Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Trout Power Weekend will be the second weekend in June 2012

It looks like the second week of June 2012 could be the weekend of the trout power tournament.  That weekend the Town of Russia also has a Chicken BBQ, so what better way to help support the community.

There is still much to do, and we have been getting some support from the locals, but could use some more.  Anyone that wants to be a part of this, please chime in.  

Friday, November 25, 2011

River Hills joins Trout Power as our newest sponsor

Today we ran into Bill and Robin from River Hills Properties while eating breakfast at Sweet Basil's in Barneveld.  We hit two birds with one stone, because while chatting with Robin and Bill, we also chatted with the owners of the Restaurant and both were excited about Trout Power and wanted to be involved.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Trout Power Fly Fishing Tournament to be held June 2012 on West Canada Creek, NY

Thanks to  great response from the Trout Power Campaign so far, we have decided to have a fishing Tournament on the West Canada Creek in June of 2012. 

The Trout Power Tournament will be only outside the Trophy Section and will be open to any type of fishing technique as long as it is single hook artificial and NO BAIT.  The Tournament will also be strictly Catch and Release. 

We will need lots of volunteers to Police the river during the tournament.  If you are interested in sponsoring or helping out, please email me at jpross@jprossflyrods.com

The Tournament will be two days and will have a cash prize of $1000.00 for biggest fish or most fish is still not decided.  During the Tournament there will be lots of fun things to do with the community and after we will have an old fashioned hootenanny.

The Purpose of the tournament is to bring awareness to the river, the area and the business that surround the river.  It is clearly documented the the Trophy Section up river has been a great success, but we want to focus on the sections of the river around the towns, such as Russia, Poland, Newport and Middleville.

Sign up will start January 1st, and currently there is no plan to limit the number of anglers or assign particular sections or beats.  

Please stay tuned on this web site and on www.jprossflyrods.com for more details. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

the greatest boat lift of all time..

on 9/11 I was owner of Rising Trout Outfitter fly shop.  I remember sitting in my office that day and watching the news on the PC.  Shortly after the crisis started, people started to come to the fly shop.  Everyone was friends.  If you have a local fly shop, and you like going there, you know what I mean.  You are a friend....   That day I remember going through more coffee than we ever did in a week and we ordered many pizzas.  People just came...  The fly shop was a place of non-reality.  It was a place where people were comfortable. 
About a month after that a proud but startled man walked into my shop.  His name was Rob, and unfortunately I have lost touch with him.  He was a fireman in NY.  He walked in and was greeted by Montana, my Black Lab.   "Howwww ya dooinn" he said to her, with his thick NY accent...   "What the _ _ _ _ is your story, bud"  I asked him. 

Later that night, Steve and I took Rob to Cavallos after fishing the West Canada Creek.  We had a great time and he came up time after time.  One day he actually brought us a piece of the tower.  I still have it, although I have heard it is illegal to own. 

None the less, one day we were tallking to Rob on the bank of the river, because the fishing was slow.  "you seem better" I told him.  Although Rob never told us that he had issues with that day and event, we knew he had a heavy heart. 

"The West Canada Creek saved me", he told us.  "You guys taking me under your wing and sharing this river with me has saved me." 

I miss Rob, and spoke to him last, probably about 5 years ago.  I have tried to call him, but his cell does not work anymore. 

It was the power of the river that helped Rob and many others I have met over the 15 Years in this business. 
Here is a movie about the Boating Captains that saved over 500,000 people on 9-11 by boat.  It has touched me, and I hope it touches you.  Make sure you get to 6 minutes.  I think I started to cry at that point.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New update and trying to decide on logos for Trout Power

Trout Power Update


The last couple weeks have been great weeks for Trout Power.  As many of you know, I met with Congressman Hanna about Trout Power and its desire to bring more people to the communities in Russia, Poland, Newport and Middleville.  I also spoke with the Governors office and received great support.  I have dropped a line to the Oneida County Tourism Office, but have not heard back.  I hope to catch up with them today.

Grass Roots efforts included hitting the road and speaking to a few local shops.  One is a co-op shop in Newport.  It is the site of the old West Side Saloon.  www.newportmarketplace.org.  They and the West Canada Sport Shop were happy to hear about the idea of a tournament and also enlightened me that there was a meeting in Norway recently discussing the rebuilding of the Grays Reservoir.  

I also recently posted some articles that Mike Shaffer sent over.  These were written in 2004 and 2005.  

After posting these on facebook, I received a message from Morgan Lyle himself.  Perhaps a new updated article, talking about Trout Power is coming soon.

An anonymous supporter is also working on an article explaining the water system and where the water goes from Hinkley Dam to the Mohawk River.

Next Steps for Trout Power will probably involve me, with Matt Cucci setting up a grass roots town meeting to begin planning for the event in the spring.  Matt had some great ideas, like a Trout Power 5k run and also a Mountain Bike Race.  

