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    General Club Meeting - Fishing The Madison River of Montana
    Presented by Kelly Galloup
    February 18, 2016, 7:00 PM
    Snake River Flies on 257 North Main

    As far as SEIFF programs go, the final three programs of the season should prove to be the very best that can be offered.

    Please read carefully, as there will be a major date change for the February club meeting. The February program will be moved forward one week to accommodate our presenter and the grand opening of “The Snake River Fly” fly fishing store located at 257 North Main Street in “old Town” Pocatello.

    The February SEIFF program will be on Thursday February 18 (the 3rd Thursday of the month ,starting at 7:00 PM) and will be held at the “Snake River Fly” fly shop at 257 North Main Street in “Old Town” Pocatello!!!!

    Working together with Mr. Larry Larsen, the new owner of “Snake River Fly”, SEIFF and Larry have confirmed that our February presenter will be Mr. Kelly Galloup!

    Author Kelly Galloup has been a guide for more than 30 years. His books and DVD’s have broken new ground and have set a higher standard for pursuing trophy trout. Anyone that has fished or tied a streamer knows that the name Kelly Galloup is synonymous with the crushing success that can be attained by utilizing his fishing methods and presenting his innovative baitfish patterns to large and wary trout. Mr Galloup is unique in his mastery of all aspects of fly fishing and always has been committed to educating all that have an interest in becoming a better fly rodder.

    Kelly Galloup is the owner/operator of the Slide Inn Fly Shop/guide service and cabin rentals just below the tail out of Quake Lake on the Madison River, on Route 287 near Cameron Montana. The several times I have had the opportunity to visit his fly shop, I have always been greeted by Kelly with a positive countenance and great information given freely by him or members of his staff.

    ALSO: Stay in town for the “Snake River Fly” fly shop’s grand opening to be held on Saturday, February 20th. The Festivities will begin at 10:00AM and will go most of the day. Kelly Galloup will be present tying flies, signing books and telling lies. Anyone that is interested is welcome to attend. There is no charge for any of that week’s festivities, whether it be the Thursday February 18th SEIFF club presentation with Mr. Galloup (held at the “Snake River Fly” fly shop at 7:00PM) or the “Grand Opening on Saturday February 20th at the Fly Shop.

    As your programs chairperson, I feel this is an outstanding opportunity to hear from one of the most innovative and creative of fly tyers and fishermen today. Nothing can state Kelly Galloup’s love for streamers and streamer fishing than the sign on the wall in his fly shop… “5x is for sissys”

    Just a head’s up for the March and April meetings: Thursday March 10th- Boots Allen-Fishing Mongolia and Khazakstan, sandwiched at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, fishing for Taimen and Lenok. Thursday April 14th- The “State of the Waters” here in SE Idaho, by IDFG Region 5 Fisheries Manager Dave Teuscher.

    I hope to see you at these next meetings as I believe you will not get any better information anywhere concerning the programs that are offered to you.

    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
    Website Guy

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    Posted by John C. Ellsworth, Vice-President Idaho Council of Trout Unlimited

    This GOOD NEWS just in! from Todd Koel, Supervisory Fisheries Biologist in Yellowstone National Park

    Electroshocking to Induce Mortality of Lake Trout Embryos on Carrington Island, Yellowstone Lake: Initial Project Results for 2013

    Since lake trout were first discovered in Yellowstone Lake in 1994, gillnetting has been the primary tool used to suppress the population and conserve the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. In recent years, large live entrapment nets, set by contract netting crews, have also been used to target the large lake trout. Although it appears the netting efforts applied in 2012 and 2013 have curtailed lake trout population growth and the Yellowstone cutthroat trout may be rebounding, these trends will only continue by maintaining high levels of lake trout suppression through the coming years. In 2014, the lake trout netting alone, using four large boats and contract crews, will cost nearly $2 million. These costs are expected to increase annually.

    To reduce costs and ensure program viability into the foreseeable future, there is a critical need to develop new, more efficient ways of suppressing lake trout. Experts agree that methods which target lake trout embryos and/or larvae on the spawning sites hold the greatest promise. NPS has been working closely with partners at the USGS Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit to develop methods that would use electroshocking to kill the lake trout embryos.

    This project supplemented an ongoing Montana State University project to develop an identical electrode array for the same purpose in Swan Lake, Montana, where nonnative lake trout are also impacting native fish species, including ESA-listed bull trout. This project supported expansion of the Swan Lake study to include similar methodologies on Carrington Island, the one verified lake trout spawning location on Yellowstone Lake.

    The intent of this project was to refine and test a benthic oriented electrode array for reducing survival of lake trout embryos. The electrode array was developed and lab tested in the spring and early summer for use on Carrington Island in the autumn of 2013. The array was tested by measuring mortality of embryos prepositioned in the spawning substrate. Mature lake trout were obtained from the suppression netting program and spawned to obtain embryos on site. Embryos were positioned using baskets lowered into the substrate to known depths. A grid of electrodes divided into multiple zones was lowered from a pontoon boat to the substrate, and zones of the array were sequentially electrified using 15 amps of direct current at 1,000 volts. Control treatments were not electrified. The embryos were retrieved, their survival enumerated, and the percent mortality estimated.

    Results in 2013
    Although field work to test the electrode array was initiated on Carrington Island, the government shutdown on October 1 ended the study on Yellowstone Lake. Crews hired to work in Yellowstone joined those headed to Swan Lake, Montana where testing of the array continued. Nearly 100% of lake trout embryos were killed to a depth of 20 cm by the electrode array on Swan Lake.

    Plans for 2014
    As a part of the agreement between NPS and USGS Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, the electrode array is now owned by Yellowstone National Park and will be used during autumn 2014 to kill lake trout embryos on Yellowstone Lake. The array is expected to be highly effective on Carrington Island, because the spawning areas around the island have fewer deep crevices in which the eggs can settle, than occurred at the experimental site on Swan Lake. The equipment is highly mobile and can be deployed to new spawning areas as they are identified. Because some spawning areas on Yellowstone lake are thought to be at 50-60 feet (or deeper), methods of lowering and precisely positioning the array and assessing effectiveness at these depths will need to be developed.

    Todd M. Koel, Supervisory Fisheries Biologist, Native Fish Conservation Program, Center for Resources, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190; (307) 344-2281; Christopher S. Guy, Assistant Leader, USGS Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, 301 Lewis Hall, P.O. Box 173460, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59715; (406) 994-3491; Peter J. Brown, Post-doctoral Researcher, Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, 301 Lewis Hall, P.O. Box 173460, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59715; Tel: (406) 994-3491; Fax: (406) 994-7479;

    To view some very interesting pictures and more about this ongoing project click on Yellowstone Cutthroat.

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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.

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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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