Wyoming Trout Unlimited Fall 2021 Newsletter

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PERSPECTIVE

Mark Tesoro

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here’s no time like the end of summer to hit the high mountain streams in search of trout. With my favorite 3wt. fly rod, a fly box full of hand-tied caddis flies and some wading boots with studs, I recently hit my secret trout stream outside of Pinedale, Wyoming. This summer has been especially hard for trout in bigger waters, with rising water temps and lack of flows, catch and release can quickly change into catch and kill. But, not so much with the high mountain creeks and streams — there the water runs cold and clear — and the trout are as healthy as ever. These small streams harbor loads of trout, and my favorite stream in particular, seems like there are trout in every nook and cranny of this boulder-laden stream. In my mind, it’s a secret, but not really. There’s a very accessible road to get there, and a primitive campsite just across from where I always park and start. Many times, there are trailers parked there, but this time, just some tents. This is not a place for giant fish. The fish that come to a fly here are often 10 inches or less, with the occasional one larger than that. One year, I was astonished to pitch my fly into the flow between two boulders, and from the depths, a 14inch trout rose and took my fly. He fought like it was the end of the world and tried everything in his bag of tricks not to see who was pulling on the other end of the line. Finally, I landed him — a chunky brown trout with a hook jaw. Leave your bigger fly rod and bring a smaller one if you can — a 2wt., 3wt., or 4wt. is perfect for most small mountain streams. I prefer my Sage glass rod for these small streams, plenty of backbone and great flex in the 3wt. The casts are short, rarely over 15 feet, and oftentimes, dabbling the fly in little pockets and pools is just the trick. But you’ve got to be quick. The takes on the stream are lightningquick. The fish are not really leader shy, since the water is so fast. A 5x or 6x tippet will work, but 4x tippets are just fine. Since there are so many large rocks in some streams, it may be best to have wading boots with studs in them. They’ll help you maintain traction and balance, something that can be a bit tricky hopping from boulder to boulder. I have fished with just hiking boots before, but sometimes those will keep you from accessing great trout lies.

Burning a few hours after work is just the ticket to wind down from a stress filled day at the newspaper — the sound of rushing water, the summer heat dissipating in the early evening, and the mild breeze giving a hatch of insects their loft. I’ve often caught 10 or 12 trout by just standing in the same area and pitching a fly into all the pools and pockets within reach. On this particular trip, I caught 25 fish by the time I rounded the bend below the truck and lost just as many from not being quick enough on my hook-sets. A dark shadow sliced across the pool, crept up on land and shook itself dry. A mink! I continued casting as the slinky mammal bounced down the bank toward me. He disappeared on a downed log but then came running down the trunk to the end of the log near the water only 15 feet from me. He stood tall on his back legs and peered at me with tiny black eyes. It was as if he was checking on me, making sure I wasn’t taking any of his dinner before he bolted away. As I approached the final pool, a sloppy cast toward a lone rock produced a rise and a splash. I quickly set the hook and the fight was on. The small trout bulldogged back and forth across the stream, trying several times to bury itself between the boulders. I pulled him against the grassy bank for a quick photo and then he was back in the stream. The sun dipped below the horizon and the breeze settled into nothing and the Winds in the background wrapped themselves in the last of the day’s light.

Mark Tesoro is a longtime Trout Unlimited volunteer and avid outdoorsman. He was part of the group of Trout Unlimited supporters that helped revitalize the Upper Bear River Chapter in Evanston in 1997. Mark has held every officer position with the chapter. He lives in Evanston with his wife Sherie and is a Group Publisher for Wyoming Newspapers, Inc. Mark can be reached by e-mailing him at mtesoro@uintacountyherald.com

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The official newsletter of the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited

The Trout Tale Fall 2021 • Volume 7, Issue 2

The Trout Tale is a quarterly newsletter of the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited. The deadline for submission of articles, information, photos and content for the Winter 2022 newsletter (January, February, March) will be December 1, 2021. Send all contributions for the winter issue to Wyoming Coordinator Mike Jensen at mike.jensen@tu.org The Trout Tale is available online at the council’s website: wyomingtu.org © 2021 Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited

• Mike Jensen, Newsletter Editor • Cole Sherard, Chair

Proud recipient of the 2014 Trout Unlimited “Bollinger Award For Best Newsletter”

Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited P.O. Box 22182 Cheyenne, WY 82009 e-mail: mike.jensen@tu.org Phone: 307.421.3188 www.wyomingtu.org

ON THE COVER: Former Popo Agie Angler’s TU chapter President Jeff Judkins displays a native Yellowstone cutthroat trout caught while fishing in northeast Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is celebrating 25 years of the Cutt-Slam Challenge in 2021.

FROM THE COORDINATOR

Mike Jensen

Celebrating 25 years of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cutt-Slam Challenge After returning to Evanston in the spring of 2003, I stumbled across some reading material specific to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cutt-Slam Challenge/Program. The program was the brainchild of former Wyoming Game and Fish Department Fisheries Supervisor Ron Remmick, who, at the time, was supervising both the Green River and PInedale regions in western Wyoming. He served in the department from 1978 to 2002, when his service was sadly cut short by cancer. I’ve been told that Ron was one of the kindest, hardest-working and most passionate advocates for cutthroat trout Wyoming has ever seen. Remmick’s Cutt-Slam challenge is both simple and brilliant. His program was designed to “encourage anglers to learn about Wyoming’s cutthroat... and develop an appreciation for the habitat needs and management programs necessary to maintain these species.” All an angler needed to do was to catch Wyoming’s four indigenous cutthroat species — Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Bonneville cutthroat trout, Snake River cutthroat trout and Colorado River cutthroat trout — in their native ranges, take clear photos of those respective fish and fill out a simple form that notes the drainages in which the trout were caught. Then send the information and photos to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Cheyenne for verification. In return, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) would send a personalized color certificate featuring the four native cutthroat subspecies recognizing the angler’s accomplishment; a Wyoming Cutt-Slam medallion provided by Wyoming Trout Unlimited, and a great looking vehicle decal to show off your accomplishment on the road and around town. That was for me. I wanted to be a CuttSlam participant and recognized recipient. My quest for the “slam” was underway and was excited. Fast-forward seven years. While I most certainly enjoyed some outstanding fishing over

