Thursday, December 23, 2010

Box Canyon Open All Year?


WorldCast Anglers just received the new 2011-2012 Fishing Season Regulations.  The Idaho Fish and Game has officially changed the Box Canyon section of the Henry's Fork fishing season to open all year starting January 1st, 2011.  The official section regulations can be viewed on the Idaho Fish and Game Website, page 30.

The regulations state:

General Fishing Season for the Upper Snake Region
All Waters Open All Year except as modified in Upper Snake Region Special Rule Waters on Pages 30-32.


"Section: From the upper Harriman State Park boundary to Island Park Dam
• Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
• No bait allowed, barbless hooks required"

Monday, December 13, 2010

Teton Dam Project - Top Five Worst!

CNN names the Teton Dam Project as the #5 largest, most useless and oddest state projects.  This is one top 5 list that no one should be proud of being listed.

Visit the article for more information.


Interested in joining the fight against Teton Dam, check out Trout Unlimited.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mexico Fishing Report





WorldCast Anglers just returned from Playa Blanca, Mexico; what an awesome trip!  13 permit landed, 2 Grand Slams, 1 Super Grand Slam, monster snook and some big tarpon are just a few to mention including the 35+ lb Permit landed by WCA President Mike Dawes.  More photos can be found on our Facebook Page.  WorldCast Anglers is hosting another group to Playa Blanca, Mexico on April 2-9 - email us if you are interested!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fly Rod: Fresh & Saltwater Hydros Fly Rod - Orvis



After an incredible summer, everyone on the WCA staff can say they love the new Orvis Helios Fly Rods!!! Check out what Tom Rosenbauer has to say about the newest Orvis Fly Rod that needs to be added to your arsenal ASAP!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mid-Current Gear Guide for 2011!!

We all love gear, there is no exception.  Mid-Current, the world's foremost expert on fly fishing has just issued it's new edition of their annual new fly fishing gear guide.  Click here to take a look at some of the newest, baddest, and coolest new pieces of gear that you will just have to add to your Christmas list this fall! 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

WorldCast Anglers Fall Sale!!!!

WorldCast Anglers Annual Fall Sale through October 15th is here!!!!  All selected flies are $1.00, plus don't miss out on some of the awesome savings on other great fly fishing products!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fly Fishing at its finest!!!

Check out these awesome pics and article from the Perfect Drift Fishing Club!  Thanks guys, looking forward to seeing you next year!


https://sites.google.com/site/perfectdriftfishingclub/victor-idaho-2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Support Casting 4 A Cure !!!!



Don't miss this incredible event supporting Casting 4 A Cure on  Friday August 27th at the Spud Drive In!!! 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Join Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited !!!


Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited Annual Conservation Celebration
Saturday, August 7th
Murie Ranch, Moose Wy
5:30 pm
Tickets: $50  Can be purchased from your favorite JHTU Board Member, at your local fly shops, or at jhtroutunlimited.org.
You can also call JHTU for more information 733.6991

If you already have plans, consider a donation to our cause by remembering Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited at Old Bills Fun Run. 

Please forward to friends!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Salmonflies are here!!!!



Salmonflies are hatching in the South Fork Canyon!!! Get out there and fish!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Teton Valley Trout Unlimited Shootout!!!!



Join Teton Valley Trout Unlimited for a wonderful day of fishing, fun, raffles and more!!!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

WCA 10th Anniversary Party!!!!!!



June 11th 4pm - 8pm.  Free Burgers and Beer, while supplies last!!!!  15% off all Retail Purchases!!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Snake River to receive consistent flows this summer??

In spite of a light snowpack, a cool spring has delayed runoff and will result in stronger-than-expected water flows in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The agency operates the Jackson Lake Dam in Grand Teton National Park, which is the largest single influence on river flows.


Bureau operation manager Mike Beus presented his forecast for release from the dam at a public meeting Thursday night at the Antler Inn on Pearl Avenue.

The bureau projects releases will peak at 5,000 cubic feet per second June 13. The flow will be gradually scaled back to 2,800 cfs that will flow from the end of June through late September. A graph of the projected discharge shows an even flow through July and August, with a rapid decline at the end of September.

This year’s release forecast is not far off from last year’s figures. Even with an above-average snowpack last year, the release from the dam peaked around 5,800 cfs and leveled out close to 2,000 cfs for the summer.

