Saturday, December 3, 2016

December at TVTU?

And so it rolls on - that frenetic paced Holiday Season. We all hope that your Thanksgiving day brought you friends, family, peace and calm; as well as a winning football team [don't know what to say about the Duck's fans..]. Take a breath as Christmas comes barrelling in and join us soon! Breath deep and be safe.

Upcoming activities for December......
WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
WHAT to EXPECT: Rob Crandall-
"Spring Fishing Opportunities"Here in the NW we have so many great fisheries. In this presentation, Rob features some of his favorite spring fishing.....

Monday, November 28, 2016

Conservation HELP!

Thompson Creek - the early days
Celebrate 10 years of healthy habitat at Thompson Creek!

Willow planting along Little Beaver creek which flows into Thompson creek - Thompson supports one of the most robust runs of wild Coho on the wild north coast!

WHAT: Willow-planting party and celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 - 10 am to 1 pm
WHAT to EXPECT: In December 2006 North Coast Land Conservancy acquired 80 acres at Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh, on the east side of Seaside. Restoration efforts began restoring the wetlands here. It has grown to become a very visible success story, with coho salmon migrating up Thompson Creek to spawn every winter and beavers building dams in Stanley Marsh, further enhancing the wetlands habitat for fish and other wildlife.
On December 3, gather with NCLC staff and other volunteers [including the Wild North Coast Chapter of TU] at Thompson Creek to plant more willows. This important effort will shade the creek and provide food and building materials for beavers.
A brief tour and celebration of the complex will also occur and include a short trek up the creek to watch salmon spawning, mugs of hot cocoa, and a toasting the project’s decade of success.
EXTRA INFO: Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. We will gather at the pump house at Thompson Creek. Contact Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at to let her know you’ll be coming. Bring a lunch, and prepare to get muddy. We’ll work rain or shine (barring extreme weather). There are no toilets on the property. Dogs are not allowed at NCLC habitat reserves. Bring chest waders so you can get to see the beaver complex of multiple dams on little beaver creek built with many of the willows  that TVTU chapter members planted those years ago!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

What'd I miss - November

November 9th was a nice evening to meet at the Lucky Lab for our annual State of TVTU gathering. A few over twenty persons came out and joined the group for a bite and beer.

Erle began with some new member introductions – Dan, a longtime Oregonian and recent transplant to the Portland metro area came out to meet some like-minded folks, learn some of the local waters and partake in our conservation efforts. Justin was next and hopes to join others expanding his fishing knowledge – he has a fledgling 7 year old fisherman in the family who cannot get enough!

Remember, if you are interested in being a part of our conservation efforts – email us at TVTURESTORATION@GMAIL.COM; we’ll get your name on a list to receive project updates and invites.

TVTU business was next with five board members up for reelection: Mike Gentry [member and treasurer], Erle Norman [member and president], Ron Reinebach [member and auction chair], Jon Pampush [member and vice president], and Jeff Price [member and secretary]. Voting ensued and without any contest, each person was unanimous voted in by attendees.

Following elections was a short treasurers report; Mike G was out of the country [ask him how his annual Argentina trip this year was when you next see him…]. Erle...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November at TVTU....

YIKES!! It is raining....welcome to Oregon when we begin to receive that annual refresh. If the soccer game was cancelled due to poor field conditions or you find braving the falling skies too much this time of year - pass some time perusing the latest newsletter or better yet include a stop at the Lucky Lab for a beer and slice.....

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

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
WHAT to EXPECT: Annual STATE of TVTU Meeting

An update of all things TVTU and abroad in Oregon including board elections, business updates and TOM WOLF discussing the dealing in Salem. There is usually more time available to tell of your summer exploits as well [so sharpen up that big fish story and bring it!].
WHAT to BRING: a good attitude and a handshake - introduce yourself!

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....