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

Register Now for Zoom Program May 26 at 5:00 pm. 

Lance Gray-- "Fly fishing the Hex hatch on Lake Almanor"

You are invited to a Zoom meeting!

When: May 26, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwode-grjIvEtVpQDJe80J5jNXK3IZBalfp 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This new presentation is based on over twenty five years of fishing or guiding the “Hex” at Lake Almanor. This great fishery offers anglers a chance to catch big trophy trout on biggest Mayfly. A great way to spend an evening fishing on the lake. The presentation will illustrate how to breakdown the lake to fish, flies, rigging and personal safety while fishing this large impoundment. This presentation on the “Hex Hatch” is a great avenue to get solid updated information on the lake and the “Hex”.

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Here's a tip from Lance about Northern California waters that our members often fish.

Russian River - He said that several people have told him that the Sheriff's Office is kicking people fishing off of the river, so if your planning a day trip you may want to verify that they are allowing it.

Manzanita Lake - They are opening up the park in about a week for "walking trail use" only.  They hope to have the rest of the campgrounds and lake access roads open by around June 15th for full use.

Lake Almanor - Lance is actually up at his home by the lake and said that he was told a few day's ago that the campgrounds around the lake will probably not be open until after July 4th, but there are private rv parks that are open.

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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!

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June 3 and 6.  Shad with Frank Duarte Cancelled due to poor water conditions.  We are on the books for 2021.

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Klamath River Restoration--Major Progress!

On April 7, 2020, the California State Water Resources Control Board issued its Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certification for the removal of the Lower Klamath Project (Copco-1, Copco-2, and Iron Gate).  This means the removal project complies with state water quality standards, and the removal project will move forward.

This represents a historic opportunity to revive one of our most prolific salmon and steelhead rivers, and NCCFFI will continue to work to complete the removal and restoration which is scheduled to begin in January 2022.  “We have been involved in nearly every step of the process starting in 2002, and we will continue to offer our help and guidance, along with Cal Trout, TU, and other NGO’s and Tribes.  This can be the biggest river restoration in U.S. History”, says Mark Rockwell, NCCFFI’s President.

In addition to this water quality certification, the project passed a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis, which identified potential environmental impacts resulting from the project, as well as actions to avoid and/or mitigate for those effects.  The 401 Certification is a federally mandated state level permit needed to proceed with the removal.  The state of Oregon has already completed its 401 permit where the up-stream J.C. Boyle dam is located.  It, too, will be removed.  The Klamath River Renewal Corporation is the entity established to complete the necessary permitting as well as removal & restoration.  www.klamathrenewal.org.

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ON THE WATERFRONT--GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

GOOD NEWS--The Potter Valley Project is making good headway at removing the Scott Dam and unlocking hundreds of miles of the Eel and Russian Rivers to salmon and steelhead.  Here's the story from CalTrout: https://mailchi.mp/caltrout/trout-clout-pvp-noi-1331536?e=50b7ea0d99

GOOD NEWS--Klamath River - Progress continues to be made toward removal of the 4 lower dams on the river. In late summer 2019 a submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was made answering questions posed by FERC. We are awaiting their approval of license transfer to allow decommissioning. It is anticipated to hear back in early 2020. This is the last significant hurdle. There will be other hurdles around permitting and water quality certifications, but those are not expected to be problematic. Removal begins January 2022.

BAD NEWS-- The Delta - New Biological Opinion on water diversions- A new Bi-Op has been completed by the Federal Administration which authorizes increased diversions, reduced protections for ESA listed fish, and enlarged time frames under which diversions can happen. Initially, NOAA Fisheries wrote the new Bi-Op which came out as a "Jeopardy Opinion," meaning doing these things meant likely extinction of listed fish. That did not meet Administration needs, so those scientists were released, and it was turned over to the Bureau of Reclamation, who services the water users. They are not a science based fishery agency. Alas, their opinion was "No Jeopardy," to the liking of the Administration. The state has come out with its CESA opinion on preferred operations of the state pumps, and it, too, is more liberal on diversions. California has stated it plans to sue the feds, and private entities are likely to do the same. 

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Congratulations to Paul Wilson, recipient of the 2020 President's Award!

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TU and CalTrout are teaming up to protect states' powers to defend clean water.  Historic rights of California are being stripped.  See this short appeal.

https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/AKs907A73t_TXdbRmw8yoCBK2CQ

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