Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September at TVTU??

Holding out for a bit of the 'Oregon sunshine' - we could use it! In the meantime - be safe and considerate when using our outdoor resources. So what is on tap for September to get us through this last bit of summer?

Jerry, our soon to be retiring from the editor position Editor, has filled one of the last editions of his career - take a look and what your chapter is doing!

Just a reminder - although we have an editor in training who has volunteered to take on the TVTU publication.....we could use a hand or two to assist Lori Day with this bi-monthly effort - please let her know! CONTACT US.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House; Multnomah Village

WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Stacie Kelsey-"Trout Fishing in SW Washington"

Expand your fishing geographically! Here's how to get started exploring the trout waters of SW Washington state - our neighbors to the north.
Stacie will provide specific information on where to go, when, and how to fish some of their more productive and easily reached waters close to our metro area.
WHAT TO BRING: a few bucks for a beverage and dinner; throw in a few raffle tickets and your best dinnertime conversation to share with others!

WHEN: September 21-26, 2017
WHERE: Fall River - Fall River Campground
WHAT TIME: whenever you can make it
Hopefully not a lot of smoke! The Fall is one of the beauties of our state - come and share it with with a few other members from the Chapter.

WHAT to BRING: a place to stay and some fishing gear; a copy of the regulations and a side dish or dessert to share at the Saturday potluck dinner! Ask a friend to join if you wish!

Pelican Brewing 5k/10k Benefit Run [and VOLUNTEER!]
WHEN: September 23, 2017
WHERE: Tillamook, Oregon
WHAT TIME: 10 a.m. race start [VOLUNTEERS probably a bit earlier!]
As reported - a charity run; but more importantly for the Salmon Superhwy effort a chance to volunteer and represent Trout Unlimited!
Head over to THEIR WEBSITE and enter or volunteer, there is also all the information you would need to answer all the questions you have!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Drink a beer, save a fish! And take a jog....

    Hi TVTU’ers
    Just wanted to pass on an OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY that the Oregon council will be staffing as part of the support for Salmon SuperHwy.
    Pelican Brewing is sponsoring a fun run in Tillamook on September 23.  All proceeds will go toward Salmon SuperHwy.
    There are volunteer opportunities to assist with the event.  If you aren't a runner - please consider helping out by volunteering for this event - and represent TU! 
    There is a volunteer link at the bottom of the home page.
Can't or don't want to volunteer? You can always sign up and participate! Use the same link above.

STILL busy on the 23rd and can't do either - then simply DRINK A BEER and SAVE A FISH in support of the project.
Photo by SchnitzerPHOTO

Monday, August 7, 2017

Speaking of Diamond Lake....

If you've been in Oregon for very long you are ware of the various efforts to eliminate Tui Chubs and shiners [released from 'trophy' bait fisherman's bait wells/buckets] including the last rotenone poisoning. Similar to other battles with mother nature this one continues to thrive - and here is the latest effort to thwart the invasives....

Tui chub (bottom) and a golden shiner (top).  Both fish are present in Diamond Lake, but ODFW says the shiners don't proliferate and affect water quality nearly as intensely as the chub.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Sterile trout will prey on invasive Diamond Lake shiners

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Last chance for a Diamond...

WHEN: August 4-6, 2017
WHERE: Diamond Lake - Broken Arrow Campground
WHAT TIME: whenever you can make it
Hopefully, you read in our various notices that the date has changed for the Diamond Lake outing [to NOT coincide with the ecliptic state migration in hopes of saving you added pains of sitting idle on our roadways and being shoe-horned into our campgrounds...]. So gather up your camp stuff and flotation devices and join Andy and crew at Diamond Lake. Besides a healthy fishy [and midge population], Diamond is a beautiful body of water shadowed by Mt Thielsen. Come one, come all! Saturday is a potluck dinner - the chapter provides the entree - attendees please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-5 south to Eugene; Hwy 58 across the mountains to Hwy 97; Hwy 97 South to Hwy 138; follow 138 to the Lake and watch for signs for the Broken Arrow Campground [south end of the lake].
WHAT to BRING: a floating fishing device, bug spray, a dish to share and a friend if you wish!

Andy Andrews is the man to CONTACT.

Friday, July 28, 2017

August at TVTU?

Hopefully you got the word that August is our break from things TVTU - a time to go out and enjoy the fruits of your labors with activities revolving around the Cold, Clean and Fishable waters of the region. Or perhaps some other region that you have chosen to explore. Regardless, we are all in this together and hopefully there are fruits to be savored....

