The Trout Line Newsletter - May 21, 2018




May 21, 2018


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 - Egg Sucking Woolly Bugger

Written by Mike Gentry.

"You suck!" is not a phrase sending a good message, with one exception.  Trout LOVE egg-sucking leeches and woolly buggers, and in the right conditions those patterns will outfish their nonfeasting cousins.  This is especially so in rivers and streams during spawning season, but is also true in many lakes..

Thread:  6/0, color to match body
Hook: TMC 5263, size 8-12
Tail: Maribou, color to match body
Ribbing (optional): Small copper wire
Hackle: Hen feather, grizzly or color to match body
Underbody: Small lead wire
Body: Olive or black chenille
Egg: White synthetic post yarn

1. Wrap a lean underbody from just behind the ye to just short of the hook bend..

2. Wrap thread back and forth several times over the underbody to secure the lead, and wind the thread to just behind the back of the lead.

3.  Tie in as a tail a few strands of marabou feather with the tail about the length of the body, and clip off the excess in front of the tying point.

4.  Tie in a length of copper wire and the tip of a hen hackle,, both pointing off the back of the hook.

5. Tie in the chenille and wind forward to the front of the lead underbody.

6. Palmer the hen hackle with six or seven winds forward to the front of the body. 

7. Counterwind the ribbing wire forward over and through the hackle fibers to the front of the body.

8. Build a head with turns of thread, with the thread ending up at the back of the head.

9. Take a 2 inch or so piece of the egg year, hold it on top of the fly with the midpoint at the thread juncture, and tightly wrap at the point with three turns of thread, then lifting the front piece of yarn out of the way to finish wrapping and tying off the head.

10. Holding the two ends of the yarn together and straight up from the hook, cut the yarn about 1/4 inch above the hook.  Then with your fingers, press down and fluff out the yarn strand and the tied-in yarn will begin to look like an egg shape.

11. Turn the fly over and cement the bottom half of the fly head (to avoid getting cement on the egg material).

Fish the woolly bugger as normal, in short or long, fast or slow retrieves as the fishing conditions dictate. This pattern is a known producer.


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.


June Meeting: June 13, 2018

Speaker:  Simon Gawesworth

Topic:  Fly Line Talk

Today’s fly fisher is confronted with a myriad of different fly line profiles and types – whether a trout, saltwater or Spey angler. There are so many fly lines on the market, that many fly fishers are left confused by the selection and frequently use the wrong line for a situation.

This talk is designed to give attendees a complete understanding of the importance of fly line design, and how choosing the right fly line can make the worst rod in the world, work perfectly or, if chosen wrongly, can make the best fly rod fail miserably.

Part history, part physics, part chemistry, this talk is packed with invaluable information that anglers (and even non-anglers), will find fascinating and humorous. At the end of the night, attendees will leave with a far greater understanding of fly line importance and knowledge, and a few will even leave with some very useful swag that gets handed out during the talk (fly lines, leaders, hats, tees and such).

Simon's Bio
Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father - well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships.
With the collapse of the British Casting Association and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain.
During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on Spey casting and fly casting instruction.
He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK.
Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world.
Simon is married with two children.


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