Presidents Message January 2022

Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to enjoy some festivities even with the unusually cold weather. I didn’t quite make it to midnight this year but started the New Year off right by BBQing the first two nights.

I’m looking forward to the New Year and have a couple “fishing resolutions” to share. First is to Camp and backpack more, which blends in perfectly with our Fish  A Longs. Second is to Euro nymph most of the small streams on Mt Hood. Lastly, use my boat more. I have a pretty cool little boat that is good for chasing Steelhead on the Clackamas and Bass on the Willamette.

Clackamas Fly Fishers has reinstituted membership fees for 2022. However if you paid to be a member in 2021 it will be good for 2022 too. Here is the membership link plus I will be sending membership notices out to everyone. Last year I let membership tracking lapse so if you paid in 2021 you’ll need to let me know.

Just like last month, everyone that comes to the January 18th meeting at High Rocks will get a free beer on me. The speaker with be the Deschutes River Alliance and most likely they will be on Zoom on the big screen TV.

We’ll have our January 22nd Fish A Long at Oxbow Park. We have the covered area “A” reserved which is where the Sandy River Spey Clave’s have been held in the past and will focus on Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing with both Spey and Indicator methods demonstrated.

Once the water drops in a week or so we should have good opportunities for winter steelhead and we’ve already had a few good reports come in. For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a good way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. I’ve tested it out; type the word January or February in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.

January is a great month to get good deals after Christmas so get out to your local fly shop buy all the stuff that Santa forgot. Please remember our sponsors, 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 trip.

Dave Kilhefner

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