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That’s a wrap on the 2017 Five Rivers Challenge! Six teams, three days, five of the best blue ribbon trout waters in the country and nearly 3,500 inches of wild trout caught. This is the second year of the event’s resurrection which originated back in 1998 by CalTrout board member Dick Galland. Owner of Clearwater House at the time, he created the event to call attention to the great wild trout waters in the Burney area of Northern California, between Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta.
As teams headed out for the third and final day of fishing, they all felt they had a shot to bring home the prize, and indeed they did. While the team that held first place for the first two days, Frank Eldredge and Bill Zuraleff (both members of San Jose Flycasters club) guided by Dave Neal, had caught 421 fish inches, the second place team of Les Hand and George Revel guided by Brooks Provence were only 38 inches behind and still had the productive McCloud and Upper Sacramento rivers to fish. As well, the third through fifth place teams were separated by only 22 fish inches going into the final day. It was a tight race.
The leaders had their free water in the morning, choosing to fish the Pit, and Fall River in the afternoon slot. Neither were that good to them. George and Les on the other hand, well, let’s just say they slayed it on the Upper Sac, catching 222 fish inches there alone. They topped that off with another 162 on the McCloud. Meanwhile, the sleeper team of Richard West and Dan McMillan guided by Jason Cockrum, who were in fifth place after two days, crushed it on the Fall River reeling in 240 inches for the final day and launched them into second place.
After all was said and done, the winners of the 2017 Five Rivers Challenge were:
1st Place Les Hand and George Revel with Clearwater Guide Brooks Provence with 788″ of fish caught
You’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect spot for an event like the Five Rivers Challenge then the Clearwater Lodge and surrounding waters. Beyond its impeccable host Michelle Titus and delicious food prepared by Nicole, the lodge is centrally located to some of the most beautiful and diverse wild trout waters in the country. Where else can you be tottering through baby head boulders on the Pit one day, casting into emerald green pools of the McCloud the next, and feeding line for the perfect drift from a boat on the Fall with Mount Shasta in perfect view the following?
If you’ll be heading to the area soon, you can read event participant and winner George Revel’s fishing report for each of the five waters in the latest Lost Coast Outfitters newsletter. Having caught a total of 578 fish inches over three days, it clearly was working for him.
Thank you to the participants for supporting CalTrout and taking an interest in our work; to the event sponsors Patagonia, Sage, Redington, and Rio for donating prizes; and to Michelle Titus at Clearwater Lodge for her graciousness and hospitality.
We’ll be announcing the dates for the 2018 Five Rivers Challenge soon. Be sure you’re on our email list so you’ll be one of the first to know.
Photos by Mike Wier and Val Atkinson
Connecting urbanites with the wonders of the great outdoors and providing them the opportunity to learn lifelong skills and hobbies that also maximize the experience, the CamelBak Pursuit Series arrives in 2017 to encourage people to reconnect with nature and reap the benefits of the natural environment. CalTrout is proud to announce its inclusion as a fly fishing partner. Along with our friend George Revel from Lost Coast Outfitters, we’ll be offering fly fishing instruction and fish and watershed conservation information to event participants.
The three-day CamelBak Pursuit Series events are turning Instagram envy into reality, creating an outdoors experience like no other, where at each CamelBak Pursuit Series event, attendees, which are also known as Pursuers, will play hard, have fun and learn all of the outdoor activities and skills they’ve always dreamt about. Located conveniently just outside San Francisco, CA, the series’ inaugural year will see the two three-day event series touch down in Sanborn County Park, CA, just 50 miles south of San Francisco on Sept. 8-10. Featuring a fully customizable itinerary and options, you can camp, glamp or rent; hike, bike or SUP. The choice is yours and the choices are endless.
Inclusive and hands-on, this new summit of exploration, connectivity and unforgettable activities is brought to you by The Outbound Collective, the world’s fastest growing online outdoor and travel community, and CamelBak, an outdoor industry leader and pioneer of hand-free of hydration.
“The CamelBak Pursuit Series is a perfect opportunity to introduce fly fishing to an audience of outside-active individuals and instill in them a passion for the sport and for protecting the rivers and habitats of our native fish,” said Curtis Knight, CalTrout’s Executive Director.
Pursuit Series Co-Founder Julia Stamps Mallon emphasizes that, “CamelBak Pursuit Series is about showcasing the beautiful accessibility of the outdoors, so whether you’re a camper or a glamper, downhill mountain-biker or a SUP boarder, there’s an amazing activity and an enlightening experience for you. Our aim is to inspire a connection to nature, and California Trout gives Pursuers the opportunity to engage with fly fishing in the most authentic, enjoyable and educational way possible.”
More information and the full schedule for the two locations can be found online at http://www.pursuitseries.co. Tickets can be purchased on their site as well.
Now on sale, Langdon Cook’s new book Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table takes an essential look at the intersection of man, food, and nature. His firsthand account takes him up and down salmon country, from the glacial rivers of Alaska to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to California’s parched Central Valley. This is where Jacob Katz, CalTrout’s Senior Scientist, comes in to the book, in an aptly-named chapter titled “Make Way for the Floodplain Fatties”. For the past 5 years, Jacob, as spearheader of the Nigiri Project, has used flooded rice fields to raise juvenile salmon as a proof-of-concept method, demonstrating that the Yolo Bypass’ abundant flood plains can also make perfect habitat for fish in the winter. As Cook states, “the Nigiri Project is using an innovative approach to reintegrate a semblance of the wild into an engineered landscape.”
