President’s Message December 2018

Wow the year is almost over. Happy Holidays from the board to you and your families.  It has been a different year with a tougher year for the Salmon and Steelhead returns, but other fisheries faired better.

Our November speaker, Jeff Morgan,  gave a great presentation on Winter Trout fishing.  He shared locations and techniques as well as some unique flies he had developed for winter fishing.  A lot notes were taken by many attendees.

This month we welcome back Gary Lewis a well known Northwest author on both hunting and fishing. Gary will share with us information on fishing in the Mt Hood area.  Gary will give us and entertaining and informative presentation so do not miss this one.

Don’t forget that every member who attends will receive a gift from Santa Phil.

We will not have a fish-a-long in December because of Christmas holidays.  We will begin again in January on the Sandy River  so stay tuned for more information.

Just another reminder that on Saturday 12/8/18 is the annual Metal Head Christmas party on the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon. This is fun and educational so take some time to check it out.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

President’s Message November 2018

 

The holidays are fast approaching as is some opportunities for some fun fishing.  With the rain you can target Searun Cutthroat Trout, Chum, and maybe a early Steelhead.

Our October speaker was Scott Richmond, who talked about his Magic Fly box. It was a combination of wet and dry flies that work for many different types of water and conditions. It was interesting and entertaining for those who attended.

This month we welcome Jeff Morgan who will be speaking on Winter Fly Fishing.  As we will soon facing winter this should be a timely topic so make a note to attend.

The fish-a-long at Pine Hollow Reservoir was well attended and everyone caught fish.  To top it off it was a calm sunny day which made it even more enjoyable for the six members who attended on Saturday. In fact a few even fished on Sunday as it was productive.

Of course the next fish-a-long is for Chum Salmon on the Kilchis River.  We are looking at Saturday 11/10/18  to give it a try, conditions permitting.  Lane Hoffman will be hosting this event and he is always available to help in technique, rigging, and may have a few flies to share.  It is a fun day so do not miss it.

Coming up on 12/18/18 is our December meeting where we have a gift for everyone who attends as well as great program so mark it on your calendar.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message October 2018

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We are off and running after our summer break.  First, I would like to acknowledge a member who volunteered to take over the role of Membership Director. Please join me in welcoming Gregg O’Brien  as our new board member responsible for the development and managing our membership.  Gregg has already working with Red Smith to make this a smooth transition.  Catch him at an upcoming meeting and give him a pat on the back for stepping up.  Thanks Gregg!!!

Our speaker last month was Frank Day from the Fly Fishing Shop, our one and only Founding Gold Sponsor, who spoke to us on fishing Mount Hood waters.   He covered trout fishing in the streams in and around the Sandy River with information on access, species, flies, and equipment.  Saw many members taking notes and asking many questions.  A good alternative fishery close to the metro.

Next we welcome Scott Richmond to share with us his Magic Fly Box.  Scott is well renowned in the Northwest fly fishing scene with a number on reference books on the Deschutes, a novel set on the river and of course the creation and management of Westfly, an informative fly fishing website.  You do no want to miss his presentation.

The September fish-a-ling on the Deschutes River was not very well attended.  Those that did attend reported fun trout fishing even though Steelhead fishing was slow. In addition Dave Kilhefner’s wife Cheryl made a great spaghetti lunch for the attendees.   Thank You Cheryl.

This month we are planning to go to Timothy Lake for trout.  More information will be coming soon so mark your calendar for Saturday 10/20/18.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message September 2018

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What a quick summer and we are back in the swing of things at the club.  Many of you have been traveling, fishing, and enjoying time with family since our last meeting, but it is time to get things rolling.

We welcome a new speaker this month in Frank Day from the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches. Frank will be sharing some secrets on fishing Mt. Hood waters. This should be an interesting and informative presentation.

Our fish-a-long will find on the Deschutes for Steelhead. If you have not been on the river since the summer fires you will find a very different landscape. More details will follow.

Also, we really need some people to step up as our Membership Director will be retiring from his position on 12/31/18.  It does not take a lot of time and gives one the opportunity to be involved with the workings of the club.  Please, let myself or any member of the board know if your interested.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

 

President’s Message July 2018

 

Summer is upon us and things will be winding down for the club over the summer.  We will not be having a general meeting in August and no fly tying in July and August.  Many of you will be busy with family and vacations, but do try and include some fishing activities.

Our speaker in June was Nick Wheeler from the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn.  Nick, a self proclaimed Shad junkie, gave a great presentation on fishing for Shad in the Willamette and Columbia.  He covered flies, gear, technique and locations to pursue these fish.  The runs are gigantic and there is limited bank access to go after them . Many in the club will be going after them this year and most certainly next year.

