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    December 8, 2016, 6:30 PM
    Snake River Fly on 257 North Main

     

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    SAVE THE YELLOWSTONE CUTTHROAT UPDATE
    IDAHO TU RESTORATION PROJECT
    April 16, 2016

    Posted by John C. Ellsworth, Idaho Council Yellowstone Cutthroat Coordinator

    This is a summary of progress on suppressing lake trout and restoring native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake since the October 17, 2015 report to the Idaho Council.

    Background
    The last meeting of the Yellowstone Lake working group was December 2, 2015. The working group is composed of Yellowstone National Park, US Geological Survey, Trout Unlimited in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and TU National, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. The International Federation of Fly Fishers also contributes to this effort.

    Progress Summary
    The following was provided on March 29, 2016 by Dave Sweet, WY TU Yellowstone Lake Special Projects Manager.

    The Yellowstone Lake Working Group met in Livingston, MT on December 2nd, 2015. Represented were all of the groups that have been focusing on removing lake trout from this system and aiding in the recovery of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout population.

    Each participant gave a summary of their work over the past year. Some of the highlights of the meeting include:

    1. The contract netting for lake trout completed 2015 with the highest total number of lake trout removed from the system ever: 321,000. This is slightly higher than the total for 2014 and had a slightly higher Catch per Unit of Effort (CPUE). Although the group had hoped the CPUE would continue its decline shown over the past three years, the Hickey Bros. crews were the most experienced ever and were guided by the ever expanding telemetry information. The group felt that the slight uptick in CPUE should not be construed as indicative of an expanding lake trout population. Netting efforts in 2016 will continue at this high level of 2015.

    2. Population estimates of the lake trout made by Montana State University (MSU) scientists based on 2015 information showed a declining population in one calculation and a slight increase in the other (based on the above mentioned CPUE numbers).

    3. Distribution netting results of lake trout showed a continuing decline especially of the bigger lake trout while distribution netting of cutthroats showed a slight decline in total numbers from 2014 with continuing good survival of juvenile cutthroats. The slight decline in total numbers is probably not statistically significant.

    5. Lake trout ova and fry development studies are nearly complete through the contractors at the University of Vermont. A formal report will be issued this spring, 2016.

    6. The lake trout telemetry study is scheduled to be concluded at the end of the 2016 season with emphasis on the use of large VEMCO Positioning System (VPS) arrays during the fall 2016 spawning season. Exact locations are yet to be determined. The results from the arrays placed in fall 2015 are not yet available. We are going to install receivers on the Lake this August when we place them for the arrays to find the spawning beds within those arrays. Verification of spawning beds is the top priority. The largest number of transmitters ever placed in lake trout will be surgically implanted during June 13-17, 2016. No summer 2016 tracking of these fish is planned since we already have 4 years of movement studies during the summer.

    7. The telemetry data analysis project has taken major steps forward this year in determining the best ways to analyze and present the data. The contractors presented unique and informative visual aids in examining these data. A more thorough report is expected in Spring 2016.

    8. The NPS is also using hydro-acoustic telemetry and mobile tracking to locate lake trout in real time for gill net placement optimization. They tagged 100 lake trout in 2015 and will tag 100 more in 2016 (also planned for June 13-17th). They use a different frequency and ping rate along with mobile receivers on their boats.

    9. The Yellowstone Park Foundation reconfirmed their commitment to raise $1 million in 2016 for the netting operation and reported that they met their goal of that same amount in 2015.

    10. Trout Unlimited and its Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) partners are in the final year of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust Fund (WWNRT)grant. A balance of about $294,000 remains for the final year in the grant and about $70,000 in matching funds is currently available. The group is still fundraising in anticipation of future needs and to match WWNRT funds. Dick Crysdale, author,presented TU with a check for $1500 from his book sales.

    11. Todd Koel, fisheries supervisor in Yellowstone National Park, gave a brief overview of the efforts in the rest of the Park other than Yellowstone Lake to bring back Yellowstone cutthroats, westslope cutthroats, and fluvial arctic grayling.