Check out an excerpt from Upstream featuring Jacob:
Katz has a knack for explaining complicated systems in simple terms. “It comes down to solar energy being the source of all life. Fish have to eat. Levees starve river systems by keeping them swift, deep, and with very little surface area. When you allow the river to spread out, it’s a big solar cell.” He was talking about a process we all learn about in school but rarely think about: photosynthesis. Plants use the sun’s energy to make carbohydrates, creating the base of the food chain and at the same time released oxygen as a byproduct. Life on earth depends on this process.
In the case of floodplains, the algae turn the sunlight into sugars that nourish zooplankton, which in turn feed salmon fry- and so on, up the food chain, which of course includes human beings too. “Almost all of our large civilizations developed along large river systems,” Katz added. But rivers are messy and always changing. Every once in a while, he said, a nice warm Pineapple Express– a moisture-laden winter storm from the South Pacific– settles over California’s mountain snowpack, and so much water gets liberated both from the rain and the melted snow that there’s no way to keep it all within the banks of the Sacramento. “So we have this bypass system.” The river pours over its banks into the bypass, and this human-engineered process was proving, counterintuitively, to be a useful conservation tool. “If you give the river a little room, Katz explained, “you allow the natural processes that are the engines of productivity to work. We can integrate that back into an intensely managed system, one that’s not going to be restored– you’re not going to have wall-to-wall tules– but we can have places where we have real productivity.
Upstream has received many positive reviews, including from the Wall Street Journal: “In tracing the history and life cycle of these iconic creatures, Mr. Cook embarks on a series of his own journeys—14 nicely episodic chapters that explore how and where such fish still survive in the modern world, despite the threats of logging, dams, the diversion of running water for domestic and commercial uses, overfishing, and climate change. It is a saga that has been told before but seldom with such immediacy and panache.
Langdon Cook is the author of The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and nominee for the 2016 James Beard Award. His writing has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online journals. Upstream is available for purchase on Amazon.
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For Immediate Release
June 8, 2017
Nina Erlich-Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
541-230-1973, c: 415-577-1153
Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News and Media Relations, email@example.com
New PLOS-ONE Study: Floodplain Farm Fields Benefit Juvenile Salmon
Sacramento Valley, Calif. – A new study published yesterday by leading scientific journal PLOS-ONE offers a beacon of hope for a cease-fire in the Golden State’s persistent water wars. “Floodplain Farm Fields Provide Novel Rearing Habitat for Chinook Salmon” is based on the work by scientists from non-profit group California Trout, the University of California, Davis and the California Department of Water Resources. The article provides evidence that Central Valley farm fields that remain in active agricultural production can have environmental benefits for the state’s salmon populations.
This surprising synergy runs counter to the usual California narrative where conflict over management of water and endangered species is the norm. This is particularly true in the State’s great Central Valley, where more than 95% of former wetlands—critical habitat for native fish populations—have been leveed, drained, and developed, primarily for farm land.
“This study demonstrates that the farm fields that now occupy the floodplain can not only grow food for people during summer, but can also produce food resources and habitat for native fish like salmon in winter,” said Dr. Jacob Katz of California Trout, lead author of the report. “Our work suggests that California does not always need to choose between its farms or its fish: both can prosper if these new practices are put into effect, mimicking natural patterns on managed lands.”
Approximately 10,000 small hatchery-reared salmon, averaging less than two inches and weighing about a gram, were transplanted to a 5-acre field for several weeks between the fall rice harvest and spring planting. A subsample of the fish were tagged uniquely with electronic tags (similar to chips used to ID pets) to allow tracking of individual growth rates which were among the highest ever recorded in fresh water in California.
“By reconnecting rivers to floodplain-like habitat in strategic places around the Central Valley, we have the potential to help recover endangered salmon and other imperiled fish populations to self-sustaining levels,” said Ted Sommer, Lead Scientist for the California Department of Water Resources and a co-author on the study.
Since 2012 a large team of scientists has been examining how juvenile salmon use off-channel habitats including off-season rice fields. The experiments provide evidence that rice fields managed as floodplains during winter can create “surrogate” wetland habitat for native fish. The team suggests that shallowly flooded fields function in similar ways to natural floods that once spread across the floodplain, supplying extremely dense concentrations of zooplankton—an important food for juvenile salmon. Foraging on these abundant and nutritious invertebrates, the young salmon grow extremely quickly, improving their chances of surviving their migration to sea and returning in 3 to 5 years as the large adult fish. Since this original study the team has continued to investigate how rice fields and other managed habitats could be improved to support salmon rearing.
“This study shows that we can start focusing on solutions that support fish and people, instead of one or the other,” added Dr. Carson Jeffres of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, the second author on the report. “It’s a huge win-win.”
To read the full study, go to: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177409.
For interviews with Dr. Jacob Katz, lead author on the study, contact Nina Erlich-Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-230-1973.
For interviews with Dr. Carson Jeffres or Dr. Peter Moyle with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, contact Kat Kerlin at email@example.com or 530-752-7704.
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