Photo by Steven Brutger, Trout Unlimited See COORDINATOR on page 5

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Cole Sherard

Gratitude... October 29, 30, and 31, in Cody for our fall council meeting due to continued COVID concerns. Instead, we will conduct our Fall Council Meeting via Zoom video conference on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. It seems like forever since we have been together to collaborate. We had a great conservation tour scheduled for September 17, 18 and 19 at Soldier Creek in the Big Horn Mountains west of Buffalo, which we had to cancel due to lack of participation and COVID concerns. We may look to reschedule this event, if possible, for next June. Our best events, ideas and connections always come together when we can meet in person. I am confident that we will continue to tackle the challenges that come our way as an organization. For all of us involved, we know that what we are protecting and preserving is more than just the trout. It’s an ethos. It is our deep and shared connection to the land and our environment. To protect our rivers, lakes and streams that are a part of who we are as people and conservationists. What we do matters. Keep up the good fight and I hope to see everyone soon. We have a lot of work to do!

As I sit here in silence, pondering how to approach the fall Trout Tale newsletter, I am filled with so much gratitude for everyone involved in Trout Unlimited (TU). From the local volunteers and dedicated council members to the TU staff across the state and region. Remember, what we do matters even when things feel lost or hopeless. We will continue to find our way. As our country heads into its second, third, fourth wave of COVID (I have lost count) that prevents us from interacting in the ways in which we are accustomed, as the drought continues to grip the west, river closures, endless summer days of smokefilled skies and bright red sunsets — Remember, what we do matters. With hurricanes, rapidly accelerating climate change, steelhead and salmon in jeopardy on the Columbia River and lake trout still causing havoc in Yellowstone lake— Remember, what we do matters. Despite these challenges, the council has been thriving. Financially, we are in good REMEMBER, thanks to Mike Jensen WHAT WE DO shape, and Jim Hissong’s hard work MATTERS and dedication. This has been the largest board I have been involved with in my eight years with the council, thanks to Jim, Sadie, John, Kathy, Dave and Werner. I just wanted to personally thank you for your commitment and dedication to the council. We have thoughtful and keen minds that have provided great conversation, ideas and insights for both the council and local chapters across the state. It has been very inspiring, even through these trying times we are all navigating. Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to meet in person

Cole Sherard is the chairman for Wyoming Trout Unlimited and calls Laramie home. Cole is an attorney and his passions include spending time with his daughters, storm chasing and fly fishing every opportunity he gets. E-mail Cole at csherard@penceandmac.com

The holidays will be here before we know it and the leadership of the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited wish all of our chapters, members, TU staff and conservation partners a joyous, safe and memorable holiday season spent with family, friends and fish. Cole Sherard...........................................Chair Kathy Buchner.................................Vice Chair Sadie Valdez.....................................Secretary Jim Hissong.......................................Treasurer Werner Studer...................................NLC Rep Dave Sweet..............................Board Member John Madia...............................Board Member Mike Jensen......................Council Coordinator

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COORDINATOR

OUR MISSION: Conserving, protecting and restoring Wyoming’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds

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WYOMING COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Cole Sherard Laramie...................................................Chair Kathy Buchner Jackson..........................................Vice Chair Sadie St. Clair-Valdez Rock Springs....................................Secretary Jim Hissong Mountain View.................................Treasurer Werner Studer Casper............................NLC Representative Dave Sweet Cody...................................At Large Member John Madia Sheridan.............................At Large Member Mike Jensen Cheyenne...................Council Coordinator

WYOMING CHAPTERS AND AEGs: n Casper/Grey Reef n Curt Gowdy n East Yellowstone n Jackson Hole n Laramie Valley n Little Bighorn n Platte Valley n Popo Agie Anglers n Seedskadee n Upper Bear River n Upper Green River n Adiposse (AEG) (Alternative Engagement Group)

