In This Issue
New website
Member discounts
Volunteer Opportunity
Protect N Coast Habitat
Ducky Derby
Check out our new website


The Northwest Steelheaders has a new, improved website. Check it out HERE.


We are still adding content and working out some bugs, but we are excited about our new website and the upgrades it has over the previous site, which include:
  • River levels
  • Register for events
  • Contact decision makers
  • Calendar of Association and chapter events
  • Quick links to chapter sites
  • Buy merchandise online
  • Easier navigation and user interface
  • And much, much more

Hope you enjoy. If you have feedback about the new site, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Dick's offers discount to Steelheaders
Dick's Sporting Goods is a cooperate sponsor of the Northwest Steelheaders, and all members can get discounts at Dick's stores using the coupons found HERE.

In addition, Dick's is hosting a kid's sports day at their Hayden Meadows location on Aug. 11, and all Steelheaders members who attend will get additional discounts. Check out the August e-newsletter for a link to these discounts.

Save the Date


Chrome Dreams: 25th Annual Hall of Fame Auction Banquet

Nov. 10, 1012. Portland, OR

This is THE event of the fall that you won't want to miss! 

Upcoming Meetings


Association Annual Board
meeting 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4 at Driftwood Library, 801 S Hwy 101 #201, Lincoln City.
BBQ following meeting at
Shermans', 6110 NE Sal La Sea Drive, Roads End.
Association Executive Committee

meeting 6:30 p.m., Thursday

September 6 at the Association office, 6641 SE Lake Rd.

NW Steelheader magazine

The Steelhead e-newsletter


Ifish thread


For more information contact ANWS President Joe Domenico at (503) 778-0151, 


Columbia River (Vancouver)

Members' meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday July 11 at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. in Vancouver.




Contact President Keith Hyde at 360-772-0996 or


Emerald Empire

Vet Lift, July 14. Breakfast, 9:00 a.m. at Deerhorn Park 10 miles east of Springfield off Hwy 126. Float from Deerhorn to Hendricks Park, 10:00-3:00. 




Contact President Bill Robbins at 541-689-5075,



Yard Sale: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. July 2;. Clackamas United Church of Christ, 15303 SE Webster Road, Milwaukie; 503-283-0044


Contact President Carol Clark at 503-632-6974 or


Molalla River

The Steelheaders' newest chapter meets at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21 at Farmstead Restaurant, 28313 S. Highway 213, in Molalla.


Monthly members' meeting 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Dr., in Newberg.


Contact President Kevin Hula at 503-781-9378,

North Coast

Monthly members' meeting 7:00 pm Thursday, July 28 at the ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 3rd St. in Tillamook.
Contact President Bill Hedlund at 503-815-2737,

No July meeting. Potluck BBQ and Park Cleanup, July 17, North Santiam State Park. Cleanup at Minto Park late July--call for details. The August meeting will be a potluck picnic.




Contact President Dana Roberts at 503-364-7923,


Sandy Chapter

No meetings in July or August for the summer break.



Contact President John Hydorn at 503-255-0600,


Tom McCall
Monthly members meeting 11:30 amWednesday,July 18 at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St., in Portland.
Contact President Dave Reggiani at 503-657-5379,


Tualatin Valley

Monthly members meeting 7 pm Thursday, July 12 at the Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander St., in Aloha.




Contact President Mark Hutchinson at 503-649-1028,

Volunteers Needed


For 4-H day camp the last two weeks of July with focus on farms, forests and fishing.


We need Angler Education instructors who can help teach groups of 8 kids on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at Cathedral Park in North Portland. Dates are July 17-19, and 24-26.  We also

need equipment.  These are

kids from primarily low-income families.


Thanks for any help you can provide!


Contact: Maureen Hosty,

OSU Extension Faculty,


503-916-6075 or cell


Time to Take Action

to Protect Fish Habitat

on Oregon's North Coast

Government Affairs Director Norm Ritchie  and River Rights Director Art Israelson are just a few of the many Steelheaders who enjoy fishing Tillamook Bay and the rivers that flow into it, much of which is state forest land. Now is the time to take action to protect this incredible resource. 


The Northwest Steelheaders, in cooperation with the North Coast State Forest Coalition, is working to achieve visible and durable conservation areas for fish habitat on the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. After years of defensive battles fighting legislation that promoted timber over all other values of Oregon's state forests, our coalition is now proactively working to support long-term conservation areas. There are clear signs of progress.


