Friday, April 21, 2017

Fish Passage Comments....

ODFW seeks comment on two fish passage exemptions

April 20, 2017 - REVISED April 21
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on two fish passage exemptions requests, one on an unnamed tributary to W FK Coyote Creek in Lane County and the second on an unnamed tributary to Quedo Creek in Josephine County. Comments are due by May 12, 2017.

The first exemption request is from Tim Payne who is certifying a water right through the Oregon Water Resources Department for a privately-owned existing dam in an unnamed tributary W FK Coyote Creek, a tributary to Fern Ridge Reservoir in the Long Tom River Basin.

David Shotwell is also certifying a water right through the OWRD for a proposed privately-owned dam to be built in an unnamed tributary to Quedo Creek, a tributary to Lake Selmac in the Illinois River Basin. Both of these actions have 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 two project locations, ODFW has made initial determinations that even if fish passage was provided, the actions would still result in no net benefit to native migratory fish. If in the future, conditions change from which the decisions were 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 requests will be approved. 

In the meantime, members of the public will have until May 12, 2017 to submit written comments on the proposed plans. Both fish passage exemption applications and the Department’s benefit analyses are available online.
Members of the public can send written comments to or request additional information from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program leader, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, e-mail, Greg.D.Apke@state.or.us, or by calling (503) 947-6228

Monday, April 17, 2017

From the DRA....

Hello Erle!

I'm pleased to present you and the rest of TVTU the DRA's 2016 Lower Deschutes River Water Quality Report. This report--along with three other reports we are releasing this spring--represents the culmination of the DRA's detailed investigation in 2016 into the causes and extent of the ecological changes occurring in the lower Deschutes River.


We're truly grateful for TVTU's support in making our 2016 science work possible. I'll be sending along our other reports as they are published. As always, please let me know if there's anything else I can provide for you.
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

All the best,
Jonah

Jonah Sandford
Executive Director
Deschutes River Alliance
 

More information on the Deschutes River Alliance folks? click HERE.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meeting this week.....

GENERAL MEETING!WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 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: Jonah Sandford-Deschutes River Updates
Jonah is the Executive Director of the Deschutes River Alliance will have an update on their Deschutes work plans for 2017.. You have no doubt heard of the ongoing issues and studies on the lower reaches of the beloved Deschutes River. The Deschutes River Alliance is at the forefront of this issue and has led the studies on conditions and water quality in the system. As a group, the DRA advocates for water quality, a healthy ecosystem, and for the establishment and protection of robust populations of resident and anadromous fish throughout the Deschutes' entire watershed. This includes scientific work on the lower Deschutes River and Lake Billy Chinook, to determine the sources and extent of ecological changes occurring in the river. DRA is using that science as a foundation for advocacy efforts, including its Clean Water Act lawsuit against Portland General Electric, where a judge recently overturned a PGE Motion to Dismiss. This lawsuit is a critical first step to restoring the cool, clean water that helped make the lower Deschutes such a treasured stretch of water. TVTU continues to support the DRA and their efforts - please come and hear how you can help further!
WHAT to BRING: a friend and an unburdening desire!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Don't forget....

Tune 'em up folks!

OUTING!
WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017
WHERE: Lost Lake - CLATSOP COUNTY
WHAT TIME: mid-Morning around the launch
WHAT to EXPECT:
Just above the Nehalem River off of Highway 26 before Camp 18 this is NOT the lake lost on Mt Hood....don't be confused! Technically, I recall there about 19 Lost Lakes in Oregon. This one we have found though, so join us on this season warm-up for a nice day trip. Check out your float tubes and small crafts to make sure there are no leaks and wrestle your trout gear from the spiders! This is a put and take lake with the added bonus of an occasion recycled steelhead to test your mettle...
As usual, these are very laid back adventures without a protocol or plan, show up and fish!
WHAT to BRING: a float tube and a friend if you wish!

Contact Andy Andrews if you have any questions.

The complete list of 2017 TVTU Outings can be found << HERE >>.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April at TVTU?

