September Meeting Minutes
(By Don Corwin, Secretary)
From the President‚s Report: Eric Sauer reported that the September 25th "Fishing on the Stilly" outing was canceled in lieu of access road being closed. Possible new destination being discussed. We will keep you apprised of any new outings. The monthly Fly tying event has been resurrected, and will be held on Wednesday October 6th @ 7:00PM "Fly tying with Norm" at his place 22102 55th Ave S.E. Woodinville.
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 ----Donald Corwin
Treasurer ----Mike Bunny
Publisher ---Fran Fatigati.
Trusty ----- Steve Murray
Gilley- -- Open
Fishing Reports: Vacancy with Troy Dietman (guide) to join a group on the Grande Ronde for a guided trip down the river on the October 5th, 6th, & 7th fishing for Steelhead contact Dave Claude for further information.
The Grande Ronde trip with the club will begin when the "Chuck Wagon" arrives at the "Turkey Shoot" whole around the 1st of October and last until the "Chuck Wagon" leaves around 1st of November. Contact Don Summers when you plan to arrive so as provisions can be provided. Sea Run Cutts are in on the Cowlitz and hatchery fish can be kept. All members had very interesting fishing reports but too lengthy to list.
Doug from Swedes fly shop in Woodinville presented an assortment of gear and what is forthcoming in the market for those of you who are gear heads. Just after Doug‚s presentation Swedes provided a fly tier on a new rotary vise and with new fly tying equipment
New Member: The Club would like to welcome our newest member Jim Hagy. Jim resides in Woodinville and is looking forward to participating in upcoming outings.
October Guest Speaker
Brian O'Keefe is our guess speaker for this month. Brian will be presenting a slide show of fly fishing in his home state of Oregon and also some of the outstanding fly fishing in Alaska where he worked as a guide for a number of years.
Few people have such a complete background in the world of fly fishing as Brian. Learning to fly fish from his grandfather in Montana when he was eight years old and he has been fly fishing ever since. He has had the good fortune to have fished in many places around the world.
Brian is a Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor, a licensed guide, a tackle rep for Scientific Anglers in Washington, Oregon and Alaska and is a outstanding photographer of fly fishing travel and the outdoors. If you want to check out some of his work just go to www.brianokeefephotos.com/
Brian has been published in many magazines and newspapers plus he has a stock photo business. He also has a fly casting DVD out," Introduction to Fly Casting with Brian and Judith O'Keefe". Brian has done many slide shows for fly clubs around the country and he always gets rave reviews where ever he goes.
This is a program you will not want to miss and remember guests are welcome too, but be sure to tell Fran (425) 485 1975 or Norm (425 481 1653 of any guests that you are planning to bring along. If you have questions about fishing in Oregon or Alaska I am sure Brian will be able to answer them for you.
Volume 4 Issue 9
Club News For October
Club Meetings :
2nd Wednesday of every month @
South County Senior Center
220 Railroad Ave.
Social Hour 6:00PM
Dinner 7:00 PM
Club Board Meetings :
4th Wednesday of every month @
Dinner 7:00 PM
2004 Caddis For Kids
To Benefit: Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
As the press release below explains, this year's event promises to be bigger than ever with celebrity fly tyers, demonstrations and a drift boat load of raffle prizes. All proceeds help support the uncompensated care program at Children's Hospital. As a parent who's had to rely on Children's to help one of my own kids, I can personally attest to the tremendous value and benefit they provide to other parents throughout the region. My hat's off to Don and Nathan for making this such a special event. So mark your calendars and I'll plan to see you there.
> Kent Lufkin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 2004 Caddis For Kids Fly Tie-A-Thon & Fly Tying Expo to Benefit Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center. Hosted by the Avid Angler Fly Shop
Contacts: Don Johnson: 360-432-0402 / 360-970-9197
Nathan Keen: The Avid Angler, 206-362-4030 / 877-347-4874
Kira Haller: Children's Hospital 206-987-4987
Seattle, WA - Don Johnson's Fourth Annual "Caddis for Kids" Charity
> Tie-a-Thon will be held Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6 at the
> Avid Angler, 17171 Bothell Way NE, A130, Lake Forest Park, Washington.
