Presidents Message November 2022 

November is a very good fishing month as we transition from fall into winter. After the unusually dry fall weather we are finally getting some regular & normal rainfall!

When fall rains come often the rivers fill with leaves. When this happens I like to hit the Oregon Fishing Club ponds for trout; the bite is on as the water cools down plus they’ve been recently stocked. If the mountain road conditions are good, trout fishing on the Deschutes is another top option.

It’s time to think about renewing your membership for next year. If you are a new member and didn’t join until the 2nd half of 2022 then your membership will carry thru 2023. Contact me if you have any questions.

On Tuesday, November 15th we’ll have another combination in-person & zoom meeting at High Rocks. I’ll get an email out soon with the speaker details.

We’ll have our Fish A Long Saturday November 12th. The plan is to go back to Beavertail for more trout fishing. It was hoped we might go to the Kilchis for Chum Salmon but the water is extremely low this fall and we have to ”make the call” with enough time for folks to get gear together and plan a day trip out of town. While we are getting some rain, it hasn’t been enough to raise the water level and the ground is soaking it up.

For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a good way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. I’ve tested it out; type the word November or December in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.

Here’s a couple announcements:

The Orvis Lake Oswego Store is looking for several part time sales associates through the holidays. The commitment can be as little as 1 shift a week (6-8 hours), starting as soon as possible and going through mid-January. Seasonal help gets the amazing 50% off Orvis discount! 

If you are interested, you can apply through the Orvis.com website: https://www.orvis.com/careers.html and this link will take you directly to the Lake Oswego positions: https://us63.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/orvis?q=Oregon

Columbia Sportswear has created a new access day for Sporting License holders.  All current license holders for hunting, fishing, clamming and crabbing are invited to show their license on Monday’s for access to the Columbia Employee Store. 

Please remember our sponsors this fall, they are the lifeblood of the club. It’s not too early for a little Christmas shopping or putting together your wish list. Stop by their shops and let them know your appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip.

Dave Kilhefner

October 2022 Presidents Message

For the last couple months I’ve really been fishing a lot, almonst more than I actually want to if thats even possible! However, all that water time caused me to fall behind getting website reports and fly tying articles published so I plan to make up for that in October. Expect to see more content than usual.

Joseph Beare from Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters will be our October 18th speaker talking about local trout lakes and streams that are open year round. It’s an original and timely subject. Like last month, we will have an in person meeting and also broadcast the presentation over Zoom.

This months October 22nd Fish A Long will be at Beavertail Campground on the Deschutes River. Historically, this has been on of our most popular Fish A Longs.

Justesen Ranch is opening up fall fishing October 3rd. Amanda says the fish are rising and in good shape!

For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “October” and you’ll get all the past reports for that month. 

If there is anything you want to see on the blog or if you need a copy of a presentation or article shoot me an email.

Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know you appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip. 

Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner

Presidents Message September 2022  

Sorry this months President’s message is a little late. August was a busy fishing month that I wrapped up with a week of fishing in Wyoming with Lane Hoffman. The picture above is from that trip.

 

We will have regular meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at High Rocks. I’m going to attempt to broadcast by Zoom as well; I say attempt as this will be a new technological challenge for me. Lane and I will be the speakers. About half the presentation will be about our recent trip to Wyoming and the other half about the local fishing our members have been experiencing. Local fly fishing opportunities have changed quite a bit since I joined the club 8 years ago so we’ll be go over some of the new opportunities that are available. The “first beer free” rule will still apply.

 

Just like last year, our September 24th Fish A Long will be for Coastal Sea Run Cutthroat because everyone enjoyed it! There are good opportunities on the lower Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers. The plan is to fish where you want and meet up for lunch at the Wilson River Footbridge Trailhead. I’ll get out and email with the details. 

 

For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “September” or “October” in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports
for that month. 

 

Please remember our sponsors, 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 trip.  

Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner

Presidents Message August 2022

Every year is seems like summer will never get here but once it does it FLYS BY and I feel like the month of July was more like the week of July. Now I’m scrambling to squeeze in all the things I wanted to do once the weather gets nice.

We don’t have a meeting in August as many members are on vacation or simply can’t make it with all the things on their calendars. Our next meeting will be September 20th.

If you caught Lane’s presentation at the July meeting, I have scanned copies of the articles he recommended on Wyoming fly fishing and flies. Send me an email if you want copies.

We don’t have an official fish a long scheduled either, but several of us have some fishing plans in the works. Personally I like to go after Smallmouth Bass in the Willamette. If you are interested in jumping in let me know.