The official arrival of spring has met us with much of the same....our famed Oregon Sunshine! Don't be discouraged, this normalcy will begin to wane away and be replaced by our for-some-too-short summer months. In the meantime, be prepared - these remaining months of spring bring forth some of our most diverse weather surprises - please be prepared and be careful! And keep in mind, the fish really don't care as they have cold, clean water.
Do your part and tread lightly wherever you go and whatever you do; it will help us enjoy what we have for a much longer while. For April - we have the added bonus of kicking off our 2017 OUTINGS SCHEDULE as well as our normal fare.... 
OUTING!
WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017
WHERE: Lost Lake - CLATSOP COUNTY
WHAT TIME: mid-Morning around the launch
WHAT to EXPECT:
Just above the Nehalem River off of Highway 26 before Camp 18 this is NOT the lake lost on Mt Hood....don't be confused! Technically, I recall there about 19 Lost Lakes in Oregon. This one we have found though

Friday, March 31, 2017

OUTINGS - Updated....

Andy tells us there is a date change to the earlier released schedule:

South Twin Outing has been MOVED to MAY 4-7.
 
Updated flyer should appear above for your reference and use.....hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ODFW sponsored family fishing....



ODFW family fishing events kick off April 1 at Canby Pond
March 27, 2017

CLACKAMAS, Ore. — Anglers and would-be anglers of all ages are invited to Canby Pond on Saturday, April 1 for the first of 28 family trout fishing events that will take place at locations across Oregon in 2017, compliments of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

This free event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To bolster the odds....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reminder...

WHAT: Northwest Flyfishers Annual FISHERMAN'S GARAGE SALE
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2017
WHERE: Glen Otto Park on the Sandy [Sam Cox Bldg]
WHAT TIME: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: 

The NW Expo has been heralded as the “largest fly tying event west of the Mississippi". Come to the Expo and be part of the crowd of fly tyers and fly fishers building their knowledge and seeing old friends.  At the Expo you will have the opportunity to.
WHAT to BRING: $6 for breakfast [8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.]; parking and admission is FREE. Buy, sell trade inside....<<<INFO>>>


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

OUTINGS!

That's right - this seasons TVTU OUTINGS have been set!

Our men in charge ANDY ANDREWS AND JEFF HORTON from both TVTU and CRTU have again set the schedule for gathering on our local waters for fun and conversation. Pick a trip and schedule it today - or make all of them and boost your summer fun!



More information available from the

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March at TVTU?

Days are getting longer and we can experience again the last of the waning daylight as we leave the office at the end of a day - this means the end is near! It also means our unsettled and crazy Oregon spring weather is coming - you think you've seen it all this winter? Wait until it all comes in just one day - nothing like crazy weather days in our state! The best steelhead, springer, and trout days are coming and with our snowpack this year, our waters may be good shape for time to come...until then, what are we doing? And better yet - what are YOU doing......

NEWSLETTER!
Jerry our esteemed [and retiring] newsletter editor has assembled the latest copy  - check it out and see what your chapter has going on!

PS - have some ideas or talents and time to help with the future of the TVU Newsletter? CONTACT US! We want to keep to keep Jerry's ideas moving forward...we could really use the help!

GENERAL MEETING!
WHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 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: Ben Walczak/ODFW - Wild Steelhead Locally

Often between a  rock and a hard place, ODFW representatives often catch a load of poo for many th
ings - fish management is certainly one of them. Come and meet Ben Walczak, a hard-working assistant district fish biologist. Ben will be providing a comparative update on the Sandy and Clackamas River systems. The Sandy is ten years post dam removal with intensive large scale restoration activities; the Clackamas is seven years post dam re-licensing. What is this teaching us about winter steelhead and management actions to meet conservation goals and provide a fishery? How have these management changes altered the fisheries in both basins? And more...
WHAT to BRING: an open mind and good attitude; don't forget your handshake and introduction!

OUTINGS!
WHEN: April through October 2017
WHERE: All over our state
SCHEDULE:
<<<CLICK HERE>>>
WHAT to EXPECT: Andy Andrews and Jeff Horton have once again crafted a season of day and weekend trips across our state. Join them in exploring many corners of the state and some of our finer waterways. On tap this year - in addition to the 6 fishing gatherings - is a follow-up to a project at Gold Lake. After too many years, the regulatory sign donated and installed to protect wild rainbows and the trophy fishery at Gold will be replaced. Read more HERE.
WHAT to BRING: a friend, a fishing pole, camping gear if appropriate - whatever you want, it is really laid back experience!



