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 Welcome to the Bellevue/Issaquah Chapter 109 of Trout Unlimited

Monthly Meeting
- Chapter monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, beginning at 7:00 pm.

In place of our normal meeting in February, we will be sponsoring a showing of the latest Fly Fishing Film tour movie at the North Bend Theater on the 11 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets for the movie can be purchased on-line at Ticket River  or can be purchased at Creekside Angling, Orvis, or Ace Hardware in North Bend.

Besides a great  set of movies, there will be good brew and raffles of a fishing trip and other valuable items.

 

The meeting will be held at the 
Northbend Theater
125 Bendigo Blvd N.
North Bend, WA


Wild Steelhead Initiative -On November 20, 2014 Trout Unlimited launched its "Wild Steelhead Initiative."  This is an effort to protect and restore wild steelhead that used to be abundant in streams in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Alaska.  Now, 70% of the wild steelhead populations in these state require federal protection.  We must act now if we are to preserve remnants of the original runs in streams in our area.  To see what Trout Unlimited is doing and see how you can get involved, go to this web site - http://www.wildsteelheaders.org/.


Trout Unlimited Online Radio - The next edition of TU radio will be on Wednesday, January 7th at 8 PM.  Featured guest will be John McMillan, head scientist of TU's new Wild Steelhead Initiative.  John will be discussing the importance of Wild Steelhead and TU's role in restoring our state fish.  This is a live internet radio program with callers encouraged to call-in with their questions and comments.  Program hosts are Rabekah Jensen and Mark Taylor. During a program,you can call in to(347) 308-8464 with questions or comments. 

To listen to the current or past broadcasts, click here.


Chapter Logo Merchandise for Sale  -  As a fund raiser, the chapter is selling some chapter logoed merchandise.  We have the following items:

  • T-shirts - $20 each
  • Stainless steel travel mug - $20 each
  • Ceramic coffee cup - $10
  • Mouse pad - $10 each
These items can be purchased at the chapter meetings or by contacting Robert Metzger.  Pictures of these items are shown below. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

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Run with the Kokanee  -  The 3rd annual Run with the Kokanee was a great success with over 200 runners registered!  With the help of our sponsors, we raised a significant amount of money to help continue our efforts to restore kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  Thanks to all who helped!


Fishing Outings  - Stay tuned for more information about the next outing.

We will be holding a fishout with Project Healing Waters at Langlois Lake on Saturday, April 18.  This is one week before the opening of the general season, so we will have a permit that allows us to fish.  This is an opportunity for wounded and disabled veterans to fly fish. 


Board Meetings - The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday,  January 28 at 7:00 pm.   Location will be the Issaquah Brew House in Issaquah.  All chapter members are welcome.  


Facebook - Check out Facebook to see pictures of the Fun Run, chapter activities and fish outs   facebook 

Our chapter supports the Trout Unlimited Teens program. Check out the program's Facebook page   TU Teens 


Calendar - To see a calendar that shows our meeting schedules and activities for 2015, click here.


- We can always use donations to help us with our projects.  You can donate to our chapter simply by  clicking here.  Members who work for companies like Microsoft and Boeing can use their gift matching programs to increase donation amounts to our chapter.


Our chapter is committed to saving/restoring Kokanee Salmon in Lake Sammamish.   Click here to follow our actvities and learn how to get involved. 

The mission of Trout Unlimited is "To conserve, protect and restore America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds" with the vision of "ensuring that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters."

Help us save our Lake Sammamish Kokanee!

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Updated -  January 19, 2015
About Us
This is the Bellevue/Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
 
For a list of 2015 officers and to read meeting minutes, 
go here ...

At the end of the year, we present awards to chapter members and others.  To see award recipients,  go here

Chapter membership total - 642

To see a calendar of chapter  activities  go here ...

Donate
Make a donation to Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Click here to donate.

News
The Water Resources department of the Dept of Ecology has produced a video on "Instream Flow Rules."  To view the video, 
click here

WDFW has submitted to the National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) a Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan (HGMP) for Green River winter-late run endemic (or wild) steelhead.  To read this plan,  click here

The City of Issaquah is working with the Puget SoundCorps to remove invasive plants along Issaquah and Tibbets Creeks. For more information,
click here

The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River may be designated as a "Wild and Scenic" river.  For more information, 
click here

WDFW is working with a student to study how oil spills could travel in the Salish Sea.  Part of the study involves using "drift cards."    For more information, click here

Under tough conditions, biologists are tracking salmon and steelhead returning in the Elwha River.  For more detail, click here

WDFW and Wild Fish Conservancy reach agreement on "early winter" hatchery steelhead releases.  For more information,  click here ...

WDFW designates three tributaries of Columbia River as wild steelhead gene banks.  For more details,  click here ...

Lawsuits could lead to changes in fish hatchery operations in Washington and Oregon.  For more information, click here...


Since removal of two dams on the Rogue River in Oregon, Chinook salmon are moving further upstream, click here...

The Elwha River is seeing its largest return of chinook salmon in decades! For more details, click here...

Chinook salmon are returning in significant numbers to previously inaccessible portions of the Elwha River!  For more details, click here...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed Lake Sammamish in its new Urban Partnership Program.  For more information,  click here...

Learn about the proposed "run of river" hydro project for the North Fork of the Snoqualmie river click here...


Read Andy Batcho's article about  "mystery" chemicals killing coho salmon click here...

Read Dallas Cross' last fishing article as he moves to Boise, Id.  To read,  click here...

Washington Recreation & Conservation Office releases State of the Salmon in Watersheds Report  . To view,  click here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on sturgeon fishing opportunities Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on how fly tying is healing veterans. Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on waste water treatment issues. Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on fishing for Cutthroat trout in saltwater Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' latest article about fishing access rights and Washington stream access laws Read here...

Kokanee Project
To view a video of the 5th annual kokanee fry release ceremony,  click here...

Take a look at the Kokanee Recovery Strategic Timeline.  To view,  click here...

Read Dallas Cross' article explaining where the Kokanee have gone Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article describing the long term fix needed for Kokanee in Lake Sammamish  Read here...

Here's some pictures of the culvert replacement project on Ebright Creek Click here...

Here's a USFWS video about the Kokanee fry release.   click here...

Here's a USFWS video about the Kokanee supplmentation project.  click here...

Here's some USFWS pictures and information on Lake Sammamish kokanee.   Click here...


Find out what we're doing to help restore the Kokanee population in Lake Sammamish here.

Read a copy of the latest plan for supplementation of late-run kokanee in Lake Sammamish Click here...

Here's Hans Berge's Kokanee presentation from the general meeting on Feb 10, 2010 Click here...


Bear Creek Project
Read about a new project whose goal is to enhance lower Bear Creek in Redmond Click here

Trout Unlimited is working with Water Tenders to measure the effect of pollutants from SR520 on Bear Creek water quality Read more here
Fishing Report
Where are the fishing hotspots? More importantly, where are the fish?! We're not telling! No, really, go here.
Conservation Organizations

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

Mountains to Sea Greenway

Sno-King Watershed Council

TU Youth
Read about Marvista  School's "Salmon in the Classroom" project...

Kids, do you have the Boy Scout fly-fishing merit badge
 More about fly-fishing merit badge

Cast for Kids Events -  September 8 - Renton.  For more information, click
here.
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