WELCOME TO MTFF

MTFF is a fly fishing club in Marin County, CA.  Since 2004, we have been bringing together fly anglers to share knowledge, experience, and good times. We host monthly meetings, fishing trips, casting clinics, and social dinners and events.  Our members span all skill levels from beginner to veteran.  We offer membership to anyone interested in fly fishing regardless of the skill level.  Prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly meetings,  meet current members, and learn more about us.  If you would like more information please email info@mttamflyfishers.org.

Upcoming events

Chironomids From Top to Bottom with Ernie Gulley

May 25--7:00pm on Zoom

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About our Program:  Ever wonder why other anglers around you are consistently catching fish?  Let me help you and share my philosophy and tactics that will help you become a better and more consistent angler.  I have been aggressively fishing and guiding one of the toughest and technical stillwaters we have in the West and want to share this knowledge with you.  I will show you my leader setups, types of fly rods and reels, fly lines, fly patterns and the chironomid life cycle.  I will share and make sure you always will know how and when to put your fly patterns at the proper depth.  Depth, color, and size of your flies in that order are the most important aspect of learning how to fish Chironomids successfully.  Let me share with you my secrets of success from thousands of hours on the water and help build your confidence so you can have great success on the water using my chironomid fly fishing tactics.             

About Ernie:  Ernie Gulley was born in Southern California and started fishing with his father as soon as he could walk.  At age seven, Ernie and his family moved to New Orleans where he learned how to fish Lake Pontchartrain for speckled trout and other saltwater species.  Later he moved back to SoCal and began fishing Lake Crowley, Bridgeport Reservoir and many lakes in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. 

In 1997 Ernie’s curiosity about fly fishing took off.  Ernie was mentored by Bob Slamal, one of Ernie’s legends in the fly fishing industry, and he also joined many local fly fishing clubs to learn as much as he could about fly fishing. 

Ernie is currently a professional fly fishing guide in southern California and the eastern Sierra is one of the Sierra’s premier stillwater guides.  Even when he is finished guiding for the day, you will find him back out on the water until sunset; exploring, testing, observing, analyzing, and putting in the extra time and effort to master his craft.  His philosophy is simple:  you can always learn something new every time you are on the water.

Ernie currently resides in Riverside with his wife Shannon and sons Logan and Aidan 13.

You can learn more about Ernie and his guiding at www.erniegulley.com and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.         


Highlights From New CDFW Regulations

In general, here are some highlights from the new CDFW inland trout fishing regulations:

These regulations are not set in stone. monitoring of popular trout fishing waters and revisiting these changes with angler surveys and other methods will continue and changes may be made in the coming years with new information.

Lakes and reservoirs will now be treated separately than rivers and streams and have different sets of regulations. In general, still waters will allow more harvest and have less restrictive regulations than flowing waters.

In general, many rivers and streams with special regulations in the past have been streamlined to fit into a few different categories to reduce complexity and confusion.

Many popular trout fishing waters will have expanded fishing seasons. In general, during the fall and winter when trout fishing was traditionally closed, fishing will be allowed but harvesting trout will be forbidden and the types of gear allowed will be restrictive.  During the traditional trout fishing season of spring and summer, fishing will be allowed and there will be less restrictive gear limitations and limited harvest.

Moving Forward

California Trout is committed to continuing to work with our partners to ensure that regulations statewide protect the state’s extraordinary wild trout populations. Climate change threatens our legacy waters and the genetic diversity needed to sustain population dynamics into the future. Spring-fed streams like the Fall River and Hat Creek are more important now than ever for providing refuge from extreme drought for naturally sustaining wild fish.

Consequently, CalTrout will continue to work with all of our public-private partners to advocate for common-sense, science-based protection of our last, best cold-water fisheries such as Fall River by advocating for use of barbless hooks and catch-and-release angling to protect the genetically distinct Bear Creek population.

6 Ways You Can Help Protect Our Waters

With these changes in mind, we are encouraging our members and conservation-minded anglers to consider the following guidelines when planning a trip this season. While certain fishing practices will now be allowed under the new regulations, we encourage anglers to continue to use discretion to help protect our native wild trout waters for now and for future generations:

  1. Consider fishing and learning local waters while abiding by regional travel restrictions associated with Covid-19.
     
  2. Limit fishing of spawning trout. Rainbows, redbands, and other native trout species are spring-spawning species that tend to aggregate in small tributaries to larger rivers or reservoirs and can easily be disturbed while spawning.
     
  3. Avoid trout fishing during the hottest parts of the day in the summer and fall months when streamflows are lowest and water temperatures are the highest. High water temperatures can significantly stress fish.
     
