November 5, 2019
The Program: Chizzywinks to Stoneflies: Aquatic Insects and Fly Fishing
Understanding aquatic invertebrates is more that counting the number of a mayfly’s tails, their size and the color of the adults. Behavior is essential to understanding and delivering effective presentations using flies that mimic native invertebrates and create feeding responses from fish. Ken’s program will guide us through the major invertebrate groups with close-up photography. Accompanying the ”bug stuff” he will share subsurface video clips he has taken to document fish populations in Putah Creek. The HD footage shows how trout utilize subsurface structures and how that will benefit fly fishers, how they forage for food resources and how rainbows react to flies that Ken is testing. You will see what happens when trout “inspect” flies, refuse flies, spit out flies. Alas, witness a “take” when the angler does not realize that a trout has the fly in its mouth and what Ken has learned from this interesting endeavor. Putah Creek trout are fussy, but imagine testing flies for 20 minutes with a minimum of success and then reviewing subsurface footage that shows 12 -15 trout in the test area.
Background: Ken W. Davis is an aquatic biologist / wildlife photojournalist who is currently working on a project to restore Lower Putah Creek for trout and salmon spawning. His images and video footage has been published by more than 4000 different periodicals, encyclopedias, websites, brochures and other publications.
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Richard Conzelmann Community Center
2201 Cottage Way, Sac., CA 95825
6:15 p.m.: Fly Tying Demo
7:00 p.m.: Club events information
7:00 p.m.: Program Presentation