Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 15th for June 26th, 2017 Meeting


TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 06/26/2017
 
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
 


This months presenter will be:
Kin Hodges   
District 7 Fisheries Biologist
Division of Inland Fisheries
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
 
Giving a presentation on smallmouth bass fishing opportunities and the Muskie stocking program.
 
 
Note: Jim Cappy will be out of town and won't be doing the fly fishing program at 6 PM, but Ned Jones will be doing Knotts II at the same time.
 




                                                                            TAKE ACTION
Legislation has been proposed to fix significant problems with NC's 1997 Fisheries Reform Act, which has led directly to a continuing diminution of fish populations. The current law is clearly failing, as only five of 22 state-managed coastal finfish and shellfish stocks are currently considered viable.
The Coastal Fisheries Conservation and Economic Development Act (H867) has a simple premise - conserve marine fisheries stocks as necessary to sustain growing populations and harvest only the surplus that will allow growth to sustainable levels for all. This legislation will help grow the entire fishing economy, benefitting all North Carolinians.
H867 provides multiple improvements to the existing law:
* Affirms that marine fisheries are a public resource 
* Requires management decisions be based on science
* Prioritizes resource growth - The proposed legislation defines "conservation" to maximize long-term benefits of our public resource.
* Streamlines regulatory process
* Strengthens management plans
Members of the North Carolina General Assembly now have an opportunity to prioritize sustainable economic growth for the ENTIRE fishing economy.  The state must grow our fisheries resource and maximize its economic benefits. 
Now is the time to let your House member know you support House Bill 867.
NC Camo Coalition is a project of the NC Wildlife Federation

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19th for May 22nd, 2017 Meeting



 TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 05/22/2017
 
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
 
NOTE: Our meeting this month will be on May 22nd because of the Memorial Day Holiday
 
Jim Cappy will be present Intro to Fly Fishing starting at 6:00 PM
 
Our speaker for may will be:
 
EJ Stern
Flyfishing Guide
Raleigh Flyfishing

Bio-
I grew up in a fishing family in Michigan and New Jersey.  My father was an accomplished trout, salmon, shad, and flounder fisherman who possessed state records for rainbow trout and chinook salmon.  My first flyfishing experience came at age 12 from a neighbor who was from Nova Scotia.  From then on I have flyfished across the United States pursuing species that will take a fly in both fresh and saltwater.  I graduated with a degree in Environmental Science.  What I enjoy sharing is my passion for flyfishing which encompasses technique, approach, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, and general love for the environment.  I endorse products from Mystic Fly Rods, Appalachian Furled Leader Co, Orvis, Rio, Redington, Columbia, Flyfishingmen Co, and Marmot.
 
Meeting Topic:
Local Flyfishing in The Raleigh Durham Area
I.  Introduction: Why fish local?
    A.  Why are Warmwater Species less desirable?
    B.  Proximity= more time on the water= more fish caught
    C.  Something for everyone from Beginner to Advanced. 
II. Destinations: where to fish.
    A.  Rivers, creeks, duck fowl impoundments
    B.  Lakes
    C.  Neighborhood Ponds
    D.  Google Mapping and USGS Data
III.  Species and tackle choices
    A.  General Gear recommendations
    B.  Fly selections and seasons.
    C.  Carp, Redhorse
    D.  Gar
    E.  The whites( white bass, white perch,  crappie)
    F.  Largemouth and Sunfish
    G.  Seasons and species
lV. Techniques
    A.  Dry Fly
    B.  Streamer 
    C. Nymphs
V.  Guide Service 
    A.  Walk and Wade
    B.  Float trip 
    C.  Private Water 
    D.  Customized camp and fish trips

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19th for April 24th, 2017 Meeting


 TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 04/24/2017
 
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
 
Jim Cappy will be present Intro to Fly Fishing starting at 6:00 PM
 
 
Our April speaker will be Ann May of WRC:
 
Myself and Casey Williams, WRC Regional Education Specialist, have the pleasure of presenting a short walk through of the basics about the WRC fishing pages at your April 24th meeting.  
 