  4. Consider releasing large trout you catch. Large trout are the broodstock that represents some of the most successful spawners in the population.  Releasing trophy trout can ensure the future health of our fisheries and increase the trophy angling experience for other anglers.  Large fish also tend to accumulate heavy metals and toxins; keeping and eating mid-size trout comes with less health concerns.
     
  5. Be aware of your footprint on the landscape, and try to leave it better than you found it by properly disposing of all waste and trying to pick up after those who may have forgotten.
     
  6. Consider using barbless hooks and a net to keep fish in the water while unhooking and quickly releasing them with minimal exposure to air. Keep ‘em wet!

Before planning a trip this season, be sure to consult the final regulations found here.

Thank you for your continued support, and tight lines in 2021.
 


UPDATE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PROJECTS FROM FLYFISHING INTERNATIONAL

1.     Coyote Creek, Guadalupe River & Stevens Creek in Santa Clara County - The goal of this project is to stabilize and recover both Chinook salmon & central Calif. steelhead in south Santa Clara valley.  The project started in the late 1990s with the county water agency and Flycasters of San Jose (Mondy Lariz) who lead the effort.  In 2002 the agreement was signed by both Flycasters and NCCFFF.  It’s extensive and covers 100’s of miles of land in southern S.C. Valley.  Other partners on this are state and federal agencies, Valley Water, TU and Cal Trout.  Goals are:  Re-operation of reservoirs, improved stream flows, in stream habitat improvements and removal of fish barriers & fish passage improvements.  There are several millions of dollars dedicated to this effort, and we all work with Valley Water and others to achieve the multi-year projects goals.  We are currently working on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Valley Water on how and when the projects will be addressed.  This is a long time effort of 20-30 years.  Thanks to Flycasters of San Jose for being our point on this project.

2.     Yuba River Restoration & Relicensing - We are partnering with Gold Country Fly Fishers, South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and many other partners in the Yuba-Bear River watershed.  The goals of this effort are enhanced spawning & rearing habitat in the Lower Yuba as well as possible fish passage to the upper watershed above Englebright dam.  Another goal is increased water flows in the Yuba from Dam Relicensing with federal regulators.  SYRCL is in the lead on relicensing, project design, funding efforts, while GCFF is helping with manpower for river clean up, messaging and signage.  We and Gold Country act as consultants on river conditions and historical river knowledge to help in the development process.  SYRCL has an expert team of scientists & administrative people working on this, and has created a Yuba Salmon Now Campaign for restoration efforts.  Link for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153461610964611.  We also are part of the team working to develop a volitional passage process to the upper river and its 3 tributaries above Englebright dam.  This would be a first for a central valley river, and NOAA and SYRCL are partners. 

3.     Bay-Delta Water Management & Diversion Reductions - We are working with several groups to push forward the increased flow recommendations made by the State Water Board in 2019.  To date, the Water Board has completed and approved new flows on the San Joaquin River to increase water to 40% of historical unimpeded levels.  The issue is that the State has put that on hold until water agencies that use the water can come to an agreement on what flow levels they can support.  Our partners here are many:  Delta Fly Fishers, Golden West Women’s Flyfishers, CSPA, Tuolomne River Trust, Commercial fishing groups, and others.  One piece of this effort is currently with Tuolomne River Trust and efforts to get San Francisco PUC to improve flows on the Tuolomne.  We are on SFPUC meeting calls, NGO group calls, as well as weekly NGO community calls on Bay-Delta water issues.  This is the most difficult project we have because we fight both federal & state agencies and the Governor.  Bottom line is the state has the power to increase flows and make them legally required, but politics gets in the way.  We have to keep at it.

4.     Klamath River Dam Removal - This has been a project of NCCFFI, TU & Cal Trout since about 2003.  We are currently less than 18 months away before pre-construction work starts, and removal begins in January 2023.  We have recently completed a new MOU process with Pacific Power that will allow for license transfer & surrender by April, when permitting and environmental review are the last bridges to cross.

5.     Smith River Anadromous Fish Monitoring Plan - Over the past 3+ years Ben Taylor, Lowell Ashbaugh, myself & former Conservation VP Chuck Bucaria have completed a fisheries monitoring plan for the Smith using DIDSON sonar measuring equipment.  We are currently waiting on CDFW to finish an MOU with the Tolowa Dee Ni Nation for loaning 3 DIDSON devices and managing the monitoring work.  We worked with CDFW managers and fishery scientists to complete the plan, which has now been finalized by CDFW.  We’re hoping to get the equipment in the water this fall.  We do not have a direct club partner on this effort.

