In This Issue
Steelheader Meetings

Association ExCom Meeting
6:30 p.m., December 14, Association Office,
6641 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie
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President Bill Kremers

Columbia River Chapter
General Meeting
6:30 p.m., December 8, Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Road in Vancouver.
For More Info:
President Don Hyde
Emerald Empire Chapter General Meeting
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, Pappy's Pizzeria at 4261 Barger Dr (by Winco), Eugene. Note time and location! Pappy's will donate half of the food proceeds back to our chapter. Please bring a small wrapped fish- related gift for a gift exchange.
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McLoughlin Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, United Church of Christ, 15305 SE Webster Rd., Clackamas. 
Holiday Potluck with meat and beverage provided.  Special drawing for chapter members--must be present to win.  Additional door prize drawing.

For More Info:
President Carol Clark

Mid-Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, Albany Senior Citizens' Center, 489 Water Avenue NW, Albany.
Guest Speaker: Oregon State University Professor Dr. Michael Blouin, speaking about some of the science behind  differences in hatchery and wild steelhead.
For More Info:
President George Larson

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive, Newberg.
Guest Speaker: Bob Rees, Executive Director.
For More Info:
President Ty Campsey 503-705-8296
North Coast Chapter General Meeting
Mini steelhead clinic and annual holiday gift exchange--6:30, Tuesday, December 6, ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 Third Street, Tillamook.
For More Info:
President Bill Hedlund
(503) 815-2737

Salem Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 20, City of Keizer Community Center (City Hall), 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer.
For More Info:
President Brian Winn
(623) 363-7387

Sandy River Chapter
General Meeting
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, Glenn Otto Park, 1208 Historic Col. River Hwy, Troutdale.
Guest Speaker: Chapter member and pro guide Trevor Storlie will discuss fishing for steelhead on the Sandy River.
For More Info:
President Steve Rothenbucher

Tom McCall Chapter General Meeting
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 21 at The Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland.
Annual Holiday Party, with Guest Speaker: pro guide Brad Staples.
For more info:
John Laing
Tualatin Valley Chapter General Meeting
7:00 p.m ., Thursday, December 8,  Meriwether National Golf Course,
5200 SW Rood Bridge Road, Hillsboro.
Get there early at  6:00 p.m.  for Tech Table to learn new fishing techniques!
For More Info:
President   Tim Lenihan

Columbia River Reallocation

With the third and final year of the transition period for the Columbia River Reform policy, Senate Bill 830 directed the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage spring, summer and fall mainstem fisheries on an 80/20 allocation with the commercial gillnet fleet, in favor of sport angling. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is now on the verge of NOT fulfilling their promises to us, by rolling back key provisions in the law that allows for the greatest economic use of these stocks of fish.
Sportanglers are not getting what we paid for, not getting what we sacrificed for, and not getting what we were promised!
The commission will meet in Salem on December 2nd for more information. This meeting will not include a public comment period. A more definitive decision is looming for January or February.

Bob Rees
Executive Director,  Association of Northwest Steelheaders
Public Hearings:
Removing Lower Snake Dams

Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will have hearings seeking public input to develop a new plan to save endangered wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The new process comes as the result of a U.S. District Court  ruling  last May siding with fishing businesses, conservation groups, clean energy advocates, the State of Oregon, and the Nez Perce Tribe that found the last federal plan for protecting endangered fish fatally flawed.

Prior to the hearings, Save Our Wild Salmon, Steelheaders, and Patagonia will host a rally and screening of the film Damnation. Celebrate  wild salmon and rivers, learn more about upcoming public meetings where you can speak up for wild salmon--take action to free the Snake River!

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to save salmon. Snake River salmon are facing extinction because four aging dams in Washington stand in their way to reaching their pristine, natal cold water streams in central Idaho and beyond.Now, the operation of those four dams--Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Monumental, Lower Granite--is under reconsideration. Scientists say taking out the dams is the single best thing we can do to save the salmon.

