Monday, May 18, 2015

Ladies Day...

From our friends - the Stonefly Maidens - do you or someone you know want to get a start with your fly fishing affliction? The Maidens have you covered.....

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

ODFW - Public Comment Request!

SE Oregon Redband   Photo: Roger Smith & ODFW
ODFW: plan to conserve redband trout in southeast Oregon

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is soliciting public comment on a plan to protect and conserve two groups of redband trout in the remote areas of southeast Oregon.

The redband trout of the Malheur Lakes and Catlow Valley are uniquely adapted to the desert conditions of the Great Basin – able to persist through the dry years, yet resilient enough to rebound and flourish during the wet years, according to Kevin Goodson, ODFW conservation planning coordinator.

The Malheur Lakes and Catlow Valley Redband Trout Conservation Plan assesses the health of the 13 separate populations within the two larger species management units, and identifies those that may be at a greater risk than others.

The plan also proposes strategies to help counter those factors that currently limit redband populations – factors that include loss of water quantity, water quality and habitat quality.

“Our goal will be to work with landowners and other local and federal partners to implement voluntary actions to help improve the health of redband populations,” Goodson said.

Other potential partners include watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The plan is expected to be presented to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for approval at their Aug. 7, 2015 meeting. Members of the public will have until June 26 to comment on the draft plan.

Send comments to Kevin Goodson at, or Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive, Salem, OR 97302 – Attn: Kevin Goodson

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

More Reminders...This Weekend!

FOR FUN - Saturday!
WHAT: Tualatin River Bird Festival
WHERE: Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge

WHEN: March 16th, 2015
WHAT to EXPECT: The Friends of the Refuge, in conjunction with Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, welcome you to our 19th Annual Tualatin River Bird Festival. This is a FREE family-friendly event! Join us for diverse family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places.

Audubon of Portland live bird show at noon

  • ODFW Archery Clinic
  • Learn to catch a fish at the ODFW casting clinic
  • Ducks Unlimited decoy painting
  • Build a Bat House, Bird House or Bee Board
  • Conservation exhibits
  • Behind the Scene Wagon Rides from 10-3
  • Guided walks for adults and kids
  • Participate in hands-on conservation activities geared toward kids.
If you go stop by and check out the guys manning the TVTU booth and passing on the good work of the Chapter and Trout Unlimited!

WHAT: Spey Clave 2015 - Oxbow Park
WHERE: Oxbow Regional Park on the Sandy River 

WHEN: March 16th, 2015 
WHAT to EXPECT: The METRO Spey Clave 2015 where you can get your feet wet at the largest two-hand fly rod event in the Western Hemisphere. Learn the basics of spey casting from Northwest fly fishing legends, guides and national experts. Rods, lines, reels and some sizes of waders are available for use during the classes, or bring your own equipment. Free breakfast and lunch. Advanced registration not required; $5 per car and $7 per bus or free with annual parks pass. Suitable for all ages. No stays home!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. Socializing; meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Melissa Brown - "Urban Fish: Making a Living in the City"
The Portland metro area is home to dozens of resident and migratory fish species. For these fish, it’s survival of the fittest, as their habitat exists as a shell of its former self due to cumulative impacts of population growth, habitat loss,  pollution, passage barriers, fishing pressure, invasive predation, and competition with hatchery fish. Yet, we see populations persist!
Melissa will take you to some of the pockets of salvation where we still find remnants of what once was, and discuss what the City is doing to keep salmonids around for the long run.
WHAT to BRING: an appetite and a friend! Food and beverages are available for purchase - second floor banquet room.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Latest Newsletter?

Well....we've been struck by technical difficulties yet again. And why does it always happen around newsletter time?

So for now - without a website - here is the best we can do....a direct embed. If all this works you should see a window below with The Trout Line front page showing, there should be a SMALL BOX WITH AN ARROW in the right hand corner of the picture; hover your curser in that area and it should appear; click that little box and the latest newsletter will pop-up in a readable size....if technology works that is.....GOOD LUCK!

If that doesn't work - click the link below to go to THE CLOUD and see [yeah, I have no idea what that means's amazing we've gotten this far with the Newletter!]. Hopefully the website will be back shortly - in some form or another [we have pro's on it! really!]

