In spite of the hot, dry weather August was another good month to get out on the water. As always, pictures first with the reports below.
From Darryl Huff: My son and I did well on the Lower Deschutes re-opener.
From Timothy McSweeney: I spent the last week of August road tripping and backpacking around the state. Fishing was never the priority but a lot of fishing happened. I first hiked about 30 miles on the Elkhorn Crest trail in the Blue Mountains where a lot of brookies were caught (and eaten).
During one of the 12 mile days I came across some mountain goat hair and separately–a feather. So I decided to try to tie a fly lakeside with materials at hand and catch a fish, landing a brookie on the 3rd cast. The fly wasn’t pretty and it only lasted one fish, but it was a fun experiment. Then camped for a couple days on the John Day catching bass, and then met up with my family for some rock hopping and stocked keepers on Quartzville Creek.
From Chris Brehm: Fished Buoy 10 three times with only a few to bring home but released a lot of Tules. Good trout fishing at Wikiup but there was a huge Baetis hatch and the fish were gorged so most were caught on spoons. One day chasing commercial Tuna out of Ilwaco. Two of us caught over 60 Albacore on hand lines.
From Mike Shiiki: fished Timothy Lake with my Son and Dave Kilhefner. Beautiful day on the water and we caught some nice fish too.
From Dave Kilhefner: Lane Hoffman and I made a trip to the Green River in Wyoming, stopping at the Owyhee along the way. Fishing was a little tough but all the fish were quality.
From Dave Kilhefner: Managed to get out for Smallmouth Bass on the Willamette River out of Hebb Park.
From Ron Buchard: Stopped by and met up with some club members for lunch in West Linn. We had a nice visit and it was good to see old friends!
Apologies for falling behind getting the clubs fishing reports posted. Here’s our reports from July. Lots of us got out on the water and had good times. As always, pictures first with the reports below.
From John Silkey: Started July with a trip back to the S. Fork of the Snake – took my wife along and she landed her first fish ever! We had two great days each netting the S. Fork slam both days, plus tons of Whitefish.
Also spent 4 days exploring the Metolius between Camp Sherman and Lower Bridge – tried everything in my bag (including breaking my rod) and never got so much as a look. Thankfully that river is beautiful just to look at.
From George Krumm: I had good success landing Columbia River Chinook and steelhead on plugs.
From Mike Shiiki: Timothy Lake has been fun! My friend Dave Geiter and I were in our float tubes and landed a few rainbows between 9-11am, but between 11:30-3pm we did well trolling olive/orange, and black/red half-wit leeches, intermediate sink lines in and near the channel that runs near the North Arm Campground.
We’ve also started hitting the Molalla River again. You can get way up stream and find some great runs, holes and lots of little trout, plus some decent sized white fish, and occasional larger trout (ie over 8″). It’s a great little escape!
From Timothy McSweeney: Spent a week on the Metolius fishing for bulls and had a great time!
From Bob Beswick: Fished only a few hours at Crane Prairie until the wind came up. They were eating damsel nymphs just below the surface.
From Chris Brehm: A week or so before the fishalong, I went with my wife and friends to Hosmer. Beetle patterns produced some gorgeous trout. A few days later, beetles worked again at East Lake. (A friend’s son with his first fly caught rainbow.) Just before the fish along I landed a few nice “Cranebows” on balanced Leech patterns.
From Dave Kihefner: George Coutts and I fishout out of Pacific City with Connect Outfitters. Salmon fishing was slow but we have a great time with the Rockfish and George got a nice Lingcod.
From Dave Kilhefner: Jim Bennett & I got out on the Willamette River out of Hebb Park for some Smallmouth Bass & had a surprise Channel Catfish. Woolly Buggers and Clouser minnows worked well.
From Dave Kilhefner: Rich Harvey and I hit the lower Trask and Nestucca Rivers for cutthroat trout. Mostly we caught small 6” to 8” residents but got a few larger ones in the 14” range.
Thanks to everyone for providing these reports. Hope you all are having a good summer!
The Trask River is just a fun river to fish! It’s shallow & slow enough for easy wading. The fishy spots, basically the deep & shady water, is easy to see and cast to. When the strike comes its solid and leaves no doubt.
