June 2018 Newsletter


Salem Chapter Newsletter 11 June 2018

Ladies, Gentlemen, and fishermen of all ages—this is your chapter newsletter  and update.  We get some sun, the weather warms and the darn weeds and grass grow faster; “Life gets Teajus don’t it.” {An old C&W song there}. Hope you have been fishing and “catching.

We want to thank the members who showed up for the Sportsmen Caucus on the Capital Lawn in Salem on May 26. Weather was not too bad and some kids had a lot of fun. Please check the photos on our home page. https://salemnwsteelheaders.org/ or our Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/salemnwsteelheaders/  we also want to thank the members who helped with the Youth Outdoor Day at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife area on 9 June. Weather was a little damp but people attending had a good time.

Chapter President:  Our chapter president, Brian Winn, has submitted his resignation from the office of president.  Brian has issues that he must deal with and cannot fulfill his obligations of the office.  Brian will remain as the Past President on the board of directors.  Michael Tucker will serve as President and Rod Ratzlaff will be the chapter Vice President.  

The Learn the River trip, is scheduled for30 June, and this will be the last trip for this year. The last shuttle will leave Fisherman’s Bend at9:30 a.m. for Pack Saddle Park and boat ramp.  There will be a safety meeting, signing of releases in case of injury, and underway at 10:00 a.m. This run will be more challenging than the last trip and advanced oarsmanship is strongly recommended.  Each boat will need a PFD for each person.  For more information, please contact Bob Lusk at 1-503-559-5576; no answer leave a message and your number and he will get back to you.

Steelhead 101 Class, scheduled for June has been rescheduled to 15 September, we hope to incorporate Winter Steel head information into this class. The Fly fishing class has been canceled. Hopefully, we can do this event next year.  Santiam State Park clean up: this is our month to give the nice folks at the Santiam Park a hand by doing a little clean up and pruning of the park bushes and trails. NOT as much as we did in April. For our efforts, we get the use of the park shelter free of charge for our picnic. Please bring some clippers, loppers, gloves or whatever.  We plan to be there 9:00a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or noon.  Questions please call me 503-507-1424.  

Meeting 19 June 2018: Our guest speaker at our next meeting will be Mr. Rick Breckel.

Rick retired from the Forest Service in 2008 as a Wildlife Biologist for 31 years. For the past 4 years Rick is the Project Director for a non-profit group called Kokanee Power of Oregon (KPO). There is about 150 member’s state wide and they hold 3 or 4 kokanee derbies each year and the money collected is used to enhance the kokanee fisheries around the state in cooperation with ODFW. In the last 6 years they have and still have projects producing fish at Detroit, Wickiup, and Crescent Lake.  Rick will share some tips and gear used in Kokanee fishing and show a very interesting power point program.  Let’s have a big turnout to hear him speak. See attached flyer.

 Learn How to Row a Drift Boat Workshop Saturday, June 23 @ 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Riverside County Park, 17298 SE Water Ave., Clackamas, OR.

This event is hosted by the Tualatin Valley Chapter of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. This clinic includes safety training and a float trip down the river with an experienced drift boat captain. Lunch is provided. New members welcome.
FREE for Current ANWS Members Non-member fee of $25, which includes 1 year Individual Membership to the Association of NW Steelheaders! You do not need to own a drift boat to come to this training event. If you have a drift boat and would like to bring yours to help teach others (or build your own skills) please contact us. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/165066890999451/

July 14th [time TBA]: Chapter Picnic. We may be at Santiam State Park or Keizer Rapids. We need your input for us to increase attendance. We will address this at the next meeting. Please sign up and support our chapter.

July 29, 2018:Mid-Willamette Valley Angling Club invites you to a picnic on 12:00 at Maud Williamson State Park 22940 Southeast Dayton-Salem Highway. This is a potluck event and the MWVA Cub provides the fish and meat. Bring lawn chairs and your own silverware. Please contact Linda Chezem 503-510-2942 for additional information.

Sept. 15th 9:00a.m.:  Summer Winter Steelhead 101 Clinic.  If you are ready to learn, get signed up at the ODFW Calendar website and tell your friends who would like to learn. We will need instructors and volunteers to assist the students. This program is put on with the assistance of ODFW who provides the equipment and support.

Have you checked our chapter web page lately? https://salemnwsteelheaders.org/  Dave S. has put a lot of work into making it informative; giving links to fishing guides, fishing news, activities, photos, and more.  If there is something you want to see on the board or have something to contribute, i.e. a story or photos, please let us know.  We have the “how to make rags with photos” on the page. We would like to put photos of fish you catch on the page. Send them to: Dave SIMPSON, members can send their fish pictures to the club at the address above please include your contact information. 

At our meetings we have an “open seat board”: with a listing of people who want to go fishing and people who have an open seat in the boat to hook up. Check it out; you may meet a new fishing buddy or someone to help you manage/ballast your boat.

We have some new members who want to learn to fish for steelhead and want to fish with you. If you see a new face, please introduce yourself and see what they are interested in or ask us to help you find someone.

Are you getting your Association magazine, The Northwest Steelheader, information from the association, and chapter e-mails? If you are not, please contact me.

Snail Mail: If you are getting this letter in the mail and have an e-mail address PLEASE   let us use it to save us money on paper, ink, stamps, and my time and provide us with that information.

Be part of the 100,000 Spring Chinook Returning to the Willamette River.. The Quest for 100K’s objective is to get 100,000 spring Chinook back to the Willamette River each and every year for the benefit of sport anglers, food banks and general overall ecology of the region. Sea lions are currently the major bottleneck for the recovery of upper Willamette Basin salmon and steelhead stocks to accomplish this goal.  More information at the association web page: https://nwsteelheaders.org and our web page: https://salemnwsteelheaders.org/ Soon I will have information and action pages at the meeting. Email me if you want some more information.

Membership renewals:   We have 24 members with expired memberships; we are trying to keep our membership renewals current so please check your membership card to see if you may have missed your notification. We do not want to lose someone who missed renewing. If you need more information please contact Bob J. at a meeting or give him a call at 503-507-1424.

See you soon, Bob Johnston, Sec.

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