Renaming Our Chapter
 
Because the name Bellevue/Issaquah doesn't accurately reflect our membership or mission, we will be renaming the chapter.  We are stewards for watersheds from Covington, Maple Valley, Renton, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Bellevue, Mercer Island to Kirkland, Bothell, Kenmore, LFP, Woodinville, Redmond, North Bend, Duvall and Carnation.  Basically, the Lake Washington/Sammamish Basin and the Snoqualmie and Cedar Rivers.  That's a lot to cover!
 
Please send suggested names for our chapter to blvisstu@gmail.com by January 31st.  The chapter board will select the best three names and will put them up for a chapter-wide vote in March.  The person whose name is chosen will receive a guided trip for two on the Yakima River courtesy of Ellensburg Anglers.  If more than one person submits the winning name, we will draw a name form that pool.
 
Put on your thinking caps and get creative!  We look forward to seeing all of your suggestions!   Thank you. 
   
 
 

 Chapter Meeting - February 19
Fly Fishing Film Tour 
 
In place of our normal monthly meeting, our chapter is sponsoring a showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the North Bend Theater on Wednesday, February 19.  Doors open at 6:00 pm with the film beginning at 7:00pm.  Besides the film, there will be raffles plus beer and other refreshments.
 
This is a major fundraiser for our chapter, so is important for our many projects, including our efforts to restore Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  Tickets can be purchased on-line at - https://flyfilmtour.myeventscenter.com/event/North-Bend-Wa-36854.  Come and bring your friends and see extreme fly fishing at its best! 
 
 

 
Premier Showing of the Spawning Grounds Movie in Seattle!
 
 The Seattle premier showing  of this film that shows all of the hard work that is being done by many organizations and individuals to restore kokanee within the Lake Sammamish system will be on Saturday, February 8 at the Intellectual House at 4249 Whitman Court on the University of Washington campus, beginning at 3:30 pm. Besides the movie there will be special raffles and other give-a-ways. Be sure to come and see this film, which has been made by Nils Cowan with Hemlock Productions. You can view a trailer of this film at - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spawning-grounds-documentary-release#/.
 
 Tie Flies for Project Healing Waters and the NW Fly Fishing Academy
 
John Silvey will once again head up our effort to tie flies for the participants at Project Healing Waters (disabled veterans) and the NW Fly Fishing Academy (for kids from 12 to 15 years old).  Tying sessions will be held at the Creekside Angling Company in Issaquah from 1:00 to 4:00, beginning on January 26th through March 15th, except for February 9th.  Bring your vice and tools as TU will provide all materials for the flies.  Additional vices and tools are available, if you do not have any, but would like to tie some flies.  If you would prefer to tie at home, contact John at ftrekerjohn@comcast.net, so he can tell you the patters he is looking for and provide you with tying kits. 
 
 

 Suction Dredge Mining Legislation
 
 Legislation that would result in some commonsense suction dredge mining reforms made significant progress during the 2019 legislative session in Olympia.  Now in the 2020 legislative session, there is real hope in passing two pieces of legislation - Senate Bill 6149 and House Bill 1261.  But, we need your help in contacting key legislators to express your interest in passing these bills.  
 
Just click here  for more information.  There is also an aid to use in contacting your legislators.  
 
Here's a document that provides background on the work that has been done so far and provides suggestions about who to contact.  Just click here to access the document.
 
 
 
Thank you for your help on this very important project! 
 

 

Kokanee Recovery Lake Sammamish
 
Our chapter is working with several governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations to restore the last remaining native run of kokanee salmon in Lake Samammish. There is always a need for volunteers for kokanee-related projects. For more information on events and projects that we are working on go to - Lake Sammamish kokanee.
 
Here's a live camera view of Kokanee returning to spawn: click here. 
 
Check out this underwater vide of spawning Kokanee -https://www.facebook.com/KCWLRD/videos/347820499325504/
 
 
The Kokanee Work Group (KWG) is an ad hoc group formed in 2007 to investigate the causes of the decline of kokanee within Lake Sammamish. For more information on  KWG, go here.
 
 

Chapter Activities

 
 
Our chapter is involved in many activities that range from social events, meetings, fishery enhancements and environmental improvement.  Some of these activities are listed below -
  • Monthly Chapter Events at the Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse
  • Monthly board meetings (all members welcome!)
  • Annual Fun Run at Lake Sammamish State Park
  • Annual Perch Derby at Lake Sammamish
  • Issaquah Salmon Days booth
  • Fishing Outings
  • Kokanee Fry Trapping/Counting
  • Candidates' Forum
  • Fishout at Lake Langlois Lake in conjuction with Project Healing Waters
  • Annual Fly Casting Clinic
  • Habitat restoration events, in cooperation with the Snoqualmie Tribe and others
  • Kokanee weir operation
  • Sponsor showing of Fly Fishing Film tour movies
  • Iron Fly Tying "competition"
  • Cedar River cleanup
Volunteers are needed in order to make these activities successful. Come to the monthly meetings to learn more about these activities and how/when to volunteer!

