Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stillwater Fly Fishing with Tyson Kopfer

This evening President Dave called our meeting to order at 7:15 pm.

Tonight we had 20 members and guest in attendance.  


We began this meeting with a moment of silence to think about the departed soul of our friend and fellow member Gerald Berton Newell, 75.
Jerry passed away from our group; a loyal fly fisher and the Co-coordinator of our club's Walla Walla Chapter of
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. on 1 February.
Tight lines and good fishing dear friend ~ RIP

VP Tom took the floor and announced that our 8th Annual Fly Fishing Fair had been agreed upon with Waterbrook Winery to be held on Saturday, 18 June 2016.  

We passed around a sign-up sheet for those who thought they would be available to help conduct this year’s event.

VP Tom also addressed the upcoming 4-H Super Saturday event to be held on 12 March. He asked for volunteers to help with a.m. and p.m. classes to conduct instructions in fly fishing and fly tying for the youth members of our local 4-H groups.

Treasurer Dr. Doug gave a report that the club has over $1100.00 in our checking account and this evening we had $97 in cash in the club’s treasury.

VP Tom again took the floor and announced that he had been working with Grant Richie at Minam Raft and Guide Service to arrange a group steelhead fishing trip for club members. This will be a 2-day trip (weather and water flow permitting) on March 9 and 10. Please contact Tom to make arrangements if you would like to take part in this trip.

This evening’s fly boxes were won by Heidi and Daniel.
Tight lines and good fishing with those flies.


Our program for this evening was a PPP by past President Tyson Kopfer. 
With this program Tyson shared a wealth of knowledge about his experience in the art and science of stillwater fly fishing.

Being the program was a slide presentation, and Secretary Dale does not take very good note in low light conditions, this blog posting will be excerpts from Tyson’s slides… “A picture is worth a thousand words”.   

In most cases stillwater fish will go to imitation (bait type) flies, more than to attractor flies. With 90% of trout diet being sub-surface insects and editable, Tyson presented us with these charts of stillwater seasonal smorgasbord menus.
Year Round Diet
Spring Diet
Summer Diet
Fall Diet
All of these charts can be enlarged and viewed with descriptive detail by following this link to Seasonal Diet Charts for Trout.

His presentation also gave a some realistic views of the above mentioned stillwaters trout food.

and a look at a few of Tyson's fly boxes to imitate the above aquatic stillwater insects. 

 With this Tyson gave us another slide to consider... 
and a few examples of the results of fishing stillwaters with flies...
large Cutthrouts
fat Rainbows
and the folk that enjoy fishing stillwater in early spring.
Thank you Tyson for a great program, and sharing of your stillwater fishing experiences.

You can follow this link if you would like to learn more by video instructions on how to fly fish stillwaters.

Our meeting was adjourned at 8:10, with a short session for fish tails tells thereafter.

Since the Walla² Fly Fishers are only a few miles from fishing in Oregon or Washington, each with different stillwater fishing regulations; we suggest that you get to know each state's Sport Fishing Regulations for you added enjoyment. 

Oregon's e-Regulations connection
Washington e-Regulations connection
Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary

Tight lines and Good Fishing

Dave Stemmer – President
Tom Craig – Vice President
Doug Coe – Treasurer
Dale McKain – Secretary - Blogmaster
Dave Stemmer PROJECT HEALING WATERS Coordinator

Past Presidents
Tom Craig

Tyson Kopfer
Bob Long
Scott Peters