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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.


Sunday, 09 October 2016 20:10


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South Yuba River Citizens League

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Sunday, 09 October 2016 16:22

Drake Magazine

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  • Returning From War

    Featured Content Aug 5, 2019 | 01:52 am

    Returning From War Why flyfishing works for traumatically wounded combat veteransThe two pairs of boots sit next to each other on my closet floor: old, waterproof, knee-high LaCrosse Alphas, and the tan combat boots that I wore as a paratrooper fighting in Afghanistan. I'm attached to them both, but for very different reasons. I enlisted in 2008, at 41 years of age, during "The Surge"—when the Army was sending an increasing number of warm bodies to our country's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Imagine a strong riptide pulling surfers out to sea, sucking in the occasional beachcomber. That was me—feet in the water, thinking that I might want to surf too. Four years and two combat tours later, on leave from the 82nd Airborne Division, I was standing in New York's Cohocton River in my rubber boots, thankful to still be alive.

  • Video Dayz: The Mend

    Featured Content Jul 20, 2019 | 20:34 pm

    Video Dayz: The Mend "The Mend" is a heartfelt story about a promising high-school football coach, who's star player is also his son. After losing the championship game to crosstown rivals, a rift forms in the family dynamic. Years later the father-son duo, with the help of a river, find a way to reconnect. Directed by Broc J. Isabelle.

  • Madison Blues

    Featured Content Jul 2, 2019 | 15:47 pm

    Madison Blues A winter of discontent in EnnisIf your summer plans include a tailwater weekend along Montana's Madison River, you won't be alone. In early April 2018, after years of surveys, public meetings, and citizen advisory committees, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released its draft Recreational Management Plan for the Madison, which included some alarming data. From 2013 to 2017, the number of angler days on the upper Madison doubled, from 88,000 to 179,000. Data also showed that commercial outfitter use had increased 72 percent from 2008 to 2017.

  • Unemployed Fishing

    Featured Content Jul 2, 2019 | 15:46 pm

    Unemployed Fishing Coming to terms with a new realityThis past December, I received an unwelcome holiday surprise. Our corporate overlords rounded up the staff at the magazine where I've worked since its inception, twenty-three and a half years prior, to announce our new direction. The upshot: We could still pursue exciting careers in magazine journalism, a vocation now rivaling that of lamplighters or bowling-alley pinsetters for growth potential. Just not at our magazine. They were shutting it down. We were all sacked. As Christmas bonuses go, I'd have preferred a Cabela's gift card.

  • Cue the Banjos

    Featured Content Jul 2, 2019 | 15:45 pm

    Cue the Banjos Horseshoes & Hand Grenades' Russell Pedersen releases fishy solo albumDeliverance references notwithstanding, a drive to the river is always made better with banjo music. Good banjo tunes, like good trout streams or musky rivers, find just the right pace, yet still flow and wind toward unexpected places. Few people understand that better than Russell Pedersen, part-time guide and full-time banjo player for the critically acclaimed, Midwest-based bluegrass band, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. In February, Pedersen released a solo album titled, Steal from the Rushes, a record written specifically with anglers in mind. "It's a time capsule of things I've seen and felt on the water," Pedersen says. "A musical collection of fishing memories."


Saturday, 08 October 2016 09:58

CalTrout News

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Saturday, 08 October 2016 05:59

Water Education Foundation

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  • Changing the ground (water) rules


    In 2014 California introduced the Sustainable GroundwaterManagement Act (SGMA) into state law to help manage theconflict between ground and surface water. But updating legalstructures to accommodate evolving scientific knowledgeinvolves far more than simply rewriting statutes, according toresearchers in the US.View Original Article

  • Blog: Understanding how fish deal with drought


    Aquatic animals in regions like California that havehistorically experienced frequent droughts have evolvedremarkable adaptations to dealing with dry conditions. However,the duration, severity, and frequency of droughts are allincreasing as a result of ongoing climate change and anincreased human demand for water, leaving even drought-hardenedspecies struggling.View Original Article

  • Truckee’s ice industry kept the West cool


    Before electric refrigeration brought cheap and available icein the early 20th century, ice was harvested along Truckee’slakes and rivers. Truckee’s cold mountain air and readilyavailable clear streams created an ideal environment for icecompanies to create and harvest ice.View Original Article

  • Councilman wants to refill Hole Lake


    A piece of Riverside history could be revived if CouncilmanSteve Adams can get the city to refill Hole Lake, an irrigationand recreation reservoir for 60 years that’s now full of treesand plants and, in some spots, trash and homeless camps.View Original Article

  • State sets limits on septic system pollution in Russian River


    The ban passed last week means that about 8,000 Russian Riverproperty owners are now looking at how to repair or replacesubstandard or failing residential sewage disposal systems whenthe new law goes into effect next year.Related article:Windsor Times: Streets to Creeks campaign seeks to prevent RussianRiver watershed pollutionView Original Articleread more

  • Blog: Is Los Angeles a desert?


    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article in which I — perhapscavalierly — described Los Angeles as a desert. … There was asmall part of me that raised a red flag as I pounded the wordsinto my keyboard. Is L.A. a desert, though? I thought. Haven’tI also heard that it isn’t?View Original Article

  • Blog: It was ‘do or die’: Saving the Tijuana Estuary


    The idea of conserving the marsh was not popular with most ofthe residents and elected officials, and the McCoys werefrequent targets of threats and harassment. It was a rough andtumble fight and there was a lot of money at stake. Ignoringpersonal risk, the McCoys launched their campaign to secure theestuary.View Original Article

  • Red-legged frogs making a comeback at Yosemite with help of SF Zoo


    After four years, San Francisco Zoo officials wrapped up asuccessful reintroduction program Monday by releasing the lastof more than 1000 red-legged frogs into Yosemite National Park.The zoo began partnering with the National Park Service andYosemite Conservancy in 2015 to reintroduce the threatenedfrogs back into Yosemite National Park…View Original Article

  • Editorial: Base water plans on science, not politics


    Trump started promising more water to Central Valley growersbefore he was elected. During a campaign stop in Fresno threeyears ago, he dismissed the drought, then in its fifth year, asa hoax and snorted at legal protections for endangered fish inthe Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.View Original Article

  • Indian Wells groundwater authority approves well registration ordinance


    All residents and organizations within the Indian Wells Valleywill have to implement register their wells come Oct. 1following the approval of an ordinance by the Indian WellsValley Groundwater Authority board of directors.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!