Friday, October 7, 2016

October at TVTU?

Rain is back - a bit more, throw in some wind and we'd be seeing 'normal' October weather! Nice to return to the rainy Pacific Northwest! This also means fresh, cool water in the streams and a renewed vigor in our fishes - including returning steelhead, salmon and searun cutts. hope you can find some time [and raingear] to go out and experience the true PNW.....

If not, hang out and see what TVTU has in store for you!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. Socializing; meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Michael Gorman - "Steelhead fly fishing;Guerilla Flyrod Tactics"
The challenges beyond just trying to fool a steelhead - Physiology/Life Cycle; Locating Steelhead; Equipment Options; Flies [Wets, Dries, Nymphs]; Formulating a Strategic Game Plan; Are You Willing to Cowboy Up?
WHAT to BRING: appetites and friends welcome! Food and beverages are available for purchase - second floor banquet room. A little cash for the raffle?

WHEN: October 15th&16th
WHERE: Whychus Creek [outside Sisters]
WHAT TIME: 9:30 a.m.
WHAT TO EXPECT: TVTU joins other state Chapters for a combination campouting and conservation weekend; meet at the Camp Sherman Campground on the Metolious for a fishing gathering and then migrate on Sunday morning to help others with the ongoing state project.

The volunteer project partners with the Deschutes Land Trust on Whychus Creek outside Sisters, Oregon. We will be planting trees, restoring riparian habitat in the floodplain, and working in the river to augment and create new fish habitat. The effort commences at 10:00am and we expect to wrap up around 2:00 - 3:00pm.

Contact ANDY ANDREWS for more info.

FOR FUN [next month]!!!
WHAT: Fly Fishing Arts & Conservation Society Annual Gathering/Fundraiser
WHERE: Jackson Armory [Portland, Oregon (near the airport)]
WHEN: November 12, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Annual fundraiser for conservation in the Northwest region. This rendezvous gathers some of the best local and regional tyers for instruction and demonstration. Event includes displays and silents auctions. Auctions benefit local non-profit groups associated with fishing and river conservation.

The FFACS Board is comprised of SEVEN local organizations:
  • Clark-Skamania Fly Fishers
  • Northwest Fly Fishers
  • Salmon Creek Fly Fishers
  • Stonefly Maidens Fly Fishing Club
  • Trout Unlimited Clackamas River Chapter
  • Trout Unlimited Tualatin River Chapter
  • Washington County Fly Fishers
COST: $3.00 gets you in the door - help support our local waters!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ever wanted to learn to tie flies....

Well our friends at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing have you covered! Nick at the shop runs the beginning fly tying class and will gladly teach the basics to start you down the road...

It seems that you never have the right fly when the Trout are rising or the Steelhead are stacked in your favorite river.  Here's an idea, sign up for our Beginning Fly Tying Class and always have the right fly in your box!

This four week class covers the basics of fly tying. Learn to tye several useful Trout and Steelhead patterns while learning the techniques needed to tye hundreds of flies.  All materials and tools are supplied for the classroom sessions.....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The steelhead count at Bonneville Dam is about half of the 10-year average for this time of year. (Peter Oelschlaeger/flickr)
Steelhead Numbers in Northwest Far Below Prediction 
August 30, 2016 - Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service (OR)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The number of steelhead making their way up the Columbia River and into its Northwest tributaries has fallen far below predictions this season. The migration of "A-run" steelhead from the ocean to freshwater is wrapping up through Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge, and the count is about half of the 10-year average.....

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


The time is upon us once again - join us at the lucky lab this Wednesday for a unique perspective on the beloved Deschutes River country!

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
cott Richmond - "Ancient geology and biology of the Deschutes country"
Did you know that the Deschutes Country was once home to carnivores bigger than polar bears, large scimitar-toothed cats, and the pig from hell? That a major tributary
flows through Oregon's largest--and most unknown--volcano? That Maupin may be the hinge on which the entire Pacific Northwest swings? That the Deschutes was once a meandering river with no canyon—and may have flowed east to west, not south to north? That central Oregon used to be a low-lying swamp? Scott Richmond, author of Fishing Oregon's Deschutes River and River in the Sun, takes you on an exciting journey into your favorite river's incredible history from the origins of Oregon to the arrival of humans!
WHAT to BRING: a smile and a friend if you wish!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fish Foto's?

Help a fish out; the days of the grip-n-grin are dwindling but we still want some memories. Here are some tips from the folks of Gink & Gasoline:
Courtesy Gink&Gasoline      photo by Louis Cahill
Good points from the guys there with some added bonus material; the following 8 tips are discussed/elaborated - each being a good discussion point. Keep them in mind when you next want to document a catch....
  • Carry enough net
  • Let the fish recover
  • Get your act together....

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September at TVTU?

What is going on in September at TVTU you might ask? After all, we had the month off and now have to get back to the routine! Kind of like school after summer....

The latest issue is on the internet via Jerry our diligent editor/assembler - check out what your chapter has been up to!

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
cott Richmond - "Ancient geology and biology of the Deschutes country"
Did you know that the Deschutes Country was once home to carnivores bigger than polar bears, large scimitar-toothed cats, and the pig from hell? That a major tributary

Friday, August 26, 2016

North Twin back in the fish...

Rainbow trout back in North Twin Lake
August 25, 2016

BEND, Ore. – State fisheries managers will stock North Twin Lake with rainbow trout again after tests indicated the water is safe for the fish.  The lake was chemically treated last fall to remove unwanted brown bullhead catfish.

Beginning as early as tomorrow morning, 2,500 legal-sized and 1,000 trophy trout will be stocked in the lake.  Additional stocking will occur next month.

“It has been a long wait for anglers to get back out on the lake to fish,” said Erik Moberly, assistant district fish biologist.  “We appreciate everyone’s support...

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