October 2017 Newsletter

Salem Chapter, Salem, Oregon, 11 October 2017

Ladies, gentlemen, and fishermen of all ages: this is your chapter update-newsletter for October 2017.

Our Past President, Brian Winn, is improving but still is experiencing medical problems that have left him with limited mobility and ability to carry out the duties of his office. He is in the Portland VA Hospital on the 9th floor, so if you are in the area and have some free time, he would enjoy a visit. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Rod Ratzlaff is our new Vice President and a major contributor to the chapter.

We must have active members to have a viable chapter. In my opinion, membership in an organization is more than just paying dues and attending an occasional meeting. Just now, our “past due membership” is larger than our “paid up membership.” Please help us by getting “your” membership up to date.

We are still looking for someone to take on the duties of Chapter President. The Board of Directors will assist you in any way we can. We need new ideas and motivation.

Our next meeting will be on 17 October 2017 at Keizer City Hall. The speaker will be Thom Kaffun (see flyer page 2).

The Association “SHOT” Darby went well. You can see photos and stories at the Association Facebook page and they have added the upcoming Salem Chapter meeting to the ANWS calendar of events and to the ANWS Facebook page. 

The association will be holding the Hall of Fame Banquet and Auction on 11 NOV 2017, 4:00-9:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Wilsonville, OR, The chapter is planning to buy a table for 10 people. The chapter will pay $30.00 and members attending will pay the balance of $30.00. There will be good food and lots of entertainment. More information will be available at our meeting or by checking the association web page. http://nwsteelheaders.org/events/hall-of-fame/

ODFW and Salem chapter will hold a Training Workshop outlining expectations and volunteer orientation on 18 October 2017 from 5:00-7:30pm and a Steelhead Fishing Workshop on 21 October 2017 from 7:00 am-5:00 pm at the North Santiam State Park. From Salem, take Rt. 22 east; just past mile post “26” you will turn Rt. into the street leading to the park. ODFW invites you to a Volunteer Training and Appreciation on 9 December 2017 at the ODFW Headquarters in Salem, Oregon from 11am until 2pm. More information will be available at the October meeting.

Bob Johnston, Chapter Sec. (see page 2)

August 2017 Newsletter


Salem Chapter, Salem, Oregon 28 August 2017

Ladies, gentlemen, and fishermen of all ages:  this is your chapter update-newsletter for August 2017.   

Our chapter is at a point of failing and disbanding.

I am your chapter secretary, assisting President Brian Winn.

Our President, Brian Winn and Vice President, Bob Lusk have experienced medical problems that have left them with limited mobility and ability to carry out the duties of their offices. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Over the past 17 years that I have been a member of this chapter, we have seen a small decline in our membership. Participation in our activities and general meetings has slowly declined.  We had only 15 (plus or minus) members at the last meetings. Our chapter picnic scheduled for July 15,  2017 was cancelled due to lack of participation by the chapter members.

At our general meetings and in our newsletters, we have addressed the need to have elections for a president and vice president and have asked the membership for people to step forward and fill those offices. To date, no one has.

The members of the board of directors have stated that they are willing to continue in the offices they hold. They will assist and help the new leadership in any way they can. Brian W. and Bob L. have offered to assist when and where they can. The Association has also offered help.

September is when we usually start our year of chapter meetings and programs. To do this and be in compliance with the Bi-Laws of the Association, we need the leadership of a president and vice president.  We also need new ideas, younger members, and most of all, participation.

The Chapter Board of Directors will meet on 6 September 2017 at 6:30 pm in the meeting/break room at the Sportsman’s Warehouse on Lancaster Dr., Salem. The meeting room is upstairs and can be entered through the shoe department using the stairs. There is an elevator available if you have mobility problems.

The primary agenda of the board meeting will be:

  1. Normal information and financial and membership review.
     a. Update and plan for the September Fly Fishing class with ODFW.
  2. Introduction of the NW Steelheaders President, Tom VanderPlaat and Development Director, Norm Ritchie, who will advise the board on options and procedures to deal with problems and the future of the chapter.
  3. An opportunity for the board members to express ideas and recommendations followed by opening the floor for members in attendance to express ideas and recommendations.
  4. We Will NOT “rehash” the past, objectivity is our goal.
  5. A call for members to take the offices of President and Vice President.
     a. The chair will suggest that if we have members that will step forward and accept these offices, the Board of Directors will appoint these members to the offices until elections can be held by the membership.
  6. Develop a plan for:
    a. Continuing the chapter securing our meeting room and guest speaker and projected programs of activities.
      b.  Closing the chapter, the disbursement of unobligated funds, chapter equipment and supplies.  
      c. For the reporting information to the Association that may be required.
      d. The transfer of membership to the MAL listing.  
  7. Report to the membership of the actions taken by the board of directors.
  8. Other actions or business that may be required of the board.

