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May 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • May Chapter Meeting - May 8th - Brandywine Kitchen, Bellingham
  • Entomology Pre-funk - May 8th - Brandywine Kitchen, Bellingham
  • North Sound Women on the Fly Potluck - May 6 - Lake Padden, Bellingham
Andy Brew working a switch through side water on the Skagit.
Photo by Jon Luthanen.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended the event and donated to NSTU. 
Member Survey
What we do at North Sound Trout Unlimited would not be possible without our incredible membership, so we are genuinely interested in what our members have to say.

This survey helps us figure out where our members want their donations to go, as well as in planning future events and providing valuable educational opportunities. 

Please help us out by filling out the NSTU Member Survey. Click here to add your input. 
Last Month
We owe a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support North Sound Trout Unlimited at The Fly Fishing Film Tour on April 5th. With over 200 people in attendance, we were able to raise a hefty sum of money that will allow us to move forward with future conservation projects.
Thank you to Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon for hosting us and to The Confluence Fly Shop for putting in a great deal of work in order to make this a successful event. Other fantastic sponsors include Dogfish Boats, Sage, Redington, Dryft, Kite Paddle Surf, LFS Marine, Yeager's Sporting Goods, Joe's Garden, Big 5, Kulshan Brewery, Bobos, Yeti, The Flyfish Journal,  OPST, Raging River Sales, Rods Reels & Heels, Brandywine Kitchen, Chuckanut Brewery, Railroad Pub and Pizza, Shirlee Bird Cafe, Oskar Blues, and the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited.

Coming Up
  • Our last chapter meeting before we take a three month hiatus will be May 8th at Brandywine Kitchen. Mike LeMoine, an Upper Skagit fisheries biologist, will be presenting on North of Falcon and the decision making processes involved. Social hour starts at 6:30p. Meeting begins at 7p. Meet us in the upstairs mezzanine.
  • North Sound Women on the Fly is hosting an entomology pre-funk just before the aforementioned chapter meeting. Everyone is welcome to join us at 5:30p in the upstairs mezzanine at Brandywine Kitchen. NSWOTF's own Kendra Krantz will be leading a fun discussion about bug basics, the flies that mimic them, and knowing which flies to fish based on the conditions.
  • Spring is here and it's time to shake off the dust! Join North Sound Women on the Fly for a potluck meet & greet. This picnic-style hang out will be at Lake Padden (next to the playground, on the dog park side). Eat some good food, swap stories, practice casting, and even wet a line if you so desire. Bring a chair or blanket and a dish to share. This event is open to everyone, so feel free to bring the whole family. The more the merrier! Event page found here
Most recent haul from the Lake Padden Monofilament Station. Great to see the community using it and keeping all that trash out of the lake. 
Monofilament station in action at Lake Padden.
Update: Monofilament Stations
Words and Photos by Brandon Sly

Monofilament fishing line lasts up to 600 years in the environment where it can entangle wildlife, be eaten by a variety of species, and become hazardous to boaters and swimmers. Once monofilament is in the environment it can be very difficult to remove. The best way to protect our waters and wildlife from monofilament is to prevent it from being littered in the first place. Mono collection stations are a proven method to achieve this goal.

As many of you may know NSTU has installed several monofilament collection stations throughout our membership area. With the lowland lake opener upon us we have added a few more stations in Whatcom County. Be on the lookout for two new stations located at Lake Padden. One is located near the fishing dock by the outflow on the west side of the lake. The other is installed near the fishing dock on the east side of the lake. This is in addition to the station located at the fishing pier near the tennis courts. We have also added a mono collection station at the Cain Lake boat launch.

In our ongoing effort to maintain the mono collection stations throughout our membership area we are currently looking for volunteers to help clean out and monitor stations. This is a great way to get more involved with NSTU without having to commit to several volunteer days a month. Below is a complete list of the mono collection stations currently installed within our membership area. If you live near one of these stations and would like to help out or would just like some more info please contact us.

Whatcom County
  • Lake Padden x 3
  • Cain Lake
  • Kendall Creek Hatchery
  • Nugent’s Corner
  • Hovander Boat Launch
  • Wiser Lake
  • Lake Fazon
  • Lake Terrell x 2
  • Mosquito Lake Road bridge (NF Nooksack)
  • Bloedel Donovan
  • Lake Samish
  • Silver Lake

Skagit County

  • Sutter Creek
  • Baker River Boat Launch
  • Faber’s North
  • Birdsview Boat Launch
  • Hamilton
  • Marblemount
Update: Steelhead Spawner Surveys
Words and Photos By Scott Willison
Our North Sound Trout Unlimited spring steelhead spawner surveys on the middle Skagit tributaries are trucking right along.  Water conditions this year have been generally more favorable than last as far as stream height and clarity, making it much more effective to see what's been going on out there.

We've been surveying Day and Finney Creeks at least every two weeks, working around the roller coaster ebbs and flows of rain events for our best opportunities to view onchorynchus mykiss doing its thing.  We've sighted a number of new redds on Day Creek and a couple of test digs on Finney Creek, indicating there are at least a few fish around.  Water temps and weather patterns have remained on the cooler side this year, so we're hoping we're yet to see a the big spike in spawning activity we'd usually be observing by this point in the season.  

We'll be continuing to survey through the end of May and potentially early June.  If you're interested in participating in the surveys this year and have not already reached out to me, drop me an email at and we'll get you added to the survey roster.  We do both weekday and weekend surveys depending on water conditions and survey leader schedules so we'll have several opportunities for you to join in the fun.

From Our Committees

Women's Initiative

Holy Cow! Our Fly Fishing 101 Workshop is totally sold out! Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. We have now enabled a waitlist on the event page. If you didn't reserve your seat, but still want to attend the event, please sign up on the waitlist just in case someone is unable to attend. Waitlist is available here.

It was also such a pleasure to meet many of you at The Fly Fishing Film Tour last month. We learned that there are a lot of women from all over Whatcom and Skagit counties who are eager to get involved, so we will do our absolute best to reach out geographically. 

For 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 northsoundwotf@gmail.comWe'll get you on the email list or answer any questions you have about getting involved.

-Kendra and Bridget


  • 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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