The Panhandle Chapter has set the date for the annual meeting! Please join us at DiLuna’s Café in Sandpoint on November 21st. More details on our Events page.
Join our friends at the Rock Creek Alliance at their Annual Party on Thursday, August 9th!
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has developed a draft Management Plan for the Conservation of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Idaho. Westslope cutthroat trout are a native species and an important game fish. They occupy an estimated 80 percent of their historical range in Idaho.
The draft plan discusses the population status of westslope cutthroat trout in major watershed groupings and the conservation actions the Department intends to pursue to protect and enhance populations and habitat across the species range in Idaho.
The Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited is preparing to draft formal comments and would like your input. In the interest of brevity, we have selected pages (below) that we feel should be reviewed by those in the Moyie, Clark Fork/ Pend Oreille and Priest River drainages, i.e. most of our members.
Please read the pages indicated and let our Cutthroat Committee Chairman, Greg
Mauser, aware of any comments on the plan. We will be making an official response before the deadline of July, 26, 2013.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Don Childress, Chapter President
Gregg Mauser: 208-683-1751
Link to website with entire draft plan
We know most of you are familiar with the campaign to stop development of the mammoth Pebble Mine in Alaska. But did you know that the EPA’s Revised Watershed Assessment shows a clear need for protecting Bristol Bay? The Assessment, released April 26, is open for comments now. Trout Unlimited is offering a trip to the Crystal Creek Lodge in the Bristol Bay region…you can learn more and help save Bristol Bay here.
In support of the campaign, the Panhandle Chapter is planning a free showing of Red Gold (54 minutes) and a bonus showing of Eastern Rises (38 minutes). For those of you who may have been at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, you’ll remember seeing some of the beautiful footage of Kamchatka, Russia – now we bring you the full length film!
Also, learn about what’s been happening since the film Red Gold was
released with a brief “intermission” update.
We invite you to join us! Read details on how to get tickets here!
Along with our sponsor, Big R Fly Shops, the Panhandle Chapter is bringing both the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) and the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) to Sandpoint. F3T will show Friday, April 19th and IF4 will show on Saturday, April 20th. Both films will be at the Panida Theater, with doors opening at 6:00 for an pre-event social hour and earlybird doorprize drawing. Movies start at 7:00pm.
This year we have expanded into a 2-day event! Additionally, on Saturday during the day Big R Fly Shop in Ponderay will host reps from the best names in fishing gear for equipment testing and workshops.
All proceeds from both shows will go to the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival.
Tickets are available for both shows online. Visit the F3T website for tickets for Friday night’s showing of F3T, and/or visit the IF4 website for tickets for Saturday night’s showing of IF4.
Tickets are also available for local pick-up at Big R Fly Shop and Eichardt’s Pub . Tickets are $12 advance, $14 online, and $15 day of show. Email us at email@example.com with any questions.
Join us for a great weekend of fly fishing!
The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th @ 6:00 pm at the Albright & Thurston office in Sandpoint.