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I am pasting two items of general interest from the more detailed SRTU Minutes of our 12-7-17 meeting . 


George Palmer, VDGIF Fisheries Biologist gave his annual “Health of the Smith River Fishery” presentation. Water flows have been messed up due to work at Philpott Dam but VDGIF has been sampling below Martinsville Dam using a raft followed by “work up crews” in canoes. They also sampled the Doe Run section using a jet boat. They have not been able to sample upstream of Koehler because flows have not been enough to float the raft but are too much for safe wading.

 Overall they have been finding a lot of healthy looking fish. Several fish have gone well beyond the 20 inch mark. The fishery below Martinsville Dam continues to show promise. VDGIF has been fin clipping and moving small fish from the upper river to the lower river and a lot of them are now showing significant growth. They have also been stocking several thousand triploid (sterile) fingerling brown trout which are now showing up in the samples.

DGIF has been monitoring water temperatures. This summer with the low flows and prolonged hot days there were several times when the water was above 70 degrees. There were no reports of “fish kills” but it certainly stresses the fish. 

The fish collected this year were fewer in numbers – not sure if this means the numbers are declining or that the fish had moved deeper or into areas not accessible by the sampling raft which moves right along and gets only one pass over a promising area.

George did quote one factoid which most of us were not aware of – based on data on 2-8 year old fish collected below the Martinsville Dam a fish we see today has a 43% annual morality rate. In layman’s language that means 100 fish today will only number 57 next year,  32.5 the following year and 18.5 the next and so on. No wonder fish lay thousands of eggs when they spawn or the hatchery stocks thousands of fingerlings annually. 

 No one knows for sure what the prolonged flows and increased sediment has done to the fishery but George is optimistic – next year’s samples should prove interesting.  The Smith River has a high density of Brown Trout and is rightfully considered a “Jewel” in the Virginia inventory of trout fishing rivers.

Philpott Operations Manager Chris Powell gave us an update on repairs being done at the dam. They have recently resumed a weekday generation schedule with one turbine.  The other turbine was damaged beyond repair and will eventually be replaced with new technology – but that is several years down the road. With a single turbine we should anticipate longer periods of generation to utilize the water at 650 -700 cfs vs. the previous two turbines at 1400 cfs. The one remaining turbine must be manually switched on/off vs. the previous remote switching.  Mr. Powell stated Philpott is what is known in the industry as a “peak power facility” and Dominion Power, the current purchaser tries to maximize the value of each gallon of water which goes through the turbine. With the prolonged Monday through Friday generation and manual on/off switching requirement, there are currently no plans for weekend generation – this topic may be revisited next summer to keep water temperatures within tolerance for the fishery.

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take notes and post here, i wish i could go but have other "obligations"
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Smith River Trout Unlimited (SRTU) will host our end of year meeting on December 7, 2017,  6:30 p.m., at Rania’s Restaurant, 147 Main St, Martinsville VA .  This is the meeting where  George Palmer, DGIF Fisheries Biologist gives his annual "Health of the Smith River Fishery” presentation. Water flows have been messed up due to work at Philpott Dam, however    DGIF has been sampling as best they can. Some of us have helped out a few times on the lower river and this year we should know how long it is taking for fish to reach the 20 inch range. No one knows for sure what the prolonged flows and increased sediment has done to the fishery but George is optimistic and will share his thoughts on what 2018 may look like.
 
Other business to wrap up 2017:

1) Secretary & Treasury Reports

2) Overview of events the Chapter has participated in during the past year

3) Philpott Manager Chris Powell will update us on what to expect now that they are back to a regular generation schedule. (Be sure you call 276-629-2432 before going fishing)

4) Nomination and election of officers to lead the Chapter in 2017

Don’t forget the Swap Table   -  If you have not participated you may be missing out. In the recent past we have had books, magazines (free for the taking), rods, reels, tying vises,  waders, vests, tackle boxes and more. Bring what you want to sell or trade. Slap your name and a price on it and recycle the stuff you don't use or need. Look around for those "it was a good idea at the time" purchases you made but now reside in the back of your closet or garage. Be ready to haggle. Bring some extra cash and walk away with some neat "I need one of those" items!

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Pyscho Fly Fishers / Re: PFF V-36 After Take
« Last post by Phil on October 12, 2017, 17:22:07 PM »
A fine trip. Too fine, I tell ya. Scary. No tornadoes, snow, sleet, hail, or rain (except a little drizzle Sunday morning). Beautiful weather. Unheard of for a PFF event. Fish were caught all around, good food and drink, good campfires, good company.

The campground was great. Thanks, Jud.
Friday night ham and tater soup was Yum. Thanks, Rob and help.
Saturday breakfast went down real good. Thanks, Ben and help.
The best spag and meatballs I've had in a while on Saturday night. Thanks, Cam and Zino.

An unexpected surprise to see Backwoods Joe and Jason pull up. Alright!
Fish of the trip -- Fred's (itieuglyflies) 23 1/2 inch brown. Awesome.
Small stream fish of the trip -- Jason's 15-16" rainbow, fat as a pig and colored up like a neon sign.
Quote of the trip -- Kyle yells, "Anybody got a pair of reading glasses? I can't see a thing!" Ralph (ODG3) looks over, points to Kyle's chest, and deadpans, "They're tied around your neck." They were. Henheh.
Coosie -- it's a sad day when ya lose your phone overnight and all the next morning, and a guy with one eye has to find it for ya.
Thanks for taking me small stream fishin on Saturday, JT (Stone-Man). Always a pleasure to spend some time with ya. You put me on fish as usual.
Good job strawbossin, Bob (Devinsdad), and tent bossin, Ralph. Thankee.

