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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 17

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·niiininiiH Aubrey Shepherd Saturday Canoeing By The Flintside ;flll!l!l!ll!!J!!lli!;i!llllllllllllll!!!l!tll!;[|l!l!|||||ll!l!!||jlU On about any summer Saturday afternoon, 62 Canoes are rented out by Flintside Park; located "where flint Creek meets the beautiful Illinois River." If the name seems unfamiliar to old hands on the Illinois, it is because the camp and its associated canoe set vice formerly were known as Riverside. The spot is only 70 miles east of Tulsa and closer than that to the increasingly urban Northwest Arkansas area, making it easily accessible to thousands of weekend outdoors lovers. Like several other resorts on the Illinois, Flintside: provides a wide variety of services besides the shuttling of canoes. Well-equipped camp grounds include restroom and shower facilities, electricity and water and sewer hookups, picnic tables and charcoal grills. A playground for small children and horseshoe pitching facilities help entertain those who require artificial activities. Swimming in Flint Creek is delightful, because of that stream's clarity and purity. This year the Illinois is not as clear as usual, probably because of the undercutting of banks and other changes which occurred in the' river's channel during the unusually long Eeriods of high water this spring. But as the level alls, the river itself is clearing. The prices for floating the river are pretty much standard up and down the Illinois. A float of 6.5 miles for two people using one of Flintside's canoes and being shuttled to the put-in spot, costs about $9.00. Such a float may be completed in maybe 3V hours. Serious fishermen may extend it to an all-day trip. A 21-mile float costs about $18.00 and may last all day or longer, depending on the water level and the paddlers involved. Overnight use of canoes costs more, as does the addition of an extra person to the boat. If a trip is planned anyway and if there is trailer space, canoes may be transported for private owners at a reduced rate. Hauling equipment is modern and appears to be safe. Flintside is to some extent a family- style operation,- with Mr. and Mrs. Ewing Chandler serving as resident managers, assisted on busy weekends by their son-in-law Joe Welling, numerous grandchildren and Bill Morris, Tulsa Finance Commissioner and co-proprietor (with Joe Welling). Family Operation With the proprietors and managers and family members doing most of the work, this sort of establishment can be depended upon for good service. Big, sturdy canoes are provided, and repairs are done as needed. Life jackets and paddles are relatively new and of modern design. But so much for the equipment; the river's the main thing. The river itself is more threatened than ever before, and it is just dingy enough this summer to let it be known that things are not quite right. No one pollution source can be pin-pointed at the moment. The river is being polluted by various sources. Some towns in Northwest Arkansas must accept part of the blame. Some farmers and cattlemen should share it. Housing developers and road and bridge builders can't escape their share. Quite simply, despite the fact that thousands of people are proving the river's worth by visiting it weekly and reveling in its beauty, very few - are joining .the fight to save it. Unfortunately, it takes only a few irresponsible planners to destroy such a resource. Two proposed projects in the Illinois River basin are presently under attack by citizens groups in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The huge development -called Flint Ridge is attracting notice for its alleged potential for polluting the Illinois River and Flint Creek both by possible sewage leakage and more obviously by increasing the silt : ioad of ; the'normally clear streams through the .clearing.'