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Rainbow trout being released

Fishing Regulations, Fish Counts, etc
  • To view the WDFW Weekender Report, click here ...
  • For USGS stream flow information, click here ...
  • For 10-day USGS meteorlogical stream forecasts, click here ...
  • To read 2014-2015 Fishing in Washington Sportfishng Pamphlet, click here ...
  • To report a poacher, click here...
  • The Corps of Engineers and other agencies that operate dams on the Columbia River count various species of fish migrating over the dams.  To see the counts of fish, Click here...
  • The Fish Passage Center, operated by the Columbia Basin Fisheries Agencies and Tribes, is another resource for fish counts.  To view, Click here ...

For Fishing Reports on Local Lakes & Streams try some of these links -


A Yakima River Fishing Story 


Getting up at 5:30 am on a Saturday morning is not usually something I do-if I can help it-but when given the chance to hit the Yakima River with other members of TU-I didn’t even need an alarm clock.

We met up at the Preston park and ride at 7-it was still dark-and soon headed off for the river. The weather was foggy for a lot of the way-punctuated by breaks in the overcast that revealed a beautiful sunrise over the Cascades-and the promise of an excellent day of fishing. After about an hour and a half trip we rendezvoused at Red’s fly shop to collect the Clackacraft boats that we’d use for the day. By 10 we were on the water.

Mark Taylor and I shared one of the three boats, and Mark was gracious enough to test his ability to guide the boat down the river at the beginning. I tied on a big stimulator and a small nymph dropper. Before we knew it, we were on our way downstream, making our way as best we could, within casting range of the chosen bank. There’s no better way to fish a large river like the Yakima-access from the bank is limited and as most fishermen would agree-the spot you want to cast to is always on the other side of the river. With the drift boat that’s not a problem-you just turn the boat and row across. It’s very exciting-coasting down the river and concentrating as best you can on the cast you have out-all while trying to plan your next one. Nothing to catch your back-cast (generally speaking) except the person rowing the boat!

One thing about the drift boat is that you typically only get one chance to hit any spot-maybe a cast or two if you are lucky-and then you’re on to the next one. There are spots where you can beach the boat and get out for some walking and wading. Just make sure the anchor is out when you do that!

I managed to tie in to a nice fish-it ended up being 15 or so inches long-and that got the day off to a good start. Though it was a little cool in the morning-about 35 degrees when we met at Red’s-later on it warmed up. By noon it was completely clear-not a cloud in the sky-and we knew we had taken full advantage of an awesome fall day. That was a good feeling.

Mark and I exchanged places on the boat-he took the prime casting spot at the bow and I got to do my duty guiding the boat down the river. It’s not hard to do except you have to watch what is coming up as you drift inexorably downstream-you mainly row to miss big rocks. Of course with Clackacraft you should “fear no rock” but it isn’t fun slamming in to one! During my first turn with the oars, I admit, I hit some. At least Mark didn’t fall over board.

On this peaceful float downstream, we hooked up with enough fish to make it a good day. We also saw quite a few animals along the way, including eagles soaring from the cliffs of the canyon; a family of Rocky Mountain sheep; and a lone Elk way up in the hills. They seemed to be enjoying the weather as much as we were.

After a long day of casting hundreds of times with lots of line out, and fighting fish, and rowing, I was tired but felt great when we beached the boat back at Red’s about 5:30. I think the endorphins must have been flowing! It was a great day and I’ll treasure the memory.

Floating the Yakima is one of those great fly-fishing experiences that anyone who’s ever picked up a fly-rod should have. If you missed the October trip to the Yakima this year, then take my advice and making every effort to go next time. You’ll be happy that you did.

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For a list of 2015 officers and to read meeting minutes, 
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Chapter membership total - 642

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News
The Washington Department of Ecology has created a web page that shows areas that are expected to experience drought conditions this year.  To view it, 
click here

Here's an interesting article about warm ocean conditions that may affect salmon and steelhead. To read, 
click here

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

Cast for Kids Events -  June 7 September 6 - Gene Coulon Park.  For more information, click
here.
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