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Volume 4 Issue 10


Club News For November

October Meeting Minutes

The following events will be happening during the month of November:


11/3 : Fly Tying Roundtable at the home of Joe Conner from 7 to 9 PM.


11/5 : Salmon fishing outing to Chico Creek. Dan Reynolds to sponsor the event. If you are interested in attending, please give Dan a call at 425-673-7028.


Sonny Trimoulet was unanimously selected as our newest member. In addition, we welcomed the following guests: Peter Crumbaker, Dan Wilson, Ed Mannery and Jim Melnick. We hope to see our guests at upcoming meetings and participate in our monthly events.


Brian O‚Keefe was the guest present for the October meeting. Brian entertained the members with spectacular pictures of past outings to Alaska, Eastern Washington and England. The pictures were spectacular and if you are interested in learning more about Brian and the trips he conducts you can log on to



Annual Christmas Auction

Norm Primc reminded everyone of the upcoming auction on December 8th. Norm sent all members a letter informing us of all the details surrounding the event. Please read the letter and if you are interested in attending, please contact Norm at 425-481-1653 or through e-mail at normprimc@hotmail.com. We need donations for the silent auction as well as the live auction. One of the hottest items at the last few auctions has been the flies. If you plan on providing flies for the silent auction, please bring them to the November meeting. Again the cost of the event is $35 per person.

A request for officers to serve in related positions has been called to be voted on by the members in the November elections. So far the nominations are ∑..

President ---- Eric Sauer

Vice President ---- John Conner

Secretary ----Bud Camandona & Don Corwin

Treasurer ----Mike Bunny

Publisher ---Fran Fatigati.

Trusty ----- Steve Murray

Gilley- -- Open

The elections will be held at the November meeting on Wednesday the 10th. If you have anyone else you wish to nominate you can do so at the meeting.


Upcoming New Years Outing - The Club will be holding its traditional New Year‚s outing on 1/1/05. The initial choice is Lone Lake on Whidbey Island but due to recent issues, with Lone Lake, the event may be moved to either Pass Lake, Cranberry or

Lake Alice, outside of Preston. Please stay tuned for further details.


A final item that was discussed at the recent Board meeting has to do with seeking members interested in doing demonstration presentations at our monthly meetings. If you are interested, the Club will pay for your dinner. You will need to schedule this ahead of time so please contact either Eric Sauer or Mike Bunney.

Club Meetings :

2nd Wednesday of every month @

South County Senior Center

220 Railroad Ave.

Edmonds, WA

Social Hour 6:00PM

Dinner 7:00 PM



Club Board Meetings :

4th Wednesday of every month @



196th Avenue

Lynwood, WA

Dinner 7:00 PM

P.O. Box 148

Edmonds, WA 98020

E-mail: olympicflyfish@olympicflyfish.com



The November meeting will be held on Wednesday the 10th. We will be doing the Fly Exchange again so if you are interested in participating, all you need to bring to the meeting is a sample fly and the instructions on how to tie it with a complete materials list. Last time we did this, we had 7 members participate. We would like to see more involvement, so please take a few minutes to write up some short instructions on you tie your favorite fly and bring it to the November meeting.

Guest Speaker for November Meeting

The guest speaker for our November meeting will be Mark Taylor from Trout Unlimited. He will be speaking on the benefits of becoming a member of Trout Unlimited and the good the organization does for the fishing community. For those who are not familiar with TU, the following are some highlights from the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited.


Mission and Goals

The mission of the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited is to conserve, protect and restore cold water fisheries, their watersheds, and ecosystems as a means of maintaining our quality of life.



Quality fisheries as measured by:

A. long term health of wild stocks

B. quality and quantity of wild and hatchery stocks

C. stable, consistent and diverse angling opportunities for now and the future


To provide an influential community that shares common conservation focused fishery resource values


To be recognized as the leading coldwater fishery conservation organization in the state of the Washington



A. Conservation of wild stocks is paramount

B. Science based decisions

C. Integrity and respect in all relationships

D. Cooperation is essential for long term constructive relationships

E. We respect the rights of the tribes as co-managers of the fishery resources

F. Accept and promote a variety of fishing needs


Organizational Development Goals

1. Membership base-responsive to achieving organizational mission and goals

2. Self sustaining pool of leadership resources

3. Financial means to support planned enhancement and restoration plans and activities

4. Relationships that provide the ability to influence fish management decisions

5. Relationships with the business world and local communities that reinforce understanding of the value and benefits of healthy fisheries

6. Knowledge within the membership that support accomplishment of planned tasks and activities

7. Awareness and growth in organizational effectiveness


Chico Creek

Chico Creek is one of the largest and most productive watersheds in the east WRIA-15 subregion. Chico Creek enters Chico Bay on the western shore of Dyes Inlet near the community of Chico. The four major tributary streams to Chico Creek include Kitsap, Dickerson, Lost, and Wildcat Creeks.

There are also two ecologically important lakes in the watershed, Kitsap and Wildcat lakes.

The Chico Creek estuary is in relatively good condition, although the surrounding nearshore has been encroached upon and degraded by development and the extent of estuarine influence is limited by the routing of the creek through a confined culvert near the mouth.

Migration and braiding was likely more active in the lower segment of the creek before the highway culverts were installed. The concrete box culverts at the SR-3 crossing are velocity barriers at high flows.

In addition, the Washington State, Department of Transportation maintains a „trash rackš upstream of the highway crossing to intercept logs and other debris that might clog the SR-3 culvert downstream. The in stream structure covers the full width of the channel, limiting natural channel function. It is a partial to complete barrier to fish passage when clogged with accumulated debris. Replacement of the SR-3 culvert with a bridge should be a high restoration priority.

Coho (Silver) Salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch

Coho, or Silver Salmon as they are often called, get their name from their beautiful silver color.  A favorite amongst fly anglers, Coho Salmon are well known for both their aggressiveness towards a fly and for their acrobatics once hooked.  The size of the salmon vary widely depending upon the individual strains.  Coho in the northern regions of Washington state are often about 1/3 size smaller than those in southern Washington. In general, these salmon vary in size from 7 to 20+ pounds, with 10-12 lbs. being average. 


Life Cycle

Coho spawn in many small coastal streams and the tributaries of larger rivers. They prefer streams with moderate flow and utilize small to medium sized gravel to deposit their eggs.  Spawning takes place in the fall and the fry emerge the following spring.  The fry spend approximately 18 months in fresh water prior to migrating to the sea.


Run Timing

Coho start gathering in the estuaries in late July and early August and can be targeted in the estuaries during this time.  When the fall rains begin to raise the water levels in the streams the salmon take advantage of the higher water and begin their migration up river slightly thereafter.  September through December are the prime months to target these fish in fresh water. 



Coho can be very aggressive one moment, crashing anything that you put in front of them, and tight lipped the next.  It is this interesting phenomenon that makes Coho such a wonderful fish to pursue with a fly rod.   Fly color, size, and retrieval rate are important factors in successfully catching these fish.  It often pays off to continue to switch any or all of these variables until you are able to hook into fish.  Often times, you may catch a number of fish and then the bite turns off  you must go through your fly selection again to get back in the zone.  Coho will often chase a fly many feet before engulfing it so it pays to have polarized lenses on so you can watch the attack.


Washington State Fresh Water Record

25.27 lbs., Brad Wilson, Quinalt River, 11/11/2001

Washington State Salt Water Record

25.34 lbs., Martin Cooper, Sekiu, 9/28/2001