February CFF Auction – Sandy River Steelhead Trip

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.

DETAILS:
  • 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 bartschp@gmail.com.

Fly Tying: February, 2020

Phil Hager Flies

A few month’s back I sent out an email mentioning that anyone was welcome to be the guest fly tyer at one of our monthly Fly Tying Nights, with an opportunity to share a favorite fly pattern. The response was remarkably underwhelming, but club member Phil Hager did reply and he has agreed to be our guest tyer for February.

Meet CFF Club Member Phil Hager (aka “flyfishingphil”)  :

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Phil is a longtime fly fisher, having started out on bamboo rods and silk fly lines way back in 1952. His career as a firefighter was shortened when injuries forced him to retire in 1983. He then got into broadcasting and moved to central Oregon in 1986. A final retirement in 1992 allowed him to “fish 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year.” After pretty much figuring out the challenge of fishing rivers and streams, Phil moved on to learning about lakes and other stillwaters in about the year 2000.

A quote from Phil that pretty much sums up his philosophy:  “Fly fishing is not so much a sport as it is a way of life.”

I had met and talked with Phil briefly before, but in gathering information for this article I have found that Phil has been active in fly fishing in so many ways that go beyond just fishing. In the past he has served as president of the Central Oregon Flyfishers as well as serving on the Oregon and International Councils of the Federation of Fly Fishers. Phil has given numerous presentations on fishing central Oregon and stillwater fishing, as well as classes on casting and the “secret” of picking the right rod.

I recently found a CD, that I forgot I had, called “The Fishing COW cd”, which I had purchased about 10 years ago during one of our club meetings. (The letters COW stand not for your favorite bovine animal, but for Central Oregon Waters.) Closer inspection showed that it was made by the evening’s speaker, none other than…Phil Hager. If you were a club member about 10 years ago you should check to see if you may still have a copy of the CD. It has a wealth of information in it , including maps and tips, about many of our favorite central Oregon fly fishing destinations.

Phil says his flies are pretty much “guide flies”, meaning quick and easy. They are so quick and easy that, during our February Fly Tying Night, Phil will be sharing not one, but two of his proven patterns, the Brick Leech and the TnMC. I have repeatedly seen the names of these two flies show up on the club blog’s monthly Fishing Reports where Phil has given an account of their effectiveness.

Phil’s Brick Leech:

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Phil came up with this pattern after helping an ODFW biologist who was doing stomach sampling to check the diet of fish at Diamond Lake. He says that it’s been “one of my prime flies for about a dozen years on lakes, rivers, streams, for anything that swims there.”

Although Phil has tied up this same leech pattern in a number of colors, he says the rust color of his Brick Leech is by far the most productive. The “leech yarn” that he uses comes in 20 different colors, some of which are shown below.

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Phil’s TnMC :

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The letters TnMC stand for “Thread and Micro Chenille”. The development of the fly happened at Hosmer Lake where Phil saw fish slurping all around him. When he finally was able to see what the fish were taking, he tied up what became the TnMC, and then he got tired of catching fish after two hours. Phil says this is one of his prime flies that he uses everywhere. Black is by far the most productive color, but at times, Phil has found other colors, such as those shown below, to be effective.

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Join us at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn for our next Fly Tying Night on Wednesday, February 26th. Phil Hager will be leading us through his tips on tying up  and fishing the Brick Leech and the TnMC. Both of these flies are easy to tie and would be suitable for tyers of all levels of experience. Plus, Phil has some interesting tips on finishing and tying off flies that he will be sharing. We start at 6:00 pm sharp. Hope to see you there!

 

President’s Message February 2020

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Here we are starting a new year and hopefully it will be a year of good fishing for all of us. The club will be off and running with new speakers, fish-a-longs and raffles. Be sure and check out the blog for the current information.

On another subject, I have served as the President of the club for ten years and have enjoyed that role. It is rewarding to have seen and been involved in it’s successes and a few struggles over those years. I notified the board last year that 2019 was my last year as the CFF President. Dave Kilhefner will now take over as CFF’s President. Thanks Dave!

Speaking of stepping up we continue to need members to participate in the board of directors. It does not take a lot of time and it a great way to meet and work with members plus have a role in the health and activities of the club. I encourage any one to let a board member know of your interest and of course your always welcome to attend a board meeting.

Again, remember to support our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by and visit with them and better yet buy something or book a trip with them. Showing our appreciation is always welcome.