The purpose of this report is to keep everyone up-to-date on the cooperative efforts we are engaged in.  All Clubs need to be aware that we are here to help, and we all have access to FFI and it’s Conservation Grants Program.  If you and your club have local projects you may need some funding for, the FFI Grants Program will give up to $3,000 to the club.  What is required is to contact me at the Council level (mrockwell1945@gmail.com) to work with you to put forward a grant request to FFI.  Here’s a link to the grant request form: https://flyfishersinternational.org/Conservation/Projects-Programs/Grants.  There is much we can do together, and we have more power to help our fish and fisheries when we work together.  Reach out for project help.


Klamath Dam Removal Report

See the Video

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/rDqTo_oC0xViebPhq3XyqQE1dGHQiHmeGGXpLbV9QyiDgmSD3ypCf9xJwTHFf8VCjmKBHCMjsjx4xhhi.b7hf0VQFKOqe1PHx?utm_source=California%2BTrout%2BList&utm_campaign=30c37f7faa-KLAMATH_QA_WEBINAR_RECAP&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cf2a51cf18-30c37f7faa-300301005&mc_cid=30c37f7faa&mc_eid=50b7ea0d99


PacifiCorp Agrees to Full Terms
of Klamath Dams Removal


PacifiCorp and Warren Buffett have agreed to the full terms of dam removal on the Klamath River, thus clearing a major obstacle in the long, concerted effort to restore one of California's largest watersheds. This monumental decision validates decades of work on the part of more than 40 partner organizations, including the Karuk, Yurok, and Klamath Tribes, the states of California and Oregon, and commercial fishing and conservation groups.

Warren Buffett’s support as one of the most world‘s most successful investors signals to the conservation world that he is fully invested in the health of the Klamath River and communities that depend on it. 
 
California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, as well as representatives of dam owner PacifiCorp, the Karuk and Yurok Tribes, and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation announced today a Memorandum of Agreement that clears the way for the final steps of Klamath dam removal. 
 
This agreement comes after the July decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the partial transfer of ownership of the lower four Klamath River dams from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) for the purpose of removal. 
  
Removing the Klamath dams will open more than 300 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead. It will also be the first time the Klamath will flow freely in over a century and start the healing process for the watershed and the communities that depend on it.



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Raise Shasta Dam?  A Bad Idea That Sounds Good

The issue of raising Shasta Dam has recirculated, and once again CalTrout remains fervently opposed to raising Shasta Dam and we need your help to stop it. This project is a bad idea for fish, water, and people.

Construction of this water storage project in California would permanently alter the McCloud River, a designated California Wild and Scenic River, violate state law, and destroy Native American sacred sites. Because this project would be both economically and environmentally harmful, we ask our members to tell the Bureau of Reclamation to oppose raising Shasta Dam.

Please send a letter today to the Bureau of Reclamation and tell them you oppose this plan. The comment period closes on September 21st.

Let’s debunk the arguments in favor:

“By raising the 600-foot-tall Shasta Dam by 3% or an additional 18.5 feet, the proposed project would increase water storage capacity in the Shasta Lake reservoir by 634,000 acre-feet or more than 200 billion gallons”

Our response: The actual yield of additional water from an enlarged reservoir is uncertain. As proposed, the 18.5 foot raise would cost $1.3 billion and increase storage by 13%. But that is only under years when the reservoir actually fills. The potential storage doesn’t justify the exorbitant cost AND 100% of that cost will be paid by federal taxpayers.

“The dedicated environmental storage from the dam raise would improve water quality in the Sacramento River below the dam by lowering water temperatures for anadromous fish survival, such as Chinook salmon and other fish that migrate from the ocean to rivers to spawn.”

Our response: We don’t buy it. The United States Fish and Wildlife has strongly questioned the Bureau’s claim. The USFWS also noted that “improving the dam’s existing temperature control device, restoring downstream spawning gravel, increasing access to historic floodplain habitat, improving fish passage on tributaries, increasing minimum flows, and screening water diversions all increase salmon survival more than the dam raise.” We agree!

“This is a strategic project that is smart, cost-effective and an environmentally sound investment for California.”

Our response: Existing public information on the project suspiciously omits a clear description of how newly available water would be allocated, sold, and ultimately delivered throughout the state. Why should taxpayers cover the $1.3 billion-dollar expense when the project (1) primarily benefits wealthy water districts in Fresno (2) generates average deliveries of just 51,300 acre-feet, and (3) only delivers water on average 1 out of every 5 years.

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The Fight Against Pebble Mine Continues

Here's an excellent short video from the Native Peoples' point of view.

The Fate of Bristol Bay - YouTube

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