We fished at the OFC property on the lower river not far from tidewater. We need some rain to bring in the main push of sea runs but we managed to get a few in the 14” range along with the smaller resident cutthroat. Mike brought his float tube and did well in the pond, catching several 18” plus rainbows trolling leeches.
We had perfect weather all weekend long and several of us camped at the Trask River County Park. It’s a very nice campground located upstream above the mile 11 marker. We went all out on the food this weekend with bbq brauts for lunch and New York steaks for dinner. The fire ban was lifted so we had a nice campfire at night. It was a real good time!
The next fish a long is October 22nd at Beavertail Campground on the Deschutes River. Hope to see you there.
Sorry this months President’s message is a little late. August was a busy fishing month that I wrapped up with a week of fishing in Wyoming with Lane Hoffman. The picture above is from that trip.
We will have regular meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at High Rocks. I’m going to attempt to broadcast by Zoom as well; I say attempt as this will be a new technological challenge for me. Lane and I will be the speakers. About half the presentation will be about our recent trip to Wyoming and the other half about the local fishing our members have been experiencing. Local fly fishing opportunities have changed quite a bit since I joined the club 8 years ago so we’ll be go over some of the new opportunities that are available. The “first beer free” rule will still apply.
Just like last year, our September 24th Fish A Long will be for Coastal Sea Run Cutthroat because everyone enjoyed it! There are good opportunities on the lower Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers. The plan is to fish where you want and meet up for lunch at the Wilson River Footbridge Trailhead. I’ll get out and email with the details.
For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “September” or “October” in the search box and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.
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Every year is seems like summer will never get here but once it does it FLYS BY and I feel like the month of July was more like the week of July. Now I’m scrambling to squeeze in all the things I wanted to do once the weather gets nice.
We don’t have a meeting in August as many members are on vacation or simply can’t make it with all the things on their calendars. Our next meeting will be September 20th.
If you caught Lane’s presentation at the July meeting, I have scanned copies of the articles he recommended on Wyoming fly fishing and flies. Send me an email if you want copies.
We don’t have an official fish a long scheduled either, but several of us have some fishing plans in the works. Personally I like to go after Smallmouth Bass in the Willamette. If you are interested in jumping in let me know.
Several of you have asked me about the state of our club as we keep slogging thru the effects of COVID. Here’s a brief synopis of our finances, focus and future prospects. Financially we are doing as well as we ever. Even with paid memberships down a little financially we are doing great because we are not spending as much money. With meeting attendance down our club Focus has shifted towards Fish A Longs & club members getting out and fishing together more. When it looks like meeting attendance will pick up to 20 plus members I’ll book more paid speakers. On a VERY positive note, High Rocks is grateful for our monthly meetings regardless of number of attendees. Our Future looks good as our club has a strong core group of die hard fly anglers. One weakness is we haven’t had a board meeting in 2 years, but then with COVID there hasn’t been as much to talk about. Since we can’t put board meetings off forever and I’ll get an email out soon to organize a meeting, either on Zoom or in person. As always, everyone’s ideas and input are welcome. Feel free to call or email and I’ll get your ideas written down so they can be discussed and action taken.
For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “August” or “September” and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.
If there is anything you want to see on our blog, I’m all ears.
Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know you appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip.
It’s not every day, year or even decade that you get a 26” rainbow on a dry fly, but last weekend the stars aligned and that’s what happened on Hosmer Lake. It’s a catch to remember and making it happen was a team effort, which I’ll explain at the end of this report.
Most of us arrived Thursday evening for a dinner of BBQ Chicken cooked by Lane & Laura. It was a little too late to do any fishing so we took a walk along the Fall River, which was just up the road.
Friday we hit Hosmer Lake and the weather was perfect. The fishing was good too but you had to be on your toes, all day the fish kept shifting gears. They’d go on and off the bite, hatches changed plus there were lots of short strikes. We caught brookies, rainbows and a few cutthroat. Damsel nymphs were the best subsurface pattern. With good numbers of callibaetis mayflies hatching you’d think that would be the fly to use but this day the fish preferred ants or dry damsels. That took a while to figure out but it paid off with my biggest dry fly trout ever, a fat & hard fighting 26” rainbow.
After a long sunny day on Hosmer it was great to get back to Chris’ place and down a few cold ones before inhaling some top notch BBQ Burgers cooked by Chris. Mmmm!