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that period of time, my “slam” quest seemed to be stuck in slow motion. Perhaps no motion would be more appropriate. In July of 2010, I made a commitment to make my “slam” a reality by fall. After successful road trips and adventures to fish the Snake River, Trout Creek, Salt Creek and the East Fork of the Wind River, I finished my Wyoming Cutt-Slam challenge on Oct. 2, — complete with a cast on my wrist for the final two fish. But that’s a story for a different day. I’m very proud to have my Wyoming Cutt-Slam certificate framed and hanging on the wall of my office. It features a photo of each cutthroat trout plus a description that includes the date, where the fish was caught, how big the fish was, what fly I used, what rod and reel I used, and who I was with when I caught the fish. Simply put, I had a blast fishing for my Cutt-Slam. My medallion is close by the framed certificate since those weren’t available to recipients until 2018. Here are a few Cutt-Slam fun facts provided by the WGFD • Since 1996, when the program began, 2,029 anglers have completed the challenge through August 31, 2021. • The first certificate was issued to McKenzie Mixer of Casper in 1996. • Anglers from 47 states and two foreign countries have completed the challenge. A Czech angler may have traveled the furthest to participate in the challenge. • 686 Cutt-Slam medallions have been awarded since July 1, 2018, when the medallion became part of the Cutt-Slam program. • 2020 was a record year with 200 Cutt-Slam challenges completed. • Former U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming might be considered the most distinguished angler to complete the slam, thanks to some help from members of the Upper Bear River TU Chapter in Evanston. Sadly, he passed away on July 26 of this year. He was an avid fly fisherman and will be missed. Speaking of medallions, Wyoming Trout Unlimited is proud to partner with the WGFD by providing the medallions for the Cutt-Slam program. In fact, we have recently placed an order for additional medallions due to the growing popularity of the challenge. Congratulations to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on the success of this outstanding program over the past 25 years. If you have any questions about the Cutt-Slam Challenge, e-mail the WGFD at wgfcuttslam@wyo.gov.

Click here to learn more about the slam Mike Jensen currently serves as the Wyoming Council Coordinator for Trout Unlimited and, he and his wife, Jodi, call the Cheyenne area home. When he’s not at his desk, puttering around the “Lazy J” with the dog or tying a few flies, you’ll find him driving his drift boat in search of big Wyoming trout. E-mail Mike at mike.jensen@tu.org.

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Conversations: With Alan Osterland — Chief of Fisheries for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each quarter, we’ll seek out and sit down with a Trout Unlimited member, volunteer, staff member, conservation partner or friend to have a casual conversation about them and the outdoors. For our Fall Trout Tale newsletter, we’re extremely proud to talk with the Chief of Fisheries for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Alan Osterland, who is based out of Cheyenne. Below, you’ll find questions from Wyoming Trout Unlimited (WYTU) and Alan’s responses following his initials “AO.” — Mike Jensen

Q&A

WYTU: Wyoming Trout Unlimited has had a great working relationship with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department over the years. How do you feel about that relationship, and how do you plan to continue working with WYTU staff and volunteers, as well as other organizations to enhance Wyoming’s worldfamous fisheries? AO: You are absolutely right, Mike. The department’s relationship with Wyoming Trout Unlimited has been strong over the years due to the relationships that have been built out in the regions. It is important to me to provide the support to our field personnel with whatever they need to keep this important collaborative work going. If we work together, we can get much more done on the ground for fisheries. Unlike terrestrial species, there are not as many Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on fisheries concerns. Another reason we need to maintain a strong working relationship.

WYTU: Alan, how long have you worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and could you tell us a little about the different positions you’ve held within the department? AO: As of May 2021, I have worked for the State of Wyoming for 35 years. I have never been able to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up, so my path leading to where I am now has wandered. I have served as a game warden for 23 years, wildlife law enforcement investigator for two years, regional wildlife supervisor for six years and now as fisheries chief for four years.

WYTU: Alan, this past summer was a tough one in terms of record heat and water temperatures around the state. Can you talk a bit about the challenges your department faced and how the fish coped with those challenges? AO: Yes, this summer was a tough one for some of our fisheries around the state. This is the second year of low precipitation and, due to low soil moisture levels around the state, it may take some years to come back to normal. So we are approaching this with a long term approach. Thankfully, Wyoming was a little better off than most of our neighboring states, but we did have some fish mortality on a few waters. As a regulatory agency, we do have the authority to close a water to fishing if necessary. We did not feel the need to do that this summer, but in two instances we did put out an advisory asking anglers not to fish after 2 p.m. on Flat Creek in Jackson and Muddy Guard Reservoir #1 near Buffalo. We also did a big outreach effort to educate anglers on fishing during low water flows and high water temperatures. I foresee this effort will continue.

WYTU: What are some of your favorite memories working in fisheries with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department? AO: Without a doubt, the time I spend in the field working with department experts. Whether it is aquatic habitat, sport fish management, fish culture, native fishes or releasing a captivereared Wyoming toad.

WYTU: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has taken an aggressive approach to its Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program since it was implemented in 2010. Can you tell us about the recent discovery of curly pondweed and New Zealand mud snails in Flaming Gorge Reservoir and how they might impact the fishery? AO: The Departments AIS program was created in 2010. Its primary focus has been keeping zebra and quaaga mussels out of the state and, to date, we have been successful. However, there are 11 other invasive species that we monitor, such as

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CONVERSATIONS from page 6 New Zealand mud snails and curly pond weed. Those two species were detected in Flaming Gorge Reservoir this summer. Seeing both of these in the Gorge is disturbing. Both have the potential to negatively impact the reservoir. We will continue to monitor. Hopefully, they will remain at low densities. My main concern right now with the Gorge is keeping water levels high enough to protect the fisheries. WYTU: Moving forward, what do you see as the biggest challenges for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in terms of fisheries around the state? AO: Over the years, the fisheries in the state have fluctuated with water levels. However, the warming trend that we are seeing is very concerning to all of Wyoming’s aquatic species. Our changing climate is going to bring on challenges we have never faced before, species assemblages may change in some systems. Another challenge that weighs heavy is aquatic invasive species. The department’s AIS program has developed and grown over the last decade. In the past year, we have seen zebra mussels threaten our borders in a vector never imagined — aquarium moss balls. Driescenid mussels are approaching our borders from the east and southwest. They are not going away and the potential for very serious ramifications due to AIS will continue to be very real.

