Monday, April 18, 2016


Title: The Rebirth of Elwha River

The Edmonds Salmon Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting a presentation by Jeff Duda, who is a research ecologist for the US Geological Survey’s Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, WA. The topic will be: After decades of debate, planning, and environmental impact studies, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history was conducted on the Elwha River in Washington State, USA, from 2011 to 2014.  The story of this river, with rugged headwaters, protected wilderness, legendary and culturally important salmon runs, and two hydroelectric dams whose placement marshaled wholesale socioeconomic and ecological changes, has become an iconic saga of change, perseverance and renewal. The two dams blocked fish migrations and disrupted sediment transport for a century, disrupting the structure and function of the Elwha River. Removal of the 210’  and 105’  tall dams and the release of a large portion of the 27.5  million cubic yards of stored reservoir sediment, has provided a living laboratory to study the patterns, processes and outcomes of dam removal from multiple scientific perspectives. This presentation will provide a tour of what has been called a “Science Disneyland”, share progress on the rebirth of a river ecosystem, and place this project into a larger perspective of dam removals and river restoration in the 21st century.

The Meeting will be held at the Edmonds Senior Center on April 27th at 7:00 PM. The Center is located at 220 Railroad Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020. The meeting is open to all those interested in hearing about this very interesting and important project.  

Friday, February 19, 2016

February 24th General Meeting moved to the Willow Creek Hatchery

February 24th General Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held at the Willow Creek Hatchery located at 95 Pine Street, Edmonds, WA 98020 (NW corner of Highway 104 & Pine Street). Parking is available on the hatchery grounds and if that is full, park along Pine Street above the entry to the Hatchery.

The agenda will include:

* A 30 minute video, Undamming the Elwha. The video follows the journey of the Elwha River from the day it was dammed to the day it was set free once again
* Brief overview of our hatchery program and opportunity to get up close to our coho fry that have moved  from the incubator to the raceways.
* Overview of club activities and facility improvements.

Snacks and beverages will be available

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Hatchery on Wednesday night the 24th.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chapter hosted State Council Meeting

The Edmonds Salmon Chapter was host to the WCTU (Washington Council Trout Unlimited) meeting on January 30th. We had a good turnout from around the state and they were all very complimentary of our facility. Ray Crawford, Greg Beach, John Hjort and Walter Thompson did a lot of work in the classroom to get ready for this event. We completed a new heating system, installed new lighting and repainted the walls. As you can see from the photo, the room is bright and warm.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Update for 2016

As you can see from the new layout we have updated the website for 2016 and added a calendar feature. On the calendar we will post events for the Hatchery for seminars, meetings and work crews. We will also show the other groups that use the Hatchery for meetings and seminars.
With the unknown fishing opportunities for this month and when they may or may not start, we have decided to postpone this months meeting until February. If there is an opening in the Blackmouth fishery, we will make every effort to put together a fishing trip the end of February first of March. This will be announced as soon as we can get some firm information.
We would also like to welcome our newest member of the board, Luke Hanna. Welcome aboard Luke!

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 18th General Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held at the Edmonds Senior Center this Wednesday January 18th at 7:00 pm. Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Mike Jablinski from All Season Charters in Edmonds. We have scheduled to do a club fishing trip with them on January 16, 2016 when all the areas should be open for hatchery chinook. This is also our annual meeting of Elections to the Board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please plan to attend and let a board member know your desire to serve. We will also have an update on the happenings around the hatchery. Also, if you have an idea for a speaker for our General meetings, we would appreciate your input. We would like to invite people that you as a member would like to hear, but we need to know who that might be.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October General meeting canceled....Blackmouth shootout info

We are canceling the October 27, 2015 General Meeting once again because the speaker we intended to use is not able to attend. We will have Mike Jablinksi, All Season Charters speak at our November 18th General Meeting. Current plan is to have Mike talk about blackmouth fishing in the Puget Sound off Edmonds as well as Captain another Blackmouth Shootout fishing trip we want to schedule for Saturday November 21st or Sunday the 22nd. Plans have not been finalized nor the costs but we will complete in the next week and let everyone know. The trip will be limited to the first 22 to sign up. This is earlier than the trip we did last year and area 9 should be open this time instead of just 10.