Saturday we hit East Lake and Chris’ brother Steve joined us. Again, the fishing was pretty good but you had to work for your fish. We tried for the numerous cruisers in the morning and while it was fun to cast to them, mostly they ignored your flies. Getting a follow & rejection was a small victory. Most of the fish we caught on East were rainbows but there were some small brookies mixed in and even a Kokanee. Damsel nymphs on an intermediate line worked OK but most strikes didn’t stick and strangely, most of the fish taken this way were small. Steve had this great beetle pattern and he brought enough for everyone. Today, we mostly pounded the banks with beetles. It worked good, got the bigger fish plus its just a fun way to fish.
It was a hot day on East so after chugging a few cold ones we had a delicious dinner of Flank Steak provided by Laura, then washed it down with “the good stuff” provided by Lane. We finished the eveing with a game of scrabble while flicking beetles off the table. Theres a lot of beetles so it’s no wonder that fly works so well.
Sunday we enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast cooked by Chris. After we were stuffed to the gills with good food we went to Crane Prairie Reservoir, putting in at Quinn River launch. It was another sunny, mostly windless day. The preferred strategy on Crane is to suspend balanced leeches under an indicator in the channel. Laura got a takedown about 5 seconds after we started fishing but it didn’t stick. We all had a few strikes that didn’t stick! Lane landed a nice fish on a damsel nymph fished on an intermediate line. Since we had to drive home we wrapped it up early and got on the road.
This fish a long was really a team effort, both in terms of catching nice fish, eating good food and having a great time. Naturally I’d like to say I got that big rainbow on a dry because I’m such a good angler and luck didn’t have anything to do with it, but the truth is I couldn’t have done it without my CFF team. Chris put together a top notch fish a long and got us down there. Then he put me in the right spot on Hosmer Lake. Finally, I never would have had any dry damsel patterns in my fly box if Trux Dole hadn’t figured out that trout get focused on flying damsels & sometimes ignore other good hatches when the damsels are out in force, which he did several years ago at the Justesen Ranch fish a long.
Special thanks Chris for putting this together and to everyone that came and made this a fish a long to remember!
Just like May, the June water levels and weather were a little crazy but June was still a great fishing month. Lots of us got out on the water and had good times. As always, pictures first with the reports below.
From Ian Porteous: Landed a big Spring Chinook on lower Neverending on the Sandy River. I was pleasanty shocked! Also managed to hook and lose a nice summer steelhead a week later on the lower Sandy.
From John Silkey: Spent a weekend out at Crooked River Ranch and got a few days in on the middle Deshutes in the canyon. Few fish but a gorgeous setting with no one around. The pattern was the same each day – hook an 8 inch rainbow on a beaded prince at the end of deep runs on one of the first few drifts, then nothing else the rest of the time on that run. Even found a whitefish. Still well worth the hike down to the water (and back up!)
From Trux Dole: Attempted an afternoon of Shad near Pinnacle Rock but the water still very high. We tried bank fishing to no avail while gearheads anchored 40 yards offshore were slaying them. Managed to land a couple once we piled back into the small boat, but we were the Shad clowns as two of the three of us broke our rod tips trying to land fish, we had a broken net, then my buddy hooked a sturgeon (unlandable) and then we forgot to pull in the stringer before heading back and lost all the fish!
From Garrett Lesko: Here’s a bunch of photos from my June fishing trips: Three Creeks Lake, the South Jetty in Newport, South Twin Lake and the Lower Deschutes.
From Phil Bartsch: Took my granddaughter, Pippa, fishing today for her first time. She caught 2 trout on the Clackamas at McIver Park. I’d say she was hooked for life.
From Jim Adams: I took advantage of the heads up about how well Harriet Lake was fishing. Knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to attend the club’s fish-a-long I went up a few days early with my brother Steve and the fishing was off the charts. Fishing from pontoon boats using intermediate sink lines we each netted 30 to 40 fish . It was a good day to experiment testing different patterns and I can honestly say that I couldn’t find a leech pattern that didn’t work. A new pattern for me that was very productive was an olive Landon Mayer mini leech tied on a jig hook. My friend Wes and I went back up to Harriet later in the week and it was a another 30-40 fish day, again mostly on leech patterns. Wes tried a gaudy 3-inch articulated pattern that had barbell eyes and legs and it was hammered by fish until it finally came apart. The following week I took another friend that is new to fly fishing up to Harriet. The fishing was not quite as good as the previous week but Jack was very happy after netting about 15 fish up to 17 inches on his first time stillwater fly fishing.
From Darryl Huff: Landed a nice Spring Chinook bead fishing on the Sandy. Made it out to Harriet Lake with Mike Shiiki, who has been doing very well there. The fishing had slowed down compared to the prior weeks, but we still caught quite a few on balanced leeches and large dry flies. Late afternoon they were refusing the large dries but during the last hour of light the fish committed vigorously & we had some great dry fly fishing. The Yellow Sally was my top producer.
From Chris Brehm: Fished three days in Central Oregon. One day with just a few on Crane , then a windy day on East Lake landing a mix of Browns, Rainbows, and a gorgeous little Brookie on Nymphs and buggers. Third day was on Hosmer where I got some great action on Purple Haze dries. Fish were in great shape and fought hard. Finished the month at Pelican Bay on Upper Klamath Lake. Fished hard all day trying everything sub surface with no luck. In the evening saw a few swirling up near the springs so in desperation I put on an Elk Hair Caddis and got the only fish of the day, a very fat 22” Redband. Sorry about the poor photo but I can blame my brother for that.
From Wayne Hughes: Put in some time chasing Tiger Muskie. I was told by a Local that the Month of June is not normally a good time to find biters. He was not quite correct with three straight of casting oversized flys resulting in only one follow. I am guessing we saw about 8-9 total fish in both Merwin & Mayfield. Managed to land some bass and trout but overall it was tough fishing. I have been told July and August are better months; hope its really true! In June the water temp was cold in both lakes so hopefully the warmer summer temps will make the Tigers more aggressive.
From Chris Gardiner: Not local but if anyone ever found themselves in the Spokane area about an hour or so East you can drive up along the North Fork of the Couer D’Alene river in Idaho. It’s a beautiful river and the road has a ton of easy public access spots to fish. I had a free pass on Father’s Day weekend and did pretty fair on West Slope Cutthroat. They were pretty good fighters and didn’t let up, even in the net!
From Jim Bennett: First “big” bass of the season and a large mouth at that. Weighted in at 1.9 lbs. Caught near Hebb Park. Not on a fly unfortunately. Still trying to figure that one out.
From Greg O’Brien: I’ve been doing hardly any fishing lately due to studying for by board exam coming up next week and I got COVID too, finally. That wiped me out for a few days.
A friend a I floated Warm Springs to Trout Creek with my cataraft for a day of mainly trout Spey style fishing. He went deep with his 4 wt using sculpins and T tips while I stayed more toward the top with a 3 wt, Scandi head and soft hackles. I got one nice trout with a hard mid-swing grab near Warm Springs, then fishing was real slow as we went down through the Mecca stretch. We had a tribal permit too, so could fish both sides once below Dry Creek. We saw lots of back anglers and many rafts and guide drift boats were on the river too.
I switch up to a dry dropper and had a couple small trout or smolts slash at a Yellow Sally dry and hooked a couple on a little rainbow warrior dropper. Overall a slow but beautiful day. One of the guid/client boats we saw often took out in front of us and said they only hooked 3 trout during the day, so not just slow for us. Anyway, can’t wait to go back!
I forgot that early June before another water spike I fished for Shad on the WA side below Bonneville. I went with Spey rod since I was standing right at the willows. 5 wt Spey with T11 worked well. I got a half dozen or so fun Shad in an hour or two before it started pouring rain.
From Dave Kilhefner: In early June I hit Harriet a couple times and did really well. Tried to do some Shad fishing but the water was pretty high, getting up into the parking lot at Clackamette Park so mostly I hit the OFC ponds instead. The fish were picky but after seeing a bunch of damsels flying around I tied on a damsel nymph and managed to land a pretty nice trout. Wrapped up the month by getting COVID and was really sick for 5 days but thankfully now I’m fine.
According to the NOAA Climate website we are having La Niña year. Why should this be on your radar? Well, La Niña weather patterns come from cooler than average Pacific Ocean surface temps that cause, among other things, last months wet and stormy “Juneuary” weather. As we roll into summer it should be a lot easier to find quality fishing opportunities than it was last year, just be prepared for the occasional sudden rainstorm and a few more mosquitos.
