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May 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


May Speaker Series - Tuesday, May 14th - 6:30PM- Brandywine Kitchen

Women's Fly Fishing 101 - Saturday, May 18th - 9AM-1PM - Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Bellingham, WA
Last Month
Last month marked the 4th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour for North Sound Trout Unlimited and it certainly didn't disappoint. In partnering with The Confluence Fly Shop and the Lincoln Theater it was our largest event yet. Thank you to all that could make it out and make this such a memorable event for the chapter. Raffle proceeds are going towards furthering our goals of protecting and conserving our wild and native cold water fish and fisheries that we all love and enjoy. With this being our largest event of the year it was made possible with support from:

 Oskar Blues
 The Lincoln Theater
 Sage Fly Fishing
 Smith Optics
 Anglers Rendezvous
 Cypress Designs/DogFish Boats
 Remote Medical International
 Raging River Sales
 The Confluence Fly Shop
 Dryft
 The Fly Fish Journal
 All-Waters Fly Fishing
 Brandywine Kitchen
 Patagonia
 Costa Sunglasses
 Tony’s Coffee
 Joe’s Garden
Thanks again to all of our gracious supporters, events like this would not be possible without their continued donation.

Coming Up
May Speaker Series 
  • Brian Footen, President of FishViews will be joining us to discuss how they are revolutionizing waterway mapping. 
  • Open to the public
  • Social hour at 6:30pm
  • Presenter at 7pm
  • Upstairs Mezzanine of Brandywine Kitchen, Bellingham, WA
  • RSVP here
Calling all ladies to join North Sound Women on the Fly and certified FFI casting instructor and guide, Molly Semenik, for an introduction to fly fishing. This is a small, intimate, womxn-only class for fly fishing beginners.

Molly will cover the basics of fly fishing including an introduction to the sport, a note on conservation, practice with rigging, and casting instruction.

In order to participate, you MUST register here:

A small portion of the proceeds will go back to North Sound Women on the Fly for future events and conservation efforts.

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed by Bridget and Kendra of North Sound Women on the Fly at

From Our Committees

Women's Initiative
Thank you to everyone who joined us at F3T this year and participated in the raffle!
It was wonderful to meet so many new women interested in the sport.

NSWOTF is hosting the Womxn's Fly Fishing 101 class on May 18th and we hope you'll join us!

For more updates on what we're up to, head over to the North Sound Women on the Fly Facebook page. You can also email us any time at We'll get you on the email list or answer any questions you have about getting involved.

-Kendra and Bridget
Volunteer Opportunities

As our welcomed 2019 Spring catch and release steelhead season winds to a close, our North Sound TU steelhead spawner surveys on Day and Finney Creeks are really ramping up.  We’ve been surveying since the end of January this year, seeing very little in the early months. We've logged a few more new redds here and there since the end of March.  The steelhead fishing this year on the Skagit and Sauk could be categorized as spotty, with small pulses of fresh steelhead moving through periodically and then everything gets pretty quiet for a week or two.  Our redd counts have somewhat followed suit and the numbers look a little behind what we’re used to seeing at this point in the season. Salmon fry are out in abundance, however.  The stream flows for the most part have been abnormally low for an unusually long period of time, which may be affecting spawn timing or stream accessibility this year as well.  We’ll continue to survey through mid June and would expect to see a bit more activity going into May, which tends to be the peak month for spawning in the creek sections we survey.  The weather’s been mostly pleasant, conditions exceptional for surveying and streamside conversation endlessly entertaining as we stumble along on the bankside cobble looking for the latest redd.  Thanks to Bridget Moran, Don Ensley and Nick Chambers for helping with the surveys this year.  If you’re interested in participating in a survey or two in May or June let me know.  I’ve been focusing on mid week, usually Wednesday or Thursday, but we may be able to coordinate a weekend survey as well.  The next anticipated survey will be during the second week of May.

Scott Willison

Getting Involved
If you would like to get involved further with North Sound Trout Unlimited please get in contact with one of our board members and inquire about what positions will becoming available in the next term. It's a great way to get involved in your community and help protect the cold-water fisheries that we all love and enjoy.
  • 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
  • Link your Amazon Smile account to NSTU. Find out how here.
  • 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 VH504
    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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PO Box 3043
Bellingham, WA 98227

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