Gil Henderson

February Raffles

Item 1: The big item for February will be one seat on a Sandy River Steelhead trip with Mark Bachmann of the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches. This is always one of our most popular items of the year. The other seat will be auctioned off starting next week. Watch this CFF page to get in on the Auction!

If you are looking for a new pair of wading boots this second February Raffles item might be of interest. 

Item 2: CFF has a donation of a pair of size 10 Korkers Style FB3110 “Chrome” boots.  These boots retail for $125-$140. They have the interchangeable Klingon soles.  

Korkers reports Size 10 should be for men who normally wear a size 9 or maybe 9 1/2.

I will bring them to the February club meeting along with some neoprene booties for you to try on. A $5 Raffles ticket is all you need to win.

If you would like to try them on ahead of time contact me at bartschp@gmail.com or 971-235-0724 and we will work out a meet.

January 2020 Fishing Reports

From Tim Morton: Last month I was able to go on a bucket list trip to Patagonia. The Brown Trout is from the World End Lodge, and the Sea Run Trout is from Las Buitreras Lodge. The sea run trout was 13.5 lbs.  Didn’t get the weight on the Brown,

Fish a long Report: You can see from the river level screenshot that we had some higher than normal water for our Fish a long. While this didn’t impact our spey casting, it did put a damper on our Euro Nymphing as it was hard to find any decent nymphing water. On the good side, for January we had a surprisingly warm and dry day. This made it easy to set up for morning coffee plus Chef Cheryl’s delicious lunch of homemade soup, Texas toast and salad. Thank you for everyone that came out!

From Ed Rabinowe: Duck season ended and my got a new knee. I think I have a fishing rod somewhere!

From Dave Kilhefner: Got lucky on my first steelhead trip of the year with this 12lb hen; she was a jumper! The following week I fished the Oregon Fishing Club ponds and caught a nice trout dragging a Booby Fly along the bottom. Saw another angler doing OK fishing a woolly bugger under an indicator.

Brad Jonasson and David Hopkins had a good outing to the Deschutes River by Maupin.

From Greg O’Brien: My brother visits once or twice a year to go steelhead fishing and we hire a guide to get to water we normally can’t get to on foot.  We fished 2 days on the Sandy, floating from Dodge to Dabney with Travis Johnson of All Waters Angling. Monday was tough with just one solid pull & no hookup.  Tuesday was a slow morning but landed a big wild hen around noon, followed by another nice wild fish in the afternoon.  

From Darryl Huff: A nice wild steelhead caught just before New Years.

From Greg O’Brien: Hugo and I hit the Deschutes for a trout spey session and I got this nice one.  It ate the caddis emerger dropper of a swung 2 fly rig.

From Henry Muehleck: fished the north coast with Gil Muhleman.  We were gear fishing and had a great day. I hooked 8 and landed 3. Two of these were 14 to 15 pound natives. Gil is a great guide and definitely goes the extra mile to get you fish! 

From George Krumm: Fished the lower Sandy with gear. Landed a couple, a smaller hen and this nice buck. The buck went to the broodstock program.

January 25th Fish A Long

This month’s Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, January 25th on the Clackamas River. We’ll meet at the lower boat ramp at McIver park at 8am.

Please RSVP to Dave Kilhefner (Dave@kbi-ins.com) so we can get a head count for food.

What- Winter Steelhead Spey Casting plus Winter Whitefish Euro Nymphing

Where- Clackamas River

When- 8am until lunchtime, Saturday, January 25th

Steelhead Spey Equipment-

  • Spey or Switch Rod
  • Skagit Line & sink tips
  • 15lb tippet material
  • flies: bright patterns and dark patterns
  • waders & wading staff
  • rain gear
  • warm, layered clothing

Euro Nymphing Equipment-

  • Euro Nymphing Rod or standard 9’ 3 to 5 weight outfit
  • Small Nymphs
  • I will have plenty of leader material to share

Directions- go to McIver Park. Take the 1st left and drive down the hill. There will be a few turn outs—just keep to the left until you reach the lower boat ramp area.

We will have coffee, donuts and lunch. This fish a long will focus on (1) spey casting and swung fly presentations and (2) Euro Nymphing. Questions; email Dave Kilhefner (Dave@kbi-ins.com). Hope to see you there!

Rick Newton Jan 21st Speaker

This month’s speaker is Rick Newton of the Rainland Fly Casters in Astoria. He’ll be talking about his club’s self-guided trip to Juneau, Alaska. The trip was set up so the total expenses would come in at about $1500 per person for a week of fishing. 

