Last weekends Sandy River Fish-A-Long at Oxbow Park was well attended. Thank you to everyone that came plus an EXTRA BIG thank you to Cheryl Kilhefner for her excellent cooking & hospitality. Her pulled pork sandwiches & coleslaw were a highlight of the day.
We met at 8am, had hot coffee and got to work on our spey casting, fishing until around 11:30 then breaking for lunch (no one was late either!). In the morning hours we saw a few boaters go thru but didn’t get any reports of fish hooked. While we didn’t see any steelhead Tim caught a San Diego Steelhead (a sucker) swinging at the top of the run. Tim wouldn’t tell us what the hot fly pattern was, however. Some things are best kept secret!
The weather was better than forcast and while it was cloudy and cool it didn’t rain on us after Friday nights downpour. The the sudden rise in water level made for tough fishing conditions plus as the day progressed there were more leaves and drifting debris in the water. The water color was brownish with low visibility. On the “Sandy River at Bull Run” guage the water height was 12.24 feet, flowing at around 7,000 cfs.
In addition helping with Spey Casting, Dave gave a presentation on indicator nymph fishing for steelhead.
This month’s Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, January 19th on the Sandy River at Oxbow Park. The location is shelter where the Sandy River Spey Clave is held. The wading here is easy and fish have been caught.
What- Winter Steelhead
Where- Sandy River
When- 8am until lunchtime
Spey or Switch Rod
Skagit Line & sink tip(s)
15lb tippet material
flies, bright patterns and dark patterns
waders & wading staff
warm, layered clothing
Directions- go to Oxbow Park—the address is 3010 Southeast Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR 97080; there is a $5 fee to enter the park. Drive approximately 2 miles past the park entrance and look for “Group Picnic Area A” which has a large covered area and an open field on your left.
In the morning we will have coffee, donuts. A hot lunch will also be provided. This fish a long will focus on spey casting with both swung fly and nymphing presentations. We will have a couple of “loaner” spey rods to try out.
Questions; email or call Paul Brewer or Dave Kilhefner. Hope to see you there!
We want to let you know about an opportunity to get some high quality gear at a good price and at the same time honor the memory of one of our own.
Clackamas Fly Fishers has received a donation of some quality fishing items from the estate of member Wayne Sparks who recently passed away. Wayne’s widow, Jennifer, wants these items to “find a new life with other fishermen” and help CFF generate some income.
So, at our January 15 CFF meeting we will put the first lot of items up for silent auction. These items are in very good to near new condition. Paid up CFF members will be able to bid on 6 items:
1. JIM TEENY TFR 375 BK REEL with 2 SPARE SPOOLS
Item approx. value: $195 Reserve Price: $75
2. JIM TEENY 9’ 9WT ROD with case, WATERWORKS GURU 2 REEL WITH SPARE SPOOL
Item approx. value: $380 Reserve Price $150
3. SIMMS HEADWATER GEAR BAG
Item approx. value: $ 80 Reserve Price: $ 25
4. SIMMS GUIDE JACKET, XL BLACK/OLIVE
Item approx. value: $ 150 Reserve Price: $ 60
5. SIMMS G3 GUIDE STOCKINGFOOT WADER, L (9-12) STERLING
Item approx. value: $ 325 Reserve Price: $ 100
6. WILDERNESS 11 9’ PONTOON BOAT
Item approx. value: $ 375 Reserve Price: $ 140
All items must be paid for by CASH or CHECK (no cards) and picked up at the Jan. 15 CFF meeting.
You must be a paid up member of CFF to bid.
Silent bidding will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end before the evening’s speaker begins. (~7:20)
Winners will be announced after the end of the presentation when payment is due.
If you have not already done so, it is time to get out on the water to take part in the annual search for winter chrome. While forecasts for winter steelhead have been mixed in their degrees of optimism, we need to be prepared when the word comes that the fish are in the rivers. Our last monthly Fly Tying Night was directed toward the beginning tyer and this month we will be following up with an effective steelhead pattern that will be suitable for both experienced and beginning tyers.
