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Monday, 10 October 2016 04:42

Website Updates

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New features have been added to the site to aggregate content from numerous fly fishing and fly tying sources around Northern California and Nevada.  This will allow the users to see the ten newest posts to each of the sites that are linked through the menus.  

The Fly Tying Menu now contains links to articles or posts from Fly Fish Food, Fly Tying 123, Fly Tying Reddit and Orvis.  Each of these links should display a content snippet from the latest 10 articles appearing in these sites' RSS feeds.  The snippet will display the first 200 words and will also contain a link to allow you to read more on the host site.  

The News menu now contains links to the California DFW, CalTrout, CSPA, Drake Magazine, International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Trout Unlimited and the Water Education Foundation. Mostof these links will also display a content snippet from the latest 10 articles appearing in these sites' RSS feeds.  The snippet will display the first 200 words and will also contain a link to allow you to read more on the host site.  CA DFW and TU are set up to display the latest posts by those organizations on Twitter.

The Trip Reports Menu now contains links to my reports, as well as posts from Alpine Fly Fishing, Andy Guibord, California Fly Fishing, Confluence Outfitters, Fish Kennedy Brothers, Fly Fish Nevada, Fly Fishing Specialties, Four Seasons Fly Fishing, Gilligan's Guide Service, Jack Trout, Jon Baiochhi, Kern River Fly Fishing, Lost Coast Outfitters, Matt Heron, Norcal Fly Guides, Northern Califonia Trout, Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing, Pyramid Lake Guides, Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters, Reno Fly Shop, RJ's Fly Trips, SC Guide Service, Sierra Fly Fisher, Steelhead on the Spey Guide Service, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, The Trout Spot, Tight Lines Guide Services, Trinity Fly Shop, Truckee River Fly Fishing, Wild Waters and Yosemite Fly Fishing Guide.  Each of these links will also display a content snippet from the latest 10 articles appearing in these sites' RSS feeds.  The snippet will display the first 200 words and will also contain a link to allow you to read more on the host site.  

The Tips Menu now contains links to posts from Ask About Fly Fishing, Chris Parsons, Fly Fishing Traditions and The Other Side of California.

I spent a bunch of time recently adding links to various fly tying sites, guides, informational sites, organizations, retail sites and water information sites.  These can be found sorted by category in the Links menu.  All of the sites listed above have been added in one of the categories.


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Sunday, 09 October 2016 16:22

Drake Magazine

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  • Hoping for a Net Loss

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:14 pm

    Hoping for a Net Loss The push to ban gillnets in BelizeAt a Guatemalan fish-processing plant in spring of 2019, a team of journalists saw something that would make any flats angler cringe: several 80-gallon drums filled with salted permit.The journalists, from the Belizean newspaper The Reporter, were there to examine Guatemala's shark-fishing trade, and the problems it might pose for tourism-dependent Belize, which sits just up the coast. The drums full of permit illustrated why netting is one of the biggest concerns facing the flyfishing industry in Belize: because gillnets don't discriminate between sharks and other species.

  • Back in the Saddle

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:13 pm

    Back in the Saddle Clyde gets his groove back, in ArkansasClyde is docked in the parking lot of Little Rock's Ozark Angler, his big ass hanging beyond the lined allotment and his bigger-still nose hanging yards past the curb. He's been baking in the 90-plus degrees for several hours.I yank once and then again on his heavy door. The smell of ancient, super-heated, musty Motown funk blasts me in the face as the door opens with an arthritic "pop." Ain't it funny how two of the most distinct scents in the universe are new car and decrepit car? Both are instantly recognizable. For what should be obvious reasons, I also expect Clyde to smell of fish, at least a little. But he does not.

  • Albies of Autumn

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:12 pm

    Albies of Autumn From North Carolina to the VineyardWhen the indulgences of summer have finally and fully come to an end, it's time to start thinking about albies.

  • Burnin' for You

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:11 pm

    Burnin' for You Thomas & Thomas finds a friend in the whiskey businessLike many Westerners, I grew up without ever giving much thought to bamboo fly rods or rye whiskey. These things were viewed—like icy ski slopes or Steelers fans—as products of the Northeast, and thus of little concern to us Left Coasters.

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    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:09 pm

    Undeleted The return of the Elwha's steelheadGive a rainbow trout a direct line to the ocean and you have a potential steelhead. Throw a dam in its path and watch anadromy hit a wall. Salmonids in Washington State's Elwha River, on the northeastern edge of the rain-soaked Olympic Peninsula, found their long-lost gateway to the sea reappear when the largest dam-removal in U.S. history commenced eight years ago. By 2015, both the lower Elwha and upper Glines Canyon dams were no more. But what of the fish that once were—the ghosts of hundred-pound chinook and double-digit steelhead that formerly laid claim to the river's glacial-green, boulder-studded waters?


