Join your NFA friends on June 13, 2015 for a day in North Bend along the Middle Fork. We’ll work from 9:00 am to noon at Tanner Landing Park. The park is located along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River and provides boat access for kayaks and rafts as well as a picnic area and fields for passive recreation. A trail along the river offers opportunities for viewing wildlife. NFA volunteers will help remove invasive Scotch (Scot’s) Broom along the river trail thus improving this important riparian habitat. If this is too strenuous for you please come to lend support and enjoy the friendship making that always happens. We have never had too many volunteers! The event is organized by the Mountains To Sound Greenway and King County Parks. Anyone who enjoys casting small dry flies to lurking rainbow and cutthroat trout should plan to stay around for the afternoon and see how many they can land; the Middle Fork has very tasty-looking water just upstream of Tanner Landing Park. All are welcome to go into North Bend—just a couple of miles to the west—and grab a bite of lunch at noon. Those wanting to fish can return to the river afterwards.
Our outing to Tanner Landing Park took us to a beautiful setting along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend. The park is managed by King County Parks, the Mountains to Sound Greenway (MTSG) organization works with Parks to maintain the grounds as the coordinator of the projects and the volunteers. The project was primarily pulling Scotch Broom using a tool called the Weed Wrench. There is a picture in the June issue of the Flypaper showing Alan Pilkington and Matt Baerwalde with a wrench and a trophy Scotch Broom that was taller than both of them. So the work was completed with little effort and the result was immediately gratifying. MTSG did a very good job of making us feel welcome and said they would like to see us again. Many volunteers came out for the first time in a long time and that added to the enjoyment of a great morning. Several of us visited while having a lunch near our cars and stayed to wet a line. Reports are we had fun with some small wild trout and whitefish. If you ever wonder what the NFA does so that you can meet people with similar interests, stop wondering, sign up, and join the fun meeting people.