Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers - June 2014

President's Message

I really can't believe that it's already August. The summer events are in full swing! Where did spring go? Regardless, there is some great fishing to be had as we get into the peak of local smallmouth fishing. We're hitting a ton of local waters, so see Meetup or suggest your own and get some fellow club members out there with you to enjoy our sport.

We'll continue to meet this summer at Pioneer park, BUT WE ARE BACK ON OUR NORMAL FIRST THURSDAY of the month. 

Note that we'll be Summer Raffle tickets ("ultimate smallmouth rod"). Mike Arnold is custom building it and we'll give it away at our September meeting.  


Joshua Rust

Our Next Meeting

It's time for Northern Kentucky's LAST outdoor meeting of the summer season. Remember, we will be  meeting at Pioneer park on the FIRST Thursday (August 7th) of the month. This is our annual FISH FRY AND SWAP MEET (so bring your gently used fishing gear to trade or sell).

Dinner will be Craig T's slaw, fried fish (thanks again to Log Cabin Inn and the fish breading crew), fresh tomatoes, grilled corn-on-the-cob and dessert. Soft drinks, water, iced tea, etc will be provided. $12 charge to cover rent of facility and dinner.

BYOB ... and the B has to be in cans and covered up (cozy or in a cup). 

Make reservations now so we can plan the meal.  

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday August 7th, 2014
Where: Shelter #1 at Pioneer Park Off 3rd Traffic Light on Rte 17 in Kenton County.
3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017
Reservations: RSVP on the Meetup site, email, or call Ramona Ridalls at (859) 466-7710

Groundbreaking for Hatchery Creek project scheduled for Aug. 8

SOMERSET, Ky. U.S. Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. John L. Hudson and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Gregory Johnson will join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state legislators and Russell County officials Friday, Aug. 8, in breaking ground for Kentucky’s newest in-lieu fee program wetlands and stream restoration project just below the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery at Jamestown.

Hudson and Johnson signed documents today in Somerset triggering construction of the nearly mile-and-a-quarter-long restoration of Hatchery Creek that has been in the planning stages nearly five years.

“We are excited to get this restoration underway,” said Johnson. “It will more than triple the current length of Hatchery Creek, replace degraded, bare banks with gradual sloping contours and create naturalized pools, riffles and also re-establish and enhance 5.5 acres of forested and emergent wetlands on Lake Cumberland project lands.”

The ground-breaking ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. (CDT) at the national hatchery, located off U.S. 127 below Wolf Creek Dam. “We hope all conservation organizations and people who love the outdoors will join us for this groundbreaking ceremony and help celebrate this exciting new restoration project and trout fishing opportunity,” said Johnson.

Water flowing from the hatchery has over time eroded a gully that funnels undesirable fine sediments into the Cumberland River.  This project is an ambitious venture to change this undesirable situation and create in its place a stream that provides high quality habitat for fish.  

“The development of this project has been a true partnership between all the agencies involved and the Corps will reap the benefits in many ways,” said Hudson.  “Not only will this project improve water quality in Hatchery Creek and the Cumberland River, it will minimize a very serious and costly erosion problem affecting the Corps’ Kendall Campground. It will also provide additional recreational opportunities for those campers using the campground.”

With Lake Cumberland back to normal lake levels, visitation is again increasing in the region. “This is an opportunity to improve the Lake Cumberland project area for the benefit of the Cumberland River and multiple project purposes, such as environmental protection, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities such as trout fishing,” said Johnson.

The plan calls for the grouted channel now carrying the flow from the hatchery for approximately 380 feet to be reworked into a more natural stream setting. After construction, this new channel will remain open to the public. 

Water leaving this section currently flows into the deeply incised and eroding gully. This gully will be partially filled in, diverting water into the newly created stream.

The new stream will flow down the valley more than a mile through created riffles, runs, glides and pools that have been carefully designed to offer attractive habitat for aquatic wildlife. It will at times split into multiple channels and flow through sections surrounded by wetlands. This is all intended to provide a variety of stream flow velocities, depths, habitat types and temperature gradients for aquatic wildlife, including trout. 

The final piece of the new stream slopes through a series of step pools for about 400 feet before emptying into the Cumberland River, allowing trout to move between the river and the newly created stream.            

Project Manager Andy Mowrey said the $1.8 million Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program project should take about six months to complete. "The end result is a stable functional stream channel, removal of large amounts of sediment pollution from the Cumberland River, high quality aquatic habitat and a unique fishing opportunity for anglers," said Mowrey.

For more information on the in-lieu fee program see

Red Barrington Scholarship

We are proud to announce the recipients for the 2014 Red Barrington Scholarship. Mitchell Kriege of Thomas More and Andrew Stump from Eastern Kentucky University will each receive $1,000 to support their future studies. 

Congratulations to both! We will have them at an upcoming meeting to discuss their research. Special thanks again to the scholarship committee headed by Tom Bader with help from Pete Marshall and Paul Stegeman.
Our Winners!

Project Healing Waters

Tom Bader has volunteered as liaison to Project Healing Waters. We look forward to working more with their organization. As such, we have included their events in our annual calendar and their meeting information will be put on Meetup. That way we can partner up with them on their trips to fish with some of our veterans and show our thanks to them.

For more on Project Healing Waters that was shared with us, click HERE.
For a great article on PHW, click HERE.

Membership Dues

If you're reading this newsletter, ask yourself if you've paid your 2014 dues yet. If yes, thank you! If not, see Jack Randall and he can get you set up, or email to find out how you can get it in faster.

Treasurer's Report

Year to Date As of April 2014 (whole dollars)
Total Operating Cash: 7,663
Total Other Assets (including RBSF Fund): 24,008
Income: Actual: 9,510 versus Budget: 7,960 for Variance of +1,423
Expense: Actual: 9,840 versus Budget: 9,968 for Variance of +128
Income: Actual: -457 versus Budget: -1,880 for Variance of +1,423