    The exciting core message we want to continue to communicate to the public and our project supporters is:
    The lake trout decline in Yellowstone Lake is resulting in an increase in native Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations, and we must continue the work of restoring the Yellowstone cutthroat trout to its rightful place in the Yellowstone Lake system. Recently published reports
    The two most recent reports from USGS on the lake trout suppression program are:

    1. “Identifying Movement Patterns and Spawning Areas of Invasive Lake Trout in Yellowstone Lake: Investigators Annual Report for 2015, (March 2016)” Open Report

    2. “Lake Trout Suppression in Yellowstone Lake: Science Review Panel: Interim Scientific Assessment, 2014 Performance Year - A Report to the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park (2015)” .pdf here go.nps.gov/laketroutsupression_workshop

    Call for volunteer anglers to assist with lake trout tagging June 13-17

    Please remember -- volunteer anglers with boats are needed to participate in lake trout capture and tagging on Yellowstone Lake June 13-17 (flyer emailed to all Council members March 8). As of March 29, we have 13 angling boats and 3 surgery boats committed to the effort however we don’t know of any TU Idaho members planning to participate, so please remind your members about this great volunteer opportunity!

    To sign up, please call one of the following:
    Dave Sweet: 307-899-9959; Lew Wiser: 307-670-5503; Dave Crowther: 307-587-3950 Idaho Council and Chapters successfully raised $3,000 in support of this project.

    At the fall 2015 meeting the TU Idaho Council pledged to match $1 for every $2 donated by chapters, up to a maximum of $1,000 in Council funds.

    Our TU Idaho chapters have met the Council’s challenge, donating the full $2,000 needed to earn the $1,000 Council match.

    Upon receiving this generous donation, Dave Sweet, Wyoming TU and NGO lead for this effort, stated, “John, Thank you very much for carrying the message to all the ID chapters and the ID council. Their combined donation is very much appreciated and will help us tremendously as we proceed into this final year of telemetry. Would you please forward my sincere thanks to all.”

    On behalf of all of our partners in the Yellowstone Lake Working Group -- Thank you,
    Idaho Council and Chapters!

    The Way Forward
    Idaho Trout Unlimited will continue to serve as a full partner in the Working Group along with our NGO partners. The work to restore the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout to its rightful place in the Yellowstone Lake system, and to successfully implement the broader goals of the NPS Native Fish Conservation Plan throughout Yellowstone National Park will continue for several years. The voice of Idaho Trout Unlimited is heard as a respected partner in this critical, nationally important coldwater conservation effort.

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    Portneuf River Project
    A Series of Update Reports - Bud Smalley
    Portneuf River Project Partners

    Report #1:

    Several years ago a landowner contacted me about giving land to the Caribou Conservancy for the purpose of public access as well as preserving and protecting the land. It was along the Portneuf River a few miles below Lava Hot Springs. In the course of discussions with the landowner it became obvious that she did not have the resources to donate the land so the Portneuf River Partners, including the SEIFF, began a search to find ways to secure the land and follow through with her vision.

    Thanks to donations from the SEIFF, and other organizations the land was purchased and a plan was put together to provide for rehabilitation and public access.

    The first thing to do was to fence off the land to keep sheep, goats and llamas off of it to allow it to heal. The IDF&G put up the fence and one summer of no grazing produced dramatic results.

    We still needed to stabilize high banks to eliminate erosion and re-establish flood plain in the process. We began discussions with several organizations and local land owners to put a plan together. Those organizations are, Idaho DEQ, IDF&G, US Forest Service, Sage Brush Steppe Regional Land Trust, SEIFF, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Ken Andrus, Carolyn Williams, Nolan Johnson, Randolph Seed, and the Idaho Department of Water Resources and US Army Corps of Engineers. It was a long process. Applications for stream work had to be submitted complete with detailed drawings and plan descriptions of the work to be done.

