Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fishing tonight with Jim from Troutwater.


This evening President Dave called our meeting to order at 7:35 pm.

Tonight we had 25 members and guest in attendance.

V. President Tom had on display a layout of the Walla Walla 4-H Super Saturday activities and the Thank you given our club for the help given that day.

Herb and Dale spoke of their connection with Brent Cummings of the Walla Walla School District and his plans to have an educational workshop concentrating on fly tying and fly fishing. This workshop will bring up to 20 educators from around the state of Washington to have a hands-on experience with fly fishing for the day.
Plans for this workshop are:

  • Wed., June 27th
  • 8am - 12pm (snack break from 10am-10:15am)
  • Whitman College (Maxey Hall, classroom # TBD)

Judy said that she would also like to take part with helping in this workshop. Anyone else that would like to join us please contact Walla² Fly Fishers via email at <wallawallaflyfishing@gmail.com for more details.

Joining us this evening was Sam and Brad from the newly opened Walla Walla Sportsman’s Warehouse. Sam is the store manager and Brad is the fishing (fly fishing) department salesperson. It was nice to get to meet them.
They brought with them this evening Sportsman’s Warehouse caps, $10 and $30 Gift Certificates. 
Thank you Sam and Brad for the gifts.

This evening we had the pleasure to have Jim Gallagher fishing guide and co-owner of Troutwater Guide Service. This writer is not going to try to discuss here all the waters and fish species that Jim guides to, but will ask that your interest will take you to the following links to share in his guide services, the rivers he “works”, and his fishing expertise. 

“I have had the pleasure of fishing with Jim Gallagher, co-owner of Trout Water Guide
Service in Ellensburg and Cle Elum for the past 14 plus years on several rivers in both Washington and Montana. His knowledge and expertise as a guide is unmatched as far as I am concerned. WE have fished for rainbow trout and Steelhead. The care he takes with his clients makes your fishing experience a pleasure. Bottom line is he works hard and enjoys helping his clients catch fish. And he takes very good care of the resource too. My recommendation to fly fishermen is to take at least one trip with him or one of his other experienced guides on any of the many rivers they fish to experience the knowledge and enjoyment of a guided fishing trip.”
-Vice President Tom





This evening the fly boxes went to… Joe winning the Door Prize and Heidi winning the Raffle. 


Dale mentioned this evening that since he is again living next to the Walla Walla River at OR/WA state line, he has been posting FYI - emails to the club membership of the fly hatches he has observed, and tracking the water flow (cfs) of the river at Pepper Bridge.

April 14

April 18

Our meeting was adjourned at 8:35. 

Our next meeting will be held at Smith's Family Restaurant on W. 9th Street in Walla Walla on Wednesday
16 May 2018. 

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Due to Technical Difficulties



This evening President Dave called our meeting to order at 7:10. 
Tonight we had 17 members and guest attending.

In the course of human events we had made extra effort to line up a program presentation for tonight…

Dave had tried to have Gary Figgins make his presentation of building and re-conditioning bamboo fly rods – Gary couldn’t make it.
Dale had thereafter tried to make a date with Ron Campbell to have dinner with us to discuss the fine points of Kokanee fishing at Wallowa Lake. 

Ron currently holds the World Record for the largest Kokanee caught… in Oregon’s Wallowa Lake. 
Ron Campbell of Pendleton holding his World Record 9-pound 10-ounce kokanee 
Ron was tied up with two out-of-town trials this week.

Since Plan A and B had not worked to our benefit, President Dave turned to Plan C, to show a fly fishing video on aquatic insects from our club’s fly fishing library. 

This is where we really ran into technical difficulties – our DVD projector failed.

So this evening we had an around the room discussion of…
President Dave had addressed the group via email a week ago, to bring thoughts to this meeting of things to do, and places to go fishing in 2018.


Tonight we discussed things to do, places to go.

Diane brought to everyone’s’ attention with a handout, that there was going to be a fly fishing ~ fly tying workshop offered in June; and asking who might be interested in participating in that program.
4-H Super Saturday Program at St. Patrick’s Church this Saturday from 9:30a – 2:30p.

Steelhead fishing on the Walla Walla River the past 2 weeks has been hot – anyone want to go fishing?

Steelhead fishing on the Wallowa River should be getting hot in the next month with the ever present consideration of avoiding spring snowstorms. Also to consider is the need to take one’s own rock to fish from, as the fishing crowds converge on that river prior to April 15th, can be rather thick.

Daniel mentioned that he and Robin had fished Nunnally Lake last weekend, with some success. They found a good rigging for the large trout there was to use an intermediate sink line with a Wooly Bugger and a Prince Nymph dropper.

Dave talked about Omak Lake when the winter weather brakes. He found some good catching there last fall, before the cold weather set in. Dave also mentioned that the Walleyes were spawning at Lyon's Ferry on the Snake River right now.

Dale mentioned that it had been talked about previously having a group outing to Indian Lake out of Pilot Rock, OR in mid-June.

