CFF Auction- Sandy River Steelhead!

Announcing one of our most popular annual auctions! A steelhead trip hosted by Mark Bachmann of the The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches.

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. 19.  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 Monday, 2/18.
  • Payment can be made through PayPal.

Good Luck!  Let me know if you have any questions.  Email me at bartschp@gmail.com.

February 19 Speaker: Mark Bachmann

Mark Bachmann of The Fly Fishing Shop will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, February 19th.

Mark’s presentation will be on understanding Spey Lines. Learn about all the different lines and their uses in Spey Rod fishing for Steelhead and Western Trout. It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!

Meeting details: https://clackamasflyfishers.org/meetings-events/

The Fly Fishing Shop http://flyfishusa.com/

January 2019 CFF Fishing Reports

Several of us have been chasing steelhead on the Clackamas River but no fish were brought to hand. Several of these reports are on the new Member Forum page. Check it out! 

This is the face you make after your boat motor starts on the 2nd pull after a long rest in the garage. For those of you that have nearly torn a rotator cuff pulling a starter cord for 20 minutes, you know this is good news!

While the slow steelhead reports are potentially discouraging, you can’t catch steelhead from the couch! Zack Epstein of Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters got out on the water and guided Phil Salomon into this nice steelhead.

President’s Message February 2019

We are off and running for a new year. Certainly like to start seeing more rain and not such a cool drier winter. Anyway we can still get out and go fishing.

The last fish-a-long on the Sandy river at Oxbow Park as well attended with about 12 members making the trip. A couple of fish(not saying what kind) were even caught and the lunch was great. Also a number of members assisted others with casting pointers.

We are back on the Sandy this month, but gathering a little farther upriver at Dave Kilhefner’s place. Again we will enjoy a hot lunch and maybe even find a willing Steelhead. More information to follow.

There was a good turnout for our January meeting and the speaker Brian Marz gave an interesting presentation on winter fly fishing opportunities. In addition we had a special silent raffle of a number of items recently donated to the club by the widow of one of our members. We would like to thank Mrs. Wayne Sparks for her generous donation of the fly fishing equipment of her late husband. We will miss Wayne.

The February speaker is our one and only Founding Gold Sponsor, Mark Bachmann from the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon. Mark is an annual speaker and always has a interesting and well prepared presentation. In addition Mark has donated a float trip on the Sandy River and we will be auctioning one seat and having a raffle for the other seat at the meeting. You do not want to miss this one.

There are a couple events coming up one of which is this week and that is the annual Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show 2/6-10/19 at the Expo Center in Portland. Next is the Northwest Fly Tier and Fly Fishing Expo 3/8-9/19 at the Linn County Expo Center, Albany, Oregon.

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.

Gil Henderson

CFF’s 2019 Flyfishing Challenge

Complete any three (3) of the four (4) elements below:

1. Catch one (1) or more Salmonid within fifty (50) miles of residence;

2. Catch one (1) or more non-Salmonid on a fly;

3. Attend and fish two (2) or more CFF Fish-alongs;

4. “Take someone fishing” –

  • Participate in a”shared outing” with one (1) or more other persons
  • Fish for any variety of gamefish
  • At lease one (1) fish caught by any group member
  • Any CFF Fish-along does not qualify

2019 awards: Certificate and –

  • CFF patch: 1st award winners
  • Green salmon pin: 2nd award
  • Blue salmon pin: 3rd award

**Note: the 2017 and 2018 Challenges will not be repeated in 2019.

Sandy River Fish-A-Long Report

Last weekends Sandy River Fish-A-Long at Oxbow Park was well attended. Thank you to everyone that came plus an EXTRA BIG thank you to Cheryl Kilhefner for her excellent cooking & hospitality. Her pulled pork sandwiches & coleslaw were a highlight of the day.

We met at 8am, had hot coffee and got to work on our spey casting, fishing until around 11:30 then breaking for lunch (no one was late either!). In the morning hours we saw a few boaters go thru but didn’t get any reports of fish hooked. While we didn’t see any steelhead Tim caught a San Diego Steelhead (a sucker) swinging at the top of the run. Tim wouldn’t tell us what the hot fly pattern was, however. Some things are best kept secret!

The weather was better than forcast and while it was cloudy and cool it didn’t rain on us after Friday nights downpour. The the sudden rise in water level made for tough fishing conditions plus as the day progressed there were more leaves and drifting debris in the water. The water color was brownish with low visibility. On the “Sandy River at Bull Run” guage the water height was 12.24 feet, flowing at around 7,000 cfs.

In addition helping with Spey Casting, Dave gave a presentation on indicator nymph fishing for steelhead.

CFF January 19th Fish-A-Long

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This month’s Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, January 19th on the Sandy River at Oxbow Park. The location is shelter where the Sandy River Spey Clave is held. The wading here is easy and fish have been caught.

What- Winter Steelhead

Where- Sandy River

When- 8am until lunchtime

Equipment-

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

Directions- go to Oxbow Park—the address is 3010 Southeast Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR 97080; there is a $5 fee to enter the park. Drive approximately 2 miles past the park entrance and look for “Group Picnic Area A” which has a large covered area and an open field on your left.

