Rod Building and Repair Class

New Club Project – Rod building and or rod repair class

Want to build your own fly rod?  Already have a rod that needs a little repair?

Sign up for this year’s Rod Build/Repair Class. 

What’s involved?

Three sessions and a little homework is all it takes.

Step 1. Define your rod and order your parts. (with our help and club discount)

Step 2. Prep the cork handles, reel seats, blanks and learn how to tie on the guides.

Step 3. Finalize your guides and reel seats.

Step 4. Put on a big grin as you catch fish on your handiwork.

The Particulars:

We’ll meet for a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday and walk you through the process  step by step, provide the initial instruction, and let you borrow jigs for you to work on at home. Then we’ll reconvene a week or two later to finish up.

What’s it cost?

The CLUB gets a discount when purchasing the components (rod blanks, guides, rod seat and thread).  We also provide all the consumables, like epoxy, brushes, mixing cups.

You determine the cost by how high end you want to go with things like rod blanks or rod seats. That said, you can spend less than $100.00 and still have a great rod that will last you a lifetime and make you smile with each fish you catch.

Where is it?

One of our members is graciously providing his home in Mountain Park (off I-5 and 217) for the building and instruction on the rods.

When is it?

We will have a project planning meeting in a few weeks to help you decide if this works for you. It’s a fun project.

How do I Sign up?

If you’re interested please contact one of the following people to get your name on the list.

Trux Dole –  or 971-236-3302 (cell)

Ron Bouchard – or 503-949-4955 (cell)

Pyramid Lake Fishing Trip

Pyramid Lake is located 30 miles North of Reno Nevada. It’s a large picturesque High Desert lake, 29 miles long and 8 miles wide with 188 square surface miles.

What makes Pyramid Lake a destination adventure is the fish, Lahontan Cutthroat trout. Fish exceeding 30 pounds are being landed. Best time to catch these special fish is when the water is cold, mid October till the end of April. That’s when these big fish patrol the shore line looking for food. When the water warms they head for deep water & out of the reach of fly fisherman.


– 6 to 9wt rods with matching reel & lots of backing

– Floating, intermediate & fast sinking fly lines

– 10 to 15 pound leaders

– Flies- buggers, balanced leaches, popcorn beetles, boobies, chironomid pupa & streamers

– waders, layered clothing, be ready for everything, it’s high desert, can be cold & windy

– Step ladder, nice but not necessary, helps keep you out of the cold water

– Float tube, pontoon boat

Pyramid lake is on the Paiute Indian reservation. I’ve found the people and businesses to be friendly & happy you are there. Tribal fishing permits are $11 a day or $28 for 3 days. Camping is available. Reno is 30 minutes away.

Information? Just Google up Pyramid lake, there’s a ton of information about this fishery. This a destination fishery without the high cost, should be on your “Bucket” list.

The plan

I’m leaving early Saturday morning March 24th to attend the CFF Fish-A-Long on the Crooked River. Afterwards I’ll proceed to Pyramid lake to fish the lake for 3 days before going to the Owyhee river in Eastern Oregon. Late March is prime time to fish the Owyhee River; it will still be in Winter water flows of 35 to 45 CFS. There are usually good hatches at this time that provides some prime dry fly fishing. CFF members are invited to join me on all or any part of this outing. I can help with equipment, flies and knowledge. If interested, questions, contact me, I’ll be at the March CFF meeting to finalize plans.

Lane Hoffman

February Fish-A-Long Cancelled

It is with heavy heart that I must cancel the February Fish-A-Long on the Sandy River due to inclement weather.

The forecast calls for continued low temperatures. With the snow & ice accumulation driving conditions to the parking area plus walking to & from the river will be less than safe.


Sandy River Trip Guided by Mark Bachmann on 3/22/18


The trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018.  NOBODY knows the Sandy like Mark and the folks at The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches!  This is usually one of our most popular and competitive auctions of the year.  This auction ends Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.

The other seat will be raffled off at the February CFF meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  So… you can take your chances then OR ensure your seat by winning this auction!


2018 Fly Fishing Challenge

This year’s new Fly Fishing Challenge is to Catch and Release three (3) different fish-types on a flyrod (using a wet or dry fly) of any local variety of a salmonid species
– or-
Complete the Y’17 Fly Fishing Challenge; Catch and release a salmonid from a river, a lake, and a creek.

Terms and conditions: No hold-over fish count from Y’17 and if you completed this last year you need to select the new 2018 FFC.

Awards Presented:

Certificate Award for the Fly Fishing Challenge, a Fly Fishing Challenge Patch for the first-time completion or a new recognition pin or patch for 2nd time completion.

End of year drawing for a $25 gift certificate for those who complete a Fly Fishing Challenge in 2018.

Rise to the Challenge! Come to the Jan. 16th CFF meeting to sign-up!


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






November Auction

This month you will be bidding on a Redington Vice flyfishing outfit which includes:

  • 9′ 5 wt 4 pc Vice fast action fly rod
  • large arbor i.D. fly reel pre-schooled with backing, fly line, and leader
  • carrying case
  • includes lifetime warranty

This package retails for $300+.  Bidding will open at $125.

As usual you must be a CFF member to bid.  To make a bid send an email to

Be sure to include your name, phone number, and email along with your bid.

The auction ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and the winner will be announced at that night’s CFF meeting.

Let me know if you have questions.  Phil B. at 971-235-0724


Westmoreland Casting Pond Cleanup Dec 2nd


SATURDAY, DEC. 2nd, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM; MEET @ MAINTENANCE BLDG. in front of casting pond at:

77OO SE 22nd Ave. (between Rex St. & Lambert St.) Portland, Ore. 97202

PURPOSE: Help give back what this casting pond & park provides for us fly fishers by:                Assisting with cleaning debris out of drained casting pond; picking up downed limbs; pulling invasive plants & weeds from shrubs by the creek; spreading wood chips & mulch in needed areas; and general stewardship of the park.

All tools provided by the Park: Rakes, shovels, buckets, carts, tarps, and gloves.

Dress appropriately for the weather, & wear rubber boots, or your boots & waders.

Rain Canopies provided + Coffee, Donuts & Water !

Goals for the FUTURE:  Potluck Lunch, Casting Games & Activities for those who participated in the morning “park stewardship day”; and the return of The Westmoreland Fly Casting Club.