.of land for development. Old river observers know 'that every stick of wood and every blade of grass removed from the land results in some body of water being just a little bit less clear. Arkansas' contribution to the potential demise of the Illinois River as a truly scenic river is the proposed regional sewage treatment plant for the Fayelteville- Springdale-Rogers area. If secondarily-treated wastes are dumped into the river (rather than being used for agricultural irrigation and fertilization as some suggest) there is little doubt that the Illinois will lose its reputation as a river worthy of a long trip for a few hours of floating and fishing. The River's Spell One of the factors at work in the easy destruction of natural resources presently taking place in America is that the people who understand how to enjoy such things as a beautiful, easy-flowing river running through pastoral scenery are not the sort of people who exercise much political or economic power. Once captivated by the river's spell a person is not likely to forget what real peace and beauty are; and he is not quite as likely to forget his own place in the natural order of creation. Those who would destroy in the name of progress or for profit, in contrast, are traditionally too caught up in the world's business to worry about the earth's health. They too easily let themselves forget or maybe never take time to learn that they are only stewards of the earth, not'its masters, and that their all-too- ea.sy changing of the earth's green robes for a streaker suit of bare dirt and concrete can only make future stewards wonder at their stupidity. Maybe as the number of those enjoying the river increases, more will take time out from enjoying its beauties and speak out to help save it for future generations. Creed Is 'Help Us Help You' Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., July 21, 1974 · SB FAYITTIVILI.1, ARKAMt** ' ' . ABA Works For HOT SPRINGS -- Arkansas fishermen have finally found an organization, which was created for their best, interest in the form of the Arkansas Bass Association. The Arkansas Bass ciation (ABA), organization, is ASSQ. non-profit dedicated to p r o m o t i n g a n d protecting fishing in Arkansas lor Arkansans. The group's lofty goals are ambitious to say the least but they can be .achieved it the state fishermen get behind the effort. · The ADA'S creed is "Help us, Ip you", a simple and direct Billy Murray, h e a d of the ganlzalion, interprets the ought this way, "We ving. the individual an oppor- Healthy Catfish Jay Taylor, new operator of "The Fork" halt shop n e a r War Eagle cove, displays his catch of flathead catfish weighing 18 and 20 pounds. Taylor recently moved to (his area from Missouri City, Mo. Pictured with him are his nephews, Bart Taylor. of Springdale (left) a n d M i k e Taylor of BurkburncH,'Tex. Tips Offered For Pleasure Boaters Pleasure boating accounts for less than one-half of the one per cent of the gasoline used by Americans today; However, during this summer of reduced and expensive fuel, all conservation is important. Listed below are a number' Of hints aimed at helping the recreational boatman save fuel. It is hoped they will prove of interest to you. ' . · Before trailering a boat check tire pressures on car and trailer. Reduce speed when pulling a trailer. Check the owner's manual; for proper maintenance, at various limes throughout the boating season. Keep the engine properly tuned. Check spark plugs, points, timing, idle and cholke adjustments, filters and belts often. - -. · , Temporarily at least, plan cruises . within . . shorter distances of your home port. Operate on as straight a predetermined course as possible. Buddy up on cruises wherever possible. Form boat pools and fish or ski with two or more people at a time. The engine should match the boat when it is properly loaded. It should have enough power to plane the boat easily at a reduced throttle setting. Measure and mix fuel and oi accurately. Be careful not t spill fuel. or oil while fillin. tanks. -. . . Once on, plane throttle bac! as far as possible while remain ing on a..steady plane. Onl operate a boat at maximui RPM in emergencies. A propeller of proper pile can greatly increase engine per formance. An outboard should be situa ted as high on the transom a possible without causing cavita iion. .-,·'. '·_·.- -. ^:.- ,· ::.;:· Be able to launch the retriev your boat quickly and efficient] at boat ramps. Set oyur outboard or lowe. unit at the most efficient ti angle for trolling or cruising Experiment to find the bes angle. Check the trim-tab alignmen on large outboards. Avoid boating when weathe does not permit cruising on th reduced setting. are - thermostat Hints Given For Easing Camping Load Many .outdoor enthusiasts enjoy camping and boating at the same time. They pack a tent, icebox, sleeping bags, a lantern and food aboard their craft and spend weekends --even extended vacations -- at campsites along the shores of lakes and streams. Since space, aboard most family boats is limited, i t . i s necessary to carefully plan the type and amount of gear that goes along. To aid those who have considered trying boat camping, here are some suggestions to lighten the camping load, and make an outing more enjoyable. Depending upon t h e number of persons in your family, it is possible that two small tents will pack better than a single large one. Also i consider the space- and weight-saving nylon tents that backpackers use; some take no more room than a loaf of bread. Food should be repacked in containers that hold the amount you intend to use and no more. Small jars of sugar, coffee, salt and other staple goods usually last for several days. Be sure to pack some folding campstools. Several of these will f a k e little room in a boat and they add a great deal of comfort to your camp oull Some even have folding backs. If you cook over a wood fire, pack a small wire grill wrapped in a couple of heavy p a p e r sacks. The sacks will protect other gear from grease and soot when you put the grill back aboard your boat. Also rub the bottoms and sides of cooking pots with a bar of hand soap. The soap keeps the pot from blackening, and the soot wipes off easily when washed- plane with a Outboards warm-up. There is no need fo long idle periods before contro led for ins tant operation'. ·; K eep all ' fuel M ih'es : . ' c he eke for leaks. Leaking .fuel lines n only waste fuel, but are ver dangerous also. When possible, drift fish the wind instead of trpllin Use, when able, electric fishin - trolling motors for mini maneuvering or slow trolling. Do not load your boat wi unnecessary gear. Balance i passengers and gear for tl best possible trim 1 . Use fuel preservatives to sai fuel for long periods of.. tim Use istrong, vapor-proof stqra. containers. hich threaten and stagnate the sport of fishjng at every level." Murray continued, "We feel that the fishermen themselves arc more aware of problems in this vein and are concerned enough to do something about them. Only by organizing at the state-wide level can we accomplish anything. "Through the ABA, members can work as field representatives in conjunction with various state and federal agencies in helping to expose and solve any adverse situation which arises. KEY IS PARTICIPATION "Arkansas' vast network of . riity to play combating an active part the . problems fishable streams lakes, makes rivers and managemenl for understaffed slate and .federal. agencies a near im possible task, so the importance of .the .participation by concerned fishermen is the key tto the success of the ABA.. "In working together, we can better understand the workings . and concepts of such bodies as tion. he Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Corps of Engineers and U.S. Department the of Interior- The fisherman must the lave representation in these agencies in order lo lookout for his best interest," Murray concluded. The threats to Arkansas fishing waters are many. Fishing, which at one time was considered one of the more relaxing sports, has turned into a hectic race for the sportsman's dollar and the angler is the victim. Profit-seeking interest, both outside and within the state, use Arkansas waters and resources with no thought of compensating for these uses. Many industrial and business enterprises have been allowed to pollute the slate' lakes, rivers and streams in an e n d l e s s parade of ecological destruc- In areas of this type, s'ome control must be exerted before abuses take their toll on Arkansas fisherman Floating A Scenic Montana River Makes Couple Want To Do It Again By STEVE MOORE W H I T E . S U L P H U R PRINGS, here's at Mont. (AP) least one way to . scenic' Smith oat Montana's iver twice. Take your, wife .the first time. ie'11 understand then why you ant to; go again. I did it, and now have carle lanche --approval for another rip next summer. But my wife ·ants to go again, too. I billed the trip as a respite rom the household chores and chance to get away from chil- ren. bill paying, shopping and ihatever else a housewife does. It was that and .more. The fpur-day float down one f the region's premier water- vays- began northwest of here n the, rolling grassland cow ountry- of- Central -Montana bc- ween the Big and Little Belt mountain, chains, skirting parts the,-Lewis and.Clark .and Helena national forest's .before ehd- hg about'30 river miles'down- stream. The 110-mile road trip to the starting ' ; point iwas highlighted jy sightings of a golden eagle, trophy-sized antelope and coy otes. Barely -three hours after 6avin'g', 'our Helena, guide eased the two rubbe'r -rafts into the wateri chilled arid high from the spring runoff.. "We'll -stop a . couple hours downstream'.for .lunch," said ilichard Fryhover, who chaperoned the trip and cooked for the seven floaters. .' The 10-man raft I was clums- ly trying to steer finally went its own way, somewhere behind the 14-man boat Fryhover skill- 'ully- pushed downstream. .The Smith is wild trout wa- er, replete with . rainbow and Drowns which soon hogan coming to.our:hodgqpodgc of fly offerings despite 'the high-water conditions.' " , . "This is something," said Craig Petty. He had just hooked a pan-sized rainbow after barely five minutes of in- structions in the art of fly casting. Before sitting ; down for a lunch of fried chicken, hot noodle soup, bean salad and chips, the 19-year-old fisherman had snagged a half dozen rainbows. The river -starts as a mere trickle near the once-booming mining camp of Castle, not knowing really which .way to abrasion and dotted by scores ·flow until .turns north and heads past the historic site of Fort Lupton. Over a 90-rhile trip to its confluence with the Missouri River southwest of Great Falls, the Smith 'winds its. way through limestone cliffs rising 200 feet above the water, marked 'by wind and water of swallow nesls. The first camp was under some of the cliffs and just across from a waterfall gurgling from a mountainside so forested you coulc barely see where a miner once scratched out an existence. There is little evidence ol mankind along much of the Smith. .Wildlife abounds. Floa ters spotted deer, otter, beaver a porcupine, eagles, falcons and hawks along the way. Most of the actual floating was done between 10 a.m. am 5 p.m. The nights were leisure ly; the-mornings even 'more so Fishing was never more thai 25 feet from the tent. this is where the ABA comes in. . . . , '·' While many problems lace the Arkansas angler in varying degrees, one -of the major threats is apathy, according to Murray. He said, "People in Arkansas take the good fishing here for granted. They don't seem to be aware of the very real dangers to the sport.-; we are confronted with. This is where the ABA can again help. LET PUBLIC KNOW "One of our basic responsi- litics will be to let the public low what is happening in ·cry phase of Arkansas shing. Only by exposing; the roblcms will we be able to akc an' effort to correct em," he said. " Members of the ABA " are vailable lo speak anywhere in e state at anytime and they re equally prepared to listen any proposals or situations oncoming the fishermen ire Aransas. ", Murray indicated that - tha BA's legal and technical eprcsentatives can be utilized situations where t h e heed rises. ' ; The organization is currently mbarked on a membership rive, which will blanket the tale. The fee for joining' the BA is $5 per 'person, the roceeds of which go to various spects of Arkansas fish m a n a g e m e n t , as do all rganization funds. '. The nucleus of the ABA is he bass fisherman. Murray xplained, "Bass fishermen orm a large portion of the Aransas fishing populace but more importantly, they are the most organized group- .But this irganizatioh is 'for all. fishermen. As any good biologist nows. the basis for a success- ul fishing program is balance and compatability of ; all p e c i e s . Each' 'individual member is important to tht ABA." /"···' · " The non-profit · theme was stressed. Murray said, "No on» this organization receivei any money for their participation. The only compensation derived is the fact Arkansans will have an active voice n. maintaining_and promoting the good fishing, which abounds in their stale." He concluded, "Fishing in Arkansas at present is second to none in the U.S. and by uniting we can keep it that way. But we have to act now. Remember, the fishing in Lake Eri« was also good at one time.*' Detachable Fillet Board Fayctteville fisherman V n 1 Sharp demonstrates his mefli- od of filleting bast; an a de- tachable hoard which he ant Jim Price recently patented. TRI-LAKES ANTENNA Sales and Service New Uttd AnttnnM . Catar · Btock WMU B«o«terc · T«w«rs Frw Eiilmatt* " 751-7927 ·- Bl-MK ' ItL-tta Striker Traded GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ken Reaves, who led 10 veteran Atlanta Falcons players in setting up ; "a-picket line at the club's training camp, was traded in a four-player deal with the New Orleans Saints Largemouth Black Bass Two Rogers fishermen recently landed largemonth black has* weighing m o r e than six pounds each n e a r Horseshoe Bend Marina. Everett Schoonover (tell) dis- plays (he six pound, 12 ounce Mass he caught with a Ilcd- don chuggcr lure, Steve Hand caught his six pound, two ounce fish with a plastic worm. V AB VAUGHW BATTERY CO. 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