CFF July Fly Fishing Reports

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.

Great job everyone!

Rod Building and Repair Class

New Club Project – Rod building and or rod repair class

Want to build your own fly rod?  Already have a rod that needs a little repair?

Sign up for this year’s Rod Build/Repair Class. 

What’s involved?

Three sessions and a little homework is all it takes.

Step 1. Define your rod and order your parts. (with our help and club discount)

Step 2. Prep the cork handles, reel seats, blanks and learn how to tie on the guides.

Step 3. Finalize your guides and reel seats.

Step 4. Put on a big grin as you catch fish on your handiwork.

The Particulars:

We’ll meet for a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday and walk you through the process  step by step, provide the initial instruction, and let you borrow jigs for you to work on at home. Then we’ll reconvene a week or two later to finish up.

What’s it cost?

The CLUB gets a discount when purchasing the components (rod blanks, guides, rod seat and thread).  We also provide all the consumables, like epoxy, brushes, mixing cups.

You determine the cost by how high end you want to go with things like rod blanks or rod seats. That said, you can spend less than $100.00 and still have a great rod that will last you a lifetime and make you smile with each fish you catch.

Where is it?

One of our members is graciously providing his home in Mountain Park (off I-5 and 217) for the building and instruction on the rods.

When is it?

We will have a project planning meeting in a few weeks to help you decide if this works for you. It’s a fun project.

How do I Sign up?

If you’re interested please contact one of the following people to get your name on the list.

Trux Dole – dole.trux@gmail.com  or 971-236-3302 (cell)

Ron Bouchard – ronniebouchard58@gmail.com or 503-949-4955 (cell)