The Trout Line Newsletter - Sept. 3, 2018


September 3, 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.

  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.

TVTU Veterans Service Partnership Program Nestucca River Float

Written by Jerry Lorang

As the local sponsor for the Portland/Vancouver Project Healing Waters program the TVTU Veterans Service Partnership has provided in-kind donation in the form of equipment, reimbursement for food and lodging costs and technical assistance for more than 10 years now.

For eight years Joel LaFollette and the fine folks from Royal Treatment Fly Fishing have scheduled and supported a float trip on the Nestucca River for as many as 15 boats, and, in our peak year 28 veterans and volunteers.  On Monday, August 27, 2018, we set out again with 18 veterans and volunteers to join the Armada on the river.

Joining us this year was Glenn Varnado, WWII Navy Frogman who was 93 years old.  He is a skilled fisherman, makes custom nodeless split bamboo fly rods and has an amazing repertoire of stories of a very full life in the military and the woods.  He was a great addition to our group that day and promises to return next year.

Some cutthroat trout and smolts were caught and released unharmed.  A few early chinooks were seen rolling in the river but none were tempted to get stung in the lip.

The veterans and volunteers had a great time and enjoyed lunch that Joel also provided.  As a member of TVTU, I hope all of you can extend your personal acknowledgement to Joel and his gang for all that they do to support our Veterans Service Partnership and Project Healing Waters.

  Fly Fishing Arts and Conservation Society (FFACS) presents the Fly Tyers Rendezvous on November 10, 2018

TVTU is a member of FFACS and for the last 19 years has assisted in the Fly Tyers Rendezvous.  The mission of FFACS is to further education and conservation related to fly fishing in the area by sharing the proceeds from this event among the 5 fly fishing clubs that are members of the organization.  In the past these funds have gone to many great projects including scholarships for graduate students at Oregon State University, the Deschutes River Alliance, Lewis River restoration projects among many other very important education and conservation efforts.

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending the event at the Jackson Armory, 6255 NE Cornfoot Rd; Portland, Oregon 97218.  The event opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 4:00 PM.  There will be 40 or more fly tyers exhibiting their skills along with fundraisers in the form of bucket raffles, silent auctions and great barbeque.

You many want to consider going through that closet full of great fly fishing gear that you can seem to use.  Items of value would be greatly appreciated as opportunities to raffle or auction to someone who can put it to good use.  The funds go to a great cause.  

 Upcoming Outing!

There is an day trip outing at Goose Lake, WA.  Our outings are a great place to meet other members and learn or share fishing techniques.  Contact Andy Andrews ( for additional information and directions if needed.  Please join us! 


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.

September Meeting: Sept. 12 - Kaitlin Lovell - Salmon Sanctuaries in Portland

In 2017, the City of Portland created an effort to recognize successful habitat restoration in urban environments. Every year, on the Salmon in Our City Day, City Council will designate the best salmon habitats in Portland as Salmon Sanctuaries.  A Salmon Sanctuary can be achieved when the certain criteria, developed by Environmental Services scientists, are met. These criteria reflect the best salmon habitats in Portland. These locations represent the future success of salmon in the city and demonstrate that is possible to create urban sanctuaries for these threatened species.  To date, only one stream qualifies: Crystal Springs Creek.  But the city has identified a number of potential candidates. For a Salmon Sanctuary, the local stewardship group will receive a one-time grant to invest in continuing restoration in the watershed.

October Meeting: Oct. 10 - Michael Gorman "All Things Nymphing"

November Meeting Nov. 14 - Kyle Smith - TU Sportsmen's Conservation Project Campaigns in Oregon



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