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.
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!!!!!!!
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.)