Tuesday, April 29, 2014


No excuses! Come join TVTU at South Twin!

WHEN: May 2 - 5, 2014
WHAT TIME: late afternoon - South Twin Campground
WHAT to EXPECT: 4350 foot elevation; holdovers in the 18-16 inch range.
WHAT to BRING: Float tube or pontoon or other water craft device; camp gear; appropriate camp clothes for springtime Oregon [pretty much the entire footlocker...]; and don't forget a side dish/dessert for a Saturday night potluck [entre is by Andy and the Road Kill Grill]; a friend if you have any [remember though readi-made friends will already be there]!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tom Wolf forwarded this tidbit on....

“Is There Hope for Wild Salmonids in the City?”

Wednesday, April 30
7:00 pm, lecture

This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by Professor Alan Yeakley, Director of the School of the Environment, Portland State University.

Professor Yeakley will discuss the influence of the urban environment on wild salmonid populations, and what the future holds for these icons of the Pacific Northwest.

Smith Memorial Student Union 327/328
1825 SW Broadway | Portland State University
For more information, please contact esmoffice@pdx.edu

Friday, April 25, 2014

Feeling Fishy?

ODFW reminds us that many seasonal closures will be once again open for TROUTING as of this weekend. Check out the regs for the waters near you. Report back and send some photos if you get out - we love those reports!

Word is also the snow is coming off many of the access roads - but then again with the winter snow advisory for the mountains from this last storm - it may be back. Be prepared. Be safe.

P.S. this is just in time for the TVTU South Twin Outing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

» Action Alert | April 23, 2014

The following may have met you through your in box this a.m. but in case it didn't....please remember Lahontan also inhabit many of our desert streams in SE Oregon - among others. Protections that allow survival as well as water rights for other uses are playing a more important role than ever.

Speak up!

Take Action

Did you know that more than 70 percent of the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout in Nevada live in streams less than five miles long and 10 feet wide?

Monday, April 21, 2014

For all those who are Phone-centric....

This one has been bouncing around - but it is an easy pass-along from Tom/OCTU:
The How's My Waterway phone app
[apparently upgraded and more user friendly!]

Not being much of a phone-in-my-pocket type person, you'll want to check it out yourselves and perhaps, even provide a review of some sort? Regardless, charge up your 'useful for emergency but I'm not driving distracted' devices and do whatever you do to download whatever it is that is downloadable.......the email went something like this*:

* P.S. This is not to be confused with any type of endorsement.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tom giving out the 411....

Tom Wolf on the front lines sent out this update yesterday; the Pacific Fisheries Management Council had a meeting last week - that he attended on behalf of OCTU [part of his Man of Action duties he volunteers his TU time towards]. A portion of their discussions revolved around forage fish and sustaining populations....obviously, as other fisheries are overwhelmed with take, attentions turn to more numerous and previously unheralded food fishes. Of late, the concerns are these are now the forage fishes that our 'target' or 'high-end' species rely on for survival - thus adding to the depletion sources.

Tom reports: ......

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What'd I miss? April Edition...

Another installment brings us into spring....and some forecast NICE weather! Maybe some of you were away or planning to get away [hopefully to the Saturday TVTU outing......] - regardless, we have you covered! A shortened version of course - can't give it all away or nobody would show up! Hopefully, there is worth in recapping meetings in that folks who've been missing out will come to a few that they see as interesting - we do have a lot of bases covered with the presenters!
So without further ado........

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Speaking of C4C......

Michael did a quick tally awhile back of volunteer hours from the great participation for Christmas for Coho. The calculations show:

30 volunteers for the drop sites over 3 days = 321 hours
6 volunteers for tree placement = 36 hours
9 volunteers for hauling trees from McKenzie Farms = 56 hours

Add that all together and you get a respectable 413 project hours total!! That is just straight hours - not the periphery hours for coordination and set-up etc. Not a bad bit of information and something the TVTU members should be proud of!

So what does this mean?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Another reminder....weather looks good!

