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.)

2017 Sandy River Spey Clave

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

http://flyfishusa.com/

DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT.

President’s Message March 2017

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The rivers are getting into fishable shape more often as the days of winter wane. Of course we all hope that the fish will take the opportunity to start getting aggressive and tug or hit a fly. Be aware that we have an great snow pack which could mean some higher water in many of our rivers this spring.  We will be adjusting some fish-a-longs to reflect water conditions.

Our February speaker was Mark Bachmann, owner of the Fly Fishing Shop, and he gave us a very interesting program on the history of the Sandy River. He tied in some great pictures of Steelhead, Chinook, and Trout that were caught in that river. It was a really interesting program.  Mark has been the longest supporter of our club and we appreciate his continue interest and support.

The speaker for March will be from the Deschutes River Alliance and we will get an update on their efforts to protect this river. All of us who have fished the river for a number of years have experienced the changes and many of those seem to have had a negative impact on the fish. This should be an interesting update.

Wow, as you read we had a great fish-a-long at McIver Park on the Clackamas River. We were targeting Steelhead and although no fish were caught all was not lost as some members assisted other members who were new to Spey casting. In addition a nice lunch of hot dogs and chili topped off an pleasant day.

This month if conditions allow we will again try for Steelhead by going back to Dave Kilhefner place on the Sandy River.  It will be on Saturday 3/25/17 and more details will follow.

As mentioned at the last meeting The Fly Fishing Shop has donated a Deschutes Steelhead trip for four members. It will be after 10/15/17 and will cover water below Mack’s Canyon for two days of fishing.   It is absolutely a lights out opportunity for some members to have a great fishing experience with one of Oregon’s premier Steelhead guides, Mark Bachmann.  More details will follow as we plan to auction a seat a month.

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 February 2017

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Wow, what a year we are having with all the snow and ice, which has really made getting around a challenge not to mention fishing. There have been some areas that have produced opportunities such as the coastal rivers. Still getting there can be a challenge.

Even with the poor weather we were able to reschedule our January meeting and our speaker Joel La Follette, Royal Treatment Fly Shop,  was able to join us the next week. Many of you made the adjustment and enjoyed is program on the Trout Trail. He had many great pictures and some very interesting information on his ancestry. His parting words was to get out and explore new places and new fishing opportunities.

This month we will be welcoming Mark Bachmann, The Fly Fishing Shop, located in Welches Oregon. Mark is our longest and one of strongest supporters of our club as he continues to demonstrate each year. As in the past he will be donating a guided fishing trip for two members on the Sandy River. In addition he has donated a two day trip for four members in his Steelhead camp on the Deschutes River. What an incredible value for the club.  Thank you Mark!!!!

You saw a brief recap of the Sandy fish-a-long hosted by Dave Kilhefner. Although no Steelhead were caught, the ten members who attended had a great time and gained some techniques they can utilize later. This month we will again try for Steelhead on the Clackamas river. More information to follow.

Please, welcome to the board Paul Brewer as our new Fish-a-Long Director.  If you have suggestions or ideas about our fish-a-longs please let Paul know.  Give Paul a thank you for stepping forward to assume this role.

He is replacing Lane Hoffman who has had that role for a number of years not to mention the other roles he has served including President.  We all owe Lane a resounding word of Thanks for all the contributions he has made to the club.

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