Delta Fly Fishers, Inc.

Dedicated to the Furtherance of Fly Fishing

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

Upcoming Events and Outings!

Eastern Sierra Outing, September 7-9

Early fall is a prime time for trout in reservoirs and streams along Highway 89/395. Join host Jerry Neuburger and fish for broodstock cutthroats at Heenan Lake, dry fly fishing the popular East Carson River, or stillwater fishing the productive Indian Creek Reservoir. Open to members only and involves camping or overnight lodging.

California 89

Membership Meeting, September 12, 7-9 pm

All general membership meetings are free to the public. Please come hear our invited speaker, meet our members, and enjoy our latest program. Find out what waters have been productive and preview upcoming club events and activities. Fun raffle at the end of the meeting.  Come to the first meeting after the summer break and get caught up with your peers and friends. Our September invited speaker is fly fishing ambassador Ken Hanley who will present a photo presentation highlighting California's diverse wildlife and their habitats thoughout the year. Below is the his description of his talk:  California By The Month (Show Synopsis)  There’s really no reason to hang up your tackle. California has a “peak experience” every month of the year! The Great Golden State is “all access” when it comes to flyrodding from freshwater or saltwater, urban, rural, or wilderness environs. Ken’s show explores the amazing variety of species and habitat each of us can celebrate throughout the year. Expand your horizons and dive into the rewards.  And here is Ken's biography:  Ken has been a fly fishing ambassador since the early 70’s. As a guide and instructor, he’s worked with thousands of students in the field. He was inducted into the FFF Hall of Fame (NCC Chapter) in 2005.  He’s the author of seven fly fishing books. He also writes and photographs for both international and regional publications in the outdoor industry. In addition, his outreach to audiences includes videos celebrating both saltwater & freshwater adventures.  Ken’s extensive field experience spans the globe; from the highest peaks in Tibet and the Himalaya, to the remote wilderness regions of Asia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe, and North America.  He’s on Pro Staff with the following sponsors; SAGE Instructor, SIMMS, RIO Products Intl, Daiichi, Renzetti, Dr. Slick, Hatch, and Patagonia.

John R. Williams School Cafeteria

Flyday Open Tying Night

 5 to 7pm, House of Coffee in Lodi

Bring your tying supplies and your best fish stories to the House of Coffees- order up a coffee, tea or craft beer and tie one or two on with club members!

Russo's Delta Outing

Dan, Jerry, Bob, Bill, Mark, Amy and new member Horacio greeted the sunrise at Russo's Marina on Sunday. The morning started of with slow fishing but everyone was reported to have at least one fish to hand. New member Horacio caught his first fish- no small feat when learning to fly fish and manage a kayak at the same time! Congrats Horacio!

Biggest reported fish was the largemouth pictured here. Species caught included large and small mouth bass, a striper by Jerry, Dan reported several species including blue gill and Bill caught a crappie amongst others.

The fishing picked up just about lunch time. Although I didn't get to talk to everyone, I think the most fish caught was 5ish- except for Dan who motored over from Ladd's and caught numerous fish on the way. Thanks Bill for hosting and congrats again to Horacio! A successful outing even with slow fishing at the start!

The Passing of John Squires

Our family is deeply saddened to share that John was involved in an unfortunate accident on the American Creek in Katmai National Park, Alaska during his annual rafting trip.  On June 19th, 2018, John and two friends encountered a downed tree blocking their path called a sweeper.  Unable to quickly maneuver around the sweeper, all three men ultimately ended up in the water.  While the two friends eventually made it out of the water, John has not been seen since moments after the accident.  There have been exhaustive searches by the Coast Guard, National Forest, State of Alaska, and friends of John from the area, with no signs John made it to shore.  He remains missing and presumed dead. 

Our family would like to invite you to join them on the weekend of October 26th, 2018, to pay tribute to John's life. Details will be announced in the near future. 


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.”

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