The Trout Line Newsletter - May 20, 2019


April 15, 2019


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.

 Volunteer Opportunities:

1) On Saturday, June 1st: the Kids’ Fishing Clinic-aka Clackamas River 2019 Free Junior Fishing Clinic-  will be held at the Small Fry Pond at Promontory Park 7 miles south of Estacada on Hwy 224 from 10 am until 3 pm. 


Help is needed with set up (beginning 8:30 am),  logging in participants, disbursing prizes, helping kids with fish painting on cloth, and clean-up and take down.  PGE, US Forest Service, the Job  Corps,  US Fish and Wildlife, ODFW, and the Clackamas River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be jointly presenting this.   If you can help out, please  contact Dick Hollenbeck: or 503-593-3962 or Dave Tenney ( 503-408-4898 


2)   July 25-28, 2019.  Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp.  15 kids and 10 accompanying adults are signed up.  This is an overnight campIf you can help out for a day, a portion of a day, or the entire Camp, please contact Dick Hollenbeck or Dave Tenney.  All volunteers must have a background check that TU National provides at no expense to us.  If you can help out, please email Dick Hollenbeck or Dave Tenney (see email addresses above). 



Fly of the Month - March Brown Comparadun

Written by Mike Gentry
The March Brown is the earliest of the seasonal mayfly hatches and is much anticipated by both fishermen and their quarry.  I've had some memorable days fishing this fly in late March and early April on the Mackenzie and other rivers in Oregon.  This comparadun pattern is one of my favorite and a proven morsel when the fish are taking a dun.

Hook:        Tiemco 100 #12-14
Thread:     Tan or dun
Tail:            Betts Z-ion, standard #9 - white
Body:        Light tan (cahill) dubbing
Wing:        Medium Deer Hair

1. Wind the tying thread to the beginning of the bend of the hook and wrap a tiny ball of thread at that point.

2. Tie in two microfibrettes (I do them one at a time) on either side of the ball, with the securing wraps of thread just toward the eye side of the ball.  That will cause the tails to flare out.  The tails are slightly longer than the body.

3.  Tie in a bunch of stacked deer hair on top of the hook, about midway between the tail and the eye, and secure with tight wraps so that the hair flares out to the sides and top of the hook.  Wrap the hair butts tightly with several turns of thread back toward the tail and trim the excess hair butts, then applying additional thread wraps so that you have created a tapered underbody.

4.  With your fingers, flare and shape the deer hair wing perpendicular to the hook and fanning out over the top of the hook.  I usually put some thread wraps right in front of the flared wing to hold it upright.

5.  Bring the thread back to the tail tie-in point, make a dubbing loop, and create a thin dubbing "yarn" of light tan dubbing.  Wind the dubbing yar forward to, around, and in front of the wing to just behind the eye.  Tie off and trim the excess dubbing yarn.

6. Build a head with thread, tie off and finish with a small drop of head cement.



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 12 - Rob Crandall, Deschutes Trout Fishing 

Trout fishing the Deschutes River is not without its frustrations- come join a guide, Rob Crandall of Water Time Outfitters, as he helps reveal the simple tricks he's found to consistently catch the wild rainbows of this impressive canyon.  In this presentation, Rob discusses the tricks and tactics of various hatches encountered throughout the season from his 25 years of guiding experience.   




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