December 19 Speaker – Michole Jensen

Michole Jensen of www.Kayakflyangler.com will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, December 19th.

His fly fishing pursuits have taken him to Alaska, New Zealand, British Columbia, Hawaii and beyond. He has caught a variety of fish on the fly from sharks to bullhead catfish.

Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing sports and fly fishing from a kayak continues to follow along with that popularity. Kayaks represent a new element of fly fishing that has as many opportunities as there is water to fish.

Michole has caught steelhead, sturgeon, trout, bass and panfish from the kayak. His presentation on Kayak Fly fishing will both entertain and inform!

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

President’s Message December 2017

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Happy Holidays from myself and the board.  We wish you and yours  a great holiday season including a chance to get out and fish before the end of the year.  Darn it will be soon be the time to renew our fishing license for another year.  This sure seemed to go by quickly.

As you saw on the blog we had a great fish-a-long on the Kilchis River for Chum Salmon. Weather was good as were the water conditions so the fish were there and everyone had some action.  Be sure to try and get down next year during the season and fish for these as they are fun to catch.  The best time is after a good rain has brought the river up and it has dropped to a fish able level.

We will not be having a fish-a-long in December, but we will have our annual Christmas meeting with a gift for everyone member who attends the meeting.  Our speaker this month is Michole Jensen and he will share with us the techniques of kayak fishing.  This should be an interesting topic to explore.

Last month Jeff Morgan share his insights in fishing the myriad of lakes and streams in our Cascade range. It was very informative as well as entertaining as there is a whole world of Trout fishing many of us have not explored.

The board is already planning for next year and if you do have any suggestions please let a board member know.  We are always interested in ideas and activities that will make the club more interesting and fun.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Portable Fish Finder Review

Several months ago the fine folks at Deeper Sonar contacted me about doing a product review on their portable fish finder. I’ve tested the unit for several months and since Christmas is coming, this seems the ideal time share the results.

It’s full name is the Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder. It’s a little smaller than a baseball and weighs only a few ounces. It works by broadcasting a WiFi signal to your smartphone and the PRO and PRO+ models have a range of 330 feet and will scan to a depth of 260 feet. Given this, it can be cast from shore or trolled behind a float tube or boat. It’s small size and remote positioning makes it very stealthy, which I’ve found is a big advantage.

Given its stealth capability the Deeper unit can find fish in shallow water. Most of us have had fish finders before and since they have to be attached to your boat, float tube, etc. the presence of your floating device scares the fish way.

This summer and fall, I tested it from my float tube in shallow water impoundments. It instantly proved itself valuable. I put it in the water next to the float tube and established the WiFi link with my phone and it showed the water depth to be 12’ and surface temperature of 50 degrees but no fish directly underneath me—no big surprise here. However, when I let it trail about 30’ to 40’ behind the float tube (attached to a length of line) it started picking up fish, and what I saw was very interesting! No matter how deep the water was, all the trout were stratified at a depth of 6 to 7 feet. Armed with this knowledge I was able to fine tune my angling strategy, catch more fish plus lose fewer flies on submerged logs by trying to fish too deep.

As I’ve gotten older I really appreciate things that are small, light and actually work. The Deeper Unit does all these things. When I’m not using it, which in my case is most of the time, it’s not in the way. When I need some insight into the waters I’m fishing, it quickly provides information I’m after.

If you go to the online product reviews you’ll notice some people had difficulty establishing the WiFi connection with their smartphone. I followed the directions and my own experience was trouble free. However, it should be noted you need to download the app to your phone before you go out into the middle of nowhere with no cell service. Once you have the app, you don’t need cell service to make the device work as it communicates directly with your phone.

My next field test with the Deeper Unit will be on my local salmon & steelhead waters. I can’t wait to get above some likely looking water and let the Deeper unit stealthily float back behind the boat and broadcast it’s finding to my smartphone. Stay tuned.

https://deepersonar.com/

P.S. If any Clackamas Fly Fishers would like to take mine for a test drive let me know

November Auction

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

bartschp@gmail.com

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

 

Fly Tying: November, 2017

The Metal Detector

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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.

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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!

 

Westmoreland Casting Pond Cleanup Dec 2nd

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: ronlauzon@gmail.com