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.
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.
It has been a club tradition the past few years to head to the coast for our November Fish-A-Long. Our target will be Chum Salmon, and it is hoped that by our November 12 outing we will have received enough rain (but hopefully not too much!) to draw these fish into our coastal rivers. The Kilchis River is our normal destination although the Miami River also has a run of chums. Chum salmon are much more plentiful in Washington waters. In fact, the WDFW website has a note indicating that Chum salmon are the most abundant wild salmon species in Washington State.
Chum salmon are sometimes regarded as the “ugly stepsister” of all of the species of Pacific salmon. They can be mint bright while still in the ocean but soon develop darker markings as they prepare to enter freshwater. After entering rivers chums are readily identifiable by their characteristic olive green coloration with purplish vertical striping and blotches along their sides. Chum salmon are sometimes referred to as dog salmon, with research showing two possible origins for that name. One explanation is that name comes from the impressive mouthful of sharp teeth seen in the males as they approach spawning time. A second explanation is that the reference to dog salmon comes from the habit of Native Americans feeding the flesh of the chum salmon to their dogs. Chums are not known for their aerial acrobatics but they fight like bulldogs and are not brought in easily, so don’t go light in selecting your gear.
This month we will be tying up a fly called The Kilchis Killer. Noted Oregon fly fisherman, author, and fly tier John Shewey is credited with coming up with the design for this fly. The name might be a bit of a misnomer, at least for the state of Oregon, as all fishing for chums is strictly catch and release. Just consider it a killer fly for attracting, but not killing the chums. There are many more opportunities for chum salmon in Washington waters so check the regulations if you are heading up there. The fly is normally tied in chartreuse. As Lane Hoffman says, in regard to chum salmon, “it’s no use if it ain’t chartreuse”, regardless of the specific fly pattern. However, many anglers report that if the chums aren’t responding to chartreuse flies it is time to switch to something that is hot pink. So hopefully, we will have both the time and materials to tie up both chartreuse and pink Kilchis Killers. And if something happens with the weather and it messes with the Kilchis Fish-A-Long, all is not lost, as these flies can also be used as terrific steelhead patterns.
Unlike last month’s fly, this one will be suitable for tiers of all levels of experience. Join us at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn on Wednesday, October 26 to tie up some Kilchis Killers. We’ll see you at 6 pm !
Here we go on the last part of the year as fall arrives with winter shortly on it’s heels. Where has the year gone as it seems like it was just spring a short time ago. Unfortunately, it has been a weak year for the return of Steelhead, Coho and Chinook in our local water ways. Of course some have been successful in catching them, but on the whole it has not been a strong year. We still have a lot of enjoyable activities and speakers to keep our interest in the upcoming weeks.
Our speaker last month was Cheryl McGinnis, Executive Director, of the Clackamas River Basin Council and she discussed many of their projects for fish habitat as well as the annual Clackamas River Cleanup. This is an activity that we as a club should support each year with participation from our members. You do not have to have a boat to help. We will keep you posted as the next one in September 2017.
Our October speaker is Josh Linn of the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West LInn. Josh has spoken to us before and always does a great job. He will be speaking on Steelhead Fishing in the Fall. This will coordinate well with our planned October fish-a-long on the Deschutes River.
Speaking of a fish-a-long it looks like our last one on October 2nd was fun for all that attended. It was on the Deschutes and the group pursued both Trout and Steelhead. Appeared to be great weather and a fun time for all.
As mentioned we plan to have our next fish-a-long will be on the Deschutes on October 22nd and we will again try for Trout and Steelhead.
Wanted to give you a heads up as regards the November fish-a-long where we have traditionally tried for Chum Salmon on the Kilchis River. The season ends on 11/15/16 so we will have our November fish-a-long on Saturday 11/12/16. Mark your calendar and stay alert as it is always weather dependent.
Do not forget fly tying on Wednesday 10/26/16 at Royal Treatment Fly Shop. More details to follow as to pattern and time.
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First a BIG THANKS to Paul Brewer for opening his Maupin home and hosting this months Fish-A-Long.
Around 8am we all met at Paul’s place for coffee and donuts then headed down river to Beavertail Campground, which is about 10 miles below Sherars Falls.
The gravel section of the road was in bad shape—deep wash boarding made for slow going. According to the locals, boat trailer traffic and especially the heavier jet sleds make the washboards worse.
We arrived at the Campground around 9:45 and couldn’t resist trying to spot some mountain sheep on the huge canyon wall across the river. We thought we saw a couple but they disappeared into the shadows before we could get a good view with binoculars.
After wadering up we all headed upstream to a big flat that attracts spawning chinook salmon. The fishing plan was to target the trout and whitefish that gather below the salmon to feed on loose eggs, using small glo bugs under strike indicators.
Salmon were present but not in large numbers. Everyone had some trout action fairly quickly but then the bite died down. We fished until around 1pm then headed back to Maupin to grab a tasty lunch at the Riverside.
After lunch some folks had to head home while others stayed to fish thru the afternoon. We went upstream towards the locked gate area. The road was much better but there were a lot more anglers too.
It was a beautiful fall day; crisp but not cold with blue skies and only an occasional breeze.