October 21st Fish-A-Long

This months Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday October 21st on the Deschutes River in Maupin.

The plan: meet at Paul Brewer’s place in Maupin between 8am and 9am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. We will then hit the river! Most likely we will travel down river to the area of Beavertail. There is ample parking and a nice area to fish.

Please email ponzdog@icloud.com if you plan to attend so we can get you a map to Paul’s place and also so we can get a head count.

Gear: 4 to 6wt rods with matching reel & floating lines. Indicator nymphing rigs with small glo- bugs and/or standard nymphs like Pheasant Tails and Hair’s ears. Swinging for steelhead is a possibility too but reports indicate steelhead fishing has been really slow. Waders with felt or cleated boots and layered clothing (can be cool in the morning).

Lunch: The club will provide lunch. Come to the meeting on the 16th to find out more.

This is a great time to fish the Deschutes River for trout as they will be concentrated below schools of spawning salmon and fishing can be excellent! This is also a great fish along to make an overnight trip.  There are many campgrounds and I may host dinner as well.  If interested in staying in Maupin come to the meeting on the 17th so we can measure the interest.

Questions: E-mail Paul at ponzdog@icloud.com

October 17th Speaker – Kevin Erickson

Kevin W. Erickson is a hopeless lifelong fly-fishing junkie!

From his first job working at the Greased Line Fly Shoppe in Vancouver, Washington in the ’80’s, then Kaufmann’s Streamborn, Inc for over 15 years, to the present he has traveled the world fishing extensively in both fresh and saltwater. He’s taught literally thousands of people how to cast, fish and tie flies.

His recent book “Feather Craft – The Amazing Birds and Feathers Used in Classic Salmon Flies” was just released by Stackpole Books. Over 40 years in the making, it’s receiving rave reviews. See what it is all about at his website: http://www.feathercraftbook.com./

This will be an interesting presentation you won’t want to miss!

Cottonwood Canyon Fish-A-Long Report

Thanks to everyone who made it over to Cottonwood Canyon, it was a long drive! The John Day River Canyon is inconveniently located but the scenery, the good weather and the large numbers of willing smallmouth made the trip worthwhile.

We met at 8:30am in the parking lot. A couple folks decided to camp at the park, which given the 3 hour drive makes a lot of sense.  We had perfect fall weather with clear skies and a light breeze. It was a little crisp in the morning but by 10:30 it was time to stow the vest in the daypack and keep fishing.

The water was very clear and warm enough for wet wading, which was good because it was too warm to wear waders. The recent big rainstorm increased the water flow from the fall average of 125 cfs to 275 cfs. Even so, it was still easy to wade across the river and the shallow spots were only knee deep.

Paul and I worked our way upstream a couple of miles—you can go downstream too. There is a dirt road that follows the river. It seemed like a good place for mountain bikes, but they are not allowed; foot traffic only. At the end of the day I had logged 7 miles on my pedometer.

Everyone caught fish today. Most of the fish were small in the 5-7” range but a few larger bass in the 12” range were taken.

I did not get a chance to talk to everyone but Paul  and I did well on White Devils and dark Woolly Buggers. We tried some Chubby Chernobyl’s on top and had a few half- hearted strikes so we stuck with subsurface patterns most of the day. Paul was doing well in working downstream in front of me so to be different I tried indicator nymph tactics with a size 6 Red Fox Squirrel Nymph and did well.

This was another fun Fish-A-Long. Given the length of the drive we’d like to get some feedback to see if we should have another Fish-A-Long this far away or not. Please get hold of Paul ponzdog@icloud.com or Dave dave@kbi-ins.com with your comments.

Here is a link to more pictures of this trip and a few others: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24785213

Fish-a-long Update

Due to the closure of I-84 we WILL NOT be meeting in Troutdale to carpool.

The drive is about 3 hours no matter what way you go. (Up the Washington side, or over the mountain to Hood River).

I plan to be at the gravel parking area at Cottonwood Canyon on the right just as you go under the bridge to enter the park around 8:00. I expect that most will not get there until around 9:00 or so.

When you get to I-84 go east and get off at the Biggs exit.
Go South on US-97 for about 8.5 miles then take exit to OR-26 south
Follow US-26 for about 14 miles until you get to the park.
If you cross the river you just passed the park entrance

Hope to see you there.

Paul

September 23rd Fish-A-Long

This month’s Fish-A-Long will be on the John Day River at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. The John Day is one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries west of the Mississippi. It is possible to catch 75 or more fish in a day; these fish average 8-12 inches.

It’s a very beautiful area to hike and explore. In the fall, the water is low and easily fished from the bank.

When- 8am Saturday September 23rd. Meet in Troutdale at a yet to be determined location and carpool to Cottonwood Canyon State Park. It’s about a 3hr drive from Troutdale.

Where- Cottonwood Canyon State Park http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=195

Equipment
– 4 to 6wt rods with matching reel
– floating fly line
– sturdy footwear for walking over rocks
– rain gear, layered clothing, rain is unlikely but it is Oregon
– flies: surface poppers, muddlers, woolly buggers.

Come to Tuesday’s meeting to see sample flies and get more details. There are no services close so its suggested you bring a lunch and something to drink. Email ponzdog@icloud.com with questions.

September 19 Speaker – Jim Coulthurst

Jim “Doc” Coulthurst will be the CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, September 19th. Doc is a long time CFF member who now spends much of his time in Xcalac, Mexico. Xcalac is pronouced “ish-ka-kak.”

Doc’s presentation will be on fly fishing his home waters of Xcalac, the home of Baby Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit.

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

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