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April 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T)- April 5 - 6pm - Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon
  • WCTU Fishout - April 6-8 - Sun Lake-Dry Falls State Park in Coulee City
  • NSEA Work Parties - Every Saturday in April - Locations all over Bellingham
  • Women's Fly Fishing 101 Workshop - June 2nd - NSEA campus in North Bellingham
The Fly Fishing Film Tour is this week! Tickets are available at the Lincoln Theatre box office, online, or at The Confluence Fly Shop.
NSTU Chapter President, Jon Luthanen, finding fish on the Olympic Peninsula in recent months. The OP has been productive for many this year and several of its main river systems are open until mid- to end of April. 

Last Month
We would like to thank Sara Brooke Benjamin, the Environmental Monitoring Coordinator for the City of Bellingham, for her talk at our chapter meeting last month. She shared some really cool past, present, and future creek restoration and monitoring projects with us. Some of you had questions for her about getting involved in these projects. Please reach out to us at any time so that we can pass on her contact info.
Thanks again, Sara Brooke!
Another big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the Fly Fishing Film Tour Pre-funk hosted by Kulshan Brewery, The Confluence Fly Shop, and NSTU last month. You helped us raise money for the chapter just by drinking great beer! If only everything were that simple...


Coming Up

  • Our third annual Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will take place in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre this Thursday, April 5th. Doors open at 6:00pm. We have some awesome raffle prizes including a Sage Pulse fly rod, Smith sunglasses, an 8’ craft from Dogfish Boats, Dryft Primo waders, and much more, including a special raffle just for the ladies from Rods, Reels & Heels! Tickets are available at the Lincoln Theater box office, their website, or at The Confluence Fly Shop. 
  • Our last chapter meeting before we take a three month hiatus will be May 8th at Brandywine Kitchen. Social hour starts at 6:30, meeting begins at 7. Speaker to be announced. Keep an eye on the NSTU Facebook Page for more updates.
  • The North Sound Women on the Fly are hosting their first ever Fly Fishing 101 workshop just for ladies. Expert angler, guide, and casting instructor, Molly Semenik, will be hosting a five hour introductory fly fishing course that will include rigging and knot tying, casting basics, and beginners entomology.  This class is $50/person and will be held at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's campus in North Bellingham. Tickets are available through Eventbright and space is extremely limited, so jump on it!
  • Cory Cuevas, our Veterans Service Partnership chair, is putting together the second annual casting clinic and BBQ for veterans, active duty, military spouses, and their family members. This event was a blast last year, and we're looking forward to another fun day at Edgewater Park in Mt. Vernon. We'll keep you updated on the date for this event.
  • The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) hosts work parties every Saturday in April at different locations all over Bellingham. These parties are a great way for the community to get involved in stream-side habitat restoration. Get outside, get some exercise, and help the salmon! The work party schedule can be found here.

Updates from Our Committees

Women's Initiative

We are so excited to announce our first ever Fly Fishing 101 Workshop taught by the incredible Molly Semenik. On June 2nd, at NSEA's North Bellingham campus, Molly will be covering the basics of fly fishing in this all day course. Tickets are available here, with some of the proceeds going back to NSWOTF for future events and conservation efforts.

In May, we will be hosting a meet-and-greet BBQ/potluck at Lake Padden. It's time for us all to shake off the dust, practice our casting, and maybe even wet some line. 

For updates on these events, please head over to our North Sound Women on the Fly Facebook page. You can also email us any time at northsoundwotf@gmail.comWe'll get you on the email list or answer any questions you have about getting involved.

-Kendra and Bridget

Veterans Service Partnership

A Salute to those who have served and are serving this great country! 
Keep an eye out for the next Veterans Services Partnership event coming up in our region. These events are put together by our North Sound Chapter VSP Coordinator Cory Cuevas who is active duty Navy. NSTU Veterans events are open to all Veterans (active or retired), their families and any government civilians. Whether you're learning to cast a fly rod for the first time or just wanting to hone in your casting skills and spend some quality time socializing with like minded folks, come out and support your local TU chapter! 
Feel free to email Cory Cuevas at if you have any questions regarding North Sound TU VSP events.
Have a great 2018 and we hope to see you out on the water!



  • If you would like to support North Sound TU and our conservation efforts, there are a few ways to donate.
  • Donate your time and assist us at an event or volunteer to chair a position on the board (inquire via Facebook message or email to

  • Send us a check:

    North Sound Trout Unlimited, PO Box 3043, Bellingham, WA 98227
  • Sign up for our Fred Meyers rewards program - without any cost to you, this allows your regular purchases at Fred Meyers via your rewards card to refund 3-5% of all purchases back to the chapter

    1. Create a Fred Meyers rewards account here.

    2. If you already have a Fred Meyers rewards account, sign in and link it to NSTU by visiting your rewards profile here.

      NSTU is recognized as nonprofit 88119
    3. By phone: Call Fred Meyers customer support at 1-800-576-4377 (opt 3) and linking your card to our nonprofit (#88119)

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