Triangle Fly Fishers (TFF) is a Trout Unlimited (TU) chapter serving North Carolina, from the Research Triangle area east to the coast. Triangle Fly Fishers is also a Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) affiliate club.
We're dedicated to conservation and fly fishing, and from the mountains to the sea, we catch and release every species!
George Howard is CEO of Restoration Systems, a Raleigh based environmental mitigation and restoration company. Following his graduation from UNC and work in the US Senate in the 1990’s, George became one of the original proponents of mitigation banking and sold the first large mitigation bank in North Carolina to NCDOT in 1997. Today Restoration Systems has more than 50 mitigation banks, turn-key restoration sites and ecosystem investments in ten states. RS projects and investments total more than 125,000 acres of wetlands and prairies; and 60 miles of streams, rivers and bayous. He has been employed in the industry longer than anyone in the US and is regarded as the most experienced mitigation banker nationally.
Part of that experience has been dam removal to restore rivers. In 2006, the company proposed and executed the only dam removals funded by compensatory mitigation, where large stretches of the Deep River and Little River were restored by the removal of the Carbonton Dam and Lowell Dam respectively. The Lowell removal allowed migratory fish to spawn in the piedmont for the first time in 200 years. George is here to discuss the pending Milburine Dam removal on the Neuse River. He will describe the removal in terms of ecology, permitting, financing, construction process and long term monitoring. He also promises to explain to us what mitigation bank is.
This annual event is our major fund-raiser and "fun-raiser" of the year.
• great food and (non-alcoholic) drink
• casting contest
• door prizes
• bucket raffle
Bring the entire family. Children and significant others are more than welcome. Products and services donated by local merchants, members, and fishing shops and outfitters are available through online, silent, and live auction bidding. Be sure to go to the Discussion/Discussions Forum tab to see the items and trips available for online auction (to be added shortly).
SOME of the many items up for silent and live auction this year include:
- fishing equipment / gear
- mountain and coastal lodging
- professional guided fishing trips to the mountains and coast
and the most popular and affordable:
- "companion" wade and float trips to the mountains, coast, and local area
Cash or personal check accepted for winning bid payment. Note – we do not take credit card at this time!!!
Event starts at 3:00pm. Food served at 5:00. Live auction starts at 6:00.
Pre-sale tickets will be available before the event at the September club meeting for $15 per person. Kids under 12 are free. Please RSVP online so that we can estimate the amount of food we will need.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.
See you there!
I will be speaking about the current plight of North Carolina marine fisheries, & what the NCWF Sound Solutions Campaign is attempting to do about resurrecting & sustaining our fisheries. I will explain the Campaign & its efforts in the regulatory & legislative process.
I am a Policy Advisor for the NC Wildlife Federation, & running its Sound Solutions Campaign. I was the Assistant Secretary at DENR under Gov Perdue. Before that I was the Government Relations Director at the NC Nature Conservancy. I have been involved in the policy & political process in the natural resources realm my whole career.
Jim Cappy will be leading another fly fishing instruction class: Flies at 6 PM prior to the regular July meeting.
Oyster Reef and Fish Habitat Enhancement for the New River Estuary
Our speakers will be Pat Donovan-Potts, the City of Jacksonville Stormwater Manager, and Eddie Bridges, NC Wildlife Habitat Foundation .
Oyster Reef and Fish Habitat Enhancement for the New River Estuary
· Provide critically needed hard substrate presently missing from large sections of the mid and upper New River Estuary that would offer habitat for oysters and finfishes by creating six oyster reefs 1 acre in size. They will be constructed in the New River outside of Stones Bay (Sneads Ferry) up to AR-398 located south of Southwest Creek approximately 4 miles upriver, which is currently devoid of substrate or reefs.
· Create viable oyster brood stock populations in the mid portion of the New River Estuary through transfers of juvenile oysters on Oyster Catcher™ substrates from lower New River Estuary to the created stepping stone reefs;
· Enhance or improve water quality throughout the New River Estuary with the establishment of sustainable oyster populations, since one adult oyster can filter up to 20 gallons of water every 24 hours and we will be adding millions;
· Increase fish production in the New River Estuary by creating living habitat for juvenile and adult fishes by adding 105 mini reef balls to each of these 6 sites;
· Reduce dissolved nitrogen levels through the denitrification process associated with oyster reefs, as the New River Estuary is on the 303 D list for Chlorophyll A impairment which is due to excessive quantities of nitrogen in our watershed;
· Increase public stewardship for a healthy New River Estuary by providing easily accessible areas for locals to see the benefits of habitat restoration; and
· Enhance ongoing efforts by the City of Jacksonville, UNC Chapel Hill, USMC, CCA and NCWHF with the goal to improve water quality and enhance stocks of recreationally and commercially important fishes
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 knowyou support House Bill 867. NC Camo Coalitionis a project of the NC Wildlife Federation
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
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.
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.