Friday, September 16, 2016

September 16th for Sept 26th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 09/26/2015
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

Presenter: Rachael Hoch
Title: Using Hatchery Propagation to Conserve Rare Aquatic Species in North Carolina
The presentation will provide information on freshwater mussels in North Carolina, including species conservation status and distribution, threats, life history, and current restoration projects. The speaker will highlight ongoing research and restoration efforts at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Marion Conservation Aquaculture Center and provide an overview of the techniques used to propagate freshwater mussels. You would be surprised how much this concerns nymph fishing.


Rachael Hoch is the Conservation Aquaculture Center Coordinator for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and serves as the agency’s aquatic non-game species propagation specialist. Since joining the NCWRC in 2012, she has worked with over 15 different species of freshwater mussels, several species of rare fish, and the Eastern Hellbender at the Marion Conservation Aquaculture Center. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Biology from Appalachian State University where she studied the effects of dams on freshwater mussels and their associated habitats.
As usual we will have our raffle at the sign in tables.

Pig Pickin’

Saturday, October 1, 2016

3:00 PM
Durham County Wildlife Club

Price: $15.00 /per person

This annual event is our major fund-raiser and "fun-raiser" of the year.
Fun includes:
• great food and (non-alcoholic) drink
• games for the kids (yes, kids are encouraged to attend -- for FREE!)
• casting contest
• door prizes
• bucket raffle

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:
- rods, reels, flies gear bags, gift certificates, art work
- 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.
Event starts at 3:00pm. Food served at 5:00. Live auction starts at 6:00.
Pre-sale tickets are available online through 9/25 and in-person at the September club meeting for $15 per person. To purchase a ticket online, RSVP "yes" on Meetup and follow the instructions to make a payment through PayPal. Your name will be added to a list of paid attendees.
Kids under 12 are free. When you RSVP online, please indicate only adults, so that the ticket price is calculated properly -- for planning purposes, indicate the number of kids in a comment.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.

See you there!


Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22nd for August 29th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 08/29/2016
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Brian Williams and Lisa "Cricket" Perez will be presenting on the Dan River and the Smith River in Virginia.
Brian runs the Dan River Association and Smith River Outfitters where Cricket works with him.
Please note the Pig Pickin will be October 1st. More Details to come

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 23rd for June 27th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 06/27/2016
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our June speaker will be Bob Davis on carp on the fly.

                                                                                                             TAKE ACTION
Last week, the NC Senate unveiled and passed a plan virtually overnight that would eliminate many important water quality protections across the state. Concerned sportsmen who prize North Carolina’s heritage of clean water and healthy watersheds important to outdoor pursuits such as fishing and hunting must act immediately to stop these dangerous rollbacks.  Contact your NC House Representative today!

First, let me remind you where this story begins.  In the summer of 1995, millions of fish died in the Neuse River, capturing the attention of the state and nation.  The cause was low oxygen levels due to pollution in the river.  Citizens demanded action and North Carolina began a journey to put programs and policies into place to keep our rivers healthy by limiting pollution. The results were the Neuse River rules, the Falls Lake rules, and Creation of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

But last week, the North Carolina Senate voted to reverse course.  The state Senate’s policy rollbacks were added to the budget (Section 14.13) passed on Friday.  The provision would delay implementing rules designed to protect Jordan Lake for the fifth time and -- for the first time-- delay rules that protect Falls Lake.  Together, Jordan and Falls Lakes supply drinking water for over 700,000 people in the Triangle and provide the opportunity for many thousands of hours of outdoor recreation for swimmers, boaters, and fishermen.

Worst of all, in 2020, the provision would repeal protections for these lakes and replace them with an unknown alternative called the State Nutrient Management Strategy.  But that’s not all.

This budget provision would also eliminate vegetated buffers along rivers, which is one of our best and most cost-effective ways to protect water quality for trout, shellfish, and habitat for waterfowl. The Senate voted to get rid of buffer and other water quality requirements for the following impaired waterways in 2020:

Neuse River Basin;
Tar-Pamlico Basin;
Part of the Goose Creek watershed;
Randleman Reservoir in Guilford County; and,
           Catawba River Basin riparian buffers.

And again, our existing science-based protections would be replaced with an unknown alternative.  Take action today!  Final budget negotiations begin this week.

NC Camo Coalition is a project of the NC Wildlife Federation.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th for May 23rd, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 05/23/2016
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
NOTICE: This months meeting will be 1 week early, 5/23, since Monday 5/30 is Memorial Day Weekend
May's speaker will be Ray Brown, and he will have an update on our Marine Fisheries.