Great to see all of you that were there. Let's do it again!

I only took a few pictures as usual, and the fish pics were all punes --

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The DD --
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Backwoods Joe givin' me the evil eye--
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A big grizzly bear I spotted on the trip --
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Pyscho Fly Fishers / Re: PFF V-36 After Take
« Last post by Devinsdad on October 12, 2017, 16:40:59 PM »
   
Thoughts and recollections in no particular order.

offering to set the hook for Rob and then letting him reel them in, just like I did when Devin was little. That was a funny moment.

Great efforts from all the cooks- I hope Ben/ Drummond sticks around, he's a good guy to have around camp.

Great Ham and potato soup, epic PFF breakfast French Toast Casserole whoda thunk? and the sketti heck yeah.



FOK- I'm Sorry  bd;0 bd;0 0:0

Thanks for the hat Carter!

Nice camp spot, a little tight, but we made it work

Thanks to all the clean up crew, especially Ann Sullivan, I don't think anyone has ever done it better or with such zeal. Thank you ma'am. a thousand times.

Itieuglyflies another good addition to the PFF family. Thank you Fred for always lending a hand.

KYLE!!!!

getting the rescue call for a broken toon, thanks PEE WEE for jumpin to the rescue.

Big BIG thanks to ODG3 for tent bossin', I'm not sure if you guys know how much he works his ass off to help make these events happen,but trust me he does. ATTA BOY Ralph, thanks for being the glue that holds this all together man.

Good to see all the familiar faces, missin a few of the regulars. Streamer, Croaker, Peggy.. you were missed.

Spending a few minutes with FT on the phone to talk fishin and such, glad we got you Tim.
Thanks to leakywaders for the assist.

Sleeping right by the river, which was just loud enough to drown out all the surrounding camp noise.

PERFECT weather

White mop fly... what the hell! strong medicine.

Chatting with JT and Joe and Jason til the early hours, of course Rob was trying to sleep right beside us .. ass holes I tell ya!  ;D  :banana-fu: b';

Thanks to John and Debbie for being helpful and welcoming camp hosts. Glad we were able to share some of our leftovers with them instead of wasting food.

Phil and I sharing a great conversation with a 94 year young WWII veteran at Bojangles... what an interesting, humble man.

Thanks to Judd Gee for welcoming us psychos to his playground.

Thanks to MStash for helping with the tent-

Good burgers and Dr Enuf....

I like this little higher water on the SoHo...Cold though when you get waste deep.

Thanks to Rob for keeping me company on Saturday.

Shady Valley is just too far off!!

Thanks for the memories folks.

DD
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Pyscho Fly Fishers / Re: PFF V-36 After Take
« Last post by JMiller on October 11, 2017, 13:22:56 PM »
Anyone got a photo of dead bear?
Thx.
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Pyscho Fly Fishers / Re: PFF V-36 After Take
« Last post by Woolly Bugger on October 11, 2017, 11:34:27 AM »
Hate i missed it all but I was engages in other activities   V:;  -+;  <-;:  d:b  -0-  0:0
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Pyscho Fly Fishers / PFF V-36 After Take
« Last post by Stone-Man on October 10, 2017, 18:53:45 PM »
THX to Devins Dad for Straw Bossing
Thx to ODG3 for going the extra mile
Great Cooks --TheLow, Cam and Zeno,Mstash and Ben
Thx to the great clean up crews

Soft hackles
What   !!!! No 3 AM drunks
Dead bear by creek  :o
Camp Cat
Limb through Camper top
Kyle's soft hackle big day
Walnuts everywhere
phes tail nymph
Ben's maple dressing
Bodacious Guacamole by DD
Much needed rain
Firewood left over-- where is Nando
Itieuglyflies big brown  =23 inches
Zino's boat wreck
Phil's emerger-smoked them
Stoney Creek under ground
Jason's good Bow on Stoney
Big Carp Cummings (Peddler)
Friends of Kyle hats  -- I apologize  :P
Lime Dun EHC-- Unmerciful  'c;
My big LDR
DD's big day on the Holston
Backwoods Joe's big Bow wearing a Lime Dun EHC

  Thanks Yawl

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Our next event is Fish With a Friend on Saturday, Oct. 14th. This has become an annual event with SRTU. We’ll have fun, make new friends, tell some tales and catch a few fish. Don’t worry about lunch because we will take a headcount and provide sandwich's, chips and drinks at about 1:00 pm.
 
We hope to see you at the Trent Hill Canoe Ramp (behind old burned out chair factory) at 8 am. Here is your chance to pair up with another angler who might know a section of the river better than you. Want to learn to nymph better? Dry fly techniques need some work? Want to peek into a bunch of fly boxes? Need some other fishing/casting/equipment tips? Come one, come all. Bring your friends, family. Fish in the morning, gather for lunch on SRTU, keep fishing as desired.  See you there!
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Pyscho Fly Fishers / Re: PFF Workassignments
« Last post by Woolly Bugger on September 24, 2017, 11:00:21 AM »
Me and my gal may crash Friday dinner! Will ante up if necessary!


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