|from left, back row: Bill Robinson, Doug Ray, Walt Weber, Rod Lundberg, Byron Thompson, Bob May, David Illig, Tom Scoggins, Hunter Thompson, seated: Mike Gentry, Jim Ackerman, Ruger Thompson, Richard Hardy, Herb Thompson, Michael Ellis|
On July 14th, TVTU members Mike Gentry, Rod Lundberg Doug Ray and David Illig, joined myself, my friend, Richard Hardy, and members of the Rainland Flycasters to place all the trees we have been collecting this Winter and Spring. The Rainland Flycasters were ably represented by Bill Robinson, Walt Weber, Bob May, Jim Ackerman and Tom Scoggins. The Thompson family contingent consisted of Herb Thompson, Byron Thompson, Hunter Thompson and Ruger Thompson. I apologize if I have inadvertently left anyone out.
|A large pile of trees awaits placement|
When we arrived, Walt Weber was already in the river taking a population survey of the area we would be covering with the trees. He counted about two dozen fish (fry and a few small cutthroat) in the area we were going to cover.
|we will construct the tree raft along the left bank|
|Walt Weber surveys the construction zone for fish|
|Walt Weber and Herb Thompson discuss the survey results|
Mike and Rod got to work putting together the pontoon boats while everyone else put together a game plan.
|Bob May talks over the anchoring method with the crew|
We would tie the trees to a rope and use old milk jugs as floats. With this boom we would outline the slack water area we were going to cover with the trees. The pontoon boats would position and anchor the boom and then fill the middle in with trees.
|We tied the trees to a rope and used milk jugs for floats|
|The tree line grows|
By the time Mike got in the water we were ready to start taking the rope across river.
|Mike Gentry pushes off to begin building the tree corral|
|Mike is ready to grab the line|
|Mike pulls the line across the river|
Mike grabbed the end of the line and began to row. As more trees were added to the river the current started to have an effect.
|more trees were added as the line was pulled across the river|
|It took a while to get the boom positioned correctly|
|it's looking pretty good now|
|As we filled the boom, we used the current of the river to move the trees|
|The fish were waiting for this. They started inhabiting the trees as soon as they hit the water|