The Trout Line June 20, 2022


June 20, 2022


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.

 Fly of the Month - Hatching Midge

Written by Mike Gentry

It's virtually impossible to fish any lake without seeing fleets of barberpole-striped midge pupae floating in the film, awaiting their chance to mature. We're not the only ones who notice them; these chironomids are known morsels to trout in any waters. And the added virtue to us as fin-stalkers is that they are virtually always present, in any month and most any weather. I won't tell you that trout always key on them; that often depends on hierarchy of food present on the water at any given time. But I will tell you that when midge hatches are occurring, this pattern has earned its way into my "dirty dozen" of lake fish along fifty feet of shore, on one of the "pay to play" lakes John and Amy Hazel manage near Maupin.

Hook: Tiemco 100 BL, #s 16-18
Thread: 8/0 Black
Ribbing: White Thread
Emerging Wing: Silvery-white Z-lon
Hackle: Grizzly

1. Secure your thread on the hook with seven or eight turns just behind the hook eye.

2. Tie in a three inch or so piece of white thread on top of the hook shank with several turns of the black tying thread (as if the white thread was going to be a long tail) and start winding the tying thread in tight single-layer wraps (no hook showing) back from the eye, covering the white thread. Continue to the start of the bend of the hook.

3. Wind a second layer of thread in tight turns forward to halfway to the eye.

4. Cut a small bunch (about 15-20 strands) of Z-lon into a three-inch or so length (so you'll have enough to hold when winding), and tie the forward end down with the rest sticking backwards. Wrap the typing thread forward in tight loops over the tag end of the Z-lon so it doesn't show, to about 1/8 inch behind the eye.

5. Holding or crimping the Z-lon forward and out of the way, wrap the white thread forward in loops such that the black and white alternating spirals of the body are evenly spaced. Stop when you are two turns short of the Z-lon.

6. Holding the Z-lon tight pointing backward along the top of the hook shank, continue wrapping the white thread, wrapping two more turns over the Z-lon and then continuing forward (2-3 turns) until reaching the tying thread. Tie off and clip.

7. Tie in a sized (i.e., small) grizzly hackle and make four turns, tie and clip. The tying thread should then be at the back of where the head will be.

8. Pull the Z-lon forward on the top of the hook and through the hackle, and tie off the Z-lon so there is a bulge or crest in the Z-lon (imitating emerging wings). Clip off the remaining Z-lon as close as possible.

9. Wrap the head and finish with a small drop of head cement. Notice of Special Meeting of Members
Notice is given for a TVTU Chapter Special Meeting of Members for the purpose of voting on amendments to the Chapter’s Bylaws.  The proposed substantive amendments are as follows: 

  • Providing for a 2/3 vote by the Chapter’s Board members in attendance at any Board meeting in order to remove any Officer.  This amendment is to conform the Chapter Bylaws to the current TU Model Bylaws provision.
  • Providing that the Board will elect its Officers at the Board meeting following the Annual Members Meeting, from nominations made by the Nominating Committee.  This amendment is to provide that the Board rather than the Members elect the Officers.
  • Providing that the President and Treasurer sign all checks over $500.  This amendment is to raise the dual signature amount from the current $200 figure.
  • Providing that all Officers are limited to two consecutive two year terms in the same office but can hold the same office again after a one year period out of office.  This amendment is to conform the Chapter Bylaws to the current TU Model Bylaws provision.
  • Providing that the Chapter’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31.  This amendment is to conform to the changed fiscal year adopted by TU.
  • Providing that the quorum for any Members meeting at which the Bylaws are amended is the lesser of thirty Chapter members or ten percent of the Chapter’s membership.  This amendment is to conform the Chapter Bylaws to the current TU Model Bylaws provision.

Topic:  TVTU Special Members Meeting followed by Board Meeting
Time:  June 28, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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