February 2022 Presidents Message

A nice February winter run taken at the Willows on the Clackamas several years ago.

By all accounts winter steelhead fishing is pretty good, or at least much better than last year. A few club members have caught fish on gear this year and just this week we had a report of a couple fly caught steelhead; more on this in the upcoming fishing reports (which I’m late in getting out-sorry!). No matter how good the fishing might be, it is still winter steelhead fishing and that means lots of casting in the cold. Don’t risk losing a nice chromer by going light on your tippet; beef up those tippets with at least 12lb Maxima or 15 Fluorocarbon. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at the fly shop and heard sad stories of big steelhead lost to light tippets.

Speaking of Fly Shops, after 40 years in business The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches is closing it’s doors. Mark & Patti have definitely put in their time and now want to retire. Here’s wishing them all the best!

I’m open to ideas for February 19th Fish A Long so if you have a preference please let me know. If a better idea does not come up, we will have another Winter Steelhead Fish A Long on the Upper Sandy River.

Brad and Tom are looking for new ideas for the 2022 Fly Fishing Challenge. Additionally, they’ve mentioned it’s hard to gauge membership interest in the Challenge and that it may be time to take a year off. Please email Brad if you’d like to have one this year.

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 February or March in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.

Please remember our sponsors this, 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. Good fishing!

Dave Kilhefner

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