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Steelheader Meetings

Association Executive Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 21, Association Office
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President Bill Kremers

Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 14, Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver
Guest Speaker: Larry Palmer from the Sandy River Chapter will speak about the Steelhead Workshops and pass along a few fishing secrets from across the big river.
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Acting President Gregg Robinson
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 6, Veterans' Memorial Building, 1626 Willamette Street, Eugene
Guest Speaker: Jeff Ziller, ODFW District Fish Biologist, will speak about recent changes in several fishing rules, the effect of the drought, and other points of interest.
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McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, Denny's, 15815 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas
Guest Speaker: Larry LaRue from Looney Lures.
For More Info:
President  Carol Clark

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, Albany Senior Citizens Center, 489 Water Avenue NW, Albany
Guest Speaker: Local guide Damon Struble, Nomad's Fishing Adventures ( will speak about bobber fishing for Salmon on the Siletz.
For More Info:
President George Larson

Molalla River Chapter General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15, Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S Highway 213, Molalla
Guest Speaker: Guest Speaker: Scott Nichols talking Columbia River fishing techniques for salmon. 
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7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive, Newberg
For More Info:
President Ty Campsey, 503-705-8296
North Coast Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 Third Street, Tillamook
For More Info:
President Bill Hedlund
(503) 815-2737

Salem Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, City of Keizer Community Center (at City Hall), 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer
For More Info:
President Brian Winn
(623) 363-7387

Sandy River Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, Glenn Otto Park, 108 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale
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Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 21, Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland
Guest Speaker: Fishing guide Chris Vertopoulos, "The Greek." 
President John Laing
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander, Aloha
For More Info:
President Tom VanderPlaat
(503) 783-6228
SHOT: Fish to Benefit Tillamook-Area Fisheries
This is your last chance to register a team of three for the 2015 SHOT Tournament October 15-17. This an opportunity for you to enjoy two days fishing fall Chinook with net proceeds benefitting Tillamook-area fisheries. If there is more than one team from your chapter, the second team is free! All events will be at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds.

If you have questions about the tournament, contact Tim Lenihan at 503-310-9824. Please register before October 13! 
2015 Hall of Fame Banquet:
This year's Hall of Fame Banquet will feature Collin O'Meara, President of the National Wildlife Federation, as the keynote speaker. Collin will fly to Portland from the East Coast for the singular purpose of attending the Steelheaders Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, November 14th. Collin is a very dynamic, high energy speaker. Although Northwest Steelheaders have been an affiliate of NWF since 2006, this will be the first time that the NWF President will address Steelheaders in person.

Register now--early bird pricing is in effect only until November 1.
A Time to Ponder

One evening during the recent Buoy 10 season on the lower Columbia River, my boat was one of only four, searching for an upriver bright for my family and friends to enjoy. It's rare to have the river to myself; without clients to hear jokes from, I have time to ponder. As I look to the sun setting on the horizon, I can't help but think about what this place was like before European settlement. What would fishing have been 150 years ago with today's equipment?
It had taken eight hours to catch a dozen fish for my clients earlier in the day, from a run of about 1.2 million salmon, most of them less aggressive hatchery fish. How long would it have taken a century ago when we had closer to 16 million aggressive wild salmon returning? The Columbia has produced astounding numbers of returning adults the last three seasons, yet we still have 13 runs of salmonids listed under the ESA. How did we get to this point?

Lethally warm water temperatures in their freshwater ecosystems, coupled with a warm water blob in the ocean will spell trouble for returning adults in the years to come. You'll hear me talk about Ecosystem Based Management (EBM), which is a hands-off approach to management--actually, no management at all. We're already seeing some EBM: protecting the forage prey base, riparian plantings, and carcass tosses are some examples.

I'll keep daydreaming about what it would have been like to troll a herring through a school of a million salmon in August on the lower Columbia 150 years ago. Not only would we have our limit in 20 minutes, but we'd be releasing fish under 35 pounds. It's important to realize the footprint we've had on our natural world in just the last hundred years. We will celebrate with salmon barbecues and brag about the fish that got away, but, realize this: we're now at a stage in our history where we know what causes the decline of salmon, and we're to blame. What will you do today to ensure we don't collectively put the nail in the coffin of this iconic species?
Bob Rees, Executive Director 
Save the Date!
Salmon Hawg Open Tournament (SHOT) 
Thursday through Saturday, October 15-17
Weigh-in, silent auction, awards dinner at Tillamook Fairgrounds.

Molalla River Cleanup
Saturday, October 17 
The Molalla River Chapter, in connection with Molalla River Watch and SOLVE. Meet at Feyrer Park at 9:00 a.m., then disperse to do cleanup.

Yamhill River Coho Spawning Surveys
Thursday, October 22, 6:00-7:30 - Community social gathering and pizza party in McMinnville for the public to learn about the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC), the watershed and salmonids, and the spawning survey program. The Yamhill River has one of the biggest runs of wild Coho salmon in the entire Upper Willamette River Watershed. Help us welcome the 2015 return of spawning coho salmon with a big roar of local support!
Friday, October 23
 - In-field training day for volunteers to learn survey protocols and visit one of the survey creeks. Required for new volunteers and a good refresher for prior volunteers.
RSVP for both events.

Columbia River Chapter Drift Boat Fishing Day
Saturday, October 24 
The Columbia River Chapter drift boat fishing day for chapter members. 

28th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet and Auction 
Saturday, November 14
Wilsonville Holiday Inn, Wilsonville. Games, silent auction, super silent auction, awards banquet.
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