New CalTrout site by the Trout Underground

Cal Trout

Cal TroutTom Chandler of the Trout Underground has helped implement a brand-spanking new website for CalTrout. I surfed over the the site and did not even recognize that I had landed on the page affiliated with my bookmark.  GREAT job Tom and Team Underground!

On the Northern Sierra Region page there is a great shot of Mikey Wier holding a massive fish.  Funny thing because I was just thinking about hitting up his website to see if his Soulfish 2 video is up for sale yet.  I seem to have the same addiction to Mikey’s videos as to the winter sports videos that I grew up watching.  Wonder why that is?

You can read Tom’s blog post about the new CalTrout site here or go see the new CalTrout site for yourself.

Save the Mokelumne

EBMUD is attempting to get approval to raise the height of Pardee dam.  If they succeed, miles of the Mokelumne river will disappear under the raised dam.  In my humble opinion, the potential recreational opportunities provided by the expanded dam will not even come close to the destroyed recreational opportunities buried under feet of water.

I understand the argument that several years of drought have depleted water reserves for Bay Area and Southern CA water users, but I propose that BEFORE we spend billions increasing water storage and transportation, that we spend a few million educating people on water conservation.  I know that folks “think” they are conserving, but the majority do nothing.  Most waste considerably more than they should.  We need education programs, subsidies or credits for installing water saving devices, and in certain communities, restrictions and enforcement.

For more information, please read Mikey Wier’s blogs on this topic here and here.  You can also find more information on the Foothill Conservancy’s website as well as over at Friends of the River.

Mikey Wier release new video – Fish Eye 4 “Through Anglers Eyes”

FISH EYE 4 “Through Anglers Eyes” from Mikey Wier on Vimeo.

Mikey Wier is a South Lake Tahoe based Action and Environmental Video productions company specializing in fly fishing videos.  Fish Eye 4 is his latest release.

FISH EYE Video Magazine Issue 4 “Through Anglers Eyes” is the latest release from BURL Productions. This issue features spectacular trout fishing in the California Back-country, Steelhead fishing on the Trinity River, The Bass N Fly Challenge for black bass in the Delta, Exploratory fly fishing in Panama and instructional advise on rigging and fishing hopper and dropper set ups.

U.S. Senate Introduces the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act of 2008

On September 24th, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Christopher Bond (R-MO), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and George Voinovich (R-OH), introduced the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act of 2008, a comprehensive strategy to allocate conservation dollars for effective restoration of our national waterways.

Commentary from Senator Joe Lieberman:
“The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, which I introduced today along with Senators Bond, Clinton, and Voinovich, will revolutionize how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches fish habitat conservation.   With 40 percent of our fish populations in decline and half of our waters impaired, the current fragmented approach to fish habitat protection and preservation has clearly not worked.  This bill encourages collaborative regional conservation efforts that bring together federal government agencies, state and local governments, conservation groups, fishing industry groups, and businesses.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to enact this critical legislation to help restore fishstocks across the country.”

For More information

Support our wild trout – support your local TU chapter

One of the blogs that I read  is that of Mikey Wier.  Mikey is the producer of several excellent feature length fly fishing movies that I have purchased over the years from his production company Burl Productions.  It looks like Mikey just did a project in conjunction with TU and here is the video promo for that project as posted on YouTube.


Mikey is a guide at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, so many of the people and places are recognizable, and that makes his films that much more enjoyable.  If you want to check out some of his other films, I can recommend Soulfish as excellent fish porn that you will watch time and again.