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.
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!
Dave Kilhefner will be the CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, May 16th. Dave will present “Fly Fishing Hacks—Small Shortcuts to Big Success.”
We are also having a small Fly Tying Materials Swap so don’t forget to bring your surplus materials and equipment. We will have some tables set up to display everybody’s goods starting at 6:00 pm. Please clearly mark your materials with your name and what your intention is for your materials (swap, sell, give away, etc.). We will try to have all of the swapping, selling, and donating completed in time for the meeting’s starting time of 7:00 pm.
We will also have another chance to sign up for our Fly Fishing Challenge. 25 members have already done so – some have already recorded their first catch from April’s fish-along at Rainier Lakes. Most streams open May 22nd. It’s free, easy and rewarding (patch and certificate). Start the season off by embracing the Challenge.
It will be a great meeting you won’t want to miss!
Since the 2010 implementation of the Selective Water Withdrawal (SWW) Tower in Lake Billy Chinook and new water management at the Pelton-Round Butte dam complex, river users have observed extensive environmental changes in the lower Deschutes River. The DRA formed in 2013 to investigate those changes. Thus far, the DRA has documented many ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS in the lower Deschutes River related to warm water discharge temperatures, shifts in hatch timing and declines in aquatic insect populations, and the rampant proliferation of nuisance algae throughout the river.
When water chemistry, algae production, and macroinvertebrate populations change rapidly in a river system there is cause for alarm.
Jonah and Greg’s presentation will provide an overview of the conservation issues in the lower Deschutes River, then focus on the DRA’s most recent monitoring research findings, followed by a discussion of current advocacy work and where the DRA’s efforts are headed in 2017.
Nate Brumley is the owner dryflyinnovations.com, an online fishing company out of Meridian, Idaho. The only bugs sold at his company are dry flies, and he has mastered the use of them in every season of the year. Nate’s tying sessions and presentations are some of the most sought after events in the industry at present, and his knowledge of dry fly fishing is truly phenomenal. It has been said that one hour with Nate is like gaining 10 years experience on how to fish a dry fly. He is the the author of Addicted to the Rise.
Nate’s presentation is Winter on a Dry Fly, which will explore the world of tiny bugs and big fish as they rendezvous at the surface in winter. You’ll learn critical insight about a fish’s feeding habits in winter and we’ll show you how to utilize that information to set up and deliver in the hatch. Nate divulges all the secrets, all the strategies, and all the insight you’ll need to open up a whole new fly fishing season.
Some of the most exciting dry fly fishing of the year happens after the first hard frost and this presentation will prepare you for that experience with the right gear, knowledge of the hatches, and the perfect selection of winter dry flies. It’s a presentation you won’t want to miss!
Clackamas Fly Fishers is pleased to welcome back Josh Linn as our October speaker. His presentation will be on fall Trout and Steelhead fly fishing.
Growing up I started fishing with my family, learning from my father and grandfather and we had a lot of good experiences.
As I got older I started going to the Deschutes and met a guide over there, Doug Cook. He was an extremely good fly tier and an amazing fly fisherman. At that time I didn’t really know that much about fly fishing but that changed when Doug took me under his wing.
He and taught me everything he knew; the art of tying flies, fly fishing and rowing drift boats. I became his chauffer for about 5 years, learning the Deschutes river like the back of my hand.
During this time I was kindling a relationship with my best friend Marty Sheppard. Marty and I started fishing together and in the late 90’s Marty introduced me to the Spey rod and It has been downhill ever since!
I have guided all over the Northwest; Bass and Steelhead on the John Day, Trout and Steelhead on the Grand Ronde, Whitewater rafting in Hells Canyon, Steelhead on the Sandy, Clackamas and Klickitat.
My main passion is catching anadromous fish on a swung fly, most recently in remote Alaska on the infamous river X and the Sandy River for Steelhead and Kings. The waters I guide are perfectly suited for a Spey rod.
Like most fisherman and guides I have a passion for photography and developing flies, so Fly fishing has become a hobby inside of a hobby. There are many aspects of Fly fishing. You can get as much out of fly fishing as you want to put into it.