Saturday, 08 October 2016 09:58

CalTrout News

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Water Education Foundation

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  • San Francisco Estuary health report offers mixed review


    The health of North America’s largest estuary, the SanFrancisco Estuary, is showing some signs of improvement, butmuch of the historic damage caused to the massive watershed haseither not improved or worsened, according to a new report.Related article:San Francisco Chronicle: Climate havoc wipes out coastal kelp as S.F. Bay’snative fish species die offView Original Articleread more

  • A new target for federal action: PFAS-tainted food


    A class of toxic chemicals known to have contaminated drinkingwater in many areas across the country is also presenting humanhealth risks via another exposure method — our food supply. Thecontamination stems from treated sewage sludge — or biosolids —often used by farmers as a fertilizer for crops.View Original Article

  • Padre Dam water district set to raise rates – twice


    Residents and businesses in Santee and Alpine who are under theauspices of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District will see tworate increases in the coming months. The rate increases arescheduled for November and January.View Original Article

  • Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds


    Scientists examined 33 El Ninos — natural warming of equatorialPacific that triggers weather extremes across the globe — since1901. They found since the 1970s, El Ninos have been formingfarther to the west in warmer waters, leading to stronger ElNinos in some cases.View Original Article

  • Court tosses lawsuit, green-lights chloride reduction


    Local sanitation officials were happy to report Monday news ofa recent court decision that enables them to proceed with theirfour-year plan to reduce the amount of chloride ending up inthe Santa Clara River.View Original Article

  • Blog: DWR celebrates completion of tidal habitat restoration in the Delta


    The Department of Water Resources (DWR) gathered with itspartners and contractors Oct.15 to celebrate the completion ofthe 460-acre tidal wetland known as Tule Red in the SuisunMarsh. More than 100 attendees watched as a giant excavatorperched on top of a 200-foot wide levee removed the earthseparating the high tides of Grizzly Bay from the interiorchannels. The crowd cheered as tides began flowing over thebreached levee.View Original Article

  • ‘It’s where we come from’: The River People in Mexico left without a river


    It was on the Colorado River that González, now 82, taught herchildren, just like her parents and grandparents taught her, tofish with canoes and traps made from willow trees whichflourished on the riverbanks. Now, the river stops at theUS-Mexico border and the lakes are dry and native vegetation isconfined to reforestation projects.View Original Article

  • Tuesday Top of the Scroll: Trump team weakens Delta protections for California smelt, salmon


    In a move that would boost water deliveries to San JoaquinValley agriculture and Southern California cities, federalfishery agencies are weakening decade-old endangered speciesprotections for some of the state’s most imperiled native fishpopulations.Related articles:San Joaquin Valley Sun: Blog: How much water the Valley receives may changesoon. Here’s whyCALMatters: Opinion: Anew approach for managing California’s water and improving theenvironmentNatural Resources Defense Council: Blog: Bad news for the Bay-Delta tomorrow: Trump admin’s newbiopsView Original Articleread more

  • Steelhead legal battle expands to Santa Maria


    Los Padres ForestWatch has sued the Department of Interior, theBureau of Reclamation, and the Santa Maria Valley WaterConservation District, charging that Twitchell Reservoir damoperations are inflicting serious ongoing damage to thesteelhead trout, a federally endangered species, that rely onthe Santa Maria River.View Original Article

  • 900 South Bay homeowners impacted in water district’s plan to reclaim 270 miles of creekside property


    How would you react if someone suddenly took away a big chunkof your backyard? That’s what hundreds of South Bay homeownerswho live along creeks and rivers are facing. The Santa ClaraValley Water District is poised to reclaim land along thewaterways and tear down everything homeowners have built onthat property.View Original Article


Any Waders or Wading boots with HBP marked on them.

Any fly rods marked Bill Carnazo.

Horseshoe Bar Fish and Game Preserve is devastated to announce that thieves broke into our storage area where we house our equipment for the Wounded Warrior Event that is held the first week in October every year. Finding out that someone felt they needed to steal from these veterans is heart breaking. It is like stealing from a church or organization that helps the needy of our community. This break-in will set us back many years as the amount of equipment they stole exceeds $25,000. Much of the equipment has the initials HBP written on it. Only the veterans that attended our events or members of Horseshoe Bar Preserve would have equipment with the “HBP” letters printed on it.. Any other gear was most likely this equipment that was stolen during the break in this week. If you see this equipment being sold, please contact me immediately at 916-205-6073 or the sheriff’s department to report it. (Placer County Sheriff)

If you see this equipment being sold, do not say anything or accuse anyone. Make note of the time, location, description of the items and persons involved.

Please contact Tom Bartos, manager of Horseshoe Bar Preserve immediately at 916-205-6073 or you’re local police department and let them know you believe it may have been equipment stolen from Horseshoe Bar Preserve in Foresthill, CA.
Reference Police Report # 15-11343.

This equipment was used for a very good veterans program and its loss is huge!!

If you would like to help us replenish the equipment that was stolen, please contact us at , 916-205-6073 or go to our website: www.horseshoebarpreserve.com/ww where you can make a donation.

Thomas G.M. Bartos
President & Founder
Horseshoe Bar Preserve, Inc.

On June 25 Congressman David Valadao introduced HR 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would override key state and federal environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act and would be another step toward extinction of the Delta smelt. There are two issues, in particular, that directly affect fisheries. It calls for the elimination of all non-native predator species in the Stanislaus River, including striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and black bass. It has been a key argument of water districts that use Stanislaus water that predator species are decimating salmon. This argument is a ruse to distract from the impact of reduced water flows on salmon. The bill also would legislatively declare that all state and federal laws, including the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act, would be satisfied by the existence of a warm water fishery in the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam, but upstream of Gravelly Ford. This would eliminate all efforts to reintroduce salmon to the San Joaquin, and certainly would preclude it as a trout fishery. There are many other terrible ideas in this bill, many of which involve the selective use of science, but those should be enough to oppose it. You can see the entire bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2898. The bill is being fast-tracked and needs immediate action. It’s likely to pass the House but it can be stopped in the Senate. Please make call Senator Barbara Boxer's office at (202) 224-3553 and Senator Diane Feinstein’s office at (202) 224-3841 to register your opposition. Your phone call is an extremely important message, and she will pay attention to it!