Thank you, I hope to see you at the board meeting.

Bob Johnston

June 2017 Newsletter

Hi All!
Well here it is time for the inspiring newsletter.
I’m sorry to say that the fishing isn’t that good but some fish
are being caught on the coast, don’t give up though there is
always time to get lucky.

First off I want to thank the volunteers that came to Minto
Park for the clean-up, awesome job guys I hope you enjoyed the
lunch. Also thanks go out to the Free Fishing volunteers that
helped at Albany, and last but certainly not least, I am so proud
of the people that braved the rain and wind to come and help
the kids at Youth Outdoor Day it was not the best of conditions
for the outing, but the kids were happy. Thank You…..

This is our last meeting before the summer break, I would
really like to see a great turn out for our guest speaker Curt
Curry, He will be giving you pointers on catching Steelhead, you
don’t want to miss this one.

I will be looking for people to help with the Summer Steelhead
Clinic to be held in Sept. on the 16th, I also want to know howmany of our chapter will be attending the Chapter Picnic on July the 16th, We really need to know so we can buy the food, and don’t forget to bring your potluck dish to share with your fellow

At our last meeting till Sept. we will have a great door prize
selection and refreshments, so please bring your spare change
and join in the festivities. and thank you for your support in the
Salem Chapter of the North West Steelheaders.

Until we meet Keep your line tight and your powder dry.

May 2017 Newsletter




Hi All!

Can you believe that the sun is shining? Yes thats right that is the sun. Long time no see huh? Well it’s back and I hope it stays for awhile.

First off, I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped with the fly fishing clinic. The clinic was a big success and we have received lots of compliments for our clinic and the volunteers.

We also made a great allie in the ODFW, Jenny Ammon who took Shahabs place in the education department. she is a little worry wort, but she just wants all of us to succeed with our endeavors.

Next I would like to say how deeply I was hurt by the turnout at the last meeting with Sam Wurdinger ( 11 people and two were new), for one that doesn’t show a lot of respect for our speaker, or for the board that works so hard to find good speakers for your education, and a chance to go fishing with some great guides.

Our speaker for this meeting is Jeremy Jahns (The Kokanee Kid), I hope you all come to make good showing and the chance to find out where the best kokanee fishing is. this is a great opportunity to help you to catch some fish this year since the Steelhead and Salmon runs are so small. I guess we better start thinking about Trout, Kokanee, and Bass, So grab a friend and get to the meeting on the 16th at 7:00 pm. We will have the usual refreshments and door prizes, and maybe even have a little fun, so get your fishing buddies and come to the meeting.

Last but not least I need some people to volunteer to help us at the Youth Outdoor Day on June the 10th, I also have a sign up sheet for Minto Park clean up including lunch. The more people we have for this event the easier it is and we can sit and have some food and dream up new fish stories.

So until we meet again keep your line tight, and your powder dry. Brian

April 2017 Newsletter




Hi All !

Well here am just sitting here wondering what to do, when all of a sudden I remembered that I haven’t done the news letter yet, I should have had it done last week.

Well I know that the fishing hasn’t been the greatest, but we can hope for a pickup soon, the Columbia river is now open for Chinook, if you like to brave the cold, go get em and bring your stories to the meeting.

Please don’t forget that we have elections at this meeting and we also have Sam Wurdinger from Dinger Jigs, Sam always has good info on the art of fishing jigs, so bring a friend..

I still need about 3 extra people for the Fly Fishing Clinic on the 29th to help out and jump in where needed, this is a great way to learn to fly fish and not have to pay for it.

We will have our usual door prizes and we will have refreshments, I’m sure that Sam will bring some his wares to sell so don’t be late. Tuesday 7:00pm Keizer City Hall April 18th, I”ll be looking for you. So until then keep your line tight and your powder dry. Brian

March 2017 Newsletter




Hi All !

Hope you all are staying dry, for March this is unusual weather 2 days of snow, Ice and rain and then just as you think it has passed it starts again. If you weren’t on the learn the river trip on Saturday the 4th you missed a great trip. Bob said it was sunny and almost warm and the fishing wasn’t bad either they caught some smolts and there was one steelhead caught, but he wasn’t with our group, according to our river expert there are fish in the river and if it ever stops raining we just might try to get some.

