June 2023 Newsletter

Salem Chapter Northwest Steelheaders

Newsletter for June 2023

Plans for June Membership Meeting Include a Program on Fly-Fishing for Steelhead

As a follow-up to the fly-casting clinic featured at our May meeting program, we are looking forward to a fascinating slideshow by Phil McCorkle about fly-fishing for Winter Steelhead. Phil has been catching Steelhead with a fly-rod for over 40 years and plans to share some of the many photos of his successful efforts in doing just that. Please plan to join us on June 20th for Phil’s presentation: “A Lifetime of Chasing Steel.”

The meeting starts at 7 PM at the Keizer City Hall. Arrive early for a chance at raffle prizes.

Fishin’ Phil” McCorkle and Salem Chapter Secretary Mike Ferris fly-fishing for Steelhead

Learn to Fish Event on May 20th was a Big Success

On Saturday, May 20th, several members of our Salem Steelheaders Chapter participated in a “Learn to Fish” event organized by Jenny Ammon and the City of Keizer at Keizer Rapids Park. Other organizations volunteering in the event included the Keizer Police Department, Marion County Marine Patrol, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District. Approximately 50 people attended with participants rotating through six “fishing skill” stations set up throughout the park. Attendees learned how to identify game fish, tie fishing knots, rig fishing gear and practice casting techniques. At the conclusion of the two-hour event, there was a door-prize drawing and four very happy winners walked away with new rods, reels and tackle boxes donated by Sportsman’s Warehouse in Salem.


Salem Member Nigel Hearne demonstrating a fishing knot and Jeremie Fletcher of the Keizer Police Department assisting with “casting practice” at the Learn to Fish event

Fin Clipping Event Scheduled to be held on June 17th at Rhodes Pond Near Hebo, Oregon

Please be reminded of the Annual Fin Clipping Event to be held on Saturday, June 17th by the Nestucca Anglers near Rhodes Pond near Hebo, Oregon (5.5 miles east of Hebo).


Club Picnic Date Set for July 8th

We are currently looking at Saturday, July 8th as a possible date for a Club Picnic. A sign-up sheet will be circulated with further details at our next meeting on June 20th.

Future Summer Meeting Schedule

Please be reminded that there are no regular monthly membership meetings or board meetings scheduled for the Summer months of July and August.

Many Thanks to G.I. Wilson and Jo Wilson

After conducting a successful garage sale on May 12th & 13th, G.I. and Jo Wilson donated all of the left-over items of G.I.’s fishing gear to the Mid-Willamette Valley Anglers and Salem Steelheaders. Each organization received 50% of the unsold merchandise which can now be used for club raffle items or other fundraising efforts. Our sincere thanks to both of them for their generous donation.

Reminder Notice for Membership Dues

If you need to pay your annual membership dues, attached is a Membership Form for your convenience. Please return your completed form and dues payment to:


Linda Chezem – Treasurer

663 Rockwood St. SE , Salem, OR. 97306

Please note that the payment amount for annual dues has changed to $40.00 effective February 1, 2023.

Submitted by Mike Ferris

Salem Chapter Secretary