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February 2020 Newsletter

Chapter Meeting
February 4th 6:30PM
Brandywine Kitchen, Bellingham, WA

Join us on the 4th at Brandywine kitchen for our 2020 board elections and a wonderful presentation from Seattle City Light biologist Erin Lowrey. Our social starts at 6:30 pm and will be followed by our Trout Unlimited Chapter board position elections at 7:00 pm. Erin Lowrey will be presenting on Bull Trout feeding behavior, the Upper/Lower Skagit fish line of mystery, and Seattle City Lights fisheries and wildlife programs. This one is sure to be a crowd favorite!

Photo Credit: Joel Sartore and USFWS 

February 6th 7:00PM
Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon, WA

I hope you guys are ready for this one as we've been told this is the best F3T yet and the National Touring Company is sure to make that a reality. With this being the 13th annual installment be prepared to get stoked with videos from around that globe that will get you through our high water slump.
Nooksack Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Aquatic DNA Survey

Do you wonder where different fish species live in the Nooksack and want to help the local trout and salmon populations?
Then join us to create a detailed inventory and map of our trout and salmon communities that will be used to help inform future watershed decisions. During the first week of August, the USFS National Genomics Center in collaboration with TU, 4th Corner Flyfishers, and field work by citizen volunteers like yourself, will conduct a DNA bioblitz of streams and creeks throughout the Nooksack basin.
The bioblitz involves collecting environmental DNA water samples at predetermined locations throughout the Nooksack drainage network.
Genetic testing of the water samples makes it possible to determine which species occur upstream. This species distribution information will improve our understanding of these species and be useful for future resource management decisions.
How to participate – Following 30 minutes of instruction, anyone with a GPS or location-enabled phone and capable of accessing the stream can collect samples. There will be an online webinar presentation in May to provide more information about the project and how to sign up.
Information updates including date and time of the May webinar will be posted on the North Sound Trout Unlimited website at 

From Our Committees

Women's Initiative

Our next event is February 18th at 6pm and Brandywine Kitchen, and I have personally been looking forward to this event for a very long time!

DRYFT is a local company that makes high quality waders, jackets, and other fishing gear. For the first time in the company's history, they have designed a line of women's waders. DRYFT wants feedback from womxn so that they can improve the product if necessary and accommodate as many sizes and body types as possible. 

We are womxn, and we have feedback! So please join us for a fun night of good food, great beer, and some wader fitting. Just bring your body and your opinions :)
This event is "geared" towards womxn, but no one is excluded. 

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.


Conservation News
Well unfortunately friends this is becoming too frequent of a sight in our local water of Puget Sound. Despite public outcry, thousands of public comment and an environmental impact statement from 1990 our ever knowing WDFW still granted Cooke Aquaculture a permit to continue to pollute our waters. If you would like more information head over to Wild Steelheaders and enjoy a good dose of reality from Wild Steelhead Science Director John McMillan.
  • 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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