President’s Message March 2018

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What a surprise we have had at the end of February with the arrival of cooler weather and a mix of snow and rain. It has made fishing a little challenging, but as spring quickly approaches things should change.

The weather was little unsettled last month, but we still had our meeting and Mark Bachmann, of the Fly Fishing Shop our only Gold Founding Sponsor,  gave a great presentation on fishing for Trout with a Spey rod. He reviewed the equipment, techniques, water and flies to attract the big ones that hang out in the middle of the river.  As usual it was an informative and enjoyable presentation.

This month we welcome Todd Alsbury from Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife. Todd is from the North Willamette Watershed District and will bring us up to date on the activities in the district as well as the status of our various species of fish.  Todd always brings an informative program so do not miss it.

As you know we had to cancel the February fish-a-long because of inclement weather. That should not be a problem this month as we are heading over to the Crooked River in pursuit of Trout.  There is a possibility of high water so be alert for any updates as the trip approaches.

Do not forget fly tying on fourth Wednesday of most months. Look for the notice each month as to time, location, and type of fly that will be tied.

Coming up is the N W Fly Tying Expo on 3/9-10/18 in Albany Oregon. It will host large number of fly tiers and fly fishing vendors. In addition they have programs and lessons you can sign up for online.  Check it out.

In addition the annual Sandy River Spey Clave is coming on 5/18-20/18 at Oxbow Park. It is a annual event brought to us by the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon. Lessons are available on Friday afternoon at a very reasonable cost. Go to the website at to sign up. If you have any interest in beginning or improving your spey casting you do not want to miss this event.

Our sponsors are our lifeblood so stop by and say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip with them.

Gil Henderson


President’s Message February 2018


We have a great month coming up with a well known speaker and a fun fish-a-long.  Notwithstanding that we just finished a great fish-a-long on the Sandy River with at least 12 people attending.

First, I would like to Thank our member Ron Lauzon for arranging the site and then assisting further by sharing his casting expertise with members. Also, a Thank You Dave Kilhefner and his wife were gracious  hosts providing a delicious lunch for the attendees.  Everyone who attended it complimented the event.

Last month our speaker was Nick Rowell who spoke to us on winter Steelhead fishing. Nick had a great presentation with many practical ideas about how to you be a success in catching these wily creatures.

This month it is exciting to welcome our one and only Founding Gold Sponsor, Mark Bachmann, owner of the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Oregon. In addition Mark is an accomplished guide, fly tyer, and author who will be sharing with us a new topic.  He will be speaking on Trout Spey Fishing which should be of interest to about everyone who enjoys Trout fishing. It will be interesting to be exposed to another way to fish for them successfully.  Do not miss this presentation.

As it is now Steelhead season our major door prize will be a seat on Mark’s drift boat for a float trip on the Sandy River. This always a fun trip and some lucky person will join the winner of our online auction on the trip.  Good Luck!!!

A couple of events that are coming up shortly. First the Fly Fishing Film tour will be at the Aladdin Theater on 2/10/18. Tickets are available at Royal Treatment Fly Shop and Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters as well as online at the Fly Fishing Film Tour.  We also have a fly tying event at the Fly Fishing Shop on Saturday 2/10/18 where they will be concentrating on tying Streamer patterns. Next the Sportmen’s Show on 2/7-11/18 at the Portland Expo Center which does have some fly fishing exhibits and programs. Finally, the N W Fly Tyer & Fishing Expo will be coming up on March/9-10/18 in Albany Oregon. It hosts a large number of fly tyers as well as equipment vendors, instructors for casting and techniques.

Remember our sponsors as they allow us to bring you our activities and speakers.  Drop in a say hi, better yet buy something or book a trip with them as they appreciate our support.


Gil Henderson


President’s Message January 2018

Happy New Year !!!!  We are off and running for a new year with great programs, fish-a-longs and raffles. We encourage everyone to get involved and participate as much as you can as it makes the club much more  fun.

The December meeting was fun for all as Phil was in great form handing out gifts to many members. The speaker was interesting with a presentation on kayak fishing. Of course we had no fish-a-long last month nor fly tying because of the holidays.

Not so this month as we start the year with our speaker Nick Rowell, a local guide, who will share some techniques about winter Steelhead fishing. We are right in the heart of that season so his remarks should be very helpful.

The fish-a-long will be  chasing Steelhead on the Sandy River at Oxbow park.  Ron Lauzon, a new member and certified fly casting instructor, will be on hand to give some pointers on single hand and double hand casting. Members can range up and down the park to find spots to chase Steelhead and polish their skills. Lunch will be served.

Remember Fly Tying on the fourth Wednesday of the month. More information to follow.

Check on the Fly Fishing Shop (Gold Founding Sponsor)  for information on the Three Days of Modern Spey Fly Investigation  involving  winter Steelhead flies and Trout flies. In short Mark Bachmann will quarterback a field of guides and tiers to instruct everyone on tying some the most effective patterns. The dates are 1/13/18, 2/10/18 and 3/17/18.  A great way to spend a Saturday.

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 December 2017


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


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


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.





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


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