What is the Streamside clinic?
MNST developed this clinic in 2011 as way to teach beginners and intermediate anglers the fundamentals of fishing our North Shore streams and rivers with a focus on steelhead and salmon. Timing the clinic in the fall was easy, the pink salmon migration is in full swing, weather conditions are fairly stable and the rivers have lower water levels than during the spring steelhead migration which makes them much more manageable. Pinks also utilize much of the same migration and spawning water as our steelhead, and most north shore steelhead flies can catch pinks.
What will you learn?
Our all-volunteer staff of experienced anglers will teach you about pink salmon; how they got here, why they were able to naturalize, and how their habitat/life-cycle is similar to steelhead.
We teach a little on how geology and limnology impact steelhead and pink salmon. We review fishing equipment that is suitable for steelhead, trout and salmon including: rods, reels, line, knots, flies, and misc extras. We give a brief summary on all the trout and salmon that swim our waters and how and when to target them. We also go discuss reading water and the terminology for the different types of water/current within our rivers and streams. This all might seem time consuming, but it is important information aimed at helping you become a successful anglers. We try to keep the off-water portion to 45 minutes.
Once Streamside, we will have some hands-on instruction on locating fish, fly selection and presentations. We will then help anglers locate productive spots and start fishing. Note this is not a fly casting class, but some assistance can be provided if requested.
***Details on location will be sent to registered participants after successful registration***
Event Schedule for September 21st:
Arrival and Prep: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Please use this time to use the bathroom, assemble your gear and dress (waders, boots, vests etc.)
Outdoor Classroom Lecture: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
River Hike: 10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
On The Water Session: 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Who can attend?
This clinic is open to all who are able to freely maneuver the root-covered dirt and rock trails along the banks of the river. Please note there is a .7 mile hike involved to get to the river for the on the water portion. The trails are the easy part, it is the walking on rocks and light wading that requires a good sense of balance. Note too that we focus on entry level wading - no deep water, and most wading is less than knee high. Wading is not necessary to partake in the clinic. We strongly encourage Parent/child pairs to participate in the clinic. A signed liability waiver and release is required from each participant and children 17 and under must register and attend with an adult to participate.
What does this clinic cost?
There is no cost for this event but we gratefully accept donations. Our staff donate 100% of their time and talents to teach and guide during this wonderful clinic; no-one in MNST holds a paid position. All donations received for our events and clinics are immediately deposited into the fund used for future educational programs, community events, and fisheries projects to further our education and conservation mission. This clinic continues on because of your generosity.
15 and under - open donation
Students - $15.00 suggested donation
Adults - $30 suggested donation