Several of you have asked me about the state of our club as we keep slogging thru the effects of COVID. Here’s a brief synopis of our finances, focus and future prospects. Financially we are doing as well as we ever. Even with paid memberships down a little financially we are doing great because we are not spending as much money. With meeting attendance down our club Focus has shifted towards Fish A Longs & club members getting out and fishing together more. When it looks like meeting attendance will pick up to 20 plus members I’ll book more paid speakers. On a VERY positive note, High Rocks is grateful for our monthly meetings regardless of number of attendees. Our Future looks good as our club has a strong core group of die hard fly anglers. One weakness is we haven’t had a board meeting in 2 years, but then with COVID there hasn’t been as much to talk about. Since we can’t put board meetings off forever and I’ll get an email out soon to organize a meeting, either on Zoom or in person. As always, everyone’s ideas and input are welcome. Feel free to call or email and I’ll get your ideas written down so they can be discussed and action taken.

For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “August” or “September” and you’ll get all the past reports for that month. 

If there is anything you want to see on our blog, I’m all ears.

Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know you appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip. 

Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner

Presidents Message July 2022

According to the NOAA Climate website we are having La Niña year. Why should this be on your radar? Well, La Niña weather patterns come from cooler than average Pacific Ocean surface temps that cause, among other things, last months wet and stormy “Juneuary” weather. As we roll into summer it should be a lot easier to find quality fishing opportunities than it was last year, just be prepared for the occasional sudden rainstorm and a few more mosquitos.

It’s a relief to go into summer with the rivers full and the forests wet after the drought conditions the last few years, but all that rain “power washed” most of my Willamette Shad & Clackamas Steelhead fishing plans away this year. Fortunately fishing at Lake Harriet hit an all time peak last month, fishing better than it ever has before or likely ever will again, which is saying something! Trillium and Timothy Lakes were pretty good too.

We’ll have a REGULAR meeting Tuesday July 19th at High Rocks with the social hour starting at 6pm and the presentation at 7pm. I’ll get an email reminder out a day or two before the meeting.

We have a treat for our July 21st Fish A Long. Chris Brehm has generously offered to let us stay at his place south of Sunriver for the weekend. Details will go out via email.

While the The Fly Fishing Shop is closed, their website is still active. Here’s some excellent information on the local fishing opportunities on the Mt Hood Lakes.

For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “July” or “August” and you’ll get all the past reports for that month. 

If there is anything you want to see on our blog, let me know.

Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know you appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip. 

Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner

Presidents Message January 2022

Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to enjoy some festivities even with the unusually cold weather. I didn’t quite make it to midnight this year but started the New Year off right by BBQing the first two nights.

I’m looking forward to the New Year and have a couple “fishing resolutions” to share. First is to Camp and backpack more, which blends in perfectly with our Fish  A Longs. Second is to Euro nymph most of the small streams on Mt Hood. Lastly, use my boat more. I have a pretty cool little boat that is good for chasing Steelhead on the Clackamas and Bass on the Willamette.

Clackamas Fly Fishers has reinstituted membership fees for 2022. However if you paid to be a member in 2021 it will be good for 2022 too. Here is the membership link plus I will be sending membership notices out to everyone. Last year I let membership tracking lapse so if you paid in 2021 you’ll need to let me know.

Just like last month, everyone that comes to the January 18th meeting at High Rocks will get a free beer on me. The speaker with be the Deschutes River Alliance and most likely they will be on Zoom on the big screen TV.

We’ll have our January 22nd Fish A Long at Oxbow Park. We have the covered area “A” reserved which is where the Sandy River Spey Clave’s have been held in the past and will focus on Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing with both Spey and Indicator methods demonstrated.

Once the water drops in a week or so we should have good opportunities for winter steelhead and we’ve already had a few good reports come in. For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a good way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. I’ve tested it out; type the word January or February in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.

January is a great month to get good deals after Christmas so get out to your local fly shop buy all the stuff that Santa forgot. Please remember our sponsors, 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 trip.

Dave Kilhefner

Presidents Message December 2021

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving. Fishing was challenging in November with the big rain storm that rolled thru in the middle of the month but some folks did well as you’ll see when I post the November fishing reports.

Clackamas Fly Fishers has reinstituted membership fees for 2022. However if you paid to be a member in 2021 it will be good for 2022 too. Here is the membership link plus I will be sending membership notices out to everyone. Last year I let membership tracking lapse so if you paid in 2021 you’ll need to let me know. That said, if you participate in the club I will guarantee you’ll get a solid value for the $35 you pay to be a member.

To get the membership value package started off right everyone that comes to the December and January meetings at High Rocks will get a free beer on me. This suggestion comes courtesy of Tom Flannery who helps Brad with the Fly fishing Challenge. BTW, the 2021 challenge is still going on. If you’ve completed the challenge please email me or Brad.

