Groves Lake & Trailhead Canyon Reservoir for sure. Tie one up and try it.

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