FOR FUN!
WHAT:
Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo
WHEN: Friday/Saturday, March 10-11, 2017
WHERE: Linn County Expo Center - Albany, OR
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
WHAT to EXPECT: Lots - <<<CHECK IT OUT>>>

The NW Expo has been heralded as the “largest fly tying event west of the Mississippi". Come to the Expo and be part of the crowd of fly tyers and fly fishers building their knowledge and seeing old friends.  At the Expo you will have the opportunity to:

WHAT to BRING: a kid - one adult gets in for free if you drag one along - GET THE COUPON HERE.

MORE FUN!!
WHAT:
Northwest Flyfishers Annual FISHERMAN'S GARAGE SALE
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2017
WHERE: Glen Otto Park on the Sandy [Sam Cox Bldg]
WHAT TIME: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: 

The NW Expo has been heralded as the “largest fly tying event west of the Mississippi". Come to the Expo and be part of the crowd of fly tyers and fly fishers building their knowledge and seeing old friends.  At the Expo you will have the opportunity to.
WHAT to BRING: $6 for breakfast [8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.]; parking and admission is FREE. Buy, sell trade inside....<<<INFO>>>

FOR THE CALENDAR:
Upcoming outreach projects for the year - if you can spare some time and help put a face to TVTU please join us:

May 12-13: Sandy River Spey Clave - come join the fun and represent TVTU.
May 20: Tualatin River Bird Festival - the newly founded Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is open for the day; come greet visitors and help share TU.
July 27-30: Clackamas RIver TU Kids Camp - looking for day and weekend counselors to help out. Background check is required so early sign-up is necessary.
July and August: Tualatin Riverkeepers Kids Daycamps - a couple of Wednesdays and Fridays for introductory stream and fishing classes.

Care to join in on the fun? Please CONTACT US!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ODFW Fish Passage Task Force....


ODFW seeks three candidates for Fish Passage Task Force
February 8, 2017 

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks three members, each to represent one of three stakeholder groups represented on the state’s Fish Passage Task Force. Applications will be accepted through March 17, 2017.

The nine volunteer members of the Fish Passage Task Force are appointed by the ODFW Director. Task Force members represent water users or other owners of artificial obstructions, fisheries and conservation interests, and the general public. 

The ODFW Fish Passage Program administers the statutes and rules related to the passage of native migratory fish in Oregon’s rivers and streams....

Monday, February 6, 2017

February at TVTU?

GENERAL MEETING!
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 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: Dave Hughes-Tenkara: Unburdened

Dave was introduced to the sport of tenkara fishing many years ago, while courting his wife on beautiful streams in Japan. He was immediately taken by both the simplicity and effectiveness of the method. He fished tenkara for perhaps 20 years before the current fad hit the fan in the US. This presentation briefly unfolds the history of tenkara, describes the minimal equipment needed to go lightly out to a stream, and covers all that you need to know about what to do when you get there in order to catch trout, and have a lot of fun doing it. Includes notes on microfishing, with shorter and even more delicate rods. Based on a thorough tenkara chapter in Dave's book Trout from Small Streams, 2nd edition
WHAT to BRING: a friend and an unburdening desire!


Monday, January 30, 2017


FOR FUN!
WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2017
WHERE: Aladdin Theater - Portland
WHAT TIME: 4:00 p.m. [early show & 8:00 p.m. [evening show]
WHAT the COST: $15 advanced or $18 at the door

F3T is back for 2017 - tickets are still available from some local fly shops [Royal Treatment, Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters & Orvis at Bridgeport]. Always a good time; the early show has been a bit more family oriented than the later showing in years past.

The Bluebacks [Corvallis TU Chapter] are sponsoring the event in Corvallis - donation proceeds will go to that chapter. Their showing is FEBRUARY 18th.
 
Shown and preview information available HERE.

