Outdoors

Adventure briefs for June 6

Fly fishing

Longtime angler offers tips for catching pinks

Lifelong Tacoma and Dash Point resident Steve Saville will give a presentation on fishing for pink salmon at Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Flyfishers.

Saville has been fishing for salmon on Puget Sound since the late 1950s, when he walked the docks of Tacoma fishing for resident coho and blackmouth salmon.

In the last decade or so, he has developed a passion for fly fishing on Tacoma-area beaches during the pink salmon run that occurs on odd-numbered years in Washington. Some of the largest runs of pink salmon return to the Green, Puyallup and Nisqually rivers.

His presentation will include run projections, tactics, equipment choices, fly selection and fishing locations. In addition, Saville will talk about nutritional facts and before- and after-catch recommendations if one chooses to keep the pink salmon they catch.

The meeting, free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. The presentation will begin at 8 p.m. An optional $15 dinner precedes the presentation.

Conservation

Class teaches identification of native trees

The Olympia-Thurston County Stream Team and Washington State University’s Native Plant Salvage Project will present a free field class June 20.

“Meet the Trees of Washington” will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Olympia.

After a classroom session, participants will take a field trip to a local nature trail to learn how to identify native trees, shrubs, ferns and perennials. Bus transportation is provided for the field trip.

The class is especially suited to people new to the area or anyone else who has ever wondered about the benefits and horticultural uses of native trees and other plants. Participants will learn about several different ecosystems to visit in the South Sound and the plants and animals that inhabit them.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Register at streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar, or contact WSU Extension at 360-867-2167 or nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com.

Paddle sports

Take dad on the water for Father’s Day

Metro Parks Tacoma is offering a paddle trip on Father’s Day along the Tacoma waterfront.

Paddlers will be able to enjoy the Tacoma skyline from a watery viewpoint, then have lunch on their own at a waterfront park or restaurant.

Equipment and instruction will be provided. Participants should bring water and sun protection, and avoid wearing cotton, including denim jeans.

The paddle will take place from 10 a.m.-noon, leaving from the Thea Foss boat launch at 1940 E. D St., Tacoma.

The cost is $30 per person, $27 for Tacoma Nature Center members. Preregistration required. You can sign up by calling 253-591-6439 or going to metroparkstacoma.org/outdoor.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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