    Our intention was to move three to four thousand cubic yards of sand off of the river banks to remove several high sand banks and establish viable flood plain in their place. Note the picture of the high banks. This bank was 12 feet high and literally put tons of sand into the river every spring.

    We worked with the USFS to harvest thousands of willow cuttings on nearby Forest property that we tied into bundles and staged in the river to be planted in the newly formed flood plain. One of the hardest items to find were 200 full sized junipers that we needed to harden the deep river bends and help build flood plain. You would have thought that with the thousands of acres of junipers around LHS that this would not be an issue. Not so. It took many phone calls and several trips to Lava to speak to landowners before we found one willing to let go of 200 junipers! Louis Wasniewski of the USFS found a willing landowner and we still had to make several trips to put that part of the deal together. We still had to figure out how to harvest and move those trees, not an easy task. The Idaho DEQ working with JR Simplot and Koger Construction came to the rescue.

    In the month of October the ITD built a temporary haul road into the property and moved in with an excavator and three front end loaders to begin the task of moving thousands of yards of dirt to transform the riparian area along the stream.

    Heavy equipment was needed. Note harvested junipers on the right of the photo. The high bank was a major source of sediment as well as being unsafe to walk on and was cut down to create a flood plain. The new flood plain is planted with sedge mats, willows and seeded by the IDF&G with their wild grass mixture.

    There is now a parking area and walking path to provide for public access. The SEIFF have contributed a lot of financial resources to this project as have other groups. This project will serve as a demonstration for us to show what we can do with the cooperation of landowners, government agencies, private corporations and conservation groups. We can all be proud of the outcome at Topaz Landing and look forward to more projects that will contribute to improved water quality and recreation opportunities.

    Next project, Pebble Creek in the fall of 2012.


    Report #2:

    Lot's of stuff going on through the Caribou Conservancy, SEIFF and Portneuf River Project Partners.

    We have designs completed for interpretive signs that will be installed at Topaz Landing along with several benches this fall. We also are going to use some grant money to wage war on weeds and reseed the area this fall. Next spring that property should look awesome.

    We are going to haul rock and dirt to the Topaz River Gauge on the 13th, 14th and 15th of September. The contractor will also place that material in the river to rebuild the bank on those days. We may have another willow cutting party on the 12th to replenish our supply of fresh cuttings to plant bank into the new bank. Sometime shortly after we will have another work party to dig and plant sedge plugs into the new bank to help hold it in place. A contractor will install a fence to keep animals out of the river and protect the new bank.

    We were notified in July that we were awarded the 319 grant we applied for to do restoration work on Pebble Creek. This means we have over $200,000 in the bank to put toward that project.


    Report #3:

    Well the machinery is done rebuilding the river bank in front of the Topaz River Gauge. By the time this hits the presses several of us will have gone to the site to transplant sedge plugs to newly disturbed soil in the area. This gauge has been in constant service for over 30 years and provides critical stream flow measurements to many agencies on the Portneuf River. The Soil and Water Conservation Service and the NRCS have erected fence to protect the newly rebuilt bank and vegetation from gazing by farm animals. This will allow grasses and woody plants like willows and dogwood to establish root systems that will hold the bank in place for a very long time.

    At the SEIFF Board Meeting the Board wrote a check to the Portneuf Soil and Water Conservation Service for the $8000 that we were holding from the TU Embrace a Stream program for the Pebble Creek restoration project. Those funds will be used to pay for buck and pole fence that we will build along the Portneuf River on the Holsten property to keep cattle and horses out of the river. We will work with Mike Holsten to mark out the path for the fence; a path that will go through some very heavy willow stands. Then in a week or so we will schedule a work party to clear out a 12 foot wide path for the new fence. That path will be roughly 1500 feet long. After we have the path clear we will assemble crossbucks and move the fence material to the cleared path and then we can erect the fence. This will be a lot of work and may not be completed until sometime in November. We will be letting you all know of scheduled work days as soon as we can get them identified.

