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    April General Club Meeting - "State of the Waters" Address
    Presented by Dave Teuscher
    April 14, 2016, 7:00 PM
    Snake River Fly on 257 North Main

    The Southeast Idaho Fly Fishers final program of the 2015/2016 meeting season has always proven to be both extremely interesting and informative. Our annual “State of the Fish” meeting has demonstrated to be a great beginning to the new season of fly fishing in our area.

    Mr. Dave Teuscher, Fisheries Manager for IDFG region 5 will be here for the Thursday April 14th, 2016 general club meeting to give his perspectives on the upcoming fishing season in our area.

    What is truly interesting about Region 5 is that it encompasses an extremely large and diverse territory that contains, from the fisherman’s perspective, everything from small streams to large rivers and many reservoirs and lakes. Virtually all of these bodies of water contain fish. Here in Southeast Idaho we are definitely living in a fly fisherman’s paradise!!!!

    Mr Teuscher will speak about many different fishing areas and which of those could fish better due to everything from Snow pack amounts to fish stocking, fish growth rates and other aspects that could give us fishers a “leg up” on the coming season. He is always open to questions concerning virtually anything to do with fish in our area. This meeting is a great way to get the best information from the man that works for us to make the fishing be as good as it can be.

    I highly recommend any interested people to attend what will be both an entertaining and informative night.

    The April meeting will be : Thursday April 14th, and is held at the new “Snake River Fly” fly fishing store on 157 North Main Street in “Old Town” Pocatello from 7:00 PM to 8-8:30 PM. As always, the meetings are free and open to anyone interested in any part of the sport of fly fishing.

    If you are a newcomer to the area, this meeting would be a great way to get to know other fly-rodders and learn about the many and varied places to wet a line!

    I hope to see you there!!!

    Very Sincerely,
    Tom Banyas, Programs chairperson, SEIFF

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    2016 Fly Fishing & Tying Expo
    Presented by Snake River Cutthroats of Idaho Falls
    April 22 & 23, 2016
    Shilo Inn Convention Center

    To find out more about the events and activities of the 2016 Expo click on IFEXPO2016.


    The Twenty-Four Mile SEIFF club outing held on Saturday June21st was a great success this year. There were more participants, the weather was great and the fishing was excellent also.

    I do believe that everyone hooked fish. The largest fish, caught by Vic Loiselle was said to be 23” and about 4 ½ pounds. And speaking of Vic, thanks very much for your help and support in planning and preparing for the outing these past 2 years.

    Nothing like catching some really nice fish and then experiencing a gourmet lunch of quality hot dogs, soft drinks and chips….man, it doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks to all that attended. I hope we plan more outings for the future.

    Summer has truly arrived in a big way! Hopefully all of you are enjoying the longer days filled with outdoor activities that preferably include some time on the water getting your fly line stretched by some very nice sized fish.

    Tom Banyas,
    SEIFF President

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    Fishing In Idaho
    Idaho Fish and Game

    For anglers, Idaho is truly a land of opportunity and variety. From alpine peaks to lowland deserts and valleys, a dazzling array of waters await discovery; 26,000 miles of streams and rivers, more than 3,000 natural lakes, and a quarter-million acres of ponds and reservoirs.

    Inhabiting those waters are 42 gamefish species, from giant white sturgeon to wild trout, catfish to kokanee, and smallmouth bass to salmon and steelhead. Fishing trips can be as simple as a short walk to a local pond or as challenging as a wilderness float trip; there are plenty of options from which to choose.

    Whether budding angler or seasoned veteran, this guide will help you plan your next fishing adventure. From basic fishing gear and fishing tips to biology and management of key sportfish, it’s all here. The guide divides the state into eight regions, allowing you to focus on specific areas; maps and information charts will help you find waters to match your fishing preferences.

    To read more about this article click on Fishing In Idaho for the complete reader's guide brought to you by our very own Idaho Fish and Game.

    Darrell Brown
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    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.

    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.

    4. The alternative suppression techniques continue to be perfected by National Park Service (NPS) crews with lots of time out on the water with both the electroshocking grid and with the suction dredge. Results from both, while not nearly perfected for lake wide use, are encouraging.

    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

    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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    What a great time we had at “Get Exposed in the Dome” spring expo in the Holt Arena the last weekend in March.

