CFF Dec. Auction -Steelhead on the Clack!

CFF will be auctioning off 1 seat on a full day Jet Sled Steelhead trip on the Clackamas River guided by Rob Crandall’s Watertime Outfitters.  This full day trip (detailed description follows) must be taken during March or April of 2017.  The winner will be joined by the winner of the raffle held at our December CFF meeting.

“With perfect water for the swung fly, chrome fish arriving daily and a mountain view the Clack is the perfect choice for the spey rod angler. Variety and options abound on the Clackamas. With the speed and versatility of the jet boat we can cover many different sections of the river often without other anglers; during low water times the drift boat comes in handy.

Guided jet boat trips cover the best waters of the river, timing our fishing locations to optimize our results. Full day trips may cover many miles or just a few depending on where the fish are; the mobility of the jet boats helps us “stay in the fish”. Hot riverside meals are served with your full day of fishing with the jet boat.

Trip includes guided jet boat trip, hot lunch, guide-favorite flies, equipment as needed, soft drinks and water. 1 or 2 persons, $575″ 

You are bidding for one 1 (one) seat on a full day trip, date to be negotiated with the raffle winner and WTO.

To submit a bid send an email to    including your full name, bid, return email,  and contact phone number. Bids will be accepted in the order they are received.  Bidding begins at $125 and will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

Good Luck!


Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic

Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic at The Fly Fishing Shop

Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please share the day with us at The Fly Fishing Shop! A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration!

Free Food, Prizes, Programs, & Demonstrations!

Factory reps and fly fishing experts will share their knowledge:

Mark Bachmann—Patty Barnes—Hawkeye Hawkins—Tony Barnes—Bruce Berry—Garry Sandstrom—Brian Silvey—Dick Sagara—Marty Sheppard—Charles St. Pierre—Nick Rowell—Tom Larimer

Planned Presentations & Demonstrations:

9:00 – 9:45 am – Mark Bachmann – Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing from the Beginning 10:00 – 10:45 am – Hawkeye Hawkins – How Spey Components Work Together 11:00 – 11:45 am – Marty Sheppard – Oregon Trout, Bass & Steelhead

11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Free BBQ Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm – Tom Larimer – Modern Trout Spey Fishing 2:00 – 3:00 pmRob Crandall – Winter Spey Strategies

All Day – Fly Tying Demonstrations By Brian Silvey, Bruce Berry, Charles St. Pierre, Hawkeye Hawkins, Nick Rowell Featuring the region’s most experienced steelhead guides tying their favorite winter steelhead flies.

See you there!


Sage Switch Rod Auction is Closing

The November CFF is auction ends on Tuesday!

The current bid is $259 from AJ.

You are bidding on a Sage 6114 4pc Accel Switch Rod (11’4″, 6 wt) with a Lamson Remix HD 3.5 reel strung with a Rio Switch Chucker#6 line.
Bidding is open to CFF members only.
To make a bid send an email to
Be sure to include
Your full name.
Your bid.
Your phone number.

The email will be time stamped so I will have them in correct order. In case of a tie, the earliest time stamped bid wins.
Auction ends at 5 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Phil Bartsch

The Chums are In!

Lane Hoffman is down at the coast today doing a little “pre-fishing” for our annual Chum Salmon Fish-A-Long tomorrow.

He reports the rivers are in good shape with lots of fish. Some rain is expected but it will take a lot to put the river out of shape. Fishing should be good tomorrow!

November 15 Speaker Nate Brumley

Nate Brumley is the owner, an online fishing company out of Meridian, Idaho. The only bugs sold at his company are dry flies, and he has mastered the use of them in every season of the year. Nate’s tying sessions and presentations are some of the most sought after events in the industry at present, and his knowledge of dry fly fishing is truly phenomenal. It has been said that one hour with Nate is like gaining 10 years experience on how to fish a dry fly. He is the the author of Addicted to the Rise.

Nate’s presentation is Winter on a Dry Fly, which will explore the world of tiny bugs and big fish as they rendezvous at the surface in winter. You’ll learn critical insight about a fish’s feeding habits in winter and we’ll show you how to utilize that information to set up and deliver in the hatch. Nate divulges all the secrets, all the strategies, and all the insight you’ll need to open up a whole new fly fishing season.

Some of the most exciting dry fly fishing of the year happens after the first hard frost and this presentation will prepare you for that experience with the right gear, knowledge of the hatches, and the perfect selection of winter dry flies. It’s a presentation you won’t want to miss!