It will be an interesting and informative presentation you won’t want to miss!

Fly Tying: January, 2020

Crandall’s Provider

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It’s cold. It’s rainy… It must be time for winter steelhead!

Every steelheader is always looking for “The Fly”, the “Go-To” fly that immediately boosts his or her confidence… the fly that convinces you that the odds of hooking a fish have turned in your favor. When checking in with the guys at The Royal Treatment about a winter steelhead fly suggestion for our next Fly Tying Night, they pointed me in the direction of the Crandall’s Provider, a fly they described as being Rob Crandall’s most productive fly.

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As you probably know, Rob of Water Time Outfitters, is a well-respected local guide that grew up on the banks of the Clackamas River. So, when I went to the fly bins to get a closer look at a Crandall’s Provider, alas, the bin was empty. That alone tells you something. The Royal Treatment staff say they have a hard time keeping this fly in stock.

(Personally, I know that when Rob speaks about steelhead, I listen. As do lots of other people. This past Saturday the Royal Treatment hosted another, always popular, Rob Crandall Winter Steelhead Seminar. And, as always, it was standing room only.)

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A few years back Nick Wheeler was on a trip with Rob on the Oregon coast. At the time Rob was working on the design for his Provider. He handed Nick his prototype and cautioned him that he only had that one fly and he better not lose it! Well, things turned out well that day. Rob figured he had a winning pattern as Nick proceeded to land three steelhead! 

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A fine steelhead landed by Nick Wheeler on a Crandall’s Provider

The Crandall Provider seems to have everything that appeals to discerning steelhead. The black and blue colors have long been a combination favored by steelheaders. The ostrich herl provides a lot of movement and the red guinea collar adds a hint of bloody gills in the pattern. Add some flash materials and you have a steelhead fly that will be effective at any time of year. 

A quote about the Crandall’s Provider from The Royal Treatment Newsletter, 11/30/19: “This is quite possibly the most popular and proven steelhead fly we stock.”

Our next Fly Tying Night will be your chance to tie up your own Crandall’s Provider. We’ll be meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, January 22nd at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn.  (Note: This date comes one day after our general membership meeting. This is a change from our usual Fly Tying Night schedule in order to accommodate a logjam of activities involving the Royal Treatment facility and staff.) Hope you can join us!

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2019 November Fishing Reports

This November featured some chilly weather but the fishing was hot at times!

From Brad Jonasson: Fished the Deschutes and netted 5 Redsides, 2 rainbows & 1 large Whitefish, all on a French Style Nymph.

From Greg O’Brien: My brother and I did some flyfishing in the California Delta for Striped Bass with guide Bryce Tedford (who has PNW roots in Puget Sound).  The fishing was tough to do all day as we had to throw 9 weight rods with fast sink lines & big weighted flies. We each got a lot of fish, mostly in the 14-20” class with a few bigger ones mixed in (up to 14 pounds).

From Darryl Huff: Found a hand full of steelhead and a few bull trout while fishing the Deschutes near Warm Springs this month. Best patterns for me were the prince nymph, blue perdigon, and egg patterns. Steelhead on the 6 wt. are a lot of fun but not all were landed! 

From Hugo Jim: 22 months ago, I decided to chase a Steelhead with the Spey. It took many classes, trips, trials and errors but with the help of Sam from Steelhead Outfitters I hooked, landed, and released a Wild one on the Klickitat River with a fly that I tied myself. I did it! 

From George Coutts: Spent three days on the Deschutes at North Junction, mostly Euro Nymphing.  It was clear, cold and, at times too windy to cast but I brought some nice Rainbows to hand and one sizable White Fish.

From Dave Kilhefner: Fished the Deschutes on the Warm Springs Reservation side with Elke Littleleaf. Fishing partner Robert Campbell caught 2 steelhead on spinners and I caught a couple nice redsides on beads.

From Bob Beswich: My friend, Neal Rea from Newport but formally from West Linn and I went to the Deschutes for a couple of days (11th and 12th). Around Beavertail, we found a few trout feeding on salmon eggs and caught them on glow bugs. We did fished for Steelhead with one hatchery landed on a weighted small purple at the boat landing at Nena.

And something from From Mark Bachmann to make us all jealous: We fished Loreta, Mexico. Trip details are on our website: https://flyfishusa.com/blog/Loreto-Mexico-in-November

Another great fishing month, thanks everyone for sharing your reports!