It’s a relief to go into summer with the rivers full and the forests wet after the drought conditions the last few years, but all that rain “power washed” most of my Willamette Shad & Clackamas Steelhead fishing plans away this year. Fortunately fishing at Lake Harriet hit an all time peak last month, fishing better than it ever has before or likely ever will again, which is saying something! Trillium and Timothy Lakes were pretty good too.
We’ll have a REGULAR meeting Tuesday July 19th at High Rocks with the social hour starting at 6pm and the presentation at 7pm. I’ll get an email reminder out a day or two before the meeting.
We have a treat for our July 21st Fish A Long. Chris Brehm has generously offered to let us stay at his place south of Sunriver for the weekend. Details will go out via email.
For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “July” or “August” and you’ll get all the past reports for that month.
If there is anything you want to see on our blog, let me know.
Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know you appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip.
This month the Presidents Message will be combined with June Fish A Long report. The two mesh together pretty well as it’s been nearly impossible to pick decent fish a long locations in 2022 with all the colder weather & high water making for unpredictable fishing. For instance, this month we were supposed to go for Shad at Bonneville but very high water put the kibosh on that. So when Mike Shiiki texted a couple weeks ago to say he’d made it down to Lake Harriet and not only was the “catching” on fire but there were lots of big fish too, it was a huge relief to finally have a “can’t miss” spot for the fish a long.
Unfortunately, I probably jinxed the weather by buying that extra box of donuts for all the people that were going to show up to catch a bunch of big trout last Saturday. The forecast was for heavy rain and on Friday we did have what could be described as a raingear test, but on Saturday the weather was pretty nice with a mix of low then high clouds and a few sprinkles from 8am to 2:30 pm.
With the high gas prices I’ve been trying to camp out and get in an extra day of fishing whenever possible & made a plan with Rich Harvey to fish Lake Harriet Friday afternoon. The forecast was for wet weather but the road from Rhododendron the Timothy Lake was dry: it turned out to be a good sign that didn’t last. By mid afternoon the rain arrived. Fortunately we caught a fair number of trout from 11” to 18” plus Rich got the Lake Harriet trifecta, landing a cutthroat, numerous rainbows and a brown.
On weekends like this my outdoor clothing motto of “don’t buy if it’s not quick dry” really paid off and I was able to quickly dry out and get comfortable after enduring a good downpour out in my float tube.
While the campground at Harriet wasn’t full it was “fully reserved” so we drove a couple miles up the road and truck camped at Shellrock Creek camp & we were the only ones there. The rain let up at dusk and we built a nice fire and enjoyed a cold one and a cigar, but it was drippy under the trees. Then it started raining harder and harder so a little before 10 we went to bed. It was for the most part a restfull night but around 2 am driving rain woke me as it sounded like I was in a car wash ( I slept in the cab of my truck). Fortunately it didn’t last.
Saturday dawned rain free but the creek was high and flowing hard. I made the short drive to Harriet and met Dave Doble in the parking lot. Dave got geared up & started fishing while Rich and I BSed until 9:45 but no one else showed, so we got geared up and out on the lake then started catching fish right away. Better still, we had the lake to ourselves, I guess the weather forecast kept folks away. Then the clouds lifted and it got pretty nice out!
Rich stayed by the boat ramp area and I could see he was doing very well. Dave was stationed by the catwalk and he was doing well too. I kicked down around the corner and there wasn’t another soul in sight and the fish were cooperative. It doesn’t get any better!
We compared notes at the end of the day and there was really no “hot fly” as Rich was using a sparkly minnow looking fly, Dave did well on a #12 black woolly bugger and I tried various leech patterns and they all worked; the key on this day was to just get something in the water. Lots of strikes were soft and came on the drop. I missed many of them but connected with several dozen too!
Most fish were the 11-13” planters but we all landed a handful the larger rainbows up to 18” plus a brown or two. The lake was 48 degrees & the water was very clear on Friday but got colored up a bit on Saturday.
Weather was pretty nice in the morning but it got windy and rainy around 2pm so we decided to pack up and head home, otherwise we might have stayed another day and kept wearing out flies!
This month we’ll have a regular meeting at High Rocks on Tuesday, June 21st. Social hour starts at 6pm and the presentation starts at 7pm. The “first beer free” rule will still apply. Hope to see you there!