To that end....THERE IS NO TVTU MEMBER MEETING FOR AUGUST! Enjoy your time off! Still looking for some stuff to do? Check these out.....
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Mt Thielsen above Diamond Lake
WHEN: August 4-6, 2017
WHERE: Diamond Lake - Broken Arrow Campground
WHAT TIME: whenever you can make it
Hopefully, you read in our various notices that the date has changed for the Diamond Lake outing [to NOT coincide with the ecliptic state migration in hopes of saving you added pains of sitting idle on our roadways and being shoe-horned into our campgrounds...]. So gather up your camp stuff...

Monday, July 24, 2017


Dam removal should boost fish passage
Published July 23, 2017

PENDLETON — Work has started to remove a dam in Eastern Oregon that blocks salmon, steelhead and lamprey. 

The effort to remove the Dillon Diversion Dam on the Umatilla River outside of Echo started earlier this month. The dam is 200 feet long. 

Bill Duke, district fish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, said fish ladders on either side of dam don’t always work properly, and the dam was considered a significant problem for native salmon and steelhead. 

“Fall chinook and coho, they tend to come up to that obstruction and get delayed there,” Duke said. “They end up spawning there below the dam.” 

He said the spot is not conducive for rearing juvenile salmon and steelhead. 

The dam built in 1915 served five landowners as part of the Dillon Irrigation Co. with water rights dating to the 1890s.

But the landowners the rest of the ARTICLE.
EJ Harris/East Oregonian

Thursday, July 20, 2017

ODFW seeks Sport Fishing Representative for Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program Board
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking qualified applicants to fill a soon to be vacant sport fishing position on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement (R and E) Program Board. Interested individuals must apply by July 31, 2017 using <<THIS APPLICATION>>. The appointment will be effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

The ideal Sport Fishing Representative candidate will be a resident of Oregon that is able to effectively represent the sport anglers of Oregon. Desirable attributes include involvement with local fishing groups or fish management, previous experience with boards or commissions, and knowledge of, or involvement with, the diverse sport fisheries across Oregon.

The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 to help fund fish restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state. The program is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees and is overseen by a seven-member citizen board made up of three sport fishing representatives, three representatives from the troll, gillnet and seafood processing industries and one public-at-large representative. The Board reviews grant proposals from various organizations and agencies and recommends projects for funding.

Board members, who are appointed to four-year terms by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, meet three or four times each year in various communities throughout the state to review project funding applications, hear public testimony, act as liaisons between the program and the public and to conduct other program business. Board members are volunteers; however, Board-related business expenses are reimbursed.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to the R and E Program website at or contact Kevin Herkamp at (503) 947-6232 or

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ODFW: anglers give region’s steelhead a helping hand
July 13, 2017

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.

Additionally, ODFW is asking anglers to further help the region’s steelhead by adopting ODFW’s best handling practices when they’re out on the water this summer.

“Positive voluntary efforts may reduce the necessity for future mandatory regulations,” said Tucker Jones, ODFW’s manager of Ocean Salmon and Columbia River fisheries. “If a person happens to intercept a wild steelhead, or any steelhead during a retention closure period for that matter, it is imperative that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best handling practices.”

ODFW lists best handling practices on Page 13 of the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. These practices include:
  • Use barbless hooks (even where not required)
  • Use tackle strong enough to bring your fish in quickly
  • Land fish as quickly and carefully as possible
  • Avoid removing the fish from the water
  • If taking a photo, cradle the fish at water level and quickly take the picture
  • Remove hooks quickly and gently while keeping the fish under water
  • Use long-nosed pliers or hemostats to back out a hook
  • If a fish is hooked deeply, cut the line near the hook
  • Revive fish (point them into slow current or move them back and forth until gills are working)
  • When possible, let the fish swim out of your hands
  • Fish when it’s cool out – likely early in the morning or late in the afternoon – fishing is better and stress on fish is less.
Upriver summer steelhead forecasts are very low this year at approximately 119,000, compared to 5- and 10-year average actual returns of 236,000 and 315,000, respectively. Wild upriver summer steelhead forecasts are low as well, with a forecast return of just 34,000 fish versus the 5- and 10-year average actual returns of 87,000 and 105,000, respectively. Snake River wild “B” steelhead returns are the most imperiled, with a forecast of just 1,100 fish.

With returns of steelhead so low, another strategy is to not target them and focus on other species, including warmwater species such as bass, walleye, and pikeminnow. These species are not only fun to catch but they also prey on juvenile steelhead and salmon.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A report....

Laurance Lake - early June:

I suppose if we received more reports from members we might publish them more for other members – as the case is, we don’t receive that many and I don’t seem to make the time to fish all that often these days to make reports. Who does right? I do however, have a group of people whom I consider fishing friends who invited me along on an annual trip of theirs. Mostly coworkers and work acquaintances, this crew has been fishing annually for 21 years – I was first invited in 2012. The premise, started by a now retired structural engineer, was to take a day in the middle of the week and leave work behind – as he states “it’s a reason to play ‘hooky’ for a day”.

For as many years as I have been involved, this so-called “Shut Up and Fish” gathering has been going to Laurance Lake...

Monday, July 10, 2017

July at TVTU?

As promised with the passing of July 4th we are deep into our rainless period which spells summertime! We hope everyone survived the holiday finger and toes intact - lest the balance of your cast becomes hindered.....
So what are you doing to pass the time? Maybe we can help.....

Jerry, our soon to be retiring from the editor position Editor, has filled one of the last editions of his career - take a look and what your chapter is doing!

Good news we have an editor in training will to take on the assemblage of our little publication here.....still, if you are interested and care to help or otherwise lend a hand; let Lori Day know! CONTACT US! We can always use help!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WHERE: Cook Park - Shelter #3 - Tigard, Oregon

WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: No speaker: it's TVTU Potluck Picnic time!

Well, there will be plenty of speaking going on as this is when we all informally gather and chat amongst ourselves while chowing on grilled burgers and hot dogs! Bring a spouse, friend, family member and a side-dish or dessert and join the fun. The Clackamas River Chapter and Stonefly Maidens will be joining us again too!
Ron has promised a "Whole Bunch of “Good” stuff" for the silent auction fundraiser - and asks that everyone bring a charitable attitude and a moderately full wallet! We hope to see you there!
NOTE: VENUE AND TIME CHANGE [the we're pretty lax and won't turn off the grill immediately so if you're lagging a bit behind schedule - stop on by anyways!]

NOTICE: Andy Andrews and Jeff Horton have revised the dates of the August outing to Diamond Lake - due to it's coinciding with the eclipse and all that ODOT is promising about freeway lockdowns, they have moved the dates UP on the calendar......AUGUST 4-6 are the new dates. Act accordingly or be one of too many stuck on the freeway on the originally scheduled weekend!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What'd I Miss - June Edition

The Chapter welcomed well over 30 people to the Lucky Lab Public House-Multnomah this past month in anticipation of hearing Jeff Morgan regale all with information on Fishing the Hidden Cascades of Oregon. Erle started off the meeting with new member and visitor introductions – a nice showing of folks self-introducing including Jackie [a recent Vermont transplant], Andrew and Preston [first time attendees], John [recent transfer from NY] and Phil Hafele a long-time participant and visitor. Thanks to all and we hope you had a good time! 

Fish Reports: Andy was not at this meeting but a few folks who made the Timothy Lake outing shared their reports – Tom Wolf noted that many fish were caught; John corroborates the story noting several 17” through 20” fish were brought

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Help a native fish [and ODFW] out - comment today

Fish screening waiver requested on White River – Comment until July 11
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a request to forego fish screening at a new point of diversion on White River, a tributary of the Deschutes River in Wasco County. Comments are due by July 11, 2017.

The water user on White River applied for a point of diversion transfer to their water right through the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD application #T-10555) in 2008. This transfer requested approval to relocate the point of diversion downstream where water would be diverted through the use of a pump.

OWRD approved the Transfer Application in 2009 with a requirement that the applicant install and operate a fish screen at the diversion. OWRD specified, “Prior to diverting water, the water user shall install a fish screening and/or bypass device, as appropriate, at the new point of diversion consistent with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) design and construction standards.”

The applicant has applied to ODFW’s Fish Screening Task Force to be excused from compliance....

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fish Passage Exemption....comment

ODFW seeks comment on fish passage exemption
Thursday, June 22, 2017

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on a request to exempt from fish passage requirements a proposed culvert at an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, which is connected to the Columbia River in Clatsop County. Comments are due by July 14, 2017.

Jim Morinville, the Operations Manager with Warrenton Kia Automotive Dealership, plans to extend a parking area and install a new culvert in an drainage ditch which carries water to an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, a tributary to the Columbia River. This action has triggered Oregon’s fish passage laws. 