President’s Message November 2016



We have an early fish-a-long this month as we will be going to the Kilchis River, if weather permits, after Chum Salmon. The date is Saturday 11/12/16 and we usually meet about 8:30 AM. More details to follow.

Last months’ speaker was Josh Linn from the Royal Treatment Fly Shop and he shared more information about catching Steelhead. Our next speaker is Nate Brumley who hails from Idaho and will be speaking to a few clubs in our area. Nate is founder of Dry Fly Innovations and has penned a host of fly patterns.  This should be a very informative meeting.

A heads up for our December meeting as Santa will again be giving a gift to every member in attendance. We will also be giving away a few of our sponsors gift certificates to some lucky attendees.

We will not be having a fly tying night in November or December  because of conflicts with Thanksgiving and Christmas.   We will pick things up in January 2017.

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 November Fish-A-Long

This months Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, the 12th of November. This is our annual trip to the Kilches River fishing for Chum Salmon. This is a popular, well attended CFF trip fishing for big, strong, hard fighting Chum salmon. Early reports have confirmed this should be a banner year for Chum returns to the Tillamook areas streams.

What- Chum Salmon

Where- Kilches River

When- 8am Saturday the 12th of November


  • 7 to 10wt rods with matching reel  at least 100 yards of backing
  • floating & sink tip lines
  • 6 to 10 ft leaders tapered to 15 to 20 pound test
  • flies, bright both weighted and unweighted size 2 to 6. I’ll have extra
  • long nose pliers, Chums have big sharp teeth
  • waders & wading staff, the Kilches in not a hard river to wade
  • rain gear, it’s the Oregon coast
  • warm, layered clothing

Directions- take highway OR- 6 to Tillamook, then head North on Hwy 101 to the Kilches river road. Take the Kilches river road & when you pass the gravel pit take a right over the wooden bridge well meet at the parking lot of the boat launch on the left. Instruction and extra equipment will be provided. I will be down checking on the fishing conditions Friday the 11th. Check the blog for updates before heading over.

If you have never caught big (10 to 20 pounds) hard fighting fish, this trip is for you, it’s usually a real fun action packed outing that shouldn’t be missed, hope to see you there! Questions send me an E-mail or a phone call Lane Hoffman.




CFF November Auction- SAGE switch rod package

CFF has a fantastic auction item this month thanks to our new sponsor NW Flyfishing Outfitters in NE Portland.
We are pleased to offer a Sage 6114 4pc Accel Switch Rod! (11’4″, 6 wt) This sweet stick features “Generation 5” technology and a medium fast action. It retails for $750!
And, this rod comes bundled with a Lamson Remix HD 3.5 reel ($190) strung with a
Rio Switch Chucker#6 line ($90)
As you can see the complete package would retail for over $1000. Please note this is a switch rod NOT a full blown spey rod. Also note that it is a 6 weight so it might be a little undergunned for big boy steelhead.

Bidding is open to CFF members only.
To make a bid send an email to
Be sure to include
Your full name.
Your bid.
Your phone number.

The email will be time stamped so I will have them in correct order. In case of a tie, the earliest time stamped bid wins.
Auction ends at 5 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Phil Bartsch

October 18th Speaker – Josh Linn

Clackamas Fly Fishers is pleased to welcome back Josh Linn as our October speaker. His presentation will be on fall Trout and Steelhead fly fishing.

Josh’s bio:

Growing up I started fishing with my family, learning from my father and grandfather and we had a lot of good experiences. 

As I got older I started going to the Deschutes and met a guide over there, Doug Cook. He was an extremely good fly tier and an amazing fly fisherman. At that time I didn’t really know that much about fly fishing but that changed when Doug took me under his wing.

He and taught me everything he knew; the art of tying flies, fly fishing and rowing drift boats. I became his chauffer for about 5 years, learning the Deschutes river like the back of my hand.

During this time I was kindling a relationship with my best friend Marty Sheppard. Marty and I started fishing together and in the late 90’s Marty introduced me to the Spey rod and It has been downhill ever since!

I have guided all over the Northwest; Bass and Steelhead on the John Day, Trout and Steelhead on the Grand Ronde, Whitewater rafting in Hells Canyon, Steelhead on the Sandy, Clackamas and Klickitat.

My main passion is catching anadromous fish on a swung fly, most recently in remote Alaska on the infamous river X and the Sandy River for Steelhead and Kings. The waters I guide are perfectly suited for a Spey rod.

Like most fisherman and guides I have a passion for photography and developing flies, so Fly fishing has become a hobby inside of a hobby. There are many aspects of Fly fishing. You can get as much out of fly fishing as you want to put into it.