    There was something to peak everyone's interest. The Holt Arena floor was filled was a veritable assortment of booths to enjoy. With hundreds of vendors present, you could choose from getting answers to Medicare to the latest in travel trailers and outdoor gardening and landscaping to delicious homemade candies.

    The crowd was equally impressive. On Friday and Saturday the stream of people coming into the arena was endless. Roger's booth was the first booth in the northwest corner and anyone coming in from that entrance would just naturally start down this line of booths.

    I would like to thank Roger for letting our club join him as we teamed up with Portneuf River Outfitters. We greeted tons of people. It was also fun seeing folks you haven’t seen for what seemed like ages. Our club handed out our informational brochure. Our club members did a great job of explaining about our club as well as the sport of fly fishing and fly tying. Fly tying is always fascinating to explain and gets people’s attention.

    I would like to thank Ray, Vic and other club members for taking time out of their busy schedule and coming down to help out. It was a pleasure getting to work with you and with Roger and his wife, Donna.

    Best fishes and tight lines,
    Darrell - SEIFF Webmaster

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    Idaho Fish and Game 2012 Annual Fisheries Report

    Greetings, I am honored to be the fishery manager for the Southeast Region of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. I hope you enjoy the first annual issue of the southeast Idaho fisheries report. This report introduces many of our employees and provides a small sample of their projects that improve fishing opportunities, coordinate regional aquatic education programs, develop fishing and boating access sites, and complete fish habitat projects. If you have any questions regarding projects highlighted in this issue please contact me at

    2012 Annual Fisheries Report Open Report

    David Teuscher
    Regional Fishery Manager

    Flies and Fish
    Old Town Pocatello Sponsored Art Walk
    Event Wrap Up

    Wow, what a fun evening.

    The Art Walk on November 5th in Old Town Pocatello had something special to offer this local event. The Idaho Department of Fish & Game teamed up with Portneuf River Outfitters in downtown Pocatello for a fun evening of combining fish with feathers like only Jennifer Jackson of Fish & Game and Roger Thompson of Portneuf River Outfitters could organize so well.

    Many may think of an artificial fly as nothing more than a hook covered in fancy yarn and feathers destined for a trout’s mouth, but in fact, each fly is a unique piece of art. We had seven of the area’s best fly tiers showing off their favorite patterns while sharing stories explaining how effective their fly patterns would work.

    From 5:00 to 8:00 pm sidewalk strollers who ventured into Portneuf River Outfitters could experience first-hand how thread, chenille, feathers, and elk hair are transformed into amazing replicas of nature’s tiniest creatures, but that’s not all.

    While at Portneuf River Outfitters, one could take a minute to make their own piece of art. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game demonstrated a version of the Japanese art Gyotaku—or fish rubbing. This art form dates back to at least 1862 as a way for fishermen to record their prized catches. Traditionally, a special ink was placed on the fish and the image was then transferred to rice paper, creating a fairly accurate and beautiful, though somewhat abstract, representation of the fish.

    With a variety of rubber fish molds, paint, and paper, participants could try their hand at this art form. To walk away with their own wearable art, visitors only needed to bring their own T-shirt or canvas bag. There was no charge and best of all no age limit to participate!

    Again, thanks to Roger and Roger’s wife, Donna, who kept the tasty hot apple cider and homemade cookies ready to welcome visitors, and to Jennifer, for making the Art Walk and the art of Fish & Feathers such a great success.

    Darrell Brown - SEIFF Webmaster

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    Ho, Ho, Ho. If last night's event at our traditional open fly tying is any indication of what this holiday season will be like I'm sure we will all have a wonderful holiday season this year. From a great variety of tiers to tons of homemade goodies and drink items and an informational DVD about our club, we had a wonderful time at our December club meeting. Denny Jones put together some speical items for our raffle drawing including gift certificates and fly line along with other excitig items.

    We had new and familiar faces and everyone had an enjoyable evening. I want to thank all who brought treats to share that evening, Denny Jones for the great raffle items, Matt Buck for donating the coke products, the Cutthroat club members who came down from Idaho Falls to tie with us (Bruce, Fred, and Gary) and Roger for having the meeting area all set up for for the festive evening to enjoy.

    There was truly a holiday atmosphere in the air as everyone enjoyed the evening visitng, enjoying the holdiay treats and learning and exchanging new fly patterns. I've included some pictures of our fun evening.

    On behalf of the SEIFF Board we want to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season and we will look forward to seeing you in the new year at our January club meeting.

    Darrell Brown
    SEIFF Webmaster

    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.

