The big news for this Fish A Long started with a forecast for some very cold weather but fortunately, warmer weather rolled in and Saturday turned out to be quite mild with no wind; it was a perfect November day.
The Saturday morning bite wasn’t hot but we all got fish. We broke for an early lunch, regrouped and headed back out. The afternoon featured decent hatches of Blue Wing Olives & Midges…and the fish were on the bite!
Chris and Tim hit the water below the Beavertail boat ramp and had non-stop, lights out fishing on egg patterns early then midge patterns in the later afternoon. Both agreed it was one of their best “numbers of fish” days ever & they doubled up at least 8 times!
Rich and I ventured downstream around the Macks Canyon area and did well, mostly on midge patterns. Rich hooked a couple monsters we never saw that were either big old salmon or late steelhead (or maybe one of each?).
Some general info. The water temp was 48 degrees and so the morning bites were a little slow. There were no more spawning salmon around Beavertail but still a bunch down by Macks Canyon. We saw a good herd of sheep on the canyon wall plus a lot of deer in the evenings, including a huge buck. The most unusal sight of the weekend was a seal up at Beavertail, hopefully it was chasing a huge school of steelhead upstream but given the catch reports, that wasn’t likely! The drive over the mountain was snowy with a little ice, but overall not too bad.
Thanks to everyone that made it over to the Fish A Long, it was a good time!
October is a big fly fishing month and so we have a lot of good reports to share. As always, pictures are first with the reports below. Enjoy!
From George Krumm: Naknek was very good for Bob ‘bows!
From Darryl Huff: Warm Springs grows large white fish. I marked it on my net and measured it when I got back to my truck at 21 inches. When it jumped out of the water I had no idea what it was!
From Mike Shiiki: Nathan and I tried out a couple OFC lake/ponds today: Turner lake near Dallas and Highland ponds near Molalla/Oregon City. We only caught 1 trout all day, this 20”+ Nathan landed at Highland ponds but caught A LOT of bluegills, some bass & landed my first Crappie.
From Phil Hager: Had some great results on the upper N. Fork reservoir a couple weeks ago. Launched at the store ramp and rowed my Hobie pontoon as far up the Clack as possible and found several large gatherings of Rainbows in the 10”-15” range. The best one was coming back down, across from the gated ramp and pilings, when I tangled with a good sized one that was 32” and fat! I think it was a “holdover” from the steelhead spawn last spring. Everything caught was on my size 10, 3X long, Brick colored mohair leech. Sorry, was by myself and couldn’t get a photos.
From Chris Brehm: A very smokey morning at Crane turned beautiful with some nice Crane Bows caught on Chironomids and Balanced Leeches. Also had a nice late fall day on Diamond Lake with some fat browns on leeches.
From Mike Shiiki: I recently joined Oregon Fishing Club and have been visiting as many of their spots as possible. The lakes and ponds are great for float tube/canoe fishing as shown by my son Nathan and my nephew. Also had a lot of fun on the October Beavertail fishalong trip, we were only able to fish Friday, but it was nice to meet some more members – Dave, Brad & John, and also witnessed Darryl’s steelhead landing.
From Greg O’Brien: My brother and I went to the Klamath River to fish the Keno stretch in Oregon with a guide. It was 100% streamer fishing mainly with 2-3” heavy sculpin patterns and floating lines. The flows were low, the float technical with a couple tough areas where we nearly wrapped the raft. The fishing was tough in the mornings then really turned on from about 1-3 pm then shut down again. The rainbows here are chunky and fight hard!
From Chris Brehm: Brother Steve and I fished last Thursday along the road above Beavertail. Never made it all the way to Beavertail. Lot’s of Salmon and pretty good fishing using Darryl’s bead methods.
From Darryl Huff: A friend was camping at Beavertail in late October. Went over in the morning and fished a half day with them. Definetely more trout have moved in to the area. Spawning salmon were everywhere and did well for trout in the 12 to 16 inch range on egg patterns. Here’s a couple of my new creations.
From Dave Kilhefner: Hit the Highland Ponds at the OFC with Rich and Kevin. These ponds were recently stocked and we did OK fishing Chironomids. Best bite was in the afternoon but it died promply around 3:30.
November is a very good fishing month as we transition from fall into winter. After the unusually dry fall weather we are finally getting some regular & normal rainfall!
When fall rains come often the rivers fill with leaves. When this happens I like to hit the Oregon Fishing Club ponds for trout; the bite is on as the water cools down plus they’ve been recently stocked. If the mountain road conditions are good, trout fishing on the Deschutes is another top option.
It’s time to think about renewing your membership for next year. If you are a new member and didn’t join until the 2nd half of 2022 then your membership will carry thru 2023. Contact me if you have any questions.
On Tuesday, November 15th we’ll have another combination in-person & zoom meeting at High Rocks. I’ll get an email out soon with the speaker details.