Beus said the water content of the snowpack in the upper Snake River basin is at just 64 percent of average but a cooler-than-average April and early May have delayed snowmelt.

“Our snowmelt has been extremely delayed by the cold weather we’ve been having,” Beus said. “On April 1, it didn’t look good. But we’ll have more water because of the late runoff, and rain on the Snake River plain the last few weeks has been good, too.”

Rain on the plain means Idaho irrigators, who own water rights in the reservoir behind the dam, won’t be immediately calling for higher flows for their crops. In addition to the Jackson Lake Dam, irrigators have Palisades Reservoir, American Falls and other impoundments from which to draw.

Currently, the bureau is releasing about 400 cfs of water — its normal winter-level flow. This flow will continue until about June 8.

This is not welcomed news for float trip companies, which may be navigating slow, shallow waters for at least a few more weeks, depending on the runoff in tributaries.

Maintenance on the dam’s gates, scheduled for mid- to late September, will require the bureau to draw the lake level down to enable construction workers to reach the gates.

Jackson Lake Dam is on the Snake River near Moran. The dam maintains the water level above the lake’s natural elevation for irrigation and flood control.


Courtesy of Jackson Hole News and Guide:
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=6007

Help support the Teton River!

Don't miss this awesome event supporting the Teton River Watershed!!!


Friends of the Teton River’s 3rd Annual Fisherman’s Dinner


Please mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Fisherman’s Dinner, hosted by Friends of the Teton River Friday, May 28th, from 5 until 9 pm. Join us at the Overlook Lodge at River Rim Ranch to celebrate 10 years of watershed conservation in Teton Valley.

Angus Duncan, the Founder and President of The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, will present the keynote address “Wild Watersheds of the West: Their Past and Our Future.” Duncan, the creator of Green Tags and Renewable Energy Certificates and has made significant contributions to cap-and-trade markets, water and energy efficiency, and climate change policy over the course of his career.

Enjoy artwork by local photographer Leland Howard, delectable food, live music and a silent and live auction including river art, fishing trips, and fly fishing rod and reel packages. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Yellowstone cutthroat trout habitat and the vitality of the local fishery.

Last year’s event was sold out, so reserve your tickets in advance. $80/individual and $145/couple. Ask about “group sales” and receive a discount on tables of 8 or 10.

For tickets or event details, contact the FTR office by calling 208-354-3871 or by email info@tetonwater.org

Friday, April 30, 2010

Water Study to Look at more than Teton Dam

"From the Rexburg Standard Journal"

Several stakeholders are supporting the broadened focus of a federal water supply study that will look at more than the Teton River and rebuilding the failed Teton Dam.


"We're supportive of that," Fremont Madison Irrigation Director Dale Swensen says of the broadened scope of the study.

Friends of the Teton River Executive Director Lyn Benjamin also praised the new scope of the study and the work of Trout Unlimited, American Rivers and Idaho Rivers United in encouraging the broader look at water supply issues in the Henry's Fork basin.

"I recognize that farmers I work with need water, and they recognize that fish need water," Benjamin says in an e-mail concerning the topic. "Hopefully we're going to do some decent science and some economic science to support the decisions that get made."

"We applaud the BOR for launching a more thorough study of our water options," says Kim Goodman Trotter of Trout Unlimited. "We look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to find the best solutions for Idaho."

Initially, the Idaho Legislature appropriated $400,000, to be matched with an equal amount by the BOR to do the study that would look at feasibilities of rebuilding the dam that spectacularly failed in 1976.

Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Activities Manager Robert Schattin explained last week at a Henry's Fork Watershed Council meeting how the study was expanded to include the whole Henry's Fork basin, including the Teton River.

The Henry's Fork study will focus on conservation and changes in water management, as well as water storage alternatives.

To read more:  http://www.uvsj.com/news/article_8e80c5e6-5342-11df-ba49-001cc4c002e0.html

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wyoming Requires Invasive Species Decals



The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced a new initiative to hit aquatic invasive species where it counts. In an effort to protect Wyoming’s valuable water resources, the state legislature allocated $1.5 million to the department to implement newprograms aimed at preventing the introduction of quagga and zebra mussels to Wyoming waters. Quagga and zebra mussels can ruin fisheries; clog boat motor cooling systems; foul watercraft hulls and equipment; and clog water delivery systems used for power plants, irrigation and domestic water use. Quagga and zebra mussels are not known to occur in Wyoming but are present in three neighboring states. They can be transported on boats and trailers.

WGFD Director Steve Ferrell says, “The strong message from Wyoming’s legislature is that they don’t want these destructive aquatic invasive species in our waters. We are very fortunate to have the support and backing from our elected officials so we can proactively take
aggressive measures to keep Wyoming clean of quagga and zebra mussels.”
Based on direction from the legislature, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has implemented emergency regulations to address the aquatic invasive species threat. The legislation gives the commission authority to inspect boats and to prevent the launching of boats suspected of harboring invasive species.

The decals cost as little as $5 for non-motorized crafts and $10 for motorized, for Wyoming residents. Boaters must display the decal or bear a receipt before launching on any Wyoming waterway. Inflatables smaller than 10 feet are exempt from the regulation.

Decals can be purchased on the Game and Fish Web site beginning April 15 and at license selling agents starting May 17.

To read more click: http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/AISPressRelease.pdf

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Idaho Fish and Game offers Bounty on Rainbows!!!!



Since 1982 Idaho Fish and Game fisheries biologists have been monitoring the numbers of the different types of trout in the South Fork Snake River outside of Idaho Falls.This monitoring has tracked the effects non-native rainbow trout are having on native Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations. Rainbow trout can interbreed with cutthroats and produce fertile offspring. The resulting generations of hybrids become more and more like rainbows, and less like cutthroats.While a variety of efforts have yielded some success, 2009 counts showed a dramatic increase in the number of rainbows that were spawned in 2008, prompting the need for some serious action. Fish and Game hopes its South Fork Snake River Angler Incentive Program will increase the harvest of rainbow trout, reduce their numbers, and help to protect native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

The goal of these management efforts is not to eradicate the non-native rainbow trout, but to reduce their numbers to what was seen on the South Fork in the 1980s and early 1990s. Monitoring in 2009 showed that, for the first time since 1982, rainbow trout outnumbered Yellowstone cutthroat in the South Fork Snake River.The major focus area is the stretch of river below Palisades Dam down to Heise.
In this case, 575 rainbow trout of varying sizes have had tiny wire "tags" implanted in their snouts. These tiny wires are etched with microscopic markings to indicate their value. No state dollars are being used for this program; only money from federal sources.The reward breakdown is: 300 of the tags are worth $50 each; 200 are worth $100; 50 are worth $200; 20 worth $500; and 5 are worth $1,000 each.  The competitive aspect is that the tags are invisible to the eye and can't be detected by a standard metal detector. In order to tell whether a fish is a winner it must be killed and brought into the Idaho Falls Fish and Game headquarters to be checked. To learn more, please call the regional office at 208-525-7290.

Article from Idaho Fish and Game.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Awesome March Orvis Promotion!!!!!

SAVE $25.00 when you purchase $50.00 or more of Orvis Gear!!!  Don't let this special March Orvis Promotion pass you by, feel free to print a copy of this coupon and use it at our Victor location. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Henry's Fork is warming up!!!

The temperature gauge hit 40 degrees this weekend in Ashton, ID, so we headed north to the Henry's Fork to enjoy the local heatwave.  Midges were everywhere and there were a good amount of fish feeding on top, but plenty were eating below the surface.  No signs of Baetis yet, we are going to have to wait a couple more weeks before they start to show up.  Don't forget that all WCA trips are $50 off until May 15th!!!!  Get out and enjoy some awesome winter fly fishing in the next couple of weeks, the weather forecast looks like the warmer temps are going to stick around.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Casting 4 A Cure!!!

Check out this great flick from all our buddies at Casting 4 A Cure!


Anglers of the C4C from bryan huskey on Vimeo.

For more information on this special fly fishing group and cause, check out Casting 4 A Cure as well as the 2010 Casting 4 A Cure in Victor, ID.

Thanks Bill and crew, we look forward to seeing you guys this summer!!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Idaho to set aside Teton Dam Project!!!



This year Idaho lawmakers are making painful budget cuts they never would have considered in even bad times in the past.  State agencies, which have already had to lay off all but essential workers, are looking to slash services. Schools are not just looking at ways to protect classroom quality, they are seeking ways to blunt the effects on students who will only get one chance at an education.
So decisions that were made in better times also are getting scrutiny. In 2008 the Idaho Legislature approved $400,000 for a study of rebuilding the ill-fated Teton Dam, which failed in June of 1976 and killed 11 people.

