September cooled off nicely which caused fishing to heat up and CFF members enjoyed some good fishing. Thanks to everyone for contributing your fishing reports!
Sorry these are a little late, but here are our September reports; pictures first with the report following. Enjoy!
From Chris Brehm: Fished Kelly Creek and N Fk Clearwater River in Idaho for 5 days. Caught Cutthroat on October Caddis and Whitefish on Nymphs up to 16”. Rivers were full of colorful Kokanee , Fall foliage starting to turn and bears were stuffing themselves on Elderberries and camp coolers. Long drive but worth it.
From Kevin Rogers: Recently I’ve done a bit of euro nymphing, had a slow start to the morning, but got my first ever double today
Defiantly got the adrenaline going! On the Molalla, up at the molalla river recreation area. About 30min from the house
From John Silkey: attached is one photo from the fish along weekend – a decent cutthroat I caught on the Trask (my first time on that river!) over off of N. Trask Road, maybe 3 miles upstream of OFC #3. Caught a couple stripping a Mickey Finn through a couple deeper pools. I was sick the weekend of the fish along so figured I wouldn’t bring that to the lunch meet up. But thanks for organizing it! Sea runs remain on my list and now I have more confidence to go chase.
From Darryl Huff: Fishing Warm Springs before the steelhead closure with a 9′ 5wt and 5x tippet, I came across a keeper. It had a clipped adipose and maxillary indicating that it was from the Round Butte hatchery program. It took a size 16 green perdigon.
From Dennis Murphy: I’m not a big fan of the heat that the month started with but I still got out there to hunt down some carp. It took me a few outings to get it down, but once now that I get it, I’m catching em! If you haven’t fished for carp before, you’re sight fishing for them, which means you really need blue skies so you can see them. Once you see them, you’re looking for some key behaviors so you know you can catch them, the most important being tailing. Tailing is when they’re face down in the mud sucking up plant matter, crawfish, clams, etc from the ground. There’s some other behavior such as clooping, cruising, and sunning, but those usually mean you’re not catching that fish. I recommend using a 9′ 8wt rod with a floating line and a 10ft leader (I build my own). Fly selection is tough since you really want some specialized ones, I recommend John Montana’s Hybrid Carp Fly.
From Dave Kilhefner: Got into a few nice smallmouth on the Willamette River by Gladstone. A light colored Clouser Minnow was the ticket.