The Corona virus situation made getting out and going fishing a bit confusing this month and many of us could not figure out what access points & waters were open or closed. Still, some folks managed to crack the code, get out and catch a few fish plus some 2020 Fly Fishing Challenges were met.
Here are their reports. As always, pictures first with the report below.
From Darryl Huff: May delivered fabulous fishing on the Deschutes! Most were taken on the dropper below a stonefly dry; occasionally the fish would key on the surface fly. Camped on the river when the big thunderstorm blew thru, the river got off color but the fishing was OK until the river got really ugly.
From Michael Longacre: Drove to Timothy Lake on May 29th. The Campgrounds were supposed to be open but they were not. I left around 1 PM and the gates were still closed. Trucks and Trailers were lined up to get in. I parked at a day use area and carried my boat in. The morning was wind free and warm and the lake had an algae bloom. Fish were jumping every where but I didn’t get any bites. Saw a bank angler catch a 13 inch rainbow on power bait.
From Richard Harvey: Been relegated to OFC properties due to all the closures but they haven’t disappointed. Been catching lots of big trout, bass, and bluegills. The fish are starting to take bigger flies this month.
From George Coutts and Dave Kilhefner: we fished the Oregon Fishing Club ponds several times. Fishing was hit and miss as the water got very warm on the hot days. Chironomids and streamers seemed to be the best producers.
Hi Everyone, the Coronavirus lockdown has most of us staying home to remain safe and healthy. During the month of March some CFF members ventured out on the water, kept their distance and enjoyed good fishing. Here are their stories with the pictures on top and the report below:
From Darryl Huff: All of the steelhead I landed in the month of March were wild. The one I’m holding surely made my top three best fighters for a winter steelhead. I found great success in my trips to the Deschutes after being introduced to the idea of fishing golden stones this time of year. In a discussion with an employee at the Deschutes Angler, I learned that the golden stone is carnivorous. Being on the move hunting for food they are more available to the fish than the salmon fly stone at this time.
From Frank Day: Fishing down at the coast was very good (in early March). After having good success on natives on some of the small streams, I ventured to the Wilson River and got a limit of hatchery steelhead.
From Greg O’Brien: Some friends and I went to the OP. We fished the Clearwater, Humptulips, Queets and Hoh. Fish were played and lost (me), and fish were caught and landed (not me). Timothy and I fished Puget Sound for Sea Run Cutts and brought some nice fish to hand.
From Richard Harvey: The Oregon Fishing Club properties have been warming up this month. Matching the hatches has been the key.
Also, congrats to Richard on completing the 2019 Fly Fishing Challenge! (We were late getting his certificate out to him)
From Phil Bartsh: All 3 goldfish are doing just fine. Thanks for asking.
From Lane Hoffman: The Crooked River trip had 5 members attending. The river was crowded but fishing was good. Most fish were caught using the Euro nymph method & emergers as we had a midge & BWO hatch. Rainbows & Whitefish. (No photo’s, sorry!)
day Ken Baker & I went to Chickahominy Res. Conditions were perfect but we
didn’t do well. A couple using power bait caught fish, nice hard fighting
rainbows to 20 inches.
went on to the Owyhee. Perfect day warm overcast expecting a BWO hatch. Didn’t
happen. They were raising the water level as the Res. is going to fill. Did
manage to catch a few but they were nice Browns to 22 inches.
Pictures are Rainbow’s from Rocky Ford Spring Creek near Ephrata WA. I was by myself & couldn’t get good pics! The bigger fish was 5 pounds! 2nd week in March!
Chris from Semper Fli Guide Service guided his client into this McKenzie river hog in early March.
July speaker Elke Littleleaf had a great month on the Deschutes, landing many fine redsides like the one pictured.
With the cloudy early July weather Rob Crandall has been sneaking out on the Clackamas River and swinging up a few summer steelhead.
Nick Wheeler got this awesome Bull Trout euro nymphing for rainbow trout after work.
Greg O’Brien had a great day on Trillium Lake with his daughter Abigail. Her smile says it all!
Jim Adams got away to East
Lake for a few hours while at Sunriver with family.There is usually a good
callibaetis hatch late morning through midday during the summer at East,
although the hatch was not as impressive as last year. Caught six fish. Five
Rainbows, the biggest being 18”. Also one kokanee, that put up quite a
fight for its size. Unlike last year, no browns were caught but saw one about 24″ take a callibaetis
natural off the surface about two rod lengths from me, which got the adrenaline
going. Caught fish on three different patterns: leech, callibaetis nymph and callibaetis
Adrian Choat went camping for 2 weeks camping at Crane Prairie. Spent mornings fishing from a kayak with best results stripping black wolly buggers and small red buggers. There was very little top water action. There are some large aggressive fish in Crane and he was broken off several times on 3x tippet.
Mark & Patty Bachman have been fishing Timothy Lake. They started with float tubes, then wend to pontoon boats. The last couple outings they’ve used their jet boat, allowing them to see the whole lake as never before. Fishing was great all day, every day even though the water temperature in the morning was 69-degrees and at dark it was over 74-degrees. Most of the fish we caught were planted rainbows that averaged 10-14 inches, the largest were 15-16 inches. During the morning and most of the day small wooly buggers did the trick. Most of those fish were caught with type-2 and type-3 sinking lines while fishing in about 15-feet of water. A slow twitchy retrieve with the fly near the bottom was amazingly productive. They saw a few Hexagenia mayflies one morning around 10:00 o’clock, but the fish didn’t pay any attention to them. The main hatch started with sporadic emergence about 4:00 in the afternoon, then gradually increased until dark. Fishing emergers in the dark resulted in a fish nearly every cast for about an hour and then died.
