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SEPTEMBER/

THE TROUT LINE


OCTOBER 2010
VOLUME 10,
ISSUE 5

Published bimonthly

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN MIKE GENTRY


Anyone who is in the pipeline of fishing or waterways infor- weeks.
mation likely is aware of the increasing concern over inva-
sive aquatic plant and animal species. Among other con- The broader questions remain troubling. Clearly felt soles
tributing factors, the time for sole-searching on the use of are only one of the several means of transmission. While
felt wading boots is rapidly approaching for all of us. This discontinuation of use of felt soles may accomplish a big
is not a soapbox article, but rather a very brief overview. step in the prevention of spread in waters only accessible
by wading, many waters are big enough to allow watercraft.
Reports of the spread of Whirling Disease, New Zealand Drift boats, power boats, boat trailers and even pontoon
Mud Snails, Didymo (or “rock snot” as it is euphemistically boats and float tubes all present their own threats, having
known), and Zebra Mussels, to name a few, are sobering. numerous recesses that harbor unwanted passengers and
Although many of these threats currently are confirmed proving difficult to clean or disinfect on trips with more than
primarily in localized areas or regions of the country, the one destination. Felt sole users are presented with the di-
trend clearly is for their spread to other areas and regions. lemma of “how much good will it do to switch?” There is no
And while each invasive species has its own history and easy answer to that question.
morphology, common factors in dispersion patterns have
been identified for many. In recent years, felt soles on Some positions already have been staked out. In 2008, TU
wading boots are coming under increasing fire as a prime called on fishing gear manufacturers to eliminate produc-
vehicle for transmission in a number of waters. tion of felt-soled wading products, and manufacturers now
are beginning to offer alternative sole products with the ex-
That reality should come as no surprise, given the nature of pectation of discontinuing production of felt-soled products
felt. A felt sole is constructed as a dense mat of randomly in the future. Alaska has adopted a ban on felt soles state-
woven fibers. As such, a felt sole is full of minute inter- wide effective in January, 2012, and Vermont’s ban is ef-
strand spaces which have been demonstrated to trap large fective in April, 2011. Efforts are underway in additional
quantities of spores, plant fi- states including Oregon to introduce similar legislative or
bers, mud or other host mate- regulatory measures.
rial, and even fledgling snails
and mussel spawn. While sev- This topic will continue to stir passions on both sides over
eral studies have shown that the coming months. Switching over involves both an eco-
the other parts of boots and nomic cost for those of us who have good, usable boots, as
waders can be effectively well as a “comfort” cost of knowing felt works for our needs
cleansed of all but minute and questioning whether the new materials will do so. At
traces of host material and tar- the same time, those of us who embrace the goal of help-
get species by thorough wash- ing to reduce the spread of invasive species recognize that
ing and drying or by use of even small steps, albeit at a cost, are how progress is
various cleansers or disinfec- made. The debate will continue, and each one of us will be
tants, by its nature felt does not called upon to make that decision.
respond well to those methods,
and the foreign invaders may
Meeting Schedule: Regular chapter meetings are held at
remain viable for a number of
the LUCKY LABRADOR on the second Wednesday of
each month at 6:30 PM with a social get-together and the
Inside this issue formal meeting at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted in the
newsletter or website. Lucky Labrador, Multnomah Village,
President’s Column Page 1 7675 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, (503) 244-2537. Food
Bridge at Circle Creek Page 2 and beverages available.
Columbia River Salmon Page 3
Need Another Fly Rod and Reel? Page 4 September 8 - Kavita Heyn from American Rivers will
Notice of Annual Meeting Page 4 speak about American Rivers' work to protect Oregon's wild
Thinking Young, Feeling Old Page 5 rivers and wild fish.
Fly of the Month – Lightning Bug Page 6 October 13 - Three friends will present a program on their
TVTU Outing Schedule and Lesson Learned Page 7 June trip to the Eastern Washington Cascades Lakes with
Board of Directors Listing Page 7 emphasis on flies and tactics that produced well for them.
Meeting Schedule and Budget Summary Page 8 More information on page 8.
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THE BRIDGE AT CIRCLE CREEK: THE SAGA CONTINUES