Ann May // Education Center Director
WRC Education Hub
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
1751 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27606
919-707-0205

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21st for February 27th, 2017 Meeting


 TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 02/27/2017
 
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
 
Our speaker for February 27 is Chad Thomas, Coastal Fisheries Supervisor, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
His presentation will focus on advances in conservation genetics, with specific focus on striped bass management in the Tar, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers.  With that said, he will be glad to provide an opportunity for our members to ask questions regarding any fisheries topics that they might have.
 
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Please sign the petition to support rezoning of Pursuit Farms on the South Holston River in Sullivan County Tennessee.

The petition is on Change.org. Here is the link:
 https://www.change.org/p/sullivan-county-zoning-codes-keep-camping-and-parking-available-for-pursuit-farms

Thanks
 On the rise
 Ned Jones

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 26th for Jnuary 30th, 2017 Meeting



 TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 01/30/2017
 
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
 
Our January presenter will be Captain Gary Dubiel. Here a link to his website: https://www.specfever.com/home.html 
 
Over 15 years guiding experience and an expert with both fly and light tackle fishing.
Capt. Gary's passion for fishing brought him to North Carolina in the late 1980's. Starting "Spec Fever" because of his love of speckled seatrout fishing.  Moving from the Outer Banks to the Neuse River, Gary adding redfish, stripers, false albacore and so many other species to the Spec Fever hit list.
Always looking to improve his techniques, Gary pioneered the popping cork craze for NC giant red drum, turning what was a night time bait fishery into a day time artificial lure fishery.  Progressing that one step further, Gary invented the Pop-N-Fly rig and revolutionized fly fishing for these giant reds.
Capt. Gary has written and lectured on both light tackle and fly fishing and he has appeared on a number of angling shows on ESPN 2, WFN, UNC-TV, NBC Sports, the Sportsman Channel and Discovery Channel (Europe).  He is a frequent speaker at local and national fishing shows including the Saltwater Sportsman's National Seminar Series, the Fly Fishing Show and the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival.  He has also been featured in many major sports fishing magazines and in several books. 
 
 
Eastern Brook Trout Survey
 
NCTU Council Members & Chapter Presidents:

Over the past six weeks I have been in contact with Michael Brunson, a graduate student working on his MA in Environmental Studies at Prescott College in Arizona.  He resides in Maine currently.  He is requesting we complete a survey on our views of  brook trout fishing.  The results of his study will be broken down by state and the results will be available for us to review.  I have taken the survey and it is very brief.  If you would, please share this survey with your members via your newsletter and ask that they complete.  As we focus on Brook Trout in NC, this will be useful information for us to add to our library on the topic.

Attached is a copy of his survey consent form which is required by Prescott College, but you need not return this to Michael.

His note to us and a link to the survey follows:

As for an introduction:

Hello North Carolina TU!  My name is Michael Brunson, a board member on the Sebago, Maine TU Chapter and a graduate student finishing up my Masters thesis.  As TU members, we all value healthy watersheds and protection of our coldwater fisheries.  As part of my graduate research, I am hoping you would be able to assist me in a quick survey and provide your input into fisheries policies and practices.  From the results I am hoping to gain insight into angler motivations and preferences, which could help promote best practices for native brook trout conservation efforts.  Results from this survey, along with a general summary of my research, will be shared with North Carolina TU.  Anyone requesting a personal copy of the survey results can contact me, along with any questions, concerns, or comments, at michael.brunson@student.prescott.edu. Thank you for your participation! 
Angler Motivations & Attitudes Survey Link
 
John C. Kies
NC Trout Unlimited Chair
828.698.5207 Home
404.372.1908 Cell
 
 
 