First, Doug Decker was appointed State Forester in early 2011, and he's worked to rebuild lines of communication with the conservation community. Secondly, in November 2011, Governor Kitzhaber asked the Board of Forestry to consider long-term conservation areas on state forests. Then last February, the Governor made promising new Board of Forestry appointments. One is prominent fish biologist Cindy Deacon Williams, who has a long track record on forest conservation. Another is Nils Christoffersen, who leads the creative and collaborative Wallowa Resources.  Since then, the Board of Forestry has discussed creating a new designation on state forests for conservation areas, and the topic will be prominent at the July 26 BOF meeting in Tillamook.


Oregon needs a diverse and healthy economy, balanced with our responsibility to leave our children opportunities to fish, hike, camp, hunt, and a natural legacy of clean water and abundant wildlife. The Governor has proposed a new, balanced way forward that provides sustainable timber harvests, while protecting key conservation areas as a legacy for our children.


The Steelheaders encourages all our members to get involved. If you can attend the BOF meeting on July 26, please do so. The board needs to hear from people who fish the area and want to see fish habitat protected. The Coalition is hosting a tuna bbq at the Tillamook Fairgrounds 4H Dorm after the BOF meeting. To join us that day, please contact the Steelheaders campaign organizer for Tillamook County Bob Rees at 503-812-9036 or


If you can't make the meeting, but would be willing to provide written comments, please send them to Here are some talking points:  

  • Be personal. If you fish and recreate in the Gillamook and Clatsop forests, be sure to explain why these areas are so important to you.
  • State forests are owned by all Oregonians and are mandated by law to take a balanced approach that protects clean water, restores salmon habitat, and provides recreation.
  • In 2010, the Board of Forestry significantly increased goals for clear cutting, decreased goals for older forest, and decreased protections for salmon.
  • Current plans for the Tillamook and Clatsop don't include conservation areas designated by the Board of Forestry for long-term protection of fish and wildlife, recreation, and water quality.
  • The Board of Forestry should designation visible and durable conservation areas to protect fish and wildlife, provide special recreation areas that won't be clearcut, and to ensure a healthy forest legacy to future generations.
  • Visible and durable conservation areas will help sustain important parts of Oregon's economy - including our many jobs connected to fisheries, tourism, and outdoor recreation.

Support state forest Conservation and learn more at the following links:

SIGN THE PETITION:  Let Oregon decision makers know you support long-term designations of conservation areas on our state forests. 
VISIT OUR WEBPAGE:  To learn more about our work.
 "Like us" on Facebook to keep posted on what's happening. 
BECOME A BUSINESS ENDORSERFill out the business sign-on form, and then e-mail us with questions or to let us know you endorse the campaign.

Rubber Ducky

 Ducky Derby

 Try Your Luck, Buy a Duck;

Make a Wish, Save a Fish

July 21, 4:30 p.m.

Glenn Otto Park,Troutdale, Oregon

$5 per chance to win one of 26 great prizes,

including cash, a camera, and a fishing trip.



Please support the Ducky Derby! We need boats and helpers on the Sandy River and members to be in the booths along the parade route and at Glenn Otto Park. Please call Art Israelson, 503-666-2599 to volunteer. We will meet at the Sam Cox Building, Glenn Otto Park at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 21st to set up the event. The Duck Race is at 4:30 p.m.



Four (4) boats, preferably jet boats (drift boats with motors will work too), to set up the boom barrier. We will not be using the heavy oil boom barriers we used last year. The barriers will be 10' sections of 4" PVC pipe, connected by eye bolts and carabiners. Each boat will have a skipper plus two or three helpers.


We will need a total of 14 to 16 people to set up and collect the ducks after the race. 


We will need six (6) members to sell Ducks in our booth on the parade route (Old Columbia Highway in the middle of Troutdale) and six (6) members in the booth at Glenn Otto park from 9:00 a.m. until when the race is over and the winners have been determined.


On the evening of July 14th or 15th, we will make a test "Duck" run. Six (6) or eight (8) members will be needed. We do not need boats for this test run.


To volunteer, please call Art Israelson, 503-666-2599.


To buy a Duck, call the office, 503-653-4176.


Come and join the fun. Bring the family on Saturday, July 21st for the Troutdale Summer Fest Parade and Park event.

Steelheaders Enjoying and Giving Back to the Resource
During the 2012 Summer Rendezvous, Jack Glass gave a seminar on how to be an even more effective angler.
Steelheaders Membership Director Thom Kaffun, Education Director Mike Myrick, Jule Christi, and Executive Director Russell Bassett with a big kokanee catch landed during the 'Vouz.
The Tualatin Valley Chapter hosted a drift boat training class on the Clackamas June 30.
Sandy Chapter member Dan Drazan and his children Ava and Christian enjoyed a day of sturgeon fishing with Dean Pierce. Drazan was the winning bidder of the trip at the Sandy Chapter auction.


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