American Shad are called the little tarpon of the Columbia River. This silver-sided finned friend is one of the most underrated game fish of the Pacific Northwest. With returns in the millions and eager to eat a swung fly what’s not to like?
Nick’s presentation will include a brief history of this patriotic fish, explain how it got to the west coast, and go through recommended tackle, techniques, and potential spots to catch these fish. American Shad are known for putting up a fierce fight and do not give up easily. Be careful, like popcorn, these fish can be addictive and will keep you coming back for more.
Nick Wheeler has been fly fishing for Shad for over 15 years and working in the fishing industry just as long. Growing up in Northern California on the banks of the Russian River chasing Steelhead and Shad had been his favorite pastime. Living just feet away from the best Shad run on the Russian he was lucky enough to spend most days of the season on the water. Now living in Vancouver Washington and working at Royal Treatment in West Linn Oregon, he spends his time targeting as many species as possible (trout, salmon, steelhead and even carp), but every year he still devotes the entire month of June to chasing American Shad.
Rick Hafele will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, April 17th.
Rick’s presentation will be on the Four Seasons of Fly Fishing. Additionally, he will bring us up to speed on the recent developments on the lower Deschutes River. It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!
Todd Alsbury of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, March 20th.
Todd’s presentation will briefly cover Bull trout reintroduction, high lake trout stocking, sea lion predation, and Christmas tree placement. Then he’ll discuss the population status of fish runs in the Sandy, Clackamas, and Molalla rivers. He will also give out some secrets on how to catch more winter steelhead in local rivers.
Mark Bachmann of The Fly Fishing Shop will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, February 20th.
Mark’s presentation will be on growing trend of Trout Spey Fishing: Learn about the flies, tackle and techniques used in Spey Rod fishing for Western Trout. It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!
Nick Rowell of Anadromous Anglers will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, January 16th.
Nick guides for Steelhead on our own Clackamas River and is the Clackamas River Steward for the Native Fish Society. He is also a master fly tier and is regularly featured at both Royal Treatment and The Fly Fishing Shop. His presentation will be on Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing. It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!
His fly fishing pursuits have taken him to Alaska, New Zealand, British Columbia, Hawaii and beyond. He has caught a variety of fish on the fly from sharks to bullhead catfish.
Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing sports and fly fishing from a kayak continues to follow along with that popularity. Kayaks represent a new element of fly fishing that has as many opportunities as there is water to fish.
Michole has caught steelhead, sturgeon, trout, bass and panfish from the kayak. His presentation on Kayak Fly fishing will both entertain and inform!
Kevin W. Erickson is a hopeless lifelong fly-fishing junkie!
From his first job working at the Greased Line Fly Shoppe in Vancouver, Washington in the ’80’s, then Kaufmann’s Streamborn, Inc for over 15 years, to the present he has traveled the world fishing extensively in both fresh and saltwater. He’s taught literally thousands of people how to cast, fish and tie flies.
His recent book “Feather Craft – The Amazing Birds and Feathers Used in Classic Salmon Flies” was just released by Stackpole Books. Over 40 years in the making, it’s receiving rave reviews. See what it is all about at his website: http://www.feathercraftbook.com./
This will be an interesting presentation you won’t want to miss!