> For the past four years fly tyer Don Johnson has organized this fun and
> important event to raise funds and awareness for children's pediatric
> services. Don donates his time and tying prowess; you help by donating
> much needed funds. All donations accepted, large or small, with net
> proceeds benefiting the uncompensated care program at Children's
> Hospital and Regional Medical Center, the Northwest's leading
> children's hospital.
> The uncompensated care fund serves almost 200,000 patients each year
> whose families lack resources to cover the full cost of their child's
> medical care. This year the hospital expects to provide over $38
> million in medical care through this fund in support of these families
> and your contribution does make a difference!
> The Caddis for Kids Tie-a-Thon begins at noon on Friday, November 5.
> Friday afternoon will be highlighted with a guest appearance and tying
> session by the legendary Alec Jackson. On Saturday, the Tie-A-Thon ends
> at noon but the tying doesn't stop! Fly-tying demonstrations by many of
> the Pacific Northwest's finest fly-tyers will begin at 10:00 am and
> include a presentation by steelheading guru Jim Teeny.
Fly Fishing News From Around the Sound:
It's been a little on the rainy side the past couple of weeks and a number of the Olympic Peninsula rivers were raging as a result. We're in somewhat of a drying trend over the next couple of days, but expect showers, rain, and cloudy skies toward the weekend of 9/26. So long as we don't get too much rain, conditions are absolutely ideal for fishing. Sunny, cloudless days are often the toughest days on the water as fish do not have eyelids and therefore head to deeper water when the sun is bright and overhead.
The Federation of Fly Fishers is holding the Northwest Fly Casting Expo on September 25th. I'll be one of several certified casting instructors to help those in attendance with their casting. If you're serious about fly fishing, this event is for you. Here is a link with more information on this event http://www.washingtoncouncilfff.org/nwfce2004.htm. I hope to see you there.
Cowlitz River, WA, Fishing Report - The Cowlitz is continuing to fish well and my expectations are that it will continue to be red-hot unless we get too much rain. For the past couple of weeks the flows have hovered around 5,000 cfs and the water has been clear. In some sections, the river is absolutely full of Steelhead and Sea-run cutthroat. The Steelhead have been averaging 7-8 lbs., although there are larger ones from time to time, and the Sea-run cutthroat have been averaging 14"-18". Fishing for Sea-run cutthroat is red hot right now!
As with most steelhead fishing, you're going to have to work for them. Some days you may hit one or two and other days you're not going to touch a thing. It is encouraging however, to know that you're working a stretch of water that is holding fish because you can see them rolling. Last week (week of 9/12), on my days off, I hooked 5 Steelhead and landed 2, fishing my spey rod on a floating line. Long leaders and relatively fine tippets (8 lb. maxima) will help not to spook the fish. Small (size #4-#6), dark, sparse flies are often a good choice.
As with all fly fishing, the better that you can cast using a variety of techniques, the more water you'll be able to cover and that amounts to more fish to the beach. One cannot stress enough the importance of getting out and casting aside from fishing. It will make your fishing experience so much better. The Cowlitz is a big piece of water and being able to reach your distance as well as your target using either a single-handed or a double-handed rod is a must. Being able to do it efficiently will allow you to cast and fish without tiring. If you're interested in improving your casting or wanting to learn how to spey cast, consider signing up for a casting class (Fly Casting Instruction)
The pressure on the river has dropped significantly as most of the jet boats are out chasing salmon in the lower river below the Toutle. With the overcast skies and the numbers of fish in the system, this is the time to be hitting the river. If you're an experienced caster and able to play fish, you could realistically land 20 fish or better. If you're somewhat new to fly fishing, this is an excellent opportunity to get out and get some more experience as Sea-run cutthroat are not shy!
Generally speaking, we'll start to see Coho return to the Cowlitz in late October or early November and during some seasons, we may have great opportunities to fish for Coho through December. If you're interested in booking trips for any of the above, let me know as prime dates are already starting to get booked.
