Sunday, October 25, 2015

Know yer crayfish/crawdads/mudbugs.....

Joel LaFollette tending the  Bug Boat - temporary home for crawdads and other river critters
We've trapped a few of these over the years for various reasons - most recently for Joel's Kids Day at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing; I can certainly say the ones we've come across so far on the Clackamas and that creek behind our house in Portland have all be the 'good' ones....BUT if you come across others - keep 'em and eat 'em [and let ODFW know...]:

SALEM, Ore – Ringed crayfish have successfully invaded many rivers and streams in southern Oregon, but were just found in Lane County’s Row River. This is the first discovery of this species in the Willamette River drainage.

“To find Ringed crayfish in the upper end of the Willamette Basin is very alarming to us,” said Jeff Ziller, South Willamette Watershed District Fish Biologist. “Ringed crayfish have been found to out compete our native Signal crayfish  for habitat and food. The non-native ringed crayfish dominate the crayfish populations in the Rogue, Chetco and Umpqua rivers, so this is bad news for Signal crayfish here in the Willamette system.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Another year and another rescue...on the Deschutes

Life or death struggle on the Deschutes: Another fish rescue

Saturday, October 17, 2015

North Twin Season extended.....

You might recall that North Twin Lake is getting 'the treatment' - and as a result limits have been removed; now the season has been extended....
North Twin Lake fishing extended through Nov. 9
October 13, 2015

BEND, Ore. – Anglers will have an additional three weeks to enjoy fall fishing at North Twin Lake near Bend. The lake was scheduled to close to all fishing on Oct. 19 so it could be chemically treated to remove illegally introduced brown bullhead.

According to Erik Moberly, ODFW fish biologist, the treatment is being pushed back because delivery of the chemical needed (called rotenone) has been delayed.

Anglers can continue fishing under the temporary regulations adopted in October: no daily bag or possession limits, no size limits and anglers may harvest fish by hand, dip net and angling.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Conservation Opportunity!

Well this isn't you're typical TVTU C4C adventure - BUT it is a similar vein and one that we are pleased to assist with! Why? Because this is the beginning of a combined effort on the Clackamas Drainage where TVTU will start to concentrate tree placement efforts for 2016.

This Project places the last of trees collected after Christmas 2014 and is partly directed by ODFW.

-- Please note --
RSVP requirement contact with Clackamas River Basin Council.
[Let them know you're with TVTU!]

WHEN: Saturday, October 17th - 9 am - 12 pm
REGISTER: Please RSVP to or 503‐303‐4372 x101. All volunteers must sign a waiver release form. Youth are welcome if accompanied by an adult, though activities are most appropriate for older children.
WHERE: Please RSVP for address and parking directions. Project is located just off Hwy 224. Stay tuned for more information.
WHAT: You are invited to join the Clackamas River Basin Council and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife in placing over 200 Christmas trees donated from the Kirk Company into the Fishers Bend Alcove, a side channel off the Clackamas River approximately 2 miles west of Barton, OR. Volunteers are needed to carry, tie, and secure trees among recently constructed large wood structures installed in an alcove, which will help enhance stream habitat for young salmon.
WHAT to BRING: Favorite gloves, rubber boots, hip waders (optional). Activities will take place in or near water, so be prepared to get wet. Volunteers will be carrying trees which are likely to brush up against clothing. Dress in outdoor apparel. Refreshments will be provided. This project is supported with funding from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the US Forest Service. Partner support includes Chrysalis Farms, Clackamas County Parks, Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District, and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Monday, October 12, 2015


GENERAL MEETING - this Wednesday!
WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. Socializing; meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: John Pomplin-"Self-guided Alaska Fly Fishing Adventure"
John will provide his insights into Alaska fishing for silver salmon and the cheap way to get there.
The trip John describes is in Cordova but any of the South Central Alaska towns have similar accommodations. The trick is taking advantage of cheap airfare on Alaska Airlines with their mileage plan, tying your own flies, and being open minded on other ways to fish for Silvers if Mother Nature throws you a curve
WHAT to BRING: a sense of adventure, questions, appetites and friends are all welcome! Food and beverages are available for purchase - second floor banquet room.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

What'd I Miss...September edition

About 25 members showed up to the lucky Lab Public house in Multnomah Village in September for the general member meeting - hoping to glean as much info as possible from Preston Singletary on the searun cutthroat trout. 

First we had some important introductions and awards from standing President Erle Norman; first time attendee Jim from Estacada introduced himself - Glad to have you Jim!

October 17 is the Oregon Council fall meeting - Dick Hollenback noted that the meeting will be in Corvallis and all members are welcome to attend. The agenda, besides other official TU business for Oregon, includes a review of the strategic plan. Voting is limited to attending chapter board members but input for consideration is appreciated from all members......

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bull Trout Plan....Western States

Bull Trout Officially Endangered since 1999

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan for bringing back the declining bull trout in Oregon, Washington and three other Western states. But conservationists say it won’t actually restore the fish’s population to a healthy level.

Bull trout are predators native to streams across the Northwest. In some places, bull trout were purposely over-fished to keep them from eating precious salmon.

Bull trout need cold, clean water and the ability to move around within their habitat. So, officials say erosion, the removal of trees and vegetation that keep streams cool, and barriers to fish passage such as culverts and dams have all contributed to their decline. And climate change poses an additional threat.

For the rest of the story........