Mike G at Lost Lake ca. 2009

WHAT: Lost Lake [Clatsop County] outing
WHERE: drive west on highway 26 and turn off on the road to Spruce Run Park on the Nehalem River. Just before entering the park, a gravel road (unsigned but known as the Lost Lake Road) takes off on the left. This road travels 5 or 6 miles to a parking area on your right. Just past the parking lot is an unimproved boat ramp.
WHEN: Andy hopes to be at the parking area by 10 a.m.
[You can show up anytime - just be sure to say 'Hello!']
INSIDE STORY: Lost is less than 30 feet deep and is divided into two parts by a small passage; it is a 15-acre natural forest lake nestled in the mountains. The lake is stocked with rainbows.....and a steelhead or two to keep you on your toes! The lake is best fished with a pontoon boat or float tube.

BONUS: weather looks good this year - chance of passing hail squalls is ZERO! [ask Andy about it...]; partly cloudy/mostly sunny and heading into the 60's! Come warm up those skills for the summer season!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Steelhead at Salmonberry Falls
Remember the February post about Salmonberry Steelhead surveys starting soon? Those dates are set....and they are approaching!!!
Volunteer to help out with this long running program that provides spawning info on one of Oregon's premier coast range steelhead rivers. It is not a TVTU program but one we appreciate!

WHEN: April 13 and 27; May 4, 11, and 25
WHAT: Redd Counts/Spawner Survey
CONTACT: Ian Fergusson at ian.fergusson@comcast.net
General Meeting
Lucky Labrador - Multnomah Village
6:30 p.m.
Second Floor Banquet Room
Speaker: Scott Richmond [aka Uncle Fuzzy]

Also: OUTING this Saturday!
Lost Lake [Clatsop County near Elsie]

Monday, April 7, 2014

In case you were wondering.....

During this years Christmas for Coho collection - Field & Stream came out to Oregon to feature the project as part of their Heroes of Conservation program. A few things came along with that besides the publicity - for one, the participants for the day were entered in a raffle to win a gift card from Toyota/Field & Stream.

The winner was announced recently [hopefully, the winner has heard from F&S!!!]......

Friday, April 4, 2014

Food and water - necessities of LIFE!

Take Action
In case you don't get notices from national/state TU - this is a repost of an ACTION ALERT emailed to members this morning. Consider the evidence and voice your opinions - they ARE asking afterall!

As a TU member in salmon and steelhead country, we need your voice to let the Pacific Fisheries Management Council know sport fishermen want better protections on the fish that our salmon and steelhead feed on in the open ocean.

Pacific forage fish such as sand lace, squid, sardines and whitebait smelt play a crucial role in the lives salmon and steelhead. When these little fish congregate in massive bait balls at the mouths of our rivers they provide a source of alternative prey, working as a cover against a gauntlet of seabirds, seals and larger fish as outmigrating salmon and steelhead smolt. They also provide a crucial food source, accounting for nearly half the diet composition of Chinook salmon.
Protecting forage fish is also a good return on our investment. We spend countless hours working to protect the existing wild runs we have, while trying to improve their habitat. Sending them to a life in the ocean where their food is abundant is crucial to any work we do in fresh water.

As TU Members in the salmon states, we have the power to give public opinion to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Letting them know you support better forage fish management will give them the support they need to move forward with a solid Forage Fish Policy.

Send a letter today.


Dwayne Meadows
Pacific Northwest Outreach Director

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This month at TVTU....

WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]
WHERE ELSE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room
WHAT TIME: 6:30 gather; 7:00 program
WHAT to EXPECT: Scott Richmond - author and the Westfly guy - sharing his take on the Deschutes River fishery. Come and see how you can take advantage of that!
WHAT to BRING: a friend! a good 'tude! a tale! [Ron wants you to come haggle on the raffle tickets too].
Don't forget FOOD & DRINK are available for purchase at the staffed bar.
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WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014
WHERE: LOST LAKE - Clatsop County [since Oregon seems to have lost a few...]
WHAT TIME: 10:00 a.m. [give or take...] at the Boatramp
WHAT to EXPECT: 15-acres of natural forest lake in the mountains; stocked with rainbows - usually has some holdovers early in the season - as well as a few steelhead to warm you up.
WHAT to BRING: Float tube or pontoon is recommended. Lunch/snack is appropriate. Another friend couldn't hurt!
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The TVTU Website has a CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS as well? Sure it's only as good as the people who fill it out but we try to keep it up to date. Remember to check it out and if you have any questions - JUST ASK!