Since then Trout Unlimited has fought the study even as it has expressed a willingness to work with irrigators on alternatives. The Idaho Water Users have made the study a line in the sand.
Realistically, rebuilding the Teton Dam has little chance of going anywhere. Even if the state supported it, which is not certain given the history, national environmental groups would fight it with all their resources.
But if you change the discussion to whether there are off-river storage options in the Teton drainage, that is a different issue. Trout Unlimited still opposes it but they are at least willing to talk.

So that gets us back to this year’s budget. Trout Unlimited has joined irrigators in the collaborative Comprehensive Aquifer Management Planning process. The talks have developed a long term plan for managing the eastern Snake Plain Aquifer that is aimed at reducing the conflicts between surface and groundwater users by finding ways to conserve water.  But the agreements come with a cost. Taxpayers were expected to pay $3 million annually for recharging water into the aquifer, converting groundwater to surface water projects and other efforts to conserve water.  So Gov. Butch Otter has proposed the state devote $1 million this year in stimulus funds, matched with other state money already collected and private funds to keep CAMP alive.  That’s $1 million that won’t go into Idaho schools or colleges or into essential services the state is going to have cut. But most people on both sides of the issue think its money well spent.
Some suggest water users should pay for it with a user fee.  That gets me back to the $400,000 for the Teton Dam study. The Bureau of Reclamation plans to match it though it still hasn’t come up with enough money.

Trout Unlimited, which now has some clout with the Obama administration, is still trying to ensure the study as it is now proposed goes nowhere.  The $400,000 is still sitting in the bank. Idaho would have to break a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Reclamation before the money could be used for other programs, something the Idaho Department of Water Resources doesn’t want to do.  But these are tough times.

“We may need every dollar that we can get just to perform the basic services,” Rep. Scott Bedke of Oakley, the assistant majority leader in the House., told the Twin Falls Times-News taslking about another budget issue.

From my standpoint the only real value of the $400,000 is laying the groundwork to move the discussion past rebuilding the Teton Dam, which is an irrigation pipe dream.

But does that value stack up in the face of cuts to education and other state programs?


Original copy/courtesy Idaho Statesman - Rocky Barker.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jackson Hole - Teton Valley Snow Conditions!!



Thanks to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for showing the world that our snow conditions are the highest in the region.  Check out Grand Targhee for incredile lift ticket and lodging deals.  More snow correlates to more water this summer, so lets keep our fingers crossed!  Snow Pack information for all our drainages can also be found on the WorldCast Anglers Trip Planner page.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Idaho Might Close Harriman State Park!!



Voted the best trout stream in America by Trout Unlimited in 1999, the Henry's Fork meanders through the 11,000-acre Harriman State Park, a preserve which-- under a new proposal by Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter -- could be de-funded and lost to the public. Otter wants to eliminate the eliminate the Department of Parks and Recreation and give control of lands like Harriman to the Department of Lands, which manages state lands to produce revenue.

Governor Otter is no stranger to controversies regarding conservation and wildlife protection: in 2007, he angered environmentalists by supporting public hunts of gray wolves.

"'The most obvious effect of IDPR being eliminated will be the loss to the people of Idaho of the lands and facilities currently managed by the agency,' said Steve Trafton, Executive Director of the Henry's Fork Foundation. 'At no place will this loss be more obvious than at the park that started the agency: Harriman. This stunning 11,000 acre park with its eight miles of the Henry's Fork is an international destination, arguably the most famous trout river in the world and one of Idaho's most recognizable landscapes.'" Article credits to Midcurrent - www.midcurrent.com

What can you do to help???  Fill out the petition www.saveidahoparks.com Contact the Henry's Fork Foundation at www.henrysfork.com or call 208.652.3567 to help this fight!!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stop the Teton Dam!!!!!

Help Stop the Rebuilding of the Teton Dam!!!


Check out this video



and visit www.TU.org/tetondam for more information!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Midges!!!


Take a close look at this bug, because it is going to be the most important aquatic insect for your winter fishing days. During the next couple of months, trout will concentrate their feeding on midges for most of their winter nutrition. Similar to the mosquito, the midge is a small gnat-like bug that is usually black in color in size 16-20. So when in doubt of what to fish this winter, we would suggest a midge!