Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August at TVTU?

GENERAL MEETING - none in August!
NO MEETING THIS MONTH; don't forget we forego the member meeting for August. Too many family vacations and kids camp etc to get interest and coordination. So take some time and go fishing and exploring or do something good for a stream near you!

WHEN: August 10, 12, 24 & 26 [inclusive or exclusive!]
WHAT: Tualatin Riverkeepers Kids Camps
WHAT TO DO: Volunteer some time if needed; contact Mark Rogers to see what hte needs may still be. For more information check out << THIS POST >>. More information by contacting Mark Rogers.

WHEN: August 19-21, 2016
WHAT TIME: Whenever you can show up [Andy usually is there Thursday evening]
WHAT to EXPECT: One of the most storied of the outings and not generally an annual one - ask about the TVTU sponsored conservation sign near the campground check-in - one of Andy's best! Gold Lake is known for bruiser 'bows and also no limit Brook trout fishing. Fishing is C&R for rainbows and barbless all around. The dry fly hatch fishing can be insane.
As always a Saturday night potluck barbecue - bring a side dish or dessert to share. UPDATE: no potluck is planned - try something impromptu if you'd like; apologies for the confusion. Also some stories for around the campfire. If you're have some time, hike into the upper and lower Marilyn's.
Contact ANDY ANDREWS for more info.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

In case it fell to the bottom....

...of your inbox [or if you've 'opted out' of email correspondence], we wanted to take a moment and remind you of the recent partnership with COLUMBIA. Access their employee store, buy some quality clothing at employee prices and all the while support the Oregon Council of TU.

It works like this:
Summer is here--Need more gear to fuel your fun?

Starting mid-July, Columbia is partnering with Trout Unlimited to offer all TU members access to their Employee Store in Portland, Oregon. For every TU member purchase made during this month long opportunity, Columbia will donate 10% of the total sales to the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited to support in state conservation and advocacy efforts in OREGON.

This is a special opportunity....

Monday, July 18, 2016

Share a bit of time?

Remember back this spring at the TVTU meetings when we started talking about doing a summer day fly angling camp with Tualatin River Keepers summer camp program? Maybe you saw the photos on the blog from last year. Well, we have set the final dates for this summer and here's how YOU can help!.

Camp Dates:

  • Aug 10th: 3-4 hours afternoon
  • Aug 12th: 6-7 hours with lunch break
  • Aug 24th: 3-4 hours afternoon
  • Aug 26th: 6-7 hours with lunch
  • Exact times being worked out, likely Wednesdays 12:00 to 3:30 and Fridays 8:30 to 3:30
Fishing Days: we have decided to hold the fishing days at Cook Park this year on the sandbar by the TVTU annual picnic shelter [shelter #3] and boat launch.

  • Three or four volunteers for the Wednesday afternoon intro sessions (Aug 10, 24) 
  • Five to eight volunteers for the Friday fishing days (Aug 12, 26).
Program plan:
  • Monday-Tuesday the campers will be introduced to the water cycle, watershed, stream ecology and stewardship.
  • During the Wednesday afternoon intro session TVTU will talk about the theory and history of fly angling. Equipment, flies etc and teach them basic casting technique (forward and roll cast) which they will practice with targets on the lawn at Dirksen Park near Summer Creek.
  • Thursday they will be canoeing on the Tualatin and learning water safety (we will not be involved in this).
  • Finally, we will spend Friday fishing. We may need to split the group up and have other activities then trade groups midday. TRK will provide alternative activities for the groups when they are not fishing (TRK has 12 fly rod sets).
It really is a lot of fun!

Please let me know the specific dates when you would like to join us. If you are not sure but are interested let me know and I will keep you in the loop. Email me if you have questions.

Mark Rogers


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Next up.....

The picnic is over - hope you made it out and had a great time! Thanks to all who helped put it together! Mike Gentry for his efforts continuing the silent auction tables; those who donated/provided items for the auction; Terry Turner and Dick Hollenbeck from CRTU for the grillin' duties! Looks like it was coming together just fine....we'll see you next year!


WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2016
WHERE: Laurance Lake [Parkdale, OR]
WHAT TIME: mid-morning at the Kinnickinnick Day Use; no real schedule.
WHAT to EXPECT: A good mix of trout species including bull/cutthroat/rainbow and stocked rainbows - with the Bull Trout in existence here do not forget there are special regulations to follow for this lake!
Known to blow from mid-afternoon on this little lake can get exciting - but has several protected areas that fish well until the lake lies down for some on-top action in the late afternoon. There is a concessionaire run day-use and camp area with fee - day use is the typical $5 to park fee. Bring the float tube or rowboat [no motors allowed; there are (2) unimproved gravel launches - they are flat though] and enjoy a day on the water close to Portland.
WHAT to BRING: $5; a flotation fishing device of some sort; a friend. And a camera [or phone] to share some success!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Picinic Tonight!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
WHERE: Cook Park - Tigard, OR [Note the venue change!! You'll be lonely at The Lucky Lab...]
WHERE ELSE: Shelter #3 <<-- CLICK for PDF map
WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Food conversation and whatever else may happen - bring your spouse; friendly pooches on leash are allowed too! No speaker at this annual gathering so bring your best handshake and introductory line - find out who else is a member of TVTU! Just a laid back evening down by the river! The grills will be working overtime so bring an appetite - silent auction will be happening. Might have a couple of casting challenges as well - or maybe personal instruction if you ask nicely! Come join TVTU and our friends of Clackamas River Chapter and the ladies of The Stonefly Maidens for this months gathering!
WHAT to BRING: a no frills event - bring a side dish or dessert to accompany the TVTU provided entree. Have a favorite beverage? Bring it along and introduce someone else to your tastes!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July at TVTU?

What is going on in July at TVTU you might ask? We have you covered....

The latest issue is on the internet - check out what is going on with YOUR chapter!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
WHERE: Cook Park - Tigard, OR [Note the venue change!! You'll be lonely at The Lucky Lab...]
WHERE ELSE: Shelter #3 <<-- CLICK for PDF map
WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Food conversation and whatever else may happen - bring your spouse; friendly pooches on leash are allowed too! No speaker...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

C4C - the last of them!

Christmas Trees At River Island South
By Michael D. Ellis

On June 11th, volunteers from the Tualatin Valley, Clackamas, and Wild North Coast chapters of Trout Unlimited, the Northwest Fly Fishers, as well as volunteers from the Clackamas River Basin Council, the Clackamas Watershed Council, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife met at the River Island South Metro Project on the Clackamas River to enhance habitat for juvenile coho salmon by placing used Christmas trees in the backwater area. In attendance were Dave Tenney, Clackamas chapter TU; Zach Bergen, Clackamas River Basin Council; Bill Monroe, Clackamas Watershed Council; Ben Walczak, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Phil Hager, Northwest Fly Fishers; Doug Ray, Wild North Coast chapter TU; Mike Gentry and Michael Ellis, Tualatin Valley chapter TU.

We met at the parking area and hiked down to a landing above the site, where Zach had a table of snacks and coffee! Zach filled us in on the site.....

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Don't let this one get away....if you are on the fence about Timothy - it is one of the 3 most popular trips. And remember, you can make a day trip or shorter stay of it if you wish - the main camp is there all weekend!

WHEN: June 24-26, 2016
WHAT TIME: Whenever you can show up [Andy usually is there Thursday evening]
WHAT to EXPECT: One of the biggest and most popular campouts of the season; come and join the folks from TVTU and CRTU at the North Arm of Timothy Lake for some fun and fishing relaxation.
Saturday night potluck barbecue - bring a side dish or dessert to share. Also some stories for around the campfire. If your lucky, there will be a wayward hiker or bicyclist to save and you'll live in infamy for future outings! [There is ALWAYS a story related with this event...just ask!].
Contact ANDY ANDREWS for more info.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mark has been the outreachingous!

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge - Sherwood, Oregon
TVTU Outreach News
by Mark Rogers

Under intermittent squalls TVTU Board members Mike Gentry, Ron Reinebach, Jerry Lorang and Mark Rogers manned the table at the 16th annual Sandy River Spey Clave on Saturday and Sunday May 14 and 15th. A little rain did not discourage the more than 100 fly casting steelheaders. Participants perused the many shiny rods and reels, watched various spey fishing demonstrations and took advantage of the opportunity to improve their casting technique with expert advice....

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Join us Saturday.....

WHEN: June 11th, Saturday
16344 South Eaden Road [Oregon City; across and upstream of Barton Park]
WHAT TIME: 9:00 a.m.
WHAT TO EXPECT: TVTU will team up to make the final foray onto the Clackamas River to place the last of the C4C trees. This work is being done in cooperation with the Clackamas River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Clackamas River Basin Council, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Meet at 16344 South Eaden Rd. Oregon City, just across the river and upstream from Barton Park at 9 AM.

If you are interested and have more questions, please contact either Mark Rogers or the TVTU Restoration address and ask away.

Bring gloves, rubber boots, hip/chest waders. We will be hauling and placing trees in stream so it will be wet and dirty! Wear work clothes.