Greetings fellow Fly Fishers. Might as well get the bad news over with first: the June 16th meeting is cancelled. While this is unfortunate it does make some sense; Oregon has started to reopen and while this is great news my better half has informed me this has increased the number of Coronavirus cases in our state. Also, and this is the deciding factor, while High Rocks is open they are not permitted to open their banquet room yet. I learned this last week as I went in for a burger and a cold one and the owner relayed this news.
On a more positive note, fishing has been pretty good and I’ll get the May fishing report out soon. While the summer steelhead run has been slow other fisheries have been picking up the slack, namely trout on the Deschutes, the OFC ponds plus Smallmouth and Carp on the Columbia & Willamette. Also, if you’ve seen all the boats out on the Willamette you know the Shad are in!
In spite of all the good fly fishing opportunites, COVID-19 has me hibernating a little and it’s slowed me down. If you’re feeling the same way send me an email and we’ll try to make some fishing happen. If you need some reading material for inspiration I have free Fly Fishing & Tying Journal magazines for anyone that wants one while supplies last; just send me an email and we’ll figure out how to get a copy into your hands. Also, you can take advantage of our well stocked Library.
Our local fly shops were able to open last month to walk in traffic. If you plan on going its good to call ahead to make sure they are open as business has been on the slow side so they sometimes close a little early, which is understandable. Also, please take a moment to read the rules posted on the front door and of course be courteous, maintain social distance even if you don’t believe in it and wear a mask.
We really tried to have the May 23rd Fish a Long at Timothy Lake happen but unfortunately the US Forest Service delayed the PGE parks opening. Given this, we’re going to try again this month and fishing reports are good. Be advised to be safe we will maintain social distancing so everyone will need to bring their own lunch & beverages. Stay tuned for details.
Due to everything going on with the Coronavirus this weekends Fish-A-Long has been cancelled.
However, several Clackamas Fly Fishers will be fishing over on the Crooked River this weekend. Look for them around the Big Bend Camp Ground, which is located at the base of Bowman Dam. You’ll need to bring your own food and beverages. It’s also a good idea to pack some TP, a folding chair and some firewood.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience and this Fish-A-Long will be rescheduled when things calm down.
It’s time to announce one of our most popular annual auctions! A steelhead trip hosted by Mark Bachmann of the The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches on Oregon’s Sandy River.
You are bidding on one (1) seat on a guided steelhead trip on the Sandy River with Mark Bachmann. The trip will be scheduled by agreement of the auction winner, the raffle winner, and The Fly Fishing Shop. 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.
The other seat will be raffled off at the February CFF meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. So… you can take your chances then OR ensure your seat by winning this auction!
Click on the AUCTIONS link above. You must be a paid up member of CFF to make a bid.
This auction is open to members of CFF only.
The auction closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 2/18.
Payment can be made through PayPal.
Good Luck! Let me know if you have any questions. Email me at email@example.com.
It seems this year we can only dream of catching a nice bright Steelhead, but a few are out there even if the run in the Deschutes is not up to past years. Anyway the Trout are still about and we can enjoy the fall days stalking them.
The club has been moving right along with interesting speakers and fun outings to some new venues. Things will keep on being fun as we begin the fall of 2019.
The speaker in September was Garth Wyatt, PGE biologist, who recapped the efforts to restore the Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead runs to the Clackamas River basin. Good progress has been made which will bode well for the fishery in the future.
Next we have John Wall from Portland Fly Fishing Shop to discuss local fishing opportunities. Join us to listen to this guides thoughts.
The fish-a-long this month will be on the Deschutes where we can pursue Steelhead and Trout. Of course good food and company included. Stay tuned for more information. Also, the fish-a-long for November will be on the Kilchis River for Chum Salmon. This is an annual event and is usually a lot of fun, but is also weather dependent. Again more information to follow.
