Have you been wondering what all the buzz about Tenkara style fly fishing is? Well some of our Chapter’s Tenkara aficionados are hosting an “Intro to Tenkara” get-together from 9:30 until noon on Saturday, 15 March. We will meet at one of the picnic tables nearest the North Mills River parking lot.
There will be a variety of Tenkara rods and lines for you to see, learn about and try casting. If you bring some flies, who knows…you might even catch a fish! The workshop is free to LOSTU members (who have priority on sign up.) If we have room we’ll take guests and ask for a $10 donation to the Chapter. You must register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to 12 so hurry!
Have you been wanting to try some new water but didn’t really know where to go or how to start? Then don’t miss the Chapter meeting next Tuesday, 11 March. We will be having a “Delayed Harvest Kick Starter” with professional guides and chapter veterans manning tables to dispense directions, insights and advice on 7 of our local “DH” streams. They’ll provide maps, handouts and answer questions that will ensure you get the most out of this great angling resource. Social time starts at 6:30 and the program begins at 7pm. As always, we’ll meet upstairs at the Asheville REI and as always, there will be refreshments, door prizes and an update on current and coming LOSTU happenings.
We hope to see you there!
Thanks to everyone who turned out this morning for our first spring stocking and litter clean-up on the North Mills River. As previously announced, we only stocked as far up as the first ford above the North Mills River Road bridge. The fish allocation was only reduced by about 25% over normal but the length of water stocked had to be no more than half what we normally do. If you’d like more precise knowledge of where the fish are distributed…..Come help us on 1 April! Many hands make labor light.
Our efforts to help get the 1/2 mile of the West Fork of the Pigeon River below the Lake Logan dam designated as “Catch & Release” water fell short of the mark yesterday but still made a difference. The State Fish and Game Commission would not approve the C&R designation but they did decide to give this previously undesignated stretch of water a Public Mountain Trout Water designation. Starting 1 August, this change imposes creel limits, size limits and prohibits bait fishing on water that previously was completely unprotected. This is definitely a step in the right direction but obviously less than what we were hoping for. We will consult with our allies and work on a strategy to try again when the timing is right.
Do you love to help stock the North Mills but dread schlepping buckets down the long descents in the upper section? Well, have we got a deal for you. Help us stock next Monday, 3 March, ’cause we’re only doing the lower part due to ongoing access restrictions. We will meet in the main Mills River Rec Area parking lot (near the kiosk) at 10am, rain or shine. Here’s your chance to do a good deed and not get a backache.
Hope to see you there!
The Access restrictions on the North Mills we’ve been warning about for a while will go into effect next Monday, 24 February. Closed roads and trails will be signposted so, for your own safety, please read and heed. If you are caught in the closed are, you will be cited.
Okay, we can take a hint. The Winter Storm Warning and a speaker who took ill at the last minute are enough to convince us to scrub this evening’s Chapter meeting. Stay home, stay warm and stay in touch with LOSTU. We’ve got a number of things coming up in March…..come on spring!
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PISGAH FOREST, N.C., Feb. 3, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service will soon begin the first phase of an ecosystem improvement project in the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, that includes 64 acres of timber harvesting. The effort, called the Brushy Ridge project, will provide a number of environmental benefits such as controlling non-native species, improving fish habitat and promoting wildlife habitat.
To help ensure public safety during timber harvesting activities the Forest Service will close trails and roads in the Trace Ridge Area of Henderson County in the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, beginning in early February 2014 and continuing through May 2014. The following trails and roads will be closed during this time:
- Hendersonville Reservoir Road (FS 142);
- Fletcher Creek Road (FS 5097), to intersection with Spencer Gap Trail (Trail 600);
- Wash Creek (Trail 606);
- Trace Ridge (Trail 354);
- North Mills River (Trail 353); and
- Yellow Gap Trail (Trail 611).
Trace Ridge Trailhead will not be accessible and the use of the trails and roads is prohibited. Please use caution while traveling in the area, particularly Wash Creek Road as logging truck will be on the area roads.
The Forest Service designed the Brushy Ridge project to fulfill management objectives in the current Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan. This project allows the agency to implement a variety of management activities to improve ecological diversity, as well as promote forest health and sustainability.
The Forest Service’s management practices will:
- Regenerate favorable tree species such as oaks and hickories and maintain a variety of hardwood tree species;
- Improve the growth and health of remaining trees through thinning treatments;
- Improve habitat for aquatic species, including trout, by replacing culverts and bridges that are restricting flow and causing erosion issues;
- Improve habitat for wildlife, including game species such as turkeys and non-game species;
- Control non-native invasive species;
- Plant hybrid American Chestnut trees as a first step toward restoring them to Southern Appalachian forests and plant blight resistant butternut seedlings; and
- Designate an additional 231 acres of old growth forest areas.
The Forest Service will implement the second phase of this project, which involves an additional 63 acres, this spring or summer. Seniard Mountain Road (FS 5001) and Bear Branch Trail (Trail 328) will be closed during this phase. The agency will issue a news alert to announce the closures.
You already know to fish current seams when looking for trout. When you head out in January the slow water is often frozen, so the edge of the ice can mark the seam. Watch this LOSTU angler work the edge for a sporty little winter rainbow. That’ll warm you up!