The Trout Line Newsletter April 20, 2020


April 20, 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.

 May Chapter Meeting

We are doing something different for the May Chapter Meeting.  Western Rivers Conservancy is putting on a web presentation about "Bring Rivers To Your Home".  You will need to register for the presentation.

You are invited to a web presentation hosted by Western Rivers Conservancy and Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited

When: May 13, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: WRC and TVTU Bring Rivers to Your Home 

Register in advance for this presentation: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the presentation.

This presentation will be hosted by Jim Cox, Director of Donor Relations of Western Rivers Conservancy and TVTU chapter president Lori Day. The presentation will include current information on WRC's projects to protect outstanding rivers and fly fishing streams in Oregon and across the Northwest. 

If you have questions or experience any issues with the registration link, please email 

Jim Cox at for assistance.

Thank you,
Lori Day




Fly of the Month - Flying Ant

Written by Mike Gentry

Terrestrials form a large part of a trout's diet.  Some are seasonal, such as hoppers; some are around many more months.  Ants seem to be present around a wide variety of rivers and streams and can be found in many months.  In early October on the Madison this year, the flying ant hatch came close to inciting the same frenzy usually seen in the peak of hopper season.  Here is a basic pattern that should serve you well.


Hook:                              Tiemco 100 BL, size 12-16
Body:                               2 mm, black foam
Hackle:                            Black
Wing:                               White z-lon

1. Wind the hook with several-deep winds of thread the entire length of the hook shank.
2. Cut a rectangle of black foam as wide as the foam is deep (i.e., 2mm. both dimensions) and as long as from the eye to the back of the hook.  Taper the back end and round off the front (head) end.
3. Position the thread about one-third of the way behind the eye (leaving twice that distance from the thread to the back of the bend of the hook) and tie on the foam on top of the hook (rounded "head" forward) securely with six or seven turns of thread.

4. Take a small bunch of z-lon and tie on top of the foam body.  Clip the z-lon as close as possible in front of the thread wrap, and clip the back of the z-lon to form a wing as long as the back of the body.
5. Tie in a hackle by the butt and wind four or five times; tie off with several turns of thread and clip the excess.
6. Lift the front of the fly body so that you can wrap the thread several turns right behind the eye of the hook underneath the head of the fly.  Finish with several half-hitches and clip.  Reposition the fly in the vise belly-up and put a small drop of head cement on the half hitches, taking care not to cover the hook eye.

This fly also can be tied in a red body with brown hackle and a tan body with brown hackle.



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.

May Meeting May 13 6:00pm - webinar by Western Rivers Conservancy



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