The Trout Line Newsletter - June 15, 2020


June 15, 2020


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.



President's Corner

Hi everybody,

I hope everybody is continuing to do well in this crazy time.  I was hoping to announce that we would be having the July picnic but I am sorry to say I can't.  So it looks like the next time that we will be looking at having a chapter meeting is September.  Please go fishing, get outdoors, stay safe, and watch our newsletters and social for updated information.  

Thank you for all of your patience.
Lori Day



Fly of the Month - Bird's Nest

Written by Mike Gentry

Many years ago, when I was new to lake fishing for trout, several of us spent three days at Crane Prairie.  Back in those pre-bass days, Crane Praire was renowned for its prodigious rainbows.  A woman was camping next to us, and we couldn't help noticing that she was outfishing all of us.  Putting out male egos aside, we invited her over for a drink and pleasant conversation one evening.  At what I hoped was an opportune moment, I asked her what flies she had been using. She said that she'd been using only one pattern, and went to her tent returned with a fly she called a Bird's Nest.  She graced us with one fly each, and I nursed mine gently for a dozen or so fish the next day until the fly was thoroughly mangled and unrecognizable.  I hadn't paid enough attention to fix the pattern in my head and for one reason or another never looked for a pattern or tried to tie a replica from my faded memory.  But recently I came across a great recipe and pass it on for your enjoyment.

Hook:                              Tiemco 3761, #s 10-16
Thread:                           8/0, color to match body
Tail:                                 wood duck
Rib:                                 Fine gold wire
Abdomen:                       brown, brownish yellow, gray or olive opossum
Thorax:                           Same as Abdomen
Legs:                               Wood Duck
1. Tie in a tail just at the bend of the hook; the tail should be about as long as the body.
2. Tie in a piece of gold wire at the tie-in point of the tail, letting the wire hang off the back of the hook.
3. Dub a body, slightly tapered, to within a third to a fourth of the way to the eye, and clip and tie down the dubbing with three turns of thread to get it good and tight.

4. Counterwind the gold wire to the front of the body with five or six winds, tie off and clip.
5. At the front of the body, tie in legs on one side consisting of eight or nine wood duck fibers, maneuvering the legs on the side and toward (but not on) the top of the body.  Legs should extend near the bend of the hook.  Repeat on the other side of the body.
6. Dub in a thorax with turns starting slightly over (meaning slightly behind) the tie-in point of the legs, to hold the legs pulled in a bit toward the body.  The dubbing should be a little bulky and spiky to give some "body" to the thorax.  Finish just behind the eye, tie off and trim, finish the head and seal with a tiny drop of head cement.

As I recall, we fished it on a sink-tip line with fairly slow hand-twists or short retrieves, and it was a producer for all three of us until the flies were no more.  I was can't wait to try out my new arsenal.



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 are available.  Social get together starts at 6:30 pm and the formal meeting starts at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted in the newsletter or website.

Sept Meeting - TBD



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