In the morning we will have coffee, donuts. A hot lunch will also be provided. This fish a long will focus on spey casting with both swung fly and nymphing presentations. We will have a couple of “loaner” spey rods to try out.

Questions; email or call Paul Brewer or Dave Kilhefner. Hope to see you there!

https://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/2016/07/07/oxbow-brochure.pdf

https://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/2016/02/19/Oxbow%20Field%20Guide_0.pdf

January 15th Speaker: Brian Marz

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Trophy Winter Steelhead

Brian Marz of the Bridgeport Orvis store will be speaking about local winter fly fishing opportunities, including winter steelhead.

Brian is popular speaker. As well as being a longtime expert fly angler, he’s been a guide and previously owned The McKenzie Angler fly shop in Walterville, Oregon.

It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss.

January Silent Auction

We want to let you know about an opportunity to get some high quality gear at a good price and at the same time honor the memory of one of our own.

Clackamas Fly Fishers has received a donation of some quality fishing items from the estate of member Wayne Sparks who recently passed away.  Wayne’s widow, Jennifer, wants these items to “find a new life with other fishermen” and help CFF generate some income.

So, at our January 15 CFF meeting we will put the first lot of items up for silent auction. These items are in very good to near new condition.  Paid up CFF members will be able to bid on 6 items:

1. JIM TEENY TFR 375 BK REEL with 2 SPARE SPOOLS

  Item approx.  value: $195 Reserve Price: $75

2. JIM TEENY 9’ 9WT ROD with case, WATERWORKS GURU 2 REEL WITH SPARE SPOOL

Item approx. value: $380 Reserve Price $150

3. SIMMS HEADWATER GEAR BAG

Item approx. value: $ 80 Reserve Price: $ 25

4. SIMMS GUIDE JACKET, XL BLACK/OLIVE

Item approx. value: $ 150 Reserve Price: $ 60

5. SIMMS G3 GUIDE STOCKINGFOOT WADER, L (9-12) STERLING

Item approx. value: $ 325 Reserve Price: $ 100

6. WILDERNESS 11 9’ PONTOON BOAT

Item approx. value: $  375 Reserve Price: $ 140

  • All items must be paid for by CASH or CHECK (no cards) and picked up at the Jan. 15 CFF meeting.  
  • You must be a paid up member of CFF to bid.
  • Silent bidding will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end before the evening’s speaker begins. (~7:20)
  • Winners will be announced after the end of the presentation when payment is due.

Fly Tying: January, 2019

The Popsicle

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“Popsicle” Alaskabou Fly

If you have not already done so, it is time to get out on the water to take part in the annual search for winter chrome. While forecasts for winter steelhead have been mixed in their degrees of optimism, we need to be prepared when the word comes that the fish are in the rivers. Our last monthly Fly Tying Night was directed toward the beginning tyer and this month we will be following up with an effective steelhead pattern that will be suitable for both experienced and beginning tyers.

Fly patterns for winter steelhead continue to steadily evolve as people experiment with ideas for what is going to work the best to entice fish to be curious enough, or angry enough, to take a swipe at a fly. Sometimes it is important to have a look at some old stand-by patterns and remember that they should still be worthy to occupy space in your fly box and deserve an opportunity to prove their value. My first successful experiences in the quest for winter steelhead were all the result of using variations of a fly called the Popsicle, appropriately named for the three-toned orange, red and purple frozen treat from childhood days.

 

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“Tequila Sunrise” Alaskabou Fly

Today George Cook is probably best known as a casting instructor and fly fishing industry representative, but earlier in his career he spent many years as a guide. Cook is generally credited with coming up with the Popsicle back in the 1980’s during his guiding days up in Alaska. Fly tyers have long recognized the value of marabou because of its animated action in the water. Using marabou for salmon and steelhead flies was being done as early as the 1940’s, if not before. But by combining colorful combinations of marabou along with synthetic flash materials, George Cook carved his name into the list of noted salmon and steelhead fly innovators.

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“Showgirl” Alaskabou Fly

The Popsicle and all of its near relatives were part of a group Cook’s steelhead and salmon patterns that became known as the “Alaskabou” series of flies, with the Popsicle probably being the best known example. All of the Alaskabou flies originally employed three colors of marabou as the main ingredients, along with some flash material, usually flashabou or krystal flash, or both. With the myriad colors of marabou that are available today, the number of possible color variations of Popsicle type flies is limited only by the tyer’s imagination.  These flies can be tied weighted or unweighted and are generally fished on the swing.

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Collection of Alaskabou Flies

For this month’s Fly Tying Night we’ll be tying up some Popsicle steelhead flies, and perhaps some other Alaskabou color variations as well. These are not difficult flies to tie and therefore should be suitable for beginning as well as experienced tyers, and will give you a chance to develop your skills working with marabou. Join us at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn on Wednesday, January 23rd. We’ll be starting at 6:00 pm.