Hatchery Salmon to Count as Wildlife
By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Staff Writer
SEATTLE, April 28 -- The Bush administration has decided to count hatchery-bred fish, which are pumped into West Coast rivers by the hundreds of millions yearly, when it decides whether stream-bred wild salmon are entitled to protection under the Endangered Species Act.
This represents a major change in the federal government's approach to protecting Pacific salmon -- a $700 million-a-year effort that it has described as the most expensive and complicated of all attempts to enforce the Endangered Species Act. The decision, contained in a draft document and confirmed Wednesday by federal officials, means that the health of spawning wild salmon will no longer be the sole gauge of whether a salmon species is judged by the federal government to be on the brink of extinction. Four of five salmon found in major West Coast rivers, including the Columbia, are already bred in hatcheries, and some will now be counted as the federal government tries to determine what salmon species are endangered.
"We need to look at both wild and hatchery fish before deciding whether to list a species for protection," said Bob Lohn, Northwest regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Lohn added that the new policy will probably help guide decisions this summer by the Bush administration about whether to remove 15 species of salmon from protection as endangered or threatened. From Washington state to Southern California, the decision to count hatchery-bred fish in assessing the health of wild salmon runs could have profound economic consequences.
In the past 15 years, the federal government's effort to protect stream-bred wild salmon has forced costly changes in how forests are cut, housing developments are built, farms are cultivated and rivers are operated for hydroelectricity production. Farm, timber and power interests have complained for years about these costs and have sued to remove protections for some fish. They are enthusiastic advocates of counting hatchery fish when assessing the survival chances of wild salmon. Unlike their wild cousins, hatchery fish can be bred without ecosystem-wide modifications to highways, farms and dams.
"Upon hearing this news, I am cautiously optimistic that the government may be complying with the law and ending its slippery salmon science," said Russell C. Brooks, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation, an industry-funded group that has challenged federal salmon-protection efforts in court.
Word of the new policy was greeted by outrage from several environmental groups. "Rather than address the problems of habitat degraded by logging, dams and urban sprawl, this policy will purposefully mask the precarious condition of wild salmon behind fish raised by humans in concrete pools," said Jan Hasselman, counsel for the National Wildlife Federation. "This is the same sort of mechanistic, blind reliance on technology that got us into this problem in the first place," said Chris Wood, vice president for conservation at Trout Unlimited. "We built dams that block the fish, and we are trucking many of these fish around the dams. Now the administration thinks we can just produce a bazillion of these hatchery fish and get out from underneath the yoke of the Endangered Species Act."
Six of the world's leading experts on salmon ecology complained last month in the journal Science that fish produced in hatcheries cannot be counted on to save wild salmon. The scientists had been asked by the federal government to comment on its salmon-recovery program but said they were later told that some of their conclusions about hatchery fish were inappropriate for official government reports.
"The current political and legal wrangling is a sideshow to the real issues. We know biologically that hatchery supplements are no substitute for wild fish," Robert Paine, one of the scientists and an ecologist at the University of Washington, said when the Science article was published in late March.
Federal officials said Wednesday that the new policy on hatchery salmon -- to be published in June in the Federal Register and then be opened to public comment -- was in response to a 2001 federal court ruling in Oregon. In that ruling, U.S. District Judge Michael R. Hogan found that the federal government made a mistake by counting only wild fish -- and not genetically similar hatchery fish -- when it listed coastal coho salmon for protection.
To the dismay of many environmental groups, the federal government chose not to appeal that ruling, though it seemed counter to the reasoning behind the spending of more than $2 billion in the past 15 years to protect stream-bred wild salmon.
"There was an inescapable reasoning to Judge Hogan's ruling," said Lohn, chief of federal salmon recovery in the Northwest. "We thought his reasoning was accurate."
He said the Bush administration will continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on habitat improvement for salmon.
"We have major problems to overcome, both with habitat and with improving the way hatcheries are operated," Lohn said. "Run right, hatcheries can be of considerable value to rebuilding wild fish runs."
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