January 16th Speaker: Nick Rowell

Nick Rowell of Anadromous Anglers will be CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, January 16th.

Nick guides for Steelhead on our own Clackamas River and is the Clackamas River Steward for the Native Fish Society. He is also a master fly tier and is regularly featured at both Royal Treatment and The Fly Fishing Shop. His presentation will be on Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing. It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!

Meeting details: https://clackamasflyfishers.org/meetings-events/

Nick’s website: http://anadromousanglers.com/

October 21st Fish-A-Long

This months Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday October 21st on the Deschutes River in Maupin.

The plan: meet at Paul Brewer’s place in Maupin between 8am and 9am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. We will then hit the river! Most likely we will travel down river to the area of Beavertail. There is ample parking and a nice area to fish.

Please email ponzdog@icloud.com if you plan to attend so we can get you a map to Paul’s place and also so we can get a head count.

Gear: 4 to 6wt rods with matching reel & floating lines. Indicator nymphing rigs with small glo- bugs and/or standard nymphs like Pheasant Tails and Hair’s ears. Swinging for steelhead is a possibility too but reports indicate steelhead fishing has been really slow. Waders with felt or cleated boots and layered clothing (can be cool in the morning).

Lunch: The club will provide lunch. Come to the meeting on the 16th to find out more.

This is a great time to fish the Deschutes River for trout as they will be concentrated below schools of spawning salmon and fishing can be excellent! This is also a great fish along to make an overnight trip.  There are many campgrounds and I may host dinner as well.  If interested in staying in Maupin come to the meeting on the 17th so we can measure the interest.

Questions: E-mail Paul at ponzdog@icloud.com

Jay Nicholas – Requested Links

Great presentation last night by Jay Nicholas!

Here are the requested links from his presentation:

Pacific City Fly Fishing: http://www.pacificcityflyfishing.com/contact.html

Jay’s Book Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/701338975/salmon-fishers-journal-by-jay-nicholas

Jay’s website: https://fishingwithjay.wordpress.com/

Jay’s YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jay+nicholas+fly+fishing

July 18 Speaker – Jay Nicholas

Jay Nicholas is a retired fisheries biologist. The facts read something like this: four decades a professional scientist; five decades a passionate angler; four decades a dedicated fly tyer; honored for fisheries science and conservation accomplishments; artist; author of a dozen self published books related to fly fishing, salmon conservation, and fishing culture; recent contributor to Steelheader’s Journal, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Journal, and Salmon Trout Steeheader; featured in over a hundred You Tube videos on fly tying; regular contributor to the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog.

Most of his fishing experience is focused on steelhead and salmon in western Oregon, especially in the coastal rivers and (recently) the nearshore waters near Pacific City. Jay’s passion for all things related to fly fishing and fly tying is matched only by his passion for family. He lives in Corvallis and Pacific City Oregon.

It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!

Meeting details: https://clackamasflyfishers.org/meetings-events/

June 20 Speaker – Jason Osborn

Jason Osborn will be the CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, June 20th. Jason is the owner of Ozcast Outfitters plus he’s the shop manager and head guide at CFF’s Gold Sponsor, Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters.

Jason’s presentation will be on Catching More Steelhead; specifically the differences between summer steelhead, winter steelhead, high water & low water conditions and where to find steelhead in each of those scenarios.

It will be a great presentation you won’t want to miss!

Meeting details: https://clackamasflyfishers.org/meetings-events/

CFF Fly Fishing Challenge Underway

NOW is the time to calendar your fly fishing days away.

EXPLORE Oregon’s rivers, lakes and creeks this season.

DON’T miss out on the CFF Fly Fishing Challenge. Sign up!

TURN in your completed Catch Card at a regular CFF meeting.

RETURN the next month for your awards.

PROUDLY iron-on your patch and display your certificate.

PROMOTE the goals and aspirations of YOUR club!

May 16 Speaker – Dave Kilhefner

Dave Kilhefner will be the CFF’s guest speaker Tuesday, May 16th. Dave will present “Fly Fishing Hacks—Small Shortcuts to Big Success.”

We are also having a small Fly Tying Materials Swap so don’t forget to bring your surplus materials and equipment. We will have some tables set up to display everybody’s goods starting at 6:00 pm.  Please clearly mark your materials with your name and what your intention is for your materials (swap, sell, give away, etc.).  We will try to have all of the swapping, selling, and donating completed in time for the meeting’s starting time of 7:00 pm.

We will also have another chance to sign up for our Fly Fishing Challenge. 25 members have already done so – some have already recorded their first catch from April’s fish-along at Rainier Lakes. Most streams open May 22nd.  It’s free, easy and rewarding (patch and certificate). Start the season off by embracing the Challenge.

It will be a great meeting you won’t want to miss!

Meeting details: https://clackamasflyfishers.org/meetings-events/

February 25th Fish A Long Report

I’m typing this report on a windy, rainy Sunday morning and feeling thankful we had such a nice day yesterday for the Fish-A-Long at McIver Park.

We had a great turnout. Thanks to everyone for coming. A special thanks to Paul Brewer for the hot coffee and good food and Dave Kilhefner for spey casting instruction.

The water conditions were perfect for winter steelhead fly fishing. We fished every nook and cranny within sight but it has been a slow year and no fish were caught. Andrew reported seeing a fish jumping upstream but could not get it to take.

It was fun to help some of the clubs beginning spey casters with their casting and we made good progress! The theme of the day was to work on getting the anchor set. Once this is done the rest of the cast becomes much easier, but it takes a little time and practice to get used to the feel of a spey rod. Keep at it!

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