President’s Message July 2019

Summer is upon us and a reminder that we will not have a meeting in August, so our next general meeting will be in September.

First, regretfully, Tim Mahoney, our current secretary has tendered is resignation because of personal reasons. Tim all of us Thank You for you serving in that role so admirably and the extra contributions you made to the club.

Now we have need of a new secretary and the board would appreciate any member stepping up to take over that role. It mainly involves attendance at board meetings, preparing minutes of the meeting, filing federal and state forms once a year, and coordinating other documents and correspondence. Of course other board members are always available to help for vacations, etc. so one does not have to feel they must be at every meeting. If interested let any board member know.

The last fishing outing to the Justensen Lakes was well attended with about 8 -9 members attending. The weather was great and the fishing was enjoyable . Everyone tied into a few feisty Rainbow trout and all had an enjoyable day.

Next, we are off to Round Lake for our July outing so put that on your calendar. More information to follow.

Our speaker for July is Elke Littleleaf, a guide on Deschutes and other tribal waters. He is going to share with us the fishing opportunities on tribal lands. This a first and should be very interesting.

Remember our sponsors are they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a outing with them.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message March 2019

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As you read we had a dozen members brave the elements and attend the Sandy River fish-a-long. It turned out to be a okay morning with almost everyone spending some time on the water. The company and the lunch were great. Our thanks to Dave and Sheryl Kilhefner for hosting the event. Next we have out sights on the Crooked River in March.

Our Founding Gold Sponsor, Mark Bachmann gave a great presentation on Spey lines and tips to a packed room. He fielded a number of questions and everyone came away with a better understanding of the lines.

In March we will welcome John DeVoe from the Waterwatch organization. John will share information and activities of there efforts to protect our waterways. It should be interesting and informative.

Again, coming up in Albany on 3/8-9/19 is the Northwest Fly Tiers & Fly Fishing Expo at the Linn County Expo Center. Check it out.

Remember our sponsors are they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a outing with them.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message February 2019

We are off and running for a new year. Certainly like to start seeing more rain and not such a cool drier winter. Anyway we can still get out and go fishing.

The last fish-a-long on the Sandy river at Oxbow Park as well attended with about 12 members making the trip. A couple of fish(not saying what kind) were even caught and the lunch was great. Also a number of members assisted others with casting pointers.

We are back on the Sandy this month, but gathering a little farther upriver at Dave Kilhefner’s place. Again we will enjoy a hot lunch and maybe even find a willing Steelhead. More information to follow.

There was a good turnout for our January meeting and the speaker Brian Marz gave an interesting presentation on winter fly fishing opportunities. In addition we had a special silent raffle of a number of items recently donated to the club by the widow of one of our members. We would like to thank Mrs. Wayne Sparks for her generous donation of the fly fishing equipment of her late husband. We will miss Wayne.

The February speaker is our one and only Founding Gold Sponsor, Mark Bachmann from the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon. Mark is an annual speaker and always has a interesting and well prepared presentation. In addition Mark has donated a float trip on the Sandy River and we will be auctioning one seat and having a raffle for the other seat at the meeting. You do not want to miss this one.

There are a couple events coming up one of which is this week and that is the annual Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show 2/6-10/19 at the Expo Center in Portland. Next is the Northwest Fly Tier and Fly Fishing Expo 3/8-9/19 at the Linn County Expo Center, Albany, Oregon.

Remember our sponsors are they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a outing with them.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message January 2019

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Happy 2019. We are off and running for a new year with interesting programs and fun outings. Hope all had a great holidays and spent some time getting your equipment ready for the new year.

We had a great December meeting with and outstanding presentation by Gary Lewis a well known author of many books on fly fishing. He talked about fishing in the Mt Hood area with pointers and information about many lakes and streams. In addition every member in attendance got a little something and a number received gift certificates from out supporting fly shops.

Our speaker this month is Brain Marz and he will share his knowledge of winter fishing opportunities. It should be a very informative presentation.

We will also be kicking off the year with our first fish-a-long at Oxbow park on the Sandy River. We will be swinging flies for Steelhead while polishing our Spey casting skills. More information to come.

The Fly Fishing Challenge will continue for another year and Brad Jonasson has the following updates for us.

1.  There will be a random drawing for an additional award for those who completed the 2018 Challenge, but the member must be present to win the prize, and

2.  The criteria for the 2019 Challenge will be announced and early birds may sign up immediately.  The 2018 and 2017 Challenges will not be repeated in 2019.

Be sure to attend our January meeting to get the new challenge information and participate in the drawing.

Remember our sponsors are they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a outing with them.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message December 2018

Wow the year is almost over. Happy Holidays from the board to you and your families.  It has been a different year with a tougher year for the Salmon and Steelhead returns, but other fisheries faired better.

Our November speaker, Jeff Morgan,  gave a great presentation on Winter Trout fishing.  He shared locations and techniques as well as some unique flies he had developed for winter fishing.  A lot notes were taken by many attendees.

This month we welcome back Gary Lewis a well known Northwest author on both hunting and fishing. Gary will share with us information on fishing in the Mt Hood area.  Gary will give us and entertaining and informative presentation so do not miss this one.

Don’t forget that every member who attends will receive a gift from Santa Phil.

We will not have a fish-a-long in December because of Christmas holidays.  We will begin again in January on the Sandy River  so stay tuned for more information.

Just another reminder that on Saturday 12/8/18 is the annual Metal Head Christmas party on the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon. This is fun and educational so take some time to check it out.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

President’s Message November 2018

 

The holidays are fast approaching as is some opportunities for some fun fishing.  With the rain you can target Searun Cutthroat Trout, Chum, and maybe a early Steelhead.

Our October speaker was Scott Richmond, who talked about his Magic Fly box. It was a combination of wet and dry flies that work for many different types of water and conditions. It was interesting and entertaining for those who attended.

This month we welcome Jeff Morgan who will be speaking on Winter Fly Fishing.  As we will soon facing winter this should be a timely topic so make a note to attend.

The fish-a-long at Pine Hollow Reservoir was well attended and everyone caught fish.  To top it off it was a calm sunny day which made it even more enjoyable for the six members who attended on Saturday. In fact a few even fished on Sunday as it was productive.

Of course the next fish-a-long is for Chum Salmon on the Kilchis River.  We are looking at Saturday 11/10/18  to give it a try, conditions permitting.  Lane Hoffman will be hosting this event and he is always available to help in technique, rigging, and may have a few flies to share.  It is a fun day so do not miss it.

Coming up on 12/18/18 is our December meeting where we have a gift for everyone who attends as well as great program so mark it on your calendar.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message October 2018

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We are off and running after our summer break.  First, I would like to acknowledge a member who volunteered to take over the role of Membership Director. Please join me in welcoming Gregg O’Brien  as our new board member responsible for the development and managing our membership.  Gregg has already working with Red Smith to make this a smooth transition.  Catch him at an upcoming meeting and give him a pat on the back for stepping up.  Thanks Gregg!!!

Our speaker last month was Frank Day from the Fly Fishing Shop, our one and only Founding Gold Sponsor, who spoke to us on fishing Mount Hood waters.   He covered trout fishing in the streams in and around the Sandy River with information on access, species, flies, and equipment.  Saw many members taking notes and asking many questions.  A good alternative fishery close to the metro.

Next we welcome Scott Richmond to share with us his Magic Fly Box.  Scott is well renowned in the Northwest fly fishing scene with a number on reference books on the Deschutes, a novel set on the river and of course the creation and management of Westfly, an informative fly fishing website.  You do no want to miss his presentation.

The September fish-a-ling on the Deschutes River was not very well attended.  Those that did attend reported fun trout fishing even though Steelhead fishing was slow. In addition Dave Kilhefner’s wife Cheryl made a great spaghetti lunch for the attendees.   Thank You Cheryl.

This month we are planning to go to Timothy Lake for trout.  More information will be coming soon so mark your calendar for Saturday 10/20/18.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message September 2018

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What a quick summer and we are back in the swing of things at the club.  Many of you have been traveling, fishing, and enjoying time with family since our last meeting, but it is time to get things rolling.

We welcome a new speaker this month in Frank Day from the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches. Frank will be sharing some secrets on fishing Mt. Hood waters. This should be an interesting and informative presentation.

Our fish-a-long will find on the Deschutes for Steelhead. If you have not been on the river since the summer fires you will find a very different landscape. More details will follow.

Also, we really need some people to step up as our Membership Director will be retiring from his position on 12/31/18.  It does not take a lot of time and gives one the opportunity to be involved with the workings of the club.  Please, let myself or any member of the board know if your interested.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

President’s Message July 2018

 

Summer is upon us and things will be winding down for the club over the summer.  We will not be having a general meeting in August and no fly tying in July and August.  Many of you will be busy with family and vacations, but do try and include some fishing activities.

Our speaker in June was Nick Wheeler from the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn.  Nick, a self proclaimed Shad junkie, gave a great presentation on fishing for Shad in the Willamette and Columbia.  He covered flies, gear, technique and locations to pursue these fish.  The runs are gigantic and there is limited bank access to go after them . Many in the club will be going after them this year and most certainly next year.

We  will not have a speaker at our July meeting as it scheduled to be a swap meet. Check around the place and come prepared to make some deals.

You can recall I mentioned that our Membership Director will be retiring at the end of this year. No one has responded to date and it would be great to have someone  volunteer as they could work with Red for a few months to get a feel for the position. It really does not take a lot of time and it is a key role in the club.  Please let someone on the board know it you are interested.

The July fish-a-long is in the works and more will be forthcoming.  We are a volunteer group and sometimes schedules prevent our fish-a-long director from hosting the event as what happen in June.  Again, please step up and help if you possibly can as hosting an event is not that big a deal.

Again there will be no meetings in August.  The board wishes you and your family a enjoyable summer.  We will see you in September.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message June 2018

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Fishing has been pretty good on the Deschutes as well as many other waters in the Northwest.  Hopefully you have an opportunity to get out and have some quality time on a river or lake.  If not then get out there as soon as you can.

An important item is a retirement from our board of directors. Red Smith has served as our Membership Director for almost 15 years and he has informed the board that he will be stepping down on 12/31/18.  We will miss Red on the board and on behalf of the club we extend our Thanks for his many years of service.

We need a replacement for Red Smith as soon as practical so the person can work with Red over the next few months to get invaluable knowledge and incite about the position. It does not take a lot of time so please consider letting Red or any member of the board if your interested.

Our last month speaker was Randy Clark and he gave an interesting presentation on fishing for Sea Perch on the Oregon coast.  The flies were pretty basic, but you did need a stripping basket and  some  saltwater tolerate gear. As our fisheries change it may be a species work looking into. Next he discussed fishing for Tiger Muskie in a few lakes in the Northwest that holds these monsters.  They get quite large and are a wary adversary.  It was a very interesting evening.

The speaker for June is Nick Wheeler of the Royal Treatment Fly Shop. Many of you know Nick from the shop and he will be speaking on flies and techniques of fishing for Shad. We have very significant numbers of Shad that return to the Willamette and Columbia systems and they are a fun to catch during late May and early June.  Nick will share his knowledge on pursuing one of his favorite fisheries.

The last fish-a-long was at Rocky Ridge Ranch and as you saw on the blog it was a good day for everyone. The food and company was outstanding and the fishing, although, a little challenging was good.  The lakes are always and enjoyable outing.

For June we are considering fishing a lake in the Cascades as they give us good flexibility of people and a good chance of participates success. More information will be coming shortly on the particulars of  the event.

The Sandy River Spey Clave went off without a hitch with good instruction on Friday, presentations on Saturday and Sunday plus  great support from a number of manufacturers.  Many people were constantly trying equipment, listening to speakers and enjoying the good food provided for the event.  Mark Bachmann and the entire crew at The Fly Fishing Shop are to be congratulated for a well run program.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support.  Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

 

Gil Henderson