Thursday, April 5 Big Wood river Entomology
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:

"Big Wood River Entomology

Thursday April  5th, 2018 ;  5:00 pm- 7:00

Presenter: Rick Kapala: SVSEF Cross Country Program director and Retired Fishing Guide

This month we return to our program series on the Big Wood River with a focus on the aquatic health of the river.  Invertebrates are one of the key indicators to a healthy trout stream, the more complex and prolific the better. You can have a healthy stream without trout, however a healthy trout stream must have healthy bug populations.  To have Healthy bug populations the river must maintain a healthy balance of PH, gravel and vegetation.

The health of the big wood river insect population has been impacted dramatically by development, mudslides from fires, three years of drought and a flood year.  

Rick has been out on the river turning over stones, looking in the mud and evaluating the habitat of the river. He will provide us with information on the current health of the river from an entomological perspective.

You don't have to know the Latin name or genus of a green drake or a caddis fly to know that trout see them as food and will take a well presented offering. Come and learn more about the hatches on the Big Wood river.  This is certian to be an informative 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, April 5 Big Wood river Entomology

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 201 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 2018!  If you are a female angler and might like to join us please email Jill at

Wounded Veterans Program w Higher Ground














Wounded Veterans Fishing program

Trout Unlimited , Hemingway chapter is partnering with Higher Ground and Project Healing Waters to teach flyfisihng to wounded veterans in Blaine County .  A team of volunteers has been assembled to teach fly tying, casting, basics of flyfishing and rod building to these veterans. There is a program once a week provided by a team of dedicated specialists.  Flyfishng has been show to help veteransheal and  reestablish themselves in society.  The goal of this program is to help these vetrans to become whole and flyfishng is a tool which hleps od this in many ways.  In addition to the classess volunteers will be taking veterans flyfishing throught the summer . If anyone is interested in participating and helping these veteran on future events please contact Mark Milkovich at He will explain the program in more detail and provide training to help you learn some specific basic skills in working with the vetreran.  2017 was successful initial year for the program and we hope to build on the success of 2017.