    Fish & Game
    Community Pond - It's Now Open
    Event Wrap Up

    We had over 50 people attend the grand opening ceremony which took place on Friday, October 28th, at 1:00 pm. Those who attended the special opening ceremony heard from Regional Supervisor, Mark Gamblin; Regional Fisheries Manager, David Teuscher; Assistant Bureau Chief for Fisheries, Paul Kline; Regional Conservation Educator, Jennifer Jackson. Mayor Blad of Pocatello, Pocatello City Council, Bannock County Commissioners, Jeremy Hill from Congressman Risch’s office, and Senator Diane Bilyeu were in attendance and provided wonderful support of the project— they shared great excitement and positive comments with those in attendance at the ceremony. We wanted to especially thank Senator Bilyeu for her constant support and active engagement with this pond project from the beginning.

    Many donors were present to receive special recognition for their efforts and contributions to the pond, including Jerry Humberger of Idaho Falls and his daughter, Sherry Humberger, of Blackfoot (see picture P1010163). Members of the Humberger family graciously donated $60,000 to the pond in memory of their beloved family member, Roger Humberger of Pocatello. He loved the outdoors and thought it was important that people, especially youth, were connected to the outdoors.

    So what is next? We will have all landscaping (natural vegetations and planted veg) in next year. We also plan to pave the trail around the pond and add some covered picnic tables. Future elements will also include pavilion(s), educational signage, and other amenities.

    So, far we are hearing wonderful, positive, and excited comments from the public and the users. Anglers have enjoyed some great fishing with some reeling in 5-pound rainbows and even some 2-pound banana trout (yellow variant of a rainbow).

    My favorite comment so far was one that I overheard on opening day. Two young boys—about 8 or 9 years old-- were sitting side by side in lawn chairs, cans of soda at their feet and their lines cast out. They had been reeling in their fair share of fish and having a great time. One kid turned to the other, and using the tempo and cadence reminiscent of those who are retired and nostalgic, said “Yup. This is a pretty darn good place to fish.” The other youth sighed and replied, “Yup”.

    Fish on!

    Jennifer Jackson
    Regional Conservation Educator
    Idaho Department of Fish and Game
    1345 Barton Road
    Pocatello, Idaho 83204
    208-232-4703 (office)
    208-251-9403 (cell)

    Community Fishing Pond
    Edson Fichter Project

    Southeast Idaho has no shortage of year-round fishing opportunities. There are many reservoirs in this part of the state and countless streams and creeks perfect for dunking a worm or wetting a fly. However, with busy work schedules intermingled with everything from a child’s soccer games to weekend chores, it can be hard for anyone to find time to fish. And, if you are 12 years old, with a little free time after school one day, how do you get yourself from Pocatello to Devil’s Creek or the Upper Portneuf?

    That’s where a community fishing pond comes in. Designed to be easily accessible, easy to fish without need of a boat or float tube, and located within a population center, community fishing ponds provide a unique open space experience different from that of a traditional park. There is still room for play, picnicking, and exploration, but the main attraction is the excitement of reeling in a feisty fish.Our local Fish & Game is spearheading a project that will provide a local area with its own community fishing pond.

    Read more about this exciting project, its location and size and how this project will become a reality. Community Pond Article

    9th Annual Sportsmen Against Hunger
    January 2016
    Cal Ranch Store - Post Event Wrap Up

    In the years passed, we had great community participation and have raised as much as $3,231, which has been one of our best fundraising years. With Great Western Equipment matching the funds raised it brought the total to $6,462.

    Some of the comments heard during the event were, “It’s great to see all these sports groups together under one roof”. and “What an awesome way to come together to help the community!”

    Here is a breakdown of how the funds can be applied:

  • $1 donated provides 3.89 pounds of food
  • $1 donated provides $6.00 worth of food
  • $1 donated provides three nutritious meals

  • The money raised at this event is really important to the Idaho Food Bank. When the Idaho Food Bank can buy food with money, they bid on truckloads of food. Through this bidding process the Idaho Food Bank, as indicated above, is able to take one dollar and leverage it to purchase $6 worth of food. This means that the $2,650 raised then matched by Western Equipment could secure over $15,900 worth of food. That’s a lot of food!!

    Thanks also to Snake River Fly who offered special pricing on a real nice Rio Santo St. Croix combination rod/reel that our club donated as one of the special poker run prizes. The top winning poker hands got to choose what raffle item they wanted and our donated rod/reel typically is one of the first three items selected.

