The Trout Line Newsletter - August 5, 2019


August 5, 2019


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.



Volunteer Opportunity

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) is having their fourth (4th)  season of Beaver Surveys.  There is an orientation put on by Metro, the Wetlands Conservancy and the JDWC on Thursday, August 8th from 5:45 pm until 8:30 pm at the All Saints Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, located at 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd in Portland.

Volunteers will team up in pairs and walk 1-mile reaches of Johnson Creek and its tributaries documenting beaver dams and activity along the way.  Each pair will conduct one 3- hour survey on either August 17th, August 24th/25th (TBD), or August 31st.

Volunteers should anticipate walking for one mile over rough/uneven terrain on stream banks or in water.  Waders and other safety equipment is provided. 

Please register with Jeffrey Lee, Community Science Coordinator for JCWC.  His email: or telephone (503) 652-7477.



 Dear Bristol Bay-loving friends,

Summer has been a roller coaster up here in Alaska.

The highs:  

  • Nearly 700,000 of you submitted official comments opposing Pebble's plans and the inadequate process to review their key permit.

  • The Bristol Bay fishery is having another banner year. As of July 21st, over 41 million sockeye salmon had been harvested, bringing it close to the record-books once again. 

The low: Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back protections for Bristol Bay that were outlined in the 2014 Proposed Determination. Withdrawing the Proposed Determination is purely a political move - it ignores peer-reviewed science, millions of public comments, and a process that is intended to safeguard the people, jobs, and fish of Bristol Bay.  

These protections are the reason most people thought that the Pebble mine was no longer a threat. Today, those protections are gone.  

Click here to read more about the Proposed Determination and how the Save Bristol Bay coalition has responded to this irresponsible and dangerous rollback of protections. 

Right now, Bristol Bay is at grave risk by Pebble mine. Today’s announcement requires us all to stay engaged and turn to our decision makers to advocate for the people, fish, and fish-based industries in Bristol Bay. Here’s what you can do:
Take a moment to  write your elected decision makers and tell them to stand up to this sham process and defend Bristol Bay!  

We appreciate you sticking with us as we continue to fight for what we know is right: Pebble does not have a place in Bristol Bay. Stay tuned for next steps. 

Meghan and the Save Bristol Bay team  

Alaska Office:
3105 Lakeshore Drive
Anchorage, AK 99517
(907) 770-1776



Come Join Us on the Board! 

Your Tualatin Valley TU Chapter could use a couple of additional Board members.  The job description is pretty simple.  The Board meets monthly at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month (some months with no meeting needed) in the downstairs meeting room at the American Legion Hall in Tigard.  Meetings usually last an hour or a bit more.  TVTU has been quite successful in recent years, with projects such as the Christmas for Coho efforts and with good attendance at effective and entertaining Chapter meetings held most months at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village.  But we can always use fresh energy and fresh ideas.  If you are interested and would like to come to one of the Board meetings to test the water (barbless hook only), please contact Mike Gentry at or (503) 636-0061.  This is a feel-good volunteer opportunity.


Meetings Location and Dates

Regular chapter meetings are held at the Lucky Labrador Public House 7675 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 (503) 244-2537.  Food and beverage available.  Social get together starts at 6:30 pm and formal meeting starts at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted in the newsletter or website.

August Meeting - No meeting

September Meeting - Sept. 11, 2019 - J. Michelle Swope - Cutthroat on the Fly! - Where to find them, how to fish for them, and how to care for this amazing fishery.

J Michelle Swope, owner of Olympia Women on the Fly Guide service, and WI coordinator for Washington State Council of Trout Unlimited will be giving a presentation on Cutthroat. We  will cover the emerging studies out of Washington state regarding these gorgeous, mysterious fish. When and where do they spawn?  How far do they travel? How can we fish for them in Oregon?  What is being done to protect these fish that have been with us since the ice age?  Come attend our meeting, and learn more about these anadramous fish, their habitat, where to find them in Oregon, and how to fish for them successfully.   She will also share the most effective fly pattern (according to her) that she uses to fish for Cutthroat in the salt.  Also, meet Duncan, the wonder lab, who is J Michelle's permanent side kick and best boat dog ever. (Duncan says, treats are welcome and encouraged, as long as they are wheat free).


More Information:

TVTU Website:

Current Board Members and Contact:

TVTU Facebook Page:

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