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Mousam River Dams

Things are getting interesting with the actions involving the three dams on the lower Mousam River. Two different entities filed last-minute Notices of Intent to apply for relicensing of the hydro facilities that the three dams serve: America First Hydro, LLC and Save the Mousam: Keep the Kennebunk Dams, LLC. Kennebunk Light and Power District who owns the dams 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, we do not expect that the dams will be relicensed: 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 open miles of ledge and pool wadeable water for us to flyfish.

The chapter is working closely with the Mousam Kennebunk River Alliance. MKRA received a grant to help fund their outreach, engagement and legal efforts, but since they are not a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MKRA needed one to hold the grant funds for them. A special thanks to Chapter Treasurer Maura Halkiotis for stepping up and allowing Sebago Chapter to do that enabling MKRA to mount a defense against the filings. MKRA filed documents that challenge the validity of the NOIs which state that they were filed as place holders to beat the filing deadline. The MKRA filing points out that the NOIs must reflect actual plans to relicense the dams. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has asked those filing the NOIs for clarification. The chapter board voted to file with FERC to be an intervenor. This would allow us to be party to the legal process involved and more effectively aid MKRA. Stay tuned...

A trout tagging study is in progress on the Mousam. CLICK HERE and go to page 7 to see how you can help.

Royal River Dams

The chapter has been part of the Royal River Alliance, a group with the motto, “Healthy River, Healthy Community.“ Other participants include the Yarmouth First Congregational Church Earth Stewardship Committee, Maine Rivers, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Friends of Casco Bay, and the Royal River Conservation Trust. RRA asked the US Fish & Wildlife Service to exercise their oversight role for fish passage, and a report is expected out in October. With a new operator looking to resume power generation at the Old Sparhawk Mill, and the fish passage the river was promised 30 years ago still unfulfilled, this is a key time for the river and the RRA.

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
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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