Friday, May 29, 2015

Study Analyzes Effects Of Supplementation On Natural-Origin Salmon Abundance
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
A recent study that compared 12 wild chinook salmon populations that had been the focus of hatchery supplementation programs and 10 populations of salmon that had never been the focus of supplementation programs found none to small benefits in natural salmon abundance.

The study analyzed information from a 25-year period and determined that densities of natural-origin spawning adult salmon in the Snake River Basin that had been the focus of supplementation programs had increased just 0 percent to 8.4 percent relative to the 10 salmon populations that had not been the focus of supplementation.

“To put these numbers in perspective, large-scale factors that affect population size, such as hydropower operations or changing ocean conditions, have a much more substantial effect in roughly 9 out of 10 years,” said the study’s lead author Mark Scheuerell, research fisheries biologist in the Fish Ecology Division with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Something to do....

If you're hurting for a time filler for THURSDAY NIGHT you might consider this presentation by Dylan Tomine at the Portland Patagonia store.
Join us at Portland Patagonia to hear what electrical utility rate payers, anglers, and the public need to know about the true costs of salmon hatcheries. The event is FREE. Find out about the negative consequences of hatcheries and why there's hope.

What is at Stake

For those in the Portland, Oregon area, this is an opportunity to come listen and ask questions regarding the hatchery system for steelhead and salmon in the PNW.  Please RSVP to the Portland Patagonia store.

Patagonia Portland
907 NE Irving Street
insta: @patagoniaportland
What is at Stake  For those in the Portland, Oregon area, this is an opportunity to come listen and ask questions regarding the hatchery system for steelhead and salmon in the PNW.  Please RSVP to the Portland Patagonia store.

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!