Marty Seldon conferring the Aldo Starker Leopold Wild Trout Medal to Tom Pero of Wild River Press.Flycasters, Inc of San Jose Conservation Co-chairman Chuck Hammerstad and prior Conservation Chairman Mike Brinkley joined Marty Seldon at the Wild Trout Symposium held September 27th to 30th in West Yellowstone, Montana. Marty was M.C. of the Awards Luncheon and has been on the Symposium Organizing Committee since 1979 in various positions. Of the some 43 papers and 30 posters, FFF Conservation Committee Chairman Rick Williams presented a paper on the restoration of a sustainable cutthroat fishery on a private ranch.
Roger Bloom head of California's wild trout program presented on the landing efficiency of barbed vs. barbless hooks. There was also a lot of emphasis on climate change. Over 200 fishing conservationists and fishery professionals joined together to not only get the latest in fishery status and restoration techniques but to network in an informal atmosphere that would otherwise not be possible.
At the Symposium Post Mortem Meeting on September 30th, Mike Brinkley former club conservation chairman, and former Director, and Treasurer of the Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers was elected as Wild Trout Symposium Treasurer. Mike recently retired as a senior scientist with Thermo Scientific/Duke Scientific Industries and now lives in Eugene, Oregon. The next Wild Trout Symposium is being planned for 2013.
More information: www.wildtroutsymposium.com