GCFF – September 2020

President’s Message

 

Hi everyone. Another month of COVID-19. I looked back at my previous letter published in the July newsletter. At that time, Nevada County had 23 active cases. Today, as I write this letter, Nevada County has 73 active cases. A month ago, total Nevada County cases were 75; today, total cases 231. I do not obsess about the numbers on a day-to-day basis, but as I sat down to write to you, I figured I would see where we were a month ago. I knew the virus was spreading but it is shocking to see how things have changed during July in our rural community. So please, stay safe, wear a mask when out in public, and practice social distancing. 

As you have heard, the club will hold its first Zoom general meeting on August 4th at 6:30 PM. We are excited to have back as our speaker, Bill Forward. You may recall, Bill educated us on how fish see when last at our club. This presentation will be an overview of stillwater fishing. I have been doing more stillwater fishing. From my boat in Lake Wildwood and Englebright Lake and from my float tube at Fuller Lake. Frankly, I am not doing well in putting fish numbers up on the board. So, I am excited to learn more about fishing in our local stillwater fisheries from Bill. 

There was some positive news coming out recently from California Trout. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the partial transfer of ownership of the lower four Klamath River dams from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) for the purpose of removal. Dam removal elsewhere has shown river ecosystems do return to their pre-dam conditions. For more information, go to CalTrout.org. 

The club’s discussion Forum added several new discussions in July. Fuller Lake, Klamath River, and North Fork Yuba River were fishing destination discussions added. There is also added information on warm water fisheries. We have 69 club members registered on goldcountryff.org. Please share your experiences of favorite fishing venues with other club members on the Forum. 

Since sharing fish or fishing stories is a traditional part of our monthly meetings, I have put that on the agenda for our August 4th Zoom meeting. If you have a story you would like to share, please send a photo to me, strauss.larry@gmail.com, and I will call upon you during the meeting. 

I leave you with the opening and closing words from Bob Romano’s story in a recent Midcurrent email newsletter, “It’s Been a Tough Few Months.” 

“It’s been a tough few months—a virus we can’t seem to control, economic worries, social unrest across the country, and a citizenry as divided as it has ever been. 

“Like the brook trout, we reside for a few short years, on a precarious orb that is spinning precariously through space, a speck in one of countless galaxies floating through an infinite universe. I have no answers to our current problems, but take heart in the words attributed to Winston Churchill – ‘You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else."

 

  

Larry Strauss

Gold Country Fly Fishers 2020 President

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