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Mousam River Dams

Things continue apace with the actions involving the three dams on the lower Mousam River. A New York based company named America First Hydro has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, stating their intention to apply for a license to generate hydropower at Kennebunk Light and Power District's three Lower Mousam River dams. As an initial step in this process, FERC will be holding a public "scoping" meeting in Kennebunk Town Hall Auditorium on Monday, December 11th at 6 p.m., and a site review of the dams on December 12th, 9:00 a.m. - meet in the parking lot next to the Kesslen Dam on Berry Court Road.

The intent is to allow all interested parties to express their concerns. This will assist FERC in determining the scope of what environmental studies they will require as the license application is evaluated over the next couple of years. KLPD decided earlier this year NOT to reapply for relicensing as it could not amortize the costs of relicensing and provide power at rates competitive with what it could get off the grid; it is planning to replace the generation capacity with a small solar facility. Since the economics have not changed: their economic value simply cannot offset the damage the dams do the environment and to recreational use of the river. Removal of the dams would improve the habitat for the trout and open miles of ledge and pool wadeable water for us to flyfish. The Mousam River Watershed is a public resource. Please attend on the 11th and support removal.

Additional information (CLICK): FERC's Scoping Document 1 (SD1); America First Hydro's Notice of Intent (NOI) and the Pre-application Document (PAD).

Royal River Dams

With a new operator looking to resume power generation at the Old Sparhawk Mill, and the fish passage the river was promised by the FERC Terms and Conditions 30 years ago still unfulfilled, this is a key time for the river and the RRA.

Sebago TU has filed with FERC to be an intervener in the process, and sent a letter to the Yarmouth Town Council stating that if the town undertakes action to generate power under a new operator or to repair the East Elm Street Dam without executable plans in place for fish passage, it will file a formal complaint with FERC and move to have the FERC Exemption revoked.

Event Calendar:

Chapter Meetings


November 21st, 2017 (7pm - 8:30pm)
Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough

Lou Zambello, author of Flyfisher's Guide to New England and Flyfishing Northern New England's Seasons and regular columnist for the Maine Sportsman, combines with his wife Lindsey Rustad, Research Ecologist for the U. S. Forest Service and an expert on global climate change, to bring a unique program to Sebago Chapter:

Western Cutthroat Fishing Presentation: Lindsey and Lou have fished for cutthroat from Yellowstone National Park to Montana's mountains and many of the cutthroat watersheds in Idaho. Fishing for cutthroat on the western continental divide should be on everyone's bucket list, and it doesn't have to be expensive. This presentation explores the essence of cutthroat fishing through photos and above and below water videos. It also reviews where to go and the types of water you can fish.

Maine Brook Trout trapped by Fall 2017 drought. Lindsey and Lou will review the conditions that resulted from last year's drought and show underwater video of pre-spawn trout trapped in small pools.

Women Fly Fishers

Maine Women Fly Fishers is an outreach activity of Sebago Chapter. We will post their scheduled events on this page. CLICK HERE for more information - contact Evelyn King to get involved.

November 2, 2017: Thursday 6:00 p.m. at Sea Dogs Brewery at 125 Western Ave., S. Portland
Nymphing Demystified!

An opportunity to talk about ways for setting up a nymph rig, and how to actually fish it! Join us for a fun evening, with food and beverages available for purchase.

December, 2017: Place and event to be determined

Gray Ghosts Fly-Tying Club

First Parish Church, Yarmouth

Old tiers, folks who want to learn, come join us with Maine guide and nationally recognized Master Fly Casting Instructor Rod McGarry. Tying gear available for those who need it. We meet November through March on most second and fourth Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30. Contact Rod if you have ideas or requests for specific patterns, techniques or tiers.

Here is our schedule of coming events:
November 14: Jeff Reardon - Trout Unlimited’s Brook Trout Project Director will show us how to tie "Two of The Top Three Terrestrial Flies That Trout Take".
November 28: no meeting due to Church Fair
December 12: Greg Ponte - Tying the Muddler Minnow & Report on International Fly Tying Symposium
December 26: no meeting- Holiday Vacation at Church
January 9: Sean McCormick - Master Maine Guide / Blue Heron Fly Fishing
January 23: Courtney Nickerson - Director / Fly Fishing in Maine
February 13: no meeting - Shrove Tuesday at Church
February 27: Dave Bowie - Mr Sebago TU / Super Streamers
March 13: Eight of your GG Colleagues - Show and Tell / Tying Tips and Techniques

CLICK HERE to view details about how we conduct our tying sessions.

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