Tuesday, December 6, 2016

3 Dams to Be Removed in American West to Restore Rivers

A recent announcement of the impending elimination of three "deadbeat" dams is exciting news. One of them, hits close to home. It is the Matilija Dam within the Ventura River drainage not far from Ojai, California. I have seen wild trout both above and below this dam. I have also seen how silted-in the "lake" above the dam is; truly a mind-blowing. Now, there are numerous perspectives that go beyond the fish which make derelict dams an interesting concern. For example: Matilija and the Rindge Dam (in Malibu) are very near the sea and prevent natural sediment deposits that are helpful for, of all things, surf breaks. Both dams are upstream of very popular surf spots. The famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu being arguably the result of centuries of sediment building up a great surf spot. While reading the recent announcement at National Geographic's site about these three dams, there was a bonus link to a fantastic mini-documentary about the Glen Canyon Dam. In that documentary, one finds and interesting sub-plot of the retrieval or "salvage" as they call it, of Native American artifacts and the loss of that canyon. This salvage was done by archaeologists in advance of the flooding of the canyon. As I have obsessed for years over fisheries concerns, I have often forgotten about what secrets get buried underwater. In an area as vast as that buried by Lake Powell, it has struck me that more than just ecosystems are being severely tampered with. Definitely a timely concern as we see Native Americans still getting the short end of the stick.

Click HERE for the recent article about the Three Dams and HERE for the link to the Glen Canyon short.

Friday, August 26, 2016

When Trout and Guitars Collide - Par Avion Mini Tour - Aug.30-Sept. 3, 2016

With Eric Clapton recently getting some neat buzz for catching a record sized Atlantic Salmon, the humorous collision between anglers and the retreat to the meditation of fishing remains alive and well. Harkening back to my days fishing in a duck pond with a transistor radio blasting KYA and KFRC's stream of top 40 and fast forwarding to recent years when I would ditch a guiding gig in the Sierra to head to Europe to tour …. I am pleased to announce a mini-tour of Par Avion. In other words, I'm here to contribute to this tradition dammit! This compact trio plays twangy and surfy music and has offered me an "excuse" to visit the mountains with guitar in hand (versus a fly rod). I wish to invite all who are anywhere near these events to pop by and enjoy some music. Most gigs are free and most are family friendly and several are in the Sierra Nevada including one in Yosemite National Park! Dawn patrol trout session the morning after. Join me! Also note a special benefit concert in Kernville called FISHSTOCK! Incidentally, Kernville guide Guy Jeans plays a solid role in the FISHSTOCK event and he too fishes and plays music with a band named the Stoneflys. Clever eh? Tour details at Par Avion's Facebook Page HERE. Come one come all!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bass Ackwards LA Style

I find it hard not to think that the drought has created a stability which has helped the bucket mouth population in the ol' LA River to gain some footage. We shall see if the upcoming rains have an influence positive or negative. You really never know with this bizarre ecosystem. The LA River Fly Fishing blog has posted some fun LMB shots as of late. This one caught by my buddy Nicholas. Visit the blog here to see some bigger models recently taken in the old ditch! LINK: http://lariverflyfishing.com/