Outdoors

Outdoor briefs for Nov. 8

Volunteers are needed to help with a revegetation project Nov. 20-21 along the former lake that was created by the Glines Canyon Dam that once blocked the Elwha River.
Volunteers are needed to help with a revegetation project Nov. 20-21 along the former lake that was created by the Glines Canyon Dam that once blocked the Elwha River. Staff writer

Fly fishing

Guides shares tips on steelhead fishing

Aaron O’Leary, owner of Angler’s Obsession in Forks, will be the guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Flyfishers. O’Leary will talk about reading the water when steelhead fishing.

He will offer his views on reading water when searching for steelhead, as well as talk about the how, when and where to fish Olympic Peninsula rivers. He will also talk about flies, swinging techniques and strategies, nymphing and what flies to use.

O’Leary has been guiding anglers fishing for steelhead, salmon and trout for seven years in Alaska and New Zealand. He worked the past eight years developing his guiding business in Forks.

His program will cover reading water (holding water, running lanes, fish traps, etc.) for half of the presentation, then the Olympic rivers.

The meeting, free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. An optional $15 buffet or salad bar precedes the presentation, which will begin around 8 p.m.

Conservation

Replanting volunteers needed at dam site

Volunteers are needed Nov. 20-21 to help with a re-vegetation project at the site of the former Glines Canyon Dam in Olympic National Park.

Participants will work with botanists from the park, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the National Parks Conservation Association to replant this site. The work will help restore native plants on the exposed river banks near the former dam site.

The work will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. at the former dam site on the Elwha River.

The work will take place, rain or shine, at a site up to 1 mile from the parking location. Be sure to bring rain gear, extra layers, water and lunch.

To reserve a spot, because space is limited, contact Shannon Brundle at sbrundle@npca.org or 206-903-1444, ext. 704, by Nov. 16.

Elwha River

Work will aid fish migration upstream

Work to remove a number of large boulders in the Elwha River channel just below Glines Canyon has been completed. Crews from Sealaska Constructors LLC this fall used seven controlled blasts to break about 14 large boulders into rubble.

The boulders, most weighing more than 100 tons, were significantly larger than what the river could be expected to move downstream during high flows. The two largest boulders were as tall as a two-story building and about 30 feet wide and estimated to weigh 1,000 tons or more, according to an Olympic National Park news release.

The demolition reduced the boulders to rocks less than 2 feet in diameter. Park scientists will continue to monitor the river channel through the coming high flow season and will assess the river channel next summer.

The boulders in the channel caused sediment and debris from the former Lake Mills reservoir to accumulate above the rockfall, creating a barrier to upstream fish passage.

Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout are known to have migrated above the Glines Canyon site, with some reaching as far upstream as Geyser Valley. Removing the boulders will further restore the river channel through Glines Canyon, aiding the overall fish and ecosystem restoration of the Elwha River.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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