Friday, May 26, 2017

If it's free.....

Free Fishing Weekend June 3-4
Take someone fishing during Free Fishing Weekend June 3 and 4. On those two days, no license, tag or endorsement is required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. New to fishing and wondering how to get started? Check out the schedule of free family fishing events being held throughout the state on those two days.

The fine print: Applies only to waters already open to fishing, crabbing or clamming. All other regulations, such as bag limits, still apply.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


As we swing into the serious fair-weather fishing season, here is a n interesting blurb on the impacts of C&R and "Keeping them Wet"...excerpted from KEEP 'EM WET:


May 13, 2017

Finsights #7 – “I saw the fish swim away so it must be fine” - Part 3
Robert Lennox Photo
My last two posts have been about the range of possible lethal and sublethal impacts of catch and release angling on fish, and I want to round out the discussion with one last post. When it comes to sublethal effects, it’s fairly easy to comprehend the direct consequences of angling on an individual fish. What can be more difficult to understand .....

Monday, May 15, 2017


If you have some time - and a desire to get involved with fellow conservationists - contact us and see how you can help. If not - this is still a nice opportunity for the family - plus, you can stop by and talk with us!
Tualatin River Bird Festival
WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 2017
WHERE: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge - Sherwood, Oregon
WHAT TIME: 8:00 a.m. [unless you participate in the early bird walks...]

The refuge opens completely to the public only once a year - and this is it! Come and bring the family to explore and take some time to help out the Chapter by manning a table at the event - talk conservation and wetland habitat, shake hands, and share a smile. Tie flies? Bring some materials and show off to the crowd!
CONTACT: Mike Gentry or email us TVTURESTORATION

Friday, May 12, 2017

Don't forget....

A bit tardy on the reminder....Spey Clave started today [sucks for us working stiffs!]:

If you are out there and have some time - or anticipate some time tomorrow - get in touch with Lori to see if there is a chair available at the table! Otherwise, ENJOY!

Sandy River Spey Clave
WHEN: Friday/Saturday, May 12-13, 2017
WHERE: Oxbow Park on the Sandy River
WHAT TIME: 9:00 a.m. each day start
The request is for a couple of folks to help out the Chapter by manning a table at the event - shake some hands, sign some folks up if interested, share the word and talk conservation or fishing or spey casting. Be a friendly face! The side benefit is experiencing the event before or after spending some time at the table.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Inspections continue to work....

Who knows what their success percentage is but finds like this would seemingly make it worth the effort....

Zebra mussel infested boat stopped at Ontario inspection station
Monday, May 8, 2017

ONTARIO, Ore – A 41-foot yacht with Zebra mussels attached was intercepted at the Ontario Watercraft Inspection station last week. The boat came from Harrison Bay, Tennessee which is infested with the invasive mussels.

Zebra mussels were attached to this yacht from Tennessee
Earlier this spring, standing water was found on a boat from Quagga mussel infested Lake Havasu, Arizona. That boat was inspected ....

Monday, May 8, 2017

Don't forget....

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
WHAT to EXPECT: Marty Sheppard - A Year of Fishing in Oregon

Marty will guide us to a full calendar year of angling ideas in Oregon. The trip will take us to some of the best rivers in the state including the Grande Ronde, John Day, Deschutes, Sandy and Clackamas. Each stop offers unique opportunities for fly anglers and includes trout, bass and steelhead as quarry.
WHAT to BRING: a notebook and map!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May at TVTU?

Spring has sprung? Those of us who have been here a while can tell you nothing will really change until July 4th - then we can reliably say the rain will subside. Out will come the barbecues and shorts wearing will be bonafide garb [not just something we do to help ourselves think that spring and summer are here]. Oh and you can stop wearing the wool socks with your sandals too.....
Until then? May is as good as it gets for us - so enjoy!

Jerry our long-time renaissance man and newsletter editor has assembled the latest copy  - check it out and see what your chapter has going on!

PS - Jerry continues to tell us of his pending retirement - care to help us with assembling the newsletter? If you have some ideas or talents and time to help - CONTACT US! We could really use the assistance!