As you saw on the site we have a joint meeting with the Fly Fishing Club of Oregon. The speaker location is downtown so leave early to avoid traffic. It will be well worth the trip.
Remember our sponsors are they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a outing with them.
Royal Treatment Fly Fishing will be hosting it’s Third Annual Fly Fishing Symposium and Taco Bar at Willamette Park in West Linn, on Sunday, September 29th from 10:00 to 6:00.
If you made it to this party last year you know how much fun we had. Well, this year we’re kicking it up a notch. Oh sure, we’ll have all of the Fly Fishing Rockstars you know and love sharing their talents and expertise, plus casting instruction for kids and beginning anglers, kayak test drives, free clinics, and a multitude of other outdoor related activities.
Make plans to join us for a full day of fly fishing fun!
Where: Willamette Park in West Linn, OR
When: Sunday, September 29th, from 10 to 6
What: Free Casting demos, Wading clinics, Tying demos, entomology displays, kids’ casting and fly tying, Spey clinics and more.
Free Kids’ Fly Casting and Fly Tying Sessions all day (for the young and young at heart)
Kayak test drives and clinics with eNRG Kayak
Meet factory reps and test cast the latest rods from Sage, Winston, CF Burkhiemer, Scott, G.Loomis and Echo.
Learn about fly lines and test the latest offerings from Airflo, Rio and Scientific Anglers.
Hang out at the Bug Boat and learn about bugs with Rick Hafele and the Deschutes River Alliance.
Contests and prizes
Overland Vehicles on display
Electric Bikes from Lakeside Bicycle
Other Outdoor Related Gear and Clinics
Simms Taco Bag Taco Bar offering free tacos to the first 400 guests (pick up your tickets at the Simms booth)
This year’s Round Lake Fish a long was very well attended
and a lot of fun. A big Thank You for everyone who made the long drive to make
this event a success.
Several of us decided to drive over Friday afternoon and
camp and it was a lot of fun. John Warren’s wife Linda made a pot of beef stew
and everyone else pitched in for a tasty pot-luck dinner. The weather was clear
and Dave brought his spotting scope and we were able to check out Jupiter’s
Moons in the southern sky.
On Saturday everyone rolled in between 8 and 9am and we
enjoyed a light breakfast of hot coffee, donuts and lemon bars before hitting
Fishing at the lake was tougher than expected. One big surprise was a couple of otters had taken up residence. Otters are great fun to watch but if you’re a fisherman it’s both a good and bad sign; they know the fishing is good but they put a big dent in the fish population!
David Mullins was one of the first anglers on the lake and did well for a while on Simi-Seal Leeches that he tied at Jim Adam’s fly tying class in March. Green and brown were his best colors.
Another thing that made the fishing a little tough was the usually plentiful Callebaetis hatch wasn’t really happening. However, there were still enough of these bugs around to fake you out; they were like a small “decoy hatch” and lots of trout were jumping but it was hard to figure out what they were taking.
The most successful dry fly was discovered by Kevin Rodgers, who had good success along the far shaded shoreline by casting a Black Flying Ant close to sunken logs close to the bank and the overhanging fir trees. There were also lots of Blue Damsels flying and a few club members had some action fishing those, plus its fun to watch trout jumping a foot or more out of the water trying to snag one!
Round Lake is one of the few high lakes that have brown
trout along with the usually more plentiful brook trout. One this day, most of
the catch were brown trout about 12” long and we only caught a couple brook
trout. Usually, it’s the other way around.
Cheryl Kilhefner put together a tasty deli sandwich style
lunch and Paul Brewer helped her pack it up to the lake, where we all enjoyed
good food and good company on this very fine day.
This years Kids Day was very well attended. Thank you to everyone that donated their time to make this a fun event.
Kudos to CFF’s Greg O’Brien for tirelessly manning the kids fly tying table all morning, to World Casting Champion Maxine McCormack for helping all the kids with their casting and to the Joel and the Royal Treatment staff for putting on a great Kids Day this year!