May 19th Meeting Cancelled

With the May meeting a just under a week away and no word when restaurants will reopen, it’s my sad duty to have to cancel another meeting.

If things change and High Rocks is able to open next Tuesday I’ll head down there with my spring fly box, order up a cold one and share flies and lies with anyone who wants to join in.

We are still planning to have the Timothy Lake Fish A Long on May 23rd. I will post the details next week. Stay safe and healthy or as Mark Bachmann likes to say “Fish Long and Prosper.”

Presidents Message May 2020

Greetings fellow Fly Fishers. As the COVID-19 situation persists sometimes all you can do is maintain your sense of humor. It’s good to see the Fly Fishing & Tying Journal is doing just that with their “what kind of trout is this” cover. We are all dealing with this in our own way and on my home front the yard looks great, my liver probably doesn’t and I’m gaining weight like a prize bull.

Spring fishing has taken a back seat but I’m still getting out a little and catching a few. George Coutts and I have hit the OFC ponds a couple times by meeting at the OC Home Depot and carpooling from there, wearing our masks in the car. It seems to be a workable system. Others are getting out too. Recently Darry Huff texted a picture of his first summer steelhead of the year; May is the best month of the year to pursue Clackamas Summer Steelhead. Several of you have journeyed over to Rocky Ridge and caught some trout as big as steelhead. It’s a big fish year over there.

If you haven’t been able to get out I have free FFTJ’s for anyone that wants them while supplies last; just send me an email and we’ll figure out how to get a copy into your hands. Also, you can take advantage of our well stocked Library.

Our local fly shops recently opened their doors to walk in traffic, just be sure to be courteous, maintain social distance even if you don’t believe in it and of course wear a mask.

The May 19th meeting is uncertain. Our May speaker is not traveling so if High Rocks opens we’ll have to think of something else, and we will if allowed! I’ll keep everyone posted by email as the situation unfolds.

Some members really want the May 23rd Fish a Long at Timothy Lake to happen, so it probably will. Our launch site at Oak Fork Campground is due to open May 22nd. To maintain social distancing everyone will need to bring their own lunch & beverages. Also, it’s $5 to park. I’ll get the details posted as the date approaches.

The return to a more normal life is starting to unfold but at a decidedly slow and cautious pace. It’s like trying to watch a spring flower bloom; you can’t see it happening but then one day it does. I’m ready!

Dave Kilhefner

April 2020 CFF Fishing Reports

Hi Everyone, the Coronavirus lockdown is still with us! During the month of April some CFF members ventured out on the water, kept their distance and enjoyed good fishing. Here are their stories with the pictures on top and the report below:

From John Warren: (from March, I missed this one in my email inbox) My grandsons have been taking advantage of their extend spring break and doing well on Fall River and Crooked. This one is from Fall and will send additional pics from each after this ( you should be able to tell which river.) I met them Sunday in Maupin and showed them around. No pics from there, but I got around 10 trout and one of boys got around 8 with a few whitefish mixed in. Truck thermometer read 71 in the afternoon!.

From Richard Harvey: Like last month the OFC properties fished well.  The key was to go small with your flies.

From Lane Hoffman: Fished Rocky Ridge Ranch it’s fishing the best I have ever seen! Really big fish, I’m talking about 5 to double digit Rainbows! Fished both the upper & middle lakes, both were excellent. Size 10 olive “Seal” bugger & a size 12 olive jig fly. Both were fished on an intermediate sinking fly line and a 1X fluorocarbon leader, don’t go light on the leader & use a loop knot! A fished Krumbo Reservoir on the south end of the Malheur Refuge in SE Oregon which fished very well. Two size of fish, 12 to 13 inches & 20 plus all footballs; great float tube lake. By myself so no pic’s.

From George Krumm: I fished RRR three days this month.  There are good numbers of large rainbows this year.  I didn’t make it down to Mullein, but both of the other two lakes fished well.  On my best day, I landed about 20 fish which doesn’t sound all that great, but at least a dozen were over 5 pounds, with a few much larger than that. Black leeches, olive leeches, and black chironomid pupa imitations all worked.

From Dave Kilhefner: George Couts and I hit a couple Oregon Fishing Club lakes. We met at Oregon City Home Depot, put on our masks and carpooled to the Highland Lakes area. Fishing was a little slow but we both managed to land a few plus it was great to get outside. Chironomids and small leeches were the best flies. The next day I fished the Sandy River. Shared the water with a guy fishing jigs and beads, so tried something different and threw a spoon and caught this beauty.