Fly fishing was pretty good in Canada in 2019 as Alan Osterland shows off a nice Northern Pike. Photos courtesy of Alan Osterland

WYTU: Wyoming Trout Unlimited is very proud to partner with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on the “Cutt-Slam” challenge by providing successful “slam” recipients with a unique medallion marking their achievement of catching Wyoming’s four cutthroat sub-species in their native range. Can you talk to the success of that program as well as other angling challenges that include the XStream Angler, Youth Fish Challenge and Master Angler programs in Wyoming? AO: Last year, we saw a record number of submissions for the Cutt-slam program. This year, we are on track to see similar numbers. Thank you, Trout Unlimited for your support. The Master Angler program has been very well received. We routinely get feedback from the public thanking us for the program. The Youth Fish Challenge program has also seen an increase in the number of submissions. We are working on making some improvements to the program, so stay tuned.

native fish species on the endangered species list — the Kendall Warm Springs Dace. The department has been very proactive in management of native species to, hopefully, ensure species like cutthroat trout, bluehead and flannelmouth suckers, roundtail or hornyhead chubs are secure in their native ranges. We will continue to work hard in this regard. WYTU: Can you tell us a little bit about your family and why you enjoy living in Wyoming? AO: I have a beautiful wife of 25 years, a 22 year-old son and a 16 year-old daughter. We have been blessed to live in many communities in the state and the kids have grown up fishing and hunting. Kids sometimes need to branch out and see the world; however, I have made it a point to tell my kids to remember the backroads. That is why I enjoy living in Wyoming — the backroads.

WYTU: How important are Wyoming’s native fish species to the department’s short-and long-term goals and planning? AO: Extremely important. Currently, Wyoming only has one

WYTU: What do you enjoy doing in your free time? AO: I enjoy hunting, fishing and watching my kids play sports.

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We’re all in hot water

More anglers, less water, higher temps and stressed trout. What’s an angler to do? By LIZ ROSE Wyoming Field Coordinator Angler Conservation Program Trout Unlimited

the causes and effects, but what’s most important is that we recognize the variety of stressors to fish in Wyoming and talk about how to protect our coldwater fisheries long-term. To educate anglers and protect fish, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department issued more warm-water warnings this summer than it has in summers past and it seems like every game and fish regional office, fly shop, organization (including Trout Unlimited), and influencer shared tips for safely catching and releasing fish when water temperatures rise to levels that endanger fish. While there were some anecdotal reports of trout found dead in popular Wyoming fishing areas during hot months, it’s impossible to say exactly how many fish perished after being caught and released, unable to recover in warm water. If our summers are becoming increasingly hot and dry, and if drought continues to threaten our freshwater ecosystems and coldwater fisheries, what can we do to safeguard summertime fishing opportunities? We’d welcome your suggestions and perspectives, but here are a few places to start.

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or many of us, this summer was different. If you’re exclusively a hike-to-fish, high-alpine angler, maybe this summer’s fishing was pretty typical. In general, though, the conditions that determine Wyoming’s coldwater fisheries’ health weren’t great for fish or for anglers in 2021. Fish and wildlife are impressively resilient, but in many Wyoming watersheds early runoff, persistent drought, and hot dry weather earlier in the summer than usual made for a tough summer for fish that prefer cold water conditions. Even now, during the first week of September, over 60 percent of the state was in extreme drought or worse. This time of year is always unpredictable — sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it snows — but it is always an important time to reflect on the spring and summer before they fade into the past. In addition to the stress on fish caused by lower water levels and higher water temperatures, there are also more anglers fishing Wyoming waters these days than in years past. In 2020, Wyoming sold over 340,000 annual and daily fishing licenses and broke its previous fishing license sales record as more people recreated outdoors in response to COVID-19 risks and shutdowns. In 2021, most people’s summer activities looked a lot more normal’ than in 2020; nevertheless Wyoming fishing license sales have remained high. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s preliminary numbers show that fewer residents were out fishing Wyoming waters this summer, but more non-resident anglers bought fishing licenses this year than last. While resident annual and daily fishing license sales numbers at the end of July 2021 were 26 percent lower than they’d been in July 2020, comparable non-resident fishing license sales were up 17 percent from July 2020, and lifetime fishing license sales were up in 2021 compared to 2020 as well. There’s a lot of nuances in the data and we can all speculate as to

Continue to learn and practice the best techniques for catching and releasing fish If you haven’t recently read up on how best to catch, land, and release fish when it’s hot and water temperatures are rising, please do so via an internet search right now, and please share what you learn with the other anglers in your life. Continue to check water temperatures when you’re out fishing during warm summer months Most fly shops have cheap thermometers for sale, and it can be fun to track water temperature changes. You might be amazed by how quickly streams can warm up. See HOT WATER on page 9

ABOVE LEFT: A sunrise launch with friends and colleagues at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge to get fishing before the water temperatures began to rise in July of 2021. ABOVE RIGHT: Cool nighttime temperatures brought river temperatures down below 65 degrees, and our early morning start paid off. Keeping fish in the water while handling them can help them recover more quickly once they’re released back into the wild. The short summer morning session was well worth it. Photos courtesy of Trout Unlimited member Ryan M. Walker

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HOT WATER from page 8 Share what you know, and share your concerns Share with your friends, family members, neighbors, children, social media followers, tourists, and whoever seems open to chatting about it and learning about the risks and established guidelines. Being cognizant of water temperatures is becoming a social norm in many trout fishing

circles, but not everyone knows exactly what the risks and/or expectations are yet so give people the benefit of the doubt. Support policy solutions like temporary fishing closures When the need and the enforcement structure are there. This one might be controversial, so I’d like to know, “Do you think it’s time for

Wyoming to institute temporary prohibitions on fishing to protect fisheries when and where water temperatures are above the safe range for trout?” As many of you know, our neighbor state to the north famously closes certain rivers to fishing in the afternoons during hot months to protect coldwater fish. These are called “hoot owl” restrictions and — because the temporary closures are indeed mandatory, not voluntary — it likely makes enforcement and social expectations more cut and dry. In Wyoming, it’s not uncommon for residents to complain to game and fish department staff about other anglers fishing when the water is too hot, but as long as it’s simply a suggestion to avoid fishing when water temperatures are high (not an official, approved regulation) game and fish department officers can’t tell people to stop fishing. Revising the Wyoming fishing regulations could change that in the future.

This one is arguably most important but it’s also multifaceted. Prohibiting development on coldwater ecosystems, requiring strict environmental impact mitigation policies, restoring wetlands, creating coldwater refugia, and increasing the efficiency of our water usage and delivery systems can all help keep more cold water in Wyoming’s waterways and protect fish. If you’re a Trout Unlimited member, you are already contributing to protecting freshwater resources through your membership dues that help fund fisheries restoration and conservation policy work, and through your volunteer work. Thank you for making our aquatic ecosystems healthier and more resilient. All fish, wildlife, and people benefit from having clean water sources. We are all going to have to sit some afternoons out in the future due to low and/or warm water, but I hope we’ll all remember to think of it as spreading our fishing opportunities out over the long-term, and as gifting fishing opportunities to anglers of the future. I implore you to keep talking with one another about best practices and the variety of stressors fish are up against during our hot summers, and to cooperate with and learn from our state biologists and officers. To all of you who have been adjusting your approach to fishing coldwater rivers and lakes as the conditions change; to all of you who are open to learning best practices even as they evolve; to all of you who were cautious this summer and did your best to protect the fish; and to all of you who plan to do so next summer — Thank you.

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Bring back the Bear! Restoration projects that benefit native Bonneville cutthroat trout highlighted during tour of Bear River Watershed By JIM DeRITO Trout Unlimited Bear River Project Manager

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tour of fisheries restoration projects in the Bear River watershed was held the week of August 9. The tour was facilitated by the Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) to highlight pastfunded projects as well as those more recently supported by the Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) and their program of the Open Rivers Fund. The tour kicked off in Evanston with a welcome social and food provided by the Upper Bear River Trout Unlimited (TU) chapter at the Bear Community Center along the river. Project tours began the next day at the Bear River headwaters in the Uinta Mountains in Utah, with stops at two irrigation diversions rebuilt with fish screens on the East Fork Bear River that have reconnected fish passage on 22 miles of river. The first Wyoming project to be visited was the Danielson Canal, which was rebuilt in 2018 with a fish screen – the first on the mainstem Bear River. The tour also visited an adjacent canal, one of several Bear River irrigation canals, where the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is conducting a fish loss study this summer. The WGFD technicians checked a net in the canal to show the number of fish that have been captured during about a 24-hour period. Continuing down river, the tour stopped at the historical dam

Dave Kimball with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and local rancher Shaun Sims discussed the rebuild of the S.P. Diversion with tour participants. Trout Unlimited Photos by Jim DeRito

structure that used to provide drinking water to the City of Evanston. The design and planning process is underway to remove this fish passage barrier. Immediately down river, the tour stopped at the Booth Diversion project, which had its second phase completed last year. This project is highlighted in a new video about Bear River restoration work that was produced by filmmaker Jason Jaacks on behalf of RLF and summarizes some See BEAR RIVER TOUR on page 11

ABOVE LEFT: Wyoming Game and Fish Department technicians check a fish trap in a canal to assess fish loss and present the study to tour participants. ABOVE RIGHT: Tour participants had the opportunity to stop and view the habitat restoration work completed along Salt Creek last year. Trout Unlimited Photos by Jim DeRito

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BEAR RIVER TOUR from page 10

Bear River Watershed tour participants are pictured on day one near the Stillwater Campground. Standing from left to right are: Brett Prettyman (Trout Unlimited), Paul Jones (WNTI, consultant), Paul Thompson (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources), Warren Colyer (Trout Unlimited, WNTI Steering Committee), Cathy Campbell (Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies), Paul Dey (Wyoming Game and Fish Department, WNTI Steering Committee), Shara Sparks (Resources Legacy Fund), Kevin Sweeney (Resources Legacy Fund, consultant), Jim Hissong (Upper Bear River TU chapter), Tyler Coleman (WNTI consultant/TU intern) and Jason Jaacks (Resources Legacy Fund, contractor/filmmaker). Kneeling from left to right are: Jim DeRito (Trout Unlimited), Rick Slagowski (Upper Bear River TU chapter), Therese Thompson (WNTI Coordinator), Martin Koenig (Idaho Department of Fish and Game, WNTI Steering Committee), Dave Kimble (U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Julie Carter (Arizona Game and Fish Department, WNTI Steering Committee). Photo courtesy of Jason Jaacks

of the fish passage gains made because of the support of the Open Rivers Fund. Projects down river of Evanston were toured on day two. Dave Kimble with the U.S. Fish Click here to watch and Wildlife Service and the Bear River video Shaun Sims, a local rancher, discussed the rebuild of the S.P. Diversion and how it has worked to benefit both fish passage and irrigation water delivery. Just down river, construction was in full swing on the rebuild of the Almy Diversion. These two projects are examples of the six ongoing or completed restoration projects that are down river of Evanston. Day three of the tour began at the Salt Creek Restoration Project along Highway 89 in Lincoln County. Kate Olson and Trevilyn Robertson from the Bridger-Teton National Forest presented the project to tour participants. A previously perched culvert that was a fish passage barrier was replaced with a bridge crossing. The project also realigned the creek away from an active salt mine and removed or rebuilt stream habitat improvement structures that were installed decades ago throughout two miles upstream of the mine. The last Wyoming tour stop was at a WNTI-funded project on Coal Creek. This project was led by the WGFD and addressed several eroding streambanks and culvert crossings along the road up the drainage. THE TROUT TALE

