September 2023 Fish A Long Report

The guy at Camp Sherman Fly Shop summed up the Metolius River perfectly; it’s the prettiest river in Oregon but also the hardest to fish. The water is super clear and the trout are educated and picky! We all got fish, but had to work hard for every one.

Special thanks to Josh Linn for his presentation on fishing the Metolius before our trip. His info was spot on!

Green Drake dries and Euro Nymphing tactics produced the best. Rich even had a big bull trout rise from the depths of a big pool to grab a rainbow he was fighting. It was a sight!

The water temperature averaged 46 degrees. Thick winter socks under your waders made long wading sessions confortable.

Five of us camped at the Lower Bridge Campground. On Friday we enjoyed a fun dinner at the Three Creeks Brewery after hitting The Fly Fishers Place for the hot fly patterns.

Overall we had good weather but mornings & evenings were chilly. Fortunately we had plenty of firewood and good times were had by all.

CFF August 2023 Fishing Reports

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

From Tim McSweeney: Sorry I’ve been so MIA this summer, been fishing a lot! Excited for the next meeting to catch up and swap summertime fish tales. Spent the last week fishing for bull trout on the Metolius and caught a whole bunch of angry fish.

From Matt Isham: McKenzie was straight up good trout fishing! Chernobyl and dropper or skating a dry fly produced action. 

From Chris Brehm: Got out for a few Tuna trips plus a limit of Salmon at Buoy 10.

From Greg O’Brien: Brother visited and I took him out on the Willamette for bass on the fly.  We got a few; always fun and close to home.  

From Jim Behrend: Went to North Santiam once which was not rewarding, and to the Wilson a week ago. It was low and fishing was not great. Hopefully rain will help.

From Dave Kilhefner: Went out on the ocean out of Depoe Bay with Joe Warren. We had good fishing for Rockfish and Tuna plus landed a couple silver salmon. Double limits of crab was a great bonus too!

Thanks to everyone for contributing your reports!

Presidents Message September 2023

An ocean caught silver taken on a sand lance streamer.

Summer is winding down and my favorite fishing season, fall, is almost here. It’s the best time of year to be on the water and CFF has some great Fish A Longs lined up the next three months.

Our September 19th meeting is at High Rocks. I’m hoping to have Josh Linn do a presentation angled towards fly fishing the Metolius River. Social hour starts at 6pm and the program at 7pm.

The September 23rd Fish A Long will be held on the Metolius River. Several of us are planning to go a few days early and camp out.

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 Clackamas Fly Fishers website search box you’ll get all the past reports for that month. 

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Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner