Delta Fly Fishers, Inc.

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When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.

-Leonardo daVinci

This Month's Newsletter

Outings and Activities

Spicer Reservoir, July 14th, 7:30 am

Meet Sam Thompson at Spicer Reservoir parking area at 7:30 am this Saturday the 14th. He will give instruction on launching and fishing the area. 

Sam has fished there mid summer a couple of years back. I caught one seventeen inch Rainbow  but it was after experimenting to a deeper level with a 6 wt intermediate line, late in the morning There was noticeable hatch that morning, and fish were rising. For more information contact the webmaster below and I can get you in touch with Sam.

The turn off for Spicer Reservoir is about 21 miles out of Arnold. You take Spicer Reservoir road about 9 miles to the lake. There is a parking area and a boat ramp to launch tubes, pontoon, canoes and prams. Sam should be there by 7:30. A five or six weight fly rod with intermediate or type three sinking may do the trick. A floating line may prove handy also .Woolly Buggers and Nymphs will probably do the trick if there biting.

Spicer Dam empties into Highland Creek. That is just a short drive from the boat ramp, its fish-able, and if your patient you can catch small rainbows in that section.

North Delta Outing, July 15th, 7 am to noon

Another outing hosted by Bill Beckett and explore one of the North Delta's picturesque waterways. Personal watercraft needed to fly fish for smallmouth and spotted bass. Bill has been pre-fishing this area and topwater action is turning on! Can't wait!

Steamboat Landing Directions

President's Meeting, August 8th, 7pm to 8:30 pm

Come to Oak Grove Park and welcome Jerry back to the United States! He will share upcoming club news as well as provide clinics on fly fishing skills!

Flyday Open Tying Night, August 10th, 5 to 8

House of Coffees in Lodi

The fish stories may get even bigger because House of Coffees is serving up craft brews again! Bring your tying stuff, order a beer, tea, coffee or Italian soda and grab a bite with a pastry or panini- share stories and make plans to go fishing with other DFFers!

North Delta Outing, August 12th, 7 am to noon

Russos Marina

Join Bill Beckett to explore another watercraft-friendly Delta fishing location. This time, it is Frank's Tract and a great location for baby striped bass and bigger largemouth bass. Open to all DFF members and watch this page for more information on this new outing.

During Summer Our Club Activities Decrease So Your Time on the Water Can Increase! Get out and Fish!

News About A Home Water!

Mokelumne River becomes California's newest Wild and Scenic River

Collaborative effort permanently protects the environment, communities, water supply and hydropower generation

Thirty-seven miles of the North Fork and main stem of the Mokelumne River running through Amador and Calaveras counties became California’s 12th California Wild and Scenic River on June 27, 2018, when Governor Edmund G. Brown signed SB 854. The legislation was passed by the State Assembly and Senate on Thursday, June 14.

The Mokelumne language included in the bill embodies recommendations made by the California Natural Resources Agency’s Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic River Study Report, which was released in mid-April 2018. The study recommendations and legislation – which included five special provisions to protect local water supplies – were broadly supported by a coalition of interests including river conservation, fish and recreation organizations; businesses and tourism organizations; foothill and East Bay water agencies; local water agencies; and Amador and Calaveras counties.

“This legislation is a true ‘win-win.’ It protects the Mokelumne River water supply that Amador County residents depend on for nearly all of our public water,” said Amador Water Agency Board President, Art Toy. “At the same time, it protects the river environment and recreation.”

“This is a landmark achievement," said Scott Ratterman, Calaveras County Water District Board president. "We are proud to have reached a consensus with all stakeholders that protects local water rights and the river for future generations.”

“I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are,” said Katherine Evatt, board president of the Jackson-based Foothill Conservancy. “It’s a tremendous day for our community. People really love the Mokelumne. We have worked for decades to ensure that this beautiful river is protected for generations to come, and finally, the upper Mokelumne is a California Wild and Scenic River.”

The Mokelumne was found eligible and suitable for state Wild and Scenic designation because of its extraordinary scenic and recreational values. The river provides water for residents and agriculture in foothill counties, Central Valley agriculture and communities, and residents of the East Bay. The Mokelumne is also home to an extensive PG&E hydroelectric project. Water and power uses and operations will not be affected by the designation, which bars new onstream dams on the five designated river segments.

“After many years of debate, Californians may now enjoy the extraordinary scenic and recreational values of this magnificent river, with the knowledge that it is permanently protected because conservationists, water agencies, local government officials, and the California Natural Resources Agency were able to ultimately work together to permanently protect the river for present and future generations,” said Eric Wesselman, executive director of Friends of the River. “Californians, please welcome the Mokelumne as our state’s newest wild and scenic river.”

“We are proud to have been part of this consensus effort to add the Upper Mokelumne River to California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System,” said Lesa McIntosh, East Bay Municipal Utility District board president. “This designation is a historic, once- in-a-generation opportunity. The Mokelumne is a treasured resource that provides precious water supplies for local communities and the East Bay. With these new protections, the river will continue its vital role in sustaining our communities and be a jewel that present and future generations can enjoy.”

What a Wonderful Group of People!

Dinner at Poplar

Al Smatsky, Charlie Reames and Jon and Karen Keagy outdid themselves again! Steaks were grilled, raffle tickets sold, potluck deliciousness served up to everyone who attended. The Poplar site turned out to be the perfect setting for the 60 plus attendees. Ron Forbes' grandson won the float tube and John Highsmith won the rod and reel combo. Stories were shared. Fishing trips were planned. Have a great summer everyone!

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