Online fly fishing and tying resources

Besides the CFF library books and DVDs, we all use the many internet resources. Regular email newsletters from our sponsors are valuable and we should sign up. The newsletters include new products and fishing/tying techniques, fishing reports, and upcoming events. For example, Mark Bachmann in his fly fishing shop weekly newsletter recently had an article describing the geological history of the Sandy River, along with present fishing potential (the subject for our February meeting).

Other weekly emails worth signing up for are Gink and Gasoline, and MidCurrent. A blog site that I’ve found valuable, with fresh techniques and perspectives, is Troutbitten.com. Finally, don’t forget Westfly.

Carson Taylor
CFF Education Director/librarian

Fly Tying: February, 2017

Fly Tying 101:  Tools, Tips, and Techniques

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Do you have an interest in fly tying but you don’t know where to start and the terms whip finisher, dubbing loop, bobbin, and hair stacker make your head spin because they sound like part of a foreign language? Or have you attended a previous fly tying night and went away discouraged as you came to the quick realization that you were in way over your head?

It has been over two years since we have offered a night of fly tying specifically aimed at folks that are really novices, including those that have never tied a single fly. So we will be going back to the basics in February, covering the standard tools and techniques that you will need to get started on a very interesting and rewarding hobby. Fly fishing is a great pastime and there are few things in the sport as satisfying as landing a fish on a fly that was created by your own hands.

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It turns out that February is an oddity this year, regarding Fly Tying Night. Normally we meet on the Wednesday one week after our general meeting. But there is no Wednesday in February the week after our meeting, so join us for an evening of beginning level fly tying on Wednesday, March 1st. We’ll be meeting at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own fly tying tools if you have them. If you don’t have any equipment come anyway. Our friends at The Royal Treatment will loan you everything you need. Hope to see you there!

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gold-sponsor Royal Treatment Fly Fishing   http://www.royaltreatmentflyfishing.com/

President’s Message February 2017

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Wow, what a year we are having with all the snow and ice, which has really made getting around a challenge not to mention fishing. There have been some areas that have produced opportunities such as the coastal rivers. Still getting there can be a challenge.

Even with the poor weather we were able to reschedule our January meeting and our speaker Joel La Follette, Royal Treatment Fly Shop,  was able to join us the next week. Many of you made the adjustment and enjoyed is program on the Trout Trail. He had many great pictures and some very interesting information on his ancestry. His parting words was to get out and explore new places and new fishing opportunities.

This month we will be welcoming Mark Bachmann, The Fly Fishing Shop, located in Welches Oregon. Mark is our longest and one of strongest supporters of our club as he continues to demonstrate each year. As in the past he will be donating a guided fishing trip for two members on the Sandy River. In addition he has donated a two day trip for four members in his Steelhead camp on the Deschutes River. What an incredible value for the club.  Thank you Mark!!!!

You saw a brief recap of the Sandy fish-a-long hosted by Dave Kilhefner. Although no Steelhead were caught, the ten members who attended had a great time and gained some techniques they can utilize later. This month we will again try for Steelhead on the Clackamas river. More information to follow.

Please, welcome to the board Paul Brewer as our new Fish-a-Long Director.  If you have suggestions or ideas about our fish-a-longs please let Paul know.  Give Paul a thank you for stepping forward to assume this role.

He is replacing Lane Hoffman who has had that role for a number of years not to mention the other roles he has served including President.  We all owe Lane a resounding word of Thanks for all the contributions he has made to the club.

Remember our sponsors by visiting their shops when you are in their area. Stop in and purchase something, book a trip, or just say hello and thank them for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

CFF February Fish-A-Long

This month’s Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, February 25th on the Clackamas River. The location is yet to be determined but will likely be at McIver Park at the lower boat ramp. The wading here is easy and fish have been caught.

What- Winter Steelhead

Where- Clackamas River

When- 8am until lunchtime, Saturday, February 25th

Equipment-

  • Spey or Switch Rod
  • Skagit Line & sink tip(s)
  • 15lb tippet material
  • flies, bright patterns and dark patterns
  • waders & wading staff
  • rain gear
  • warm, layered clothing

Directions- go to McIver Park. Take the 1st left and drive down the hill. There will be a few turn outs—just keep to the left until you reach the lower boat ramp area.