According to Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program coordinator, ODFW may grant fish passage exemptions if there are no benefits to native migratory fish from providing passage. Because of the site specific habitat conditions and other complete artificial obstructions below the project location, ODFW has made an initial determination that even if fish passage was provided, the action would still result in no net benefit to native migratory fish. If in the future, conditions change from which the decision was made, exemptions can be revoked and fish passage shall be addressed. 

Therefore, unless public comment is provided that would affect the Department's determination, the exemption request will be approved.

In the meantime, members of the public will have until July 14, 2017 to submit written comments on the proposed plan. The fish passage exemption application and the Department’s benefit analyses are available at .

Members of the public can send written comments to request additional information from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program leader, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, e-mail,, or by calling (503) 947-6228

Monday, June 19, 2017

Looking for some fun Saturday?

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 2017
WHERE: Migration Brewing, Portland
WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: a casual gathering to support the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited at Migration Brewing [2828 NE Glisan St.]. Admission is FREE but you'll want a ticket to buy a beer - look for the ticket sales area for TU! There will be a silent auction and raffle for all sorts of items, including a guided fishing trip on the Deschutes. Enjoy the camaraderie of like minded friends, films showcasing local conservation efforts, and a very entertaining surprise guest speaker:
  • Popular speaker John McMillan will talk about his work as Science Director of TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, including recent accomplishments and future plans.
  • Silent auction and raffle. You must be present to win. Items include a guided trip and a new fly rod.
  • Short films about cooperative conservation and the Wild Steelhead Initiative.
  • Beer/food tickets available for purchase. (You'll need a ticket to get a beer, so look for our ticket sales area when you arrive.)
Money raised goes to support Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited and our efforts to protect fish and their habitat across Oregon. If you don't know about our conservation projects, this is your chance to find out more and help out our cause. Put it on your calendar, invite your friends, and we will see you there!

For mor
e information, RSVP to our event on Facebook or go to

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Salem update...

ON one of his last weeks before retiring from representing TU in Salem, Tom Wolf has proudly provided us with this news on Senate Bill 3 - Reform Suction Dredge Mining:

Governor just signed SB 3 -suction dredge mining reform-there will be a ceremonial  signing later on this summer.

Lots of hard work-it seems almost anticlimactic. Tom

Tom Wolf, Executive Director
Oregon Council Trout Unlimited

Governor Brown Signs Suction Dredge Reform Bill to Protect Oregon Rivers
June 14, 2017

Salem, OR – Today, Governor Brown signed legislation to protect rivers across the state of Oregon that provide habitat for iconic salmon from suction dredge mining. With bipartisan support in the Oregon Legislature, the Suction Dredge Reform bill places habitat for sensitive salmon and lamprey off limits to suction dredge mining.

“With support from Democrats and Republicans in urban and rural Oregon,...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Reminder...Member Meeting!

 GENERAL MEETING [this week]!
WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
WHAT to EXPECT: Jeff Morgan -
"Flyfishing the Oregon Cascades"
For many, "Cascades fly-fishing" begins and ends with the famous stillwaters along Century Drive, with perhaps a detour to the upper McKenzie, Metolious, or Fall River. However, the Cascades offers so much more for the adventurous trout angler. This presentation covers the tips, techniques, and patterns to find quality trout on both the streams and lakes of the "Hidden Oregon Cascades."
WHAT to BRING: a friend!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June at TVTU?

Need some help planning your month? We have you covered!

Timothy Lake - North Arm
WHEN: Saturday, June 9-11, 2017
WHERE: Timothy Lake - North Arm Campground
WHAT TIME: whenever you can make it
An annual favorite and well-attended event! North Arm campground is tucked away from the bigger area of the lake and has a great float tube parking area with protected fishing varied fishing areas - the campground has now been improved....

Friday, May 26, 2017

If it's free.....

Free Fishing Weekend June 3-4
Take someone fishing during Free Fishing Weekend June 3 and 4. On those two days, no license, tag or endorsement is required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. New to fishing and wondering how to get started? Check out the schedule of free family fishing events being held throughout the state on those two days.

