December 19 Speaker – Michole Jensen

Michole Jensen of www.Kayakflyangler.com will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, December 19th.

His fly fishing pursuits have taken him to Alaska, New Zealand, British Columbia, Hawaii and beyond. He has caught a variety of fish on the fly from sharks to bullhead catfish.

Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing sports and fly fishing from a kayak continues to follow along with that popularity. Kayaks represent a new element of fly fishing that has as many opportunities as there is water to fish.

Michole has caught steelhead, sturgeon, trout, bass and panfish from the kayak. His presentation on Kayak Fly fishing will both entertain and inform!

Meeting details: https://clackamasflyfishers.org/meetings-events/

Portable Fish Finder Review

Several months ago the fine folks at Deeper Sonar contacted me about doing a product review on their portable fish finder. I’ve tested the unit for several months and since Christmas is coming, this seems the ideal time share the results.

It’s full name is the Deeper Smart Portable Fish Finder. It’s a little smaller than a baseball and weighs only a few ounces. It works by broadcasting a WiFi signal to your smartphone and the PRO and PRO+ models have a range of 330 feet and will scan to a depth of 260 feet. Given this, it can be cast from shore or trolled behind a float tube or boat. It’s small size and remote positioning makes it very stealthy, which I’ve found is a big advantage.

Given its stealth capability the Deeper unit can find fish in shallow water. Most of us have had fish finders before and since they have to be attached to your boat, float tube, etc. the presence of your floating device scares the fish way.

This summer and fall, I tested it from my float tube in shallow water impoundments. It instantly proved itself valuable. I put it in the water next to the float tube and established the WiFi link with my phone and it showed the water depth to be 12’ and surface temperature of 50 degrees but no fish directly underneath me—no big surprise here. However, when I let it trail about 30’ to 40’ behind the float tube (attached to a length of line) it started picking up fish, and what I saw was very interesting! No matter how deep the water was, all the trout were stratified at a depth of 6 to 7 feet. Armed with this knowledge I was able to fine tune my angling strategy, catch more fish plus lose fewer flies on submerged logs by trying to fish too deep.

As I’ve gotten older I really appreciate things that are small, light and actually work. The Deeper Unit does all these things. When I’m not using it, which in my case is most of the time, it’s not in the way. When I need some insight into the waters I’m fishing, it quickly provides information I’m after.

If you go to the online product reviews you’ll notice some people had difficulty establishing the WiFi connection with their smartphone. I followed the directions and my own experience was trouble free. However, it should be noted you need to download the app to your phone before you go out into the middle of nowhere with no cell service. Once you have the app, you don’t need cell service to make the device work as it communicates directly with your phone.

My next field test with the Deeper Unit will be on my local salmon & steelhead waters. I can’t wait to get above some likely looking water and let the Deeper unit stealthily float back behind the boat and broadcast it’s finding to my smartphone. Stay tuned.

https://deepersonar.com/

P.S. If any Clackamas Fly Fishers would like to take mine for a test drive let me know

Westmoreland Casting Pond Cleanup Dec 2nd

FIRST ANNUAL WESTMORELAND PARK CASTING POND FLY FISHER’S STEWARDSHIP DAY

SATURDAY, DEC. 2nd, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM; MEET @ MAINTENANCE BLDG. in front of casting pond at:

77OO SE 22nd Ave. (between Rex St. & Lambert St.) Portland, Ore. 97202

PURPOSE: Help give back what this casting pond & park provides for us fly fishers by:                Assisting with cleaning debris out of drained casting pond; picking up downed limbs; pulling invasive plants & weeds from shrubs by the creek; spreading wood chips & mulch in needed areas; and general stewardship of the park.

All tools provided by the Park: Rakes, shovels, buckets, carts, tarps, and gloves.

Dress appropriately for the weather, & wear rubber boots, or your boots & waders.

Rain Canopies provided + Coffee, Donuts & Water !

Goals for the FUTURE:  Potluck Lunch, Casting Games & Activities for those who participated in the morning “park stewardship day”; and the return of The Westmoreland Fly Casting Club.

PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU’RE ATTENDING, NO LATER THEN TUES. NOV. 28, 2017, BY SIGNING UP @ YOUR LOCAL FLY SHOP, FLY FISHING CLUB or CONTACT: ronlauzon@gmail.com

 

CFF November Fish-A-Long

What:  November Fish-A-Long Chum salmon

Where: Kilchis River

When:  8am, November 11th

Here’s the plan: meet at the Kilchis River Park Saturday morning. We’ll gear-up, talk strategy, then hit some favorite stretches in pursuit of these hard fighting salmon Instruction will be provided for members who require it.

Equipment:

~7 to 10wt rods with matching reel & at least 100 yds of backing. I’ll have a couple of extra outfits, check with me

~floating & sink tip lines

~7 1/2 to 10ft leaders tapered to 20 to 25lbs

~flies, egg patterns & Chum flies, look up on the internet, check with our sponsor fly shops, I’ll have extra

~pliers or forceps these fish have really big teeth

~waders & wading boots & I much suggest a wading staff.

~rain coat & rain hat. It’s Oregon

~dress in layers as the temperature can really vary

~camera in waterproof bag

Directions: Take Hwy 26 west, then turning onto Hwy 6 to Tillamook. Turn right onto Hwy 101, go past the cheese factory then turn on the Kilchis river road & drive to the Kilchis River Park. Cross the wooden bridge, & we’ll meet in the parking lot. This an annual & popular CFF outing. It’s a really good chance to hook these large (8 to 20 pounds) hard fighting fish. We normally fish till 1 or 2, meet at a local watering hole for lunch before heading home. I’ll go down Friday the 10th & check the fishing conditions. If there is a problem it will be posted on the CFF blog Friday evening. Hope you can make this trip, it’s usually a blast!

Contact: Lane Hoffman; 503-706-7543 leave a message I’ll get back to you.  lanehf@comcast.net