WELCOME TO MTFFMTFF 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 email@example.com.
October fishing is the best of the year. Check out this forecast. http://hosted.vresp.com/164276/500218bcea/1306091767/0e70e1c4c9/
October 22 Meeting and Program
Eric Ettlinger, MMWD's Aquatic Biologist
7:00pm, Town Center Room 201
What Did Last Season's Historic Rains Do For Our Local Salmon?
Eric Ettlinger will be talking about the effects of the unusual heavy rains of this past year and their impact on our county's Salmonids; Steelhead and Salmon species in particular, as well as what it portends for the future.
We have some terrific trips and programs coming up for you. If you are interested in one or more of our trips, now is the time to let us know!
Upcoming Fishing Trips
Annual Club Trip to Dunsmuir October 26 and 27. Join fellow members for our annual fall run to fish the Upper Sac, McCloud and Pit Rivers. Last year's October caddis was spectacular; we are hoping for a repeat. As always, we will retreat to the Mount Shasta Resort for a fun evening of cocktails and dinner. Let Roy Little know if you are coming firstname.lastname@example.org
Feather River November 5 Lance Gray & Associates has reserved two drift boats for Tuesday, November 5th, to take four of our members down the river for some "warm weather" Steelhead fishing. For more information on the Feather River visit http://www.lancegrayandcompany.com/rivers The cost is only $215 per person and since we have limited seating this will be a “first paid-first seat” trip. To take advantage of this great offer just email us at email@example.com stating how many seats you want to reserve, and then mail us a check made out to Mount Tamalpais Fly Fishers. In the memo section write “Feather River." Please send it to: Mount Tamalpais Fly Fishers, PO Box 211, Corte Madera, CA 94976. Jeff Franzini is your host for this one.
Fall Programs—put these in your calendar now!
October 22: Eric Ettlinger, MMWD Aquatic Ecologist Salmonids of Marin; current status after record winter rainy season
November 26: Joe Contaldi, Performance Anglers of Mammoth Head Guide & Outfitter Eastern Sierra on the Fly; Mammoth to Bridgeport
Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine Update--An Important Bulletin
The window for action is closing quickly on Pebble as the Trump administration seems determined to press the permits through as quickly as possible. The Army Corps of Engineers is dangerously fast-tracking Pebble, and the Environmental Protection Agency has recently removed important safeguards for Bristol Bay.
So, whether you live in Alaska or not, your voice matters. Urge your elected officials to use their power to hold agencies accountable and ensure that steps are taken to protect Bristol Bay.
In a shocking about-face, the EPA has agreed to drop proposed restrictions that would have banned construction of the Pebble Mine in Alaska. This move paves the way for Northern Dynasty Minerals, - the Canadian company behind the mine and which has a terrible record of devastating spills and toxic releases – to seek permits for building the massive copper and gold mine in the pristine headwaters of Bristol Bay, where it would imperil the world’s largest run of Sockeye Salmon. The EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, made this decision after a half-hour meeting with the mining company CEO, and shocked all the remaining scientists in the EPA who have spent years researching this proposal and have unanimously concluded it would be a disaster and would ‘irreversibly’ destroy one of the most pristine and productive locations on the planet.
Just weeks after the EPA reversal, fishermen in Bristol Bay were reporting near-record levels for this year’s Salmon run, a testament to the strength of the $1.5 billion sustainable fishery that supports 14,000 local jobs and is central to the culture of Native peoples in SW Alaska. The colossal open pit Pebble Mine, which would be as deep as the Grand Canyon and generate 10 billion tons of toxic mining waste, was stopped in 2014 when the EPA study (twice peer reviewed) said the mine posed catastrophic risks to the Bristol Bay watershed. One of the main problems lies in the fact that the huge earth dam which will hold most of the toxic tailings lies almost on top of an active Earthquake fault. “In keeping with the Trump Administration’s pro-polluter, pro-extraction agenda, the EPA has utterly abandoned sound science and the people of Bristol Bay”, said Taryn Heimer, a scientist with NRDC’s Land and Wildlife program, which organization partnered with hundreds of grassroots organizations to convince the government to stop it in 2014. More than 80% of local residents oppose the Pebble Mine. To push the message, “No Pebble Mine. Not now. Not ever.” go to <nrdc.org/stoppebble
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