Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Board of Directors, Edmonds Salmon Chapter, Trout Unlimited. We wish you all the best during this Holiday Season and hope the New Year brings health and happiness.

There will not be a general meeting in the month of December. The next General Meeting will be Wednesday January 26th.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 17th General Meeting

The Edmonds Salmon Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have
guest speaker Michael Jamboretz,  the Owner-Operator of Jambo’s
Sportfishing, sharing his tips for catching Winter Blackmouth. Michael fishes
the North Puget Sound, and out of Neah Bay on the Malia Kai, a
37' Delta Marine charter boat that was Featured on Fox Sports Northwest Hawg
Quest Show. Bring friends & family to enjoy Pizza, refreshments, prize
raffle and fishing reports. Wed. Nov. 17th at 6:30, speaker at 7:00PM. 
South County Senior Center, 220
Railroad Ave. Edmonds, WA 98020  
(Two blocks South of the Edmonds ferry)


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Benefit Dinner at the Burke Museum

Trout Unlimited is proud to be a part of an upcoming celebration of the Tongass National Forest and award-winning photographer Amy Gulick's exhibit and book, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest.  This unique event will take place Tuesday November 16 at the Burke Museum in Seattle from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  Chefs Kevin Davis of Blueacre Seafood and Anthony Polizzi of Steelhead Diner will prepare a delicious seafood feast, which will include oysters, wild salmon, Dungeness crab, spot prawns and more.  Please join us for this exciting celebration of wild salmon and the Tongass National Forest.

Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets:

Monday, October 25, 2010

October Newsletter Posted

The October Newsletter has now been posted. Reminder also to attend the General Meeting Wednesday night this week. Please also note that we have added a link to the National TU site at the top left of this page for membership. You can use this link to either renew or apply for a new membership.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 27th General Meeting

Our next featured speaker will be Ken Pinnell, owner of Qcove Fishing
Tackle in Marysville. Ken's line started with "Jim's Break-A Way Flasher" that lets you fight just the fish, and anexpanded a complete line of tackle
for all Northwest fishing. Non-members welcome, no cover charge.  Bring friends and family to enjoy pizza, refreshments , prize raffle and fishing reports at 6:30, speaker at 7:00 PM.
We will also be taking nominations for the Board of Directors, for elections at the November General meeting on November 17th.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sept 22nd General Meeting

We started off the new year with a great presentation by Leland Miyawaki discussing his methods and locations of saltwater fly fishing. There were a couple lucky winners in the group that won one of his "poppers" to use next time they go out fishing. We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and that you'll come back for the next meeting on October 27th. I have included below a copy of Leland's card so you can contact him at the Orvis store for more information or possible guiding.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sept. 22nd General Meeting Information

Our next general meeting will feature Leland Miyawaki, the Orvis Bellevue Fly Fishing Manager. Leland fishes and guides on the local Puget Sound beaches for searun cutthroat and salmon with surface fly exclusively- the "Miyawaki Beach Popper". He has fished most of the streams and lakes of California, Oregon, Washington, the well-known hotspots in New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana and the great steelhead rivers of British Columbia. Leland will tie flies for the meeting and raffle. It should be a great presentation and just in time for the fall fishing season.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Chapter BBQ Next Week on Wednesday Night July 28th

Hope everyone's summer is going well and you've had a chance to get out on the water for some Salmon fishing and crabbing. Have heard that the fish that are being caught are larger than we have seen lately. Looking forward to some fishing reports on Wednesday Night at the BBQ. The BBQ will be at the Willow Creek Hatchery starting at 5:00 PM. We will be making burgers and hot dogs with all the fixins. Hope you will all plan to attend to catch up with old friends, hopefully make some new ones and to check out the beautiful grounds and the new demonstration garden.
The next general meeting will be on Wednesday night Sept 22nd, with our guest speaker Leland Miyawaki, the Orvis Bellevue Fly Fishing Manager, who will tell us all about Salt Water Fly fishing. Hope to see a big turnout for this one.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June Newsletter Now posted

The June Newsletter is now posted and ready for your perusal. Please take a moment to click on the link to the left of this posting "June 1020 Newsletter" to see the latest happenings around the Hatchery etc.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Open House this Weekend

We will be holding our annual Open House and Kid's Fishing Pond as part of the Edmond's Waterfront Festival. Everyone is encouraged to come down to the hatchery this weekend with the kids for a fun weekend event. We will have a fishing pond set up for the young kids to try their luck. Everyone will also be able to tour the hatchery to see what we have been up to for the past year. We will have popcorn and treats as well.
Hope to see you all this weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May General Meeting and June Open House

Please plan to attend the Edmonds Salmon Chapter Trout Unlimited meeting this Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. The speaker for this gathering will be Ron Wendland, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Edmonds who will talk about their mission, safety issues and how to use communications on the water for everyone's benefit. Pizza and refreshments at 6:30, speaker at 7:00. We will also have plenty of fishing reports from those who have been out ling cod and halibut fishing.
The weekend of June 5th & 6th also brings about our Annual Open House and Kid's fishing pond, all part of the Edmonds Waterfront Festival. The hatchery will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 both Saturday and Sunday for the fish pond and hatchery tours. Be sure to tell your friends and relatives to come on down with the kids for a great time and if you have a few hours to help, that would be great as well.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Website changes

