Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Condit Dam is No more!

Condit Dam in Washington's South Cascades, was demolished Wednesday‎ October 26,2011.


Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was breached Wednesday in the third-largest dam removal in the country.Watch the Dam Video -- Future of White Salmon river spills from Condit

Yakima Herald-Republic An image captured from live video showing water rush at the base of the Condit Dam breach on Oct. 26, 2011. The breach released water from a 92-acre reservoir on the White Salmon River.
VIDEOS FROM THE YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC

The Condit Dam was breached today, releasing water from a 92-acre reservoir on the White Salmon River in Klickitat County.

The dam, constructed in 1913, was removed by owner and operator PacifiCorp instead of spending an estimated $100 million for fish passages that would have been required to renew its operating license to generate about 15 megawatts.

PacifiCorp spokesman Tom Gauntt expected that water would flow out of the breach at about 10,000 cubic feet per second.

Removal of the dam was spelled out in a 1999 settlement agreement with conservation groups, state agencies and the Yakama Nation.

VIDEO LINK IS HERE


•The concrete diversion dam spans 141 feet across the White Salmon river and is 125 feet tall.

•Over time, the cost of the dam removal has grown from $17 million to $32 million.

•Thirty-three miles of Salmon and steelhead habitat will be reopened.

•Water will pour through the breach until the spring of 2012, when work dismantling the dam begins.

•Sediment that has been trapped behind the dam is expected to pool up behind the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River.

•Boaters should be cleared for access in August 2012.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Metal

Well my birthday present came early this year. Here is the reader's digest version of the story. Friday night mr.kristof & I, rolled in to chrome camp late-ish after a six and a half hour drive. We set up the tent, had a night cap, and went to bed. Woke in the pre-dawn hour and it was still dark. Looked over to tent just next to us, and who is it there, none other than Grizz & Slayer. We started cookn’ up some joe. A few minutes later into my tasty dark roast, he offered up a float. It took us, oh about .2 seconds to accept the offer. A few minutes after that we had packed up & were on our way to the put in.
We got on the river at about 0 dark thirty. After putting in at the ramp Grizz rowed his RO to a nice run. I tied on nice little purple pronghorn spey and started prospecting for chrome. While I was out there with some steel veterans, I was a noob at this game.

The First to get the things started was Slayer. He landed a HUGE chromerer and wild too. Leaped & and jumped, and went all over the place. Man was that a hell of a fish.

Next Kris got one. A Wild Hen as well, Just strong! Bulldoged him down. I jumped into the soft water and in one shot netted this beauty.

At this point I was anxious and hopeful but not sure if I would lock into a steelhead or not, I was hoping that lightning would strike and it did.

After about 30 or 40 casts, I felt a strike and set. And then it happened, Wham! I had about a second to decipher, was this a fish? and it all became realized when she came completely out of the water, a slab of red side and then and stripped line off my virgin reel of the same color. Kris saw what was happening and came to help me (thanks man). She made a few more leaps and one or two short runs and before too long came to net.





While she wasn't very chrome nor wild she was incredibly colored up & bright. This was for sure a mark and milestone in my fishing experiences. The best part was that I was able to share it with some good fishing buddies. The weather was ideal. It was a thick moist fog that burned off to beautiful blue sky day, gorgeous yellow leaves on every tree and hardly even a slight breeze and not a drop of rain.

Luck was with me us this weekend. I took my first steelheadn’ trip and was fortunate to have landed my first steelhead ever on the Salmon River. She was a about a twenty something inch hatchery fish and absolutely freight trained on to my line on the swing. I think I am ruined.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Utah entry to the chum: Provo Brown

October. SOTM (Slab of the month)  Entry: Provo River Brown Trout

from the Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Mold Chum Page
A week ago my buddy sent me an email fwd: to him of this fish caught on the Provo River
Andreas Faulks interrupts this middle provo kype whilst getting his "f" on. Naturally he took an Kelly Galloup pattern streamer "olive sex dungeon."
Reader Comments (2)

Nice! I dig it brother - beautiful fish.
October 19, 2011
Justin Witt

Awesome fish! Congratulations!
October 19, 2011
Barry Fulks

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

TONIGHT is the NIGHT!

Fishwest is VERY excited to bring you the Utah Premiere of the new Confluence Film : CONNECT! One night only showing at Brewvies on TONIGHT October 19th, 2011. To make it even better, all the proceeds of the show will be going to support local conservation efforts, like the Utah Stream Access Coalition and the Federation of Fly Fishers.


