We would like to welcome 4 new members to the Club: Ed Cloudy, Roger Hansen, Richard Johnson, and John Todd. All 4 were inducted as official members during the September meeting. Please welcome the new members when you get a chance at the upcoming October meeting.
The Board is accepting nominations for all officer positions which include:
President (currently held by Eric Sauer) Vice President (currently held by Joe Conner)
Secretary (currently held by Bud Camandona) Treasurer (currently held by Mike Bunney)
Communications Director (currently held by Francis Fatigati) Giley (currently held by Phil Saks)
If you are interested in running for one of the positions or wish to nominate someone please contact Eric Sauer.
Other news: The Guest Speaker for our October meeting will be Ben Dennis, former President of the Methow Valley Fly Fishers, Officer at large for the northwest region of the FFF guide and owner of the Fly Rod Ranch in Winthrop, WA. will be speaking about this fall's steelhead fishing on the Methow river and also the fall fishing in some of the lakes in the Methow valley. Ben will also talk about FFF activities in the northwest and what state fishing regulation changes we might see in 2006.
Reminder: The Club auction will be upon us soon, we are looking for volunteers to assist in this years event. If you have some extra time and can help with organizing this event, please contact Eric Sauer.
The Chico Creek Outing 2005
Date November: 11 This is a week day only kind of place.
Directions: Take the Edmonds ferry to Kingston when you get off of ferry go 3.7 miles on Hwy 104 and then continue on Bond Rd NE for 5.2 miles. Turn right on WA.305/WA 305NE 0.9 miles. Turn right to take the WA Hwy 3 South ramp towards Bremerton for 11.5 miles. Take the Chico Way NW exit,turn right onto Chico Way NW go a few blocks and then turn left on Erlands Point Rd. A couple more blocks to Kitty Hawk Dr it is then about a mile to the bridge over Chico Creek,park by road and then take trail out to flats by creek which will be on your left.
The drive from the ferry in Kingston is 23 miles and takes about 40 minutes. I would recommend car pooling as parking can sometimes be tight Also I would plan on taking the 1st ferry in the morning at 5:50 AM which will get to Chico Creek about 7:00 AM. Early mornings tend to be less crowded.
Gear: I would bring a #7,8 or 9 wt rod. A floating line,or a sinktip,(slow) or intermediate line will work fine. Fairly short leader with #10 lb tippet. Most fishing is in water 2 to 6 feet deep.
Flies: A small Chum Candy or a Les Johnson Type Comet fly tied in Kelly Green,no.6 or 8 hook dead drift like nymph fishing. Smaller hooks will foul hook fewer fish. A lot of this fishing can be like site fishing just cast in front of fish and use a slow retrieve.
Extra: Be sure to bring change of clothes as flats around creek has some holes and channels so you must watch your step while wading.
I will call everyone on sign up list at least 48 hours in advance.
Any Questions please don't hesitate to call me at (425)673 7028 or Steve Murray 360 422 7335
Warning: Be careful when releasing fish as cuts from a Chums teeth can cause bad infections.
We suggest we all meet on the 5:50 AM ferry in the coffee shop.
Dan Reynolds, Co-Hosts
October 05, 2005
Upper Columbia, Okanogan, Methow rivers
OLYMPIA - Fishing for hatchery steelhead is scheduled to open Oct. 8 in the upper Columbia, Okanogan and Methow rivers under special rules designed to protect wild fish, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
Starting Nov.15, anglers will also be allowed to fish for hatchery steelhead on the Similkameen River, when most wild chinook will have finished spawning.
The daily catch limit on all four rivers is two adipose-fin-clipped hatchery steelhead of at least 20 inches in length. All steelhead with an intact adipose fin ö the small, fatty fin on the back near the tail and those bearing a disk tag must immediately be released unharmed.
Both wild and hatchery-origin steelhead in the region are listed as "endangered" under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), which required WDFW to obtain a permit from NOAA-Fisheries before opening the fisheries.
A key objective of steelhead fisheries in the region is to reduce the proportion of hatchery-origin steelhead contributing to the adult spawning escapement next spring, said WDFW Director Jeff Koenings.
"Removing hatchery-origin fish will increase the proportion of wild steelhead on the spawning grounds and improve the natural production potential in the upper Columbia River basin," he said. ãOf course, we also recognize the enormous value of this fishery for anglers and local communities.
Consistent with its federal permit, WDFW will closely monitor the fishery to ensure that enough wild steelhead reach area rivers to spawn, Koenings said.
ãIf we need to modify the fishery to meet ESA escapement goals for wild steelhead, we will,ä Koenings said. ãBut I am confident we will meet those goals, as we have in previous years.ä
Barring any changes necessary to meet ESA goals, the following waters are scheduled to open for hatchery steelhead fishing Oct. 8 through March 31:
· The Columbia River from Rocky Reach Dam to the Highway 17 bridge at Bridgeport. Standard gear rules will be in effect.
· The Okanogan River from the mouth upstream to one-quarter mile below the railroad trestle below Zosel Dam. However, the section of river from the Highway 155 bridge in Omak to a line across the river 500 feet above the mouth of Omak Creek will close March 1. Selective gear rules, including a prohibition on bait and barbed hooks, will be in effect.
· The Methow River from the mouth (Highway 97 Bridge) upstream to the second power line crossing, and from the first Highway 153 bridge north of Pateros to the confluence with the Chewuch River. Selective gear rules will be in effect.
In addition, the Similkameen River will open to fishing for hatchery steelhead from Nov. 15 through March 31 from the mouth upstream to 400 feet below Enloe Dam. Selective gear rules will be in effect.
Anglers will be allowed to use boats with motors on the Okanogan and Methow rivers, but night closures will be in effect on all four rivers.
Additional regulations, including a full description of open and closed areas, are available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm
October 4, 2005
Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish River opens Oct. 8 for recreational fishing
Action: Open the Reiter Ponds section of the Skykomish River to recreational fishing.
Effective date: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 at 6 a.m.
Species affected: All game fish, including hatchery steelhead.
Location: Skykomish River, from 1,500 feet upstream to 1,000 feet downstream of the Reiter Ponds Hatchery outlet.
Reason for action: The Reiter Ponds Hatchery has collected enough summer steelhead broodstock to meet production needs.
Other information: Public access through the Reiter Ponds Hatchery opens at 6 a.m.
Information contact: Chad Jackson, WDFW district fish biologist, (425) 775-1311, ext. 113