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Sponsors Needed for Trout Bum Road Trip

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
This is a project I conceived several months ago in the wee hours of the morning with the goal of bringing attention to our native Trout species. We have so many advocates for anadromous fish here in the Northwest, but our native Trout seldom get the headlines or the love. The general public has no idea of the value of our native Trout and I’d like to change that. Not only in Oregon, but across the country.

This event is designed to be a plug’n play event anywhere Trout swim. My hope is that Trout Unlimited and Native Fish Society can administer this and offer it to groups across the country as a way to fund restoration projects. While this is a ”test event,” the money raised will have a positive impact on our native Trout here in Oregon. Please take a minute to read this and join in my efforts, or get signed up yourself!

The general Trout season is winding down, but there is still time for the ultimate Trout Bum Road Trip. Trout Unlimited and the Native Fish Society have teamed up to host the first annual Native Trout-a-Thon and I'm planning on hitting the road to raise money for our native Trout. Would you like to be a part of it?

The event is just over a week away and I'm looking for folks that would be interested in sponsoring my efforts to support our native Trout. If you haven't taken the time to read up on this event, I'll give you the short version. First, you register and get your packet. Then you get friends, family, and complete strangers to sponsor you on a per point basis. When dawn breaks on Saturday, October 27th you start fishing for as many different species of native Trout that you can drive to in a two-day period, without leaving Oregon. Points are awarded based on size and species. Only one fish per species is scored, so you'll need to plan a route and do some traveling. The contest closes one hour after sunset on Sunday, October 28th. Complete rules are listed on the Native Fish Society website.

I'm working on my plan and mapping out a route that maximizes the native Trout available to be targeted. Then I'm packing the rods, lines and flies needed to target these fish into my fly fishing assault vehicle and hitting the road. My goal is 170 points, so sponsorship of a buck a point would only set you back $170.00 if I'm successful. You may want to bump that up to 5-bucks a point if you really love native Trout. Of course, sponsorships of any amount are helpful! If you want to be part of this historical Trout Bum Road Trip, email me with your sponsorship commitment and I'll take care of the rest. If you wish, I’m also accepting capped donations at $100.00 and $200.00 with all of the monies going to native Trout. Remember, your sponsorship donation is tax deductible. 

Now here's the good part. Sponsors will be emailed a tracking link so they can follow along as I crisscross the state in search of Trout and points. You'll know where I'm at and see where I'm fishing at all times. In addition, I will be sending out email updates via my SATNAV system so you can cheer me on or meet-up with me on the water. To top it off, one lucky sponsor will win a hosted day on the water with your's truly complete with my world famous fajita lunch, homemade cookies and a box of flies. I'll also be "re-gifting" any prizes I may manage to win to my sponsors via a drawing to be held after the event. 

All proceeds from this event go toward native Trout restoration projects. This year funds will go toward the North Creek Campaign to reconnect sea-run cutthroat trout with pristine habitats on the Oregon Coast. More information is available on the Native Fish Society website at or you can contact me directly if you have questions.

Thanks for considering this project and sponsorship of this ultimate Trout Bum Road Trip.

When it comes to wading boots and fish, #keepemwet!

Joel La Follette

Help Preserve the Nehalem

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Trout Unlimited is leading an effort to designate a 17-mile segment of the Nehalem River as a State Scenic Waterway to permanently protect its scenic and recreational values.  An important milestone in this effort has been reached.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently released a draft management plan for the Nehalem River that contains rules and guidelines regarding what constitutes acceptable water flows, public access and development in the protected reach.  OPRD will hold a public meeting from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on September. 6 at Astoria City Hall (1095 Duane St., Astoria, OR) and you're invited to attend and provide comments. Additionally, public comment on the draft management plan is being accepted through September 22.


Trout Unlimited is encouraged by the progress made to date toward designating the Nehalem River as a State Scenic Waterway.  The draft management plan contains many encouraging elements that will, among other items, help protect in-stream flows in the Nehalem River.  However, other aspects of the draft management lack the detail necessary to ensure that recreational and scenic values will be adequately protected.  A robust management plan is needed to both protect the Nehalem River and the outstanding fish and wildlife resources it supports and serve as a guide for similar efforts that will occur in the future in other watersheds.

Please submit comments to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department indicating your support for the Nehalem State Scenic Waterway designation and requesting that the Department adopt a robust management plan that has sufficient specificity to ensure that the Nehalem’s recreational and scenic values are protected into the future.



Terry Turner

Oregon Council Chair

PO Box 740, Gladstone, OR 97027 | 503-804-9868

Christmas for Coho

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

For the last three years, Royal Treatment Fly Fishing has teamed up with the Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited and an other area fly shop to collect used Christmas Trees to be repurposed for Salmon habitat. This year we hope to make this program an even bigger success by collecting even more trees. Help us spend the word to all of your non-fishing friends and let's get them involved in this great program. We will be collecting trees from 9:00AM until 4:00PM on two dates this year, January 2nd and 9th. Volunteers will be available at the old Fire Station next door to the fly shop to help unload your Christmas tree and send it on its way to help Coho Salmon. Please make sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, little twinkly lights and squirrels. We can't take squirrels. Our address is 21570 Willamette Drive in West Linn, OR. Please call the shop if you have questions. 503.850.4397

A  $10.00 donation to helps cover the costs of transportation and other related expenses is requested.

Christmas for Coho History

In 2012, the Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited began this innovative program that provides a public service while at the same time benefits Oregon coastal coho salmon. It has grown each year, with about 1,500 trees collected last holiday season. The effort has received national and local media coverage, including an award from Field & Stream magazine in 2014 as one of its “Heroes for a Day” ten top volunteer conservation projects.

TU volunteers collect the Christmas trees, haul them to the coast and deposit them into selected backwaters, beaver ponds and wetlands. The trees quickly provide shade and shelter for juvenile coho and a nurturing breeding habitat for invertebrates the fish feed on. Results have been amazing, with thousands of young coho observed feeding and hiding among the trees. This enhanced habitat helps young coho thrive during the critical rearing period before they swim out to the ocean.

What’s Happening with Coho Salmon on the Oregon Coast?

Oregon coastal coho salmon, once numbering over a million strong, declined dramatically in the last half of the 20th century. In 1996 only about 50,000 wild coho returned to their natal spawning streams. The following year, Oregon coastal coho were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Today, coastal coho are coming back – over the last five years an average of over 200,000 wild coho have returned to Oregon coastal streams to spawn, thanks in large part to hatchery reforms, harvest reductions and habitat improvements.

Why Do Coho Need Christmas Trees?

Because they spend a year in their natal streams before migrating to the ocean, juvenile coho depend on healthy freshwater habitats for their survival. These rapidly growing fish seek backwater sloughs, wetlands and ponds with connections to river main-stems where they feed, hide from predators and find relief from strong currents. However, one important habitat component that is often missing from these quiet waters is "woody debris".

Historically, coastal stream channels and backwaters were full of fallen branches, whole trees, root wads and wood dispersed by beavers. But changing land use patterns over the years and the need for floodwater management has resulted in humans cleaning out of much of this material. Christmas trees collected and deposited by TU volunteers are proving to be an excellent substitute for naturally occurring woody debris that is in short supply in coho habitats today.

Give your Christmas Tree a second life. Recycle it for Salmon habitat on the dates listed above.

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