We  will not have a speaker at our July meeting as it scheduled to be a swap meet. Check around the place and come prepared to make some deals.

You can recall I mentioned that our Membership Director will be retiring at the end of this year. No one has responded to date and it would be great to have someone  volunteer as they could work with Red for a few months to get a feel for the position. It really does not take a lot of time and it is a key role in the club.  Please let someone on the board know it you are interested.

The July fish-a-long is in the works and more will be forthcoming.  We are a volunteer group and sometimes schedules prevent our fish-a-long director from hosting the event as what happen in June.  Again, please step up and help if you possibly can as hosting an event is not that big a deal.

Again there will be no meetings in August.  The board wishes you and your family a enjoyable summer.  We will see you in September.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

President’s Message June 2018

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Fishing has been pretty good on the Deschutes as well as many other waters in the Northwest.  Hopefully you have an opportunity to get out and have some quality time on a river or lake.  If not then get out there as soon as you can.

An important item is a retirement from our board of directors. Red Smith has served as our Membership Director for almost 15 years and he has informed the board that he will be stepping down on 12/31/18.  We will miss Red on the board and on behalf of the club we extend our Thanks for his many years of service.

We need a replacement for Red Smith as soon as practical so the person can work with Red over the next few months to get invaluable knowledge and incite about the position. It does not take a lot of time so please consider letting Red or any member of the board if your interested.

Our last month speaker was Randy Clark and he gave an interesting presentation on fishing for Sea Perch on the Oregon coast.  The flies were pretty basic, but you did need a stripping basket and  some  saltwater tolerate gear. As our fisheries change it may be a species work looking into. Next he discussed fishing for Tiger Muskie in a few lakes in the Northwest that holds these monsters.  They get quite large and are a wary adversary.  It was a very interesting evening.

The speaker for June is Nick Wheeler of the Royal Treatment Fly Shop. Many of you know Nick from the shop and he will be speaking on flies and techniques of fishing for Shad. We have very significant numbers of Shad that return to the Willamette and Columbia systems and they are a fun to catch during late May and early June.  Nick will share his knowledge on pursuing one of his favorite fisheries.

The last fish-a-long was at Rocky Ridge Ranch and as you saw on the blog it was a good day for everyone. The food and company was outstanding and the fishing, although, a little challenging was good.  The lakes are always and enjoyable outing.

For June we are considering fishing a lake in the Cascades as they give us good flexibility of people and a good chance of participates success. More information will be coming shortly on the particulars of  the event.

The Sandy River Spey Clave went off without a hitch with good instruction on Friday, presentations on Saturday and Sunday plus  great support from a number of manufacturers.  Many people were constantly trying equipment, listening to speakers and enjoying the good food provided for the event.  Mark Bachmann and the entire crew at The Fly Fishing Shop are to be congratulated for a well run program.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support.  Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

 

Gil Henderson

 

President’s Message May 2018

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Great month coming up for fly fishing.  It is almost time for a stellar annual event as the 2018 Sandy River Spey Clave is coming on 5/18-20/18.  Our own Founding Gold Sponsor, The Fly Fishing Shop, created and continues to present this annual event.  If you want to begin Spey fishing or want to improve your Spey casting then this is a must go to program.  Mark Bachmann and his crew have again provided a event which includes hands on casting instruction, on the water programs by a number of experts, tackle available for testing form top manufactories, as well as free meals and refreshments.  Go to the website flyfishusa.com for all the details.

As you saw on the blog we had a great turn out for the April fish-a-long with about 15 people making the trip. It was a good day and everyone had a great time.

Our fish-a-long this month(5/19/18) is at Rocky Ridge Ranch for some great trout fishing as you saw on the blog and also above from a prior year. This is limited to 10 members and a few spots remain. In addition to the memorable fishing our own Lane Hoffman will be giving some pointers on lake fishing, rigging, and flies.  This is a great outing so contact Paul Brewer to reserve a spot.

Our April speaker was Rick Hafele and well known entomologist and avid fly fisherman.  He shared with us the timing of various hatches throughout the year as well as the flies to match them.  As usual it was an informative and entertaining program.

This month(5/15/18) we welcome Randy Clark from Orvis who will be sharing with us a program about some alternative fishing opportunities in the northwest.  More will be following on the blog so be sure to check it for more details.

Of course fly tying is set for 5/23/18 so keep checking the blog for more information.

Do not forget the Fly Fishing Challenge which is well into the second year. If you missed it last year you can catch up and of course undertake the current challenge. It is all in good fun and an encouragement for us to get out and fish.

Our sponsors are the lifeblood of the club so please support them whenever you can.   Stop by a  shop and thank them for there support, even better buy something or book a trip.

 

Gil Henderson

 

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 flyfishusa.com 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

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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) flyfishusa.com(events)  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