South Fork McKenzie River Diversion

South Fork McKenzie River Diversion

As part of the South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project, the McKenzie Watershed Council and U.S. Forest Service are temporally diverting the lower mile of the South Fork McKenzie River into a floodplain side channel. The diversion began yesterday, Wednesday 6/27, evening. Contractors will slowly draw flow down in the South Fork over the course of the next 24-36 hours to allow for fish escapement. Fish salvage operations will occur during that time. Project activities, including the diversion, will continue until August 15, 2018.

The USACE has reduced flow in the South Fork to 300 cfs during Project implementation. Contractors used a helicopter to fly large wood into the diversion channel and surrounding floodplain on June 25/26. Project managers designed large wood placement to slow flows, which, along with natural vegetation in the channel, will allow suspended sediment to settle out in the floodplain. The diversion channel enters the McKenzie River in a side channel just downstream of the South Fork/McKenzie River confluence.

Project managers expect that the diversion may cause short-term turbidity pluses to the McKenzie River immediately downstream of the South Fork McKenzie River confluence.

Our Two Hands - Film Tour

Our Two Hands – Film Tour

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2017, DOORS 6:30, SCREENING 7:00
WHERE: Falling Sky Brewing’s Pizzeria, 1395 University St
HOW MUCH: $10 tickets at www.eventbrite.com
WHAT ELSE : come early, grab a drink, meet the filmmakers and try your luck in the raffle (more…)

October Meeting

October Meeting

When: Oct 9 at 6:30PM
Where: Roaring Rapids Pizza, 4006 Franklin Blvd, Eugene
Dean Finnerty presenting
Topic: Fall Chinook and an update on TU regional activities
Business meeting to follow, members welcome to attend.

September Meeting

September Meeting

September Meeting

Redsides chapter of TU
Roaring rapids Pizza
Sept 11th 6:30

Join us to discuss the future of our chapter:
What are our conservation priorities?
What kind of presentations do you want to see?
Would you like to have fishing field trips
or other social events.

Come join the conversation.
We will have a door prize.


Join The Redsides for a Redd Survey Training

Join The Redsides for a Redd Survey Training

We haven’t forgotten about you!

Neither high flows, a computer crash nor sickness could indefinitely keeping us from getting out on the Smith River to conduct steelhead redd surveys!

In all seriousness, we are excited to get out on the river!  We have a training planned to keep you safe and maximize your eyes out on the water!  The training will be held on the river for some real time experience with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Please plan to join us for one of the following training dates on the Smith:
·        March 12th, 10:30am-12:30pm: Returning redd survey volunteers
·        March 26th, 10:30am-1pm: Redd survey volunteers

Please register for a training by contacting me (LBeranek@tu.org; 907-205-0974).  Carpooling may be an option.  Once you are registered, I will provide detailed location information as well as how to best prepare for the training and answer any questions you may have.

Can’t wait!

Lisa Beranek / Pacific Northwest Volunteer Coordinator
LBeranek@tu.org / 907-205-0974

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…)

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…)

May Chapter Meeting Information - New Location

May Chapter Meeting Information – New Location


Please join The Redsides on Monday, May 4th, at 7:00PM for the last chapter meeting before we break for the summer. The meeting will be held at  McMenamins North Bank, 22 Club Rd. in Eugene (Click here for a map).

The general meeting starts 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. (more…)