We will have coffee, donuts and lunch. This fish a long will focus on spey casting and swung fly presentations. Questions; email or call Paul Brewer or Dave Kilhefner. Hope to see you there!

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Sandy River Steelhead Trip

Our February auction is for a seat on a full day Sandy River Steelhead float trip with Mark Bachmann of The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches.  Nobody knows the Sandy like Mark and he will put you on prime waters!

The auction winner will be joined by the winner of the raffle to be held at the Feb. 21 club meeting.  The 2 of you will then get to negotiate dates with Mark.

Minimum opening bid is $140.

To make a bid send me an email at bartschp@gmail.com

Be sure to include a return email, a contact phone number, your full name, and of course, your bid.

Bids will be time stamped so earliest bid breaks the tie.

The auction closes at 5:30  p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Please note the change in time to 5:30!

Let me know if you have questions.  Good Luck!

Thanks again to The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches for being a gold level sponsor of CFF! 

Phil Bartsch

gold-sponsor   The Fly Fishing Shop  http://flyfishusa.com/

Jan 28th Fish-A-Long Report

Fishing was good, weather was good, camaraderie was good, food was good but the catching was not good. That’s winter steelhead fly fishing!

Thanks to everyone for coming and making this a fun fish-a-long!

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Jim Adams showing us the right way to spey cast & swing the fly slowly across the current. If there was a fish in there, he’d a caught it!

Fly Fishing Outfits for Sale

10 foot 5wt. 4 piece  G. Loomis “Eastfork” rod with a 5/6 G. Loomis “Eastfork” reel loaded with a Rio “Grand” 5wt floating fly line.

This rod is a great all around outfit but is perfect for the Deschutes and lake fishing! Used just a few times. $250 or best offer.

 

9 foot 6 inch 8wt 4 piece G. Loomis Nativerun  “Quinault” rod with a 7/8 “Eastfork” reel loaded with a Rio 8wt multi-tip floating/sinking line.

Really nice all around Steelhead/Salmon outfit. Used once. $275 or best offer.

These rods belong to a friend who took ill shortly after buying these outfits, they are both in new condition. Questions, let me know, thanks, Lane 503-706-7543 or lanehf@comcast.net

January 25 Speaker Joel La Follette

Joel La Follette of Royal Treatment Fly Shop will be CFF’s guest speaker Wednesday, January 25th.

Joel’s presentation is called Oregon Trout Trail; an exploration of Oregon’s native trout species that are a little off the beaten path, inspiring anglers to explore new places and break out of their comfort zone in search of adventure.

It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!

Meeting details: https://clackamasflyfishers.org/meetings-events/

http://www.royaltreatmentflyfishing.com/

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President’s Message January 2017

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A new year is upon and we have a great list of activities and speakers already in the works. We closed out the last year with a great December meeting. Our speaker was Rob Crandall of Water Time outfitters and he gave a great presentation about techniques for catching winter steelhead. In addition Phil Bartsch played Santa with every member receiving a sponsor gift certificate or a usable gift.  We had a good turnout and all left in good cheer.

Looking at this month we have some neat things planned for you. First our speaker this. month is Joel Lafolette, from The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn, Oregon. Joel will be presenting a program he has been working on for months involving unique Trout fishing opportunities in the northwest. You do not want to miss this program.

Our next fish-a-long is potentially going to a neat outing on the Sandy River. Dave Kilhefner has graciously offered to let us fish for Steelhead from his property on the Sandy River. Lunch will be provided so be alert for additional details later this month. Of course things may have to change because of water conditions.

Fly tying will again kick off on Wednesday January 25th, 6:00 PM at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop. More details to follow.

Remember our sponsors by visiting their shops when you are in their area. Stop in and purchase something, book a trip, or just say hello and thank them for their support.

Gil Henderson