August 16, 2015
August 16, 2015:
Well, after being skunked several days and limited to one or two trout several times, your Stream Keeper finally cracked the Trico hatch, having had his best day ever fishing Tricos. I launched my float tube at 8:00 a.m. and sat for two and a half hours waiting for the morning breeze to die off. By the time the creek’s surface calmed down most Members had departed and I almost left as well. But, I was glad I stayed. Where I was fishing out on the field water the Trico hatch lasted from 10:30 to 12:30 and noses were up everywhere, gulping black bodied Trico spinners. I changed flies 5 times before having success on 3 different spinner patterns, landing 17 fish including an 18 inch Rainbow. Three of my fish were solidly hooked on the tongue! The Callibaetis did not emerge before I left. They seem to hatch every other day following the Tricos.
Your Steam Keeper is excited to announce that the second phase of our “Willow Project” will be completed this season. Today I purchased an additional 255 five gallon buckets of rooted willows, involving three different varieties. The vendor will also replace the 50 willow buckets that did not leaf out after planting this spring. Delivery is being scheduled to occur sometime during the first half of October. I have applied the $2,075 raised from Members this season, plus the $240 left over from this past spring’s planting, to the $4,000 cost and will absorb the remainder myself. The bulk of these new willows will likely be planted along Beats 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13. I am also going to try and place an order for 12 appropriate shade trees to be planted near the existing picnic tables.
STREAM KEEPER’S PAELLA PARTY
Members, save the date of Sunday, September 13, 2015 for the 3rd annual “Stream Keeper’s Paella Party” starting at 5:00 p.m. I will be serving my now infamous Paella, a Tomato Salad, Sliced Watermelon, Big Wood Epi Bread and dessert. You should bring whatever you drink and may bring an appetizer but, please, no side dishes. We will have a fireworks display over The Pond at dark. Since I may not have a “sou chef” this year, I have to limit this invitation to Members and significant others.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper