President’s Message December 2017

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Happy Holidays from myself and the board.  We wish you and yours  a great holiday season including a chance to get out and fish before the end of the year.  Darn it will be soon be the time to renew our fishing license for another year.  This sure seemed to go by quickly.

As you saw on the blog we had a great fish-a-long on the Kilchis River for Chum Salmon. Weather was good as were the water conditions so the fish were there and everyone had some action.  Be sure to try and get down next year during the season and fish for these as they are fun to catch.  The best time is after a good rain has brought the river up and it has dropped to a fish able level.

We will not be having a fish-a-long in December, but we will have our annual Christmas meeting with a gift for everyone member who attends the meeting.  Our speaker this month is Michole Jensen and he will share with us the techniques of kayak fishing.  This should be an interesting topic to explore.

Last month Jeff Morgan share his insights in fishing the myriad of lakes and streams in our Cascade range. It was very informative as well as entertaining as there is a whole world of Trout fishing many of us have not explored.

The board is already planning for next year and if you do have any suggestions please let a board member know.  We are always interested in ideas and activities that will make the club more interesting and fun.

Remember our sponsors by visiting their shops when you are in their area. Stop in and purchase something, book a trip, or just say hello and thank them for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Message November 2017

Wow it is almost Thanksgiving and the fishing year slipped by much to quickly. Hoping that you had the chance to get out and chase some fish.  Speaking of fish, we are out to chase the Chum Salmon on the Kilchis River this Saturday 11/11/17. A post is on the site with all the details and weather cooperating we will have good conditions.  If you have not made this outing do so as it can be a lot of fun.

Our speaker in October, Kevin Erickson, gave a great presentation on the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies.  They are quite complicated to tie and frankly seemed to beautiful to actually fish.  It was interesting and maybe one of our members will give tying one a them a shot in the future.

Our November speaker is Jeff Morgan, who will sharing information on fishing the Cascades.  This should be great as these waters are in our back yard and it would be great to know more about them.  Do not miss this one.

As a reminder we will not have a fish-a-long in December, but will have our annual Holiday meeting.  Everyone attending will go home with something  from the club. More details to come.

Remember our sponsors by visiting their shops when you are in their area. Stop in and purchase something, book a trip, or just say hello and thank them for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

Fly Fishing Shop’s Deschutes Camp

On October 7, 2017 four lucky Clackamas Fly Fishers members enjoyed a three day Steelhead camp donated by The Fly Fishing Shop. Meeting Mark Bachman and Patty Barnes at Max Canyon at about 1 PM Bob Blount( and his brother), Andrew Beldin, Mike Schneider,  and Richard Harms headed down river to the camp. They then spent the next 2 days being moved from one good body of water to another in pursuit of Steelhead. Mark and Patty run a first class camp with great food, lodging and a fun atmosphere.

All the members had nothing but accolades about the camp and the hospitality shown to them by Mark and Patty.  Mark worked hard to find fish for them and although they also worked hard fishing they were not successful in hooking up with a Steelhead. Bob’s brother did hook up on the last day of the trip.

What can we say to Mark and Patty at The Fly Fishing Shop for donating such a fabulous trip to the club.  They have the unique distinction of being our only Founding Gold Sponsor and this donation just underlines their support of our club.  Please, be sure and stop by the shop to acknowledge them for their wonderful support. Better yet purchase something or book a trip with them.  They have a lot of options available for us and we should not hesitate to take advantage of them.   THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS GREAT TRIP!!!!!!!

Gil Henderson

President’s Message October 2017

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A number of opportunities are out there for us to get out and fish.  We have trout in many of lakes and streams as well as Steelhead in the Deschutes and other Columbia tributaries. Do not forget the coastal streams which are now starting to see Sea Run Cutthroat Trout as well as Chinook and Coho.  These are just a few so get out there and wet a line.

Our last speaker was Jim Colthrust, a founding member, who spoke to us on fishing for Permit in Xcalak, Mexico. He shared a number of videos to show the features of this fishery which he has enjoyed for a number of years. It was an entertaining and informative program. Our thanks to Jim.

This month we welcome Kevin Erickson who will sharing with us techniques in fly tying. This will be a different program, but as we have a number of tiers at all levels it should be very informative. I encourage you to attend.

The September fish-a-long journeyed to the John Day River for Smallmouth Bass. It was well attended and everyone caught fish albeit most were of the smaller size although a few big ones were landed.  Cottonwood Canyon State Park is a beautiful spot and all had an enjoyable day.

Next we will be on the Deschutes River for Steelhead. The date is Saturday October 21st and  more details will be coming soon.  Although the overall numbers of returning Steelhead are down, there has been increased numbers tagged at the falls so fish are now getting distributed throughout the river. Make this one.

The November fish-a-long will be before our November meeting as we are targeting Chum Salmon on the Kilchis River. The date is Saturday November 11, 2017 which is the last weekend before the fishery closes on November 15,2017.  Mark your calendars as this is a fun day conditions permitting as weather may be a factor. Keep a look out for more details as the we get nearer to the date.