Our meeting for March 21st will have Jack Glass as our speaker and we will be raffling off two seats on Jacks boat and learning some valuable hints on how to catch Steelhead and maybe even Salmon, so please come early and get your tickets for the drawings.

At this time of year I try to get volunteers for our up and coming events, I would like all the angler educators to sign up for our Fly Fishing Clinic on April 29th the last two we have had were a big success and a lot of fun, then in June we have free fishing weekend on the 3rd and Youth Outdoor Day on the 10th and I hope to get at least 12 to 15 volunteers to come and teach the kids how to fishing help with the set up and take down of the fishing booth.

As usual we will have refreshments and our usual drawings for prizes, so bring a friend and enjoy the meeting. See you there. Keep your line tight and your powder dry. Brian

Action Alert January 2017

Displaying On January 20th, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide the fate of Columbia River anglers for the 2017 fishing season and the future of the Columbia River Fisheries Reform Package. To date, Oregon’s anglers have not received what we paid for (the Columbia River endorsement fee), what we sacrificed for (smolt transfers from the Sandy River and Willamette River hatcheries to supplement the Young’s Bay gillnet fishery), and what we were promised (increased angler opportunity and greater conservation measures by the gillnet fleet).


Join your fellow anglers in a united front against attacks on the bi-state reform package agreement by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. In December, led by Commissioners Buckmaster and Anderson, who favor commercial fishing interests, the Oregon Commission voted to “freeze” implementation of the reform package, thereby rolling back the phase out of gillnets on the mainstem Columbia and the promised phase in of increased sport fishing opportunity.

Fortunately, this last Saturday, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission did not follow in Oregon’s footsteps, but instead largely sided with sport fishers. Washington decided to implement most of the key provisions of the reform package, including full implementation of the spring and summer season reforms, and a commitment to full implementation of fall season reforms in two years.

Now, the ball is the Oregon Commission’s court . . .


Sportanglers have kept their promises and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission reaffirmed their commitment to their largest constituency through a decision prioritizing sportfishing on the mainstem Columbia. In the face of two already approved fee increases, and the need for support for an alternative fee package that recognizes that all Oregonians should pay for ODF&W’s programs, it’s time for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to recognize the merits of full implementation of the Columbia River Fishery Reforms. Please join your fellow anglers and urge the commission to keep their promises to our community by attending the January 20th meeting in Salem or email them, expressing your desires for full implementation of the reform policy. Please tell the Oregon Commission to:

  • Commit to full implementation of the Columbia River Reform Package – including the agreed to recreational fishing priority on the mainstem and a transition of gillnets to off channel areas.

  • Reject ODFW staff’s proposal to abandon full implementation and to allow non-selective gill nets to permanently remain on the mainstem.

  • Re-open the Young’s Bay area to recreational fishing – as recommended by ODFW to aid conservation of wild fish by removing more hatchery fish from the spawning grounds.

  • Allow the use of barbed hooks in the Willamette River and Oregon tributaries as also recommended by ODFW.



Oregon Fish and Wildlife Headquarters
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE 

Salem, OR 97302


Meeting starts at 8:00am

Meanwhile, please consider writing the commission on your feelings for deviating from the course at:


AND, contact your Senator and Representative by finding their contact info here:

Find Your Legislator

January 2017 Newsletter




Hi All!

Well here it is time for the winter steelhead to be coming up the river and looking for food, the water level in the North Santiam is down to a fishable level, but it is really cold outside, for some reason winter dropped on us like a ton of bricks, I still have snow in my yard and my street is still frozen, it is pretty though.

Come one, Come all to hear our speaker give you tips on catching that elusive winter steelhead, Arden Corey is a licensed river guide for the Santiam rivers, his home river is the North Santiam and he doesn’t miss very often. So grab your fishing buddy and be at the meeting on the 17th, we’ll have refreshments and our always great door prizes, and a great speaker.

To pass along a little info for the bargain hunter in you, On Jan 10th at the 50 + center, Mid Valley Anglers is putting on a vendors show, you don’t have to be a member to attend and there should be a lot of great buys there, so don’t forget the 50+ center on Portland road, I believe it starts at 7pm. Have fun

Please don’t forget that this is ticket sales time of the years for the drift boat, I will have tickets at the meeting and we will be looking for some help in selling tickets, so please try to help.

Well looks like its time too sign off and wish you all a Happy New Year. Keep your line tight and your powder dry. Brian