Cache Anglers TU Chapter 665
Cache Anglers are a group of Anglers dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the fishing tradition of Cache Valley and around the world. Cache Anglers is the Northern Utah chapter of Trout Unlimited. We currently have about 175 active TU members in our Chapter. Even if you are not a TU member, we welcome you to come and participate in any of our activities.
Don’t be shy. Dive in and have some fun while you learn more about your sport and give something back to boot. We look forward to getting to know you. For more information on our regularly scheduled events and activities, check out our website http://cacheanglers.com and you can find us on Facebook.
Logan River Task Force: Cache Anglers have been very involved in the development of management strategies relating to the Logan River. In 2016 they participated in the Logan River Task Force that was created to protect and improve the Logan River. For more details, please visit: https://www.loganutah.org/Logan.
Cache Anglers have been very involved in restoration of valuable spawning tributaries to the Logan River. These tributaries include the Right-Hand Fork of the Logan, Temple Fork, and Spawn Creek. They have built fencing enclosures to keep livestock out of sensitive riparian areas. Cache Anglers have worked with DWR and Utah State University in conducting population studies on the Logan River and its tributaries. Also, they have helped collect milt and roe from cutthroats to raise them in the Logan Hatchery. Here they would escape the initial impacts of whirling disease and then be returned to the tributaries.
Cache Anglers have been instrumental in trying to return the once massive hatch of stoneflies in the Logan back to the hatches decades ago. They have done this by trapping stonefly nymphs in the Blacksmith Fork and releasing them into the Logan River. The demise of the salmon fly in the Logan River is a mystery, although some theorize that it may be due to environmental issues such as road salt along HWY-89, spraying foliage along the roads/river interface, and septic systems from summer homes along upper portions of the Logan River. All of these may have impacts on the return of these magnificent insects. Salmon flies can reach two inches in length. They are an important food source for Coldwater fish species like trout and salmon and their presence is an indicator of good water quality and stream health.
The volunteers gather at the mouth of the Blacksmith Fork Canyon. There they will collect the salmon flies using nets and screens and then transport them to the Logan River where they will be released. The insects were once abundant in the Logan River, but haven’t been found there since 1966. However, they are still very common in the Blacksmith Fork River – the Logan Rivers largest tributary stream. The Trout Unlimited volunteers have been working in conjunction with Utah State University to transport the insect back into the Logan River and then to track the success of its reintroduction. With the consent of the US Forest Service and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the project called for two relocations each year.