3rd Annual Smith River Riparian Planting Event

Please consider joining us for our 3rd annual Smith River Riparian Planting event.

Volunteers from Trout Unlimited and the Smith River Watershed Council will help BLM plant conifers and willow stakes along excavator access roads constructed for wood placement sites on tributaries to the upper Smith River. We will plant sites along Russel Creek, Bum Creek, and North Sisters.

Planting will take place March 30th and 31st. Plan to meet at 9:00 both days at the junction of the Smith River Road and South Sisters Road (BLM Road number 20-8-17.0). See attached map for meeting location or let me know if you need directions.

Bring your own gloves, boots, hardhat, water, and lunch. We’ll provide the trees and shovels. Think sun!

Thanks for your help! If you have any questions, please contact:
Marc Robershaw
Conservation Chair
TU # 678 The Redsides

Field warriors: TU's citizen science

Field warriors: TU’s citizen science


By Dean Finnerty

In early February, members from the Redsides and Coastal Cutthroat chapters joined forces with members of Project Healing Waters and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to begin several week’s worth of volunteer work as part of Trout Unlimited’s “citizen science” effort. (more…)

Fly Rod Trends and Innovations

Fly Rod Trends and Innovations


Join us as Tony Overstake—owner and head builder at Eugene’s True West Custom Fly Rods—shares the latest trends, developments and innovations in the world of fly rods. With Tony’s years of experience and passion for the tools and tackle that help us pursue our favorite coldwater fish, you’ll enjoy (more…)

Fishing Wickiup Reservoir

Fishing Wickiup Reservoir

photo courtesy Think Out Loud

With Monica Mullen

February 1, 2016 at 7pm

Join us as local angler and Redsides Vice President Monica Mullen shares tips and tricks for fly fishing Central Oregon’s Wickiup Reservoir. During the past few years, Monica has taken an annual trip to Wickiup to fish for the large, resident rainbow and brown trout that call Oregon’s second-largest reservoir home. At the presentation she’ll share plenty of information on taking advantage of this amazing fishery, including:

● Trip timing and seasonal considerations
● Tackle tips including watercraft, rod, reel and line recommendations
● Information on prevalent hatches and the best flies to carry
● Camping options
● And much more… (more…)

Third Annual Smith River Basin Tree Plant

Third Annual Smith River Basin Tree Plant


The Third Annual Smith River Basin Tree Plant is coming up fast. This is a great opportunity for our local Trout Unlimited chapter to work in conjunction with BLM, ODFW, USFS and PURS to restore stream-side habitat in the Smith River basin. This habitat is crucial for steelhead and salmon recovery. After this planting TU volunteers will have helped plant over 7500 trees in the Smith River basin. Gear and lunch will be provided Dean Finerty TU SW Oregon SCP. Transportation logistics will be arranged once we have a head count. (more…)

Streamer Fishing for Trout

Streamer Fishing for Trout


Techniques, flies and strategies for targeting native trout in our local waters.

Presented by local fishing guide Chris Matthews

Join the Redsides chapter of Trout Unlimited as we learn all about fishing streamer flies for trout in our local waters. Guide Chris Matthews will give us the scoop on his favorite flies and approaches to this exciting and fun style of fishing.

January 4, 2016 at 7pm
Open to the public
McMenamin’s North Bank
22 Club Road, Eugene, OR 97401

Celebrate the Holidays with The Redsides!

Celebrate the Holidays with The Redsides!


In lieu of our regular December membership meeting, your local Trout Unlimited chapter will be celebrating the holiday season at Falling Sky Pour House & Delicatessen in Eugene.

In lieu of our regular December membership meeting, your local Trout Unlimited chapter will be celebrating the holiday season at Falling Sky Pour House & Delicatessen in Eugene.

We’ll have complimentary appetizers and snacks available and Falling Sky has an awesome selection of entrees and drinks. It’s the perfect time to gather as we reflect on 2015 and look ahead to an exciting and inspiring 2016.

See you there!

What: The Redsides Holiday Celebration
When: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7pm
Where: Falling Sky Pour House & Delicatessen, 790 Blair Blvd, Eugene, Oregon 97402

October Meeting Information

October Meeting Information


Monday, October 5th, at McMenamin’s North Bank
22 Club Rd. Eugene, Oregon.

The general meeting will start at 7:00PM and the public is welcome. The board meeting will follow directly after the general meeting and TU members are welcome to attend.

Summer is over and It’s time to ramp up the TU meetings again. And on that note we would like to invite everyone to our fall kick off. Also there are some new things in the works from the Redsides this year, including something near and dear to my heart. Our chapter is sponsoring two new Project Healing Waters Fly-fishing chapters. One down in Roseburg headed up by Jeff McEnroe (fish biologist for BLM) and our Eugene/Springfield chapter headed up Chris Matthews ( he is also our new education chair). We have some things to get done, some things to discuss and some exciting trips and volunteer opportunities to come. (more…)

Project Healing Waters Eugene/Springfield -- First Meeting!

Project Healing Waters Eugene/Springfield — First Meeting!


Project Healing Waters Eugene/Springfield will be holding it’s very first meeting Tuesday, October 6th at the Moose Lodge in Springfield Oregon, 2011 Laura St.

It’ll be a meet and greet with a “keep it simple” theme with hotdogs, chips, tater salad, pop and of course coffee being served.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. (more…)

ODFW Curtails Fishing Hours to Help Native Fish

ODFW Curtails Fishing Hours to Help Native Fish

In the midst of an exceptional drought, low stream flows and relatively high water temperatures, ODFW has curtailed fishing hours throughout the state to reduce the stress on trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. Though no angler likes to lose out on potential fishing time, taking proactive measures to protect Oregon’s native fish now is smart conservation.

A few waterways will see complete closures for those native species, including the Willamette River below Willamette Falls and the lower Clackamas River up to the I-205 Bridge. (more…)