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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CFF February Fish-A-Long

This month’s Fish-A-Long will be held Saturday, February 25th on the Clackamas River. The location is yet to be determined but will likely be at McIver Park at the lower boat ramp. The wading here is easy and fish have been caught.

What- Winter Steelhead

Where- Clackamas River

When- 8am until lunchtime, Saturday, February 25th

Equipment-

  • Spey or Switch Rod
  • Skagit Line & sink tip(s)
  • 15lb tippet material
  • flies, bright patterns and dark patterns
  • waders & wading staff
  • rain gear
  • warm, layered clothing

Directions- go to McIver Park. Take the 1st left and drive down the hill. There will be a few turn outs—just keep to the left until you reach the lower boat ramp area.

We will have coffee, donuts and lunch. This fish a long will focus on spey casting and swung fly presentations. Questions; email or call Paul Brewer or Dave Kilhefner. Hope to see you there!

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Sandy River Steelhead Trip

Our February auction is for a seat on a full day Sandy River Steelhead float trip with Mark Bachmann of The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches.  Nobody knows the Sandy like Mark and he will put you on prime waters!

The auction winner will be joined by the winner of the raffle to be held at the Feb. 21 club meeting.  The 2 of you will then get to negotiate dates with Mark.

Minimum opening bid is $140.

To make a bid send me an email at bartschp@gmail.com

Be sure to include a return email, a contact phone number, your full name, and of course, your bid.

Bids will be time stamped so earliest bid breaks the tie.

The auction closes at 5:30  p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Please note the change in time to 5:30!

Let me know if you have questions.  Good Luck!

Thanks again to The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches for being a gold level sponsor of CFF! 

Phil Bartsch

gold-sponsor   The Fly Fishing Shop  http://flyfishusa.com/

Jan 28th Fish-A-Long Report

Fishing was good, weather was good, camaraderie was good, food was good but the catching was not good. That’s winter steelhead fly fishing!

Thanks to everyone for coming and making this a fun fish-a-long!

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Jim Adams showing us the right way to spey cast & swing the fly slowly across the current. If there was a fish in there, he’d a caught it!

Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic

Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic at The Fly Fishing Shop

Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please share the day with us at The Fly Fishing Shop! A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration!

Free Food, Prizes, Programs, & Demonstrations!

Factory reps and fly fishing experts will share their knowledge:

Mark Bachmann—Patty Barnes—Hawkeye Hawkins—Tony Barnes—Bruce Berry—Garry Sandstrom—Brian Silvey—Dick Sagara—Marty Sheppard—Charles St. Pierre—Nick Rowell—Tom Larimer

Planned Presentations & Demonstrations:

9:00 – 9:45 am – Mark Bachmann – Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing from the Beginning 10:00 – 10:45 am – Hawkeye Hawkins – How Spey Components Work Together 11:00 – 11:45 am – Marty Sheppard – Oregon Trout, Bass & Steelhead

11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Free BBQ Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm – Tom Larimer – Modern Trout Spey Fishing 2:00 – 3:00 pmRob Crandall – Winter Spey Strategies

All Day – Fly Tying Demonstrations By Brian Silvey, Bruce Berry, Charles St. Pierre, Hawkeye Hawkins, Nick Rowell Featuring the region’s most experienced steelhead guides tying their favorite winter steelhead flies.

See you there!

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October 18th Speaker – Josh Linn

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.

Josh’s bio:

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.

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