Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 21, 1974 · Page 31
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 31

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Sunday, July 21, 1974
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··wiDiiiraM^^ Aubrey Shepherd Saturday Canoeing By The Flintside 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 service 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. tike 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, be-, cause 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 periods of high water this spring. But as the level falls, 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 3 J /2 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 ·i 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 load 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 waler 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 Fayetteville- Springdale-Rpgers 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- fiasy 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' ABA Works For Northwest Arlcaiwoi TIMES, Sun., July 21, 1974 rAYETTIVILLl, ARKANSAS SB 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 Association (ABA), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to p r o m o t i n g a n d protecting fishing in Arkansas for Arkansans. The group's lofty goals are ambitious to say the least but they can be .achieved if the slate fishermen gel behind the effort. The ABA's creed is "Help us, Ip you", a simple and direct ea. Billy Murray, h e a d of the Healthy Catfish Jay Taylor, new operator of "The Fork" bait shop n e a r War Eagle cove, displays his catch ol flafhead catfish weighing 18 anil 20 pounds. Taylor recently moved to this area from Missouri City, Mo. Pictured with him are his nephews; B a r t . Taylor . of Springdale (left) and M i k e Taylor of Burkburnett/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 times 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 dis- lances of your home port. Operate on as straight a predetermined course as possible. Buddy up on cruises wherever possible. Form boat pools and iish 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. Hints Given For Easing Camping Load "Many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy camping and boating at :he same time. They pack a ent, icebox, sleeping bags, a antern and food aboard their craft and spend weekends -even extended vacations -- at campsites along the shores of akes 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 Save considered trying boat camping, here are some suggestions to lighten the camping load, and make an outing more enjoyable. Depending upon the number of persons in your family, it is possible that two small tents will pack better than a single large one. Also , 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 foldirrg campstools. Several of these will take little room in a boat and they arid a great deal ol comfort to your camp out. 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- Measure and mix fuel and oi accurately. Be careful not t spill fuel, or oil while fillin, tanks. . . - . - . Once on, plane throttle bad as far as possible while remain ing on a steady plane. Onl operate a boat at maximur HPM 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 Ion. -.;.-; '.·: · ; · . _ : --. ....] .: Be able to launch the retriev your boat quickly and efficientl 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 plane with a reduced setting. Outboards are thermostat warm-up. There is no .need to long idle periods before contro led.for instant operation'. J ; Keep all' fuel;Mihes 'checkc for leaks; Leaking fuel lines n only waste fuel, but are vei dangerous also. When possible, drift fish wi the wind instead of trollin Use, when able, electric fishir - trolling motors for min maneuvering or slow trolling. Do not load your boat wi unnecessary gear. Balance a passengers and gear for t best possible trim-. Use fuel preservatives to sa' fuel for long periods of tim Use .strong, vapor-proof stora. containers. ,'hich threaten and stagnate the sport of fishing at every level." Murray continued, "Wo feel that the fishermen themselves are more aware of problems in this vein and arc 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 eolve any adverse situation which arises. KEY IS PARTICIPATION "Arkansas' vast network of fishable lakes, streams makes ganizalion, ought this interprets way, "We the ving. the individual an oppor- nity to play combating an active parl the problems and managemenl rivers for understaffed state 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 .he Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Corps of Engineers and U.S. Department of Interior The fisherman must have representation in these agencies in order to lookout for his best interest," Murray concluded. The threats to Arkansas fishing waters are many. Fishing, which at one lime 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-seekitrg 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 Floating A Scenic Montana River Makes Couple Want To Do It Again By