Cedar River Spruce UP 

August 18th 8am-2pm

The Cedar River is one of our favorite places to fish in the summertime but unfortunately not everyone respects and loves the river the way we do.  Join Orivis Bellevue, Trout Unlimited, The Cedar River Council, Overlake Fly Fishing Club, and King County Parks in a cleanup effort on the Cedar River.

We will be meeting at the Riverbend Club House at 8am where we will get your energy level up with donuts and coffee.  From there, we will break up into small groups and focus on cleaning several sections of the river.  Cleanup efforts will end around noon when we meet back at the Riverbend Club House  for lunch, casting games, raffle, and having a good time in general. This is a great way to give back to the river you love and have some fun with like minded people.  If you have any questions, please call Orvis Bellevue at (425) 452-9138.  You can register for the cleanup at - http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=sahjtgrab&oeidk=a07eff2r8gg31a11e0f 

 

Cedar River Fishout - July 18
 
John Silvey will be leading a Fish out on the Cedar River on 18 July starting at 6 pm with a BBQ/pot luck then heading to the river from 7:00pm till dark. People will meet in Maple Valley at his friend’s house right on the river.  Please let him know by July 12 if you would like to participate as he needs a head count to plan the BBQ.
 He will send out specific information to those who sign up. 
Send your name, email and phone number.to ftrekerjohn@comcast.net.

This is a great fishery only open from June 1 to August 30th.  If you like small stream fly fishing for wild trout both rainbows and cutthroat this outing is for you.  Bring your 1 to 5 wt fly rods, small dries 12 and smaller along with assorted nymphs.  There are some large deeper pools if you want to try streamers in certain locations.  Bring, fishing gear, jacket, sun glasses, sun screen, bug repellent, beverage and join our merry group along the Cedar River.
 

 

Document Suction Dredge Activities!

TU has put together a citizen science application that will allow you to document suction dredging impacts when you are out on the water this summer.  Its as easy as snapping a photo, entering a few notes and pressing a button.  Enter your e-mail address if you are willing to allow us to get in touch with you about your observation.  
 
All you have to do it to go to this web site - https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/YDWA.  Just follow the instructions.
 
The app will work from all devices and does not require you to install an app from the app store.  However, you can create a desktop bookmark on your mobile homescreen for easy access using these instructions - https://www.howtogeek.com/196087/how-to-add-websites-to-the-home-screen-on-any-smartphone-or-tablet/.
 
If you plan to use a mobile device in the field where you won't have an internet connection, you must open the web app before you go offline.  You can then go into the field and collect data, and your data will be automatically uploaded once you return to a location with an internet connection.
 

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 91163 for our chapter.
 
If you shop at Amazon, go to  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

The date for Board Meetings is changing.  Beginning in January, they will now be 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.
 
 

 
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NEWS 

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