Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fishing the Wallowa and Minam Rivers with Grant Richie

After dinner President Tom called our meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
This evening we had 24 members and guest in attendance.
Treasurer Doug reported that we had almost $1000 in the club's bank account.
Tyson made a report of the fly fishing / tying catalog in our club's library. Any member can checkout any of the fly fishing - tying guide/aids to take home and enjoy between our monthly meetings. Please see Tyson and enjoy our library.

Tom reported that he had been fishing the lower Grand Rhonde River and the conditions there was low and slow water, a very few steelhead caught. He also reported fishing the Klickitat River for salmon and says his party caught 10 fall Chinook and 2 hatchery steelhead, he was happy with that.

This evening Mike won the door prize fly box and Roz won the raffle fly box.

For this evening's program we had Grant and Lottie Richie to join us again and gave us a tour of their new fishing guide business in Minam, OR. Grant and his family have been club members for a number of years, and in this past year he and Lottie have been able to secure the Minam Motel and the fishing guide and rafting guide business of Minam Raft Rentals. We wish him and his family lots of success as they pursue this business venture.

Grant gave us a very nice PowerPointPresentation of their business of the 2013 season of spring steelhead, and summer trout fishing the Wallowa and Minam rivers. Grant also maintains a beautiful ( website / blog of his fly fishing adventures in NE Oregon.
Grant did give us a few tips on fishing his reach of the Wallowa and Minam river, telling us that from early September through October the dominate dry fly to use was a Stimulator to imitate the October Caddis hatch of the rivers. To catch the larger fish of those river it is best to use streamers, and one of the better trout fly nymph pattern was a Copper John.

Grant shared with us a view of his "working" fly boxes and a couple of fly fishing magazine publications that have written about his business.

If you would like to learn more of Grant and Lottie's Minam Raft Rentals business, or contact them to set up a trip in their neighborhood,  you can follow / fine them via the www by following this link --->

This evening's program was concluded about 7:45 and our meeting was adjourned at 7:50.

Due to holiday activities of the area, we will not have a monthly Walla² Fly Fishers' meeting in December. Season's Greetings and hope to see you in the 2014 New Year.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain

Tight lines and good fishing.

Walla² Fly Fishers

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

Past Presidents

Tyson Kopfer
Bob Long
Scott Peters