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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

September 16th for Sept 26th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 09/26/2015
Location:
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.


Biography

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
 
Location:
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. http://www.smithriveroutfitter.com/
 
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Please note the Pig Pickin will be October 1st. More Details to come
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 23rd for June 27th, 2016 Meeting

TFF Monthly Meeting
 
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: 06/27/2016
 
Location:
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.