CFF Members ONLY! Willamette River SHAD trip (seat #2)

How BAD do want to catch some SHAD?  This is the second (of 3) seats on a 4 hour Willamette River Shad trip donated by Rob Crandall and Water Time Outfitters.


To place a bid go to the button up on the home page menu or just click on this cute green “Auctions” tab.  Good Luck!

This auction is open to paid up CFF members ONLY!  If you want to join the club so you can bid go to the Membership page and select the “BUY NOW” button. Caution:  it may take us a day to process your application request.

THIS auction (seat 2) will run until 5 p.m, Apr. 3.  The third and last (seat 3) auction will begin Weds., April 4 and end at 5p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 10

Let me know if you have any questions.  Phil B.

Crooked River Fish-A-Long Report

Thanks to everyone who braved the snowy driving conditions to make it over to the Crooked River last Saturday. Several of us drove over on Friday and it was cold, snowy and had us questioning our sanity. Fortunately the weather cleared! We all had a great Fish-A-Long with everyone getting fish.

Saturday dawned clear with blue skies. The hills had a light dusting of snow and the morning temps hovered around 27 degrees. Paul warmed us up with hot coffee, donuts and a campfire. With the cold weather there didn’t seem to be a big rush to wader up and hit the river but we got there eventually.

The water was very low and clear. The flow out of Bowman Dam was only 53 cubic feet per second and the water temperature 42 degrees. We tried the usual pocket water spots first but seeing no fish activity, we quickly went in search of bigger pools with deeper water, finding some rising, active fish. We targeted these using a dry fly/dropper setups. The dry fly didn’t seem to matter much but the best dropper pattern was a Zebra Midge, a money pattern for Crooked River, especially in the winter.

While most of the trout were in the 6” to 8” range we did get a few bigger ones up to 12” to 14” long. The big fish of the day was a real surprise; Dave K’s 22” rainbow that took a Zebra Midge fished deep under an indicator in a big pool. Besides rainbow trout, we caught Whitefish from 4” to 14” long as well.


CFF Members Only Willamette River SHAD Trip (Seat 1)

At the Falls!

You want to get some fast action on our namesake river?  CFF is offering 3 seats on a 4 hour SHAD fly fishing trip on the Willamette River in June hosted by Rob Crandall’s Water Time Outfitters!

This auction is open to paid up CFF members ONLY!

You’ll cast and strip flies from the platform of a steady jet boat and tease the strike of one of literally thousands of shad swimming up river. Often called the “freshwater tarpon”, the American Shad can be an absolute blast on the fly and numbers hooked can add up quickly. Come join Water Time Outfitters on the Willamette River for a fun 4-hour session fly fishing for shad in June. All the gear is provided and water and soft drinks are in the boat. Anglers of all levels enjoy the battle of the shad.

This auction (seat 1) will close at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 28.  The next auction (seat 2) will begin on Weds., March 29 and run until 5 p.m, Apr. 3.  The third and last (seat 3) auction will begin Weds., April 4 and end at 5p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 10.

To place a bid go to the “Auctions” button up on the home page menu or just click on that cute green “Auctions” tab.  Good Luck!

Let me know if you have any questions.  Phil B.

CFF March 24th Fish-A-Long

This months Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday March 24th on the Crooked River by Prineville.

The plan: meet at Big Bend Campground about 1 mile below Bowman Dam between 8am and 9am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

Gear: 3 to 6wt rods with matching reel & floating lines. Dry fly fishing can be good with Midges and Baetis dominating the hatches this time of year. Another standby technique is Indicator Nymphing with small glo- bugs (they look like scuds) and/or standard nymphs like Pheasant Tails and Hair’s ears. This is also a good place to swing soft hackles or small woolly buggers.

Waders with felt or cleated boots for slippery, moss covered rocks and layered clothing as it will likely be cold in the morning.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided.

This is a great time to fish the Crooked River for trout and whitefish. Fishing can be excellent!

Questions: E-mail Paul Brewer

Rod Building and Repair Class

New Club Project – Rod building and or rod repair class

Want to build your own fly rod?  Already have a rod that needs a little repair?

Sign up for this year’s Rod Build/Repair Class. 

What’s involved?

Three sessions and a little homework is all it takes.

Step 1. Define your rod and order your parts. (with our help and club discount)

Step 2. Prep the cork handles, reel seats, blanks and learn how to tie on the guides.

Step 3. Finalize your guides and reel seats.

