The Trout Line Newsletter -May 17, 2021


May 17, 2021


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.

 2021 Fishing Trips - Sponsored by the Clackamas River and Tualatin Valley Chapters of Trout Unlimited

World events are changing on a daily basis and we are making decisions based on health and safety.  Out chapters are following guidelines as set forth by the State of Oregon and Trout Unlimited National.  Physical distancing, face coverings, and hand sanitizing and all required protocols will be followed at all events.  Each outing/event, will be evaluated in advance and notifications of potential changes will be posted via CRTU & TVTU websites, social media and our newsletters.

Date: June 13-17
Location: Timothy Lake
Campground: North Arm Campground Campground
Campsite Reservation: 

Date: August 5-8
Location: Gold Lake
Campground: Gold Lake Campground
Campsite Reservation: Not Available

Date: September 23-28
Location: Fall River
Campground: Fall River Campground
Campsite Reservation:

Locations and dates are subject to change due to weather, wildfire season, road conditions and all state and local COVID-19 / pandemic restrictions.  All trips are campouts unless otherwise specified, please plan accordingly.  Membership in Trout Unlimited is not required to attend, everyone is welcome so bring a friend!  For up-to-date information, please check chapter websites prior to departure.



Board Members Needed!
Our chapter is in need of two additional Directors due to a board member moving away and one retiring. None of these jobs are rigorous difficult or time-consuming, but all are essential to fill if the Chapter is to stay active in the TU family.  To get information on those roles or to volunteer for consideration for those roles, contact President Lori Day at (503) 437-4528 or Treasurer Mike Gentry at (503) 636-0061 or




Fly of the Month - Denny's AP Emerger

Written by Mike Gentry

Denny Rickards is well-known for developing and deftly fishing a variety of top-notch stillwater patterns in the lakes of the West.  One of my favorites flies is his AP ("all-purpose") emerger.  His stated goal was to create a fly that would imitate a variety of aquatic insects, and this fly serves well for emerging mayflies, caddis, dragonflies and water boatmen and perhaps others.  This pattern takes a bit of time to tie, but it will be well worth it.


Hook:                            Tiemco 5262, #s 10-14

Thread:                         Black or Olive 8/0

Tail:                               Wood Duck

Body:                            Hare's Ear

Rib:                               Small Copper wire

Thorax:                         Peacock herl

Wing Case:                   Wood Duck

Hackle:                          Partridge

1.  Tie in the tail, five or six wood duck fibers about as long as the body.

2.  Tie in a piece of cooper wire at the tie-in point of the tail, leaving the wire extending off the back of the fly.

3.  Make a dubbing loop at the tail tie-in point, and prepare a "dubbing yarn" by spreading the hare's ear in the dubbing loop (thinner to ticker from back to front) and then twisting or spinning the dubbing loop to capture and "yarn" the hare's ear material. 

4.  Wind the yard to halfway to the eye to form the body.  The body should slightly increase in size from the tail to the front of the body.  Tie off with several turns of thread and clip the excess material.

5.  Counterwind the copper wire three or four turns to the front of the body, tie off and clip.

6.  At the front of the body, tie in about ten wood duck fibers by the tips and let them stick out the back of the fly.  

7.  Tie in a strand of peacock herl by the tip at the front of the body.  I find it best to twist the herl around the tying thread, winding down toward the bobbin about two or so inches and then holding the herl strand loose end and the thread together with my fingertips, to make a herl "rope".  Then wind the herl back and forth from the body to just behind the eye to create a thorax slightly larger than the body.  That way the herl does not become chewed and broken and unwind.  Or if you desire, just wind the herl back and forth without make a "rope"

8.  Pull the wood duck fibers forward over the eye, spread out over the top of the herl thorax, and tie down with three turns of thread.  Cip the excess material closely.

9.  Tie in a soft hackle Partridge feather, butt first immediately behind the eye and with the darker "front" of the feather facing up.  Choose a feather that will allow the feather spline tips to be about even with the back of the hook.  Gently wind the thread two or three times around the hook right behind the eye.  Tie off and closely clip.

10.  Form a head by thread wraps, wrapping back a bit to cause the Partridge splines to angle backward a bit over the fly body.  Finish the head with three half hitches, trim and finish with a small drop of head cement.


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