Richard Harvey has been chasing resident Coho along the beaches on Puget Sound. They are getting very active and taking baitfish patterns.
Greg O’Brien did a good bit of fishing in July. Harriett Lake produced a few browns on emergers, Dory fishing out of Pacific City was hot for Black Rockfish plus a cool Cabezon and a few Coho all on flies. He also hit an OFC property for bass and bluegill. He also floated the Deschutes from Beavertail to the mouth; they got several grabs, caught a big bass and a few nice trout on swung steelhead flies. He also hooked & lost a nice steelhead Euro nymphing for trout, which got about 100 yards downstream and broke his 5.5x tippet.
Hugo Jim went on a
family camping trip at Lost Lake in mid July. He fished both from my pontoon
and from the shore, taking fish on Adams dry flies and sub surface pattern such
as leeches. The Hex hatch was slow when he was there.
Carson Taylor also fishing Lost Lake with the Washington County Fly Fishers July
13th fish-along. Everyone caught a dozen+ fish, mostly around 10
inches. Carson caught a brown around 14-15 inches and a 12-13 inch rainbow; but
there are some larger fish! Olive woolly buggers and callibaetis nymphs worked
best. On the way home the Hood River Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile
Museum (waaamuseum.org) is worth a stop.
In early June Dave Kilhefner, Carson Taylor and Chris Dudley fished the Willamette River for Shad with Rob Crandall. In 4 hours of fishing we caught all the shad we could handle along with numerous doubles and six triple hookups.
Phil Hagar went up to Timothy for the June TU outing from the 5th to the 9th at the North Arm campground. It was a good trip despite some of the weather. Phil got into a bunch of 2-5 pound Rainbows and Brookies plus too many smaller fish to count. Loaned a reel with a sinking line plus a Brick Leech to Jim Teeny’s nephew then took him up by the islands, explained how to fish it and helped him catch his biggest ever Rainbow and also his first ever Brook Trout.
Adams, Gil Henderson, Carson Taylor, Chris Dudley, Pat Miller and Ron Bouchard
(who has relocated to Arizona and drove 1200 miles to join us) fished the
Owyhee River from June 16th-23rd.
was “challenging” and while fish were caught not everyone landed fish on this
trip. But the camaraderie, humorous stories, and good-natured barbs of
the group made it a enjoyable and memorable trip. This group has been getting
together for over 10 years.
major weather event had preceded us. The road in the canyon had been blocked by
slides and there were numerous piles of debris that had been removed from the
road. The river seemed to have been scoured out of plant and insect life. None
of the big hatches that we were used to seeing in previous years materialized. With
no fish feeding on the surface we relied on subsurface offerings…small
nymphs, streamers, and San Juan worms.
The water was off color when we arrived and the farther downstream you were the dirtier the water. The fish were either hunkered down or had also been swept downstream. On the good side, the fish that were landed were very healthy looking and seemed well fed despite the water conditions. Brown trout up to 22 1/2 inches were landed along with a few healthy rainbows.
Rich Harvey reports the Oregon Fishing Club lakes and ponds have been fishing very well this month, with the cooler weather keeping the big trout active.
Ron Woodke fished Trillium Lake in late June and did very well with Black Woolly Buggers, bringing about 17 fish to hand. Other fly patterns were tried but the trusty Black Woolly Bugger was what they wanted. Besides the good fishing, the weather was perfect and there was no wind.
Jim Behrend and his wife Pat fished the Oregon Fishing Club three times in June. They went to Shauna Pond and did pretty well there and also Blue Den Lake for the first time. They also tried the North Santiam site, which was a fun adventure, having some success with big dry flies. Jim tried Euro-nymphing with a Tenkara rod following Josh Linn’s suggestions at Royal Treatment Fly Shop. It worked surprisingly well considering it was a new technique. The rocks on the Santiam were super slippery, so be careful.
Lot’s of good fishing happens in May and CFF members got out and had good times on the water. Here are their reports:
In early May Lane Hoffman and Jim Romero had good action on large sized rainbows at Rocky Ridge Ranch.
Dave Kilhefner and Chris Obuchowski fished Big Tree Lake at
the Oregon Fishing Club. The water temperature had jumped to 64 degrees and the
bite was off but they still managed to grind out around a dozen trout in the
12” to 18” range. All the local wildlife was out enjoying the fine spring weather;
hunting ospreys, families of geese and even a beaver.
Dave Kilhefner traveled to Kona, Hawaii and caught some strong & interesting looking fish off the rocks.
CFF members Red Smith, Gil Henderson and Carson Taylar made a couple trips to the Deschutes River by Maupin, having good action on Redsides throwing big stonefly dries along undercut banks and under the trees.
Phil Hager spent 9 days camped at Crane Prairie, fishing Crane, Lava and Hosmer. It was windy nearly full time along with rain, hail, snow and even a little sunshine. Most of the days the highs we’re in the 40’s to low 50’s and nights close to freezing. Was it worth it? Rainbows, Cutthroat, Brookies, Browns and even a couple Bass were caught, with many 16″-18″ along with 3-5 pound Rainbows and Brook Trout,
Richard Harvey traveled to Puget Sound and had good action on sea run cutthroats during outgoing tides using baitfish imitation flies.
Greg O’Brien traveled to Massachusetts and experienced some hot Striper fishing, catching 40+ schoolies on the fly one morning in the bay. Big fish are coming soon we hope, our biggest was 30”.
Greg O’Brien found this nice brook trout along with several others at Timothy Lake.
Adrian Choate spent two weeks camping on the Deschutes. He had lots of stone fly dry action did do too well on nymphs. He reports at the end of May there are still quite a few bugs still flying and it’s the best stonefly hatch he’s seen in the last several years!