Rally:  Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m, Patagonia, 907 NW Irving, Portland. For more information, click here.
The Dalles Hearing: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 4:00-7:00 p.m., The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, River Gallery Room, 5000 Discovery Drive
Portland Hearing: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m., Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Astoria Hearing: Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:00-7:00 p.m., The Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St.
For more information about hearings, click here.

Why Diversity?

" The worst kind of group for an organization that wants to be innovative and creative is one in which everyone is alike and gets along too well. " - Marguerite Rigoglioso

Diversity is often explained as a group of people defined by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities or disabilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or ideologies. Perhaps a more inclusive definition is: everything that makes us different from everyone else. Why is this such a big and good thing?

If we want to build teams capable of innovating, creating, and solving problems we need to bring together different perspectives. Diverse groups bring different information, opinions, life experiences, values, and different ways of looking at and defining problems; defining a problem differently often brings new types of solutions.

Men and women, because of gender differences offer different solutions. Different ethnic groups, because of their cultural or geographical life experiences may offer unique perspectives not generally considered in problem solving.

Disagreements which sometimes come from interactions with socially different people can also prompt and inspire the entire group to work harder, sometimes to defend their positions, other times to share information which they may assume everyone "like them" possesses but those dissimilar to them do not.

Diverse groups are usually better at considering facts and making decisions, sometimes not because of new facts or information but because people tend to be more diligent and open minded amidst diversity.

Why diversity? As Steelheaders dealing with climate change in the Pacific Northwest, struggling fisheries, new regulations, we need to bring more ideas and viewpoints to the table. If we wish to survive and remain relevant, we need to increase our membership numbers. We also need to expand our audience, bring in more license fees, which brings us more voices at the table when we advocate for our members.

We need to come up with novel solutions which means reaching outside of our comfort level, listening to diverse voices, welcoming our neighbors, people of color, women, children, veterans and people with disabilities. In the end we are all human beings and we either love to fish or want to learn how to fish or are passionate about our environment and that in and of itself unites us no matter how diverse we start out.

Stevie Parsons
Diversity and Inclusion Director,  Association of Northwest Steelheaders
Throwing Hardware

The other day a co-worker asked me about my steelhead rods, as he is looking for something new.  I pretty quickly jumped to telling him about my favorite gear, because I love using it so much, and that is my hardware casting combo.

I have a few setups, and I plan to write about all of them, but I had to just jump to the good stuff and write about my favorite, because I love throwing spinners and spoons from the bank...
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2017 Willamette Salmon Quest

Join the Steelheaders for the 2017 Salmon Quest Fishing Tournament April 1st. Begin your day with a full day of spring fishing with the best guides and anglers in the area. Fin clipped salmon and steelhead can put you on the winners platform. The day concludes with a dinner, awards, and silent auction at the Airport Holiday Inn in NE Portland. Angler registration fee includes guided fishing, dinner, and award ceremony. Proceeds from the tournament are dedicated to improve sport fisheries through on-the-ground restoration and fisheries projects in the Willamette and Sandy river basins.
Upcoming Events 
57th Annual Portland Boat Show
January 11-15, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive
Wednesday-Friday, 11:00-9:00; Saturday, 10:00-8:00; Sunday, 10:00-6:00

Pacific Northwest Sportsman's Show
February 8-12, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive
Wednesay-Friday, 11:00-9:00; Saturday, 10:00-8:00; Sunday, 10:00-6:00
March  17th - 19th,
Camp Angelos, Corbett OR
More details coming soon!

Hook, Line, and Sinker
Winter Steelhead Tournament benefitting Tillamook Basin Habitat
Saturday March 4th, Tillamook OR
More details coming soon!

Salmon Quest
Benefitting Willamette and Sandy Basin Sport Fisheries

April 1st, P ortland Airport Holiday Inn.
More details coming soon!

Watch this space for future events!
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