    On another good note I was informed today by Jeff Hammes, our local USFS District Ranger, that he was successful in lobbying for a RAC grant that will help to put one of the irrigation ditches into pipe on Pebble Creek. The ditch that carries this water blew out last year and wiped out a large area of forest and the farmers have not been able to use the water ever since. These funds will not only protect the forest from ditch failures but also provide a fish screen and make for more efficient use of the water. This one will be be another win – win project.

    We have lots of opportunities to complete projects like these that will improve habitat, water quality and water delivery systems.

    Stay tuned for work party notifications. We have lots to do and hard work is very rewarding.


    Report #4:

    Pebble Project Update October and November marked the beginning of a multi-year project to restore two channels of Pebble Creek on private land and we have done so with a tremendous flourish of activity and amazing success.

    Rockin-T construction moved in with an excavator and a heavy haul truck to complete the heavy work of harvesting willows and sedge mats and re-creating a restored stream channel. 2800 feet of new channel has been excavated and planted. Willows were pulled out of a fence corridor along the Portneuf where a riparian fence was scheduled to be built. Last week the IDF&G and TU worked to salvage YCT fingerlings and sculpins from the old channel and those were transplanted to the new channel. The Rockin-T excavator blocked off the old channel and fully opened the way to the new channel. Full flows headed down the new creek bed. About two weeks ago partial flows were diverted into the new channel to begin the long process of watering the full length. Believe it or not it takes time, lots of time, for the flows to saturate the new streambed, carry sediment and settle it in between the rocks and seal the new channel bed. Almost a week after full flows were diverted water still has not reached the Portneuf River.

    In the upper reaches of the new channel that did hold water we watched trout dart in and out of cover in the deep pools. These fish moved down stream from the stream futher up in the forest. It was awesome seeing these fish in the new channel.

    Volunteers worked for four straight weekends and two weekdays to place fence material in the 500 yards of cleared fence row. This was very hard work that was aided greatly by 84 students, 11 teachers and two volunteers with personal trucks and flat bed trailers on a snowy day in October. These kids from North Gem High School in Bancroft worked to load trailers and then place the poles and crossbucks in the fence row. We would not have completed this project without their assistance. The fence was built with a tremendous amount of effort and loaned tools and equipment. Chain saws, gas powered drills, hammers, trucks, trailers and four wheelers all contributed by volunteers and the IDF&G helped get this done. We crossed several creek side channels and built in 5 'gates'. These gates have the end posts painted white so that the rancher can easily find them to open them up to drive cattle back onto his property when they get on the wrong side of the fence.

    As of this writing we are still waiting for the well driller but he is contracted to get that job done this year. That well will provide off stream water for livestock, which will help contribute to stream health. A fence contractor will build a new riparian fence along a route agreed to by the rancher and the project partners that will protect the newly built stream channel. This week a huge culvert will be delivered that will completely span the new channel and provide access to the pasture on the other side of the new stream. Salvaged trees, bushes, dirt and rock from the new channel will be used to plug the old channel for reclamation purposes.

    Next summer we will continue this project by completing the same work on the northernmost stream channel and planting dozens on new trees along both channels.

    This project will greatly improve water quality by reducing sediment into the Portneuf and it will create stream environments that are eight times more productive for YCT trout.

    This has been a tremendous win for all of us. We owe debt of gratitude to Mike and Roxy Holsten and all of the government agencies, private organizations and volunteers who have worked long and hard to make it a success.

    My thanks to all of you.

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    CONSERVATION PROJECTS


    THOMAS FORK PROJECT: An ongoing project with TU, Idaho Fish and Game, local landowners to restore habitat to the Thomas Fork Bonneville Cutthroat population.

    UPPER PORTNEUF RIVER FENCING PROJECT: An ongoing project with Idaho Fish and Game and local landowners to add new fence and repair old fence section of the upper Portnuef River drainage to improve riparian habitat.


