Arcata Premier of Wild Reverence

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Join the Wild Steelhead Coalition in showing the amazing film, Wild Reverence by filmmaker Shane Anderson

Two years in the making, this feature film chronicles the state of steelhead across their entire historic west coast range.

Steelhead are not just fish, but emblematic of so much more. The rivers they swim in, the people who fish for them, and everything in between is wrapped up into Wild Reverence.

Check out the trailer here

So please join us, and bring your friends

Arcata Theatre Lounge
1036 G Street
Arcata, CA 95521
6:30 pm

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Eel River Restoration

In the last couple of years there has been some good work work done on our coastal rivers to help boast salmon and steelhead runs. The Eel is receiving much attention especially from CalTrout and some other resources such as Friends of the Eel River to bring the river back to the way it was in its prime. The Eel still fights many challenges especially in this long period of drought where sections of the Eel have run dry in recent weeks. It’s a long road ahead, but CalTrout’s getting a good start.

Coho Populations Once 100,000, Now 1,000
At over 3,600 sq. miles, the Eel River watershed is the third largest in California. While the majority of the watershed is privately owned and managed for timber production, cattle and dairy ranching, the area also includes several State Parks, Wilderness Areas, and National Forests.
Historically the Eel River was a major salmon and steelhead producer with runs in wet periods estimated to annually average over a million adults (~800,000 chinook, ~100,000 coho, ~150,000 steelhead).
Today, nearly all the mainstem and large tributaries in the Eel River Basin have been listed as “impaired” under the Federal EPA’s Clean Water Act, primarily due to excessive sediment, habitat degradation and increased water temperatures.
As a result, salmon and steelhead populations have been severely depressed over many decades: fall-run chinook and steelhead runs fluctuate between 1,000 and 10,000 adults; coho likely number less than 1,000 adults annually.
In recent years, there have been some encouraging signs of recovery believed in large part due to very favorable ocean conditions. In 2012, Chinook salmon adult returns at the Van Arsdale Fish Station increased to over 3,000 compared to average annual runs in the low-hundreds thru most of late 1900s, and endangered coho salmon counts at monitoring stations in the South Fork Eel River have remained steady.
It is estimated that counts at the Van Arsdale station represent ~10% of the total Eel River return. While the current trend is encouraging, the Eel has a long, long way to go to once again support its historical productivity. With concerted efforts and continued restoration work, we have the opportunity to take significant steps toward salmonid recovery and ecosystem protection.
Conservation Goals
Continue to drive the Eel River Forum and focus on improving the status of salmonid populations, evaluation of Potter Valley Project (dam flow releases) and non-native pikeminnow eradication.
Work with Regional Water Quality Control Board to address warm water temperature and sediment impairment.
Restore access to ancestral spawning and rearing habitat.
Reconnect estuary tributaries and improve critical estuary rearing habitat.
Recent Accomplishments
In July 2012, behind the initiative and leadership of our North Coast office, CalTrout drove the formation of the Eel River Forum. This group, comprised of 22 federal and state agencies, county resource conservation districts, water agencies / public utilities, tribes and NGOs, represents a strong watershed-wide coalition to address recovery on the Eel. The group’s mission is to coordinate and integrate conservation and recovery efforts in the Eel River watershed to conserve its ecological resilience, restore its native fish populations, and protect other watershed beneficial uses. These actions are also intended to enhance the economic vitality and sustainability of human communities in the Eel River basin.
CalTrout leads this group in monthly meetings focusing on the many critical issues impairing salmon and steelhead populations and preventing meaningful recovery.
Over the last year, CalTrout secured funding for two critical restoration and recovery opportunities in the Eel system:
Eel River Estuary
Approximately $1 million in funding to develop restoration designs for the 1,200 acre Eel River Estuary Preserve located at the mouth of the Eel, a former cattle ranch now owned by The Wildlands Conservancy. This project will restore tidal marsh, estuarine habitat, and re-connect surrounding tributaries to the Eel itself. Our goal is to restore valuable nursery habitat for juvenile salmonids migrating to sea.
Bridge Creek
Approximately $560,000 in funding for removal of fish passage barrier on Bridge Creek. This will open up valuable coho and steelhead habitat and in particular allow access to critical summer cold water flows required for coho rearing.
What We Will Accomplish in 2013-14
Complete the restoration and engineering designs for The Wildlands Conservancy’s Eel River Estuary Preserve located at the mouth of the Eel River.
Work with state and federal resource managers to explore ways to address critical low summer streamflow conditions, excessively warm water temperatures, and sediment impairment.
Implement the Bridge Creek fish passage barrier removal project and develop engineering designs and construction plans for the Woodman Creek fish passage barrier removal project.
Key Partners: State Coastal Conservancy, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Wildlands Conservancy, GHD Engineering, Russ Family, Kamman Hydrology and Engineering, HT Harvey and Associates, Mike Love and Associates, LACO and Associates, Roscoe and Associates

Source: California Trout

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Another Alaska summer in the books

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Tony Weaver with a King minutes from the salt.

Tony Weaver with a King minutes from the salt.

We’re back from another summer season at Hoodoo Lodge, AK. It was great season with some of the best King fishing I have ever seen. One thing’s for sure, if you are looking to swing up ocean-bright, sea liced kings, the Alaskan Peninsula is the place to be. Here’s a link to our Facebook page with some photos from the season. Also, check out or instgram feed as well on our faccebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152284660711714.1073741832.70017701713&type=1

We are now back on the Klamath and Trinity rivers for the remainder of the fall chasing Kings and steelhead. It looks to be another great season and we will do our best to keep you posted on whats happening.

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Hoodoo, AK prime King openings

In a few days I will be headed back out to Hoodoo Lodge for the summer. We had a last minute cancellation and have 2 open spots for Chinook Salmon (Kings) July 1-7. This is typically one of the best weeks of the season and is being offered at 50% off including the charter flight from Anchorage to Cold Bay. Hoodoo can offer some great king fishing, especially spey fishing for bright kings running 10-40 lbs, average fish are anywhere from 15-22 lbs. For more info, please contact me asap. Here’s a little of what Hoodoo as to offer….

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speybum@gmail.com

(916) 838-2496

after june 13th hoodoo lodge (907) 989-2200

 

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Save Wild Umpqua Steelhead!

Received a text from my good buddy Rich Zellman yesterday telling me the state is thinking about opening up a kill fishery on wild steelhead in the Umpqua. Read below his note and please write a letter to the state. These are special fish that need to be saved…

Need a favor. The Umpqua is being proposed for a winter wild fish kill. The decision comes down this Friday. Could you write a quick email to the odfw?

odfw.commission@state.or.us

Doesn’t need to be lengthy. Just something like you value the Umpqua’s robust wild steelhead run and spend your hard earned money to come to catch and release these wild fish so they keep returning and you do too. Add your own thoughts too, trust you feel the same as I do on this subject. Keep the Umpqua wild! A few sentences can go along way.

Best,

Rich

 

 

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Proposed Nickel mine in headwaters of Smith River

Looks like we might have another battle on our hands as a British company is looking to put in a nickel mine on the headwaters of Baldface Creek a major tributary to the North Fork Smith River. Please read…..

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Proposed-mine-by-wild-Smith-River-roils-Del-Norte-5451373.php#photo-6250780

 

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Cast and Blast @ Sunwolf – Squamish, BC April 4-6

 

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Come join in on the fun in Squamish, BC at Cast and Blast @ Sunwolf April 4-6. We’ll be there with Aqua Flies doing some tying demos, fishing, and having a good time.

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