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January 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming NSTU Events

  • NSTU Women's Fly Tying, January 24, 6pm at Brandywine Kitchen in Bellingham
  • Member meeting February 13, 7pm at Brandywine Kitchen in Bellingham
  • Fly Fishing Film Tour, April 5 at Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon
A packed house for our January speaker, and newly elected board member, Chris Johnson.
It's that time of year.  Hope you're enjoying our rivers!

New Year's Message from Jon Luthanen, President

2017 was a big year for North Sound Trout Unlimited! Our regular chapter meetings saw bolstered attendance by bringing in a host of great guest speakers: Mike Lemoine presented a scholarly approach on sculpin, we heard from the Save Bristol Bay, Hannah Dewey spoke on the Methow Headwaters Campaign, Greg Shimek represented the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition, Beck McRoberts with WDFW presented on law enforcement, Kurt Beardslee gave an informative presentation on net pens on behalf of the Wild Fish Conservancy, and we wrapped up the year with a lighter topic--Casey Underwood’s inspirations in his unique world of fish art.

Outside of our regular meetings, we had the privilege of hosting the first ever Washington Council of Trout Unlimited meeting in Bellingham this past January. This group’s purpose is to support all regional chapters of Trout Unlimited throughout the Evergreen State, and they were instrumental in getting our North Sound chapter started in 2015.

Both our Women’s Initiative and Veterans Service Partnership programs took shape this past year, with each hosting their first events and regular meetings. These programs have engaging activities and outings coming up in 2018. Major thanks to Kendra Krantz and Cory Cuevas for their leadership with these programs this year, and welcome to Women’s Initiative Co-chair Bridget Moran.

Our spawner surveys fell victim to weather for a good portion of 2017, and we were blown out of many attempts to collect data along tributaries of the Skagit River during the spring. On the handful of good days, we had great volunteers and we were able to check our temperature loggers and document many aspects of active fish on redds. We are continuing this citizen science data collection in 2018 and intend to eventually collaborate with WDFW to more accurately assess fish return rates in this important river system. Stay tuned and watch your email as we get organized for the coming season.

Additionally, we placed 20 monofilament recycling stations, constructed and installed by our chapter, along the Nooksack and Skagit Rivers, as well as a handful of popular local lakes and ponds. We will be monitoring these stations during the appropriate seasons and recycling spent fishing line.

We had fun hosting several bigger events throughout 2017. In April, we hosted another round of the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre. Lots of cool raffle prizes were given out, including a Dogfish Boat. The Writers on the Fly tour came back through Bellingham for a sold-out show at Boundary Bay. In November, Kulshan Brewing and The FlyFish Journal hosted a movie night and fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting NSTU.  Wrapping up the year, we had our first annual Speyapalooza in early December, with good food, good company, and spectacular new fishing hardware on display. Despite a river closed to fishing, and some unquestionably wet weather, we had a stellar turnout on at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on the Skagit and hope to grow into a premier event for two-handed casting enthusiasts in the coming years!

Without the hard work and long of hours of our board members, committee members, volunteers, and supporters in the community, NSTU would not be able to exist. We would like to thank Brandywine Kitchen, The Confluence Fly Shop, and The 4th Corner Fly Fishers, who all donated time, energy, and effort towards events and fundraisers throughout the year. 

Looking forward into 2018, we are excited to bring several opportunities to our membership!

  • Kendra and Bridget, our Women’s Initiative co-chairs, are planning to show a fishing documentary towards the end of January, with more details to come, in additional to outings and fly tying nights.

  • Cory Cuevas, who chairs our Veterans Service Partnership, would like to bring together people in a similar style -- with the success of a BBQ / casting lesson event that took place last September, we are excited to see what Cory is incorporating into the new year

  • When the local rivers begin shutting down to fishing, keep an eye out for details about spawner surveys that typically take place from March - May

  • Our third Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will take place in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre April 5th - this Banff Film Festival style of short fishing documentaries is always a good time

  • As ever, we will continue hosting guest speakers at our regular chapter meetings which will be announced both in newsletters and on our social media feeds

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:

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

      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)

Updates from Our Committees

Women's Initiative

Hackle & Hops!  Come join us for North Sound Women on the Fly’s first fly tying event!  Brandywine Kitchen has offered to host us in the upstairs mezzanine on Wednesday, January 24 at 6 PM - 9 PM, so grab a beer and tie some flies with us.  All are welcome. Bring your own tools and materials, including any extras you’d be willing to share. We’ll have several videos queued up, as well as a few seasoned fly tiers floating around, to help show you the ropes if you’re new to the game. See you there!
As the North Sound WI looks forward to 2018, we are focusing on providing casting classes, movie nights, fishing get togethers, and more.  Please email Kendra Krantz at if you'd like to learn more or get 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!

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North Sound Trout Unlimited
PO Box 3043
Bellingham, WA 98227

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