July 17th Clackamas Fly Fishers Swap Meet

It’s time for our annual Swap Meet!

We all have rods, reels, fly boxes, tools, etc. that we no longer use or need that we might be willing to trade, sell, or just give away. Someone else in the club might be on the lookout for one of those very items.

You might have an old rod, reel or line that someone might want for a grandchild. Bring ’em!

Maybe you have an old vest or rain jacket that just doesn’t fit well anymore. Bring it!

Perhaps you don’t tie flies anymore but still have some equipment or supplies. Bring ’em!

You probably upgraded something recently and don’t know what to do with your old stuff. Bring it!

We will swap, dicker, barter, buy, and sell. I hope to have time for members to share stories, memories, and tall tales about their fishing experiences. It should be a fun evening and might be the perfect time to bring along a family member or two. See you next Tuesday, July 17th.

 

June Fly Fishing Reports

Since we were not able to do a fish-a-long this month I asked our members to provide some June Fly Fishing Reports. The Clackamas Fly Fishers had a good month!

Lane Hoffman with a really nice early June Cape Code Striped Bass taken on a Sand Eel fly. He was fishing with Tom Phipps.

Carson Taylor with a Willamette Shad. This is from the CFF auction trip with Rob Crandall. The other winners Gary O’Brien and Carey Allison also got into plenty of shad that day!

Ed Rabinowe and Lane Hoffman hit Wild Billy Lake down by Klamath Falls for some good rainbow action. The largest trout took a #18 blood midge, but all the standard Stillwater patterns were working.

Nick Rowell hosted a trip to Christmas Island at the end of June. John Warren was supposed to join him but had to cancel due to breaking his hand–John can tell you how he did it for a free beer at the next meeting; it’s a pretty good story!

Bob Beswick had a great evening at the end of the Salmon Fly Hatch on the Deschutes with many trout landed, the largest over 18 inches.

Phil Bartsch had a good day up at Harriet Lake with his new float tube, netting 11 trout before the wind started picking up. A Teeny Nymph with a quick retrieve was the answer.

Trux Dole had a good afternoon on the upper Clackamas above N. Fork Reservoir with pocket water trout during a caddis hatch. A thunder & lightning storm added to the experience.

Jim Behrend and his wife fished the South Santiam River. Jim said the fishing was slow and several hours of fishing produced a few smolts and a couple small bass.

Thank you everyone for your June Fly Fishing Reports!

Royal Treatment Kids Day Saturday July 7th

Royal Treatment Fly Shop is hosting their annual Kids Day on Saturday  July 7th.

We have been on hand to help serve lunch, assist in casting instruction, and fly tying. Volunteers are always welcome and needed to help with the event.

Please contact the shop at 503-850-4397 so they can get an idea how many folks will be on hand. The hours are 10am to 3pm and you don’t have to commit to being there the whole time.

President’s Message July 2018

 

Summer is upon us and things will be winding down for the club over the summer.  We will not be having a general meeting in August and no fly tying in July and August.  Many of you will be busy with family and vacations, but do try and include some fishing activities.

Our speaker in June was Nick Wheeler from the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn.  Nick, a self proclaimed Shad junkie, gave a great presentation on fishing for Shad in the Willamette and Columbia.  He covered flies, gear, technique and locations to pursue these fish.  The runs are gigantic and there is limited bank access to go after them . Many in the club will be going after them this year and most certainly next year.

We  will not have a speaker at our July meeting as it scheduled to be a swap meet. Check around the place and come prepared to make some deals.

You can recall I mentioned that our Membership Director will be retiring at the end of this year. No one has responded to date and it would be great to have someone  volunteer as they could work with Red for a few months to get a feel for the position. It really does not take a lot of time and it is a key role in the club.  Please let someone on the board know it you are interested.

The July fish-a-long is in the works and more will be forthcoming.  We are a volunteer group and sometimes schedules prevent our fish-a-long director from hosting the event as what happen in June.  Again, please step up and help if you possibly can as hosting an event is not that big a deal.

Again there will be no meetings in August.  The board wishes you and your family a enjoyable summer.  We will see you in September.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

Gil Henderson

Nick Wheeler from Royal Treatment will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, June 19th.

American Shad are called the little tarpon of the Columbia River. This silver-sided finned friend is one of the most underrated game fish of the Pacific Northwest. With returns in the millions and eager to eat a swung fly what’s not to like?

