CONGRATULATIONS TO LARRY LACK--MARIN COUNTY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Our own Larry Lack--Guide, Fish Whisperer, College Professor, Scientist, Three Sport Coach, Board Member and Program Chair  was just named to the Marin County Athletic Hall of Fame.  Read all about it here!  https://www.marinij.com/2018/10/11/marin-hall-of-fame-swimming-wrestling-coach-lacks-impact-felt-throughout-marin/


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

Annual Dunsmuir FishOut - October 19-21

Your club is sponsoring our thirteenth annual FishOut on the Upper Sacramento, Pit and McCloud Rivers.  It is absolutely the best time of year to fish and relax with your fellow members.  Last year’s trip was great fun!

 

Dates: Friday – Sunday, October 19, 20 and 21.  Roy Little and others will be at the Dunsmuir city park at noon on Saturday to meet members and offer a little advice to those who aren’t familiar with the area.

 

Where: The Dunsmuir area.  Campers can still secure spots at Riverside and Castle Crags campgrounds.  Others can stay at the multitude of motels and B&B’s in Dunsmuir up to Mt. Shasta .

 

Dinner: Saturday night, 7:00pm, at the Mt. Shasta Resort.  Thanks to Board member Gary Thomas for again hosting this fun and convivial dinner. Please RSVP to mailto:info@mttamflyfishers.org

Roy Little is our host and he’ll be glad to answer any questions or provide more info.  

 

Water Conditions: Fishing is good everywhere. Great nymphing most of the day and great dry fly action in the mornings and evenings. In fact, there has been some decent dry fly fishing all day for big fish on big flies!

Club Meeting with Gary Bard--Knots You Need to Know - October 23

Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Ave., Terra Linda

Time 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Gary Bard is the 'knotty guy'.  Knots fly fishers should know, and how to rig them.  Gary is a master at fly fishing knots.  You will be amazed at how useful your new knowledge and skills are.

Gary Bard lives in Alameda and for 28 years was the deputy fire chief for the city of Berkeley.  After retiring in 1998, Gary has worked for outdoors firms and as an avalanche training instructor for clients like the Marine Corps.  He has volunteered for many outdoor rescue teams and is on the board of Grizzly Peak Flyfishers. Here is what he has to say about his avocation as an expert on knots.

Why I love knots

At about age 12 my father was the chief In charge of recruit training at Coast Guard Island.

One evening he came home very upset that the recruits could “hardly tie their shoes”

One week later he came home with a Knot Board with about 30 knots.

 He explained that I had six months to learn them all and there would be tests every few weeks. 

I got into  the knots and it was and still is FUN.

How to Get There  

The meeting will be held at the Marin County Office of Education building located at 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue in Terra Linda. Take Highway 101 to the Manuel T. Freitas Parkway exit, head west to Las Gallinas Avenue, take right on Las Gallinas Avenue to the 1st stop sign at Las Colindas Road. Take a left on Las Colindas and park on street. The Marin County Office of Education building is on the corner of Las Gallinas & Las Colindas Road. The meeting is held in the conference room in the Marin County Office of Education building. Click for map




Lower Sacramento River Steelhead Float - October 23--NOTE CHANGE OF RIVER

Jeff Franzini just talked with Lance Gray about our trip on Tuesday, October 23rd.  Lance said that the fishing on the Feather River has been very poor.  He has several guides that work for him and have been floating the river several times each week and the numbers have been 1 or 2 fish for 6 anglers.  So with that in mind, he is switching the river to the Lower Sacramento River.  

So the plan is as follows:  On Tuesday, October 23rd, we will meet (ready to get in the boat) at 9:00 a.m. at the Bonneyview Boat Launch at John Reginato River Access Park.  Lance sent me an updated info packet which is attached to this email with all the info, including lodging options, directions, etc.  Since you already completed and sent Lance the waiver forms you don't need to send Lance anything further.  The new PDF is just for your info.

ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT!  If you'd like to go, please let Outings Chair Jeff Franzini know at jfranzini@comcast.net.

Pebble Mine Would Put America Last

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

The fish thank you.

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