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ExComm Meeting September 20
Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
Second Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Road in Vancouver.  
Guest Speakers: Membership Director Michael Matthews and chapter member Wes McKenzie on twitching jigs for coho and Chinook 
For More Info:
President Don Hyde
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
First Tuesday
6:00 p.m. 
Eugene Elks Lodge, 2470 W. 11th St., Eugene
Guest Speaker: Dean Hendricks of North Country Lures & Flies on coastal fall fishing   
For More Info:

McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
Second Tuesday
7:00 p.m.
Denny's, 15815 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas  
For More Info:
President Carol Clark

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
First Wednesday  
7:00 p.m.
 Albany Senior Citizens Center, 489 Water Ave. NW, Albany
Guest Speaker: ODFW's Bryan Wright discussing pinniped activity at Bonneville and Willamette Falls
For More Info:
President George Larson

Second Tuesday
7:00 p.m.
 Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive, Newberg 
For More Info:
President Ty Campsey 503-705-8296
North Coast Chapter General Meeting
Second Tuesday
6:30 p.m.  
ODFW Office Building, 4907 3rd St, Tillamook
For More Info:
President Bill Hedlund
(503) 815-2737

Salem Chapter
Third Tuesday
7:00 p.m.
 City of Keizer Community Center (at City Hall), 930 Chemawa Rd. NE, Keizer 
For More Info:
President Brian Winn
(623) 363-7387

Sandy River Chapter
General Meeting
First Wednesday
7:00 p.m.
 Glenn Otto Park, 1208 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale 
For More Info:
President Steve Rothenbucher

Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
Third Wednesday
11:30 a.m.
The Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St., Portland
For more info:
Tim Wilson
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
Second Thursday
7:00 p.m.
Meriwether Golf Club 5200 SW Rood Bridge Rd, Hillsboro
For More Info:
President   Tim Lenihan

Last call! 2017 Salmon Hawg Open Tournament

This is the last call to join us in Tillamook this week, Oct. 5-7, for two days of fishing and celebrating this wonderful sport fishing resource. We celebrate with great meals, contests, and prizes for everybody! Thanks to the event sponsors and anglers, this event has generated over $7,500 to improve Tillamook County sport fisheries in the past three years. Most recently, funds were granted to the  Lower Nehalem Community Trust to assist in acquiring the Bott's Marsh property in the Nehalem Bay, protecting and allowing enhancement of the estuary's most productive smolt habitat .

So get your three-person team together and give catching some of Oregon's biggest fall Chinook your best SHOT!

Warm welcome to our Education & Outreach Coordinator!
Allison Dobscha is excited to be serving this year as the Confluence AmeriCorps members with the Northwest Steelheaders and National Wildlife Federation. Allison grew up exploring Portland's parks and green space with family and friends, and is happy to be back in her home state after two years of teaching high school English in Houston, Texas. Prior to her teaching career, Allison studied English Literature, Biology, and Hispanic Studies at Macalester College in Minnesota, where she also worked with a number of conservation nonprofits, including the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. 

Allison is passionate about engaging diverse youth in outdoor experiences, and is looking forward to reaching students this year through ANWS and NWF's education programs. Specifically, Allison will be working to teach students about wildlife conservation through the Fish Eggs to Fry program, Family Fish Camp, and Garden for Wildlife initiative. She will also support NWF's Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat during her service term. Contact Allison at

