January Meeting Highlights
The January meeting was kicked of by our incumbent President, Eric Sauer, who is repeating for his second term in office. Eric indicated that the auction was a huge success and thanked everyone for their generous participation. Norm Primc followed up the discussion with the financial report. The Club he indicated, has a significant cash reserve and will be looking to the members for direction as to possible uses for these funds.
In addition, Eric presented to the membership a proposal submitted by the Board for adoption of an incentive plan for members who are serving in officer positions. The proposal is to award an officer who has served in his position for a minimum of 3 years, $400 toward a fishing trip. The proposal stirred considerable controversy however, was approved by the membership in attendance at the January meeting. The proposal in questions was again brought up at the January Board meeting and was a Topic of considerable discussion. The Board members in attendance, reiterated that the sole intent and purpose of the proposal was to try and attract new people to serve as officers of the Club. The Board agreed that during the February meeting, the proposal will be reviewed to ensure everyone is clear as to its intent and to discuss possible alternatives to the incentive.
Annual Club dues are due:
$30.00 Please pay Mike at the February meeting
If anyone is able to provide Eli with transportation to and from the monthly meetings, please see Dick Hedges.
Additional items discussed at the Board meeting included establishing an annual budget process which will have to be reviewed and approved by the membership; establishing a list of conservation organizations for possible donations and to nominate candidate organizations to receive these funds; and the need for sponsors for upcoming outings. Dan Reynolds indicated that based on feedback from the recent survey that was taken, most members are looking for outings that are closer to home. If you are interested in sponsoring an outing please do not hesitate in contacting one of the Board members. We are looking for more members to step forward and sponsor new outings for the upcoming year.
The Board also discussed ideas on how to attract new members. If you have any ideas on how we can attract and grow our membership, please contact one of the Board members.
If you are interested in attending the upcoming fly tying class please contact Steve Murray. The Club would like to welcome our newest member, Tim Milnick. If you see Tim at our next meeting please introduce yourself and welcome him to the Club.
Norm Primc wanted to pass on a note that there are still 2 fly rods for sale from the auctions.
1 Sage XP 4-90, 2pc
1 Sage XP 6-90, 2pc
Both rods retail for $600 each and the Club is looking to sell them for a minimum price of $350.00. If you are interested in purchasing one of these beautiful rods, please contact Norm Primc.
The 2nd Wednesday of every month @
South County Senior Cntr.
220 Railroad Avenue
Social hr @ 6:00 PM
Club Board Meetings:
The 4th Wednesday of every month @
Dinner @ 7:00 PM
February Meeting Guest Speaker:
Jeff Korth, WDFW biologist in Region 2 Ephrata office will be our speaker for the February meeting. This will be Jeff‚s fifth trip over the mountain to talk to the Club members about the outlook for the coming season. Jeff is in charge of the planting and rehabilitation of all the lakes in Columbia Basin which includes many of the Quality waters for that part of the state- Lenice, Quail, Nunnally, Dry Falls, Lenore, Dusty, Homestead and many others. The timing for Jeff coming over could not be better as many of these lakes in Region 2 open March 1st. Be sure to bring your questions about your favorite lake and find out how they fished in 2004 and what the outlook is for 2005.
Our esteemed President, Eric Sauer is leading a wild adventure down the Skykomish River for the ever elusive steelhead. The trip is slated for the weekend of the 19th. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Eric. Remember space is limited so please let Eric know as soon as possible.
Paul Reynolds with a nice rainbow taken at Trophy lake Jan.25th. Paul and Dan caught six rainbows in the afternoon of the 25th from #4 to #8 lbs. All taken on a floating line and a fast stripped bugger. A great way to start out the year.
If you have a picture you would like to share with the Club, please send it on, you can become an instant star with you picture on the internet!
Trout bums: The best laugh therapy can be falling
By Mark Littleton
Special to The Seattle Time
When I am on the river this time of year, my thoughts often turn to falling in.
If you fish enough, you are bound to fall in a few times, and I have. So far I have managed to limit my falling in to the warmer months. I've never fallen in during the period from Thanksgiving to St. Patrick's Day, but I do think about falling in more this time of year. I wonder if it has anything to do with the cold?
I've seen and taken enough falls to be something of an aficionado. I rate them based on criteria developed during years of practice and experience. The primary scoring factor is the laugh-therapy value. Here are a few of my favorites:
"The one-knee-down quickie:" This is where you know you are going down and just put a knee down. If you do it fast enough, maybe your fishing buddies won't even notice and you can avoid the ribbing that always accompanies a fall. This is a very common, low-point-value fall, although if you ship enough water over the top of your waders, it can turn into a double fall or better yet, a bottom crawl, increasing the point value considerably.
"The sit down before you fall down:" This is where you slip around, lose your balance, know you are going down and finally just decide to take a seat. You usually get a fair amount of water in your waders with this fall. The controlled nature of the fall itself is a limiting factor in the scoring, but the amount of thrashing around done before and after the sit-down can increase the score significantly.
"The headfirst off the bank into the river:" This is a very painful and loud fall. While the short duration of the fall limits its point value, this can be a spectacular fall good for a decent score.
"The bees-in-the-waders belly-flop:" A personal favorite due to a particularly memorable fall I observed one beautiful summer day. One minute all is right with the world, and suddenly your partner is spinning and thrashing around like his waders are full of stinging bees. Sometimes they thrash like this for a fairly long time before they get tired and lay down for a little rest on the bottom of the river. I can tell you from experience that if your fishing partner is bigger than you, it is a good idea to start moving away as fast as you can while you are laughing hard. This gives them time to recover their sense of humor before they can get to you. This is always a very high-point-value fall.
"The double dipper:" This can be a combination of any of the above falls. The second fall may be partially due to the extra hundred pounds or so of water that is in your waders from the first fall. Getting up that second time is the trick. One of the guys I fish with did this in January a few years back. After the second fall he was so tired and cold, and his waders were so full of water, that he couldn't get up. The water was too deep for a bottom crawl so he had to be towed to shore, costing him valuable points. This fall tends to score very well, but drowning will result in disqualification.
"The Bobalouie high dive:" This fall is the only one I have seen that scored a perfect 10. I saw this fall on the McKenzie River when I was going to school at the University of Oregon. My roommate Bob cast his fly on a large branch hanging over a deep pool. The branch must have been rotten, because when he climbed out on it to get his fly back it broke, sending the fly, the branch and Bob into the icy depths. This fall had it all it was loud and spectacular, and Bob was totally drenched. It has provided years of the best kind of laughs the ones that are at someone else's expense.
Trout Bums, a column authored alternately by Randall Sumner and Mark Littleton, appears on the first Tuesday of each month. Sumner owns Blue Skies Guide Service on the Yakima River. Littleton, who also lives in Yakima, has been an avid fly-fisherman for more than 25 years. They can be reached at email@example.com.
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Notebook: Wild steelhead limit set at one per season
By Mark Yuasa
Seattle Times staff reporter
Wild steelhead catches are picking up in Olympic Peninsula rivers, and anglers should be aware of new rules.
A new measure now allows anglers to retain one wild steelhead per season if it is caught in designated waters of 12 state rivers 11 of which are in the Olympic Peninsula region.
The action applies to steelhead caught in sections of Bogachiel, Calawah, Clearwater, Dickey, Goodman, Hoh, Hoko, Pysht, Quillayute, Quinault and Soleduck.
It also applies to wild, summer-run steelhead on Green River in King County, which closed Nov. 30 for the season.
Wild steelhead caught in all other rivers in Washington must be released.
Hatchery-reared steelhead identified by a clipped adipose or ventral fin and a healed scar may be retained.
The new ruling on wild steelhead came after the current fishing regulation pamphlet was printed, so the new retention rule on the 12 designated rivers was not included.
"The rule is one wild steelhead per season, not one wild steelhead per river," said Bob Gibbons, a state Fish and Wildlife fish manager. "Once you keep one wild steelhead, that's it for the rest of the season."
The current season runs through March 31. Any wild steelhead caught after that date counts toward next season's annual limit.
"The new one-fish annual limit on those designated rivers is more conservative than the annual five-fish limit in effect before the moratorium was enacted last spring," Gibbons said. "But it does give anglers a chance to catch and keep one wild steelhead per year while we develop a management plan for future fisheries."
A Little Fly Fishing Humor!
A woman goes into Cabela's to buy a fly rod and reel for her son. She does not know which one to get so she just grabs one and heads to the register. There is a Cabela's associate standing at the register with dark shades on.
She says. "Excuse me Sir.... can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?"
He says "Ma'am, I'm blind, but if you drop it on the counter I can tell you everything you need to know about it from the sound that it makes."
She did not believe him but dropped it on the counter anyway. He said, "That's a 8' 6" high modulus Cabela's Graphite 4-weight rod with a Disc Drag Graphite Fly Reel and matching fly line combo outfit. It's a good all around rod and reel, and that is $49.95. We will even give you a free fly fishing DVD with that outfit.
She say's "That is just amazing that you can tell all that just from the sound of the rod and reel dropping on the counter. I think that is exactly what I am looking for, so I will take it."
As he walks behind the counter to the register, she bends over to get her purse and farts. At first she is embarrassed but the realizes that there is no way he could tell it was her . Being blind he could not have known she was the only person around.
He rings up the sale and says, "That will be 63.00." She says, "But you said the rod, reel and line was only 49.95!" He say's, "Yes Ma'am, the combo outfit is $49.95. The duck call is $ 9.00 and the catfish stink bait is $2.50 plus tax. Thanks for shopping at Cabela's!
February 23 - 27, 2005
Dates & Times
February 23, 2005
Noon to 8 pm
February 24, 2005
Noon to 8 pm
February 25, 2005
Noon to 8 pm
February 26, 2005
10 am to 8 pm
February 27, 2005
10 am to 5 pm
FREE Parking Adjacent to the Show
The Second Annual Evergreen Sportsmen's Show is scheduled for February 23 - 27, 2005 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Still, the only show of its kind in greater Seattle, this year's show promises to thrill outdoor enthusiasts from every standpoint.
After two years in downtown Seattle, the sportsmen's show has found a new home in Monroe with highway access, FREE PARKING and more room to expand the outdoor showcase.
Offering staples that include a casting pond, Head and Horn display, seminar theaters and fly-tying demonstrations, the 2005 Sportsmen's Show will again be the leader in bringing you the one of a kind displays. Other popular demonstrations for the 2005 show include the Dock Dogs Big Air Challenge as seen on ESPN and a host of other popular events will round out the event.