January 25th Fish A Long

This month’s Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, January 25th on the Clackamas River. We’ll meet at the lower boat ramp at McIver park at 8am.

Please RSVP to Dave Kilhefner (Dave@kbi-ins.com) so we can get a head count for food.

What- Winter Steelhead Spey Casting plus Winter Whitefish Euro Nymphing

Where- Clackamas River

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

Steelhead Spey Equipment-

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

Euro Nymphing Equipment-

  • Euro Nymphing Rod or standard 9’ 3 to 5 weight outfit
  • Small Nymphs
  • I will have plenty of leader material to share

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 (1) spey casting and swung fly presentations and (2) Euro Nymphing. Questions; email Dave Kilhefner (Dave@kbi-ins.com). Hope to see you there!

Rick Newton Jan 21st Speaker

This month’s speaker is Rick Newton of the Rainland Fly Casters in Astoria. He’ll be talking about his club’s self-guided trip to Juneau, Alaska. The trip was set up so the total expenses would come in at about $1500 per person for a week of fishing. 

It will be an interesting and informative presentation you won’t want to miss!

Fly Tying: January, 2020

Crandall’s Provider

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It’s cold. It’s rainy… It must be time for winter steelhead!

Every steelheader is always looking for “The Fly”, the “Go-To” fly that immediately boosts his or her confidence… the fly that convinces you that the odds of hooking a fish have turned in your favor. When checking in with the guys at The Royal Treatment about a winter steelhead fly suggestion for our next Fly Tying Night, they pointed me in the direction of the Crandall’s Provider, a fly they described as being Rob Crandall’s most productive fly.

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As you probably know, Rob of Water Time Outfitters, is a well-respected local guide that grew up on the banks of the Clackamas River. So, when I went to the fly bins to get a closer look at a Crandall’s Provider, alas, the bin was empty. That alone tells you something. The Royal Treatment staff say they have a hard time keeping this fly in stock.

(Personally, I know that when Rob speaks about steelhead, I listen. As do lots of other people. This past Saturday the Royal Treatment hosted another, always popular, Rob Crandall Winter Steelhead Seminar. And, as always, it was standing room only.)

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A few years back Nick Wheeler was on a trip with Rob on the Oregon coast. At the time Rob was working on the design for his Provider. He handed Nick his prototype and cautioned him that he only had that one fly and he better not lose it! Well, things turned out well that day. Rob figured he had a winning pattern as Nick proceeded to land three steelhead! 

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A fine steelhead landed by Nick Wheeler on a Crandall’s Provider

The Crandall Provider seems to have everything that appeals to discerning steelhead. The black and blue colors have long been a combination favored by steelheaders. The ostrich herl provides a lot of movement and the red guinea collar adds a hint of bloody gills in the pattern. Add some flash materials and you have a steelhead fly that will be effective at any time of year. 

A quote about the Crandall’s Provider from The Royal Treatment Newsletter, 11/30/19: “This is quite possibly the most popular and proven steelhead fly we stock.”

Our next Fly Tying Night will be your chance to tie up your own Crandall’s Provider. We’ll be meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, January 22nd at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn.  (Note: This date comes one day after our general membership meeting. This is a change from our usual Fly Tying Night schedule in order to accommodate a logjam of activities involving the Royal Treatment facility and staff.) Hope you can join us!

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2019 November Fishing Reports

This November featured some chilly weather but the fishing was hot at times!

From Brad Jonasson: Fished the Deschutes and netted 5 Redsides, 2 rainbows & 1 large Whitefish, all on a French Style Nymph.

From Greg O’Brien: My brother and I did some flyfishing in the California Delta for Striped Bass with guide Bryce Tedford (who has PNW roots in Puget Sound).  The fishing was tough to do all day as we had to throw 9 weight rods with fast sink lines & big weighted flies. We each got a lot of fish, mostly in the 14-20” class with a few bigger ones mixed in (up to 14 pounds).

From Darryl Huff: Found a hand full of steelhead and a few bull trout while fishing the Deschutes near Warm Springs this month. Best patterns for me were the prince nymph, blue perdigon, and egg patterns. Steelhead on the 6 wt. are a lot of fun but not all were landed! 

From Hugo Jim: 22 months ago, I decided to chase a Steelhead with the Spey. It took many classes, trips, trials and errors but with the help of Sam from Steelhead Outfitters I hooked, landed, and released a Wild one on the Klickitat River with a fly that I tied myself. I did it! 

From George Coutts: Spent three days on the Deschutes at North Junction, mostly Euro Nymphing.  It was clear, cold and, at times too windy to cast but I brought some nice Rainbows to hand and one sizable White Fish.

From Dave Kilhefner: Fished the Deschutes on the Warm Springs Reservation side with Elke Littleleaf. Fishing partner Robert Campbell caught 2 steelhead on spinners and I caught a couple nice redsides on beads.

From Bob Beswich: My friend, Neal Rea from Newport but formally from West Linn and I went to the Deschutes for a couple of days (11th and 12th). Around Beavertail, we found a few trout feeding on salmon eggs and caught them on glow bugs. We did fished for Steelhead with one hatchery landed on a weighted small purple at the boat landing at Nena.

And something from From Mark Bachmann to make us all jealous: We fished Loreta, Mexico. Trip details are on our website: https://flyfishusa.com/blog/Loreto-Mexico-in-November

Another great fishing month, thanks everyone for sharing your reports!

Erich Leininger Nov 19th Speaker

When not guiding in Alaska, Erich works at Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters and is a full time guide, casting instructor and expert fly tyer. He’s also a GLoomis Elite Ambassador and the Social Media Manager for Goodnews River Lodge.

He’ll be talking about late summer and winter steelhead opportunities in Oregon. It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!

Fly Tying: November, 2019

Fly Tying 101:  Beginning Fly Tying— Tools, Tips, and Techniques

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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. Do you have an interest in fly tying but you don’t know where to start? Do 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 when you came to the quick realization that you were in way over your head? 

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I have been approached by a few club members that have wondered when we were going to have another Fly Tying Night aimed at the those folks that are really novices, including those that have never tied a single fly.  So we will be going back to the basics in November, covering the standard tools and techniques that you will need to get started on a very interesting and rewarding hobby.  Everyone should walk away with at least one fly that is ready to be field tested on the water.  And who knows, with the holiday season just around the corner, you may end up with some great ideas for your Santa Claus wish list in December.  

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So join us for an evening of beginning level fly tying on Wednesday, November 20th. (Note: This is the day after our CFF general meeting on the 19th. This is a change from our usual Fly Tying Night schedule in order to stay away from having the class the day before Thanksgiving.) 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. See you there!

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(If you are an experienced tyer that would like to come to help the beginners get off to a good start please join us. We had some experienced helpers that assisted at our last Beginning Fly Tying class and it was soooo very helpful!)

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Nov 9th Fish A Long Cancelled

Hi Everyone, we’ve decided to cancel the Fish A Long this weekend.

Lane Hoffman drove down to the coast recently and reports the water is very low and there were very few fish. Also, the 10 day forecast shows dry weather conditions persisting thru the weekend.

For those that want to get in some good Chum action, last year there were reports of very good Chum fishing the two days prior to the Nov 15th closure. Unfortunately we can’t schedule a mid-week fish a long to take advantage of this.

Some other local options:
-Thursday Nov 7th is the Beer & Cheer event with Simon Gawesworth. It’s at the Tap & Table on Ankeny and starts at 6pm.

-Several of the Oregon Fishing Club Ponds have recently been stocked with trout including the ones we fish the most; Rainier and Highland Lakes.

-The Deschutes River is still fishing well for trout.