By Dave Fujiyama- VP Conservation
To provide conservation direction and leadership for Granite Bay Flycasters by promoting the protection of fisheries and water resources, and to stimulate participation, awareness, and education of our club members and the community regarding conservation efforts.
Giving Back is Part of the Game
Sept 9 Orvis Film Festival fundraiser for Putah Creek Trout brought together a diverse group
of folks, each bonded by their love of clean, fishable water!
It’s amazing at how our love of trout can bring us together, isn’t it? On Saturday, Sept 9, Ed Lloyd and I attended the Ovis Film Festival fundraiser for conservation efforts on Putah Creek. Wow, were we ever impressed by both the organized way in which the event was set up and taken down, and by the quality of the film called Down the Hatch. The film was a compilation of short video clips, and of course, with each scene, you feel your heart pulse harder, and your set-hook hand twitches! That white flash of trout-mouth inhalation of a perfectly drifted Adams; the airborne acrobatics of flats-water tarpon; and the grizzly that ambles into the river just out of the peripheral view of a distracted fish-on flyrodder…all of it was crisply captured on film, and made you feel like you were there, knee-deep in water, fish on the reel. We met members from various fishing clubs like Fly Fishers of Davis, industry experts like Orvis’ Hutch Hutchinson, who inspired Ed to format some of our GBF events in similar fashion, and Trout Unlimited conservationists like Cindy Noble, who plan to help me expand our influence in youth-supporting programs. Beyond the well-organized activities and booths (one of which featured beer on tap!), what really stood out was the group effort: that GBF supports conservation efforts of like-minded clubs to conserve trout habitat in a creek we typically don’t fish is a testament to the glue that binds us!
I’m reminded of our own GBF events: the Chili Cook-Off, the Annual Dinner, the beers we share on the porch above the Upper Sac. Our love of fish and the habitat they require really do glue us together, don’t they? No matter what kind of fishing we do, no matter which club which we call home, or whether we’re life-long casters or newbie tailing-loopers, we’re all flyrodders to the core, and it’s the thread that makes up the fabric of our camaraderie.
Speaking of coming together…November’s Conservation Committee meeting is right around the corner. I’ll have a sign-up sheet at our Thursday, October 12, 2017, General Members’ meeting, or you can let me know of your intentions to join us by calling or texting Dave Fujiyama at 949-212-1337 or emailing him at email@example.com. That way I’ll know how many pizzas to order!
Please mark your calendars:
Date: Monday November 13, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Where: Round Table Pizza, 8755 Sierra College Blvd, Roseville, CA 95661 (east side of Sierra College Blvd, between Douglas Blvd and Eureka Rd)
Speaker: Captain Chuck Ragan from CR Fly Fishing, Grass Valley, on his work with Cast Hope
6:00 – 6:25 Meet and greet with pizza (pizza is provided by GBF; beverages are on you!)
6:25 – 6:30 Welcome announcement
6:30 – 6:35 Heath Wakelee of Friends of Auburn Ravine: video presentation of underwater technology to monitor fish migration
6:35 – 7:15 Mitch Lockhart, DFW: “Biology of High-Country Trout”
7:15 – ? Thank you, chat up Heath and Mitch, finish your beers!
Cast Hope’s mission it is to “build mentoring relationships, fly fishing skills, outdoor knowledge, sustainable practices, and personal values. Cast Hope’s gift of the outdoors empowers each mentoring pair to grow closer as they participate in healthy hobbies together.”
Sounds pretty good to me! Like our GBF crew, the Captain invests in the younger generation by getting them hooked on the serenity and peace we find when we’re knee-deep in cold, clean streams. Please plan to join us to hear about Cast Hope’s work!
Conservation Articles of Topical Interest
Selected articles in pdf format from previous months that remain current today.
Conservation Committee Meetings are held quarterly at 6:30 PM at the Round Table Pizza just south of Douglas on Sierra College Blvd. Watch the home page or Message Board Conservation forum for the date.