Friday, May 1, 2015


It appears the water shortage in CA has our servers on the fritz....or at least the ISP people! You probably have noticed WE'VE BEEN DOWN!!! Hopefully the website issue will be resolved soon - in the meantime, with a little help from google we may have come up with an alternative......

So if you're not fishing at South Twin [and it's not too late if you leave now] on!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Don't Let This One Get Away!

South Twin - 2014

After the earlier ice-breaker at Lost Lake this month [which lived up to it's name for some], Andy has brought out the Big Guns for this weekend! If you don't already have plans consider heading to Central Oregon and joining the TU gang at SOUTH TWIN - quickly becoming a favorite this trip has it all!

From Andy:

I will leave for South Twin on Friday May 1 and will pull up the tent stakes on Monday morning, may 4th - you can join in on the fun at any point between.

South Twin is at 4350 feet elevation and is very near Wickiup Reservoir. South Twin is stocked with lots of rainbows but the 18 to 28-inch holdovers are the real targets. This can be a primarily early morning fishery, with most of the fish holding near the banks as the sun rises.

If coming from Bend on Highway 26, take the Vandevert Road exit [just past the Sunriver exit]; exit right and turn left on South Century Drive; follow South Century Drive for about 10-15 miles to Forest Service Road 4262 on your left - a sign on the right side of the road points to the junction and reads "South Twin Lakes Resort".

A Saturday night barbecue is on tap - TVTU provides the entree. Attendees are asked to bring something to share [dessert, salad, chips, wine etc].

Contact Andy - 971.four-oh-niner.6149 with any questions.

Quiche on the Road Kill Grille!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clean. Drain. Dry.

Balk all you want about invasive species permits but once again they are working; what percentage get caught - I have not researched but this makes it worth it [as does the published fact it's happening! Clean up your crafts!]

Zebra Mussels...BOOOOOO!   Photo: ODFW
Invasive Zebra mussels found on boat from Ohio
Friday, April 24, 2015

ONTARIO, Ore – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife technicians today discovered Zebra mussels on a boat at the Ontario boat inspection station. The boat being hauled from Lake Erie in Ohio is the first vessel of the 2015 inspection season found to be infested with the invasive mussels. The station opened in March.

The commercial driver hauling the Ohio watercraft pulled in for inspection. Motorists hauling boats in Oregon are required to stop at inspection stations to have their watercraft checked for aquatic invasive species under a 2011 Oregon law. Failure to stop at an inspection station could result in a $110 fine.

The boat had a moderate number of adult Zebra mussels around the propeller shaft and under the stern in the drain plug area. It was decontaminated at the inspection station with high-pressure and hot water.

“The driver did the right thing.......". Thank you commercial hauler!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ODFW Open Seats...

Tom 'Salem' Wolf sent us the following this past Thursday letting us know the current status of the ODFW commission spots that are open. Kate Brown will nominate and appoint [with approval] the positions:

This morning the Governor's office announced the nomination of 2 candidates for the open ODFW Commission spots.
They are-
Jason Atkinson: former state senator for District 2 spot (Walden's district).
Bruce Buckmaster: Safe for Salmon (gillnetter group) representative from District 1 (Bonimici's district).

There will be a public meeting next Wednesday [April 29] on the 2 candidates in Salem. Then they will go before Senate Rules Committee in May. If they are approved there, the full Senate will vote on them for confirmation.

If confirmed, they will start in their positions right away.
Tom Wolf
Executive Director
Oregon Council Trout Unlimited

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Please come help...the more the merrier and the quicker it gets done [before that pesky spring rain returns!! (even if we do desperately need it)].....

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015
WHERE: Tigard, OR - Walnut Street at Johnson Street

WHAT TIME: 9:00 a.m
WHAT to EXPECT: TVTU will be helping the City of Tigard to build some fencing along Derry Dell Creek; this fence will help protect the newly planted riparian area that the city has reclaimed near the confluence of Derry Dell and Fanno Creeks [this is the area we helped plant last Spring!]
The work will consist of auguring post holes, setting posts, pouring concrete and assembling the split rail fence. Some of this work will be physically demanding - but there will be something for everyone.
WHAT to BRING: Be prepared for a pretty full day of work - bring gloves, wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a lunch. Tools and materials will be provided.
Contact: Michael Ellis.