    Special thanks also to Cal Ranch for sponsoring this event again and for making all the clubs feel welcomed in their store. They are great to work with and their new store is very spacious. This will give this event the chance to grow with more participation of other clubs and organizations in the future.

    Darrell Brown
    SEIFF Past President

    The Annual Fly Fishing and Tying Expo certainly lived up to its reputation for being a first class, something for everyone event. The first Expo was in held 1994, primarily to showcase the talent of local fly tiers and to share the art of fly tying with local fisherman. Over the years, the Expo has certainly grown into one of largest and the most respected shows of its kind. Our club’s presence was certainly part of this outstanding event.

    Our club was the go to team for manning the “First Time Tiers” table in the front lobby. With no limits on the age, we had a large variety of kids as well as adults testing their hand and eye coordination at tying their first fly at the vise. Ray Hudson, Pete Griffin, John Taylor, Dave Johnson, Jim Killingsworth and myself were there to offer our instructional know how in helping to guide the tiers in developing one of a kind marabou or woolly bugger flies. Vic was also a common face at the information table greeting visitors as they entered the Shilo Inn convention center.

    Tom Banyas (one of the lead singers with the Float Tube Bandits) served up an exceptional presentation on Stillwater Patterns and Techniques for Southeast Idaho. His reputation as an outstanding technical tier and fly fisherman was evident to over a dozen fly tying fishermen signing up for his class. Tom started out his program with the popular Float Tube Bandit slide presentation then provided instruction guidance on how to tie those ever popular, productive fly patterns he is so well known for.

    We had outstanding representation from our local club showcasing some of the best local talent fly tying around. Dane Miller, Vic Loiselle, Don Herald, Dave Potter, Roger Thompson and Chuck Collins shared their patterns and techniques to the never ending spectators who entered the main convention hall on Friday and Saturday.

    The best part of volunteering at this Expo was not only being part of this event but there was always time to break away and enjoy all the Expo had to offer. This made for a fun and informative day that once you were there, you could always find something new to explore and enjoy.

    A personal thanks to all the club members who participated in the past Expos. I know that those who attended will look forward with anticipation to next year’s fishing and tying event.

    Darrell Brown
    SEIFF Past President



    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.






    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.

    Darrell Brown
    Past President


    Hooked on Fishing


    Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs:
    The Franklin Fishing Club made a successful trip to Chesterfield last Saturday, January 4. This was the 10th annual ice fishing trip by the Franklin group headed up by Mr. Tom Banays. Tom reports that the fishing was spotty but the "no wind" conditions prevailed until lunch time when the fishing winds down. The only eventful event was before the group left town. The staged buses at Franklin Middle School decided to shut their engines down and one of the buses could not get restarted. This did not deter the group from pressing forward and with volunteer drivers, no one was left behind. Approximately 80 seventh and eighth grade students braved the cold and tried their luck ice fishing at Chesterfield to hook the big ones through the ice. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this outing possible and such a success. From the hole drillers to the gourmet hot dog and hot chocolate cooks, the volunteer support was awesome.

    (Open More Pictures)

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    (Dated February 2013)

    The fish aquarium in the library of Lewis and Clark Elementary in Pocatello is covered with little nose smudges and handprints from some inquisitive youth. That’s because the 4th graders at that school are being treated to a face-to-face experience with some of Idaho’s native wildlife— young cutthroat trout. These fish aren’t your ordinary classroom pets; they are an important part of Idaho Fish and Game’s efforts to get kids connected to Idaho’s wildlife resource through the Trout in the Classroom program.

    For many years, Idaho teachers and their students have been able to participate in Trout in the Classroom (TIC)—an opportunity to raise Idaho trout species from eggs to fingerlings right in the classroom before releasing them to the wild. Lewis and Clark Elementary has been rearing and releasing cutthroat trout (Idaho’s state fish) as part of the TIC program for over 10 years. They used to be the only TIC school in the southeast region. However, since 2008, twenty additional schools in Shelley, Blackfoot, Moreland, American Falls, Rockland, Pocatello, Marsh Valley, Bancroft, Soda Springs, and Preston have taken on this unique educational opportunity—mostly rearing rainbow trout from eggs. And, also new to TIC this year is the Idaho Museum of Natural History on the ISU campus!

