Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 21st for November 27th, 2017 Meeting

 TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 11/27/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

 Here is our upcoming schedule for November and December and January. A reminder we don't have a meeting in December, but will have a gathering at Chows on December 4th.


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. We will our Annual Elections and will present several fly tying sessions


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, The Ed McGee River Course Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp. We are asking for a minimum $5 donation per person.

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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 28th for October 30th, 2017 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 10/30/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our October speaker is Dr. Tom Kwak


NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
NC State University

His talk is entitled
Behavior, Survival, and Ecology of Stocked Trout in NC Mountain Streams: Recent Research Findings

Additionally Don Stanger to make a presentation on fishing at Clearwater. He will cover the program and discuss successful techniques for catching trout in a stillwater lake particularly Clearwater.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 21st for September 25th Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 09/25/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
George Howard will talk about the pending Milburine Dam removal. See
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.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
3:00 PM to
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

This annual event is our major fund-raiser and "fun-raiser" of the year.

Fun includes:
• 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!

Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25th for August 28th Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 08/28/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC
Our August speaker will be David Knight of NCWF.
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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26th for July 31st Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 07/31/2017
Durham County Wildlife Club
3616 Hopson Road, Morrisville, NC

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


Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 15th for June 26th, 2017 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 06/26/2017
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
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

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