Thursday, Dec 7th Flyfishing Christmas Island, " An Exotic Adventure"
Program Schedule 2017 - 2018


When: 1st Thursday of the month: Unless otherwise noted!!

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM 

Where: Whiskey Jacques 521 Main St, Ketchum, ID

Guest speakers present local and global fishing opportunities, discuss tactics and stewardship practices

Learn about opportunities to participate in local projects and conservation efforts.

Admission is free; no membership required


This Months Program:

" Flyfishing Christmas Island, " An Exotic Adventure" 

Thursday December 7th, 2017 ;  5:00 pm- 7:00

Presenters : Ed Cummins, Flyfishing Adventuer 

Each year the Hemingway Chapter provides a program on a more exotic destination, sometimes these are not trout waters however they are always in unique ecosystems where our finned friends live.  In December program local angler and traveler Ed Cummins, will present a program on flyfishing on Christmas Island in the Marshall Island Chain

Christmas Island fly-fishing has historically had a reputation as an incredible international bonefishing destination. What most people don’t realize is the sheer number of species opportunities that a fly angler can expect to catch on a fly. From big bonefish to three different species of trevally — golden, bluefin, and everyone’s favorite, giant.  There is also the opportunity to catch a myriad of triggerfish, milkfish. If a different experience is desired, one can leave the flats for the deeper waters and hunt for tuna, wahoo, Mahi mahi or sailfish.

The Territory of Christmas Island is an Austrailan Territory comprising the island of the same name. Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean. The first European to sight the island was Richard Rowe of the Thomas in 1615. The island was later named on Christmas Day (25 December) 1643 by Captain William Mynors, but only settled in the late 19th century.  The majority (63 percent) of the island is included in the Christmas Island National Park. 

At Australia's request, the United Kingdom transferred sovereignty to Australia, with a M$20 million payment from the Australian government to Singapre as compensation for the loss of earnings from the phosphate revenue Australia's Christmas Island Act was passed in September 1958 and the island was officially placed under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 October 1958

The island is the flat summit of an underwater mountain more than 4,500 meters (14,800 ft) high which rises from about 4,200 m (13,780 ft) below the sea and only about 300 m (984 ft) above it the mountain was originally a volcano.  As Christmas Island is located towards the southern edge of the equatorial region, climate is tropical and temperatures vary little throughout the months.

The interior, back country islands and ocean-side flats of Christmas Island are a mix of hard white sand, coral, and turtle grass, making Christmas Island truly a saltwater fly anglers nirvana.

Like so many of us Ed’s fishing journey began at the young age of 6 or seven when his parents introduced him to the sport on opening day of trout season in NJ. The rivers were high and muddy but offered stocked rainbows who were willing to make a young boy happy by taking a worm dangling on the end of an Eagle Claw #6.  His fishing progressed to a fly rod presenting poppers to bass and bluegills in farm ponds.  Then progressed to proper trout fishing and, of course, saltwater flats fishing in unique locations.

Come and join us for what is certain to be an interesting evening.

 Trout Unlimited's mission is to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain our cold water fisheries and habitat.  The Hemingway chapter holds free monthly meetings and presentations from October through May of each year. 





Program Schedule 2017 - 2018


Thursday, October 5             5:00-7:00 PM 

Keri York, Trout Unlimited, Big Wood Project Manager

Scott Boettger, Wood River Land Trust, Executive Director

“Home Waters Initiative, What We’re Doing to Preserve and Protect the Big Wood River”


Thursday, November 2            5:00-7:00 PM

Mark Davidson, Nature Conservancy, Director of Conservation Initiatives

Larry Schoen, Blaine County Commissioner

“Flooding and the Future, How we Balance Nature’s Impact on the Big Wood”


Thursday, December 7             5:00-7:00 PM

Ed Cumins, Angling Aficionado

“Bonefishing Christmas Island”


Thursday, January 4                5:00-7:00 PM

Russ Thurow, USFS Fisheries Research Scientist, Rocky Mountain Station

Dan Dauwalter PhD, Trout Unlimited, Fisheries Scientist

“The Big Wood River, the Impacts of Flooding from a Historical Perspective”


Thursday, February 1                 5:00-7:00 PM

Chris Gerono, Fishing Guide, Idaho Angler, Boise

“Fishing Oregon’s Owyhee River” 


Thursday, March 1                      5:00-7:00 PM   

Greg Loomis, Executive Director, Silver Creek Alliance

“News from Silver Creek”


Thursday, April 5                         5:00-7:00 PM           

Rick Kapala, SVSEF, Cross Country Program Director, , retired fishing guide

“Big Wood River Entomology”


Thursday, May 3                          5:00-7:00 PM

Cassie Wood, Trout Unlimited, Central Idaho Project Specialist

“Restoring the Yankee Fork Salmon”



Thursday, Dec 7th Flyfishing Christmas Island, " An Exotic Adventure"

Events: Picnic & women's Initiative

On Saturday, June 17th, at 5:00 PM, the Hemingway Chapter will held our Annual Summer Picnic.  The Nature Conservancy graciously allows us to use the Stalker Creek Cabin at the Silver Creek Preserve, for our picnic site.  We enjoyed the  beauty of this special place, food and friendship.  Hemingway Trout Unlimited provided the BBQ main course and non alcoholic beverages.  Those who attendtare to brought  wonderful side dishes, salds or desserts. We always share some delicious and unique foods and conversation.

Thank you to those who joined us for a few hours of story telling and comraderie.

A special thanks to Woody and Carmen for planning and organizing the event and to Sunny Healey  and theTNC for letting us use this special place. 









July was a busy month for the Hemingway TU women’s group.  Seven fisherwomen travelled to Montana to the beautiful Missouri River and fished for 6 days.  We enjoyed instruction from some of the best local guides and experts on the river. Dry fly fishing produced big bows on caddis emergers.  Nymphing with the “two bit hooker”enticed some big browns and rainbows in the “Land of the Giants.”  We stayed locally in Craig and frequented the local fly shops and restaurants.  We had such a great timethat we are already booked for July 9-13 next year!  If you are a female angler and might like to join us please email Jill at

Wounded Veterans Fishing Day

On July 10 & 1, 2016 members from the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited  along with Support from Sun Valley Higher Ground  and Ted Trueblood Chapter of TU in Boise, hosted a Veterans flyfishing weekend.

Seven Veterans came out and participated in the weekend event.  There was casting instruction from certified Casting instructors, a single fly competition held at Hayspur Hatchery, with flies selected from donations made by Hemingway chapter fly tiers.  After the single fly competition, the veterans were taken out with volunteer guides to local the local waters to catch some trout and then return to a BBQ Dinner and casting completion on the RR Ranch.  The camaraderie and excitement of these veterans to be able to get out and fly-fish was contagious.   Special recognition goes out to Mark Milkovich who coordinated and ran the event, to Higher ground for funding the event,  Our many thanks to Jan Milkovich, John and Wanda Vladimiroff for organizing and preparing the BBQ, To Dustin Algers for recruiting volunteer guides from the Boise TU Chapter, to Bob Law for photos, to Carmen and Ed Northen for provide their casting instructor skills. 

This is the first Event we have held as a TU Chapter and it went well.  If anyone is interested in participating and helping these veteran on future events please contact Mark Milkovich at