I also spoke with Jay-K Lumber and they too are behind the event and want to support. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported this so far.  I understand that people are still talking that this is solely a JP Ross Fly Rod Company event, and that is why I decided to start this web page instead of promoting on the JP Ross Web site.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Recent Trout Power Comments

  1. Murph:

    Sounds like a way to promote JP Ross?
  2. Jordan Ross:

    Hi Murph. In a way, I guess trout power will promote JP Ross. But I believe it is a way for me to take some of my profit and give it back to the community. Patagonia does it with 1% for the planet. Why can’t I do it with Trout Power. It certainly is going to take time and money to get this project rolling, and JP Ross Fly Rods is willing to help. I hope this is a fair reply to your comment.
  3. Ron Kenyon:

    This is a great idea – it takes people who are truly commited to start something like this.
    Our natural resources are becoming fewer and fewer as time goes by.
    Hang in there – you have a great cause.
    Ron Kenyon

  4. Mike Shafer:

    I agree that the West Canada could be a world class trout river but from my perspective the number 1 issue preventing that is the pulsed flows that have gotten much worse in the last two years. Ten years ago Morgan Lyle wrote a number of articles regarding Brascan when they were pulsing the river from 400-800 cfs. I recently talked to Morgan and told him we didn’t know how lucky we were to have those flows at the time. Brookfield’s practice of pulsing 500 cfs all night and 1500 cfs all day has all but eliminated decent fishing conditions on the river. Until and unless we can resolve that issue to more fishable flows, everything else is a mute point. I have written several letters to the different power companies over the years, but it will take far more than my lone pleadings. I think you are on the right track by making contact with as many stakeholders as possible. I have the name of the contact person at Brookfield whom I have written to if it will help you.

  5. Jordan Ross:

    Thanks Everyone for you response to Trout Power, especially Mike and Ron.
    I do not yet understand the dynamics of why the water is pulsed the way it is, but I presume it is for on-demand power. On-Demand (I assume), can be sold at a higher price. Again… I need to learn more about this.
    Trout Power is the premise that we will get the town and the people behind the Resource that is the River. Eventually our political figures will help us persuade Brookfield to manage flows so that we can bring people to the river to fish.
    I completely agree that the pulsing is the issue. And I mention in the Trout Power Document that consistent flows and predictable flows is a necessity. Thankfully the flows are not killing fish, just making it hard to catch them.
    Please email me your contacts at Brookfield.
    Thanks… Jordan Ross
  6. gary goodwin:

    Great idea to call attention to the West Canada and its potential as a fishery and economic resource.
    I have fished the Creek for over 25 years, and the current flow levels are the worst ever. I would like to contact Brookfield Energy and try to get some accommodation to fishermens’ needs.
    The name and address of the contact person would be much appreciated.

    How can i help with Trout Power?
  7. Mike Shafer:
    I am mailing Jordan copies of a couple of articles written by Morgan Lyle of the Gazette back in 2004/2005. At that time Morgan discovered that it was actually the NYS Power Authority who determines the flows in the river. A STATE AGENCY came up with the pulsing flows. I wrote to then Gov. Pataki, Assemblyman Marc Butler and Senator Hugh Farley with no success. It will take a coordinated effort by a lot of people to try and bring change. Mike

    Thanks Mike.  I will be starting a new web site www.troutpower.com and www.troutpower.org. 

    I will post these and other information on that site. 

    Thank you for your interest in this movement.

  8. kim ernst:
    Jordan any fisherman with any love of the river should get behind this,if only in the hope that it will turn some heads,no one , or any company should have the power to do to a trout stream what this company does,285 cfs-1500cfs that’s a mini flood every 12 hours,you’ve a great idea,what can i do? Kim
  9. Jordan Ross:

    There have been a lot of comments on how to get behind Trout Power and start to get things going to promote the River. The biggest issue that has come up from this movement seems to be the pulsing of the water issue. I do not know if Brookfield Power does this on purpose or is mandated to do so. But I am going to find out. In the mean time, here is the contact info for the General Manager for Brookfield Power. If you have caught the power, one thing you can do is email David and ask why the River Pulses like it does. Share that information with me so I can post on the website. I expect I will have the Trout Power web site up and running in about a week.
    David H. Preble
    General Manager
    National System Control Center
    US Operations

    Brookfield Renewable Power Inc.
    200 Donald Lynch Blvd., Suite 300
    Marlborough, Ma. 01752

  10. Angela @ blue i marketing:

    To date, while hearty in effort and passion, fly fishermen alone have not had enough power to affect a positive impact in flows on the West Canada.
    There’s a longstanding consensus the flows are unpredictable, dangerous, and negatively impacting on multiple levels.
    All parties, including Brookfield, must WIN here or there will be failure altogether.
    The brotherhood calls for a spirit of collaboration; a spirit of looking forward, in the spirit of solid solutions that work for everyone.
    To affect change, you must come to the party with these principles in mind.
    The water has a story.
    The fish have a story.
    The people who want their children and their children’s children to hold their heads high in pride for the Town they call “Home” ... have a story.

