CLUBS AND SWINGING
(This is not golf)
Waaay back…33 years ago a group of fourteen of us met in my office and we started the Puget Sound Anglers (PSA) fishing club. About then, there was a report put out that said the life expectancy of most non-profit club-type organizations shouldn’t be expected to last more than 20 years. Over three decades later there are 17 PSA chapters listed on their state board website.
The first PSA chapter was in Renton, followed shortly thereafter by the Mercer Island Chapter and then the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club (ESSC) jumped on board with the PSA tag. They have been a fishing organization since the 1950’s. Next came the Gig Harbor chapter. The four clubs were breaking away from the dictatorship and mis-management of Trout Unlimited.
Many of these PSA clubs use THE REEL NEWS for their monthly newsletter and their reports can be found towards the back of each issue, this month starting on page 15.
About 3 years ago another fishing organization started using TRN to get their message out to the fishing public – the Steelhead Trout Club of Washington. STC was established in 1928 which completely blows the “20-year” rule out of the water.
Now, joining us this month for their first insertion, we welcome another outdoor organization. The Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club was established in 1919 with the intent to unite outdoorsmen for the preservation and heritage of anglers and hunters alike. We welcome them aboard! (Page 18)
This past January at one of the sportsmen’s shows we were approached by a bass club that had interest in becoming a part of the family and that is still in the making.
All of these outdoors organizations have survived because they realize the importance of our resources and heritages and were willing to fight for that. We are gathers and hunters in all respects, far removed from the country club environments of other outdoor “sports.”
We can’t survive without our general membership, with their yearly dues and fund raisers. If you truly care and want to keep this going get involved, join a club, be a volunteer and show that you give a damn. Just like in politics, you can’t bitch about the leadership if you aren’t registered to vote. Here, you can’t make a difference if you refuse to fight with those of us with like-thinking, without becoming involved with an outdoor organization that is willing to speak up and be heard in the marble hallways of the capitols.
This publication welcomes any and all like thinking organizations and would be proud to have more clubs on our pages, be them anglers or hunters. We’re all in this together so let’s fight together.
Take a look around, but don’t wait too long to get out there on the water as we swing into the summertime adventures. Us Northwesterners have waded through one of the coldest and wettest years ever and now with the of birth of summer last month the opportunities abound.
In the past few weeks we’ve been getting reports of salmon catching, crabbing is in full swing, shrimping is still in the mix in some selective areas, rivers still sport fishing opportunities as do most lakes.
On the salmon end, take a look at the Northwest Salmon Derby Series listing on pages 1 and 12. Tony’s Tackle Box on page 5 should get you pumped up on where to be and when to be there fishing for Chinook.
Columnist Tom Pollack, in all his wisdom, will get you pumped on the crabbing end of things on page 7 and if you want to get the rest of the family involved, get on the Columbia River for the shad fishery as reported by Terry Sheely on page 9 in his Columbia River Region section.
I see that WDFW recently opened up the Icicle River near Leavenworth for the catching of hatchery spring Chinook salmon through the end of this month. I’ve done this before and may do it again. Even if you choose not to fish, just the beauty of this corner of the world is worth the trip there.
If you are looking for heat and dry weather fishing contact the good people at MarDon Resort for reports of outstanding catching of trout, bass and walleye in the Potholes region.
My casting and hook setting arm is starting to twitch.