By Michael Ellis
On July 17, after over a year of delays, our chapter was Right, Troy Laws and
able to start work on the culvert replacement at Circle Mike Coddington look at
Creek. TVTU members Mike Coddington, Alan Moore, the Necanicum from the
Mike Gentry, Bill Schoen, Tom Wolf and Michael Ellis mouth of Circle Creek
joined Troy Laws of ODFW and two members of the
Rainland Flycasters, Bob May and Ernie Rose, to clean up Bottom, left, We begin
the support beams for the bridge. cleaning one of the
beams
We pulled nails, removed bolts and pressure washed. Troy,
with Ernie and Bob's help, measured and cut the beams to Below, Mike pressure
length. We had plenty of help and finished up around 2 PM. washes as Bob and Ernie
More work will be needed soon to install the decking and mark the cut line
restore the area where the culverts have been removed.
Bottom, right, Most of the
On behalf of anadromous fish everywhere, a hearty thank crew, from the left: Mike
you to all of our volunteers! Gentry, Alan Moore, Bill
Schoen, Tom Wolf, Troy
Laws, Mike Coddington,
Michael Ellis. Managing
to escape being photo-
graphed are Bob May and Ernie Rose

Above are the culverts where Circle Creek joins the Ne-
canicum River at the Seaside Golf Course. These culverts
will be replaced by a fifty foot long bridge. This will allow
much better fish passage as well as allowing tidal influence
to reach much farther up Circle Creek.
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Columbia River salmon:


The fishermen's plan is starting to work
Originally Published: Monday, August 16, 2010, 9:00 AM, Oregonlive.com

By Bob Rees

People like me, whose businesses depend on salmon fishing, are busy. August is the time to fish. Salmon
returns have been good all year, and August is the Columbia River's peak month. It's also the best
month for mothers and fathers to show their kids the value and joy of sport fishing.

I'm always amused at this time of year when the agencies that run the Columbia's dams crank up their
public relations machines to take credit for better salmon numbers. I've seen it for 20 years: When
salmon numbers rise, they take credit; when the numbers fall, they blame the ocean. Well, it looks dif-
ferent from my boat.

Ocean conditions are the biggest non-human factor in salmon numbers here. Those conditions have been
friendly to salmon the last few years. But for the last five years, we've made a human change that's
worked with the friendly ocean: Artificial barging and trucking of juvenile salmon has been cut by about
half, and water has been spilled over the dams to get those young fish past all the concrete more safely.
The salmon returning now had the benefit of more spill and less barging in 2007 and 2008 when they
went to the ocean.

The basic science of dam spill is common sense: Operate the dammed river more like the river the
salmon used to have. Let more salmon stay in it, and get them past dams using water rather than lots of
human handling.

How did salmon get five straight years of spill? State and tribal scientists designed it. Fishermen, tribes
and conservationists fought for it. And since 2006 federal District Court Judge James Redden has ordered
it. The dam agencies? They've fought it every year. Full guaranteed spill has not been in any salmon plan
from the Clinton, Bush or Obama administrations.

So when I read that the federal salmon plan is working, I have to laugh. The fishermen's salmon plan is
working. For 15 years, we've sought three changes to the dam system: spring and summer spill, more
water in the rivers in low-water years, and removal of the lower Snake River dams. Thanks to Judge
Redden, we've had part one for five straight years, and we're seeing the results in more fish. Thanks to
Mother Nature, we have part two in good water years -- and in high water, spill works even better.

The lower Snake dams aren't removed yet, and some claim the better returns this year mean it's not
needed. But those folks aren't looking deep enough. The science supporting dam removal to restore wild
salmon is not affected by a good return of hatchery salmon, which is what's happening this year in the
Snake. Also, look at the harvest rules: As long as wild Snake River salmon are on the endangered spe-
cies list, there won't be full implementation of our salmon fisheries downstream, even in better years like
this one. If you're a fisherman, or a businessman who wins with fishing, or a citizen who wins with more
jobs, think about that.

The fishermen's salmon plan is starting to work. We should implement all of it.

Bob Rees is president of the Northwest Guides and Anglers Association and a full-time fishing guide.
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Need Another Fly Rod and Reel?


Of Course You Do!
Through a tale that’s for another story, our Esteemed Chapter President has in his possession a treasure trove of fishing
gear from a retired plastic surgeon in Bend. His mission is to find good homes for these beauties by making them avail-
able for viewing upon request. All offers to purchase any item on the list will be passed along to the owner for considera-
tion. Anyone who would like to take a look can call Mike Gentry at (503) 636-0061 or e-mail him at
michaelgentry04@comcast.net.