Step 4. Put on a big grin as you catch fish on your handiwork.

The Particulars:

We’ll meet for a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday and walk you through the process  step by step, provide the initial instruction, and let you borrow jigs for you to work on at home. Then we’ll reconvene a week or two later to finish up.

What’s it cost?

The CLUB gets a discount when purchasing the components (rod blanks, guides, rod seat and thread).  We also provide all the consumables, like epoxy, brushes, mixing cups.

You determine the cost by how high end you want to go with things like rod blanks or rod seats. That said, you can spend less than $100.00 and still have a great rod that will last you a lifetime and make you smile with each fish you catch.

Where is it?

One of our members is graciously providing his home in Mountain Park (off I-5 and 217) for the building and instruction on the rods.

When is it?

We will have a project planning meeting in a few weeks to help you decide if this works for you. It’s a fun project.

How do I Sign up?

If you’re interested please contact one of the following people to get your name on the list.

Trux Dole –  or 971-236-3302 (cell)

Ron Bouchard – or 503-949-4955 (cell)

Fly Tying: March, 2018

The Smurf Emerger


For the past few months we have focused our attention on large streamer or steelhead patterns. Partly because steelhead fishing has been less than stellar, perhaps it is time to begin focusing on trout patterns again. This month we will be looking at a small mayfly that is so widespread we should be able to put it to good use on almost any northwest stream or river.

At our March Fly Tying Night we will be tying up a blue wing olive emerger pattern called The Smurf Emerger. Credit for this creation goes to John Smeraglio of The Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop in Maupin. When John last spoke at our meeting in April of last year he gave us the details of the fly, including the recipe. It has few materials and is an easy pattern to tie, as long as you have good eyesight or have some kind of magnifiers for the smaller sizes. Club member Lane Hoffman has shared with me that it is an easy to tie pattern and is very effective, especially in the smaller sizes.


Adult Blue Wing Olive

First, a little background about Blue Wing Olives. Mayflies come in a great number of of sizes and colors, with around 2500 species worldwide, and about 700 species in North America alone.They can be divided into four major groups based on the behavior of the nymph stage of each species: the Swimmers, the Crawlers, the Clingers, and the Burrowers. The Blue Wing Olives, or BWO’s as they are known affectionately by flyfishers, fall into the Swimmer category of mayflies. This is important to flyfishers because the nymphs use their tails to help them swim around and that frequently carries them out into moving water where they can be easily taken by trout.

Blue Wing Olive is a common name for a large group of mayflies within the Baetis family, made up of over 150 species. They are present in all kinds of waters and it would be difficult for a flyfisher to collect aquatic life samples by screening any stream or river without collecting some BWO’s. Individuals of all species exhibit similar looks and behavior, with small differences that would be important only to an entomologist (insect geek), but not to the average angler. And the name itself for the BWO group can be confusing at times to the angler because not all mayflies that fall into the blue wing olive category have blue tinted wings or olive colored bodies.


Blue Wing Olive Nymph

On our western rivers we can find BWO’s hatching strongly from September through April, but extending through the end of spring. Along with midges, the BWO’s are the flies that the trout fishers can rely on during the colder months of the year. If you are seeing mayflies size 16 or smaller chances are they are some variety of blue wing olive. Pheasant tails and hare’s ears are good nymph imitations. Baetis cripples, CDC cripples, and soft hackles, along with the Smurf Emerger are good BWO emerger patterns. The adult BWO is well matched by Sparkle Duns, Comparaduns, and Parachute Baetis patterns.


Adult Blue Wing Olive Emerging

Fishing Tips:
The emergers can be presented just as you would a dry fly, although the emerger may rest just under the surface film. You can cast upstream and let it dead drift past you and finish the cast by letting it swing across the current. I have had decent success in some waters fishing the emerger as a dropper off a dry fly or even off a nymph. Moderate to slower moving water, including eddies are good places to fish BWO patterns. And don’t forget those foam lines which seem to concentrate the insects, and therefore also concentrate the fish.

Fishing BWO imitations may appeal to many of you because it doesn’t require you to get up early and you don’t have to fish until dark. The peak time for BWO hatches is mid-day through early afternoon. And curiously, the best BWO hatches seem to be on overcast or drizzly days.

Tying Tips:
When trying to match a blue wing olive hatch, the size of the patterns is critical. BWO’s get up to size 16 at the most, and the majority are 18’s and 20’s, with some species being 22’s. The smaller sizes can be challenging but you should have a variety of sizes in your flybox. Whether it is a nymph, emerger or adult, start tying the 16’s and work your way down as you master the process. Finer thread sizes will make the tying of smaller flies less frustrating and you will be happier with your finished product. I have become fond of Veevus 14/0 thread.