Nick’s presentation will include a brief history of this patriotic fish, explain how it got to the west coast, and go through recommended tackle, techniques, and potential spots to catch these fish. American Shad are known for putting up a fierce fight and do not give up easily. Be careful, like popcorn, these fish can be addictive and will keep you coming back for more.

Nick Wheeler has been fly fishing for Shad for over 15 years and working in the fishing industry just as long. Growing up in Northern California on the banks of the Russian River chasing Steelhead and Shad had been his favorite pastime. Living just feet away from the best Shad run on the Russian he was lucky enough to spend most days of the season on the water. Now living in Vancouver Washington and working at Royal Treatment in West Linn Oregon, he spends his time targeting as many species as possible (trout, salmon, steelhead and even carp), but every year he still devotes the entire month of June to chasing American Shad.

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

Royal Treatment: www.royaltreatmentflyfishing.com

Shad Fly Fishing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1yoXbpmIJ0

CFF Library Additions (bass fishing) and Recommended Newsletters

Two new books on bass fishing are:

Fly-Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams by Bob Clouser. The book includes description on fishing the Umpqua and John Day Rivers for bass.

Smallmouth: Modern Fly Fishing Methods, and Techniques by Dave Karczynski and Tim Landwehr.

Reviews of these two books are in the summer 2018 Fly Fishing & Tying Journal (page 12), and on Amazon. Other library materials on bass fishing are: Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth by David Paul Williams and the DVD Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth by Joe Warren and Gene Hering

There is an overwhelming wealth of fly fishing information on the internet. One way of keeping up is to subscribe to weekly e-mail newsletters that may include fishing reports, new product information, and fishing techniques. Some of our sponsors send out weekly emails, and you should sign up. There are many others available such as Midcurrent.com, GinkandGasoline.com, and Troutbitten.com.

 

Fly Tying: June, 2018

Silvey’s Caddis Pupa

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It would be a shame if each of us did not make it over to the Deschutes sometime during the trout season. In fact a number of trips would be more to the point. Dave Hughes refers to the Deschutes as his “river of renewal”. I know that, for me, just catching that first glimpse of the river on each and every trip never fails to lift my spirits.

When the salmonflies and golden stones have finished their annual show on the Deschutes it is time for anglers to move on to the insects that fill up the rest of the trout season. Some of the more dependable hatches involve caddis flies, with hatches that can often be very prolific, and at times almost mind-boggling. I recall one evening getting off the river at Beavertail with Gil Henderson after a day of fishing. As we loaded our pontoon boats piggyback style onto the top of his GMC Yukon, it was all we could do to keep from inhaling the swirling snowstorm of caddis flies that surrounded us during an epic hatch.

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Caddis flies undergo a complete metamorphosis which involves the following stages:
egg —–> larva —–> pupa —–> adult

A commonly used larva pattern is the basic Green Rock Worm, which can also be tied in different color variations depending on the caddis species. A reliable go-to dry fly pattern for the adult caddis is Al Troth’s Elk Hair Caddis. But what do you use for the pupa stage, when the insect is transitioning from a stream bottom dweller to the flying adult insect? One pattern that has gathered a lot of fans is Brian Silvey’s Caddis Pupa. I came across a Youtube video of Jason Osborne from Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters where Jason mentioned that if he could only use one fly on the Deschutes it would be Silvey’s Caddis Pupa. Of course we are not just talking about a fly that is only to be used on the Deschutes, as caddis flies are more numerous and widespread than mayflies in western rivers and lakes. In one of his recent newsletters Joel La Follette of The Royal Treatment Fly Shop mentioned Silvey’s Caddis Pupa as one of only a couple of flies that he would not go anywhere without.

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So what is it about Silvey’s Caddis Pupa that makes it so effective? Mark Bachmann of The Flyfishing Shop seems to think it has to do with the body material called “pearl core braid” that Silvey started experimenting with a number of years ago. As the pupa is emerging air bubbles develop between its layers of skin helping the emerging insect rise to the surface. The pearl core braid material used in the abdomen does a very good job of simulating the reflective appearance of the bubbles. And the pearl core braid comes in a range of colors that can be used to imitate a variety of caddis species.

You can fish the Silvey’s Caddis Pupa any number of different ways.  You can nymph it, fish it on the swing, or fish it as a dropper.  Casting it out in the current and then letting it swing and rise back toward shore does a good job of imitating a natural pupa rising to the surface to emerge as an adult. Brian Silvey says his favorite way is to fish it as a dropper under a dry fly.

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Join us at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn for our next Fly Tying Night on Wednesday, June 27th to tie up some Silvey’s Caddis Pupae. As always we will be starting at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

(Note:  We will be taking a couple of months off from fly tying.  This will be our last Fly Tying Night until we start up again in September.)