Rods:

1. Sage 9 ft. four piece 8 wt. Graphite II, model GFL 890-4 RP.
2. Sage 9 ft. four piece 6 wt. Graphite III, model GFL 690-4 RPL.
3. HMG 8 ft. four piece 6 wt. Graphite.
4. Thomas & Thomas 9 ft. four piece 11-12 wt. Graphite two-hander.
5. Orvis 8 ½ ft. four piece 7 wt. bamboo, “Traveler” series.

Reels:

1. Ross SI reel. Lines: (1) clear sink line (not sure what weight); (2)
floating line (probably wt fwd), not sure what weight.
2. Hardy System 7 reel. Line: Teeny 400 24’ sink tip, 8 wt.
3. Ross 3.5 reel. Line: Floating (probably wt fwd), not sure what
weight.
4. Wulff Ultimate reel. Line: Floating (probably wt fwd), unsure of what
weight.
5. Hardy Ocean Prince reel. Line: unsure.
6. Pfleuger Medalist reel. Line: ST-700 DWE (unsure what weight).
7. Fenwick Classic reel. Line: Wulff 8/9 wt fwd floating line, 8 wt.
8. SA System Two reels (two). Lines: (1) clear sink wt fwd 11 wt; (2)
extreme fast sink wt fwd 9 wt; (3) fast sink wt fwd 9 wt; (4) Teeny MT 8;
(5) unknown line.
9. T. Janacsik “Billy Pete” saltwater reel. Line: 550 grain DWE sinking
line, unknown wt.

Notice of Annual Meeting

The annual member’s meeting of the Tualatin Valley Trout


Unlimited chapter will be held at 7 p.m. (social hour at
6:30) on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Lucky Labra-
dor Pub, 7675 SW Capitol Highway, Portland (Multnomah
Village), Oregon.

The annual meeting agenda will consist of the election of direc-


tors and officers, a financial report, adoption of an annual
budget, and an annual report to the members. The slate of
officers nominated for the coming year are: President, Mike
Gentry; Vice President, George Wilson, Secretary, Bill Schoen,
and Treasurer, Erle Norman. All members are invited to attend
and participate.
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Thinking Young, Feeling Old by Andy Andrews

On July 22nd, I attended the start of the TU Kids Camp The most disappointing event during the day was discover-
hosted by the Clackamas Chapter. The camp began on ing that the gate protecting the area (a roadless area) had
Thursday afternoon with casting practice in Estacada for 15 been broken down and a number of people (the gate
children, 13 boys and 2 girls. crashers?) had camped on the shore, built rafts, etc. These
campers were involved in their own version of a quiet wil-
I have a theory about fly casting. Those who are good at derness experience. I believe car license numbers were
athletics have a natural sense of timing and mobility to taken along with photos which would be shared with the
make short work of learning how to push a fly rod to its lim- authorities.
its. The rest of us, myself included, generally move the fly
rod in some direction and end up tangled in line, stretching The Kids Camp ended on Sunday morning with each child
only our vocabulary to our limits. Watching the children, receiving a new rod, reel and line. None of the children
ages 9 - 13, seemed to prove my theory correct. Those who were lost, or damaged beyond the need of a band-aid. A
understood the fundamentals of casting were active ath- few parents who were attending with their children said
letes in school. how impressed they were with the camp and felt their
money was very well spent. A few even suggested that this
After an hour or so of casting practice, we relocated to the camp should be done several times during the summer.
Indian Henry Campground on the Clackamas River. The
camp rules were carefully explained to the campers and to There was plenty of food for all. One meal was hamburg-
my surprise, were followed by all. I kept waiting for a child ers that had to approach at least 1/2 pound of beef, per
to disappear but that did not happen. We had one to two burger. I thought to myself that some of the burgers would
children who were very interested in fishing but for most of be only partially eaten but found some campers returning
the campers this camping/fishing thing was a new experi- for seconds. It was like dropping BB’s down a silo (with the
ence. They all seemed to make friends very quickly and no BB's being the hamburgers). There was a marshmallow
one was put down or ignored. roasting contest in the evening and other snacks were
available. Hard boiled eggs and apples were a big hit.
One of the events repeated each day at camp was fly tying.
As a novice fly tier, I cruised in the background to see On my return to Portland, though I am no longer young, I
where I might help, if I could. As I passed by the smallest found I had learned again to view some of the world as a
camper in the group, I decided to move on after seeing her child. I had forgotten my own childhood joys of sleeping in
fly in progress in her vise. I took a second look and turned a tent or shelter for the first time and the joys of friends
back to see that she was tying a segmented fly. It was a around the campfires. But then I realize that is why I con-
very well done fly. I asked her who had showed her how to tinue to camp and fish. I may be older (a lot older!) but I
tie that fly and she said, "Oh, I'm just following the instruc- still enjoy those serene moments that a wilderness adven-
tions in the book." She tied some very good flies while at ture provides. My being able to share those times with
camp. It was just an amazing demonstration of natural tal- someone so much younger was time well invested.
ent.

