In This Issue
Gone but not forgotten
North Coast fish habitat
Salmon Quest
New Steelheaders merchandise
STEP Conference
Special events
Upcoming Meetings


Association Quarterly Board Meeting

10:00 am Saturday, February 16 at the Chehlam Community Center 502 E 2nd St., in Newberg. All officers, directors, and chapter presidents (or their representative) have a vote.

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For more information contact ANWS President Joe Domenico at (503) 778-0151, 


Columbia River

General Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday, February 13 at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd., in Vancouver.




Contact President Keith Hyde at 360-772-0996 or


Emerald Empire

General Meeting, 7 pm Wednesday February 6 at Veterans' Memorial Building, 1626 Willamette Street, in EugeneJoin us early for a no-host dinner, 5:30-7 pm This month's meeting will be a tackle building session led by chapter members. Learn how to create those yarn balls everyone is raving about. Instead of buying pre-tied leaders, learn how to tie the egg loops used to fish bait. We'll show you how to tie your own jigs. Last, we'll give you a demonstration of how to make your own lures. Join us for this informative, hands on learning experience.




Contact President Bill Robbins at 541-689-5075,



General Meeting, 7 pm, Tuesday, February 12 at Denny's, 15815 S.E. 82nd Dr., in Clackamas. Guest speaker is J.T. Goulet, who will be showcasing his famous Shortbus Flashers.

Contact President Carol Clark at 503-632-6974 or



General Meeting 7 pm, Wednesday, February 6 at Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. in Albany. Guest speaker will be Chad Wilson, owner/operator of Steelhead Stalkers, discussing tactics for light line float fishing for steelhead.


Contact Bill Nyara at 541-401-9559,


Molalla River

General Meeting at 6:30 pm Thursday, February 21 at Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S. Highway 213, in Molalla. Guest speaker is chapter member Alan Goering of Alan Goering Guide Service. He will be doing a presentation on the upcoming springer season and target the Oregon City/Lake Oswego area and the multiple ways of targeting them in this area.



For more information contact President Sam Wurdinger at 503-932-8386 or


General Meeting 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12 at the Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Dr., in Newberg.


Contact President Kevin Hula at 503-781-9378,

North Coast

General Meeting 7 pm Thursday, February 28 at the ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 3rd St. in Tillamook. 

Contact President Bill Hedlund at 503-815-2737,

General Meeting 7 pm Tuesday, February 19 at the Keizer Community Center, 930 Chemawa Rd. in Keizer.
Guest speakers will be Scott and Tiffany Haugen. Scott will talk about winter steelhead bank fishing setups. He will share various rigging setups and give tips on how to maximize time and efficiency on the water. Tiffany will be talk cooking, and they will have copies of their best selling fishing, hunting and cooking books for sale.



Contact President Jim Zelenka at 503-371-4063,


Sandy River

General Meeting 7 pm Wednesday, February 6 at the Sam Cox building in Glenn Otto Park, 1106 E Columbia River Hwy., in Troutdale. There will be multiple guest speakers this month. Brandon Wedom of B&R Tackle will present the Holly Worm and accessories. He will demonstrate how this technique is set up and fished. Steve Wood and Rob Crandal of Water Time Outfitters will talk about their 2013 Northwest Fishing Calendar. This calendar covers 12 species of fish common in the Northwest as well as clamming and crabbing with rigging and fishing tips for each. This year's calendar has all new riggings in photographic detail. Tides are listed for each day to help you plan your trip. Top fishing spots are listed for three Northwest states for each month along with state records for each fish and pro-guide fishing tips. 



Contact Howard Berg at 503-665-8008,


Tom McCall

General Meeting 11:30 am, Wednesday February 20 at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St., in Portland.

Contact President Dave Reggiani at 503-657-5379,


Tualatin Valley

General Meeting 7 pm, Thursday, February 14 at the American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander in Aloha.



Contact President Mark Hutchinson at 503-649-1028,

Steelheaders supporter gone but not forgotten
John Williams, owner of Rainbows End Jigs and Tackle in Vancouver, passed away recently. John was a great supporter of the Steeheaders and all around wonderful guy. He may be gone, but his spirit of love for all things fish and fishing will live on.
The memorial service for John  is on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 1 pm at Cross Point Baptist Church, 9810 NE 76th St. Vancouver, WA.

Help protect fish habitat on the N. Coast

Important Public Hearings on the North Coast State Forests'
High Value Conservation Areas


The Oregon Department of Forestry is hearing public comments on their new "High Value Conservation Area" designation on state forest lands. These  areas, which include crucial fish habitat and favorite recreation spots, are vital to the continued balanced management of our state forests and access to healthy salmon and steelhead populations. Many NW Steelheaders fish the rivers that flow from these forests, and these meetings are your opportunity to let ODF know how important these areas are to you!