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Fun Little Story....

of opportunities missed. From the Sioux City Journal via the guys at MoldyChum:

The girl, the trout and the bikini (or, How my career as a professional fly fisherman swam away)

Larry Myhre

The Yellowstone River hurtles out of Yellowstone National Park and cascades down a series of steep boulder studded runs and rapids before spilling out onto a gradual plain where it's currents slow and wind through a virtual pastureland paradise in the shadow of the Absaroka Range.

The place, in fact, is called Paradise Valley and if you are a fly fisherman and die and go to heaven you will spend eternity in a place such as this. Cutthroat trout reign supreme here with a sprinkling of rainbows. The big river's currents are strong and tumble relentlessly northward before crossing Interstate 90 near Livingston, Mont., and then turn east on a mission to the Missouri.

It was in the late 1970s that I found myself here for the first time, casting the dry fly and letting the willing cutthroat delude me into thinking I was better than I was.
 
I had visions of becoming a professional fly fisherman....

Friday, January 20, 2017

ODFW moves to protect Redbands spawners...

Sprague River closes to all fishing Monday, Jan. 23
Jan. 19, 2017
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Sprague River near Klamath Falls will close to all fishing beginning Monday, January 23 through April 21, 2017.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the emergency regulation today in order to protect spawning redband trout from the stress and mortality associated with fishing pressure and handling.

The redband trout spawning in the Sprague River spend much of their lives in Upper Klamath Lake and move into the river, up to 91 miles (one way), to spawn. Fish then return to the lake to recondition and most will spawn again, some up to six times.....

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Done for 2017!!

Christmas for Coho tree collection for 2017 is in the books. We have some coordinating to do with ODFW and others before placement areas are determined for our river systems but look for word soon.

In the meantime, thanks to all those who organized and volunteered with this great effort - though hampered by the weather, we took in several hundred trees!! The organizing crew of Peter Gray, Lori Day, Andy Andrews, Paige Wallace, Jon Pampush and Mike Gentry did another great turn this year. We also saw many returning faces from our volunteers - THANK YOU ALL!

Also special thanks to our sponsor sites  Royal Treatment Flyfishing of West Linn and Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters of Portland. We really appreciate all the things these folks help us out with - please help them out when you can! Besides being great supporters they are fine shops.

Thanks to the RTFF crew January 14th - especially Mike Gentry, Michael Swinarski and host Joel LaFollette.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Last Chance!!

That's right - this Saturday is your last chance for 2017! If the weather kept you trapped last Saturday, this SATURDAY JANUARY 14th, will be your last shot of turning that Christmas tree into salmon habitat. Bring your tree by either Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters or the retired fire station next to Royal Treatment Fly Fishing and help out our salmon friends [they'll need it after the ODOT salt injections....]. Don't forget to stop in and visit our favorite local fly shops while there.




More information available from the
TVTU Facebook Page


Thank you for your support and remember this benefits everyone -
the Fish, the Fisherman, and the Future!

CANCELLED...CANCELLED...CANCELLED

January 11th General Meeting has been CANCELLED:

Board,
We have eleven inches of snow at my house near Multnomah, and it is still snowing.  So, I have decided to cancel the meeting. Snow arrived at the wrong time, again!

I hope you read this and stay safe at home. 


Thanks,
Erle

Friday, January 6, 2017

January at TVTU?

YIKES!! So much for our typical Oregon sunshine! Now we get solidified 'sunshine' and the associated re-education of how to drive when our rain turns to a more tangible product. Hopefully, everyone has been warm and dry and if you ventured out your waders were leak-free and your cleats held firm. Our local weather prognosticators are claiming we'll be back to our temperate wet selves just in time to meet this next week - in the meantime, enjoy the newsletter in front of the fireplace!

NEWSLETTER!
The latest issue is on the internet via Jerry our diligent editor/assembler - check out what your chapter has been up to!


GENERAL MEETING! CANCELLED
WHEN: Wednesday, January 11, 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-Winter Flyfishing for Trout

Well, you have no excuses now - we have the winter weather and now a presenter who can give you the tricks and secrets of why winter fishing is different than your typical fishing [and it is not just how to keep...