Recently the board met and discussed the unique status of one of our sponsors. The Fly Fishing Shop and Mark Bachman have been a sponsor and contributor to Clackamas Fly Fishers since our founding 25 years ago. In all that time Mark Bachman and his shop has been a consistent major sponsor of our club with significant donations and also sharing a wealth of knowledge on various fishing subjects from Steelhead to fishing south of the border. He has continued to offer his personal support and advise to help the club be vibrant and has been patient with some hiccups along the way.
In recognition of The Fly Fishing Shop’s unique contribution and support the board created the special sponsor designation of a FOUNDING GOLD SPONSOR for them. The Fly Fishing shop is the only sponsor to have this unique status. On behalf of the club we thank Mark and his team at The Fly Fishing Shop for the long history of support and look forward to continuing this unique relationship.
Ris Bradshaw and myself were the lucky winners of the float trip on the Sandy River donated by the FLY FISHING SHOP in Welches. The trip was guided by Mark Bachmann and he put together a enjoyable trip that took us from Dodge Park to Dabney Park. The river was in good shape and surprisingly with little pressure. Mark put us on some great water, had brimming hot coffee , hot lunch prepared by his wife Patty Barnes, as well as sharing his intimate knowledge of the Sandy River and of course Steelhead fishing.
To top it all off Ris landed two nice Steelhead and I had one on for a few shakes before it waived goodbye. The weather was mixed but all in all very comfortable with the right equipment. No one fell in and we fished hard until late in the afternoon. It was certainly a memorable trip for all of us.
Again, thanks to Mark for donating the trip and for being such a consistently strong supporter of Clackamas Fly Fishers.
This 2017 season the club is sponsoring a new program (Fly Fishing Challenge) to promote Pacific Northwest fisheries and to encourage membership participation in the many fly fishing opportunities this region offers. Every club member is eligible to register at no cost for the Challenge to catch any salmonoid species from (1) a lake, (2) a river, and (3) a stream during the 2017 fishing season, and to notate the catch on a card (received at registration) for submission to the club once the challenge has been fulfilled. Pictures are encouraged if taken without harm to the catch. Participants successfully completing the Challenge will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement and a patch for their vest at the next membership meeting. (More information will be available at the April club meeting.)
The 2017 Sandy River Spey Clave will be here quickly and if you have any interest In Spey fishing then this a must go to event. It is brought to us each year by the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, who is also a long term premiere sponsor of our club. The event will be on Friday 5/12/17 and Saturday 5/13/17 at the Oxbow Park on the Sandy River. It has a large display of rods and reels as well as representatives from the manufacturers who are happy to answer questions and even let you try it on the river. In addition on Friday 5/12/17 expert Spey casters will be giving lessons to set number of people for only $10. What an opportunity if you want to learn to cast or to improve your casting. Do not wait to sign up as participation is limited.
You can find all the details and the schedule of speakers at
DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT.