Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fishing with Bob Wolfe and Chironomids

March 9th the Walla² Fly Fishers came together at Jacobi's Cafee in Walla Walla. This evening we had 10 members seated for dinner. Our business meeting began at 7:00 pm with 18 members and guest in attendance. Discussed this evening was a number of upcoming events for all members to be aware of:
1) the Walla² Fly Fishers 3rd Annual Fly Fishing Fair will be again held at Waterbrook winery on June 11th.
the Washington FFF Council will hold its annual Fly Fishing Fair in Ellenboro, WA April 29-30.
3) 2011 club membership dues are due ($15) and payable to the Walla² Fly Fishers. Mail to Treasurer Doug Coe @ 1341 Lowell Drive Walla Walla, WA 99362
also there were passed out the raffle tickets for
a guided fishing trip on the Yakima River with Joe Rotter of Red's Fly Shop, for a club fund raiser. The lucky raffle winner of this club fund raiser will receive accommodations for 4 at the lodge of Red's Fly Shop, and guided fishing trip for 2. This raffle drawing will be held during our June 11th Fly Fishing Fair. Please contact President Bob Long or Scott Peters for more details and tickets.

Following our business meeting we once again were glad to have Bob Wolfe from Pendleton, OR and the Blue Mountain Flycasters to join us and discuss fishing stillwaters with tiny flies called chironomids -- "midges".
Bob's, PowerPoint presentation included a number of prime fishing spots in eastern Washington, with plenty of discussion of fishing Lake Lenice. Bob passed around a number of bottles of chironomids specimens taken from fish caught. He discussed some of his favorite flies tied to imitate the chironomids he has found around the area, including passing around his working boxes of chironomids flies. We hope Bob got back home with most of his handsomely tied flies. Also discussed was the technique for fishing chironomid flies, lines, leaders, strike indicators, depths for fishing these flies. Bob also discussed the action of lake "turnover" that occurs in the spring and fall as water temperatures change from top to bottom, pointing out that chironomids are churned in the water column during these "turnovers". The favorite flies fished that Bob discussed were his Black Magic and Red & Green Magic.
Each of these he ties using .5 mm Stretch Magic beading cord and creates segmented bodies using 7 wraps of each color. As Bob closed his presentation, he invited the club to join the Blue Mountain Flycasters for a couple of their stillwater fishing outing on Bull Prairie Saturday 30th April and Saturday 21 May to Penland Lake east of Heppener, OR. Our meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Next meeting will be held Wednesday 13 April, and President Bob ask that everyone bring a couple of flies to help fill the boxes for raffle - one is a FREE door prize.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain

Walla² Fly Fishers
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Bob Long - President
Tyson Kopfer - Vice President
Dr. Doug Coe - Treasurer
Dale McKain - Secretary