Tualatin Valley Fall Fish Along
The Tualatin Valley Fall Fish Along is just around the corner.  This is a great way to get to know other members and a fantastic fishing opportunity with a high likelihood of success.
The TV Chapter holds fish alongs twice a year, once for fall Chinook and once for winter steelhead and broomstick collection for ODFW.  We will be targeting Fall Chinook in waters within the Tillamook Basin: Wilson, Trask, Nestucca, Tillamook, Kilchis, and Nehalem rivers.  We do our best to get everyone into a boat at least one of the days. Those not in a boat are provided information for bank fishing opportunities and if available a member who is familiar with those areas to come with.    
Dates: Oct. 13-15
Location: Tillamook County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building
Cost: $95 non-member (25 towards membership), $70 member without a boat, $50 for a member with a boat and willing to offer seats to others.
This event is "rain or shine", so watch the weather forecasts and be prepared! Bring your rain gear, boots, waders, and tackle for Fall Chinook if you have 'em!
If you have questions or want some help to get ready; if you are new to coastal stream or salmon fishing; if it has been a while since you have done this kind of fishing; or if you are experienced and just want to sharpen your skills, come to the Tualatin Valley October Chapter Meeting for tips and techniques.  
RSVP on the Meetup site and pay your dues by Monday, Oct. 9.
Clackacraft Drift Boat and
Alaska Fishing Trip Raffle!
This could be you in your new ClackaCraft drift boat...
Raffle tickets are in! Please join us in raising funds to support NW Steelheader programming by selling tickets for a Clackacraft drift boat and an all-inclusive fishing trip to Kenai Riverside Lodge in Cooper Landing, Alaska. Boat raffle tickets are $6 each or 2 for $10 and Alaska tickets are $1 each or 25 for $20. Let's not forget about incentives -- $1 from every boat ticket sold and 50% of trip tickets will be returned to the Chapters. Additionally, we are in the works of some extra incentives for this year - so please stay tuned! Identify your Chapter's Raffle Coordinator and contact the office to arrange for your tickets today.
Gone fishin' at Kenai Riverside Lodge

Sixth Annual Columbia River Veterans Fishing Event
The Columbia River Chapter teamed up with The Fallen Outdoors for the sixth annual Veterans Fishing Event on Sept. 16. The event was held at Marine Park Boat Launch in Vancouver, WA. Fifty-four veterans attended and 23 volunteer boats and boat captains took them out for a day of salmon fishing. The weather was amazing and the fishing was pretty decent as well; 25 fall Chinook were kept during the event. The chapter provided breakfast, lunch, and a custom event t-shirt to all veterans who attended. At the end of the day, everyone had an amazing time and many new friendships were formed.  The chapter even handed out awards:
  • A 19.5 lb Chinook won Biggest Fish trophy and a Lamiglas rod
  • A 1.45 lb jack won Smallest Veteran Fish trophy and a $50 Bi-Mart gift certificate.
  • 4 Chinook boat total won Most Fish Boat Captain trophy and a Lamiglas rod
Trophy Winners for Biggest Fish and Most Fish

Steelhead Fishing Clinic
Join the members of the Salem Chapter on Saturday, October 21 from 9am - 4pm at North Santiam State Recreation Area as you learn the elements of steelhead fishing This workshop will feature hands-on instruction and will cover the following topics: 
  • Regulations and licenses required
  • Selections of the proper matching rod and reel
  • How reels work and how to cast
  • Types of lines, and which techniques to use them with
  • How to tie the essential knots
  • Hook sizes, types, and sharpening
  • The three most common methods: drift fishing, bobbers and jibs, and spinners or spoons
  • Where do I cast? The best fish holding water for the three common methods
  • Cooking and smoking recipes.
To register and for more information, click here

Steelheader Show Off

A big grin from Tualatin Valley Chapter President Tim Lenihan and Richard Odowick.
Go Ducks!

We're proud to be Steelheaders, and we want everyone to know it! Send in your favorite pictures and stories from your fishing, volunteer and events experiences for a chance to be featured in the newsletter, magazine and online. Bonus points for Steelheader gear!

Submit pictures (with captions) and stories to to be featured. 

We need your skills - please volunteer

One of the things that makes Steelheaders great is that everyone enjoys fishing along with protecting and making our fisheries better. We recognize the  great diversity in talent and skills that many of you bring to your Chapters and this amazing organization through organizing successful projects, programs, and events.

For over fifty years, ANWS has made a lasting impact thanks primarily to our volunteers -- as we have limited staff. We would love to utilize those skills for some ambitious outreach and organizing goals the outreach team is looking to tackle! We are looking for volunteers with skills and interest in: 
  • Photography
  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, c ontact Aaron Sewall at - thanks!
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