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February 16 Meeting

Wood River Redband Trout: A Unique and Resilient Legacy

of Idaho’s Native Species

[This is a rescheduled meeting and at a different location and weekday then normal]

Many of us have experienced the terrific trout fishery of the Wood River in central Idaho. But when you have brought a salmonid to hand how many have thought there may be a unique and important heritage to these denizens? As research into the redband trout in this area has progressed scientists are finding a distinctive history of the trout inhabitants in the Wood River Basin. We will get the newest information from genetic studies and potential implications for management of the population.

Wood River trout at the annual fish rescue led by the Hemingway Chapter of TU

For our February 16, 2023 meeting we will have a presentation by Matthew Campbell, the Fisheries Genetics Program Coordinator with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and lead author of a forthcoming paper on Wood River trout origins. Matt is based at the Eagle Fish Genetics Lab [www.eaglefishgeneticslab.com] conducting research to provide comprehensive genetic information to address central questions related to the conservation and management of Idaho’s native fish species (one of five sections under the IDFG Research Division).

Yes, this meeting is a mulligan since we had to cancel our January 11 meeting.

Matt Campbell, Idaho Dept. Fish and Game

LOCATION CHANGE

For this meeting we will be at the Idaho Fish & Game Headquarters, 600 S Walnut St, Boise, ID 83712
Enter via the south door (closest to the MK Nature Center)

Doors open 6:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

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January 11 Meeting

NOTICE: Meeting Canceled. Check back for updates.

Wood River Redband Trout: A Unique and Resilient Legacy

of Idaho’s Native Species

Many of us have experienced the terrific trout fishery of the Wood River in central Idaho. But when you have brought a salmonid to hand how many have thought there may be a unique and important heritage to these denizens? As research into the redband trout in this area has progressed scientists are finding a distinctive history of the trout inhabitants in the Wood River Basin. We will get the newest information from genetic studies and potential implications for management of the population.

Wood River trout at the annual fish rescue led by the Hemingway Chapter of TU

For our January 11, 2023 meeting we will have a presentation by Matthew Campbell, the Fisheries Genetics Program Coordinator with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and lead author of a forthcoming paper on Wood River trout origins. Matt is based at the Eagle Fish Genetics Lab [www.eaglefishgeneticslab.com] conducting research to provide comprehensive genetic information to address central questions related to the conservation and management of Idaho’s native fish species (one of five sections under the IDFG Research Division).

Matt Campbell, Idaho Dept. Fish and Game

Doors open 6:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Smoky Mtn. Pizza. 415 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 83706

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Planting in November Along the Boise River at Marianne Williams Park

Saturday November 12 the cold weather did not stop a crew of some 40 volunteers to complete a major planting along the Boise River at Marianne Williams Park. The early November snow? No problem.

Under the leadership of TU volunteer coordinators Trevor Sheehan and Richard Jones, Trout Unlimited took on an important planting of three plots along the Boise River, in coordination with the City of Boise and the Boise Golden Eagle Audubon Society ReWild project. We were also joined by a number of Timberline High School students, members of the TREE Club.

The plantings will help restore a Boise River riparian area next to Marianne Williams Park. Saturday’s work was putting in native plants and trees. And another big part of the work that morning was beginning the repair of a damaged section of the river bank fencing it from public use and future erosion.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you who bundled up, got out in the snow, and helped out with planting at Marianne Williams Park,” said coordinator Sheehan. “It means a lot to me that you would spend your Saturday morning playing in the dirt with me. Kristen from the city was VERY happy with the work we did.”

Next spring and summer will be a critical time for these new plants to get established. Something that will help is a bit of extra water, and in the future there will be lots of volunteer opportunities for you to help with that. The soil will be pretty well saturated through the winter and spring, but when the hot and days come along the plants could use a bit of help with a deep watering. Particularly the plants in sandier soil like the area we fenced off. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.

Once again, thank you all! That was a great time and I hope you had fun too.

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Full House for IF4

Election night, November 8th: a safe harbor for 120 people that evening was a brewpub in downtown Boise. This was our regular Ted Trueblood Chapter meeting, but we moved it up one night and worked with our hosts at White Dog Brewery and with the International Fly Fishing Film Festival to put on a showing of the 2022 IF4 film.

While attendees enjoyed a cold brew or two and some snacks while viewing the film, another purpose for the event was an official welcoming for the new Boise State University Fishing Club.

Boise State University students from the new fishing club. This is part of the TU Five Rivers program. Faculty advisor Ti Macklin is second from right.

Door prizes from the Boise State Fishing Club and financial check presentation from Trout Unlimited was part of the program along with the film.

Three different screens were available for viewing.
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Nov 8 Fly Film Fest

Come to our Nov. 8 Fly Film Fest at White Dog Brewery. Tickets available here for $15.00. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film at 7:00 p.m. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Proceeds from the raffle at this event will support the new Boise State Fly Fishing Club, a TU Five Rivers program.

This will be a great way to connect with friends and other fly fishing enthusiasts!

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Sept 24 Project

The weather is helping us out and now is the time to do some stream restoration work. 

We have a project on Warm Springs Creek here in Boise. We have previously had several work activities at this site. So joining us for these projects will allow you to see the fruits of our/your labor on previous efforts.

September 24th, this coming Saturday. 

    We will be weeding around the trees and willow we planted last winter and early spring. There is a significant amount of reed canary grass and purple loostrife and these invasive plants need control. Some work tools will be provided. But it is likely we will do a lot of hand pulling.

    Time Line:   Starts at 10 AM and will last about 2 hours. If you have them please wear waterproof boots. the area along the stream is fairly muddy.

Where to park and where to work.

To RSVP please email tutedtrue@aol.com.

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Sept. 20 Volunteer Event

Volunteer event number 3 at Marianne Williams Park:

Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

We would love some help pulling noxious weeds, wrapping trees to mitigate beaver damage, closing unnecessary social trails and picking up trash along the river bank at the park. The more volunteers we have, the more of these goals we will work towards. We will be meeting in the parking lot at 5:30 on September 20th.

This is the first volunteer event we’ve had in the evening, and we would love to see you there!

Bring your fly rod for some evening fishing following the event if you’d like. Email Trevor@elevateflyfishing.com if you have any questions or to RSVP.

-Trevor Sheehan

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Come to our Sept. 14 Angler Celebration

Join the Trout Unlimited Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a celebration of the Treasure Valley’s unique angling community.

About this event

When: 6-9 PM. Wednesday, Sept. 14th

Where: Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park 500 S Walnut St, Boise, ID 83712

What: Meet the Ted Trueblood Chapter Board of Directors, local fishing community leaders, fishing retailers, conservation groups and more. This is a one-stop shop to connect with your anglers and learn about conserving our local resources.

Featuring: Casting demonstrations, fly tying demonstrations and more.

Food & Drink: Standard grilled fare (cheeseburgers, hot dogs etc.) will be served, with libations. Alcohol will be available, but identification will be required.

This is a free event. Donations are encouraged.

We request that you RSVP here

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Stewarding the Riparian

Our June 4 project at Marianne Williams Park is our initial foray into working along the riparian area of the Boise River at this park to improve the natural vegetation.

Boise River at Marianne Williams Park

A rainy day met our volunteer crew – which was nice! We were able to pull weeds in several areas on a day that was not too hot for outdoor work. Here are some photos:

Group photo of volunteers

We plan to do quarterly volunteer projects at this site in cooperation with Boise Parks and Recreation.