You may have noticed that we experimented with changing the look of the website for the last month and it has been decided to return to the original layout. It seems to be more clear and easier to follow. If you have comments either way we would appreciate those.
As always, thanks for your support

Gary McConaghy
President/Edmonds Salmon Chapter Trout Unlimited

Sunday, May 2, 2010

2010 Awards Banquet and Auction

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Annual Awards Banquet and Auction. We had a beautiful evening to share everyone's company and have a good time. We may have even made a little money to support the Willow Creek Hatchery and our other endeavors.
Congratulations to Ray Crawford and Gary Dawson for being awarded the Distinguished Service Award for all the work they do for us and to John Hjort and Walter Thompson for winning the President's Award. The Plaques will be updated and hung back in our awards case at the Hatchery. We also wanted to share a couple pictures taken during the evening last night.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tickets available for 2010 Annual Awards Banquet & Auction on May 1st

Tickets are now available for our Annual Awards Banquet and Auction. Catering again this year will be Romeo's , who always do a great job for us. Choice this year will either be Prime Rib or Roast chicken. Tickets are available from Steve Beck @ 425-672-8929 or Shirlee Hall @ 425-776-9775 or email for information or ticket information. 
We are still in need of auction items, if you have something you would like to donate for either the silent or live auction. The location this year will be back at the Senior Center where we have our general meetings so there is plenty of space for a large turnout so we hope that you will all be able to make it this year. For any additional questions you may have about anything regarding the Banquet contact: Gary McConaghy @ 206-354-0877

March 31st First transfer of Fry from Willow Creek Hatchery to North Creek

Getting ready to net some of the fry for transfer

Starting to move the net around the pond

1000's of Coho fry ready for netting and transfer to the
trailer that will move them to North Creek

Closing the net
scooping out the fry takes many hands

Monday, March 29, 2010

Good Day on the Columbia

One of our members, Dean Desilet,  caught a nice Springer on the Columbia River on March 27th.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

March General Meeting

The March General meeting will be held this Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM (Pizza and Refreshments at 6:30). Our speaker this will will be John Abbot, South Puget Sound's 'Captain Downriggin' claiming the deadliest Custom Tied Hoochies on the planet. John will share an hours worth of tips and tricks on downrigger fishing in the Puget Sound.
Another reminder that we will be holding our annual Awards Banquet and Auction on May 1st at the South County Senior Center in Edmonds. Please plan to attend and participate. It is an enjoyable evening with old friends and new alike and also one of our important fund raisers for the year. If you have anything you would like to donate contact me at 206-354-0877 or email

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Next General Meeting and Date set for Annual Banquet

Our next general meeting will be Wednesday February 24th. Jeff June will give a presentation on his latest work in the process of removing derelict fishing gear and lost crab traps from the Puget Sound. We will have pizza available at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7:00 at the South Snohomish Senior Center in Edmonds.

We have also finalized the date for the annual Edmonds Chapter TU Awards Banquet and Auction. This is one of our big fundraisers of the year and hope to get a big turnout this year. The banquet will be Saturday night May 1st at the Senior Center. If you have items that you would like to donate for the auction email Gary McConaghy at : or call 206-354-0877. Your help and participation are most appreciated.

Fish ready to move to pond

Needed a lot of help to get the pond ready to receive the new fry that are in the holding trays. It was a nice day and lots of volunteers showed up to clean the pond as it was lowered and then refilled to take the 80,000 new coho that will reside there for the next few months until they are ready to be transfered to the various steams that feed into Lake Washington from the north.

Here is a link to a short video showing the fry in the holding trays prior to being piped to the rearing pond

Fish moved from Incubators to holding trays

The 80,000 fish that have been in the incubators since the end of December were moved into the holding trays on February 13th. They will remain in these trays inside the hatchery until they are ready to move to the pond  on February 20th. In the pictures above the trays from the incubators are moved from their vertical stacks to the holding trays for further acclimation to the stream water and a larger area to support their increased size

Sunday, January 24, 2010

General Meeting January 27th

Don't forget the first General meeting of the year at the Senior Center in Edmonds, this Wednesday the 27th at 7:00 PM. We will have a guest speaker from Puget Sound Anglers to talk about the North of Falcon season setting process among other things.
I wanted to also thank those of you who showed up Saturday morning to help assemble and launch the net pen for yet another season. We will keep you posted when the pen will be stocked and moved into position inside the Edmonds Fishing Pier. The eggs are also doing very well and will be moved into the pond within the next 2-3 weeks.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Congratulations to State TU winners from Edmonds Chapter

Congratulations to Walter Thompson and Mark Wilbert for being award winners at the Winter WCTU meeting on January 9th. Walter won the Aquatic Education Award and Mark Wilbert the Conservationist of the Year.
It's good to see that year's of hard work are recognized.