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March 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming NSTU Events

  • March Chapter Meeting - March 13 - 7pm - Brandywine Kitchen in Bellingham
  • F3T Pre Funk - March 22 - 6:30pm - Kulshan Brewing (K2) in Bellingham
  • 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
Time to get your tickets! The Fly Fishing Film Tour is next month!
NSTUs Women's Initiative, North Sound Women on the Fly, threw their first of many Hackle and Hops events last January.

Last Month
We would like to thank Ryan Vasak for his talk on pathology in fisheries at our February chapter meeting. It was an appropriately timed topic as we see legislation passing regarding Atlantic salmon aquaculture in our local marine waters.
Thanks again, Ryan!


Coming Up

  • 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 Confluence Fly Shop and Kulshan Brewing are partnering to show the 2017 F3T in the brew room at their Kentucky St. location (K2) for free!  All you have to do is show up, kick back and enjoy a few cold ones.  Kulshan Brewing is generously donating a $1 a beer to benefit North Sound Trout Unlimited. 
  • Our third Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will take place in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre April 5th. We have some awesome raffle prizes lined up, so you won't want to miss this! Tickets are available at the Lincoln Theater box office, their website, or at The Confluence Fly Shop. Check out our Facebook for updates and to watch trailers for this year's films. 
  • Join us for our March chapter meeting featuring Sara Brooke Benjamin. Sara  Brooke has over a decade of professional experience working across a broad range of ecological disciplines. In 2005, she created a watershed education and restoration nonprofit called Once Upon a Watershed, serving as Director for this successful organization for 5 years. Currently, Sara Brooke works as Environmental Monitoring Coordinator for the City of Bellingham. Social hour starts at 6:30, meeting begins at 7. Check out the NSTU Facebook Page for more info.
Meet Our New Board Members!

Kendra Krantz - Women & Diversity Initiative Chair 
Growing up in the concrete jungles of northeast Texas, Kendra hardly knew about water, let alone fish. Kendra found her place in the Pacific Northwest as an environmental education student at Western Washington University, and though she dabbled in fly fishing throughout school, it wasn't until she graduated that she found a deep love for the sport. Today, Kendra works as the Program Coordinator at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, engaging the community in salmon habitat restoration, education, and stewardship efforts. In her free time, Kendra can be found reading, backpacking, volunteering, crafting, and of course, fishing. Welcome aboard, Kendra!

Chris Johnson - Conservation Chair
Chris joined the Native Fish Society in 2009 as the river steward for the Nooksack in NW Washington. Born and raised in Bellingham WA he grew up fishing and hunting with his father in area lakes, rivers and inland waters of Puget Sound. Fishing for steelhead and salmon on the Skagit, Samish and Nooksack rivers, he developed a deep appreciation of and wonder for steelhead and salmon, and all they represent.

Trevor James - Meeting Coordinator
Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Trevor always had an interest in fishing from a young age. Prior to moving to Bellingham to pursue a fisheries and aquaculture degree in the BTC Fisheries program, Trevor made ends meet as a fly fishing guide in California. Trevor was a fisheries biologist for a private consulting company (Fishbio) before his current role as a Test Fisherman for the WDFW

Bridget Moran - Women's Initiative Co-chair and Media Relations Chair 
Bridget grew up squid fishing with her dad in the Puget Sound and has always had a passion for marine and freshwater ecosystems. A veterinary technician by trade, she will answer questions about your dog for a small fee. Rain, sleet, or snow, you’ll find her outside fly fishing, skiing, surfing, and snapping photos. 

Charles Ganske - Event Coordination Chair 
Hailing from Skagit County, Charles is actively involved in both hunting and fishing in his free time. His jet sled can be seen at boat launches on the Skagit during fishing season, and he is excited to contribute to NSTU.


A Report from the Skagit Steelhead Spawner Survey

Words and photos by Scott Willison

 On a mild and partly sunny morning of March 1st, Nick Chambers and I wandered the brushy banks of Day and Finney Creeks in the Skagit Basin with two goals in mind. Our primary goal was to ascertain the status of NSTU's temperature logging devices we'd implanted last year in each creek and, if need be, replace them. 

After a fall and early winter plagued by several major flood events, we were not terribly optimistic about finding the temp loggers intact. The Day Creek logger appeared to have torn away from the lower portion of a root wad that was otherwise largely unchanged. The Finney Creek logger appeared to have been swept away or buried under a bank that partially collapsed. We successfully installed new loggers in two different locations where they should be safe for the season, with to intent to move them again during summer low flows and potentially once more prior to any fall flood events later this year. 

As for spawning activity, we observed no recently constructed redds or evidence of active signs of steelhead.  We did see several older coho and chinook redds in Day Creek that had been previously flagged late last year.  Water temps were in the low 40's. 

Typically we begin seeing more steelhead spawning activity on these systems as we move toward April.  If you're interested in helping with a spawning survey this year please contact Scott Willison at and he'll fill you in on the current schedule.  Schedules may also change depending on current water conditions or weather windows.  

Updates from Our Committees

Women's Initiative

Our first Hackle & Hops was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy a few beers, swap fish stories, and learn some fly tying basics. We also want to thank Brandywine Kitchen for hosting us. This event has inspired us to dive into planning some really fun events, including a gear night hosted by Orvis, an all-day fly fishing 101 course, a spring social, and film night. 

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
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