April 2023 Presidents Message

This year has me asking the question “is 2023 the worst steelhead year ever?” It’s been a very tough season! In spite of this, we will have a few good steelhead photo’s in the March fishing reports. However, when April rolls around my mind shifts to trout fishing. The OFC lakes are beginning to come to life as the water warms up plus the Deschutes and other local streams will pick up too. We have above average snow pack this year so remember to check the water flows before you head out, plus be stocked up with some high water patterns like squirmy & san juan worms.

Our April 18th meeting at High Rocks will feature Garrett Lesko as our speaker. He’ll be talking about stillwater fishing and of course, will bring lots of his great flies to check out. I’m looking forward to his presentation.

Our April 22nd Fish A Long will be at Schmedeke Pond. We went there last year at this time and everyone had a great time and some big fish were caught.

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 “April” or “May” and you’ll get all the past reports for those months. 

Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know you appreciate their support. Better yet, buy something or book a trip.  

Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner

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