WCTU First Annual Raffle

 The Washington State Council  is having its First Annual Raffle.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the efforts of Trout Unlimited, the Washington Council and state chapters in conservation and education.  Among these efforts are:
  • Wild Steelhead Initiative 
  • Diversity Initiative
  • Salmon/Trout in the Classroom
  • Stream Protection and Restoration
  • Youth and Family Fishing Education
TU members can participate by purchasing raffle tickets for $10 each.  Ticket sales will be limited to a total of 500, so act fast so that you don't miss out.
Prizes are as follows -
  • 1st prize - two fully equipped Sage rod and reel combinations.  1- Sage Circa 5wt (a good dry-fly) rod and 2 - Sage One 6wt (a good bass/windy day trout/boat/saltwater (sea-run cutthroat or small salmon) rod,
  • 2nd prize - Scott Radian 5wt rod equipped with a Sage reel and matched line,
  • 3rd prize - Gift certificate from Bobber Down Guide Service, good for 1 full day steelhead trip for 2 on the Wenatchee River.
Winners will be drawn at the WCTU meeting on June 10, 2017 in Leavenworth.

March Chapter Meeting

The next chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Issaquah Brew House (next to the fish hatchery in downtown Issaquah).

The featured speaker for this meeting will be David Steiner with the Snoqualmie Tribe.  David will be speaking about the tribe's involvement in conservation efforts, with emphasis on the kokanee salmon in Lake Sammamish.
In addition, there will be the usual project updates, fish stories, raffles, good food and drink.
In March, we will be beginning our annual kokanee fry trapping/counting project on streams in the Lake Sammamish watershed.  You can signup at the meeting if you have time to help with this important project!

Note - that future chapter meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, rather than the 2nd Wednesday.

   Wild Steelheaders United Party

Wild Steelheaders United is throwing a party on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 7:00 pm at Georgetown Brewing.  The party will begin with a social hour with beer and appetizers.  Then, John McMillan will give a presentation about steelhead diversity.  Next, Bill Herzog will talk about his many steelhead fishing experiences.  There will also be a raffle features great prizes of fly fishing rods, Wild Steelheaders United hats, hoodies and t-shirts. 
This will be a fun and informative party.  Come and bring your friends! 

 Tie Flies for NW Fly Fishing Academy

 Beginning on Sunday, February 26 and continuing on March 5, 12, 17 and 26, we will be meeting at Creekside Angling in Issaquah from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to tie flies for the NW Fly Fishing Academy. Vices/tools, materials and instruction will be provided.  For those who are interested, contact John Silvey at ftrekerjohn@comcast.net

Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

To learn about this project and how it can affect the Kokanee in Lake Sammamish, click here.
Nils Cowan, who works for KCTS television on the EarthFix program, has written an article and produced a video about the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.  To read his article and see the video, click here.

Board Meetings

The date for Board Meetings is changing.  Beginning in January, they will now be held on the first Wednesday of the month.  At the board meetings, business of the chapter is discussed including budgets, projects, outings and spending items.  All members are invited to attend.

You can follow your chapter on Facebook! Just click here.




To view a video describing the problems caused by culverts on salmon spawning streams - click here
.Our chapter is a member of the Kokanee Work Group (KWG), a collaborative group trying to identify the causes of the decline of native Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To see what the KWG  is doing , click here.
David Kyle, along with Chris Gregerson from King County have installed Remote Stream Incubators on Zackuse and Idylwood Creeks.  To read David's summary of this project, click here. 
Here's an article and video about the urban wildlife refuge being created at Lake Sammamish that will benefit the little red fish. To read, click here. 
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the State of Washington must remove or repair culverts that are blocking fish passage.  To see what culverts in our area are involved, click here.
The Issaquah Reporter has a great article about this year's run of Kokanee. To read it, click here

Here's an article in the Issaquah Press about Wally Pereya. To read the article, click here

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


 For information on TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, click here.
The design for the Steelhead license plate is complete and the plates can be purchased beginning in January of 2017.  For more information, click here.
Here's a great op-ed by John Luthanen from the North Sound chapter of TU regarding a wild steelhead fishery on the Skagit River.  To read, click here.
Here's an animated video that vividly describes the difficulties that three steelhead encountered as they attempted to return to their native stream.  To view,
Take action to urge WDFW to designate the whole Skagit River a wild steelhead gene bank.  For more information,
Watch a video named Chrome that talks about the looming threats of climate change and ocean acidification on the survival of steelhead. Click here.
Watch this King 5 video about the work being done by the USGS to determine the possible role of parasites on steelhead survival.  Click here.  

NOAA Fisheries has reached the final determination on early run steelhead hatcheries on five streams, For more information,click here

To read an Op Ed in the Seattle Times regarding a steelhead recovery plan, click here

Other news:

We recently hosted a Project Healing Waters fishout at Langlois Lake.  To see a video of the event go to You Tube, and select "2016 fish out event."