The “big 3” activities our club focuses on are meetings, fly tying and fish a longs. Looking forward we are going to have a few in-person speakers next year but mostly Zoom speakers on the big screen TV at High Rocks. Why? Zoom presentations cost much less because there are no travel expenses. Also, we can book speakers from all over the country & not just within driving distance. Fly tying will still be limited to monthly fly tying articles as COVID is still with us. Fish a longs will be expanded to include camping whenever possible as last year many of the people that came to the fish a longs camped too whenever this was possible. I’m still in the planning phase so if you have suggestions by all means let me know!

December is shaping up to be decent fishing month with the most dependable fishing available at the Oregon Fishing Club ponds for trout, especially after a warming trend. Here’s a good winter trout fishing primer from Vickie Loftus After that dang November storm blew thru we’ve had good water conditions and good timing is the key to taking advantage of winter fishing. You’ll need to be packed and ready to hit the prime fishing windows when they open up. Several coastal streams like the Necanicum and North Fork Nehalem get good early runs of steelhead. The Clackamas and Sandy get random shots of early winter steelhead too plus this year there are a good number of native, late running coho this year. Here’s a link to the PGE fish counts so you can see for yourself.

We don’t have a club Fish-A-Long in December but I put out the word that I’m open to helping folks with their spey casting and winter steelhead presentation basics. I’ve got 4 people signed up so far so if you are interested in this email me and I’ll put you on the list.

For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a good way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. I’ve tested it out and it works! Type the word December or January in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.

Now is the perfect time for Christmas shopping plus don’t forget to get your wish list out so you get all the stocking stuffers you want. Please remember our sponsors, 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 trip.

Dave Kilhefner

June 2021 Fishing Reports

Another great fly fishing month with lots of good reports to share. As always, pictures first with the report below.

From George Coutts & Dave Kilhefner: We booked a dory trip thru Pacific City Fly Fishing and got really lucky with perfect weather and good fishing. We came home with limits of Black Rockfish, Lingcod and Crab.

From Ryan Callahan: Did a four day float on the Smith River in Montana.  We had great weather but the visibility in the river was poor so the fishing was slow.  I caught the Brownie in the picture on a large black streamer.  Overall we did well on streamers and redhead prince nymphs.

From Wayne Hughes: Floated the Willamette river for Cutthroat and Rainbows. Not a lot of hatches that day but found lots of cutts that were interested in some swinging soft hackles.

From Tom Phipps: With restrictions lifting I was able to make the annual trip to Cape Cod to fish for stripers with friends from Eugene. The weather was more cooperative than usual but the fish were picky and not as big as they have been some years and conditions were a bit challenging. We all got fish and it was great to be out and about.

From Mike Shiiki: Took my sons and nephew on our first trip to Timothy Lake in our float tubes. We fished across the lake from North Arm Campground.  Temps got up in the 80’s and fish were hitting all day. We trolled with intermediate sink lines with black, maroon, white and olive buggers and leeches. A few even hit a brown size 8 skulpzilla.  Most caught were fat 16-20” hatchery rainbows, with a few big natives.

We were worried that the fish might be stressed from heat/warm water they weren’t.  They all recovered well and we did our best to release them asap.  The best location was “the channel” across the lake from North Arm Campground, and very few people fishing. 

From Brad Jonasson: David Hopkins and I explored Oregon with a mid-June trip to Lake County (Ana and Chewaucan rivers) where the Chewaucan near Paisley was particularly beautiful and productive.  Then over to Harney County where a few big rainbows (16″, 17″) were nymphed from the Malheur River at Riverside.  Finally the Owyhee where a few Browns were caught early evening (PMD’s) despite the hoards of Idahoans.

From Dave Doble: June started with a trip to Trillium when it opened up. That was a good trip with lots of fish landed,  including that huge trout my daughter caught on spinning gear with a small kastmaster and 6 lb test. We caught a lot of fish that day on fly gear as well, mostly on buggers. With the new fish, anything shiny worked. 

Had a blast at the Shad Fish A Long, it was great to break in my new 4 wt trout spey rod and get to work on my two handed casting. And those shad are great fighters on light gear! The shad were also a new species for me. I returned to fish shad two more times and had a blast. 

We made one more trip to trillium before the heat wave started.  Fishing was slow for a while.  I broke out a bugger I started tying a few years back.  I tie it specifically for that lake.  Trillium has that whiskey tint to it. I put together a standard bugger with brown marabou, gold wire rib, a root beer sparkly chenille body, and a brown hackle. The key is, tying in a pinch of orange crystal flash alongside the marabou tail. It gives a shimmering emerald flash in that water that drives the fish bonkers. That fly was the ticket! 

From Darryl Huff: I’ve been hitting the Deschutes at first light and the trout are feeding on top water caddis until about 7:30. Also took the granddaughters to a local pond and had a great time!!