    CONVSERVATION PROJECT PICTURES. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FILES.

    GIRAFFE CREEK PROJECT FILE

    SLATE CREEK PROJECT FILE

    PORTNEUF FENCE PROJECT PROJECT FILE


     
    FROM THE PAST PRESIDENT




    Greetings Fellow Fly Fishers,

    Welcome to the SEIFF homepage. Our website has undergone numerous changes over the past year. With new and informative links always being added, a change to the overall layout and quick links, I hope you find this website easy to use and informative. You can even click on the website revisions and find out what the latest changes are without having to surf the entire webpage.

    Please drop me a line with your suggestions of a link you enjoy visiting, fishing joke, pictures or even a video you would like to share. I want this to be your website for all your fishing information and reading enjoyment.

    I have stepped down as the club president and want to thank the board and club members for a memorable four years. We are currently looking for a replacement for this position. If you are interested please contact me or any board members. Hope you have a great summer enjoying your favorite fishing spots and we will see you in the fall.

    Mark your calendar for the second Thursday of each month and watch our website for new information about each club program of entertaining and informative presentations.

    Respectfully,
    Darrell Brown
    Past President


     

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    SEIFF DISTINGUISHED CLUB AWARD

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    SEIFF - 2008 Sportsman Group of the Year!!

    On April 26, 2008 the local Idaho Fish & Game district office presented SEIFF, at a special awards banquet, the "Outstanding Volunteer Club of the Year Award". This was the first year Fish & Game recognized an outstanding club so this makes this is a very special, prestigious award. Congratulations SEIFF!! (Open Award Pictures)


    2008 Fish & Game Sportsman Club of the Year
    (L to R - Darrell Brown, Travis Jones, Bud Smalley, Dave Johnson, Todd Carter, and Dick Scully)

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    CLUB MEMBER PICTURES AND VIDEOS!



    2008 YELLOWSTONE FLY EXPO (Open File)
    FLY FISHING YELLOWSTONE PARK - PART 1 (Open File)
    FLY FISHING YELLOWSTONE PARK - PART 2 (Open File)
    FLY FISHING CAMP AT CAMP PERKINS (Open File)
    DAN MURBARGER & SON ALEX (Open File)
    DARRELL BROWN, TAVISTOCK ENGLAND (Open File)
    AREA RESERVOIRS & RIVERS (Map Reservoirs) (Courtesy Darrell & Dan) (Open File)
    TODD CARTER & BUD SMALLEY (New Charter Chapter?) (Open File)
    ISU NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM FREE DAY (Open File)
    TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM WORKSHOP (2008) (Open File)
    SPORTSMEN AGAINST HUNGER FUND RAISER (Open File)
    TIDBIT COURTESY OF SKIPP RUDD. THANKS SKIP! (Open File)



    FISHING HENRY'S LAKE VIDEO OCTOBER 2009 (Open Video) click "HD"

    SEIFF "YOU TUBE" VIDEO HOME PAGE (SEIFFIDAHO) AND OTHER FLY FISHING VIDEO LINKS (Open Video Home Page)

    2014/2015 SEIFF NEWSLETTERS AND MINUTES

    April 2016 Newsletter Open File
    March 2016 Newsletter Open File
    February 2016 Newsletter Open File
    January 2016 Newsletter Open File
    December 2015 Newsletter Open File
    November 2015 Newsletter Open File
    October 2015 Newsletter Open File
    September 2015 Newsletter Open File
    August 2015 Newsletter Open File
    July 2015 Newsletter Open File
    June 2015 Newsletter Open File
    May 2015 Newsletter Open File
    April 2015 Newsletter Open File
    TU State Council 2013 Fall Meeting Minutes Open File

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    If you would like your pictures and/or stories added just click on my name, Darrell Brown, under Board Members in the left hand margin and send them to me.


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    Your SEIFF Board Member and Contact List (Open PDF File)
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