Everyone, we’ve decided to cancel the Fish A Long this weekend.
Lane Hoffman drove down to the coast recently and reports the water is very low and there were very few fish. Also, the 10 day forecast shows dry weather conditions persisting thru the weekend.
For those that want to get in some good Chum action, last year there were
reports of very good Chum fishing the two days prior to the Nov 15th
closure. Unfortunately we can’t schedule a mid-week fish a long to take
advantage of this.
Some other local options: -Thursday Nov 7th is the Beer & Cheer event with Simon Gawesworth. It’s at the Tap & Table on Ankeny and starts at 6pm.
-Several of the Oregon Fishing Club Ponds have recently been stocked with
trout including the ones we fish the most; Rainier and Highland Lakes.
-The Deschutes River is still fishing well for trout.
This months Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday November 10th. It’s our annual trip to the Kilchis River fishing for Chum Salmon. This is a popular, well attended CFF trip fishing for big, strong, hard fighting Chum salmon. Early reports have confirmed this should be a banner year for Chum returns to the Tillamook areas streams.
What– Chum Salmon
Where– meet at Kilchis River Park
When– 8am Saturday the 10th of November
Equipment-7 to 10wt rods with matching reel & floating & sink tip lines with at least 100 yards of backing / 6 to 10 ft leaders tapered to 15 to 20 pound test / Bright colored flies, bright both weighted and unweighted in size 2 to 6-I’ll have extras / Long nose pliers, Chums have big sharp teeth / Waders & wading staff. The Kilchis in not a hard river to wade / Rain gear, it’s the Oregon coast / Warm, layered clothing
Directions– take highway OR- 6 to Tillamook, then head North on Hwy 101 to the Kilchis river road. Take the Kilchis river road & when you pass the gravel pit take a right over the wooden bridge well meet at the parking lot of the boat launch on the left. Instruction and extra equipment will be provided. I will be down checking on the fishing conditions Friday the 9th. Check the blog for updates before heading over.
Chum salmon are very strong and put up a stubborn battle. If you have never caught on of these 10 to 20 pound bruisers, this trip is for you! It’s usually a real fun action packed outing that shouldn’t be missed, hope to see you there! Questions, email Paul Brewer or call Lane Hoffman 503-706-7543.
The “June Fly Fishing Reports” blog was a hit so here’s another edition for July.
Zach Epstein of Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitter fished at Rocky Ridge and put together a great video of trout attacking mouse patterns. He said he hooked about a dozen trout fishing this way–something to try next time!
Brad Jonasson provided these photo’s from the CFF’s annual Owyhee River Trip from last month.
While unsuccessfully chasing shad in the Willamette Dave Kilhefner picked a nice smallmouth bass.
Erik from Bridgeport Orvis store hit the Clackamas River. He says “the Clackamas provides a unique opportunity to catch decent trout close to Portland. However, these fish shouldn’t be in the river as they are clipped, residualized hatchery steelhead & clipped trout that made it through River Mill dam. You are encouraged to keep these fish as they compete with native species to the river.
There are Spring Chinook in the upper Sandy River. Dave Kilhefner was spey casting for them when this nice angler arrived then got one on a spinner. He graciously asked permission to make a few casts and his good Karma was quickly rewarded. It was a native and quickly released.
Hugo Jim traveled to New Orleans for a family get together and took time out to chase Redfish and got this beauty!
Jim Behrend went to the North Santiam and caught 2 smolt , a sucker plus he and his wife caught a bunch of small rainbows.
Greg O’Brien traveled to Puget Sound to fish for Sea Run Cutthroat Trout and Coho with the guys from a Royal Treatment. Fishing was slow, but they managed to get a couple really nice sea runs. They saw a few silvers from the beach but did not hook up with any.
Randy Clark, our speaker from Orvis Bridgeport got into some good Tiger Musky action up in Washington. Between himself and fishin’ buddy Ryan and they totaled up nearly 30 follows, 5 hookups, one broken line, and one fish landed that went 44″. He had one that was significantly larger follow the fly right to his feet, follow three large ovals at the boat then sit there staring at the fly right on it’s nose before turning away. Fast stripping small baitfish patterns in size 6 seemed best, using an intermediate line.
Adrian Choate is on a big road trip to Alaska! He’s at the Susitna (muddy) / Montana Creek (clear) confluence. He reports the Chum and Silvers are coming in plus Kings have been in the rivers for a while. Next are large , bead eating rainbows. If that isn’t enough, Grayling are taking dries aggressively. Gotta love Alaska!
Trux Dole reports the rod builders met and successfully prepped & attached both handles and rod seats, marked spines and line guides and learned how to wrap their guides. Big thanks to Ken B and Tom F for helping teach and tutor folks and to George C for sharing his tools and tips. Linda successfully repaired her childhood bamboo rod with a new wrapping on line guides and got her first coat of epoxy applied.
Thanks in absentia to Ron B for his materials and for ordering the supplies and all his years of teaching. He was missed but we charged on. Next step will be epoxying the guide wraps and adhering the tips.
My friend Jay got into some nice smallmouth in the lower Clackamas by the water intake.
This year’s new Fly Fishing Challenge is to Catch and Release three (3) different fish-types on a flyrod (using a wet or dry fly) of any local variety of a salmonid species
Complete the Y’17 Fly Fishing Challenge; Catch and release a salmonid from a river, a lake, and a creek.
Terms and conditions: No hold-over fish count from Y’17 and if you completed this last year you need to select the new 2018 FFC.
Certificate Award for the Fly Fishing Challenge, a Fly Fishing Challenge Patch for the first-time completion or a new recognition pin or patch for 2nd time completion.
End of year drawing for a $25 gift certificate for those who complete a Fly Fishing Challenge in 2018.
Rise to the Challenge! Come to the Jan. 16th CFF meeting to sign-up!
The last Fish-A-Long was a big success. The weather was cooperative, there was a great turnout and everyone had some chum salmon action! Thank you to Lane Hoffman for all his help putting on this event and thank you to everyone who attended!
Here’s the plan: meet at the Kilchis River Park Saturday morning. We’ll gear-up, talk strategy, then hit some favorite stretches in pursuit of these hard fighting salmon Instruction will be provided for members who require it.
~7 to 10wt rods with matching reel & at least 100 yds of backing. I’ll have a couple of extra outfits, check with me
~floating & sink tip lines
~7 1/2 to 10ft leaders tapered to 20 to 25lbs
~flies, egg patterns & Chum flies, look up on the internet, check with our sponsor fly shops, I’ll have extra
~pliers or forceps these fish have really big teeth
~waders & wading boots & I much suggest a wading staff.
~rain coat & rain hat. It’s Oregon
~dress in layers as the temperature can really vary
~camera in waterproof bag
Directions: Take Hwy 26 west, then turning onto Hwy 6 to Tillamook. Turn right onto Hwy 101, go past the cheese factory then turn on the Kilchis river road & drive to the Kilchis River Park. Cross the wooden bridge, & we’ll meet in the parking lot. This an annual & popular CFF outing. It’s a really good chance to hook these large (8 to 20 pounds) hard fighting fish. We normally fish till 1 or 2, meet at a local watering hole for lunch before heading home. I’ll go down Friday the 10th & check the fishing conditions. If there is a problem it will be posted on the CFF blog Friday evening. Hope you can make this trip, it’s usually a blast!
Contact: Lane Hoffman; 503-706-7543 leave a message I’ll get back to you. firstname.lastname@example.org