President’s Message June 2018

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Fishing has been pretty good on the Deschutes as well as many other waters in the Northwest.  Hopefully you have an opportunity to get out and have some quality time on a river or lake.  If not then get out there as soon as you can.

An important item is a retirement from our board of directors. Red Smith has served as our Membership Director for almost 15 years and he has informed the board that he will be stepping down on 12/31/18.  We will miss Red on the board and on behalf of the club we extend our Thanks for his many years of service.

We need a replacement for Red Smith as soon as practical so the person can work with Red over the next few months to get invaluable knowledge and incite about the position. It does not take a lot of time so please consider letting Red or any member of the board if your interested.

Our last month speaker was Randy Clark and he gave an interesting presentation on fishing for Sea Perch on the Oregon coast.  The flies were pretty basic, but you did need a stripping basket and  some  saltwater tolerate gear. As our fisheries change it may be a species work looking into. Next he discussed fishing for Tiger Muskie in a few lakes in the Northwest that holds these monsters.  They get quite large and are a wary adversary.  It was a very interesting evening.

The speaker for June is Nick Wheeler of the Royal Treatment Fly Shop. Many of you know Nick from the shop and he will be speaking on flies and techniques of fishing for Shad. We have very significant numbers of Shad that return to the Willamette and Columbia systems and they are a fun to catch during late May and early June.  Nick will share his knowledge on pursuing one of his favorite fisheries.

The last fish-a-long was at Rocky Ridge Ranch and as you saw on the blog it was a good day for everyone. The food and company was outstanding and the fishing, although, a little challenging was good.  The lakes are always and enjoyable outing.

For June we are considering fishing a lake in the Cascades as they give us good flexibility of people and a good chance of participates success. More information will be coming shortly on the particulars of  the event.

The Sandy River Spey Clave went off without a hitch with good instruction on Friday, presentations on Saturday and Sunday plus  great support from a number of manufacturers.  Many people were constantly trying equipment, listening to speakers and enjoying the good food provided for the event.  Mark Bachmann and the entire crew at The Fly Fishing Shop are to be congratulated for a well run program.

Do not forget our sponsors as they are the lifeblood of our club. Stop by their shops to say hello and thank them for their support.  Better yet buy something or book a trip to really underscore our gratitude for their support.

 

Gil Henderson

 

Rocky Ridge Fish-A-long Report May 19, 2018

Last weekends Fish-a-long to Rocky Ridge was another good time with good friends, good food and good fishing.

For the crew that arrived on Friday night Lane served up some Elk Enchiladas. If that wasn’t enough, Tim served up some great smoked ribs for Saturday nights dinner. Good eats, thanks guys!

Saturday dawned with overcast skies but we had no rain or wind. Fish were rising here and there. Several of us started on the middle lake (Wild Rose). Naturally I tried a Green Devil but it wasn’t working so I switched to chironomids but strikes were slow in coming. A fine fishing riddle is brewing!

The water temperature was 64 degrees and the lake had good clarity. The conditions were ripe for a damselfly migration but chucking and olive/brown marabou damsel nymph didn’t produce.

After a while I finally brought a fish to hand on a small olive chironomid pupa. A stomach pump revealed a very a small damsel nymph, a few light olive chironomids and small scuds.

At lunch we compared notes. The upper lake (Mules Ear) was fishing better but the fishing was not hot. Lane did OK on his favorite seal bugger/intermediate line combo and Nancy did OK fishing with dries. Paul went down to the lower lake and did well on bass. Lastly, Lane observed a few callibaetis mayflies coming off and suggested we try fishing callibaetis nymphs after lunch.

Tim, John and I stuck with the middle lake. John and Tim went down by the dam and some callibeatis were coming off. John did well on calibaetis dry and emerger patterns on a floating line and Tim did well with a beadhead calibaetis nymph on an Intermediate line. The calibaetis were coming off sporadically, sort of in spurts, and when that happened the fish would stop keying on chironomids and would go after the larger mayflies.

I stuck to the flats near the boat launch. Strangely, the callibeatis mayflies were not hatching here (I tried them!) so I stuck with chironomids and did OK, but mostly I got short strikes, which tells me my fly was close but still not really the right one. About a half hour before I had to leave I saw some larger chironomids emerging—the pupa were chestnut brown and about a size 12. I had some similar patterns in my fly box, put one on and got several hard takes and landed a couple nice fish in short order. Finally! It was a great way to end the day.

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