Washington County Fly Fishers - AUCTION and SALE
WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
WHERE: Tigard American Legion Hall [8635 SW Scoffins Road]
WHAT TIME: 5:30 p.m. doors open; 7:00 p.m. auction start

WHAT'S it COST: getting in is FREE - getting out...well that depends!
WHAT to EXPECT: The annual  fundraiser auction for WCFF; evening of fun with silent and oral auctions on fishing gear, accessories and non-fishing items alike. Proceeds help fund conservation and education programs but most notably their OSU Grad Student Scholarships to Fishery Sciences majors. There is a non-host bar on the premises.

WHEN: May 4-7, 2017
WHERE: South Twin - Central Oregon
WHAT to EXPECT: Andy Andrews and Jeff Horton host a few days on South Twin Lake in Central Oregon. Campouting includes a potluck on Saturday night - bring a side dish or dessert to share and swap tales around the campfire.
South Twin Campground will be the destination...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Don't forget!

2016 South Twin - Board Member George Wilson showing off...
WHEN: May 4 through May 7, 2017
WHERE: South Twin Lake [South Twin Campground]
WHAT TIME: no clocks here - any time you can make it
WHAT to EXPECT: first CAMPOUTING of the year! South Twin is located at 4350 feet and is very near Wickiup Reservoir in Deschutes County. South Twin is stocked with lots of rainbows, but the 18 to 26 inch holdovers are the real target. Primarily an early morning fishery, most of the fish hold near the banks. A Saturday night barbecue will be with the entree supplied by TU. Those attending are asked to bring something to share with the group during the barbecue (dessert, salad, chips and dip, bottle of wine).
Your trip down should be just under 4 hours.
WHAT to BRING: Float tube or pontoon and fishing gear! Also it's a campout so drag down your tent/RV/truck cab and other necessary living & cooking gear. As noted Saturday potluck barbecue - so bring a side dish & drink to share! Friends are always welcome! 

Andy at the Road Kill grill!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Poachers Spoil an Opportunity

This theme is getting all too common; Gilbert River is by no means trout/salmon habitat but this seems to be endemic these days of how good goes bad. Don't forget - keep the TIPline handy!

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline:  1-800-452-7888  (24/7)
TIP E-Mail:   (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)
(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)
Download and complete our Violation / Suspicious Activity Report Form and provide the  information to us in person or via phone, e-mail, fax, or mail (click here to access form)
Poaching leads to fishing closure on Gilbert River

Friday, April 21, 2017 
CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a year-round ban on sturgeon fishing in the Gilbert River as well as additional seasonal angling closures.

Under temporary rules that take effect Monday, April 24, the Gilbert River closes....

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fish Passage Comments....

ODFW seeks comment on two fish passage exemptions

April 20, 2017 - REVISED April 21
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on two fish passage exemptions requests, one on an unnamed tributary to W FK Coyote Creek in Lane County and the second on an unnamed tributary to Quedo Creek in Josephine County. Comments are due by May 12, 2017.

The first exemption request is from Tim Payne who is certifying a water right through the Oregon Water Resources Department for a privately-owned existing dam in an unnamed tributary W FK Coyote Creek, a tributary to Fern Ridge Reservoir in the Long Tom River Basin.

David Shotwell is also certifying a water right through the OWRD for a proposed privately-owned dam to be built in an unnamed tributary to Quedo Creek, a tributary to Lake Selmac in the Illinois River Basin. Both of these actions have triggered Oregon’s fish passage laws.

According to Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program coordinator, ODFW may grant fish passage exemptions if there are no benefits to native migratory fish from providing passage. Because of the site specific habitat conditions and other complete artificial obstructions below the two project locations, ODFW has made initial determinations that even if fish passage was provided, the actions would still result in no net benefit to native migratory fish. If in the future, conditions change from which the decisions were made, exemptions can be revoked and fish passage shall be addressed.

Therefore, unless public comment is provided that would affect the Department's determination, the exemption requests will be approved. 

In the meantime, members of the public will have until May 12, 2017 to submit written comments on the proposed plans. Both fish passage exemption applications and the Department’s benefit analyses are available online.
Members of the public can send written comments to or request additional information from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program leader, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, e-mail,, or by calling (503) 947-6228