Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fishing our local waters with Herb Clark

President Tyson Kopfer called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Discussion of business:
  • ·         June 9th is now set to be our Fourth Annual FFF at Waterbrook Winery
  • ·         Everyone reminded to turn-in their steelhead/ salmon catch tags to ODFW & WDFW
  • ·         Grant Richie – Wallowa River raft / fishing guided trip discussed for a club fund raiser
  • ·         Pres. Tyson is looking into buying a DVD projector for program presentations
  • ·         Dale McKain is going to try to make contact with John Shewey concerning availability for a club  FALL Banquet (Dale is temporarily out of Internet contact with the world)
  •      Treasurer Doug Coe reported the club currently has $1200+ in the Baker Boyer Bank account, and pointed out the club expenses of the past month. Our banking / money accounts details are only given to those present for our meetings.
This evening we had 26 members and guest in attendance.

Dave Stemmer won the first fly box of the evening.
This evening our program was presented by Herb Clark – Fishing for Small Mouth Bass and Carp in the Columbia Basin
Herb told us about his experiences fishing the Touchet, Walla Walla, Columbia, Snake rivers and the Pothole Lakes in the Moses Lake area. He told us of catching Small Mouth Bass in the size range of 16”- 18” with some he had caught being over 20” and weighing in at 4-6 lbs.
He was said that the best time to fish small mouth bass in our area was after the spring runoff, and good areas to fish were the WW River below the Touchet River, Other good stretches of the rivers to fish are the Touchet River below Prescott, and the lower WW River from 9-Mile Ranch to Madame Dorian Park / the Columbia River. He pointed out that when fishing any of the local areas, be sure to display the WA Start “Discovery Pass” in your vehicle window at river access points and where WDFW access pass is required.
Herb also talked about fishing the lower Grande Ronde and Imnaha river for small mouth bass.
Herb made a plate of his favorite bass and carp flies that he passed around the room for show and tell. 

After most of the discussion of fishing for small mouth bass, Herb then discussed fishing for carp on the fly in our area. Carp and bass are found in much the same areas of warmer, slow moving water at the mouth of many of the area rivers. While bass are also found upriver in many rivers, carp are generally found close to the mouth of the rivers and in backwater and eddy pockets of many river and the Columbia River. Herb pointed out that carp are spookier than bass and are generally larger with greater fighting capacity.
Bob Sallee won the second fly box (raffle) of the evening and like a great sport he gave the fly box to Kolby Moore the youngest member present this evening.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. and the group mingled about in general discussion of fly fishing, past, present, and future.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain

Tight lines and good fishing.

Walla² Fly Fishers

Tyson Kopfer - President
Tom Craig - Vice President

Dr. Doug Coe - Treasurer
Dale McKain - Secretary

Past Presidents
Bob Long
Scott Peters

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