Golden Trout in Idaho's high mountain lakes, May 4th 2017
Program Schedule 2016 - 2017


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:

"Golden Trout in Idaho's High Mountain Lakes"

Thursday May 4th, 2017 ;  5:00 pm- 7:00

Presenter: Bart Gamett, south zone fish biologist, US Forest Service             

Want to add a rare fish to your life list?  Come to the Hemingway chapter of Trout Unlimited’s program and learn about Golden trout and where they exist in our own Idaho backyard.

The Golden trout Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita), is a subspecies of the rainbow trout.The golden trout is native to Golden Trout Creek (tributary to the Kern River), Volcano Creek (tributary to Golden Trout Creek), and the South Fork Kern River.– a small, colorful trout that was discovered in the late 1800’s by explorers of the area. A golden orange color with olive sides, the golden trout has red accent stripes, black dots and white tips on its fins. Typically between six and twelve inches long, these beautiful fish thrive in the rivers of the upper mountains.  Efforts to introduce the Golden trout in other waters have largely been unsuccessful however there are some areas in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Canada where the introduction is successful.  The native habitat in the California high sierra were very small streams with limited bio mass, keeping the size of these fish small.  Most of the successful introduction efforts in other regions of the country have been in high mountain lakes, where the water is very cold and clean.  Due to the increased biomass in these lakes the trout size has increased, the Idaho state record is 5 lbs 2 oz. 

Bart Gamett will be the presenter at our monthly meeting.

Bart is a south zone fish biologist with the US Forest Service working out of the Salmon-Challis National Forest; Lost River, Challis-Yankee Fork, and Middle Fork Ranger Districts.  He has worked on the introduction of Golden trout and other rare fish into the water s of Idaho.  Bart is a engaging speaker who possess possessing a wealth of knowledge of local waters and high mountain lakes, so bring your interests and question.  This is a program you will not want to miss.

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 September through May of each year. 





Program Schedule 2016 - 2017

Wednesday, September 7        5:00-7:00 PM


“The River Itchen, Queen of the Waters”

Darrel Martin, author and angling celebrity


Thursday, October 8             5:00-7:00 PM 

Status of Silver Crek Fall 2016

Mark Davidson, Director of Conservation Initiatives, the Nature Conservancy

Greg Loomis, Save Silver Creek

Dayna Gross, Senior Conservation Manager, the Nature Conservancy


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

“Pyramid Lake, Home of World Record Lahontan Cutthroats”

Jill Clark, WRMS Science Teacher


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

“Cuba, Before the Flood Gates Opened”

Glen Shapiro, Orthopedic Surgeon and angling addict


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

“Slovenia: Emerald Water and Marbled Trout”

Ewald Grabher, Fishing Guide, Silver Creek Outfitters


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

“Mountain Lakes of the Salmon Region”

Jordan Messner, IDFG Fisheries Biologist, Salmon Region


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

Matt Green, Upper Salmon Project Manager, Idaho Water Project, Trout Unlimited

“From Concept to Completion, How TU Gets the Job Done”


Thursday, April 6                         5:00-7:00 PM           

“Born to be Wild: History, Status and Recovery of Wild Chinook Salmon in Central Idaho”

Russ Thurow, USFS Fisheries Research Scientist, Rocky Mountain Research Station


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

“Idaho’s High Country Golden Trout”

Bart Gamett, USFS, South Zone Fish Biologist



Golden Trout in Idaho's high mountain lakes, May 4th 2017


On Saturday, June 17th, at 5:00 PM, the Hemingway Chapter will hold  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 will enjoy the  beauty of this special place, food and friendship.  Hemingway Trout Unlimited provides the BBQ main course and non alcoholic beverages.  Those who attendtare to bring a wonderful side dishes, salds or desserts. We always share some delicious and unique foods and conversation.

Please join us for a few hours of story telling and comraderie. We will deliver up sizzling hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, sodas and lemonade and you are asked to bring either an appetizer, salad or dessert (let us know what you are bringing).  If you want alcohalic beverages please bring your own and some to share, our TU chapter is not allowed by National Bylaws to provide alcohol at events

Please RSVP to and copy

How to get there: Just west of the Preserve office and manager's home (near the west entrance to the Preserve) there will be balloons/sign on the gate post. Go through the gate and head west to Stalker Cabin at the end of road.



Wounded Veterans Fishing Day

On July 10 & 11th 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