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Steelheader Meetings

Association Quarterly Board Meeting
10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, Knipe Realty Office, 7420 SW Bridgeport Rd # 210, Tigard
For More Info:
President Bill Kremers
541-602-0881

Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver
Guest Speaker: Mike West of Fishing The West Guide Service.
For More Info:
Acting President Gregg Robinson
503-560-1959
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, Veterans' Memorial Building, 1626 Willamette Street, Eugene
Guest Speaker: Doug Garlepps, Fish Biologist with the USArmy Corps of Engineers.
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McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, Denny's, 15815 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas
Guest Speaker: Art Isrealson, Sandy River Chapter member, will talk about river navigability and boat safety.
For More Info:
President  Carol Clark
503-632-6974

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, Albany Senior Citizens Center, 489 Water Avenue NW, Albany
Guest Speaker: Local guide and Association President Bill Kremers will discuss how to make successful Pacific Ocean queries...for tuna, halibut, rockfish, and salmon.  He will address what equipment is needed to catch and what techniques post-catch are used to make the fish caught taste better than most.
For More Info:
President George Larson
541-971-1033

Molalla River Chapter General Meeting
6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 19, Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S Highway 213, Molalla
Annual "Tackle for Turkeys" event where you can learn various techniques of how to build tackle for targeting steelhead. 
For More Info:
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive, Newberg
Guest Speakers: Guest Speakers: Bob Rees will talk about the Family Fish Camp in January. Michael O'Leary will discuss current pollution issues. 
For More Info:
President Ty Campsey, 503-705-8296
North Coast Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 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, November 17, 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, November 4, Glenn Otto Park, 108 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale
Learn all about bobber fishing from chapter experts. (See Upcoming Events for details.)
For More Info:
503-255-6232

Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 18, Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland
Guest Speaker: Todd Alsbury, ODFW fish biologist. 
President John Laing
503-730-4662
 
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 12, Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander, Aloha
Guest Speaker: Nate of Nate's Baits will give an egg-curing clinic.
For More Info:
President Tom VanderPlaat
(503) 783-6228
Last Chance to Reserve Seats for Hall of Fame!
This is your last chance to reserve seats for the 2015 Hall of Fame Banquet and Auction November 14, starting at 4:00. Join us as we celebrate partnerships that enable Steelheaders to do far more than we could on our own. Visit with old friends you haven't seen recently, play new games, see if the silent auction tables have something you or your family needs, all before sitting down to a superb meal while you listen to Collin O'Mara's keynote address and awards are handed out.

To reserve seats, go online to
www.nwsteelheaders.org/events/hall-of-fame/ or call the office, 503-653-4176. 


Action Alert!
Attack on Clean Water Rule 
Republicans are planning a quick 1-2 punch to attack the Clean Water Rule. 
  1. "Barrasso Bill," S. 1140 early this week (Monday or Tuesday), to be followed by
  2. Congressional Review Act (CRA), S.J.Res.22 Clean Water Rule disapproval vote 
Republicans, Farm Bureau, and other industry lobbyists are actively courting swing Democrats and moderate Republicans. We need to remind these senators why BOTH of these bills are incredibly damaging. Please generate calls to the DC offices of your Senators to urge them to vote against these attacks on our precious clean water resources.

The Message: Oppose S. 1140, the "Federal Water Quality Protection Act." S. 1140 would lock in the current state of confusion around Clean Water Act jurisdiction and leave our nation's waterways, and the fish and wildlife that depend on them, at risk for pollution and destruction. And oppose S.J.Res.22, the Dirty Water Resolution that would undermine protections for drinking water supplies, flood buffers and fish and wildlife habitat.

Additionally, please consider sending an opposition letter as soon as possible. Need inspiration? Click on the following link to see a letter that went out last week:


Sample Letter
Eggs to Fry,
Angler to Advocate
Volunteers from the Association of Northwest Steelheaders are just days away from delivering hundreds of thousands of Chinook salmon and trout eggs to Oregon schools under the Eggs to Fry program. This has been an incredible success story for our area schools, getting school children interested and involved in the detailed and incredible life histories of these iconic species. It's the first stage in a critical process of making our future foot soldiers.

It's up to us to be the catalyst that triggers the next generation of sport angling enthusiasts. It can be a picture, a story or best of all, an experience. For someone with the fishing recessive gene that I have, it didn't take much. For most others, it takes a fairly positive experience; it's up to us.
 
Like the evolution of a sport angler, there's an evolution that takes place in our commitment to the resource. We typically start out as consumptive users, with a single goal in mind: to harvest fish. Anglers then begin to get their family and friends into fishing. Next, they become more willing to fight for their right to angle and often recite the social benefits of the sport we love. It's a natural progression, but we all needed a catalyst. No matter what stage you're in, there has to be a mentor to foster the progression of an advocate; again, it's up to us.
 
Every angler has a stake in the future health of our fisheries, our watersheds. As one commercial fisherman so bluntly put it, "Any fisherman who's not an environmentalist is a damned fool!" What issue would draw you deeper into the conversation of conservation? Here are a few to choose from:
These are just a few of the programs the Association of Northwest Steelheaders are involved with. Mentor others. Remember, it's up to us!
Bob Rees, Executive Director 
Save the Date!
Sandy River Chapter Bobber Clinic
November 4, 7:00 p.m., Glenn Otto Park, 108 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale.
Learn hands-on from chapter experts, focused on techniques for Chinook and steelhead, so get out your bobber gear and rods and bring them to the meeting. We'll go over what you have, help you rig it up properly and make any needed adjustments to put you on the right track. The bite may be light, but often the fish aren't, so learn how and go get hooked up! Please bring: bobbers, 20-30# Dacron line for line stops or the rubbery kind, small beads for line stops, 3/0-5/0 hooks, 30-40# leader, fluffy yarn, " hollow core lead or inline weights, barrel swivels, and the rod and reel you intend to use. 

Sandy River Chapter/ODFW Steelhead Clinic
November 7, 9:00-5:00, Sam Cox Building at Glenn Otto Park, Troutdale.
The clinic will be especially oriented to those starting out for these great fish and will cover knot tying, selection of the proper rods and reels for various techniques, drift fishing, bobber and jig fishing, spinners and spoons. Cost for the general public is $52; no charge for chapter volunteers. All class attendees get a free lunch and snacks. To attend, sign up with ODFW http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/outdoor_skills/ online_registration.asp. To volunteer, contact palmerlarryd@yahoo.com. Volunteers will get to learn right along with the ODFW students, and also will be in a drawing for a free fishing trip "somewhere in a boat" with Larry Palmer.


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

Tackle for Turkeys
Thursday, November 19, 6:30, Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 SE Hwy. 213, Molalla.
This popular annual event will teach you the various techniques of how to build tackle to target steelhead.
The Steelhead e-newsletter is sent to all Northwest Steelheaders members each month. 
Please send your story leads and comments to  outreachcoordinator@anws.org