Dear Trout Unlimited Member,

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by me, Michael Brunson, from Prescott College.  I am completing my Masters in Environmental Studies and my research involves analysis of brook trout conservation plans throughout the eastern United States, as well as investigating stocking habits on wild brook trout populations.  The last part of my research involves gaining a greater understanding of angler motivations and preferences, as well as attitudes towards wild brook trout populations in the state.  This is where the accompanying survey comes in. You were selected as a possible participant in this study because of your Trout Unlimited Membership.  Should you decide to participate, you may simply click on the attached link to complete the survey.
 Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential.  Aside from basic demographic information, survey results will not disclose any personal or private information.  The information generated from this survey is being used solely for academic purposes and for the purpose of my graduate thesis project through Prescott College.  The project is not being funded by any outside source, Prescott College, or by Trout Unlimited.  The survey and my associated research on Eastern brook trout are being done through my own volition.
Your participation is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your relationship with Trout Unlimited. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation in the survey at any time without penalty.  Additionally, each question is voluntary and as a participant, you should not feel obligated to complete each question.
If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to contact me, Michael Brunson, via email (michael.brunson@student.prescott.edu).  As a member of Trout Unlimited, I am happy to discuss my research further.  I hope that through the information gathered from participation in this survey, as well as my analysis of brook trout conservation strategies, effective policymaking regarding wild brook trout conservation will be strengthened.  If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, please contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB@up.edu).

Thank you.
Michael 



Michael Brunson
Graduate Student
Prescott, AZ
michael.brunson@student.prescott.edu

Thursday, November 24, 2016

November 24th for November 28th, 2016 Meeting


 TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 11/28/2016
 
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

 Here is our upcoming schedule for November, December and January. A reminder we don't have a meeting in December, but will have a gathering at Chows on December 6th.

November:

The November presenter will be Captain Dean Lamont. His website: http://www.crystalcoastadventures.com/
He will talk about his typical fishing year,  starting at the Roanoke for Shad and ending for Albies and Trout.

Captain Dean Lamont is a USCG master captain of 13 years, an insured guide, a member and former president of the Cape Lookout Flyfishers,  former member of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Central Advisory Board, a member of the Triangle Flyfishers (TU), and a member of the Coastal Conservation Association.


December:

Our Christmas Party will be at Chow on Creedmoor Rd. (8311 Creedmoor Road). The same place we partied last year. Feel free to bring your wife or date. Food will be provided. There will be a cash bar at the Chow Bar. 

We will have a Secret Santa gift exchange. Please bring a gift valued less than $10. My philosophy on the gift exchange is to bring a gift you would like to have. 


We may auction off a few items. In the Spirit of Christmas all funds raised will go toward our children’s programs, The Kids Fee for the Clear Water Lake Fish Out, River Course Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp and Trout-in-classroom. We are asking for a minimum $5 donation per person.


There will also be a Trader Joe’s Christmas Basket door prize. 

This event will let us come together to share the Christmas Spirit and reminisce about good times. It should be lots of fun for everyone.


January:

Our January presenter will be Captain Gary Dubiel. Here a link to his website: https://www.specfever.com/home.html
Over 15 years guiding experience and an expert with both fly and light tackle fishing.
Capt. Gary's passion for fishing brought him to North Carolina in the late 1980's. Starting "Spec Fever" because of his love of speckled seatrout fishing.  Moving from the Outer Banks to the Neuse River, Gary adding redfish, stripers, false albacore and so many other species to the Spec Fever hit list.
Always looking to improve his techniques, Gary pioneered the popping cork craze for NC giant red drum, turning what was a night time bait fishery into a day time artificial lure fishery.  Progressing that one step further, Gary invented the Pop-N-Fly rig and revolutionized fly fishing for these giant reds.
Capt. Gary has written and lectured on both light tackle and fly fishing and he has appeared on a number of angling shows on ESPN 2, WFN, UNC-TV, NBC Sports, the Sportsman Channel and Discovery Channel (Europe).  He is a frequent speaker at local and national fishing shows including the Saltwater Sportsman's National Seminar Series, the Fly Fishing Show and the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival.  He has also been featured in many major sports fishing magazines and in several books.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 26th for October 31st, 2016 Meeting


TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 10/31/2015
 
Location:
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
 
 
Annual Gear Swap time!
 
Meet at the DCWC, bring any items to sell (fly fishing related), and stock up on well priced gear from other club members. There will be no formal presentation, but a short segment or two from key people.