Thanks to everyone who came to the Pine Hollow Fish-A-Long this weekend. We had originally planned to go to Timothy Lake but with the campgrounds being shut down for the season we had to come up with a different plan. Extra thanks to Phil Hager for suggesting Pine Hollow and to Paul Brewer for organizing.
The weather was good, the fish were biting and a good time was had by everyone! Several people stayed overnight and fished both Saturday and Sunday. Greg O’Brien got that big trout pictured on the last day.
This months Fish-A-Long will be this Saturday at Pine Hollow Reservoir. Pine Hollow was stocked with 2,500 legal + 375 trophy trout on October 6th so there are a lot of fish in the lake and fishing should be good.
What: Rainbow trout and largemouth bass
Were: Pine Hollow Reservoir in Wamic Oregon
When: Meet at the South Boat Ramp at 8:30 AM There is parking and a restroom there.
Equipment: Best fished with a float tube and standard lake patterns. The weather should be great, but will most likely be cold in the morning. (I will have coffee)
Directions: About 2 hours from Portland: you can take either Hwy 26 over Mt Hood or I-84 up the Gorge and the driving time is about the same. Both routes are on Google maps. Use Wamic Rural Fire Department as the destination; the ramp is next door.
Make a weekend out of it ther is camping and hotels close and there is Rock Creek Reservoir 5 min away and the Deschutes is only 25 min away.
If possible send me a text or email so I know who will be there. Paul 503-635-3156 or email@example.com
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Paul Brewer and Dave Kilhefner fished some of the Justesen Ranch Lakes (there are a lot of them!) this past weekend (Oct 6 and 7). After fishing Saturday we stayed at the Shaniko Lake cabins. Besides being a nice place to stay, we were right next to several good trout lakes that we fished on Sunday. It’s a nice setup and we are planning a Fish-A-Long there in the spring.
Fishing was good for rainbow trout in the 14 to 20 inch range and we each landed 20+ trout both days. The two best tactics were casting & stripping/twitching Green Devils and fishing Chironomids under an indicator about 6’ deep.
We did a stomach pump and found dragon & damsel nymphs along with chironomid larva & pupa.
You need a float tube to fish these lakes as much of the shoreline is surrounded by cattails. It was chilly with a cool breeze blowing both days so layers of warm clothing were a must. The water temps at the lakes ran from 50 to 55 degrees and the water was very clear.
Besides good fishing, we had good wildlife viewing and saw lots of deer and turkeys.
It has been a club tradition for a number of years to head to the coast for our November Fish-A-Long where we go after Chum Salmon. It is hoped that by our November 10 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. If you have some extra time this fall, there are many more opportunities to catch chum salmon 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. Be sure to check out the Washington regulations if you are planning to head up there.
Chum Salmon — Ocean Phase
Chum Salmon — Spawning Male
Chum Salmon– Ocean Phase Chum Salmon– Spawning Male
Chum salmon are sometimes regarded as the “ugly stepsister” of all of the species of Pacific salmon. They can be chrome bright while still in the ocean but soon begin to develop characteristic 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.
Spawning males have impressive teeth! Carry appropriate pliers!
This month we will be tying up a fly called The Chum Salmon Slammer. Rich Youngers, formerly of the Creekside Angling Fly Shop in Salem, is credited with coming up with the design for this fly. The name of the fly indicates that it was designed specifically for chum salmon but there is no reason to think that it would not be effective for any of the species of Pacific salmon, as well as steelhead. The fly is normally tied in chartreuse. There is an old saying 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 “Slammers”. 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 dandy steelhead patterns.
Join us at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn on Wednesday, October 24. Even if you are not planning to attend the Kilchis River fish-a-long the Chum Salmon Slammer would be a fly to have in various colors in your steelhead fly box. We’ll see you at 6 pm !
We are off and running after our summer break. First, I would like to acknowledge a member who volunteered to take over the role of Membership Director. Please join me in welcoming Gregg O’Brien as our new board member responsible for the development and managing our membership. Gregg has already working with Red Smith to make this a smooth transition. Catch him at an upcoming meeting and give him a pat on the back for stepping up. Thanks Gregg!!!
Our speaker last month was Frank Day from the Fly Fishing Shop, our one and only Founding Gold Sponsor, who spoke to us on fishing Mount Hood waters. He covered trout fishing in the streams in and around the Sandy River with information on access, species, flies, and equipment. Saw many members taking notes and asking many questions. A good alternative fishery close to the metro.
Next we welcome Scott Richmond to share with us his Magic Fly Box. Scott is well renowned in the Northwest fly fishing scene with a number on reference books on the Deschutes, a novel set on the river and of course the creation and management of Westfly, an informative fly fishing website. You do no want to miss his presentation.
The September fish-a-ling on the Deschutes River was not very well attended. Those that did attend reported fun trout fishing even though Steelhead fishing was slow. In addition Dave Kilhefner’s wife Cheryl made a great spaghetti lunch for the attendees. Thank You Cheryl.
This month we are planning to go to Timothy Lake for trout. More information will be coming soon so mark your calendar for Saturday 10/20/18.
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