Fly patterns for winter steelhead continue to steadily evolve as people experiment with ideas for what is going to work the best to entice fish to be curious enough, or angry enough, to take a swipe at a fly. Sometimes it is important to have a look at some old stand-by patterns and remember that they should still be worthy to occupy space in your fly box and deserve an opportunity to prove their value. My first successful experiences in the quest for winter steelhead were all the result of using variations of a fly called the Popsicle, appropriately named for the three-toned orange, red and purple frozen treat from childhood days.
“Tequila Sunrise” Alaskabou Fly
Today George Cook is probably best known as a casting instructor and fly fishing industry representative, but earlier in his career he spent many years as a guide. Cook is generally credited with coming up with the Popsicle back in the 1980’s during his guiding days up in Alaska. Fly tyers have long recognized the value of marabou because of its animated action in the water. Using marabou for salmon and steelhead flies was being done as early as the 1940’s, if not before. But by combining colorful combinations of marabou along with synthetic flash materials, George Cook carved his name into the list of noted salmon and steelhead fly innovators.
“Showgirl” Alaskabou Fly
The Popsicle and all of its near relatives were part of a group Cook’s steelhead and salmon patterns that became known as the “Alaskabou” series of flies, with the Popsicle probably being the best known example. All of the Alaskabou flies originally employed three colors of marabou as the main ingredients, along with some flash material, usually flashabou or krystal flash, or both. With the myriad colors of marabou that are available today, the number of possible color variations of Popsicle type flies is limited only by the tyer’s imagination. These flies can be tied weighted or unweighted and are generally fished on the swing.
Collection of Alaskabou Flies
For this month’s Fly Tying Night we’ll be tying up some Popsicle steelhead flies, and perhaps some other Alaskabou color variations as well. These are not difficult flies to tie and therefore should be suitable for beginning as well as experienced tyers, and will give you a chance to develop your skills working with marabou. Join us at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn on Wednesday, January 23rd. We’ll be starting at 6:00 pm.
The holidays are a busy time of year so December fishing reports were a little slow but people got out on the water and got into fish!
In mid December Kevin Luettgerodt did some Euro Nymphing on the Deschutes River below Harpham Flats. It was a chilly 36 degrees with clear skies.
George Krumm, the editor of Fish Alaska Magazine, managed a steelhead and then traveled to Pyramid Lake in Nevada to chase Lahontan Cutthroats. He caught some nice fish in the 10 to 12 pound range.
CFF speaker Joe Warren had a bucket list trip, going on a long range bluewater flyfishing trip out of San Diego. Some storm fronts came through, making for rough seas and scattered the fish but when they found them, they got them! Joe managed to catch over 20 tuna, a mixed bag of yellowfin, skipjack, black skipjack, and bonito. He also caught two striped marlin, one on conventional and one on the fly. Congratulations Joe!
Happy 2019. We are off and running for a new year with interesting programs and fun outings. Hope all had a great holidays and spent some time getting your equipment ready for the new year.
We had a great December meeting with and outstanding presentation by Gary Lewis a well known author of many books on fly fishing. He talked about fishing in the Mt Hood area with pointers and information about many lakes and streams. In addition every member in attendance got a little something and a number received gift certificates from out supporting fly shops.
Our speaker this month is Brain Marz and he will share his knowledge of winter fishing opportunities. It should be a very informative presentation.
We will also be kicking off the year with our first fish-a-long at Oxbow park on the Sandy River. We will be swinging flies for Steelhead while polishing our Spey casting skills. More information to come.
The Fly Fishing Challenge will continue for another year and Brad Jonasson has the following updates for us.
1. There will be a random drawing for an additional award for those who completed the 2018 Challenge, but the member must be present to win the prize, and
2. The criteria for the 2019 Challenge will be announced and early birds may sign up immediately. The 2018 and 2017 Challenges will not be repeated in 2019.
Be sure to attend our January meeting to get the new challenge information and participate in the drawing.
Remember our sponsors are they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a outing with them.