I’m sad to report longtime CFF member Bill Johnson passed away last week.
Bill loved being out on the water and was a long time, avid fly fisherman.
He valued conservation. The continued care of clean waters was important to him.
Bill enjoyed sharing and helping others with fly tying and fishing.
From his friend Nancy Dyke: often when I’m fishing I think of bits of wisdom from Bill “you wont catch fish if your fly isn’t in the water!”
He will be missed!
His obituary should be in the upcoming Sunday Oregonian.
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.
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.
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.)
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
DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT.
Besides the CFF library books and DVDs, we all use the many internet resources. Regular email newsletters from our sponsors are valuable and we should sign up. The newsletters include new products and fishing/tying techniques, fishing reports, and upcoming events. For example, Mark Bachmann in his fly fishing shop weekly newsletter recently had an article describing the geological history of the Sandy River, along with present fishing potential (the subject for our February meeting).
Other weekly emails worth signing up for are Gink and Gasoline, and MidCurrent. A blog site that I’ve found valuable, with fresh techniques and perspectives, is Troutbitten.com. Finally, don’t forget Westfly.
CFF Education Director/librarian
Our February auction is for a seat on a full day Sandy River Steelhead float trip with Mark Bachmann of The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches. Nobody knows the Sandy like Mark and he will put you on prime waters!
The auction winner will be joined by the winner of the raffle to be held at the Feb. 21 club meeting. The 2 of you will then get to negotiate dates with Mark.
Minimum opening bid is $140.
To make a bid send me an email at email@example.com
Be sure to include a return email, a contact phone number, your full name, and of course, your bid.
Bids will be time stamped so earliest bid breaks the tie.
The auction closes at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Please note the change in time to 5:30!
Let me know if you have questions. Good Luck!
Thanks again to The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches for being a gold level sponsor of CFF!
The Fly Fishing Shop http://flyfishusa.com/
10 foot 5wt. 4 piece G. Loomis “Eastfork” rod with a 5/6 G. Loomis “Eastfork” reel loaded with a Rio “Grand” 5wt floating fly line.
This rod is a great all around outfit but is perfect for the Deschutes and lake fishing! Used just a few times. $250 or best offer.
9 foot 6 inch 8wt 4 piece G. Loomis Nativerun “Quinault” rod with a 7/8 “Eastfork” reel loaded with a Rio 8wt multi-tip floating/sinking line.
Really nice all around Steelhead/Salmon outfit. Used once. $275 or best offer.
These rods belong to a friend who took ill shortly after buying these outfits, they are both in new condition. Questions, let me know, thanks, Lane 503-706-7543 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic at The Fly Fishing Shop
Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please share the day with us at The Fly Fishing Shop! A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration!
Free Food, Prizes, Programs, & Demonstrations!
Factory reps and fly fishing experts will share their knowledge:
Mark Bachmann—Patty Barnes—Hawkeye Hawkins—Tony Barnes—Bruce Berry—Garry Sandstrom—Brian Silvey—Dick Sagara—Marty Sheppard—Charles St. Pierre—Nick Rowell—Tom Larimer
Planned Presentations & Demonstrations:
9:00 – 9:45 am – Mark Bachmann – Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing from the Beginning 10:00 – 10:45 am – Hawkeye Hawkins – How Spey Components Work Together 11:00 – 11:45 am – Marty Sheppard – Oregon Trout, Bass & Steelhead
11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Free BBQ Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm – Tom Larimer – Modern Trout Spey Fishing 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Rob Crandall – Winter Spey Strategies
All Day – Fly Tying Demonstrations By Brian Silvey, Bruce Berry, Charles St. Pierre, Hawkeye Hawkins, Nick Rowell Featuring the region’s most experienced steelhead guides tying their favorite winter steelhead flies.
See you there!
The November CFF is auction ends on Tuesday!
The current bid is $259 from AJ.
You are bidding on a Sage 6114 4pc Accel Switch Rod (11’4″, 6 wt) with a Lamson Remix HD 3.5 reel strung with a Rio Switch Chucker#6 line.
Bidding is open to CFF members only.
To make a bid send an email to email@example.com
Be sure to include
Your full name.
Your phone number.
The email will be time stamped so I will have them in correct order. In case of a tie, the earliest time stamped bid wins.
Auction ends at 5 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Let me know if you have any questions.