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‘News about Youth Fly Fishing Program’ Category

Overview of Recent and Past Activities

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by alrey

Apart from the recent videos that I have been posting to my blog, A lot has been happening over the past few months so that have been promoted by the good folks at Orvis and by a couple museums. I thought I would provide an overview of those activities on this entry.

Two new solo museum exhibitions have been presented on waterways in Monroe, Louisiana and Buffalo, New York:

http://www.albertorey.com/site-specific-projects/

Videos have been selected into Orvis’s weekly survey of the world’s best entries of that week:

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/friday-fly-fishing-film-festival-06-27-14/

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/friday-fly-fishing-film-festival-01-10-14/

I was also named as the Trout Bum of the Week but it was no surprise to my wife who has know about my addiction for decades:

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/orvis-trout-bum-of-the-week-xxvi-alberto-rey/

Here’s some tips on steelhead fishing in gin-clear water conditions:

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/lake-erie-tribs-report/

The Diego and the other members of the S.A.R.E.P. Youth Fly Fishing Program also got some press:

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/pictures-of-the-day-a-boy-and-his-steelhead/

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/video-kids-reintroducing-brook-trout-to-a-stream/

http://www.orvis.com/news/conservation/Planting-Brook-Trout-in-Canadaway-Creek/

And finally, we also got some press for our Children in the Stream Conference which was set up to build interdisciplinary curriculum around fly fishing:

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/Children-in-the-Stream-Conference/

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/Children-in-the-Stream-Conference-a-Success/

 

Local Biologist, James Markham, Discusses Canadaway Creek

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by alrey

On May 12, 2014, we had the pleasure of having James Markham, the Senior Aquatic Biologist of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Lake Erie Fisheries Unit, come to our Monday night fly tying class to present a very interesting Powerpoint lecture on Canadaway Creek. Canadaway Creek runs through our town of Fredonia and is where we take the kids from our program and community members fishing for steelhead. The creek is also the stream where we been restoring the brook trout population and where we have our annual stream clean-up and tree planting event.

Jim’s lecture provided a thorough overview of the history and present condition of the fishery as well as the plans for improving the survival rate and the number of steelhead that migrate up into our local streams. The data also presented a clear picture of the stream’s importance to the community and Lake Erie. It was a fascinating presentation.

I have included Jim’s Powerpoint presentation¬†for your review but, if you missed the lecture, some of the graphs might not be accessible. There is enough in the file, however, to reevaluate your perception of the stream.

Overviews of NYSDEC surveys of Canadaway_ Creek-1

 

Restoring Brook Trout to Canadaway – October 2013

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by alrey

 
  
 

 
 
 
 

Brookies into Canadaway Creek!

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by alrey

Here’s a few images and two videos documenting our recent outings into Canadaway Creek this past Spring and Fall.¬† They featured a few children, community members and mentors from S.A.R.E.P. Youth Fly Fishing Program who were able to come help us in our efforts to repopulate Canadaway Creek with brook trout. Our good friend, Mr. Steve Welk from Whispering Pines Hatchery, was on hand to provide a short lesson on the brookies’ distinguishing physical traits. Brook trout populations had been eliminated in the stream but due to the program’s efforts and new initiatives by the DEC, we are now seeing brook trout throughout the stream and in tributaries such as Clinton Brook. Brook trout populations have been eliminated or greatly reduced throughout almost half of their historical habitat in the eastern United States and their populations remain strong in only 5 percent of their original habitat.

In 2006, S.A.R.E.P. Youth Fly Fishing program made a large investment to try to rectify the situation by purchasing equipment to raise brook trout in a Fredonia Middle School science classroom and by doing additional fundraising to supplement the numbers of brook trout we were able to raise by ourselves. We have worked closely with the DEC and have electro-shocked the stream during the warmest months in the summer to find where the brook have survived. Thanks to their efforts, we have been able to find the coolest spring waters with a thick canopy in fairly inaccessible locations that are best suited to support the introduction of the these trout. With the support of the Orvis, Patagonia World Trout Fund, Dreamcatcher Foundation and private donors, we have been able to continue our educational and conservation programming.

 

Reintroducing Brook Trout into Canadaway Creek in March 31, 2012 from Alberto Rey on Vimeo.

 

Brookies into Canadaway! from Alberto Rey on Vimeo.

A seven-year old fisherman on Little Canadaway Creek

Posted on: December 5th, 2011 by alrey


I was looking for some images for a proposal and came across some interesting footage and photo of Diego and I out on a walk on Little Canadaway on brisky sunny winter day back in 2008. We found a piece of ice caught perfectly in the current so that it spun continually and a few minutes later, the young man landed a steelhead.

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