The Josh Linn Special
At our October, 2016 meeting Josh Linn gave us an informative presentation about steelhead fishing in the Columbia River basin. Josh is an experienced northwest steelhead fisherman, having guided on the John Day, Sandy, Clackamas, Klickitat, and Grande Ronde rivers. My ears perked up when he started describing a fly he had created that had become his go-to fly for winter steelhead. I later talked to him at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop and got some details about his creation and decided that it would be a good choice for our monthly fly tying night. I asked Josh what he called his fly and he said I could call it whatever I wanted because it didn’t have a name. So we’re calling it the Josh Linn Special.
I think that fishermen would be foolish to disregard tips, tricks, and advice from those that are more knowledgeable than we are. And like all of the people at The Royal Treatment Josh is very knowledgeable about all aspects of fly-fishing. And it’s safe to say that he catches more fish than most of us. (Of course he probably fishes more than most of us!) So when he says this fly produces fish I think we should at least give it a serious look.
I got the recipe from Josh and found that it is a tube fly much like Brian Silvey’s Silveynator that we tied last year, but with a few other innovations. Josh ties them in numerous color combinations and usually with some weight. He likes them large when the water is cloudy and ties them smaller when the water is low and clear. One suggestion would be to tie them all on the large side and keep a pair of scissors available to trim the flies shorter as needed. And there is no reason to not use them for summer steelhead as well, such as on the Deschutes when the sun is on the water and you are using a sink tip when the fish are no longer looking up.
I tied up a few Josh Linn Specials and felt the need to test drive them on the Clackamas just after Christmas and was rewarded with my first winter steelhead of the season on the second day out on the water. Not a large fish but it was a nice frisky wild steelhead. The fly I used was actually one of the flies shown on this page. I’ll leave it to you to guess which one it was but they should all be productive.
The winter steelhead season is just getting underway so think about joining us at our next evening of fly tying when we will be tying up some Josh Linn Specials. The winter weather has played havoc with all of the club’s scheduled activities and Fly Tying Night has been moved to Wednesday, February 1st . We’ll be meeting at The Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
Rob Crandall of Water Time Outfitters with be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, December 20th.
Rob’s presentation is Deep Swing Secrets, an in depth discussion on winter spey strategies for steelhead.
He also has a new DVD—here’s a link to the trailer: https://vimeo.com/191693002
Recent library acquisitions and donations include these valuable books and DVDs:
Nate Brumley, Winter on a Dry Fly, full version from our November speaker
Nate Brumley, Addicted to the Rise: A Dry Fly Book
Gary Lewis, Fishing Central Oregon, Sixth Edition
Larry Tullis, Nymphing Strategies
Jim Teeny, The Teeny Technique for Steelhead & Salmon
Dave Hughes, Dry Fly Fishing
Lani Waller, A Steelheader’s Way (we also have this as an audio book)
Gary Borger, Presentations Dec Hogan, A Passion for Steelhead
Mike Croft, The Fish Bum’s Guide to Catching Larger Trout
CFF will be auctioning off 1 seat on a full day Jet Sled Steelhead trip on the Clackamas River guided by Rob Crandall’s Watertime Outfitters. This full day trip (detailed description follows) must be taken during March or April of 2017. The winner will be joined by the winner of the raffle held at our December CFF meeting.
“With perfect water for the swung fly, chrome fish arriving daily and a mountain view the Clack is the perfect choice for the spey rod angler. Variety and options abound on the Clackamas. With the speed and versatility of the jet boat we can cover many different sections of the river often without other anglers; during low water times the drift boat comes in handy.
Guided jet boat trips cover the best waters of the river, timing our fishing locations to optimize our results. Full day trips may cover many miles or just a few depending on where the fish are; the mobility of the jet boats helps us “stay in the fish”. Hot riverside meals are served with your full day of fishing with the jet boat.
Trip includes guided jet boat trip, hot lunch, guide-favorite flies, equipment as needed, soft drinks and water. 1 or 2 persons, $575″
You are bidding for one 1 (one) seat on a full day trip, date to be negotiated with the raffle winner and WTO.
To submit a bid send an email to email@example.com including your full name, bid, return email, and contact phone number. Bids will be accepted in the order they are received. Bidding begins at $125 and will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.
Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic at The Fly Fishing Shop
Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please share the day with us at The Fly Fishing Shop! A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration!
Free Food, Prizes, Programs, & Demonstrations!
Factory reps and fly fishing experts will share their knowledge:
Mark Bachmann—Patty Barnes—Hawkeye Hawkins—Tony Barnes—Bruce Berry—Garry Sandstrom—Brian Silvey—Dick Sagara—Marty Sheppard—Charles St. Pierre—Nick Rowell—Tom Larimer
Planned Presentations & Demonstrations:
9:00 – 9:45 am – Mark Bachmann – Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing from the Beginning 10:00 – 10:45 am – Hawkeye Hawkins – How Spey Components Work Together 11:00 – 11:45 am – Marty Sheppard – Oregon Trout, Bass & Steelhead
11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Free BBQ Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm – Tom Larimer – Modern Trout Spey Fishing 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Rob Crandall – Winter Spey Strategies
All Day – Fly Tying Demonstrations By Brian Silvey, Bruce Berry, Charles St. Pierre, Hawkeye Hawkins, Nick Rowell Featuring the region’s most experienced steelhead guides tying their favorite winter steelhead flies.
See you there!
The November CFF is auction ends on Tuesday!
The current bid is $259 from AJ.
You are bidding on a Sage 6114 4pc Accel Switch Rod (11’4″, 6 wt) with a Lamson Remix HD 3.5 reel strung with a Rio Switch Chucker#6 line.
Bidding is open to CFF members only.
To make a bid send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include
Your full name.
Your phone number.
The email will be time stamped so I will have them in correct order. In case of a tie, the earliest time stamped bid wins.
Auction ends at 5 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Lane Hoffman is down at the coast today doing a little “pre-fishing” for our annual Chum Salmon Fish-A-Long tomorrow.
He reports the rivers are in good shape with lots of fish. Some rain is expected but it will take a lot to put the river out of shape. Fishing should be good tomorrow!
Nate Brumley is the owner dryflyinnovations.com, an online fishing company out of Meridian, Idaho. The only bugs sold at his company are dry flies, and he has mastered the use of them in every season of the year. Nate’s tying sessions and presentations are some of the most sought after events in the industry at present, and his knowledge of dry fly fishing is truly phenomenal. It has been said that one hour with Nate is like gaining 10 years experience on how to fish a dry fly. He is the the author of Addicted to the Rise.
Nate’s presentation is Winter on a Dry Fly, which will explore the world of tiny bugs and big fish as they rendezvous at the surface in winter. You’ll learn critical insight about a fish’s feeding habits in winter and we’ll show you how to utilize that information to set up and deliver in the hatch. Nate divulges all the secrets, all the strategies, and all the insight you’ll need to open up a whole new fly fishing season.
Some of the most exciting dry fly fishing of the year happens after the first hard frost and this presentation will prepare you for that experience with the right gear, knowledge of the hatches, and the perfect selection of winter dry flies. It’s a presentation you won’t want to miss!