|Coming from Walla Walla - and all point south to Chiquillas|
This evening our regularly scheduled meetings was held at our new meeting location - Chiquillas Mexican House at 428 Ash St, Walla Walla, WA. Last month Dave and Dale contacted Chiquillas and established that we would like to have their meeting room / facilities the second Wednesday of each month September through May. We have no holiday indoor meetings from Thanksgiving thru New Year, nor in June, July, or August, as we usually making plans to go fishing; one and all.
Again this month we conducted our meeting without any club officers leading the evening, but ex-President Dave Stemmer did step-up as Master of Ceremony to conduct the “management” of the meeting and introduced our guest speaker Chris Peery.
Our members and
guest begin filtering into the Chiquillas banquet room around 5:45, as complimentary chips
and salsa was being served. It was 7:05 before the first meals began to come to
the tables. We have since spoken to Chiquillas that we would like to have the
dinners coming to the table much sooner, so that we can conduct our business
meeting without a dinner presentation taking place at the same time. They
agreed. As always, the Chiquillas’ meals were delicious. http://www.
This evening we had 21 members and guest in attendance.
We did pass out Door Prize Raffle tickets for a fly box, but due to the very late start with dinner service and the following program for the evening we did not get around to selling any Raffle Tickets for the other fly box. So these well stocked fly boxes will be an added feature to our March 8th meeting. We are going to have some lucky ~ happy fishers to start their 2023 fishing season with a nice assortment of these flies. Again we ask that you consider bringing TWO (2) flies
to the meeting to donate to the fly boxes – club business funds.
As mentioned… the Walla²
Fly Fishers are currently conducting business without a full staff of club
officers. Will YOU consider stepping forward and accepting
a position of club leadership?
If so, please reply to our Email address...
to place your name in nomination. Thank you.
Historically club officers have given two (2) years of their service to this organization. We are currently without a club President, Co-President / Vice President. Hanging on to their positions for the time being are the club’s Secretary - Dale, and club’s Treasurer - Harold with his pending resignation for the Treasurer. Our most current past officers have filled their office positions for 4-years primarily due to the pandemic gap in the club’s year and a half of non-activity. NOW is the time for some good club members (you need not be a Pro-flyfisher person) to come forward to the aid of our club... to be an officer. These are not demanding positions - showing up to moderate club meetings EIGHT (8) times in a year, and joining the group on fishing outings as one and all may wish.
Chris mentioned that prior to the first salmon cannery going into operation on the Columbia River in 1866 there may have been salmon runs that one could have crossed the river on their backs. He mentioned that in 1938 the Bonneville Dam was constructed and that created an impediment to the salmon runs, and in 1962 the Ice Harbor dam was constructed on the Snake River, which also caused a loss of cold water habitat affecting the fish runs. Chris reported that of the most current years, it appears that global warming of the Pacific Ocean waters is having the greatest impact on the salmon and steelhead populations and their inland runs to ancient spawning waters. Chris also explained that these anadromous fish runs are cyclical, with good years and poor years of species return runs. Sad to say, Chris told us that in the past couple of years that the Alaska and British Columbia salmon runs (where dams do not impact) were very poor, and it is thought that this is due to warming ocean water conditions impacting the fish populations. It may be that due to constantly changing water environmental conditions, we may have seen the best of the good ole days of salmon and steelhead fishing in our local waters. Current projected returns for salmon this year is 8-16 million running the Columbia River tributaries, with 1-2 million continuing upriver to the headwaters of the Snake River.
After Chris’ presentation this evening the meeting began to breakup without any further announcements or a fly box raffle or door prize giveaway taking place. These boxes will be a real prize at our March meeting, and someones fly collection for the 2023 fishing season. Tickets for the raffle box is $1 per ticket -or- $5 for six tickets.
Right now each of these boxes are worth about $50, box and flies.
It was announced that at our next meeting on March 8th we will have Grant and Lottie Richie giving us an updated presentation of their operations of fishing guide services they conduct on the Grande Ronde, Minam, and Wallowa rivers.
Some of Grant's hired fish for your catching