Friday, December 27, 2013

ODFW Seeking Comment...Fish Passive Waivers

More requests to waive passage for fishes - this time a bit closer to home: Salem and Lincoln City.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"A good gamefish is too valuable to be caught only once. The fish you release today is your gift to another angler tomorrow."
                                                          - Lee Wulff 1938

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Momentum is good.....

More publicity for the Christmas for Coho Project - after receiving some national attention from Field & Stream last year for the Project the editors have remained in contact with the Chapter and they have placed a blurb on their website - pretty nice! Michael shared it with us the other day:

The Chapter was also contacted by the Lamb Foundation who award grants to various Projects and groups. We did not solicit this but rather caught the eye of the board and were prompted to submit Chapter project information. The foundation was able to include the Chapter in their awarding. We are very appreciative of that recognition and will dedicate this granted money to our various goals!

The Lamb Foundation merits: 

The mission of the Lamb Foundation is to support a range of creative programs to improve the quality of human experience.
We are guided by the values of innovation, sound management and the potential for positive impact over time.
Throughout our grantmaking, we particularly encourage those projects that recognize the positive impact of direct action, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.

It is this type of visibility and recognition that will continue to allow the Chapter to meet our TU goals into the future and we appreciate all the recognition but especially the efforts of those who helped us with our various efforts. If you'd like to help - in any manner - CONTACT US.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I missed it....DID YOU???

December meeting recap:
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the member meeting this month....I was definitely looking forward to seeing our good friend and All-Knowing Necanicum guy Doug Ray again. He originally planned to bring Melissa Reich our friend from the North Coast Land Conservancy - and Power Point presentation guru - to the meeting to review and discuss the Tualatin Valley Chapter's efforts - past and future - on the north coast!.....

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Herb Thompson, friend to fish and TVTU passes

Herbert "Herb" Lee Thompson
March 9, 1949 - December 6, 2013

12/16/2013 Seaside Oregon
photo by Alan Moore

Many of you have had the pleasure in recent years to meet Herb Thompson, a bear of a man with an iron grip, kind eyes and an unyielding dedication to the Necanicum River and the fish that it supports. Herb, along with his son Byron and his dear friend and neighbor Doug Ray, were proprietors and innovators of the Coho Sanctuary along the Necanicum. Herb supplied much of the heavy equipment needs for numerous Necanicum restoration projects with his trusty, rusty vintage track hoe and equally weathered dump truck. TVTU was among the partners making cutting-edge restoration of coho, chum and cutthroat rearing habitat on private property on coastal streams a shining example of what’s possible when committed individuals with a shared vision work hard and work together to make something very real happen. Herb was killed last Friday in a tragic accident clearing a dangerous wood snag on Doug’s property. Doug narrowly escaped injury in the accident, and is understandably devastated by the loss. Doug is this month’s featured speaker at the TVTU meeting on Wednesday Dec. 11 at 7 pm. Herb is survived by his wife Susan of Seaside; son Byren and Daughter in law Tracy Thompson of Seaside; six grandchildren, Hunter, Duncan, Ruger and Kinsley Thompson of Seaside, Palmer and Jack Thompson of Newberg; his mother Ellen Thompson of St. Helens; brothers William and Robert Thompson of St. Helens; sister Alice Bair of Prineville; and brother Dale Thompson of Cordon.
There will be a memorial gathering for Herb in Seaside on Monday, December 16th from 2 - 5 PM at the American Legion Post on Broadway.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Don't forget......

Doug Ray at the member meeting this month - Wednesday December 11!!
Come early for a good seat!

Look to sign up for the Christmas for Coho! Project as well.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Can I Get Any Dumber?
By Andy Andrews

Oh yes, I can get dumber but I have to work at it! For many years I have volunteered for Save the Salmon introducing macro invertebrates to school age children. The program is part of the Salmon Watch program established by the World Salmon Council of Portland and has been dead for a number of years but found new life again this year. It was suggested that I again volunteer to teach macros. I have no formal training in macros so I'm self taught in some aspects of this subject. I feel I have something I can share in teaching macros so why not? But I also have a second reason for teaching in that it forces me to learn about our environment.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December Member Meeting!

Can you squeeze in some time in the wonderful and busy holiday season to come join us on December 11th? That's NEXT WEEK!!

Member meeting is at the Lucky Lab Public House in Multnomah Village [second floor]. We start around 6:30 and this month will feature our very own Doug Ray! Doug is our member on the ground at Seaside and has offered to travel into town and give us a run down of the restoration projects that TVTU assists with on the Necanicum River. If you are interested in how the Chapter uses your hard work and your hard-earned funds - not to mention how YOU can get involved - come meet Doug!
Doug Ray on the coast    Photo: M. Ellis

Monday, December 2, 2013

SCAM Alert!

TU has posted a "scam alert" for members who were approached regarding subscriptions to TROUT magazine. As members - there is no subscription fee!

for more info

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for an example of the FAKE invoice.

Contact Bryan Moore at TU with any concerns and especially to provide a scan of an invoice if you received one.

Friday, November 29, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY - early post...

While you're waiting around for those shop doors to open consider the fate of your soon to be dessicated Christmas trees! That's rigggghhhhtttttt.........

