The last Fish-A-Long was a big success. The weather was cooperative, there was a great turnout and everyone had some chum salmon action! Thank you to Lane Hoffman for all his help putting on this event and thank you to everyone who attended!
Here’s the pictures:
This month you will be bidding on a Redington Vice flyfishing outfit which includes:
- 9′ 5 wt 4 pc Vice fast action fly rod
- large arbor i.D. fly reel pre-schooled with backing, fly line, and leader
- carrying case
- includes lifetime warranty
This package retails for $300+. Bidding will open at $125.
As usual you must be a CFF member to bid. To make a bid send an email to
Be sure to include your name, phone number, and email along with your bid.
The auction ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and the winner will be announced at that night’s CFF meeting.
Let me know if you have questions. Phil B. at 971-235-0724
It’s Friday afternoon and Lane Hoffman is down at the coast doing some advance recon. He says the river is looking OK for fishing.
There are some storms blowing thru so don’t forget your raingear. The weather forecast is mostly cloudy, some showers around mid morning with a high of 56 degrees.
Good luck to everyone heading out tomorrow. Please get me some pictures!
The Metal Detector
For some of us the dropping temperatures and the falling leaves are signals that the annual approach of winter steelhead fishing is just around the corner. Instead of traveling to the Deschutes for our steelhead “fix” we are able to stay closer to home and fish local waters like the Clackamas and Sandy rivers. So now is the time to get ready by checking those fly boxes to make sure you have a full arsenal of winter steelhead patterns.
When asked to give me the name of a likely winter steelhead fly candidate for our November Fly Tying Night, two of my regular sources of information, Josh Linn and Dave Kilhefner, both mentioned the fly with the promising name of “Metal Detector”. When searching for a grab by a steelhead it makes sense that you can hardly go wrong with a fly called the Metal Detector.
Northwest guide Marty Sheppard is credited with coming up with the Metal Detector series of flies. Marty and his wife Mia have been the owners since 2003 of Little Creek Outfitters, a guide service based in Maupin. They specialize in swinging flies with both two handed and single handed rods and regularly guide on the Deschutes, Grande Ronde, John Day, and Sandy rivers.
Marty, along with his friend Josh Linn, experimented with a variety of materials in hopes of coming up with a large profile fly that was also easier to cast than some of the flies on the market at the time. The key turned out to be using materials that don’t soak up a lot of water. This makes the Metal Detector flies lighter and thus easier to cast than many flies. And we all know that heavy flies and sink tips can turn a promising day of fishing into an unpleasant chore. Marty Sheppard’s fly was originally tied with bucktail but now is also tied with finn raccoon. Both materials are buoyant, absorb little water, and don’t clump together when wet. Polar chenille, while also absorbing little water, is included in the body to give a translucent glow from the inside out. The flies are finished off with some flash and a marabou collar which provides added movement in the water. Trailing stinger hooks are used to help ensure the greater chance of a hookup.
Metal Detectors are usually two toned flies with favorite color combinations being black and blue, and red and orange. Black and blue is especially good on overcast days, dark conditions, or when the water is off color. The red and orange flies are preferred in bright sunlight or when the water is especially clear. It is interesting that all of the Metal Detectors I found in fly shop bins were tied on metal shanks, while Dave Kilhefner says that Marty actually ties his own on tubes.
Join us at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn on Wednesday, November 29th to tie up some Metal Detectors for the start of winter steelheading. It would be helpful if you brought your own super glue along with your vise and fly tying tools. As always, we will start at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
FIRST ANNUAL WESTMORELAND PARK CASTING POND FLY FISHER’S STEWARDSHIP DAY
SATURDAY, DEC. 2nd, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM; MEET @ MAINTENANCE BLDG. in front of casting pond at:
77OO SE 22nd Ave. (between Rex St. & Lambert St.) Portland, Ore. 97202
PURPOSE: Help give back what this casting pond & park provides for us fly fishers by: Assisting with cleaning debris out of drained casting pond; picking up downed limbs; pulling invasive plants & weeds from shrubs by the creek; spreading wood chips & mulch in needed areas; and general stewardship of the park.
All tools provided by the Park: Rakes, shovels, buckets, carts, tarps, and gloves.
Dress appropriately for the weather, & wear rubber boots, or your boots & waders.
Rain Canopies provided + Coffee, Donuts & Water !
Goals for the FUTURE: Potluck Lunch, Casting Games & Activities for those who participated in the morning “park stewardship day”; and the return of The Westmoreland Fly Casting Club.
PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU’RE ATTENDING, NO LATER THEN TUES. NOV. 28, 2017, BY SIGNING UP @ YOUR LOCAL FLY SHOP, FLY FISHING CLUB or CONTACT: email@example.com
My tribute / profile of Moana Kofe, world famous Christmas Island Guide, is out in the winter issue of the Fly Fishing and Tying Journal.
Frank Amato Publications generously donated about a half dozen extra copies to give away at the November meeting.
What: November Fish-A-Long Chum salmon
Where: Kilchis River
When: 8am, November 11th
Here’s the plan: meet at the Kilchis River Park Saturday morning. We’ll gear-up, talk strategy, then hit some favorite stretches in pursuit of these hard fighting salmon Instruction will be provided for members who require it.
~7 to 10wt rods with matching reel & at least 100 yds of backing. I’ll have a couple of extra outfits, check with me
~floating & sink tip lines
~7 1/2 to 10ft leaders tapered to 20 to 25lbs
~flies, egg patterns & Chum flies, look up on the internet, check with our sponsor fly shops, I’ll have extra
~pliers or forceps these fish have really big teeth
~waders & wading boots & I much suggest a wading staff.
~rain coat & rain hat. It’s Oregon
~dress in layers as the temperature can really vary
~camera in waterproof bag
Directions: Take Hwy 26 west, then turning onto Hwy 6 to Tillamook. Turn right onto Hwy 101, go past the cheese factory then turn on the Kilchis river road & drive to the Kilchis River Park. Cross the wooden bridge, & we’ll meet in the parking lot. This an annual & popular CFF outing. It’s a really good chance to hook these large (8 to 20 pounds) hard fighting fish. We normally fish till 1 or 2, meet at a local watering hole for lunch before heading home. I’ll go down Friday the 10th & check the fishing conditions. If there is a problem it will be posted on the CFF blog Friday evening. Hope you can make this trip, it’s usually a blast!
Contact: Lane Hoffman; 503-706-7543 leave a message I’ll get back to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 7, 2017 four lucky Clackamas Fly Fishers members enjoyed a three day Steelhead camp donated by The Fly Fishing Shop. Meeting Mark Bachman and Patty Barnes at Max Canyon at about 1 PM Bob Blount( and his brother), Andrew Beldin, Mike Schneider, and Richard Harms headed down river to the camp. They then spent the next 2 days being moved from one good body of water to another in pursuit of Steelhead. Mark and Patty run a first class camp with great food, lodging and a fun atmosphere.
All the members had nothing but accolades about the camp and the hospitality shown to them by Mark and Patty. Mark worked hard to find fish for them and although they also worked hard fishing they were not successful in hooking up with a Steelhead. Bob’s brother did hook up on the last day of the trip.
What can we say to Mark and Patty at The Fly Fishing Shop for donating such a fabulous trip to the club. They have the unique distinction of being our only Founding Gold Sponsor and this donation just underlines their support of our club. Please, be sure and stop by the shop to acknowledge them for their wonderful support. Better yet purchase something or book a trip with them. They have a lot of options available for us and we should not hesitate to take advantage of them. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS GREAT TRIP!!!!!!!