John Smeraglio will be the CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, April 18th. John has owned and operated the Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop since 1985. A long time guide and speaker, John’s presentation is always entertaining and informative!
We will also have a couple short presentations; one from Jim Coulthurst telling how the club was formed about 25 years ago and another by Brad Jonasson and Tom Flannery on a new program our club is sponsoring called the Fly Fishing Challenge.
It will be a great meeting you won’t want to miss!
Since the 2010 implementation of the Selective Water Withdrawal (SWW) Tower in Lake Billy Chinook and new water management at the Pelton-Round Butte dam complex, river users have observed extensive environmental changes in the lower Deschutes River. The DRA formed in 2013 to investigate those changes. Thus far, the DRA has documented many ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS in the lower Deschutes River related to warm water discharge temperatures, shifts in hatch timing and declines in aquatic insect populations, and the rampant proliferation of nuisance algae throughout the river.
When water chemistry, algae production, and macroinvertebrate populations change rapidly in a river system there is cause for alarm.
Jonah and Greg’s presentation will provide an overview of the conservation issues in the lower Deschutes River, then focus on the DRA’s most recent monitoring research findings, followed by a discussion of current advocacy work and where the DRA’s efforts are headed in 2017.
Clackamas Fly Fishers is pleased to welcome back Josh Linn as our October speaker. His presentation will be on fall Trout and Steelhead fly fishing.
Growing up I started fishing with my family, learning from my father and grandfather and we had a lot of good experiences.
As I got older I started going to the Deschutes and met a guide over there, Doug Cook. He was an extremely good fly tier and an amazing fly fisherman. At that time I didn’t really know that much about fly fishing but that changed when Doug took me under his wing.
He and taught me everything he knew; the art of tying flies, fly fishing and rowing drift boats. I became his chauffer for about 5 years, learning the Deschutes river like the back of my hand.
During this time I was kindling a relationship with my best friend Marty Sheppard. Marty and I started fishing together and in the late 90’s Marty introduced me to the Spey rod and It has been downhill ever since!
I have guided all over the Northwest; Bass and Steelhead on the John Day, Trout and Steelhead on the Grand Ronde, Whitewater rafting in Hells Canyon, Steelhead on the Sandy, Clackamas and Klickitat.
My main passion is catching anadromous fish on a swung fly, most recently in remote Alaska on the infamous river X and the Sandy River for Steelhead and Kings. The waters I guide are perfectly suited for a Spey rod.
Like most fisherman and guides I have a passion for photography and developing flies, so Fly fishing has become a hobby inside of a hobby. There are many aspects of Fly fishing. You can get as much out of fly fishing as you want to put into it.