~ It was mentioned that once Bennington Lake is filled and stocked, we should again try to have some group catching outing at Bennington.











Last spring on Bennington Lake

















~ Dale said that when he received word from the Pendleton group of fly fishers making high lake outing plans, he would let this group know so we might join them.









There are a number of  nearby Oregon lakes to jump in, once the roads are clear of snow.






Our meeting was adjourned at 7:50.


Our next meeting will be held at Smith's Family Restaurant on W. 9th Street in Walla Walla on Wednesday
18 April 2018. 


Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Running the rapids with Grant and Lottie




President Dave called our meeting to order at 7:20 this evening.

We had 21 members and guest in attendance.

This evening we had guest speakers Grant and Lottie Richie addressing our meeting on their 2018 operations at Minam Raft Rentals

and Minam Store


This evening Grant told us about the particulars of their operation at Minam, while Lottie operated the slide show. Grant broke down their calendar year of operation on a month-by-month basis.

Starting Memorial Day through July they will have 25 rafts operating on the lower Wallowa River and Grand Ronde River. From July through September they will be operating their rafts on the Snake river, and making mention that their rates were posted on their business website.



This evening Grant gave us a very good breakdown of a usual annual fly fishing activity guide for the Wallowa River:

January - most of the Wallowa Country is frozen, river has a lot of ice flow, fishing is slow with a few steelhead in sight

February - March bring your favorite late season steelhead flies to the river


and enjoy the season

April - May is a good time for a little dry fly action with a dropper catching most of the work of the day

May - around Mother's Day is time for an abundant Caddis hatch



May - spring runoff / Wallowa Mountain snow melt - when riverflow can rise above 12,000 cfs - it is fly tying season in the canyon.

June - the last three weeks of the month has an abundant Golden Stonefly hatch to match



July 4 - September is great fishing / catching with almost any fly that one can hit the water with

September - October is the season for the October Caddis (Dicosmoecus gilvipes) Hatch - the prize of the Pacific Northwest.



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Beginning this year -2018- Grant and Lottie's operation will be taking on a new facet called the Snake River.
They will be rafting Hells Canyon trips from July 4 through September, targeting bass with their poppers and large Muddler Minnows.

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In late October, early November steelhead begin entering the waters around Troy, OR and with that the steelhead season is on again; running the Grand Ronde and Wallowa rivers through the early spring runoff and spawning season.


Several of our Walla² Fly Fishers have become regular clients of Grant and Lottie's and have come back with evidence of their fishing / catching success.



Diane's trout













Tom's steelhead 


Barbara's trout



Tom with another bruised lip steelie - all in a day's work


This evening Jerry won the Door Prize fly box, and Diane again won the Raffle Prize fly box,





and everyone received a Knot Tying Guide from President Dave.




Again, Thank You Lottie and Grant for sharing your experiences with us again as everyone looks forward to a 2018 fishing season.

Our next meeting will be held at Smith's Family Restaurant -
West 9th Street in Walla Walla 
on Wednesday 21 March 2018 

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary




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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Stillwater fly fishing with Daniel and Robin



This evening President Dave called our meeting to order a few minutes after 7:00.
We had 15 club members and quest in attendance.
Tonight we held our annual elections of club officers. The floor was opened for any and all nominations. A motion was made that the current club officers continue in their same capacity. This motion was entertained and was agreed upon unanimously. For 2018 we will keep our current club officers -- 

Dave Stemmer – President
Tom Craig – Vice President
Doug Coe – Treasurer
Dale McKain – Secretary

President Dave reminded everyone that with the New Year that club membership dues are now due –
annual dues $15 individual -- $20 family

We have had a couple of our past meeting videos misplaced. Tonight the DVD video 

 and the video DVD case cover was recovered.

These videos are again available to our currently paid membership for their use and fly fishing entertainment.

Diane Briggs announced that she was beginning another Intermediate Fly Tying Class at WWCC next week.

Our program this evening was a slide presentation by Daniel Biggs 
of he and wife Robin’s 2017 circumnavigation of the Oregon Territory (Washington and Oregon) stillwater fly fishing opportunities.
With all the lakes mentioned tonight, all the info given, this writer will list a number of these lakes with fishing info links to many of these WA Lowland fishing lakes, from the WDFW website.

Central Washington Lowland fishing lakes



Stan Coffin Lake 

Walla Walla County fishing lakes
Daniel and Robin finished their summer tour at Oregon's Wickiup Reservoir fishing for Kokanee salmon.
Thank You Daniel and Robin for sharing your summer adventures with us this evening. We would like to mention that during this around the Pacific Northwest fishing adventure, Robin and Daniel got married - Congratulations!

This evening Heidi won the raffle - fly box, and Les won the door prize fly box.


Our next meeting will be held at Smith's Family Restaurant on W. 9th Street in Walla Walla on Wednesday
21 February 2018. 


Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary


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Doug Coe – Treasurer
Dale McKain – Secretary - Blogmaster 
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