From Darryl Huff: I frequently hook sturgeon on the Sandy while steelhead fishing. This one was a little larger than most. This one took a bead and was landed on a 10 pound leader.

From Greg O’Brien: Not much fishing for me this month, but did manage a few trout on a recent outing to Rainier Ponds. 

From Kevin Rogers: My one time out I fished Sauvies on opening day before it got crowed. Worked on fishing dry flies for a change, they were hitting non stop for about an hour.

Hope everyone is tolerating the social distancing requirements, masking up when out in public and maintaining a positive outlook. This lockdown won’t last forever!

April 25th Fish-A-Long Cancelled

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus this weekends Fish-A-Long has been cancelled.

We were supposed to fish the Rainier Lakes at the Oregon Fishing Club. I called Bruce Harpole and he advises there has been a big increase in fishing pressure at the OFC due to all the public access closures in Oregon. Given this it would be very difficult to maintain social distancing guidelines and he asked us to postpone this event.

If anyone is getting cabin fever and is interested in getting out on the water shoot me an email and we can put something together. We can still fish the OFC properties in small groups plus there are a few public fishing access areas open on the Clackamas River.

Presidents Message April 2020

This month’s Presidents message will focus on some ways we can help and maintain our club and our fly fishing community thru the Coronavirus situation. Hopefully you’ve been staying safe and healthy as we practice social distancing to flatten the curve. These efforts seem to be working with one exception, which is described at the end of this message where it fits better.

First off, please remember to support our sponsors as these are very difficult times for anyone and everyone in the outdoor industry. While most shops are closed to walk in traffic they are still open for online ordering and several are conducting online seminars that are worth tuning into.

Speaking of online fishing info, CFF has an online forum In the past it’s focused on fishing reports and fly tying but it’s also a good way to keep in touch. Check it out, reply to a post, keep in touch and stay sane.

As you have probably already guessed we won’t have our April 21st meeting. While the restaurant ban in Oregon is scheduled to expire on April 14th it’s quite possible this will be extended. Even if the ban is lifted, gatherings are probably not advisable for a while.

On a more positive note, our April speaker Dennis Dauble recently won first place in the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft Contest for his book Bury Me With My Fly Rod. CFF has a copy in its library or you can order one online at https://dennisdaublebooks.com/   

Another positive note, the April 25th Fish A Long at Rainier Lakes is still going on as The Oregon Fishing Club is open, but the club reminds everyone to stay safe and practice social distancing so we will take extra care and stay at least a fly rod length away from each other.

Locally, steelhead fishing is remains open and bright fish are being caught but it’s still a slow year. Personally, I’ve been out fishing a few times without success, but have seen fish caught plus it’s great to get out of the house. Paul Brewer reports trout fishing on the Deschutes is OK, that it’s a little surreal as he is about the only angler on the river and as expected, Euro nymphing is working best. Police are patrolling along the road looking for people camping or using the boat ramps. The Oregon Fishing Club reports all the ponds have been stocked and fishing has been good.

This brings me to driving; for unknown reasons there are A LOT of crazy drivers on the roads right now. If you venture out on the roads, be doubly vigilant.

Dave Kilhefner

March 2020 CFF Fishing Reports

Hi Everyone, the Coronavirus lockdown has most of us staying home to remain safe and healthy. During the month of March some CFF members ventured out on the water, kept their distance and enjoyed good fishing. Here are their stories with the pictures on top and the report below:

From Darryl Huff: All of the steelhead I landed in the month of March were wild. The one I’m holding surely made my top three best fighters for a winter steelhead. I found great success in my trips to the Deschutes after being introduced to the idea of fishing golden stones this time of year. In a discussion with an employee at the Deschutes Angler, I learned that the golden stone is carnivorous. Being on the move hunting for food they are more available to the fish than the salmon fly stone at this time. 

From Frank Day: Fishing down at the coast was very good (in early March). After having good success on natives on some of the small streams, I ventured to the Wilson River and got a limit of hatchery steelhead.

From Greg O’Brien: Some friends and I went to the OP.  We fished the Clearwater, Humptulips, Queets and Hoh.  Fish were played and lost (me), and fish were caught and landed (not me). Timothy and I fished Puget Sound for Sea Run Cutts and brought some nice fish to hand.

From Richard Harvey: The Oregon Fishing Club properties have been warming up this month.  Matching the hatches has been the key.

Also, congrats to Richard on completing the 2019 Fly Fishing Challenge! (We were late getting his certificate out to him)

From Phil Bartsh: All 3 goldfish are doing just fine. Thanks for asking.