Tuesday, March 12: Community Hall in Cannon Beach (207 North Spruce)

North Coast State Forest Coalition open house begins at 5 pm (refreshments). Formal public comment period begins at 6 pm


Wednesday, March 13: Hillsboro Main Library (2850 Brookwood Parkway)

North Coast State Forest Coalition open house begins at 5 pm (refreshments). Formal public comment period begins at 6 pm


If you can't make a meeting, you can submit comments to the Board of Forestry quickly and easily HERE

Get your Quest on!
Join the oldest and most-cherished springer fishing tournament in the Pacific Northwest, and give back to the resource while having fun!

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2013 Salmon Quest fishing tournament. The Quest is a friendly competition on Portland-area rivers with some of the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.

Fishing will be in teams of two anglers and one guide. The top three teams and biggest fish win Salmon Quest trophies and the top team and big fish winner will also receive coveted Quest winners' jackets.


Four anglers may fish in the same boat as two teams with the guide being the third member of each team. Guides will furnish the boat, fishing gear, and bait. Anglers may bring their own guide or select from our list of professional guides and experienced boatmen who donate their time and resources for the event.


The Quest is a fun and enjoyable way for anglers to give back to the resource. Proceeds from the tournament are used to improve sport fisheries through on-the-ground restoration projects, and proceeds from this year's Quest will also be used to cover legal and lobbying cost

associated with ensuring the Lower Columbia River fishery changes are implemented in full and within the prescribed timeline.


Registration is $250 per angler and includes a day of fishing with a professional guide or experienced boatman, commemorative gift, dinner, awards, and silent auction. The venue is limited to 200 anglers, so register now to reserve your seat in the Quest.


Register online or by calling 503-653-4176. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Salmon Quest!

Can you beat last year's Quest big fish winner Bill Monroe Jr.'s 42 inch fish?

NEW! Steelheaders Clothing Arrives


T-shirts, both short- and long-sleeved, hoodies, polo shirts and a wide selection of hats with the "50 Years Working for Fish" logo and some new art on the backs of the tees and hoodies are now available. 


The new products include Made in the USA and organic cotton selections. Shirt sizing ranges from S to XXL. Visit our website to see the entire selection and place your order. You can also purchase items by calling the Steelheaders' office at 503-653-4176.


Join the Steelheaders at the STEP Conference 


Steelheaders is a main sponsor of the annual Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program conference. Each year Steelheaders' members provide thousands of volunteer hours to STEP projects, and the annual conference is a great way to provide ideas, experiences, and conversations on opportunities to improve and expand the integration of restoration strategies into all aspects of STEP programs.


The 2013 Conference will be held at 7 Feathers Resort in Canyonville, OR on April 6-7.


For more information and to register, please click HERE.

To view the flyer, please click HERE.

Special Events 


Stay Sharp and Give Back to the Resource

Get your knife sharpened by Kershaw at the Fred Meyer booth (#540, near the camp cooking demos) and support the Steelheaders during the Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show at the Portland Expo Center Feb. 6-10. 100% of proceeds support Steelheaders' youth education programs


Radio Auction Supports Letz Creek Hatchery

Thursday, February 14, Bill Barrett and Tim Fox of New Country 93.3, KKNU will host a radio auction to support the Emerald Empire Chapter's Letz Creek Hatchery. There will be five guided fishing trips auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going to support the Letz Creek facility. This is possible thanks to Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and KKNU, along with five wonderful fishing guides who have donated their time and efforts to our cause. It's very simple. On Valentine's Day morning, tune into New Country 93.3 FM, KKNU, between 7:00-9:00 a.m. Call in and place your bid on any one of the trips. The highest bidder will win the trip and will be notified by KKNU and receive a certificate with the guide's contact information.


The five guides who have donated trips with 100% of the proceeds going to raise Siuslaw River winter steelhead are:

Curt Currey; Currey Guide Service - 1 day Fall Chinook for 2 persons, Siuslaw River

Jim Martin; Jim Martin Guide Service - 1 day Steelhead/Spring Chinook for 2 persons, McKenzie River

Rick Barrows; Barrow's Guide Service - 1 day Fall Chinook for 2 persons, Siuslaw River

John Payne - 1 day Spring Chinook for 2 persons, McKenzie River (this trip is for Thursday, May 30 only)

Matt Barrows; Matt Barrows Guide Service - 1 day Winter Steelhead for 2 persons, Siuslaw River

Columbia River Chapter Plans Vets' Fishing Day

March 23 members of the Columbia River Chapter will take 40 veterans fishing. Twenty of the vets have returned from war zones and were wounded. Twenty others (10 Army and 10 Air Force) live outside this area but are stationed here and have no way to go fishing. This event was very successful last year, and the chapter is looking forward to a great day on the river. If you can provide a boat, please contact Rick Jenkins, 360-903-6085 or 360-553-7717. Rick is the Event Coordinator and is taking info from the public for this event.


Molalla Chapter Spring River Cleanup
From 9:00 a.m.-1 :00 p.m. on April 20 at Feyrer Park. Includes a barbecue lunch at the park.

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