We’ll have our Fish A Long Saturday November 12th. The plan is to go back to Beavertail for more trout fishing. It was hoped we might go to the Kilchis for Chum Salmon but the water is extremely low this fall and we have to ”make the call” with enough time for folks to get gear together and plan a day trip out of town. While we are getting some rain, it hasn’t been enough to raise the water level and the ground is soaking it up.
For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a good way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. I’ve tested it out; type the word November or December in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.
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This fish a long report could be summed up on one sentence: lots of whitefish but not many trout! Still, we had some great highlights. A good number of us camped out, enjoying nice weather while it rained on the west side. It was possible to have campfires and with clear nights and a dark moon the stars were nothing short of spectacular. While trout fishing was a little slow, several nice trout were caught and Darryl even landed a steelhead.
The water conditions featured prime 54 degree water temps, stable flows and good clarity. On Sunday the White River threw a little color at us but not enough to dampen our confidence.
For the most part the wind stayed down until the afternoons, but by then most of us had flogged the water enough and it was time to relax, enjoy happy hour & snacks before dinner around the fire.
The road had been freshly graded all the way to Beavertail but it was rough going further downstream. And of course, the word was the fishing was better 7 miles downstream at Mac’s Canyon.
On the drive home it was good to see a layer of fresh snow on Mt Hood.
Thanks to everyone for coming! Next month our fish a long will be on November 12th. We will try to hit the Kilchis River for Chum Salmon but if the water conditions are poor (like they have been the last 5 years!) we will come back to Beavertail as everyone enjoys this location this time of year.
September had some big wildfires in Oregon but we had some good fishing too! As always, the pictures are first with the member reports below.
From Chris Gardiner: Spent 3 days on the Metolious with a couple fishing buddies. There were a ton of hatches going on, including Green Drakes and October Caddis. Caught a fair amount of decent sized Whitefish and a few healthy Redsides. We definitely put in the work to get the hook-ups. Lots of hiking and crawling in and out of the river. My buddy flew his drone for a few minutes just for fun. Pretty cool view of the Met from above.
From John Silkey: Did my first float of the Deschutes where I was behind the oars. Drifted a slow two nights from Buckhollow to Mack’s with a friend from AZ. He was targeting trout, I was after Steelhead. Neither of us did much of anything, yet it was still a gorgeous journey. The one trout we pulled in was on my spey rod (gobbled up a redneck revenge.) Didn’t see a lot of bug activity on top of or under the water. Reports from other anglers echoed our slow performance but did hear of at least 2 steelhead landed on that stretch.
From George Krumm: Pretty much all I did this month was hover fish for salmon. Fishing was good! Spent a lot of days in Drano lake and at the mouth of the Klickitat. One evening in Drano Marcus and I caught 17 kings!
From Chris Brehm: Fished three days on the lower Umpqua for Coho & only netted two. (No Pics) Lots of jumpers but few biters. My friend went back the following week and did well.
Tried to fish East Lake but the water was too low to get my boat in, so I Fished Paulina Lake twice and caught mostly small Rainbows on Baetis Nymphs plus a nice Brown on a Beetle.
Finished the month with two days at Diamond Lake. Fishing was slow overall but got a few very nice Browns on Leech Patterns, and my very first Tiger Trout on a Chironomid.
From Darryl Huff: did well on steelhead in the lower Deschutes, including my biggest hatchery steelhead to date; it weighted 16lbs.
From Dave Kilhefner: Inspired by a report from Chris Gardiner (see the June reports) I hit northern Idaho and had some good fishing for West Slope Cutthroat & Whitefish on the St Joe River by Calder.
For the last couple months I’ve really been fishing a lot, almonst more than I actually want to if thats even possible! However, all that water time caused me to fall behind getting website reports and fly tying articles published so I plan to make up for that in October. Expect to see more content than usual.
Joseph Beare from Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters will be our October 18th speaker talking about local trout lakes and streams that are open year round. It’s an original and timely subject. Like last month, we will have an in person meeting and also broadcast the presentation over Zoom.
This months October 22nd Fish A Long will be at Beavertail Campground on the Deschutes River. Historically, this has been on of our most popular Fish A Longs.
Justesen Ranch is opening up fall fishing October 3rd. Amanda says the fish are rising and in good shape!
For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “October” and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.
If there is anything you want to see on the blog or if you need a copy of a presentation or article shoot me an email.
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In spite of the hot, dry weather August was another good month to get out on the water. As always, pictures first with the reports below.
From Darryl Huff: My son and I did well on the Lower Deschutes re-opener.
From Timothy McSweeney: I spent the last week of August road tripping and backpacking around the state. Fishing was never the priority but a lot of fishing happened. I first hiked about 30 miles on the Elkhorn Crest trail in the Blue Mountains where a lot of brookies were caught (and eaten).
During one of the 12 mile days I came across some mountain goat hair and separately–a feather. So I decided to try to tie a fly lakeside with materials at hand and catch a fish, landing a brookie on the 3rd cast. The fly wasn’t pretty and it only lasted one fish, but it was a fun experiment. Then camped for a couple days on the John Day catching bass, and then met up with my family for some rock hopping and stocked keepers on Quartzville Creek.
