Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Summer thru September fishing trips revisited

This evening V. President Tom called our meeting to order at 7:09.
There were 10 club members and guest in attendance tonight.
One of our visitors this evening was Andrew Bassler. Andrew is a member of the local fishing organization ~Tri-State Steelheaders ~ and has become that organizations coordinator for their education and outreach programs. He tells us he wishes to learn to catch a steelhead on a fly rod.

There was a short discussion of our club’s participation in the Walla Walla Farmers’ Market Kids’ Day program. That event took place on Saturday 10 September.

Harold and Tom demonstrated fly casting and helped a few kids learn to handle a fly rod, and place a fly into a hoop at the end of a 30’ cast. Dale demonstrated fly tying for the kids.

Some discussion was made with current fly fishing trips. Mike, Ed, and Matt had made a recent fishing trip into the high Eagle Caps, in search of Golden trout.

Mike reported that they had found the Goldens, but it was some tough, steep terrain they had to navigate to get to the fish.

Dale reported that he, Barbara, and Dick had made a fishing outing to Anthony Lake. 

Anthony Lake and Gunsight Mtn.

They had a beautiful day catching rainbows and brookies. 

Dick C&R in Anthony Lake

Said the lake was a bit busy with water sport enthusiasts, but after the sun came off the lake they found the fish started to feed and rise to dry flies.
See our club blog for more details.


Dale reported that he and Barbara had tried to organize a fishing trip to Jubilee Lake on August 20 to beat the 94° heat if Walla Walla.
Dale on Jubilee Lake

They were the only two to make this trip and found the fishing to be very good, even though the lake had a lot of recreational traffic on it. Again as at Anthony Lake, when the human traffic leaves the lake, trout will show up on a dry fly.
See our club blog for more details.
Barbara with a redband holding onto her line
#10 Orange Stimulator and an Oregon October Caddis

Dale also reported that he and Barbara had fished the Wallowa River the previous weekend, caught quite a few fish, and noticed that the October Caddis were beginning to show up on the river – not in great numbers, but beginning to show up.
Deschutes River between Moody and Rattlesnake rapids
The steelhead fishing trip going to the Deschutes River tomorrow was discussed and we will be leaving Dale’s house at 7:00am. As of this evening it appears that it is just Tom and Dale going on this day trip.

The beginning of October's fly box raffle prize

Tom then lead the discussion to our usual meeting fly boxes door prize and raffle. He suggested that we begin with October’s 
meeting, just offering one fly box per meeting for raffle - club funds. A vote was asked for and the resolution was passed. With a small number of members present this evening it was agreed upon that tonight’s fly box will be held over for October’s meeting raffle / prize.

Our program this evening was highlights of V. Pres. Tom's Summer of 2016 fishing trip to Alaska. 

This past summer Tom spent several weeks fishing some of his favorite ole fishing sports with his son. He told us about some of the rivers he fished – the Russian and Anchor river – and tells us two of their favorite flies used as #18 Copper John and #18 Prince Nymph. These too are two of the best searching nymphs one might use in our Pacific Northwest waters.
Anchor River steelhead
Anchor River Dolly Varden

Their quarry was salmon, steelhead, rainbows, and Dolly Varden. In Alaska they found them all. Catching up to 25 BIG fish per day.
Tom also passed around a booklet of his AK fishing photos taken during this trip – a good show.

He also passed around a few copies of Fish Alaska magazine and told everyone they could take a copy of the magazines if they wanted one. 
Thanks Tom.

Our program came to a close at 7:40.

Our next monthly meeting will be October 19th at
Smith's Family Restaurant
1425 Pine Street

Dinner and social at 6:00 pm with meeting following at 7:00

Come one, come all, come as you are.
Our meetings are open to the interested fly fishing public.

Tight lines and good fishing.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain
Club Secretary

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