From Tim McSweeney: Spent Father’s Day weekend (Fri-Sun) canoeing around Timothy Lake trolling Buggers and Leeches for stockers with my Wife and Daughter. We caught 2 dozen or so through the weekend with a handful used as examples for teaching my girl how to clean and prep them for the cast iron. All and all it was a great weekend of fishing and eating.

From Dennis Murphy: With hoot owl hours in effect now fishing close by has become important for me to maximize my time on the water. I’ve been hitting McIver Park before sunrise to get a few hours on the water these days and the fishing has been a learning experience. There’s a good lane the salmon/steelhead run up right by the disc golf course that I’ve been fishing and while I haven’t caught anything, but I’ve seen them! Figure it’s a matter of time before I get one of the very, very few steelhead that are coming through. I’ve been fishing a variety of tube flies and muddlers in pinks/blacks/chartreuses/reds but continue to mix things up. If you want to catch something else, there’s plenty of pike minnows, whitefish and a few 10-12″ trout.

I was invited on a trip to the Keys with three experienced anglers from my company. We put in three solid days in the hot, humid, and unfortunately overcast weather only to come up mostly empty handed. The only one of us that had any luck was taken into back waters to hunt for baby tarpon. On the first night I had couple shots at some tarpon that came through but they weren’t eating what I was throwing (Palolo worms). The next day we stopped for lunch and just as I got my rod put away and my sandwich unwrapped, a school showed up. I tossed my sandwich in the cooler and got everything out as fast as possible, but it was too late. I decided lunch wasn’t worth it and from then on out focused on fishing, subsisting off water and snacks. While we didn’t have good luck it was a great time and we are already planning a return trip next year.

From Greg O’Brien: My main June event was fishing the South Shore of Massachusetts during outer trip to visit my in-laws.  We had a good day catching lots of schoolie sized stripers.  Nothing over 28” but fun fly rod fish!  My cousin fished swim baits and we each ended up releasing about 20 fish. 

From Dave Kilhefner: Cheryl & I traveled to Minneapolis to help my son move back from college. On the way home we spent a few days in Emigrant, MT which is just north of Yellowstone Park. It was a fun road trip and we saw lots of sights and did a little fishing too.


Fly Fish for Golden Dorado in Argentina!

Joe Warren, who has spoken at Clackamas Fly Fisher’s a few times, is hosting a fly fishing trip to the Parana River in Argentina for big golden dorado this fall.  He is looking for 1 to 2 anglers to embark on this adventure. The Parana is the second largest river of South America and home to some of the worlds largest Golden Dorado. This trip is priced at a great savings compared to others with 8 days of angling (not 5 or 6). Quality is the name of the game with fish up to and over 30 lbs!  The trip is arranged through Nervous Waters and hosted by Parana River Outfitters.  Contact Joe for more information.

When:  October 5-16th, 2021

Cost:  $3, 650.00, includes transport from final domestic flight to hotel, lodging, meals, and guiding.  Not included, international airfare, 2nd domestic flight and gratuities.

50% deposit due at sign up, final deposit due 60 days (Aug) before the trip.

Contact Info:

509-281-1835

jojo@wavecable.com

About the location and fishing:

https://www.paranariveroutfitters.com/fishing-the-middle-parana.html

September 2020 Fishing Reports

September was a difficult month with all the fires. In spite of everything, we have some good fishing reports to share. Thanks to everyone for sending them in! Pictures are first with the reports below.

Greg O’Brien was chasing Striped Bass in San Francisco Bay with his brother and got this Leopard Shark.

Greg O’Brien hit Willamette River for Smallmouth bass, landing some nice bass using an intermediate line and clouser minnow. Later in the month he landed a nice hatchery steelhead behind some spawning chinook then caught a Jack Chinook on the Deschutes while chasing steelhead.

Sadie Hibbard caught this huge bluegill in an eastern Oregon pond.

Ed Rabinowe claims he caught this beautiful Chinook trolling an October Caddis on his 3wt fly rod 😉

Darryl Huff fished the Deschutes at Warm Springs for some really good trout fishing and also hit the mouth for Steelhead.

Dave Kilhefner and George Coutts tried to fish the Deschutes at Warm Springs in late September but the smoke was thick, so they headed to Maupin and managed to land a few small trout.

George Krumm had a productive month on the Columbia, landing limits of Salmon and Crab.

Rhona Dallison got this great video of Chinook Salmon spawning in the Sandy River on Mt Hood.

Mark Bachmann of The Fly Fishing Shop sent in these “Steelhead Armageddon” photos from a very smoky Deschutes River. Kudo’s for sticking it out and making it happen!

Nick Amato provided these photos of the fire jumping the Clackamas River less than 1/2 mile from his home. It was a little too close for comfort!

My Friend Eduardo Barrueto Guarda from Chile put together a new video about his fly fishing lodge. It reminds me that someday life will get back to normal and that there are many beautiful places in the world to go and see.