The water levels and weather this May were a little crazy, but as you’ll see from this report CFF members were flexible and found plenty of good places to fly fish. As always, pictures first with the reports below.
From John Silkey: Spent last week at Guide School on the S. Fork of the Snake in Idaho with Worldcast. Amazing experience! Got to dive deep into all things fly fishing for a week and spent most days on the water learning how to properly and safely pilot a drift boat while guiding clients. (Even got to do a little fishing and got this nice Yellowstone Cutt.)
I don’t own a boat yet but am looking to practice more, so if anyone needs an oarsman I’m keen to spend time paddling and getting to know area.
From Mike Shiiki: Lost Lake in the coast range: First time there and it was recently stocked with a bunch of hatchery rainbows and some steelhead. The rainbows hit all day, all were hatcheries from 8-12″. We trolled #14 black/red Half-Wit leeches on an intermediate line from our float tubes; this technique is still killing it! My friend Christian was using float line, no indicator and stripping a long leader with leaches/buggers. Steelhead could be seen near the surface and occasionally rise. I ended up landing two that hit leaches; the first was 26″ and the second was bigger. It’s an easy lake to get into, has a parking lot, bathroom and a hiking trail around it. Worth checking out.
My son Nathaniel and I made our first trip to Harriett Lake May 28th; the road from Timothy to Harriet is under construction AGAIN, but the detour is clearly marked & adds 15 min to the drive. It was worth the trip! We were the only ones out on the lake and we found some big fish by the inlet. Nathan caught a couple nice browns and an 18″ and 20″ rainbow, plus we found ALOT of 16-17″ hatchery rainbows down stream from the big orange barrier and into where the lake widens up. It started pouring rain from about 12:30pm – 3:00 but the bite didn’t slow down at all. Trolling black hal-wits on an intermediate line was the ticket.
Went back Monday 5/31 and it was a good day again, but not like the previous trip. My friend Paul landed a 19″ rainbow and I landed a couple 18″ers. There just aren’t many people making that drive up there, so now’s a good time to go.
From Chris Brehm: I was able to spend a day on the Big D with my brother Steve fishing the Salmon Fly hatch. Fishing near Warm Springs and Dry Creek, we caught multiple fish up to 17″ on nymphs in the morning, then on big bugs from late afternoon til dark.( Steve’s shirt is off after falling in)
I had two trips on the ocean for Halibut. The first was 40 miles out of Westport WA, but was cut short by engine problems after quick limits of Lingcod. One might think that a 15 hour trip which featured an 8-1/2 hour return (limping back to port at 5 knots) would cure me of long ocean runs, but 3 days later out of Newport I landed a 46″ Halibut near the “Rockpile”. Three of us limited on Halibut plus a few rockfish.
From Wayne Hughes: Fished Rocky Ridge lakes with Jim Teeny. We caught and released a lot of really nice fish in the 18-22” range. Of course all our fish were all hooked on Teeny Nymphs; Jim’s new size 14 leech in blue/black with silver bead and natural size 12 leeches were best. We used Jim’s 5’ ghost sink tip line and in the deeper part of the lake, the T-130 sinking line.
CFF Board Retreat: We had our annual board retreat at Rocky Ridge in early May. 15 to 25 mph winds made for a tough fishing day and Jim got his pontoon boat pinned against the rocks at Mules Ear when the wind was blowing especially hard. In spite of this we all got fish in the 18” to 22” range, landing about 10 fish each. Leech flies on an intermediate line worked the best by far.
From Dave Kilhener: I’ve been spey fishing the Clackamas for summer steelhead without any success. It’s a super slow year plus the crazy water levels haven’t helped but its fun to get out when the weather is nice plus you can’t catch them if you don’t try! On the first trip out I got my spey rod stuck togther and it didn’t seem like it would ever come apart again. I read up on various ways to get it apart and tried them all. After a couple weeks I tried packing the ferrel in ice & salt, let it sit for an hour and that did the trick.
To put a bend in my fly rod I made a couple trips to the Oregon Fishing Club. The fish were finicky and my standard long tailed woolly buggers & half wits produced mostly short strikes, so I put on one of Phil Hager’s size #8 brick leeches and converted those short strikes into hookups!