Saturday, December 29, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

Happy Holidays from all of us at NF Stillaguamish Steelhead Society TIGHT LINES!!!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012


so you may need to stop for fish!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012


One very wet day!!!!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

West Side Fly Fishing Lakes Need Your Help;

In the spring of this year the WDFW asked for rule change proposals to improve the fishing in the state. The conservation committee wanted to see Lake 16 changed from a "put & take" to a selective fishery. We put in one proposal, DFW616241, and Mike Traux put in a second, DFW809852. The WDFW rejected these proposals and said that Lake 16 should remain an "opening day lake". We need the EFFC members to write or e-mail the WDFW and the Game Commission in rebuttal to the WDFW position. Below are links to the Commission and the WDFW proposal site. The WDFW site allows for input for these proposals, all you need to do is enter your comments. A copy of my input to the Game commission is included so you can use it as a template. Please take the time to respond to the WDFW position, We need more good quality lakes. Links: Template: "This e-mail is concerning the Sportsfishing rule changes for 2013 -2014 as submitted by myself, Ronald Pera and Michael Truax concerning Lake Sixteen in Skagit county. The WDFW requested input for changes in the rules for enhanced fishing. The suggestions in items DFW616241 and DFW809852 proposed making Lake Sixteen a selective gear rules lake. The WDFW response was that the old rules should stay in effect, i.e. allow this lake to be an "opening day" lake. This is not needed , most lakes in this area are opening day lakes and very few have selective gear rules. This lake is capable of growing large fish and should be managed as a catch and release fishery. We are losing a flyfishing only lake, Ebey Lake, under the proposed rule changes. The change in the rules for Lake Sixteen would provide some compensation for the loss of Ebey Lake. The flyfishing clubs in the area want this change and most would help maintain Sixteen as a quality fishing opportunity lake."

Friday, November 09, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Updated Wallace River hatchery genetic management plan available for review

November 7, 2012 Contact: Heather Bartlett, 360-902-2662 Updated Wallace River hatchery genetic management plan available for review OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept public comments through Dec. 7 on an updated draft management plan that will be used by the agency to guide hatchery operations on the Wallace River. The draft plan, known as a Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan (HGMP), describes the operation of the hatchery program for summer chinook salmon in the Snohomish River Basin and the potential effects of the program on wild fish species - including salmon and steelhead - that are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The draft plan is available for review on WDFW's website ( ) or at the department's office in Olympia. To schedule an appointment to review the plan in person, call (360) 902-2782. Comments on the draft HGMP can be submitted by U.S. mail to Hatcheries at 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA, 98501, or by email at . WDFW has updated the draft HGMP to better reflect current efforts to protect and restore wild salmon in the Snohomish River Basin, said Heather Bartlett, hatchery division manager for the department. Public comments, WDFW's response and any resulting modifications to the draft HGMP will be posted on the department's website. The finalized HGMP will be forwarded to NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for implementing the ESA. NOAA Fisheries is currently working to produce a final environmental impact statement on the effect of hatchery programs on protected salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia River and Puget Sound. In the coming weeks, WDFW will be seeking public comment on updated and revised draft HGMPs for other hatchery programs in Puget Sound. Those draft plans also will be posted on WDFW's website.


Sunday, November 04, 2012

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2012-10-31 Lets make ANY Wild Trout; Catch and Release on the Stillaguamish River System

What’s in a Name? The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife defines trout as follows: “…the term ‘trout’ includes rainbow trout, steelhead, brook, brown, cutthroat, tiger, golden, lake trout, and Kokanee, as well as landlocked Chinook, Coho, Atlantic salmon, and grayling.” * The minimum size limit for trout on the Stillaguamish river system is 14 inches. What are these 14 inch and larger trout that inhabit the Stillaguamish and its tributaries? A “rainbow trout” 14 inches or larger in the Stilly system is either a jack steelhead or a steelhead that did not go down to the saltwater (a resident rainbow trout). Both have the same genetics as protected wild steelhead. It has been demonstrated in both the scientific and legal opinions that jack steelhead and rainbow trout are an important component of the potential gene pool of wild stocks. This pool includes both summer and winter run steelhead on the Stillaguamish. “Cutthroat” refers to a coastal cutthroat in the Stilly drainage. This wild anadromous trout is currently protected in all marine environments. The coastal cutthroat 14” or larger are on a spawning run when in the Stilly drainage in late fall. Though not defined as a trout in the WDFW rules pamphlet, the bull trout 14” or larger is often regarded as a trout by the fishermen. This fish is widely protected elsewhere. With few exceptions, these “trout” may be harvested throughout the Stillaguamish river drainage. It is inconsistent regulation and detrimental to the health of our wild anadromous fish stocks to kill them within their natal river. The daily limit of 2 trout per fisherman has a significant impact on wild fish numbers. Currently several tributaries are limited to catch and release from the first Saturday in June until October 31st. After November 30th these wild fish may be harvested. Canyon Creek is the exception and is closed throughout the open season. It is doubtful that WDFW has current data to support these regulations. Limited budgets preclude the annual complete evaluation of the Stillaguamish watershed. Seasonal high water events, slides, and resource management can and do alter the capacity of the river system to support wild stocks of fish. Change can happen quickly and result in outdated regulations. The loss is not noticed until after is has occurred. We have few selective “Blue Ribbon” waters west of the Cascade mountains. Fishermen travel elsewhere to enjoy their sport and spend their monies. Taking home a limit is not the goal of these active fishermen. They seek wild fish in their natural environment. Maximizing license revenue does not represent wise resource management. It has been demonstrated elsewhere that protected waters generate significant monies for local communities. Money talks. What does it take for WDFW to alter their policy regarding wild fish stocks in the Stillaguamish watershed? It would be difficult to ignore the voice of concerned fishermen if they publicly protested WDFW regulations. Writing letters to the media, sending letters to politicians, and supporting local clubs will help. Public pressure to change WDFW regulations will make a difference. Let’s recognize the “trout” in the Stillaguamish for what they are: they are wild fish that need our protection. WDFW will find it difficult to defend inconsistent regulations for the Stillaguamish drainage when fishermen publicly demand a change. We are asking for the entire Stillaguamish river system to be a catch and release fishery for all wild fish stocks. • WDFW Sport Fishing Rules Effective May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013 Author; Paul Wiltberger Supported By: N.F. Stillaguamish Steelhead Society Evergreen Fly Fishing Club; Conservation Committee

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Gordon this image is for you, G

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012


no more wading to our secret spots, 5wt. back in the rod rack, 7wt's for some clearer water.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Q; Does the river know and is it preparing for this rain coming in??? rain???????

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Friday, October 05, 2012