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 Bellevue-Issaquah  Chapter 109
Officers for 2015

Name Phone Email
President Brad Throsell

Vice President Shawn Broadhead (206) 898-3403

Secretary Alan Simons

Email Alan
Treasurer Kevin  Ostendorf   Email Kevin
Conservation/Education Mark Taylor (206) 200-2840 Email Mark
Fun Run Mark Taylor, Mergeo
Kokanee Work Group Mark Taylor

Development/Fundraising Mark Taylor

Email Mark
Communications Bill Gerdts & Gary Smith

Salmon Days Chair Mark Getzendaner, Brad Throsell

Fry Counting Mark Getzendaner, Robert Metzger, Wally Johnson

Fishing Outings John Silvey

Membership Bill Gerdts

Casting Clinic John Silvey, Shawn Broadhead

At Large Board Members John Silvey, Gary Smith , Mark Taylor, Derek Young, Wally Johnson, Robert Metzger

Board Meeting Minutes for 2015

(click on a month to read the minutes)

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Board Meeting Minutes for 2014

(click on a month to read the minutes)

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Awards for 2014

Awards are as follows:

Non-Member Conservation Award - We gave this award to Brad Thompson, Fisheries Division Manager for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Office and Project Leader for the Western Washington Fisheries Resource Office.   Brad has represented USFWS on the Kokanee Work Group and has been involved with the Kokanee restoration project for  a number of years.  Thank you Brad!

Fisherman of the Year - This award was given to Sam Schermer.  Sam is an avid fly fisherman and expert fly tyer.  Sam is also a leader of our TU Youth group.  Congratulatins Sam!

Chapter Member Conservation Award- This award was given to Bill Gerdts from our chapter.   Bill was recognized for his work on getting the Monofilament Line Project going and for getting the Kokanee information signs installed at the Issaquah Fish Hatchery and Lake Sammamish State Park. 

President's Award- This award is given by the chapter president to a chapter member who has been instrumental in helping to chapter to achieve its goals throughout the year.  This year the award was given to Mark Taylor, who is the driving force behind many of our activities, especially fund raising via the Annual Fun Run and the Fly Fishing Film Tour stop.  Thank you Mark!

Special Award- This award was given to Robert Metzger, who is the outgoing president of the chapter. For the past two years, Robert has worked tirelessly to make sure that our various activities and projects are well organized and completed on time. He has conducted our chapter meetings and organized the board meetings, so that we are able to keep planning chapter activities. Thank you Robert!

Trout Unlimited’s Vision, Mission, Values & Goals


By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure 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.


To conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.


We are committed to ensuring quantities of cold, clean water sufficient to sustain healthy fish populations and to watershed restoration and wise fisheries management.


Healthy populations of native and wild fish are the best indicators of watershed health, and we are committed to the protection and restoration of these fish where ecologically sustainable.


As stewards for future generations, we employ sound science and work cooperatively with a broad spectrum of interests in defending and advocating for our natural resource legacy.


We owe our uniqueness to a passionately committed, diverse, volunteer network of
members who pursue our mission in their local councils and chapters. We will sustain this member network through representative governance and a continuous
commitment to grassroots support, learning, and development.


In the pursuit of our cause, our most important resource is our people – both staff and volunteers – who sustain and support each other’s work.


Strengthen TU’s leadership in coldwater conservation nationally, regionally & locally.
Better integrate and enhance the development of the TU team.
Increase public awareness of TU and its mission.
Increase and motivate an effective membership.
Diversify and grow sources of revenue.
Achieve financial stability and security.

Chum fishing on the Skagit.

July 2009 will mark the 50th anniversary of TU’s founding, on the banks of the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan. The 16 fishermen who gathered at the home of George Griffith were united by their love of trout fishing, and by their growing disgust with the state’s practice of stocking its waters with “cookie cutter trout”—catchable-sized hatchery fish. Convinced that Michigan’s trout streams could turn out a far superior fish if left to their own devices, the anglers formed a new organization: Trout, Unlimited (the comma was dropped a few years later).

From the beginning, TU was guided by the principle that if we “take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself.” And that principle was grounded in science. “One of our most important objectives is to develop programs and recommendations based on the very best information and thinking available,” said TU’s first president, Dr. Casey E. Westell Jr. “In all matters of trout management, we want to know that we are substantially correct, both morally and biologically.”

In 1962-63, TU prepared its first policy statement on wild trout, and persuaded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to discard “put-and-take” trout stocking and start managing for wild trout and healthy habitat. On the heels of that success, anglers quickly founded TU chapters in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania.

TU won its first national campaign in 1965: Stopping the construction of the Reichle dam on Montana’s Big Hole River. Five years later, TU helped secure a ban on high-seas fishing for Atlantic salmon. And in 1971, TU took legal action to protect the last free-flowing stretch of the Little Tennessee River. Perhaps one of the most significant early applications of the Endangered Species Act, the action stopped the Tellico dam, but only temporarily: An eleventh-hour congressional appropriations rider later doomed TU’s victory.

TU’s recent accomplishments include:

     Securing permanent protection of 140,000 acres in California's Sierra Nevada in the Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy settlement.

     Negotiating a water deal that permanently sets aside 10,000 acre-feet of water in Montana's Bitterroot River.

     Employing cutting-edge technology like thermal infrared imagery to direct abandoned mine remediation work in Pennsylvania's Kettle Creek watershed.

     Advocating successfully for trout-friendly operation of five dams on the Housatonic River.

     Uniting TU members in five states in a broad-based, multi-partner effort to restore brook trout in the Southern Appalachian mountains.

     Leading a landmark effort to restore fishable Atlantic salmon runs on Maine's Penobscot River.

     Coordinating the Trout in the Classroom program, which teaches children in more than 100 schools about the importance of healthy aquatic ecosystems.

     Mobilizing hunters and anglers to ensure responsible use and lasting protection of the nation's public lands.

     Launching a watershed-scale conservation effort in the 24,000-square-mile Driftless region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

Driven by a powerful and dedicated grassroots network, TU is meeting the challenges of coldwater conservation and protecting our rivers and fisheries for generations to come.
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 2015's activities  go here ...

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

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

USFWS Pacific Region has a great story and pictures about Kokanee recovery. 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...

King County Council urges protection of Lake Sammamish Kokanee 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

Save Lake Sammamish

Mountains to Sea Greenway

Green Shorelines for Lake Washington and Sammamish

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
Here is Colin Wick's Eagle Scout Project Workbook describing his work on the Kokanee Project.

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