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Join us at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn on Wednesday, March 28 for our next Fly Tying Night. We’ll be meeting at 6:00 pm sharp to tie up some of John Smeraglio’s Smurf Emergers. Hope to see you there!

March 20th Speaker Todd Alsbury

Todd Alsbury of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, March 20th.

Todd’s presentation will briefly cover Bull trout reintroduction, high lake trout stocking, sea lion predation, and Christmas tree placement. Then he’ll discuss the population status of fish runs in the Sandy, Clackamas, and Molalla rivers. He will also give out some secrets on how to catch more winter steelhead in local rivers.

Meeting details:

ODFW Fishing Resources

Pyramid Lake Fishing Trip

Pyramid Lake is located 30 miles North of Reno Nevada. It’s a large picturesque High Desert lake, 29 miles long and 8 miles wide with 188 square surface miles.

What makes Pyramid Lake a destination adventure is the fish, Lahontan Cutthroat trout. Fish exceeding 30 pounds are being landed. Best time to catch these special fish is when the water is cold, mid October till the end of April. That’s when these big fish patrol the shore line looking for food. When the water warms they head for deep water & out of the reach of fly fisherman.


– 6 to 9wt rods with matching reel & lots of backing

– Floating, intermediate & fast sinking fly lines

– 10 to 15 pound leaders

– Flies- buggers, balanced leaches, popcorn beetles, boobies, chironomid pupa & streamers

– waders, layered clothing, be ready for everything, it’s high desert, can be cold & windy

– Step ladder, nice but not necessary, helps keep you out of the cold water

– Float tube, pontoon boat

Pyramid lake is on the Paiute Indian reservation. I’ve found the people and businesses to be friendly & happy you are there. Tribal fishing permits are $11 a day or $28 for 3 days. Camping is available. Reno is 30 minutes away.

Information? Just Google up Pyramid lake, there’s a ton of information about this fishery. This a destination fishery without the high cost, should be on your “Bucket” list.

The plan

I’m leaving early Saturday morning March 24th to attend the CFF Fish-A-Long on the Crooked River. Afterwards I’ll proceed to Pyramid lake to fish the lake for 3 days before going to the Owyhee river in Eastern Oregon. Late March is prime time to fish the Owyhee River; it will still be in Winter water flows of 35 to 45 CFS. There are usually good hatches at this time that provides some prime dry fly fishing. CFF members are invited to join me on all or any part of this outing. I can help with equipment, flies and knowledge. If interested, questions, contact me, I’ll be at the March CFF meeting to finalize plans.

Lane Hoffman

President’s Message March 2018

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What a surprise we have had at the end of February with the arrival of cooler weather and a mix of snow and rain. It has made fishing a little challenging, but as spring quickly approaches things should change.

The weather was little unsettled last month, but we still had our meeting and Mark Bachmann, of the Fly Fishing Shop our only Gold Founding Sponsor,  gave a great presentation on fishing for Trout with a Spey rod. He reviewed the equipment, techniques, water and flies to attract the big ones that hang out in the middle of the river.  As usual it was an informative and enjoyable presentation.

This month we welcome Todd Alsbury from Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife. Todd is from the North Willamette Watershed District and will bring us up to date on the activities in the district as well as the status of our various species of fish.  Todd always brings an informative program so do not miss it.

As you know we had to cancel the February fish-a-long because of inclement weather. That should not be a problem this month as we are heading over to the Crooked River in pursuit of Trout.  There is a possibility of high water so be alert for any updates as the trip approaches.

Do not forget fly tying on fourth Wednesday of most months. Look for the notice each month as to time, location, and type of fly that will be tied.

Coming up is the N W Fly Tying Expo on 3/9-10/18 in Albany Oregon. It will host large number of fly tiers and fly fishing vendors. In addition they have programs and lessons you can sign up for online.  Check it out.

In addition the annual Sandy River Spey Clave is coming on 5/18-20/18 at Oxbow Park. It is a annual event brought to us by the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon. Lessons are available on Friday afternoon at a very reasonable cost. Go to the website at to sign up. If you have any interest in beginning or improving your spey casting you do not want to miss this event.

Our sponsors are our lifeblood so stop by and say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip with them.

Gil Henderson