CFF August 2022 Fishing Reports

In spite of the hot, dry weather August was another good month to get out on the water. As always, pictures first with the reports below.

From Darryl Huff: My son and I did well on the Lower Deschutes re-opener.

From Timothy McSweeney: I spent the last week of August road tripping and backpacking around the state. Fishing was never the priority but a lot of fishing happened. I first hiked about 30 miles on the Elkhorn Crest trail in the Blue Mountains where a lot of brookies were caught (and eaten). 

During one of the 12 mile days I came across some mountain goat hair and separately–a feather. So I decided to try to tie a fly lakeside with materials at hand and catch a fish, landing a brookie on the 3rd cast. The fly wasn’t pretty and it only lasted one fish, but it was a fun experiment. Then camped for a couple days on the John Day catching bass, and then met up with my family for some rock hopping and stocked keepers on Quartzville Creek.

From Chris Brehm: Fished Buoy 10 three times with only a few to bring home but released a lot of Tules.  Good trout fishing at Wikiup but there was a huge Baetis hatch and the fish were  gorged so most were caught on spoons. One day chasing commercial Tuna out of Ilwaco. Two of us caught over 60 Albacore on hand lines.

From Mike Shiiki: fished Timothy Lake with my Son and Dave Kilhefner. Beautiful day on the water and we caught some nice fish too.

From Dave Kilhefner: Lane Hoffman and I made a trip to the Green River in Wyoming, stopping at the Owyhee along the way. Fishing was a little tough but all the fish were quality.

From Dave Kilhefner: Managed to get out for Smallmouth Bass on the Willamette River out of Hebb Park.

From Ron Buchard: Stopped by and met up with some club members for lunch in West Linn. We had a nice visit and it was good to see old friends!

Thanks to everyone for providing these reports!

CFF July 2022 Fishing Reports

Apologies for falling behind getting the clubs fishing reports posted. Here’s our reports from July. Lots of us got out on the water and had good times. As always, pictures first with the reports below.

From John Silkey: Started July with a trip back to the S. Fork of the Snake – took my wife along and she landed her first fish ever! We had two great days each netting the S. Fork slam both days, plus tons of Whitefish. 

Also spent 4 days exploring the Metolius between Camp Sherman and Lower Bridge – tried everything in my bag (including breaking my rod) and never got so much as a look. Thankfully that river is beautiful just to look at. 

From George Krumm: I had good success landing Columbia River Chinook and steelhead on plugs. 

From Mike Shiiki: Timothy Lake has been fun! My friend Dave Geiter and I were in our float tubes and landed a few rainbows between 9-11am, but between 11:30-3pm we did well trolling olive/orange, and black/red half-wit leeches, intermediate sink lines in and near the channel that runs near the North Arm Campground.

We’ve also started hitting the Molalla River again.  You can get way up stream and find some great runs, holes and lots of little trout, plus some decent sized white fish, and occasional larger trout (ie over 8″). It’s a great little escape!

From Timothy McSweeney: Spent a week on the Metolius fishing for bulls and had a great time!

From Bob Beswick: Fished only a few hours at Crane Prairie until the wind came up. They were eating damsel nymphs just below the surface.

From Chris Brehm: A week or so before the fishalong, I went with my wife and friends to Hosmer.  Beetle patterns produced some gorgeous trout. A few days later, beetles worked again at East Lake. (A friend’s son with his first fly caught rainbow.) Just before the fish along I landed a few nice “Cranebows” on balanced Leech patterns.

From Dave Kihefner: George Coutts and I fishout out of Pacific City with Connect Outfitters. Salmon fishing was slow but we have a great time with the Rockfish and George got a nice Lingcod.

From Dave Kilhefner: Jim Bennett & I got out on the Willamette River out of Hebb Park for some Smallmouth Bass & had a surprise Channel Catfish. Woolly Buggers and Clouser minnows worked well.

From Dave Kilhefner: Rich Harvey and I hit the lower Trask and Nestucca Rivers for cutthroat trout. Mostly we caught small 6” to 8” residents but got a few larger ones in the 14” range.

Thanks to everyone for providing these reports. Hope you all are having a good summer!

September 24th Fish A Long Report

The Trask River is just a fun river to fish! It’s shallow & slow enough for easy wading. The fishy spots, basically the deep & shady water, is easy to see and cast to. When the strike comes its solid and leaves no doubt.

We fished at the OFC property on the lower river not far from tidewater. We need some rain to bring in the main push of sea runs but we managed to get a few in the 14” range along with the smaller resident cutthroat. Mike brought his float tube and did well in the pond, catching several 18” plus rainbows trolling leeches.

We had perfect weather all weekend long and several of us camped at the Trask River County Park. It’s a very nice campground located upstream above the mile 11 marker. We went all out on the food this weekend with bbq brauts for lunch and New York steaks for dinner. The fire ban was lifted so we had a nice campfire at night. It was a real good time!

The next fish a long is October 22nd at Beavertail Campground on the Deschutes River. Hope to see you there.

Presidents Message September 2022  

Sorry this months President’s message is a little late. August was a busy fishing month that I wrapped up with a week of fishing in Wyoming with Lane Hoffman. The picture above is from that trip.


We will have regular meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at High Rocks. I’m going to attempt to broadcast by Zoom as well; I say attempt as this will be a new technological challenge for me. Lane and I will be the speakers. About half the presentation will be about our recent trip to Wyoming and the other half about the local fishing our members have been experiencing. Local fly fishing opportunities have changed quite a bit since I joined the club 8 years ago so we’ll be go over some of the new opportunities that are available. The “first beer free” rule will still apply.


Just like last year, our September 24th Fish A Long will be for Coastal Sea Run Cutthroat because everyone enjoyed it! There are good opportunities on the lower Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers. The plan is to fish where you want and meet up for lunch at the Wilson River Footbridge Trailhead. I’ll get out and email with the details. 


For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “September” or “October” in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports
for that month. 


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Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner