Friday, February 26, 2016

Feeling political?

Oregon TU Members we need your help,

Tell the Oregon Legislature - Vote No on SB1584 Protect Flows for Salmon and Steelhead

Please help stop a major threat to Oregon's salmon and steelhead runs that is being rushed through the state legislature. Senate Bill 1584 would rollback crucial fish protection and water conservation planning standards.

These standards apply to new development of old water rights by some cities on streams with struggling fish populations. Current standards help ensure that cities use water in ways that allow imperiled salmon, steelhead, and other native fish to persist in the waterways affected by their water use, while also requiring the cities to implement basic, proven water conservation measures. SB 1584 would allow an exemption from these crucial protections.

Please take action today,
Dwayne Meadows, PNW Outreach Coordinator TU
Canyon City, OR

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


We continue to post information on the inspection efforts of ODFW; the interest lies in the fact that although not numerous there are continually invasives being found. The inspection stations will open soon for 2016....and there were finds in 2015:

ODFW technicians decontaminate a boat at an inspection station last year.
- ODFW photo -
Boat Inspection Stations Open
Vehicles hauling boats must stop for free inspection

February 22, 2016
SALEM, Ore – Aquatic invasive species watercraft inspection stations open March 1 at the Ashland Port of Entry on northbound I-5 and March 3 at the Ontario rest area on northbound I-84. Watercraft inspection stations in Lakeview, Klamath Falls and Gold Beach open in mid-May.

All vehicles carrying motorized or non-motorized boats, including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and sailboats must stop. Motorists are alerted to inspection stations by large orange “Boat Inspection Ahead” signs followed by “Inspection Required for All Watercraft.”

“It’s very important that people stop at these stations and get their boats inspected. It’s our first line of defense in keeping aquatic invasive species such as mussels, plants and snails out of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest,” said Rick Boatner, Invasive Species Coordinator.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

More on the Elwha....

Elwha: Roaring Back to Life
By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times environment reporter

ELWHA RIVER — The Elwha watershed is booming with new life, after the world’s largest dam removal.

“Big things can happen if people persevere,” said Mike McHenry, biologist with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, which got the ball rolling on dam removal when it was still thought a crazy idea. “Back in 1990, you ask somebody in Anywhere, USA, about dam removal,” McHenry said, “they would have told you that you were nuts.”

Not anymore.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Trees in other places....

Reedsport Community Charter School students and staff put Christmas trees in Buck Creek. ODFW photo.
Christmas trees help native fish
February 11, 2016
ROSEBURG, Ore – The holiday season may be over, but Douglas County’s fish are just getting their gifts. December’s used Christmas trees were recently placed in East Fork Rock Creek and Buck Creek to enhance fish habitat.
“We put the Christmas trees in streams...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Don't Forget...

The waters are in great shape but if you cannot 'steel' away for the day here are some close options that might be of interest.....

WHEN: Friday, February 12, 2016
WHERE: Aladdin Theatre - 2 shows
WHAT to EXPECT: Indie fishing films to whet your appetite for upcoming adventure!
Discount tickets at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters and Orvis.
RTFF will have an after-party on Saturday!

WHEN: February 10 -14, 2016
WHERE: Portland Expo Center
WHAT to EXPECT: The Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show offers the most extensive resources on fishing and boating, shooting sports, hunting, camping this side of the Mississippi. Grab the latest gear. Browse boats, campers and tent trailers. Discover top-notch camping and backpacking equipment, optics, outdoor clothing and vacation packages.
Hundreds of vendors and reps [including Trout Unlimited - come visit us on Conservation Row] and top outdoor experts will fill Portland Expo Center from wall-to-wall with the best in outdoor tools, tips and gadgets. Enjoy free demonstrations, seminars and interactive displays and the most up-to-date information for outdoor enthusiasts of every kind. Plus, connect with guides and outfitters from exciting locations throughout the Northwest and around the world.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Member Meeting -WEDNESDAY!

Don't miss out!

Known for his buggy knowledge, Rick has many other tricks - come and see!
WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. Socializing; meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Rick Hafele-"5 Mistakes You Do Not Need To Make"
Ever wonder why ten percent of the anglers catch ninety percent of the fish? It’s often because they don’t make these mistakes. Find out what five common mistakes to avoid (plus a couple bonus mistakes for good luck!) and how to cure them!
WHAT to BRING: appetites and friends welcome! Food and beverages are available for purchase - second floor banquet room. This is our annual combined meeting with the Stonefly Maidens and always brings a FUN crowd!
RAFFLE PREVIEW: rumor is that the raffles will be flowing over - including TWO rod setups among the other items. Bring a few bucks and help out the chapter!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Klamath Basin water...

Upper Klamath Lake     photo: Devan Schwartz
PacifiCorp Pursues Dam Removal After Collapse Of Klamath Legislation
by Jeff Mapes OPB | Jan. 20, 2016

PacifiCorp is now trying to reach a quick deal with federal and state regulators to remove four aged dams on the Klamath River.

The aggressive action by the big western utility follows the failure of Congress over the last four years to pass sweeping legislation aimed at ending the water wars in the Klamath Basin that straddles the states of Oregon and California.

Supporters of restoring free flows on one of the West Coast’s biggest salmon rivers are cheered by the prospect of finally seeing the dams demolished. But Klamath Basin farmers say they’re worried they will be left behind without any of the water guarantees included in the federal legislation.....

Monday, February 1, 2016

February at TVTU?

Hard to believe but we are hurdling into the year and find ourselves already at February. Hopefully you have taken advantage of some of these rain breaks and gotten out to find some fish on the local waters - they are there according to all reports! Come out and share a story or's what is going on this month! And a few items to put on your calendar....
Rick demonstrating No Mistake techniques....
WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. Socializing; meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Rick Hafele-"5 Mistakes You Do Not Need To Make"
Ever wonder why ten percent...