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hosmer stocking - Public Comments

Latest in the world of Let Yourself Be Heard! <CLICK>

If you fish Hosmer Lake in Central Oregon - ODFW is looking at making some changes. They want to know your feelings! What I don't see is anything that will change the "Kayak Hatch". All's fair afterall it is a popular area near a populace town - enjoy one and all [the fish really don't seem to care]!
ODFW- Angler at Howmer

Monday, November 25, 2013


Official request for public comments with contacts regarding fish passage waivers and dam enhancements from ODFW - the second part of a previous note. Looks like a pair of Baker County and Malheur dams are up for enhancements via added hydroelectic units - Warmsprings Dam/Malheur River near Juntura and the Mason Dam/Powder River. Since the dams are existing - these waivers are using a mitigation process to implement other improvements.....Bull trout and Redbands are affected.

December 9 is the public comment period deadline and January 10 is the meeting.

Friday, November 22, 2013

SB 830: Gillnet Fleet Changeover Funding

Implemented this past session the structure of SB 830 to enhance a more selective, non-native fishery transition for non-tribal gillnetters affected by Columbia River management plan is becoming clear - or is being more clearly outlined by the folks at ODFW. If you fish - any means - along the Columbia and it's tribs check out the news article and see how it affects you in the upcoming seasons [at least through current expiration of 2021!]

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chris Wood: State of TU Address

In case you don't frequent the National TU website [and their now NEW site] this is brought to you from Chris Wood during the September Annual Meeting.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Member Meeting - Were You There?

As numbers go Henry Hoffman brought in a fair crowd for TVTU meetings - and perhaps the Annual TVTU State-of-the-Chapter brought in a few more as well! Good to see everyone - new and returning. Thank you for attending and remember we want this to feel like YOUR chapter so feel free to introduce yourself and come see what the Chapter is doing!
Read on for a recap and we hope to see you in December.......

Friday, November 15, 2013

Public Comment - Fish Passage

It can be difficult to get involved sometimes - other times people look for input. Here are a couple of items from ODFW that they are looking for comment on regarding fish passage on some small dam projects. It is hard to provide educated comment on such projects without a lot of information but history probably tells us more about blockages than anything else we have.

[November 25 - Needy Creek is trib of the Pudding River system near Hubbard]

[Public Meeting November 15 - Northeast and Southeast Oregon]

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Trout Unlimited and Ecola Creek habitat restoration efforts

By Alan Moore

Here is a pretty cool illustration of yet another way Trout Unlimited, working with a broad and diverse array of public and private partners can combine efforts to get stuff done:

TU’s native fish habitat assessment for Ecola Creek on the North Oregon Coast, completed last year at the request of the City of Cannon Beach for management planning of their Ecola Creek Forest Reserve recommended large wood projects on the lower mainstem and select tributaries.

Then, a couple of weeks ago the local partners made it happen (click link to see the article from The Daily Astorian):

Monday, November 11, 2013

ODFW works to restore natives

ODFW Bio Shannon Hurn at Sage Creek        Photo: ODFW
ODFW is continuing to work to restore native Lahontan Cutthroats in SE Oregon. This project apparently is ongoing for the agency as it gets interrupted by various factors including perhaps self-stocking programs....

Saturday, November 9, 2013

In case you missed it.....

In October members showed up at the Lucky Lab Public House in Multnomah Village [the monthly meeting place for TVTU - second Wednesday each month - second floor - 6:30 p.m. in case you care to sit in with us!] to hear Tom Wolf - our man of Salem talk about the 2013 legislature and upcoming 2014 issues.

Tom started by noting it was a very good year for TU concerns in Oregon - BOTH of the major "priority" bills saw action and PASSED in one form or another.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday, November 13 - 6:30 p.m. at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village is where TVTU will be to hear Henry Hoffman speak! If you tie flies - or fish with flies you most likely have therefore met Hank Hoffman - he's the modern era developer of fine hackles for the fly tying industry. Hank pioneered genetic breeding of prime roosters from right here in Oregon! Come hear the story and share in the lore!

ALSO NOTE: this meeting is the TVTU Annual Meeting and will incorporate a short State of Chapter address as well as board/director nominations and elections!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Willows and Sedges and Spruce Oh My, or, Planting the Circle Creek Off Channel Wetland Complex Text and Photos by Michael Ellis

The Crew, from the left: Mike Gentry, Regina Southworth, Jeff Roehm, Jon Pampush, Austin Tomlinson, Casey Corkrey, Alan Moore, Andy Andrews, Doug Ray, Rod, Lundberg, Michael Ellis
On November 2nd, 2013, 7 stalwart TVTU members and 4 North Coast Land Conservancy members braved the predicted weather (high winds, steady rain) to assemble at the North Coast Land Conservancy’s Circle Creek site to plant native vegetation in and around the new Off Channel Wetland Complex (OCWC).

Monday, November 4, 2013


November 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you have never been to the PACIFIC NORTHWEST FLY TYERS RENDEZVOUS you really should try out this little gem of a fundraiser event! The no-pressure Rendezvous is organized by The Flyfishing Arts and Conservation Society – and is akin to the best meet-n-greet going of local fishing and conservationists and groups. This year the Rendezvous is featuring over 30 tyers and has a large cache of fishing related items for silent auction. But don't forget this year they have MOVED TO A NEW VENUE – the Jackson Armory and p[lan on making the most of the larger space!