    The growth of the TIC program in southeast Idaho simply would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of two community partners-- the Southeast Idaho Flyfishers and our local Petco store. SEIFF has donated thousands of dollars for the purchase of tanks, supplies, and chillers. Chillers are used to maintain the temperature of the tanks at an optimal range for trout since they are a cold-water species. Club members have also donated hours in the classroom to help teachers and students with everything from tank set-ups to fish releases. And, the group has even paid for some class field trips associated with the TIC program.

    In addition, Fish and Game has received support from aquatic education grants and Dingle-Johnson funds generated by the excise taxes on fishing equipment. To help make this money stretch as far as possible, the Chubbuck Petco store has both donated and discounted tanks and supplies for use in our TIC classrooms for the last five years, even doing special orders for certain equipment.

    TIC teachers have attended educational workshops over the last few years, including one that was held in early February in Pocatello. These workshops provided instruction on the basics of tank operation, trout care, as well as a background on fish development. Plus, the teachers receive an innovative TIC curriculum guide geared toward teaching trout biology, ecology, habitat needs, and even chemistry and genetics through hands-on activities. The TIC curriculum prepared by Fish and Game focuses on science while incorporating reading, writing, math, and art skills.

    During the school year, many TIC teachers schedule field trips to nearby hatcheries, and coordinate with Fish and Game to use the Take Me Fishing Trailer and department volunteers to teach their students how to fish.

    This piece is about Trout in the Classroom in Soda Spring’s Thirkill Elementary School:

    "… the Soda Springs school puts their chiller in the library—which means that the whole school takes advantage of the tank! At the Museum of Natural History, the general public will be able to see the tank when they visit the museum and the kids discovery center. Plus, the museum will be doing special fishy presentations to school groups and for kids programs—in fact, I will be working with her on a Fishing 101 class for kids! This is going to be very exciting! As always, if any members would like to assist with these programs, please let me know!!! Fish have been hatching—as of February 14th.”

    Check out this comment from Kathi Sweet at Thirkill Elementary:

    “Our fish hatched on Valentine's Day...7:02 a.m. they at school thought it was a gift just for them. Lined up down the hall to get a look...little magnifying glasses in hand. What an awesome program. Our kids have been naming their little fish, especially a little one who I am afraid [is struggling]… he has been named Mr. Wiggles and the whole school is cheering him on everyday hoping he will be tough enough to make it. Thank you for giving us this wonderful opportunity to learn together.”

    TIC is a unique and memorable way to incorporate science in the classroom while giving students a small introduction to wildlife management, but this program can only be done with approval from Idaho Fish and Game.

    So, what does a program like TIC mean for wildlife and for Idaho? Fish and Game truly believes that getting kids connected to their wildlife resource in a personal way helps to hook their interest in wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation activities like fishing. It helps them grow into knowledgeable and caring stewards of the wildlife resource, which benefits the resource, itself and all of us who cherish it.

    Best “fishes” to our 2012-2013 TIC teachers and to all those who made the TIC program possible!

    Jennifer Jackson
    Class Instructor
    Regional Conservation Educator
    Idaho Department of Fish and Game

    Here are some pictures of the exciting activities this TIC workshop had to offer. (Open Pictures)

    Applying Trout in the Classroom in the Schools


    Lewis & Clark Elementary School (Open Pictures)
    Lewis & Clark Cherry Springs Release (Open Pictures)
    Franklin, Snake River & Wapello Schools (Open Pictures)


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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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    2008 YELLOWSTONE FLY EXPO (Open File)
    AREA RESERVOIRS & RIVERS (Map Reservoirs) (Courtesy Darrell & Dan) (Open File)
    TODD CARTER & BUD SMALLEY (New Charter Chapter?) (Open File)

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


    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.


    Your SEIFF Board Member and Contact List (Open PDF File)
    Also, for further assistance you can contact a board member by checking the list of officers in the left margin and calling the number listed or just click on their name to send an email.



    Silver-$15 (Logo Patch or Lapel Pin & 2 Logo Decals)
    Gold-$25 (SEIFF Logo Hat & 2 Logo Decals)
    Platinum-$35 (SEIFF Hat , Logo Patch or Lapel Pin & 2 Logo Decals)

    Sold separately - Hat-$20, Patch or Pin-$5 and Decal-$1 Club logo items as featured in the picture are available for purchase at the general club meetings. NOTE: Please click on the link entitled "Trout Unlimited U.S." if you are interested in being a member of Trout Unlimited which will automatically make you a member of SEIFf.

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