The Trout Line Newsletter - September 21, 2020


September 21, 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.



Fly of the Month - Ostrich Herl Callibaetis Cripple

 Written by Mike Gentry

I’m told that fish often will target crippled or spent insects in the film, bypassing more active forms.  Based on numerous lake trips with active callibaetis hatches, I can tell you that this simple cripple pattern is a steady producer.


Hook:                Tiemco 5262 #s 12-16

Thread:             Black 8/0

Tail/shuck:         Tan or gray ostrich herl

Tail/body:           Tan or gray ostrich herl

Wing:                  Light deer hair

Hackle:               Light dun

1.  Tie in two or three ostrich herl tips (gray or tan, whatever is closest to the natural insect where you’ll fish) for the tail, about as long as the body.

2.  Tie in the small end of a long strand of ostrich herl (color to match tail) at the tail tie-in point, and wind tightly to form a body, ending about ¼ of the way from the eye.  Tie off and trim.

3.  Clip a clump of deer hair, remove the underhair, and stack the hair in a hair stacker.

4.  With five or six thread wraps, tie in the wing, tips forward, at the front of the body, on top of the hook so that the wing is about as long as the body or a bit more.  Try to keep the hairs in a clump pointing about 45 degrees forward, rather than fanning or spreading out.

5.  Clip the butt ends of the hair wing about 1/8 inch behind the hair wing tie-in point.

6.  Select a hackle with splines the length of the hook gap (slightly undersized from what you would use for a dun).  Tie in the hackle at the wing tie-in point, butt-first and shiny side forward, and wind five or six times, tie off and clip.

7.  Lifting the wing hair slightly, wrap the thread forward over the hook shank under the wing to the eye, making several wraps tight against the front of the wing clump (to help keep it elevated pointing forward).  Build and finish the head with three half hitches, trim and seal with a small drop of head cement.




Upcoming Outing
By Andy Andrews

Harriet Lake outing has been moved to Oct. 15

Fall River outing is still on for Sept 24-28 but the campground is now at Rock Creek Campground at Crane Prairie because the Fall River campground is closed.



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.

October Meeting - TBD



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