The Trout Line April 17, 2023


April 17, 2023


Welcome to The Trout Line Newsletter! This is our Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter newsletter that will be coming out twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.


May Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023 - 7:00pm

Join your fellow TVTU Chapter Members for food, good conversation, fun, and common interests. Learn what your chapter is doing and get involved. We meet in person at Old Market Pub or virtually. 

Old Market Pub, 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97223

We are pleased to have Marc Williamson from Fall River Fishing join us this month. Marc was a guide for many years and has been an instructor since 1983. He will be presenting on 'Fishing the Crooked River'. This presentation will dive into the specific patterns and techniques related to the river. To learn more about Marc please check out his website.


Topic: TVTU May Chapter Meeting - Marc Williams from Fall River Fishing
Time: May 10, 2023, 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Fly of the Month - Rocky Ford Minileech

Written by Mike Gentry

This issue's Fly of the Month may be an anomaly since it was discovered specific to a particular location in Eastern Washington.  Those of you familiar with Rocky Ford Creek may have encountered this pattern from a local fly shop, and if so you'll know how deadly it was at that water when few other patterns were working.  I'm not sure why the big, aggressive fish shunned larger leech patterns in favor if this mini-bite, but you should have no doubt that this is the go-to fly for those finicky feeders.  And I suspect that in other similar waters this little guy will be equally effective.

Hook:        Tiemco 5263, Size 14 or 16
Thread:     Olive 8/0
Weight:     Extra small lead wire
Tail:           Olive marabou tips
Body:        Olive marabou strands
Ribbing (optional):        Olive 8/0

1. Wind an underbody of lead wire from just in front of the hook bend to just behind the hook eye.

2. Tie in the tail of marabou tips just behind the back of the lead.  The tail should be the length of the body.

3.  Tie in, tip first, eight or nine long marabou strands (the individual strands coming off the spine of the marabou feather) just behind the back of the lead.

4.  If ribbing is desired, tie in a six inch length of olive thread just behind the back of the lead and leave the thread length sticking back behind tbe fly.  Ribbing will help the fly from being torn up and give it more life, but does distort the fullness of the body a bit.  Both ribbed and unribbed flies work well.

5.  To create the body, make a "yarn" of the marabou strands by holding the strands straight up (with light tension against the tie-in point) and twisting the butt ends of the strands nine or ten rotations with your fingers, and then wind the "yarn" forward (again, with light tension) in tight turns to the front of of the lead, tie off and trim.

6. If ribbing thread was added, counterwind the thread six or seven turns to the front of the body and tie off, trying not to pull down and compress any more of the marabou body fibers than necessary.

7. Wrap a head with thread and apply a small drop of head cement.


 Will Christmas for Coho Continue?

Over the last ten years, the Tualatin Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Christmas for Coho program has been a success both financially and environmentally. People drop off their trees at two locations staffed by volunteers on two Saturdays in January, and volunteers load the trees each Saturday and Sunday onto an ODFW staked flatbed trailer and take them to a storage area and unload them. Later in the year volunteers reload the trees onto the transport and take them to stream placement locations where they are offloaded. Volunteers then place and stake the trees in side channels, alcoves, and other suitable instream spots. But logistical hurdles threaten C4C’s continuing future.
There are three major GO/NO GO challenges that must be overcome.
The first is the Storage of Trees.  At the end of this summer, the storage site outside Barton Park that has been used for years is no longer available.  An easily accessible and suitable storage site must be found near the Clackamas River to hold the 350 to 400 trees typically collected each year.
The second is the Transportation of Trees . Typically, 75 to 100 trees are collected at each site each Saturday.  The ODFW trailer and the truck that pulls it have been the transport, but they are not guaranteed to be available when needed in the future. Experience shows that having a rig at each site on Saturdays and possibly Sundays is desirable. Therefore, the need is for a second comparable rig or two rigs, in case the ODFW rig is unavailable. In addition, currently, a stalwart TU member is the approved ODFW driver, which means that a driver for the second rig and a backup ODFW rig driver need to be lined up and vetted.

The third is a need for Volunteers to Load and Unload the Trees. The physical demands of all the loading and unloading of trees are taking a toll on the list of aging volunteers such that adequate staffing is less than certain. Therefore, we are seeking volunteers to be added to the Volunteer Roster. We also invite anyone to join a Working Group to determine the future of C4C.
Please send your comments and suggestions regarding the three GO/NO GO challenges to TVTU Board member and Vice President Peter Gray, Working Group chair at This will enable the TVTU Board by October to answer the question Will Christmas for Coho Continue? 

TVTU Board Spots are Open

With one Board member’s move and several retirements, a few spots are now open on the TVTU Chapter Board and the Board is seeking new members. The tasks are not great. Board meetings are currently held via Zoom at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, with some months skipped if not needed. We encourage anyone who might be interested to join in on one of the meetings to get a feel for what helping run the Chapter entails. If you would like to consider Board membership, please contact Mike Gentry at (503) 724-7734 or


Meetings Location and Dates

Regular chapter meetings are held at the Old Market Pub 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland, OR 97223.  Food and beverage are available.  Social get together starts at 7:00 pm and the speaker starts at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted in the newsletter or website.

May Meeting - May 10



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