Thursday, April 5 Yankee Fork, Salmon River Restoration
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:

"Yankee Fork, Salmon River , Restoration

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

Presenter:Cassie Wood, Idaho Central Project Manager, Trout Unlimited

Fish are Money in Idaho, Millions. But with dwindling populations of salmon and steelhead, those dollars aren’t nearly as significant as they could be.  A 2005 economic study showed that, if restored, the economic benefit of salmon and steelhead would be $500 million, five times more than it’s present day value.

On the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River, Trout Unlimited and a host of partners including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Administration, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Simplot Corporation and other landowners, have been working for five years to restore a once-barren river system.

The Problem :   In the 1940’s, the area was dredge mined. The Yankee Fork Gold Dredge was essentially a barge with buckets that excavated the river bottom, turning about seven miles of the Yankee Fork River upside down. In addition, logging to support construction of small towns and feed a timber mill even earlier, around the turn of the 20th century, resulted in a river nearly devoid of trees.  The result was a flume-like, rock-armored river with no meandering channels and no diversity.

The Fix:   In 2012, work began to right the wrongs of the past.  Mine tailings were removed. Stagnant ponds were filled. Stream channels were created. New habitat and spawning grounds were created in ways that Nature would have done herself had she the choice.  Woody debris was added to stream channels, creating new habitat, holding cover and natural change to an otherwise homogeneous river.

The Benefit:   Early indications show that the effort is paying off. In several instances, adult salmon have moved in and begun spawning in newly created habitat within hours of constructing it.

Yankee Fork salmon and steelhead have one of the longest journeys of any anadromous fish in the United States. Traveling nearly 850 miles from the Pacific Ocean, these fish have to navigate eight dams before making it to their spawning grounds. 

While their migration route to and from the ocean still needs improvement, this effort ensures that once they’ve arrived, there’s a home waiting.

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 Yankee Fork, Salmon River Restoration

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.