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Skykomish summer Chinook and steelhead are here

  • Written by Derek Anderson,

Fishing on the Skykomish River has been fair over the last few weeks with some really nice ocean-bright fish being caught each day.
The Chinook salmon have been averaging eight to 15 pounds while the summer steelhead have been averaging seven to 10  pounds with an occasional fish around 12 to 13 pounds.

The go-to bait is a small cluster of cured salmon roe paired with a double hook set up on about a four-foot leader.

Cast the bait with a bit of pencil lead into the green seams on the river and drift the bait through the holes.

Hang on when the fish grabs the bait because you will be in for a spectacular battle with one of the best sport fish to catch in the entire Pacific Northwest!

Screamin’ Reels summer steelhead season on the Skykomish has been steady with four to five fish days on average with a few slower days as well.  We have also had some great days with eight to 10 steelhead hooked which definitely makes up for the slower days and keeps everyone coming back for a great day on the river.

Not only are the fish nice, the scenery provided by mother nature is spectacular with the snow covered mountains in the background and lots of wildlife such as deer, and bald eagles on their nests with their young. It is hard to believe that this beautiful river is just an hour’s drive from Seattle!
Be sure to take your kids out fishing this July and experience the great outdoors!

Pictured below is Natalie Anderson, age 6, on her first day as a deck hand for Screamin’ Reels with long- time Woodinville resident and close family friend “Papa” Jerry Lounsbury with a nice summer steelhead caught on the first pass of the morning near Monroe.

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Tight Lines,
Derek Anderson

Beer, it’s my opinion!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

redhookWell, I have great news:  Our little backyard pub, Redhook, has officially reopened its doors after undergoing an extensive remodel that started in March. 

If you haven’t been down to the Hook for a while, you may want to get on down there to check out their great work.  My publisher and I got the royal treatment for the grand reopening event on June 4.

The weather was perfect and the VIP treatment was fantastic: an hour early entry, hors d’oeuvres and beverages — all this because of my hard work. Even the wait staff was nice to me. 

Of course the night wasn’t all about us. Redhook made a donation with proceeds of their grand opening ticket sales going to the Woodinville Firefighters Benevolent Fund. 

Let’s all thank the fire department for all the work they do.

Our night would not have been complete without the addition of other local celebrities with whom we met up.

Our little group had piles of ribs, wings, pulled pork sliders and somebody even tried to slip some salad in there too. I know — weird. 

We all had a great time. Redhook, thanks! 

The new digs include a  bar which is nearly doubled in size and the expansion of their kitchen.

This definitely doesn’t look like the same place. For all the folks who have told me over the years they wished Redhook had fries with their tasty burgers, the wait is finally over!

The expanded kitchen now has fryers so we can get a bigger selection of traditional pub food such as fresh cut fries, wings and fish ’n chips. 

They have also installed a new smoker so you can get a great choice of smoked meats, including fall-off-the-bone ribs, tender pulled pork and yes, even a smoked turkey leg. Delish!

Have you ever avoided going to the Hook because your date doesn’t do beer?

In the past, Redhook would have told you to dump ’em but with the remodel they now have a fully stocked bar to please your alcohol sensibilities. Your relationship is now safe — whew. 

Along with the addition of the booze, Redhook has expanded its taps to feature guest taps and to share some beer brewed by the sister companies, Kona and Widmere. This is the time of the year to gather your friends and head on out to the patio and soak up the rays with an ice cold beer or a refreshing cocktail and share some laughs.

You might even see me there once in awhile, so stop by and say hello. 


Toren Heald

Get your tickets for ‘Passengers’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

20130530 17Courtesy Photo Kendra Pierce convinces Benjamin Garman to make something of himself in the Woodinville Repertory Theatre’s latest production of “Passengers” by Sam Bobrick.It’s fun to look at people waiting for airline flights or trains or busses and imagine what their real stories are.
Playwright Sam Bobrick does just that in “Passengers,” a comedy of eight scenes that the Woodinville Repertory Theatre will present in June. And in his telling the stories are sad, weird and often hysterically funny.

Bobrick’s play looks at 17 different characters (played by just four actors) waiting for a bus at a small Midwestern bus station. They include Frank, a loser, who decides he will turn his life around by robbing a bus. June dumps a man who can give her everything to run off with an old boyfriend, who offers nothing. Fred, a successful businessman, runs into an old flame who is now a bag lady. Mrs. Evans is awaiting the ashes of her husband, killed while attending a circus out of town. And she’s returning the ashes of the circus clown sent by mistake.

The play, directed by Steve Cooper, will be performed weekends June 7-29 at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Three Sunday matinees – on June 9, June 16, and June 23 – are at 2 p.m.

All shows will be at the Denali Slab and Tile Studio, 16120 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Woodinville. For details, visit For tickets, check Tickets are $18 online, $20 at the door. Tickets are $15 for seniors and students.

Spring is here!

  • Written by Derek Anderson

Spring is here and so are the salmon and steelhead! June 1st is the classic opener to fishing for summer Chinook and summer steelhead on the Skykomish River. The fish forecast is excellent with over 6,000 summer Chinook due to return to the Skykomish in the next two months. As of right now, a good number of salmon and steelhead have returned to the hatchery even before the June 1st opener.  

 The salmon and steelhead are throughout the river system from the mouth up to the Wallace Hatchery as well as the steelhead hatchery at Reiter Ponds. Look for great bank fishing in the Monroe and Sultan area, as well as at the mouth of the Wallace River.

For a simple tackle set up, head to your local tackle store and they will take care of you with an inexpensive set-up that will get the job done and get you fishing. I would be glad to share some tips or answer any questions to help get you started. Feel free to email me at the above site.

Mother Nature has given us something very unique and special that is just a few minutes from Woodinville. The scenery is spectacular with snow covered mountains, beautiful green waters and abundance of eagles and most importantly fish. The salmon average six to 15 pounds and steelhead average eight to 12 pounds. Both fish serve up great from the BBQ, so be sure to get out there and spend a nice spring day casting your line in one of the most beautiful rivers Washington state has to offer.

Tight Lines,
Derek Anderson

‘2B Or Not 2B’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Olivia Markezich, Cienna Dumaoal, and Madison Miszewski

Join the chaos as Evergreen Family Theatre presents its youth cast in the fast paced medieval farce “2B Or Not 2B.” When the substitute drama teacher takes over the class, the students are lured into a tangled discussion of the literary classics:  King Arthur and his knights annoy their wives, Merlin teaches a class on knightsmenship and wombats, and Guinevere uses the Round Table for firewood. Don’t miss the bedlam at EFT or you’ll risk being turned into a knute!

Performances are May 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door. The play is resented at RedWood Family Church 100 Red-Wood Road, Redmond 98052. For more information, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (425) 855-2244.