March 21 Speaker – Deschutes River Alliance

Since the 2010 implementation of the Selective Water Withdrawal (SWW) Tower in Lake Billy Chinook and new water management at the Pelton-Round Butte dam complex, river users have observed extensive environmental changes in the lower Deschutes River. The DRA formed in 2013 to investigate those changes. Thus far, the DRA has documented many ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS in the lower Deschutes River related to warm water discharge temperatures, shifts in hatch timing and declines in aquatic insect populations, and the rampant proliferation of nuisance algae throughout the river.

When water chemistry, algae production, and macroinvertebrate populations change rapidly in a river system there is cause for alarm.

Jonah and Greg’s presentation will provide an overview of the conservation issues in the lower Deschutes River, then focus on the DRA’s most recent monitoring research findings, followed by a discussion of current advocacy work and where the DRA’s efforts are headed in 2017.

Sign up for DRA emails: http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/section.cfm?wSectionID=2199

DRA Website: http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/

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February 25th Fish A Long Report

I’m typing this report on a windy, rainy Sunday morning and feeling thankful we had such a nice day yesterday for the Fish-A-Long at McIver Park.

We had a great turnout. Thanks to everyone for coming. A special thanks to Paul Brewer for the hot coffee and good food and Dave Kilhefner for spey casting instruction.

The water conditions were perfect for winter steelhead fly fishing. We fished every nook and cranny within sight but it has been a slow year and no fish were caught. Andrew reported seeing a fish jumping upstream but could not get it to take.

It was fun to help some of the clubs beginning spey casters with their casting and we made good progress! The theme of the day was to work on getting the anchor set. Once this is done the rest of the cast becomes much easier, but it takes a little time and practice to get used to the feel of a spey rod. Keep at it!

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CFF February Fish-A-Long

This month’s Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, February 25th on the Clackamas River. The location is yet to be determined but will likely be at McIver Park at the lower boat ramp. The wading here is easy and fish have been caught.

What- Winter Steelhead

Where- Clackamas River

When- 8am until lunchtime, Saturday, February 25th

Equipment-

  • Spey or Switch Rod
  • Skagit Line & sink tip(s)
  • 15lb tippet material
  • flies, bright patterns and dark patterns
  • waders & wading staff
  • rain gear
  • warm, layered clothing

Directions- go to McIver Park. Take the 1st left and drive down the hill. There will be a few turn outs—just keep to the left until you reach the lower boat ramp area.

We will have coffee, donuts and lunch. This fish a long will focus on spey casting and swung fly presentations. Questions; email or call Paul Brewer or Dave Kilhefner. Hope to see you there!

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Jan 28th Fish-A-Long Report

Fishing was good, weather was good, camaraderie was good, food was good but the catching was not good. That’s winter steelhead fly fishing!

Thanks to everyone for coming and making this a fun fish-a-long!

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Jim Adams showing us the right way to spey cast & swing the fly slowly across the current. If there was a fish in there, he’d a caught it!

Fly Fishing Outfits for Sale

10 foot 5wt. 4 piece  G. Loomis “Eastfork” rod with a 5/6 G. Loomis “Eastfork” reel loaded with a Rio “Grand” 5wt floating fly line.

This rod is a great all around outfit but is perfect for the Deschutes and lake fishing! Used just a few times. $250 or best offer.

 

9 foot 6 inch 8wt 4 piece G. Loomis Nativerun  “Quinault” rod with a 7/8 “Eastfork” reel loaded with a Rio 8wt multi-tip floating/sinking line.

Really nice all around Steelhead/Salmon outfit. Used once. $275 or best offer.

These rods belong to a friend who took ill shortly after buying these outfits, they are both in new condition. Questions, let me know, thanks, Lane 503-706-7543 or lanehf@comcast.net

January 25 Speaker Joel La Follette

Joel La Follette of Royal Treatment Fly Shop will be CFF’s guest speaker Wednesday, January 25th.

Joel’s presentation is called Oregon Trout Trail; an exploration of Oregon’s native trout species that are a little off the beaten path, inspiring anglers to explore new places and break out of their comfort zone in search of adventure.

It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!

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

http://www.royaltreatmentflyfishing.com/

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Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic

Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic at The Fly Fishing Shop

Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please share the day with us at The Fly Fishing Shop! A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration!

Free Food, Prizes, Programs, & Demonstrations!

Factory reps and fly fishing experts will share their knowledge:

Mark Bachmann—Patty Barnes—Hawkeye Hawkins—Tony Barnes—Bruce Berry—Garry Sandstrom—Brian Silvey—Dick Sagara—Marty Sheppard—Charles St. Pierre—Nick Rowell—Tom Larimer

Planned Presentations & Demonstrations:

9:00 – 9:45 am – Mark Bachmann – Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing from the Beginning 10:00 – 10:45 am – Hawkeye Hawkins – How Spey Components Work Together 11:00 – 11:45 am – Marty Sheppard – Oregon Trout, Bass & Steelhead

11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Free BBQ Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm – Tom Larimer – Modern Trout Spey Fishing 2:00 – 3:00 pmRob Crandall – Winter Spey Strategies

All Day – Fly Tying Demonstrations By Brian Silvey, Bruce Berry, Charles St. Pierre, Hawkeye Hawkins, Nick Rowell Featuring the region’s most experienced steelhead guides tying their favorite winter steelhead flies.

See you there!

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