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See ya on the water!
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See ya on the water!
The MWFF January Newsletter is online now. Make sure to go to our Newsletter page or simply follow this link to view: https://mwflyfisherman.wordpress.com/monthly-newsletter/
Happy New Year!
It’s that time again, time for our annual MWFF Banquet! This year our banquet is on Friday January 22nd. It will once again be at the fabulous Lewisburg Grange Hall and also once again will be catered by Mona Soot. The food is always incredible.
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Our featured guest speaker this year will be Rick Haefle and he is sure to be enthusiastic, informative, and entertaining. Additionally we will once again be hosting our Silent Auction. The lineup for items this year is just incredible and includes hand tied flies, artwork, rods and reels, guided trips, and other one of a kind handmade items that are sure to please. This auction is our main fund raiser each year and allows us to make substantial donations to local watersheds. Please come out and support the club!
There are a few tickets remaining for sale at The Watershed Fly Shop in Corvallis. Tickets are $30.00 each. Swing on by the shop and pick one up from Troy and while you are there, shop around and purchase something from the great inventory that Troy has to offer.
Hope to see you on the 22nd! Tight lines-
What a great meeting we had last evening! Many thanks to all those that attended. Our raffle set a new monthly meeting record, we gained some new members, had some folks drop by that learned to tie a fly at our booth at the NW Fly Expo, and we had Senator Frank Morse as our guest speaker.
Senator Morse gave a terrific presentation on his flyfishing pursuits including Mongolia, Canada, and Chile. The stories and photographs were wonderful and all enjoyed the presentation. Thank you to Senator Morse for visiting our club.
We are hoping that spring will once again show it’s face! That warm weather of a week ago sure got the fishing bug going and even had some “fishing bugs” hatching. The waters should be warming soon and we will be starting our club trips. Look for the complete trip schedule on the Outings Page. Tight lines to all!
Happy October to all of you Flyfishers in the Mid Willamette Valley!
The October MWFF Newsletter is up on the Newsletter Page. You can follow this link to read this month’s fabulous installment!
East Lake 2011 � Weekend of August 27-28
Site: East Lake
Date: Weekend of August 27-28, 2011
Type of trip: Weekend trip
Trip Lead: Duane Higley
Location: Deschutes National Forest, near La Pine
Access: Easy car and RV access and parking
Expected time of arrival: It�s a weekend trip. Arrive whenever you wish. Members often arrive earlier in the week, or stay into the following week.
Directions from Corvallis: Take I5 south to Highway 58 and turn north on Hwy 97, heading toward La Pine and Bend. (Alternatively, go through Bend and take Hwy 97 toward La Pine.)
The turnoff from Hwy 97 is four miles north of La Pine. It�s the �East Lake-Paulina Lake Road�, County Road 21. Go east on this road 17.6 miles (passing Paulina Lake on the way), then 0.5 mile north on F.S. Rd. 2100 700 to the Cinder Hill campground (the last campground).
Cinder Hill campground is quite long. MWFF tries to camp at the far end near the north-most boat ramp. If you are new to the campground, try driving all the way in and go around the loop to get oriented. Just keep driving, keeping to the right, until you loop to the left. Look for MWFF campers who likely will be located past the boat ramp, about half-way up the outer (right-most) loop. Camp site numbers to watch are in the 60 to 80 range.
Description: East Lake is in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Caldera at 6,381 feet. The lake is fed by snowmelt and underground springs. It covers 1,050 acres, is about a mile in diameter, has a maximum depth of 180 feet, and average depth of about 67 feet.
Facilities: 110 RV/Trailer/Tent sites, vault and flush toilets, drinking water, several boat ramps. Resort has general store, caf� (11 am to 4 pm), cabins, boat house, boat rentals, gas/oil, fishing tackle, RV park (water & elect). The campground across the road from the lodge will rent you a 5 minute hot shower for a $1.25 (quarters only) � and it is worth it!
Obtaining campsites: You can register and pay at the campground itself, or online. Go to http://www.recreation.gov/ and type �Cinder Hill� into the �Park or Facility Name� box.
Depending on the arrival time you specify, you will find that many sites in the loop area are already booked. However, some sites down the road remain available for online booking. Also, some sites do not appear online and can be reserved only at the campground on a first-come basis. Happily in the past, we have always found places for everyone. Still, reserving online is a safe way to go.
Sharing campsites: Frequently, two or even three groups can use the same campsite, and this is encouraged, especially to help folks who arrive late. If you are open to this, please make your campsite available to those arriving after you are set up.
Recreation: Swimming, wildlife watching, cave exploring, mountain biking, hiking. Nearby attractions include the High Desert Museum, Lava River Cave, Lava Lands Visitors Center, Deschutes Historical Center, Fort Rock State Monument, Lava Island Rock shelter, Paulina Peak, Paulina Falls. You can take a dip at the boat ramp � quite refreshing for those who don�t mind cool water.
Fishing: Rainbows, browns, Atlantics, kokanee. Here are some things to think about:
Yes, the lake as a whole is deep, averaging 67 feet. But there are plenty of shallow shorelines around the lake to investigate.
The prevailing wind is generally toward the Cinder Hill campground, and fine sediments accumulate near the Cinder Hill boat ramp, supporting excellent midge hatches. So some of the best fishing can occur right off the boat ramp, especially at dusk when the evening hatch is on. Aquatic vegetation is also abundant near the ramp and to the south, supporting lots of Callibaetis mayflies.
The north shore (on your right as you look out from the boat ramp) has both rubble and rock-faced drop-offs. This is a good place to drop a fly very close (as in a foot or so) from the shore where fish may be feeding on wind-driven foods. When surface fishing is slow here, drag a sinking line and nymph along the bottom just outside the vegetation where the bottom drops off.
Across the lake, off the East Lake Campground there are more vegetation beds, and the Callibaetis there seem to have a different dynamic from those near our campground. The easy way to access this fishing is to transport your craft by vehicle and use the day area parking at the East Lake Campground.
If you look straight across the lake, you will see a white stripe on the far shore. This is �the slide�, and the habitat and fishing along this shore are different there because it is more protected from wind. The shore drops off more quickly, creating abrupt depth changes and a more confined line of vegetation. As they do along the north shore, fish hang out in the vegetation, and make food gathering sorties up to the shore edge. We have hooked some very nice browns there, and rainbows can be active along the vegetation when they are not at other sites.
As with other lakes, when shallow fishing slows in mid-day, you can always put on a sinking line and drag a bugger and a midge in deeper water. Or anchor outside the vegetation band and drop an intermediate line with a Callibaetis nymph and keep it as still as possible near the bottom � or do a very slow rise/drop.
Here is an important point. In 2009, those who stayed near the boat ramp found fishing to be spotty. On the other hand, several anglers who travelled south along the shore toward the lodge did much better.
UPDATE. I visited East Lake July 8-12, 2011, and was told to put in at the Hot Springs boat ramp and fish between it and the East Lake campground. I did this and at the ramp encountered a fellow from Bend who made it clear that the spot to fish is about 100 yds offshore between the first and second points of land. When I found him later there, he had been using his intermediate line with a Callibaetis nymph and had caught 20 fish in an hour and half. The fish were a mix of Atlantics and rainbows 12 to 16 inches. I surface fished and caught several, and saw a 3 lb brown roll near shore.
For the surface fisher: You don�t have to see rises to catch fish on dries and emergers. This includes over the weed beds, right at the shore edge, and even offshore in 12 ft of water. You just have to try. If the surface temperature is favorable, fish will likely be cruising.
Regulation notes: All browns over 16 inches must be returned (to eat the chubs I presume).
Flies: Buggers and leeches; caddis, midge, and mayfly imitations typical of mountain lake fishing. Be sure to have a full line of Callibaetis imitations (nymphs, emergers, cripples, spinners and duns), # 14 and 16. Griffiths Gnats have worked well along the north shore, and during evening hatches. And how could you go fishing without a Parachute Adams?
Presentation: The ever-investigative mind of Bob Burke has produced some excellent ideas on nymph fishing. Bottom line�size and presentation often trump fly pattern, and it pays to try very different presentations instead of switching flies. Here are some suggestions:
Using a floating line, attach a long (up to 15 ft) level (3x or 4x) leader, and put on 2 or 3 un-weighted flies. These can be various combos of nymphs, wets, and dries spaced about 4 ft apart. Your droppers should be short (couple inches or so), probably fluorocarbon, with loop knots to hold the flies. Let it all sink, keeping just enough tension for contact to feel the strike. Now ..Wait�. Wait�. Wait. Then, guess what, Wait some more. Tease in the line ever so gently for contact. If this sounds like midge fishing, oky dok. You can also put a strike indicator above the top fly to watch it intently. You must react quickly to a tap. NOTE: Use an anchor, or kick backwards very, very slowly. Stillness and patience have their rewards.
After the Wait stuff, try a very slight twitch of the fly. Wait again.
When these don�t work, try the usual�short strips, long strips with pauses, and then super fast retrieves (its fun to think of a rocket-propelled Callibaetis or midge).
Rods and Lines: 3 to 6 wt.
Floatation: Pontoons and tubes, or any boat you wish. Motors are allowed. Pontoons and other paddle-craft will allow you to reach some of the better spots along the north shore. However, many folks fish with tubes near the boat ramp and do well. If you are still fishing as described above, a double anchor system will seriously enhance your success.
Saturday afternoon potluck: Meet about 3 PM Saturday at whatever campsite is designated as MWFF central. Cal Hudspeth will contribute some hearty dishes, but he won�t be doing a major cookout this time. So everyone should bring something for the table. This can be a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert (see below). If you have something fun to share, go for it!! Beverages are encouraged.
Saturday night dessert: We will postpone the potluck desserts until the evening. Those who bring desserts (and those who intend on eating them) should keep this in mind!
Evening socials: Each evening after dark, we also get together for a campfire social. If you are able, bring some firewood. Also feel free to bring beverages and treats to share.
Campsite identification: It is helpful if the first arrivals post a note (paper plate or whatever) on the campground bulletin board listing your name and campsite number, and also post an �MWFF� sign at the front of your campsite. Later arrivals should add their names and campsite numbers to the posting.
Hello Fly Fishers!
Hope everyone has been getting time on the water and catching some fish! At least the rivers have started to drop. It is time to have some fun and hone your casting skills once again. Tomorrow night, July 13 at 5:30 pm we will be having our annual Sporting Flies Picnic. This year’s event will be held at Ron Perry’s “Man Cave” out on Council Tree Lane off or Mountain View Dr. This is sure to be a great time and thanks so much to Ron for hosting the event this year. Bring a dish to pass and beverage to share and bring your favorite flyrods! Come on out and even bring a friend and have a great time at this fantastic annual club event! See you there.