In total, sixteen restoration projects were visited and over thirty people participated throughout the three-day tour. “This has been one of the best tours of restoration projects that I have ever attended,” said Paul Dey, WGFD Aquatic Habitat Program Manager and WNTI Steering Committee member.

The rebuild of the Almy Diversion on the Bear River was well underway during the tour stop. A large rock cross vane is being installed to serve as the new diversion structure. The excavators are working on creating river habitat and installing logs along the riverbank.

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Adopt-A-Trout in a drought By HILLARY WALRATH Salinity Control Coordinator for the Henry’s Fork of the Green River

during the year. The most popular lesson was the fish anatomy dissection — very messy but so fun. Run-off occurred in late May, and corresponded with some impressive spawning movements. Fish number 149.473— adopted name “Joe” — began its journey around river mile 10 in January, and traveled upstream to river mile 56 in early June. McKinnon Elementary students Another trout, “Fork,” enjoyed a fish dissection. swam 35 miles upstream to spawn, then turned around and traveled back 35 miles in two weeks. These are just a few examples of many large spring movements. Keeping track of all 30 fish on the ground was challenging during this time, so TU staff assisted with a telemetry flight at the end of May to locate fish in areas with difficult access. Drought conditions plagued waters throughout the west this summer, and the Henry’s Fork River was no exception. A Colorado cutthroat trout named “Fork” Low flows and high traveled over 70 river miles in a month. water temperatures persisted from late June through August. Out of the 30 fish that were tagged for this study, there were 15 confirmed mortalities. There are many factors that could have contributed to these fatalities — predation, lack of passage to cooler habitat, thermal stress, natural spawning mortality— and teasing out exact causes of death may not be possible. The study will wrap up next month and TU and WGFD will spend this winter analyzing the data. Although the high mortality rate

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rout Unlimited (TU) and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) staff have been busy this year conducting the second Adopt-A-Trout program on the Henry’s Fork of the Green River. This study focused on tracking native Colorado River cutthroat trout (CRC) for an entire year, hoping to document any passage concerns and critical habitat in the drainage.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel use backpack electroshock units to capture fish for the study. Photos courtesy of Hillary Walrath, Trout Unlimited

The study began in Oct. Click here to watch 2020, when TU and WGFD Hillary implant a tag worked with local landowners to electroshock and surgically implant radio-telemetry tags in 30 CRC all across the drainage in Wyoming. The fish that were tagged ranged in size from 0.5 - 2 lbs. and 13 - 18 inches long. All of the fish survived the surgery and were tracked monthly to document their movements. During the winter months, the fish primarily stuck to deep pools near their tagging locations. Classroom visits looked a little different in 2020, but TU staff were still able to visit McKinnon Elementary students for a handful of lessons. Each student was able to adopt two fish and make predictions on where their fish would travel

A great view from the plane while personnel conducted a telemetry flight along the Henry’s Fork of the Green River.

Hillary Walrath holding a recently tagged Colorado cutthroat trout.

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ADOPT-A-TROUT from page 12 was not what project partners were hoping for, there is hope that future restoration efforts in the drainage will improve survival of these important native fish populations. The majority of the private landowners in the mainstem partnered with the study and have committed to improve their irrigation diversions to fish-passable structures. TU staff are currently fundraising for this watershed-wide project, but there will be over 50 river miles that will be seasonally reconnected once it is completed. This past summer shed light on the tough conditions that we will likely be seeing more One of the many push-up diversion dams that are planned to be improved in the Henry’s Fork River.

often in our rivers. Ranchers were having to make difficult operational decisions with limited amounts of water. Despite these hardships, many of them were calling TU staff to check in on the tagged fish. They wanted to know how they were faring during this drought. This summer wasn’t a pretty picture, but the community along the Henry’s Fork River have decided to work together to change that in the future. They are partnering with TU to find solutions that will improve the fisheries and maintain their agricultural operations. These are uncertain times in so many ways, but there is a glimmer of hope in this small corner of the world where there are people willing to go the extra mile for the benefit of native trout and the river.

WYTU NEWS NOTES from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. “This makes the fourth council meeting in a row that we’ve had to cancel due to COVID,” said WYTU Council Coordinator Mike Jensen. “I apologize to the East Yellowstone Chapter and their leadership for canceling the meeting that was supposed to be held in Cody. Again.” Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the video meeting that will be held over two evenings. Please RSVP with Mike Jensen if you are planning to attend. Watch for more details, meeting agenda and Zoom invites to come. For more information, contact Mike Jensen at mike.jensen@tu.org.