From Lane Hoffman:  The Crooked River trip had 5 members attending. The river was crowded but fishing was good. Most fish were caught using the Euro nymph method & emergers as we had a midge & BWO hatch. Rainbows & Whitefish. (No photo’s, sorry!)

Next day Ken Baker & I went to Chickahominy Res. Conditions were perfect but we didn’t do well. A couple using power bait caught fish, nice hard fighting rainbows to 20 inches.

I went on to the Owyhee. Perfect day warm overcast expecting a BWO hatch. Didn’t happen. They were raising the water level as the Res. is going to fill. Did manage to catch a few but they were nice Browns to 22 inches.

Pictures are Rainbow’s from Rocky Ford Spring Creek near Ephrata WA. I was by myself & couldn’t get good pics! The bigger fish was 5 pounds! 2nd week in March!

Chris from Semper Fli Guide Service guided his client into this McKenzie river hog in early March.

CFF March Fish-A-Long Cancelled

Due to everything going on with the Coronavirus this weekends Fish-A-Long has been cancelled.

However, several Clackamas Fly Fishers will be fishing over on the Crooked River this weekend. Look for them around the Big Bend Camp Ground, which is located at the base of Bowman Dam. You’ll need to bring your own food and beverages. It’s also a good idea to pack some TP, a folding chair and some firewood.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience and this Fish-A-Long will be rescheduled when things calm down.

Presidents Message March 2020

As the new President of Clackamas Fly Fishers the first order of business is to thank Gil Henderson for being our club president for the past 10 years. He did a great job for a long time, leaving some big waders to fill. Thanks Gil!

While steelhead numbers have been down, there have been some very good reports from the coast plus the rest of March thru mid April is the very best time to get out and try to catch one. If you’ve been thinking of hanging up the spey rod for a while, DON’T. Roughly from the beginning of daylight savings time until tax day (boo!!!) the weather and the fishing gets better. Also, this is when the biggest fish of the year make their presence felt so beef up your tippets!

For those of us suffering the winter steelhead blues, this month we have the always popular Crooked River Fish A Long where some fish catching always happens! Josh Linn of Royal Treatment Fly Fishing will be on hand to give instruction on Euro Nymphing. I’m very much looking forward to this event! Not only can I pick Josh’s brain about Euro Nymphing but will have and excellent chance to catch some new fish species while using a few new knots to help qualify for this year’s Fly Fishing Challenge.

Phil Bartsch has put together the perfect auction item this month, a Redington Euro Nymphing rod. Check it out.

Our website has a new page for Fish A Longs so you can see what we are up to and make a plan to attend. Also, we are always open to suggestions.

We continue to need members to participate on the board of directors. If you like to catch fish, there’s lots of benefits to doing this as the board members are all skilled anglers. Some will even take you fishing (wink).    

Please remember to support our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by and visit with them plus use their expert advise to get the best value on your fishing tackle. The best way to save money on fishing tackle is buy what you need the first time, not become a tackle tester for Amazon! So buy local, you’ll be glad you did. Thanks in advance for showing your appreciation, it’s always welcome. See you on the water!

Dave Kilhefner

Hot Rod Auction for March

The CFF auction for March is an 11’ 3wt Redington “Hydrogen” Euro Nymphing Rod. This super light weight rod (3.2 oz) retails for $299.95

Redington says, “Our Hydrogen rod family is designed especially for the trout angler and with three Euro-nymph models to complete the range, this family is at home on any trout water. These models feature a more sensitive tip for superior presentation control and strike sensitivity, allowing the angler to effectively fish any run and detect the slightest of hits. Skeletonized reel seats and single-foot guides help reduce weight, while the rod actions and models will match any trout fishing scenario. The Hydrogen Euro Nymph will allow you to increase your numbers, whether it’s a day of fishing with friends or trying to qualify for the world championships.

The 3110 HYDROGEN offers all the benefits of the 3100, but with an extra foot of length to offer more reach on bigger rivers and more control over your team of flies mid-drift.”

If you are a CFF member and want to make a bid go to Auctions.  This Auction will end at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 just before our club meeting.

Let me know if you have questions: bartschp@gmail.com

March 17th Speaker Josh Linn

Josh Linn of Royal Treatment Fly Fishing will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, March 17th.

Josh’s presentation will be on the popular technique of Euro Nymphing: Learn about the flies, tackle and techniques used in Euro Nymphing to increase your trout fishing success.

Josh will also be teaching a Euro Nymphing class at our Crooked River Fish A Long on Saturday, March 21st.

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

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

Royal Treatment Fly Fishing  http://www.royaltreatmentflyfishing.com/