Hi Everyone, I’m planning a fishing trip to Montana for later this week or next week.
Usually fish the Blackfoot near Lincoln, Big Hole, Rock Creek, Flint creek and others. Two ways that we could do this: motel and restaurants or I have an RV with one bed and one couch, and housekeeping stuff.
If you might be interested in joining me give me a shout and we’ll see if it can work.
Thanks to everyone for coming to Harriet Lake today. It was another fun CFF Fish-a-long!
The day was beautiful and clear with a slight morning chill. This is a popular lake in the summer and the lot filled up fast. Parking was a small challenge but we all got settled then enjoyed hot coffee, cinnamon rolls and some conversation before hitting the water.
The lake had been freshly stocked with legal 7″ to 8″ rainbow trout. It was easy to get them to bite but hard to hook them. We all had lots of short strikes between landing fish.
Harriet also holds brown trout and Greg got a healthy one about 15″ long plus we saw a few others taken.
Overall, the best fly was a green/orange seal bugger but similar leech type flies worked. Because the water is incredibly clear (and cold, 45 degrees!) and hunting Osprey’s live here, finding deeper pockets then getting the fly down worked best. An intermediate line worked well for this.
The club members fished out of float tubes but we saw other fly anglers catching fish off the large fishing dock.
Around lunchtime the wind came up and this ended most everyone’s fishing on the lake. We had a great lunch of build-your-own deli sandwiches and homemade macaroni salad. Afterwards a few folks said they were going to try fishing the nearby streams and creeks before heading home.
High desert air… solitude… BIG trout… Do we have your attention?
CFF is auctioning off 4 rod days at Justesen Ranch Lakes , 59720 Twin Lakes Rd – Grass Valley, Oregon. This is the THIRD auction of four. As an added bonus each Winner can choose to upgrade by purchasing 1 additional day from the ranch and then receive overnight accommodations (cabin) FREE for 1 night. Scheduling is up to each winner.
A rod day at the ranch is priced at $100. CFF will start bids at $60 with a BUY NOW price of $120. Bidding is open to paid up CFF members only. This auction ends Sunday, May 6.
To make a bid go to AUCTIONS. If you want to join the club so you can be eligible to bid go to MEMBERSHIP and click the Buy Now button. Please allow a day or so to allow for processing. If you have questions please contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had a record turnout for last weekend’s fish-a-long: 15 people! Thank to everyone who made the trip. While it was a bit of a long drive, it is a very scenic drive up the Columbia River Gorge and then up the Klickitat River Canyon. The weather was clear with a cool breeze blowing with Mt. Adams dominating the horizon. I’m not sure of the actual fish count but I believe everyone either caught a fish or had one on. And, all the fish were quality fish in the 15” to 18” size range and packing some heavy girth!
I arrived a bit early as I had Coffee for everyone and it wouldn’t due to be late! I found Phil Senatra already fishing and he was playing a fish when I drove up to the lake and by the time I got into my waders and float tube he had two more. The fishing was not hot but we had consistent action. Unfortunately the bite slowed down quite a bit by the time the rest of our group arrived. Yes, that is what really happened!
The water was 54 degrees with about 3 feet of visibility. It was hoped there would be a strong Chironomid hatch but it was just a little too early. It was one of those fishing days were you had to grind out strikes. I did a stomach pump of one of the fish and found its stomach full of Daphnia—water fleas. At around 1 mm long there is no way to imitate the Daphnia “hatch” if that is the right word but at least the fish were eating something so it was possible to get them to hit our flies if we just kept casting.
As mentioned earlier, all the trout were quality specimens in the 15” to 17” range. I believe Phil took big fish honors with a 25” beast and several fish over 20” were taken. Woolly buggers (and Devils) were the best flies and a few fish were taken on Chironomids.
Since the BUY NOW price was met, this auction closed ahead of schedule!
If you want to join the club so you can make a bid go the the MEMBERS https://clackamasflyfishers.org/membership/button and choose the “BUY NOW” button. Please allow at least 1 day to process your application.
Let me know if you have any questions. Phil B. – email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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
– 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.
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.