One morning I stood on the river with a young camper and


tried to help him with his casting and fishing technique. I
tried to correct a few things he was doing wrong but he kept
falling back into the same incorrect pattern again and again.
He soon wanted to throw rocks in the creek or go swim-
ming. I kept him on the river, rod in hand, until it was time to
return to camp. He was a good kid but a real test of pa-
tience for me because after losing two fish and having sev-
eral rises, he grew tired of throwing line.

The next day we had the kids fish a small lake (Fish Lake).
The day started off slow on catching and was never red hot.
An afternoon hatch of large Callibaetis got things going
fairly well and the catch for the day between adults and
campers was near 70 fish, mostly cutthroats, but a few
brook trout and rainbows were taken. Most fish ranged in
size from 5 to 10 inches.
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Fly of the Month – Lightning Bug Mike Gentry

I’m not sure the name really fits this fly, but that’s what I
know it by. I discovered it on a trip to Montana when I was Materials
having a slow day on the Yellowstone and a fly-tier friend of Hook: Tiemco 101BL, size 16
mine said, “Try this.” She had always had great success
on it, either as the only fly or as a dropper. And the rain- Thread: Red 8/0
bows and browns proved her right that day.
Beadhead: Silver 1/8 inch
1. Affix the beadhead in place with a number of turns of Body: Silver holographic tinsel
thread behind the bead.
Tail and legs: Pheasant tail
2. Tie in a tail of four pheasant tail fibers, the tail the length Thorax: Peacock herl
of the body.
Shellback (optional): A drop of quick-drying
3. With thread wraps, build a slight tapered underbody epoxy
from the tail to the back of the bead.

4. Tie in a strand of tinsel just behind the bead, wrap back


to the beginning of the bend of the hook, and then back to
just behind the bead, and tie off. Holographic (faceted)
tinsel seems to work best, but if not available, flat silver
tinsel will also work.

5. Tie in legs (3-4 pheasant tail fibers) on each side of the


fly, the length just short of the end of the body.

6. Tie in a small thorax just behind the back of the bead


(it’s OK to wrap the peacock herl over a little of the legs
where they are tied in), and finish with several wraps of
thread so the red thread shows up against the back of the
bead.

7. If a shellback is desired, place a drop of epoxy on top of


the thorax. I’ve had success with and without it.

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www.kman.com email info@kman.com
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NEWS RELEASE All locations and dates are subject to change so check the
latest edition of the newsletter, the blog site or call Andy to
Let’s Go Fishing - 2010 verify the date and location of the next outing. Andy's cell
number is (971)-409-6149.
Last of the Scheduled Fly Fishing Outings for the Year.
Lesson learned at Timothy Lake by Andy Andrews.
Sept. 10 Day trip to Round Lake, Clackamas
River area I arrived at the North Arm Campground on a Thursday eve-
ning to join friends from TVTU and the Clackamas TU Chap-
This small (9 acre) lake has naturally reproducing brown ter. Friday morning Dick and I went fishing together in my
trout and is stocked with brook trout. A short (1/4 mile) boat. I went subsurface with an ant pattern. My first cast
hike-in brings you to this jewel. Shore fishing and wading produced a nice rainbow and Dick soon joined me in the
are out of the question. Bring a float tube and light gear. underwater pursuit of the rainbow. We stayed anchored in
the same spot the entire day. We had been asked by
Sept. 23 - 28 Fall River near Sunriver Oregon ODFW for a fish count. During the day we boated some-
where over seventy (70) trout and with LDR's the number
The trip to the Fall River is an annual event for the TVTU must have been near 110, or more. Dick kept the
gang. For some it has been more than 30 years. Famous count, I just worked at catching fish.
for gin-clear water, this small river is a true challenge.
Stealth and persistence will be rewarded. Our Outings The weekend weather was clear and warm with tempera-
Chairperson is famous for giving free advice and helpful tures reaching near 80 and the night dipping to 40. The
hints because it is one of his favorites. The assistance campfires and stories were great as were the people who
would be a bargain at twice the price. attended. At the barbecue held on Saturday night we
shared a number of food selections from salads, sliced
As you might expect, the RoadKill Grill will be up and run- meats and cheeses and three selections of meat from the
ning on Saturday night. Bring a side dish or dessert and barbecue.
join in on a great annual tradition.
Sunday morning started off with a lakeside clean up.
Oct. 8 - 10 Metolius River in conjunction with
the State Project Whychus Creek, Lesson - I always prepare for a trip knowing that I could
Camp Sherman do other things that probably should be done around
the house. I always return happy with good memories
http://www.clackamasrivertu.org/fallstateproject.html and content in the realization that summer is short and
winter can be long and cold with lots of time for around-
the-house projects.