Remember our sponsors by visiting their shops when you are in their area. Stop in and purchase something, book a trip, or just say hello and thank them for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

President’s Message September 2017

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Greetings!!  With all the things going on this year it seems like forever since a President’s Message was prepared for you. It has be a busy summer and now we are seeing it come to an end, although the weather is still holding on to summer.  Hope you all had a chance to get out and fish and enjoy our great outdoors.

Now  we are starting to see our fall fish return to the rivers and although the expected  returns are not as strong as years pass you still have a chance of connecting with a Steelhead  or even a Chinook.

After our month off we are now getting down to business for the remainder of the year.  We have a good list of speakers coming up and to start the line up is a founding member, Jim Coulthrust.  He will be speaking on Fishing in Xcalak, Mexico. He has been doing it for years and spends a lot of his time pursuing fish in this area. It should be interesting and informative.

Of course we will be having a September fish-a-long and this year it should be fun and different as we plan to go after small mouth bass on the John Day River.  More information will follow on location, flies, etc. so mark you calendars for 9/23/17.

Please, welcome Dave Pelgorsch as our new Director of Technology.  He joins to board to assist in our various technology issues and we are looking forward to working with him in the upcoming months.  Next time you see him be sure to thank him for his willingness to assist the club in this important area.

As posted on the blog, this Sunday 9/10/17 is the 15th annual Clackamas River Cleanup.  It is a great event and your efforts are rewarded with a BBQ after the event.  Please register per the message on the blog.   Hope you can help out.

Remember our sponsors who make a lot of things happen for us with their continued support.  Drop into their shops and say thanks or better yet buy  something or book a trip.

Gil

 

 

 

The Fly Fishing Shop–Founding Gold Sponsor

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.

President’s Message June 2017

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Things are looking up out there with more sunshine and less rain, The rivers are slowly getting into fishable shape, but we may a f ew more weeks of strong run off in many streams.  Still there are more and more opportunities to wet a line so do get out there.  I think the big bugs are starting to get active on the Deschutes so that might be a good option right now.

We had a surprise speaker in May with our own Dave Kilhefner giving us a program of practical fishing tips.  He later sent a copy of his presentation to everyone so take a little time to review it.

The next speaker is Jason Osborn who hangs his hat at Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters. Jason is also a guide and will spend some time relating his knowledge of fishing even covering some of his haunts in southern Washington.  Expect a informative program.

The last fish-a-long at Rocky Ridge Ranch  was well attended with ten members showing up to test there skills. It was a gorgeous day and everyone tied into some fish. Of course our fish-a-long director, Paul Brewer, served up a great lunch.

In light of the river flow we are going to a lake in June. The date is 6/24/17 and it will be at Lawrence Lake which is on the northeast side of Mt Hood. The lake is in a beautiful location and should provide us with some good fishing.  Make a note of this one your calendar and more information will be forthcoming.

Made the journey out to the Sandy River Spey Clave and ran into a few of our members.  Listened to a few speakers and checked out some of the gear. This is must go to event if you have any interest in spey fishing.  It will be back in 2018 so keep a look out on the Fly Fishing Shop website for more information.

Remember our sponsors by visiting their shops when you are in their area. Stop in and purchase something, book a trip, or just say hello and thank them for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

President’s Message May 2017

It is time to really get out their and hit the water things are starting to look up.  The weather is starting to cooperate and streams are slowly getting into shape. More fun to come.

Our April speaker was John Smeraglio, owner of the Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop, who gave us great information on spring Trout fishing on the Deschutes. Things are a little different this year with water levels being high and the temperature cooler, but fish can still be  caught. The Salmon Fly hatch is just around the corner, but may be later than the last couple of years.

Our scheduled speaker for May had a last minute opportunity to fish in Baha, Mexico. No sane person would turn this down so Dave Kilhefner will be filling in to share some ideas, techniques and insights to fish our local waters and beyond.

The last fish-a-long was at them Oregon Fishing club’s  Rainier Lakes and from the report it looked as if all had a good time. Some nice fish were held up for the camera.

The next fish-a-long will be on 5/20/17 at the Rocky Ridge Lakes.  This is usually a great outing with everyone catching and releasing some gorgeous Trout.   Make sure you attend this event as it can be great fun.  More information is on the blog.

Coming up very quickly is the Sandy River Spey Clave at  Oxbow park.  It is put on by The Fly Fishing Shop ,Welches Oregon, and gathers a great list of presenters to assist in improving your Spey fishing. In addition representatives from equipment manufacturers are present with the latest in gear.  It is on Saturday 5/12-13/17 so make a point to attend.  More information available at flyfishusa.com

Remember our sponsors by visiting their shops when you are in their area. Stop in and purchase something, book a trip, or just say hello and thank them for their support.

Gil Henderson

Great Day on the Sandy-April 10, 2017

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.

CFF Fly Fishing Challenge

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.)