STEVE MOOKE W H I T E . S U L P H U R PR1NGS, .Mont. (AP) -. here's at least one way to slfuclions in the art of fly cast- sitting down for a oat Montana's . scenic' Smith Iver twice. Take your, wife .the first time, he'll understand-then why you r aut to; go again. I did it, and now have carte 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, hill paying, shopping and 'hatever else a housewife does. It was" that and .more. The fqnr-day float down one f the region's premier iwatcr- vays ' began northwest of here n -jthe. rolling grassland cow :ountry-of· Central Montana be- ween the Big and Little Belt mountain, chains, skirting parts if.the,Lewis and, Clark and Hel:na national forests before ehcl- ng about '30 river miles'down- stream. The 110-mile road trip to the starting 'point : was highlighted y sightings of a golden eagle, rophy-sized antelope and coy- ites. Barely hours after eavin'g. "our .Helena guide eased :he two rubber-rafts into the vater; chilled arid high from .he spring runoff.. "We'll -stop a , couple hours downstream .for .lunch." said Richard 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 browns which soon began coming to.our hodgepodge of fly offerings despite the high-water Conditions. "This is something," saic Craig Petty. He had just hooked a .pan-sized rainbow after barely five minutes of in ng. Before .unch of fried chicken, hot noodle soup, bean salad and chins, tlie 10-year-old fisherman lad snagged a half dozen rain' ows. The river, starts as a mere trickle near the once-booming mining camp of Castle, not knowing really which iway to flow until it · turns north and heads , past the historic site of Fort Lupton. Over a 90-mile 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 abrasion and dotted by scores of swallow nests. The first camp was under some of the cliffs and just across from a waterfall gurgling from a mountainside so heavily forested yon could barely see whore a miner once scratched out an existence. There is little evidence of 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 than 25 feet from the tent. and streams in an e n d i e s i parade of ecological destruction. In areas of this type, some control must be exerted before the abuses take their toll "on Ihe Arkansas fisherman and this is where the ABA comet in. ' : While many problems face the Arkansas angler in varying degrees, one of the major threats is apathy, according to Murray. He said. "People in Arkansas take the ·goad 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- lities will be to let the public now what is happening in ·cry phase of Arkansas shing. Only by exposing; the ·oblems will we be able to ake an effort to correct lem," he said. Members of the ABA " are vailable to speak anywhere in ic state at anytime and they re equally prepared to listen any proposals or situations oncerning the fishermen in, Aransas. ; Murray indicated -that ; the BA's legal and technical epresentatives can be utilized situations where t h e need rises. The organization is currently mbarked on a membership rive, which will blanket the late. The fee for joining; the iBA 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 , a s d o a l l rganization' funds. The nucleus of the ABA is le bass fisherman. Murray xplained, "Bass fishermen orm a large portion of the Arkansas fishing populace but Striker Traded GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ken Reaves, who led 10 veteran At lanta 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 SIDING SPECIAL Largemouth Black Bass Two Rogers fishermen recently - landed largemouth black bass weighing m o r e than six pounrfs each n e a r Horseshoe Bcnri Marina. Everett Schoonover (left), dis- plays the six pound, K ounce liass lib caught with a Hcd- ion clmgger lure. Sieve Hand caught Ms six pound, two ounce fish with a plastic worm. M£D We will cover one complete tide of your home with United States Steel Vynasol Finish Super Steel (Vinyl fused to sfeel) Siding in 7 colors, installed by professionals over insulation foil. ABSOLUTELY FREE When we cover the other three sides ot regular price. This is »tie greatest siding sale in our 15 year history. 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College foyetteville, Ark. 72701 Phone 442-7377 Detachable Fillet Board Payctteville fisherman V o 1 Sharp demonstrates his melh- od of filleting hass on a de- (iichal)Ic board which he ant Jim Price recently patented. more importantly, they are the most organized group- But this rgahizalioh is for all fishermen. As any good biologist nows, the basis for a success- ul fishing program is balance and comparability of : all p e c i e s . Each individual member is impdrfant to the ABA." ' ' ' " The non-profit theme was ·stressed. Murray said, "No", one this organization receives any nioney for their par- icipation. The only : com- jensation derived is the fact .hat Arkansans will have an active voice, n. maintaining-and promoting the good fishing, which abounds in their state." 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 Erie was also good at one time." 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