|Help keep the invasive mussels from|
spreading, use the new wader wash at Flat
Ranch Preserve. Photo by TNC staff.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Expect the unexpected on Flat Ranch
Howdy from the Flat Ranch Preserve! But wait…is it already July?
The weeks seem to be flying by here. There hasn’t been a dull moment since the summer kicked into full gear. We haven’t been lonely either, as more and more wildlife seem to venture out of the woods and onto the Preserve. Herds of elk saunter through the pastures almost daily, and several bald eagles are regularly seen perching stoically on fence posts – almost as if a tribute to the Fourth of July. We’ll soon see a lot more of whatever the willows hide with our newly installed wildlife camera, which is a motion activated camera that we have perched near an active game trail on the far reaches of the Preserve. From my time here, I’ve quickly learned that its safe to expect the unexpected, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted with our finds from the camera!
In fishing news, we’re experiencing warmer waters due to the soaring outside temperatures, thus the fish have been a little sluggish. However, don’t let this discourage you. The valiant few that have recently trekked down to the stream have still been rewarded with fish well inside the 18- to 24-inch range. I recommend a small brown PMD to stir them from their slumber. Even if you’re not in the mood to cast a line, come by anyways to make a quick scrub stop and prevent the spread of invasive species with our recently installed wader wash station in the parking lot. Thanks to generous contributions from Idaho Fish and Wildlife Biologist Jessica Buelow, we’ve built our own station to wash off your waders so we can keep catching massive trout rather than zebra mussels here in the Henry’s Fork watershed. More news to come, so come on by until that time!
Posted by Lisa Eller at 2:14 PM