T U A L AT I N VA L L E Y T U O F F I C E R S A N D B O A R D
Officers Board of Directors:

President: Mike Gentry (503) 636-0061 Outings Andy Andrews (971) 409-6149
michaelgentry04@comcast.net andrewsclga@gmail.com

Vice Pres.: George Wilson (503)-524-3781 Raffles: Ron Reinebach (503) 477-6266
george_wilson@comcast.net ron.reinebach@comcast.net

Treasurer: Erle Norman (503) 293-6006 Conservation: Michael Ellis (503) 285-8543
caddis2000@hotmail.com flyfishmde@gmail.com

Secretary/ Bill Schoen (503) 638-7748 Newsletter : Jerry Lorang (971) 404-5154
Membership: billschoen@ymail.com jerrylorang@aol.com

Ex-Officio: Hank Hosfield (503) 228-6553 Jerry Heppell (503) 639-9408


(Past Pres.) hankh@imagina.com gheppell5@verizon.net

Jeff Gottfried (503) 246-8916


ONLINE: http://tvtroutunlimited.blogspot.com/ jeff@gottfried.net
Meeting Schedule: Regular chapter meetings are held at the LUCKY LABRADOR on the second Wednesday of each
month at 6:30 PM with a social get-together and the formal meeting at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted in the newsletter
or website. Lucky Labrador, Multnomah Village, 7675 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, (503) 244-2537. Food and bever-
ages available.

September 8: Kavita Heyn from American Rivers will speak about American Rivers' work to protect Oregon's wild riv-
ers and wild fish. The focus of the presentation will be on the campaign to Save the Wild Rogue. The Wild and Scenic
Rogue River is well-known around the world for rafting, fishing, and hiking opportunities. However, the cold fish-bearing
tributaries that feed the river are threatened by logging, off-road vehicles, and mining. American Rivers has been work-
ing with local groups, businesses, fishing and rafting companies to protect these streams with Wild and Scenic and Wil-
derness designations. Kavita will discuss the current status of these efforts and the legislation in Congress, as well as
the removal of several dams along the Rogue, and what members of Trout Unlimited can do to help protect one of Ore-
gon's premier rivers. Kavita will also talk about the Molalla River, a winter steelhead stronghold, and efforts to protect this
river as Wild and Scenic, and other dam removal efforts that American Rivers is working on in the Pacific Northwest.

October 13:: Los Tres Amigos (Andy Andrews, Alex Barkume and Mike Gentry) will present a program on our June trip
to the Eastern Washington Cascades Lakes (Lenice, Dry Falls, Chopaka and Rocky Ford) with emphasis on the special
flies and tactics that are not commonly known by all, but which produced exceptionally well for us on some of the lakes.

Make note of the presentation in November. TVTU sponsors Project Healing Waters (PHW) here in Portland and Van-
couver. The Oregon Coordinator for PHW, Jerry Lorang, will present a program on the history, mission and future plans
for this very worthwhile organization.

Inside this issue TVTU Budget Summary


President’s Column Page 1 During the quarter ending 6-30-10, significant expendi-
Bridge at Circle Creek Page 2 tures included $275 for meeting speaker fees and $200
Columbia River Salmon Page 3 for meeting room rent; and receipts included $103 from
Need Another Fly Rod and Reel? Page 4 raffles. We received $5000 from Trout Unlimited for the
Notice of Annual Meeting Page 4 Neitzel Farm Embrace A Stream Grant, and spent $599 for
Thinking Young, Feeling Old Page 5 plants for the site.
Fly of the Month – Lightning Bug Page 6
TVTU Outing Schedule and Lesson Learned Page 7
Board of Directors Listing Page 7
Meeting Schedule and Budget Summary Page 8

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