The fine print: Applies only to waters already open to fishing, crabbing or clamming. All other regulations, such as bag limits, still apply.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


As we swing into the serious fair-weather fishing season, here is a n interesting blurb on the impacts of C&R and "Keeping them Wet"...excerpted from KEEP 'EM WET:


May 13, 2017

Finsights #7 – “I saw the fish swim away so it must be fine” - Part 3
Robert Lennox Photo
My last two posts have been about the range of possible lethal and sublethal impacts of catch and release angling on fish, and I want to round out the discussion with one last post. When it comes to sublethal effects, it’s fairly easy to comprehend the direct consequences of angling on an individual fish. What can be more difficult to understand .....

Monday, May 15, 2017


If you have some time - and a desire to get involved with fellow conservationists - contact us and see how you can help. If not - this is still a nice opportunity for the family - plus, you can stop by and talk with us!
Tualatin River Bird Festival
WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 2017
WHERE: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge - Sherwood, Oregon
WHAT TIME: 8:00 a.m. [unless you participate in the early bird walks...]

The refuge opens completely to the public only once a year - and this is it! Come and bring the family to explore and take some time to help out the Chapter by manning a table at the event - talk conservation and wetland habitat, shake hands, and share a smile. Tie flies? Bring some materials and show off to the crowd!
CONTACT: Mike Gentry or email us TVTURESTORATION

Friday, May 12, 2017

Don't forget....

A bit tardy on the reminder....Spey Clave started today [sucks for us working stiffs!]:

If you are out there and have some time - or anticipate some time tomorrow - get in touch with Lori to see if there is a chair available at the table! Otherwise, ENJOY!

Sandy River Spey Clave
WHEN: Friday/Saturday, May 12-13, 2017
WHERE: Oxbow Park on the Sandy River
WHAT TIME: 9:00 a.m. each day start
The request is for a couple of folks to help out the Chapter by manning a table at the event - shake some hands, sign some folks up if interested, share the word and talk conservation or fishing or spey casting. Be a friendly face! The side benefit is experiencing the event before or after spending some time at the table.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Inspections continue to work....

Who knows what their success percentage is but finds like this would seemingly make it worth the effort....

Zebra mussel infested boat stopped at Ontario inspection station
Monday, May 8, 2017

ONTARIO, Ore – A 41-foot yacht with Zebra mussels attached was intercepted at the Ontario Watercraft Inspection station last week. The boat came from Harrison Bay, Tennessee which is infested with the invasive mussels.

Zebra mussels were attached to this yacht from Tennessee
Earlier this spring, standing water was found on a boat from Quagga mussel infested Lake Havasu, Arizona. That boat was inspected ....

Monday, May 8, 2017

Don't forget....

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
WHAT to EXPECT: Marty Sheppard - A Year of Fishing in Oregon

Marty will guide us to a full calendar year of angling ideas in Oregon. The trip will take us to some of the best rivers in the state including the Grande Ronde, John Day, Deschutes, Sandy and Clackamas. Each stop offers unique opportunities for fly anglers and includes trout, bass and steelhead as quarry.
WHAT to BRING: a notebook and map!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May at TVTU?

Spring has sprung? Those of us who have been here a while can tell you nothing will really change until July 4th - then we can reliably say the rain will subside. Out will come the barbecues and shorts wearing will be bonafide garb [not just something we do to help ourselves think that spring and summer are here]. Oh and you can stop wearing the wool socks with your sandals too.....
Until then? May is as good as it gets for us - so enjoy!

Jerry our long-time renaissance man and newsletter editor has assembled the latest copy  - check it out and see what your chapter has going on!

PS - Jerry continues to tell us of his pending retirement - care to help us with assembling the newsletter? If you have some ideas or talents and time to help - CONTACT US! We could really use the assistance!

Washington County Fly Fishers - AUCTION and SALE
WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
WHERE: Tigard American Legion Hall [8635 SW Scoffins Road]
WHAT TIME: 5:30 p.m. doors open; 7:00 p.m. auction start

WHAT'S it COST: getting in is FREE - getting out...well that depends!
WHAT to EXPECT: The annual  fundraiser auction for WCFF; evening of fun with silent and oral auctions on fishing gear, accessories and non-fishing items alike. Proceeds help fund conservation and education programs but most notably their OSU Grad Student Scholarships to Fishery Sciences majors. There is a non-host bar on the premises.

WHEN: May 4-7, 2017
WHERE: South Twin - Central Oregon
WHAT to EXPECT: Andy Andrews and Jeff Horton host a few days on South Twin Lake in Central Oregon. Campouting includes a potluck on Saturday night - bring a side dish or dessert to share and swap tales around the campfire.
South Twin Campground will be the destination...