 Wild Steelhead Initiative
 
Trout Unlimited's Wild Steelhead Initiative and Wild Steelheaders United is an ambitious and hopeful effort to protect and restore wild steelhead. Keep up-to-date on this important project at this web site - Wild Steelhead Initiative.  You can also follow on Facebook - Wild Steelhead
 

 
Join Trout Unlimited
 
People joining Trout Unlimited for the first time, can join at a reduced rate of only $17.50.  For more information and to sign up, click here.
 

Chapter Fundraising Opportunities
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon, you can take advantage of community support programs for qualifying non-profits (like Trout Unlimited.)
 
If you shop at Fred Meyer, you can sign up at the Community Rewards Program.  Just provide your Fred Meyer card number (not a credit card) or the alternate ID you use to  get their reward and fuel points.  You will be asked for the number of the organization that you want to support.  Use QE215 for our chapter.
 
If you shop at Amazon, go to  http://amazonsmiles.com.  Just walk through the signup process and identify Issaquah-Bellevue Trout Unlimited.  Once you sign up, 0.50% of what you spend will come back to the chapter.
 

Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

To learn about this project and how it can affect the Kokanee in Lake Sammamish, click here.
 
Nils Cowan, who works for KCTS television on the EarthFix program, has written an article and produced a video about the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.  To read his article and see the video, click here.

Board Meetings 

Board Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. At the board meetings, business of the chapter is discussed including budgets, projects, outings and spending items.  All members are invited to attend.
 
Meeting time is 7:00 pm and the location is the Rogue Ales Brewhouse in Issaquah. 
 

 
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NEWS 

 
WDFW gives Cooke Aquaculture approval to farm steelhead in Puget Sound.  For more information, click here.
 
Coho salmon returns are lower than expected.  Here's a Seattle Times article describing the situation.  Click here.
 
 
It looks like the "blob" of unusually warm water may be re-building in the ocean.  Read about it here.
 
Here's an article in the Bellevue Reporter about Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  Read the article.
 
The proposed Maple Valley asphalt plant may be coming closer to reality. Read this article.
 
Chemicals from tires are suspected in causing deaths of Coho Salmon in Puget Sound area streams. 
 
Here's a good article about experimental work being done to establish a sustainable fishery in Morro Bay, California.  To read the article, click here. 
 
Here's an article about the evidence of climate change on the Big Hole River in Montana.  To read the article, click here.  
 
 Here's an article in the Bellevue Reporter about the low returns of Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To read the article, click here.
 
You can view Chris Wood's 2017 State of Trout Unlimited address at - http://www.vimeo.com/238398505
 
Here's a report on Scott Pruitt's (head of EPA) meeting with the CEO of the company who wants to develop the Pebble Mine.  To read the report, click here
 
Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited has responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  To read his response, click here.
 
National monuments to be reviewed per President Trump executive order.  For more information, click here.

Kokanee

Here's a great article in the Issaquah Reporter about the Kokanee fry release ceremony at Confluence Park in Issaquah.  To read, click here. 
 
To view a video describing the problems caused by culverts on salmon spawning streams - click here
 
.Our chapter is a member of the Kokanee Work Group (KWG), a collaborative group trying to identify the causes of the decline of native Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To see what the KWG  is doing , click here.
 
David Kyle, along with Chris Gregerson from King County have installed Remote Stream Incubators on Zackuse and Idylwood Creeks.  To read David's summary of this project, click here. 
 
Here's an article and video about the urban wildlife refuge being created at Lake Sammamish that will benefit the little red fish. To read, click here. 
 
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the State of Washington must remove or repair culverts that are blocking fish passage.  To see what culverts in our area are involved, click here.
 
The Issaquah Reporter has a great article about this year's run of Kokanee. To read it, click here

Here's an article in the Issaquah Press about Wally Pereya. To read the article, click here

To view a video of the 5th annual kokanee fry release ceremony, click here

Take a look at the Kokanee Recovery Strategic Timeline. To view, click here


Steelhead

 For information on TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, click here.
 
The design for the Steelhead license plate is complete and the plates can be purchased beginning in January of 2017.  For more information, click here.
 
Here's a great op-ed by John Luthanen from the North Sound chapter of TU regarding a wild steelhead fishery on the Skagit River.  To read, click here.
 
Here's an animated video that vividly describes the difficulties that three steelhead encountered as they attempted to return to their native stream.  To view,
 
 Watch a video named Chrome that talks about the looming threats of climate change and ocean acidification on the survival of steelhead. Click here.
  
Watch this King 5 video about the work being done by the USGS to determine the possible role of parasites on steelhead survival.  Click here.  

NOAA Fisheries has reached the final determination on early run steelhead hatcheries on five streams, For more information,click here

 
To read an Op Ed in the Seattle Times regarding a steelhead recovery plan, click here