Assessing the impacts from the 2020 Mullen Fire Laramie Region wildlife and fisheries biologists took part in a fixed-wing aircraft flight this past summer,over the burn area of the Mullen wildfire, to assess the impacts to wildlife habitat. The flight, sponsored by Trout Unlimited, concentrated on the North Photo courtesy of the Platte and Douglas Wyoming Game & Fish Department Creek watersheds. Biologists noted a natural mosaic — or mixture of — burned and unburned areas within the perimeter of the 176,000-acre wildfire, and a variation in burn intensity across the landscape. While the areas that burned hotter will take longer to recover, biologists are optimistic the fire produced long-term benefits for mule deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep.

Goldfish found in Rock Springs ponds could be bad news for local fisheries GREEN RIVER — Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists in the Green River Region recently discovered goldfish in the pond at Bitter Creek Bark Park as well as in several other Rock Springs ponds, following a tip from a concerned citizen. The discoveries have prompted biologists with the department to strongly urge people not to release aquatic pets in the wild. Goldfish and other pets can have harmful impacts to the ecosystem and native species. “Although this issue was only recently brought to our attention, it appears we have an ongoing problem with members of the public releasing aquarium pets and pouring their aquarium water into local bodies of water,” said Fisheries Biologist Jessica Dugan. Aquatic pets can become an invasive species problem when owners let them loose, and it is also cruel to the animal.

WYTU fall council virtual meeting dates set for Oct. 26 and 28 Unfortunately, the WYTU fall council meeting scheduled for Oct. 29, 30 and 31, in Cody, has been canceled due to COVID concerns and climbing numbers associated with the virus variant in Wyoming. At their Sept. 21 meeting, the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited (WYTU) executive committee opted to hold the meeting via Zoom conference call on Oct. 26, from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., and Oct. 28,

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variant concerns and lack of participation. “It’s been both tough and disappointing that we haven’t been able to get together as a council,” said Wyoming Council Coordinator Mike Jensen. “It’s like Cole Sherard said in his column on page 4 — “our best events, ideas and connections always come together when we can meet in person.” Exactly. Trout Unlimited Staffer Hillary Walrath made a difficult decision to cancel her annual Women’s Float on the Green River that was scheduled to take place on Sept. 11. This is the second year in row that event has been canceled due to COVID concerns. The Rendezvous in the Big Horns event that was set to take place on Sept. 17, 18 and 19 was cancelled due to lack of participation and COVID concerns. That event was to also include a conservation tour of Soldier Creek. Both the East Yellowstone TU Chapter and the Little Big Horn TU Chapter were instrumental, along with key conservation partners, spending the last four years working on restoring a section of Soldier Creek that will benefit the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout found there. “We’ll keep trying to stage something where our chapters and council can, indeed get together,” Jensen said. “Hopefully, that’s sooner than later.”

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“When pets get too large or difficult to keep, some people think they are being kind by letting them loose in the wild. That’s not the case,” Dugan said. “Most pets will starve or freeze to death and those that do survive can cause significant ecological impacts.” Releasing any aquatic pets, including goldfish, can have significant impacts on local fisheries. Goldfish are fast-growing, with mature individuals averaging about 12 inches, but can reach sizes up to 23 inches. “This is not ideal for a fishery or for an angler seeking an outstanding fishing experience,” Dugan continued. “Further, it will require additional time, sports person money and effort to protect the resource that could have been spent on other high-priority fisheries issues.” Illegally-introduced species can also spread disease that can infect other fish species, including game fish like trout. Few of these diseases exist in Wyoming, but could be brought into the state through an aquarium fish that can survive a wide range of environments. Discovering goldfish in local ponds is especially concerning following the identification of zebra mussels in moss balls, a popular tank decoration used to oxygenate the water. Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasive species known to cause damage to natural resources and water systems. “Once they become established in reservoirs, lakes or other water systems, they remove nutrients from water, clog pipes and waterways and can damage property,” Dugan said. Because an illegal introduction can have disastrous impacts to a fishery and an entire watershed, the crime carries some of the highest penalties that exist for wildlife violations, including the potential loss of fishing and hunting privileges and fines up to $10,000. “We care about our fisheries in Wyoming. That’s why we’re urging the public to never release any pets into the wild or pour your aquarium into any of Wyoming’s waters. The best solution if you’re looking to re-home your pets is to visit your local pet store or humane society so they can be placed with a new owner,” Dugan said. To learn more about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and what you can do with a pet that is no longer Want to learn more? wanted, simply click the orange Click here box to the left.

ASK THE WGFD What is a walk-in fishing area and where do I find them? ANSWER: Walk-in fishing areas are tracts of deeded land where the Wyoming Game and Fish Department leases fishing access for the public. Anglers can use walk-in fishing areas for fishing only and must have a valid fishing license or an exemption — like some youth. Walk-in fishing areas provide valuable access for anglers, particularly during the summer months. In 2020, walk-in fishing areas offered 4,005 lake acres and 87 stream miles for anglers. All walk-in fishing areas have Game and Fish-provided signs marking the boundaries. Most areas are open year-round. Current fishing regulations Want to learn more? are in effect for all walk-in Click here fishing areas. For information on where to find walk-in fishing access and specific area rules, visit the Game and Fish website by clicking the orange box above.