    Can you see this goes beyond the scope of the flows? Talking flows, while understandable, won’t affect change. We have to band together as well as stand alone – with a singular purpose:
    Make everyone, in their own way, more emPOWERed = NEW Thinking and NEW Doing.
  11. john hildenbrandt:
    jp is a very good friend and agreat supporter of blueheron and yes i we greatly appreciate his drive and stamena for protecting trout waters. so jordon all the power for setting up trout power. let me know how i can help support with this progect. kudows to jp for a job well done. best regards john.

What is Trout Power all About?

I recently have come up with a concept to help bring awareness to the West Canada.  I know that many local fisherman are going to hate me for promoting the West canada Creek, but the truth is; if no one knows about the creek, no one will support and fight for the creek.  Below is the meaning of Trout Power.  Let me know via email, if you can help with this movement and if you support the movement.  
Talk about it on facebook....  Link to it, support it.  

Trout Power:  growing commerce, community spirit, and industry around the conservation of trout.
Did you know that Trout have the power to…..

·         Bring thousands and even millions of dollars to businesses around the West Canada Creek!
·         Be a metric to determine if the quality of the West Canada Creek water is clean!
·         Monitor flows in the creek to manage hydro power!
·         Bring communities and town together to work for a common goal!
·         Bring jobs and promote commerce to our West Canada Valley Communities!
·         Bring Industry and manufacturing to our West Canada Valley!
·         Attract people from all over the world to fish for them!

Well they can, they will, and they do!  

Trout Power is a movement that I created.  I am JP Ross and I am a business owner and conservationist, and I am passionate about preserving the West Canada Creek and it’s Brown Trout that live in it.  In fact, I am so passionate about it, that I believe one day this creek will be world famous and will attract people from all over the world, and be a source of green power.
Although the Trout do have the power to do all the things mentioned above, it is the water that is the Hero. 
1.       If there is water in the creek, then fish can live in the creek
2.       If there is current in the creek, than trout can live in the creek
3.       If there are trout in the creek, the creek is clean
4.       If there is current in the creek, than there is a source for hydro power
5.       If there are consistent flows in the creek, than insects can thrive in the creek
6.       If insects thrive, there are great hatches
7.       If there are great hatches in the creek, than people will come to fish
8.       If people come to the creek, they will love the creek
9.       If they love the creek, they will tell their friends and they will come back
10.   If they tell their friends and come back, more people will come to the creek
11.   If more people come to the creek, than local businesses will grow
12.   And if we conserve the trout, the trout will replace themselves and we will not have to stock
It all revolves around conservation of the water and using trout as the metric for success.  It’s easy for everyone to love trout.  Trout are associated with clean water, and who does not love clean water. 
If the trout live, we are doing well.  If the numbers of trout grow, we are doing great.  If the trout die, we are doing badly.  It’s a pretty simple concept.

So what does success look like for the Trout Power Movement?  I have broken down a list of goals we can accomplish.

·         Education. We need to all get behind this program.  That has already started with me talking to groups like the River Keepers and the Fly Fishers Anglers Association.  I also have talked to Congressman Hanna and I look forward to talking to the mayors of Newport, Middleville and Poland.  We all need to work together and we all need to understand what we are fighting for.

·         The Asphalt Plant.  The Trout Power plan suggests that as long as you don’t kill the trout, or hurt the trout, you are doing well.  So this plan is not an Anti-Commerce Plan.  It simply says, if any industry comes to the area and it hurts the trout, it is bad.

·         Commerce.  The first step for commerce is to get the flows in the creek to stabilize and be predictable.  Brookfield Power is doing a great service by providing hydro power, but is doing a bad service by not allowing us to predict the flows in a timely manner to allow people to travel to the creek to fish on the weekend.  We need to have flows that are consistent and predictable.   The second step to promote commerce is to attract people to the area, to Catch The Power.   We need to have a tournament or a get together that will bring people to our towns and villages, and spend some time and spend some money and stay awhile and Catch the power of the creek, the trout, the scenery and the people.  

·         Promote.  Do people drive through Poland, Middleville and Newport like they drive through Manchester Vermont? Do they slow down looking for a bakery, a flower shop, craft store, or an old fashioned hardware store that is famous?  They don’t, but they don’t know they should or can.  People don’t want to drive on Rte 28 to go to Starbucks!  They want to stop at the West Canada Creek Bakery, or Sweetie Pies.  And then we want them to rent a kayak, and then we want them to realize that the day has slipped away and they better stay at a bed and breakfast, and go out to dinner at a local restaurant.  And then at breakfast they will hear about the Mum Festival happening today and they will stay an extra day, and come back next year to do it again.  Promotion starts with something to promote…  we have to work with the communities and the chambers of commerce to determine what our strengths and weaknesses are and improve our weaknesses and promote and grow our strengths.  Right now, the only one we have is the Trout…  but that’s a start.  

I don’t have all the answers, but I know that together with a common theme and a common goal we will do better than if we work alone.  I want to see more of this creek preserved, and I can’t do that unless we put the Creek on the map.  No one wants to protect a Creek they know nothing about.  

I have Caught the Power and I want to Spread and Grow the Power…  how about you?