Details:
CONNECT : Utah Premier
TONIGHT : Wednesday, October 19th, 7:30PM
Tickets: $13 at the door, $10 in advance
Brewvies Cinema Pub
677 South 200 West, SLC, Utah
Must be 21 or older with ID
http://www.brewvies.com/ Tickets are available online at ticketriver.com or at Fishwest: 47 West 10600 South, Sandy, UT 84070

From Chris Patterson and Jim Klug - the filmmakers who created the highly acclaimed movies DRIFT and RISE comes CONNECT, the most ambitious, large-scale fly fishing film ever made. Continuing in the tradition of the multisegment, multi-story format that Confluence Films has become known for, CONNECT introduces a number of new locations, exotic species, and compelling characters that epitomize and exemplify the sport of fly fishing. Shot on location in Japan, Yellowstone National Park, the Yukon Drainage of Alaska, the flats of Cuba, the coast of Maine, and in the wilds of Tanzania, Africa, this feature length movie will once again transport viewers around the world in search of new waters and exhilarating travel experiences. CONNECT features well-known anglers Greg Vincent, Jeff Currier, Jimmy Bartschi, Craig Mathews, Masa Katsumata, Brian Porter, and Captain Eric Wallace, and more than a dozen different fish species, both freshwater and saltwater. As with DRIFT and RISE before, the cinematography, sound, and feel of CONNECT come together in a visual masterpiece that promises to re-set the bar for fly fishing films. Join us for the Utah Premiere of this great film and have a fun evening while supporting great local conservation efforts. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to the Utah Stream Access Coalition and the Bonneville Fly Fishers. This event is brought to you by Fishwest Fly Shop in Sandy, UT with help from the Bonneville Fly Fishers. We will be raffling off some great prizes and a lot of fun will be had by all. Tickets are $13, but $10 discount tickets are available at Fishwest and through ticketriver.com. Buy your tickets early, as the seating is limited and we expect the event to sell out. Don't count on being able to buy tickets at the door.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

More Fly Fishing Meets iStock Photo

More Fly Fishing Meets iStock Photo Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 12:00AM


Reginald tests his prototype munchkin fly selector.


Rejected ad comp for Captain Morgan's.



Could someone in creative check if iStock photo has an image of a woman holding fly fishing gear with a navel piercing, suggestive tatt...... and wearing a magenta bra under her fishing vest?















Last time Jim checked he had two legs.



















Yup, I'm adopted.












There isn't a river within 50 miles of here.












Roger insisted he fished dry flies exclusively but his creel told a different story.











Look, how many times do I have to tell you! Wear a fuckin belt, you're creepin me out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Big Easy


A short video from William Joseph / War Path Flies trip down to New Orleans for the Fly Fishing show catching a few Redfish. with Brent Dawson and his War Path Fly's hanging out with Mikey WierJarrod Kear, Paul Swint and Marc Crapo On Burbon Street.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Premiere of the new Confluence Film : CONNECT!


Fishwest is VERY excited to bring you the Utah Premiere of the new Confluence Film : CONNECT!  One night only showing at Brewvies on October 19th, 2011. To make it even better, all the proceeds of the show will be going to support local conservation efforts, like the Utah Stream Access Coalition and the Federation of Fly Fishers.

Details:
CONNECT : Utah Premier
Wednesday, October 19th, 7:30PM
Tickets: $13 at the door, $10 in advance
Brewvies Cinema Pub
677 South 200 West, SLC, Utah
Must be 21 or older with ID
http://www.brewvies.com/ Tickets are available online at ticketriver.com or at Fishwest: 47 West 10600 South, Sandy, UT 84070

From Chris Patterson and Jim Klug - the filmmakers who created the highly acclaimed movies DRIFT and RISE comes CONNECT, the most ambitious, large-scale fly fishing film ever made. Continuing in the tradition of the multisegment, multi-story format that Confluence Films has become known for, CONNECT introduces a number of new locations, exotic species, and compelling characters that epitomize and exemplify the sport of fly fishing. Shot on location in Japan, Yellowstone National Park, the Yukon Drainage of Alaska, the flats of Cuba, the coast of Maine, and in the wilds of Tanzania, Africa, this feature length movie will once again transport viewers around the world in search of new waters and exhilarating travel experiences. CONNECT features well-known anglers Greg Vincent, Jeff Currier, Jimmy Bartschi, Craig Mathews, Masa Katsumata, Brian Porter, and Captain Eric Wallace, and more than a dozen different fish species, both freshwater and saltwater. As with DRIFT and RISE before, the cinematography, sound, and feel of CONNECT come together in a visual masterpiece that promises to re-set the bar for fly fishing films. Join us for the Utah Premiere of this great film and have a fun evening while supporting great local conservation efforts. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to the Utah Stream Access Coalition and the Bonneville Fly Fishers. This event is brought to you by Fishwest Fly Shop in Sandy, UT with help from the Bonneville Fly Fishers. We will be raffling off some great prizes and a lot of fun will be had by all. Tickets are $13, but $10 discount tickets are available at Fishwest and through ticketriver.com. Buy your tickets early, as the seating is limited and we expect the event to sell out. Don't count on being able to buy tickets at the door.

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