WYTU events canceled over past few weeks The past several weeks have proven difficult for Wyoming Trout Unlimited (WYTU) members to try and get together, thanks to COVID

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Gaining experience

IN WORK, LIFE and TROUT

By BRIANA AGENBROAD Snake River Headwater Conservation Intern

extends beyond both fishing and rafting. It includes all conservationists who stand to enjoy and benefit from the experiences that healthy rivers give to us. In my summer with TU, I have had the pleasure to be mentored by the tireless go-getter that is Northwest Wyoming Program Director Leslie Steen. Under her tutelage, I have been a part of countless projects and events that serve to protect coldwater fisheries right here in my own backyard. From willow planting and stream restoration to redd surveys and data collection, I’ve been able to learn and practice new skills in the field. I’ve observed how agencies decide which projects will provide the greatest return and meet specific standards for funding, and how to work with multiple stakeholders throughout the process. I’ve participated in fundraising, WHAT I’VE GAINED community events, taught the FROM ALL OF THIS IS public how to make their lawns “trout friendly” and listened to my THAT EXPERIENCES ON RIVERS CONNECT US fair share of fishing stories. AND INSPIRE US TO I’ve met a lot of people who TAKE ACTION care. What I’ve gained from all of this is that experiences on rivers connect us and inspire us to take action. Rafting gave me inspiration and a love of rivers. TU gave me tools, knowledge, and a community of passionate people. I was recently gifted a fly rod but am hesitant to label myself an angler quite yet. But that’s okay, because you don’t have to be an angler to experience the joy of wild native trout and salmon. You just have to care.

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hen I saw the job posting for Trout Unlimited’s Snake River Headwater Conservation Internship in my hometown of Jackson, Wyoming, I couldn’t apply fast enough. Working for the powerhouse nonprofit that is Trout Unlimited (TU) was something I had always dreamed of, and as a fish and wildlife major at Oregon State University, I was eager to gain experience in fisheries but there was one small issue… I don’t fish. I grew up in a hardworking, lower-middle class household with little time for hobbies in California’s Central Valley. We weren’t outdoorsy. So I came to the outdoors in a roundabout way, eventually finding myself in Alaska rowing rafts down rivers. It was there that I fell in love with healthy, robust, free-flowing water. I worked, lived, and breathed those glacier-fed, salmon-spawning, eagle-congregating rivers for four years. For a while, my life seemed to ebb and flow with the cycles of the salmon. Then came the news of the Palmer project, a largescale copper mining operation wanting to set up camp right on the Chilkat River that could forever change this important place. I realized that with all the talking I did with clients, I sure didn’t know very much about river ecology, fisheries health or what to do to save the places I cared about. I decided then, at 27, to pursue a degree so I could do more than just talk about issues. I learned about Trout Unlimited from the work the organization has done in Bristol Bay on the Pebble Mine and have been following TU ever since. I’ve always been impressed by the unique space that TU occupies within the worlds of conservation and sport, and I admire its ability to leverage that space to effect positive change. TU’s mission — to care for and recover rivers and streams so future generations can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon — aligns closely with my own. To me, this mission

PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Bri on the “sticks” while floating the Snake River; Bri working to install a Beaver Dam Analog (BDA) on Muddy Creek; Bri works with Diana Miller of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department electrofishing on the Little Greys River; and Bri helps staff the Jackson Hole TU Chapter booth with chapter board member Diana Miller. Photos courtesy of Briana Agenbroad

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Wyoming-based initiative promotes the use of lead-free alternatives for fishing and hunting By HANNAH LEONARD Outreach Coordinator Sporting Lead-Free

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ave you ever lost your entire setup on that dream trout that turned out to be a root wad? Or tried the latest knot technique, only to lose the fly on the first cast? Anglers of all skill levels know the feeling of losing tackle. What we might not be as familiar with is what happens to that tackle after it breaks off our line. As anglers, we use various tools such as split shot, jig heads, streamers, nymphs and flies, in hopes of landing a fish. Many of these tools contain lead which helps to sink the hook, bait, lure, or streamer into the water. Aside from the momentary frustration of lost gear, we likely won’t think about that lost streamer or split shot again. However, lost fishing tackle can have broad effects on wildlife. Many water birds, including species like ducks, swans and cranes, routinely swallow peasized pebbles (also known as grit) on the bottom of lakes and rivers to help grind up their food. Waterfowl cannot decipher between a pebble and spent lead X-Ray of lead-poisoned shot or lost split shot and common loon showing a inadvertently ingest lead from hook, swivel and sinker. the bottom of waterways. Recent Photo courtesy Avian Care and evidence is highlighting the risk Research Foundation Verona, Ontario, Canada to piscivorous species (a carnivorous animal that eats primarily fish) like loons, bald eagles, osprey, and herons that can die from lead poisoning after swallowing lead fishing tackle that is still attached to the fish they’re eating. Some water birds also swallow lost fishing jigs mistaken for minnows. Once the lead sinker, jig, or wire is exposed to the acidic digestive system of these birds, lead enters the bird’s system and slowly poisons it. Currently there are many non-toxic sinker alternatives on the market made out of bismuth, tin, stainless steel, tungsten, ceramic, recycled glass and natural granite. Lead exposure from lost or broken fishing tackle is a human-induced problem but is also easily preventable! THE TROUT TALE

Lane Armstrong shows off a beautiful brown trout caught on an articulated sparkle minnow. Photo courtesy of Kellen Binger

Here are some steps you can take: • Start switching out things like split shot, jig heads, and if you tie your own flies, consider using lead-free wire for your streamers and nymphs. • Never throw fishing gear into the water or onshore. • Consider lead sinkers, jigs, and wire as toxic material and dispose of them at household hazardous waste collection sites. • Talk about it! Tell other anglers about the problem and encourage them to switch to lead-free sinkers and jigs. • Talk to your favorite retailers and ask them to stock lead-free fishing tackle. Lead-free round wire for tying flies and non-toxic split shot.

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