From: Linda Byington <>
Date: May 2, 2016 at 7:59:13 AM EDT

I'd like to thank the chapters who helped filled our boys' cabins for this year's camp, as well as those who sent sponsorship money, but no camper.  We have only 2 girls so far, so have 4 remaining spaces.  Please ask within your chapters as well as your TIC teachers to see if we can come up with girls to fill these spots.  Sufficient funds are available for these sponsorships.  

Thanks in advance for your help,

Linda Byington
Administrative Director
NCTU Rivercourse


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19th for April 25th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 03/28/2016
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our April speaker is Jake Rash, NCWRC state trout biologist. He will be talking about invasive species and the new fishing opportunity Appalachia Lake.
Saturday, April 23 is the second designated fish-out day for Triangle Fly Fishers at Clearwater Lake. Come on out and have a fun day of fishing. There are a great many large trout waiting to be caught!
 Gates will open at 9:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. Admission is $20 per person. Children (immediate family only) 12 and under are $5 as TFF is subsidizing the fee. Please note that everyone age 13 and older is required to pay the $20 admission fee. No reservation required.
For the price of admission, you get to keep up to eight trout (subject to change). Bass and panfish are catch and release. Fly fishing requirements will be set aside. In other words, you can use conventional tackle ... including real worms, crickets, salmon eggs, dough balls, power bait, spinners, etc. Don't forget to debarb all hooks. No minnows. Bring a cooler and some ice to take your fish home in. There are no facilities on site to clean your fish. This is a family friendly event. Bring your children and grandchildren - they will have a blast. What fun it is to hear a youngster squeal with delight when they hang a fish.. . especially a large fish. For safety reasons, fly rods will not be allowed on the large/main dock during the Fishout. We are reserving this dock primarily for children. You may fly fish on any of the other docks or from the bank.
TFF will provide a FREE Lunch - - soft drinks, water, hot dogs, and chips. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises. Also, the premises are smoke free.
Have questions?
Please email Jim Cappy at
Directions to Clearwater Lake are on our 

All persons on the grounds are required to sign a release form.
NOTICE: The TICKS will be out in full force at Clearwater – please take appropriate measures to avoid them. Check yourself and the kids thoroughly when you get home.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March 23rd for March 28th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 03/28/2016
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
This month's speaker is Allen Cain. He will be talking about fishing the Roanoke for shade and striped bass.
Captain Allen Cain
Coast Guard Licensed & Insured Captain, Wilmington, NC
Captain Allen grew up hunting and fishing the piedmont region of NC. Being from a family deeply rooted in the outdoors, his passion for hunting and fishing naturally developed at a young age. He spent his younger years fishing the local ponds and lakes as well as fly-fishing for trout throughout the mountains of NC. Summer vacations were spent on the Cape Fear Coast where Allen spent everyday fishing from the surrounding beaches and piers.
When it came time to attend college, Allen was drawn back to coastal NC and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While at UNCW, Allen learned how to combine his passion for fishing and hunting together through shallow water sight fishing. Although Capt. Allen enjoys all types of fishing, he discovered there is nothing more exciting than stalking a fish in shallow water and watching him eat your fly or lure.
Over the last 10 years he has spent hundreds of days a year learning and exploring the local waters and the many species of fish that inhabit them. Allen has extensive experience fishing the inshore and offshore waters of NC as well as the Florida Keys, Everglades, and Louisiana. After graduating college, Allen obtained his USCG captains license and began guiding anglers to memorable fishing experiences along the Cape Fear Coast.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 23rd for February 29th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 02/29/2016
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our February speaker will be Jeff Wilkins:
Jeff Wilkins is an avid fisherman, fly tier, and guide. Jeff has been fishing for 40 years and has fished far and wide. Jeff also maintains a number of fly fishing related websites, and sells fly tying materials and kits.

Some of Jeff's local  adventures have appeared on FOX 8 WGHP with Roy Ackland of the popular Roy’s Folks Feature, and more recently with Shannon Smith.  When it comes to fishing locally, Jeff likes fly fishing wherever there’s water—-Trout, bass, panfish, any fish that will take a fly and give a good account of itself. Jeff has fished and guided the Southeastern and Rocky Mountain areas of the west and has extensive experience in fishing and tying flies for each.  As a part of his work, I am also an artist, and enjoy doing pen and ink renditions of his favorite flies.