From Chris Brehm: Fished Buoy 10 three times with only a few to bring home but released a lot of Tules. Good trout fishing at Wikiup but there was a huge Baetis hatch and the fish were gorged so most were caught on spoons. One day chasing commercial Tuna out of Ilwaco. Two of us caught over 60 Albacore on hand lines.
From Mike Shiiki: fished Timothy Lake with my Son and Dave Kilhefner. Beautiful day on the water and we caught some nice fish too.
From Dave Kilhefner: Lane Hoffman and I made a trip to the Green River in Wyoming, stopping at the Owyhee along the way. Fishing was a little tough but all the fish were quality.
From Dave Kilhefner: Managed to get out for Smallmouth Bass on the Willamette River out of Hebb Park.
From Ron Buchard: Stopped by and met up with some club members for lunch in West Linn. We had a nice visit and it was good to see old friends!
Apologies for falling behind getting the clubs fishing reports posted. Here’s our reports from July. Lots of us got out on the water and had good times. As always, pictures first with the reports below.
From John Silkey: Started July with a trip back to the S. Fork of the Snake – took my wife along and she landed her first fish ever! We had two great days each netting the S. Fork slam both days, plus tons of Whitefish.
Also spent 4 days exploring the Metolius between Camp Sherman and Lower Bridge – tried everything in my bag (including breaking my rod) and never got so much as a look. Thankfully that river is beautiful just to look at.
From George Krumm: I had good success landing Columbia River Chinook and steelhead on plugs.
From Mike Shiiki: Timothy Lake has been fun! My friend Dave Geiter and I were in our float tubes and landed a few rainbows between 9-11am, but between 11:30-3pm we did well trolling olive/orange, and black/red half-wit leeches, intermediate sink lines in and near the channel that runs near the North Arm Campground.
We’ve also started hitting the Molalla River again. You can get way up stream and find some great runs, holes and lots of little trout, plus some decent sized white fish, and occasional larger trout (ie over 8″). It’s a great little escape!
From Timothy McSweeney: Spent a week on the Metolius fishing for bulls and had a great time!
From Bob Beswick: Fished only a few hours at Crane Prairie until the wind came up. They were eating damsel nymphs just below the surface.
From Chris Brehm: A week or so before the fishalong, I went with my wife and friends to Hosmer. Beetle patterns produced some gorgeous trout. A few days later, beetles worked again at East Lake. (A friend’s son with his first fly caught rainbow.) Just before the fish along I landed a few nice “Cranebows” on balanced Leech patterns.
From Dave Kihefner: George Coutts and I fishout out of Pacific City with Connect Outfitters. Salmon fishing was slow but we have a great time with the Rockfish and George got a nice Lingcod.
From Dave Kilhefner: Jim Bennett & I got out on the Willamette River out of Hebb Park for some Smallmouth Bass & had a surprise Channel Catfish. Woolly Buggers and Clouser minnows worked well.
From Dave Kilhefner: Rich Harvey and I hit the lower Trask and Nestucca Rivers for cutthroat trout. Mostly we caught small 6” to 8” residents but got a few larger ones in the 14” range.
Thanks to everyone for providing these reports. Hope you all are having a good summer!
The Trask River is just a fun river to fish! It’s shallow & slow enough for easy wading. The fishy spots, basically the deep & shady water, is easy to see and cast to. When the strike comes its solid and leaves no doubt.
We fished at the OFC property on the lower river not far from tidewater. We need some rain to bring in the main push of sea runs but we managed to get a few in the 14” range along with the smaller resident cutthroat. Mike brought his float tube and did well in the pond, catching several 18” plus rainbows trolling leeches.
We had perfect weather all weekend long and several of us camped at the Trask River County Park. It’s a very nice campground located upstream above the mile 11 marker. We went all out on the food this weekend with bbq brauts for lunch and New York steaks for dinner. The fire ban was lifted so we had a nice campfire at night. It was a real good time!
The next fish a long is October 22nd at Beavertail Campground on the Deschutes River. Hope to see you there.
Sorry this months President’s message is a little late. August was a busy fishing month that I wrapped up with a week of fishing in Wyoming with Lane Hoffman. The picture above is from that trip.
We will have regular meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at High Rocks. I’m going to attempt to broadcast by Zoom as well; I say attempt as this will be a new technological challenge for me. Lane and I will be the speakers. About half the presentation will be about our recent trip to Wyoming and the other half about the local fishing our members have been experiencing. Local fly fishing opportunities have changed quite a bit since I joined the club 8 years ago so we’ll be go over some of the new opportunities that are available. The “first beer free” rule will still apply.
Just like last year, our September 24th Fish A Long will be for Coastal Sea Run Cutthroat because everyone enjoyed it! There are good opportunities on the lower Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers. The plan is to fish where you want and meet up for lunch at the Wilson River Footbridge Trailhead. I’ll get out and email with the details.
For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “September” or “October” in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.
Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip.