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Infinite Seasons: Nick Wheeler
November 2022
Next Chapter Meeting

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Tuesday, November 8
6:30, Meet and Greet
7:00pm Program Start
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Nick Wheeler: The road to being successful in year round fishing

Winter Fishing Opportunities
The Deschutes is a favorite destination for steelhead in the fall and early winter.  As steelhead move upriver, the crowds thin, and winter begins to descend on the canyon.  When this happens, trout fishing can be an excellent diversion for those cabin fever days.  
Euro nymphing or fishing under an indicator can bring some great trout fishing in the winter.  Keep an eye out around noon for that Blue Winged Olive hatch and you can also have some pretty good dry fly fishing in the early afternoon.  
Be prepared for some chilly temps, but the dry weather on the east side is a nice break to those dreary wet days on the west side.  
My favorite fly set up is a heavier stonefly or October caddis nymph on the bottom and a smaller fly in the 16-20 size range about 18-24 inches above.  Using tippet rings makes this rigging super easy to change flies.  
On the Deschutes, don't use the dropper weight at the bottom of your indicator or euro rigging.  When steelhead are present, it's not legal to use a weight at the bottom of your presentation.  Use a heavier fly pattern instead.
Fly Shop Focus:
The Portland Fly Shop
During the winter months, when we think about upgrading gear or tying more flies, our local fly shops can be a great intervention for ideas, gear and materials.  
The Portland fly shop is one of the few locations offering guided trips to SW Washington rivers, along with all the local Oregon locations.  Check them out for some great gear and material info, along with guided trips.
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CRTU is currently looking for a newsletter editor.  The newsletter is published monthly and contains news about meetings, outings, restoration work and other important fishing and conservation news in the chapter region.   Contact for more info,
Credit Wild Salmon Center Photo
Infinite Seasons with Nick Wheeler

It’s every anglers dream to fish as much as possible, so let’s discuss the ways we might be able to do that and be successful. We’ll examine all the best opportunities we have in our local waterways, some of them you might already know and others you’ll have only heard rumors about.


Nick Wheeler has been working in the fishing industry for 20 years helping anglers become better educated. From on the water class and guiding to helping pick out the right size wader Nick has been one of those smiling faces you’ve seen behind the counter at your local shops. Nick started his pursuit fly fishing in the hills of Northern California but for over the last 10 years he has been living here in the Pacific Northwest. Known for being the shad master his knowledge doesn’t stop there, chasing steelhead, salmon, trout, and bass, he leaves no stone unturned in his pursuits. He is here to share his wisdom and gathered intel to help you better your skills. So lets have him be our guide and discuss all the possibilities that are around us

CRTU Zoom Meeting


Time:  6:30 PM meet and introductions

7:00 PM Meeting Start

Date: Tuesday,
November 8


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Fish Habitat News
Salmon SuperHwy Project Spotlight:
Three Rivers Weir Replacement

Three Rivers is a tributary of the Nestucca River and provides critical spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook, Coho and Steelehead.  


Project Cost: $2.8 M


ODFW: $2.3 million

USFWS: $150,000

USFS:  $150,000

TU Secured Grant: $200,000


A channel spanning weir associated with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Cedar Creek Hatchery was  impeding fish passage to over fourteen miles of habitat of the Three Rivers system. The barrier consisted of a 15-foot-wide concrete apron and 3-foot-high stem wall the full width of Three Rivers with concrete abutments on either bank. Hydraulically operated picket panels that could be raised and lowered by ODFW staff were mounted below the stem wall. When picket panels are raised, the total barrier height was 9 feet. The barrier creates a water surface differential of ~4 feet in Three Rivers, depending on flows and picket weir position, and was in the up position for 9-10 months of the weir. This barrier is identified on the ODFW Statewide Fish Passage Priority List as one of the top two remaining barriers on the North Coast and it is a Salmon SuperHwy (SSH) priority barrier.


This project removed the picket weir structure and replaced it with an adjustable Obermeyer weir, new fish ladder, and fish screen to improve conditions for wild, native migratory fish. Wild fish will now have unimpeded access during times when the inflatable replacement weir is lowered. During operation, there will be a functional fish ladder and passage facilities to allow for unimpeded upstream lamprey and juvenile salmonid volitional movements. Full year, downstream juvenile fish migration is improved for all species


The picture above is the completed solution and nowprovides access to 14 miles of prime habitat.  


The Three Rivers Project won a State Land Board Award for Best Stream Project.  

The Following Businesses have Supported our Chapter and the Oregon Council of TU. Please support them with your business.

NW Fly Fishing Outfitters

Royal Treatment Fly Fishing

The Portland Fly Shop

Pelican Brewing

Aquaz Waders

Little Creek Outfitters

Littleleaf Guide Service

WaterTime Outfitters
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