March Meeting Highlights:
Unfortunately I was not able to attend the March meeting and provide you with an overview of the happenings. However, there was a lot of discussion at the most recent Board meetings and what follows is a highlight of those discussions.
Dates for the up coming Fly Fishing classes have been set starting Tuesday, June 21st. This should be a very interesting series of classes ranging from the basics of fly casting to fly tying, to understanding the different fly rods and mechanics. If you are interested in attending, please let Steve Murray know.
Outings: The report from the Yakima River trip was that the weather did not keep the guys from catching numerous fish. The trip was a success and a good time was had by all. The next outing is scheduled for the weekend of April 1st. Don Summers told everyone that it was going to be at Lake Lenice, but given the weekend, I really think he was headed to Dry Falls (just joking!)
The 2nd Wednesday of every month @
South County Senior Cntr.
220 Railroad Avenue
Social hr @ 6:00 PM
Club Board Meetings:
The 4th Wednesday of every month @
Dinner @ 7:00 PM
Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds Volume 4 Issue 4 April 2005
If anyone is able to provide Eli with transportation to and from the monthly meetings, please see Dick Hedges.
Norm Primc wanted to pass on a note that there are still 2 fly rods for sale from the auctions.
1 Sage XP 4-90, 2pc
1 Sage XP 6-90, 2pc
Both rods retail for $600 each and the Club is looking to sell them for a minimum price of $350.00.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these beautiful rods, please contact Norm Primc at 425-481- 1653 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. normprimc@hotmail
The April Guest Speaker
Bob Jateff WDFW Region 2 Biologist for the Methow - Okanogan fisheries will be our speaker for the evening. Bob covers all the quality waters in the area such as Blue lake, Aeneas lake, Chopaka lake, the Methow river and all the other waters in this part of the state. The Methow river is not only a great trout stream but in the last few years it has been a outstanding steelhead river in the fall. To get the low down on all these waters be sure to make it to this meeting and bring your questions about your favorite places to fish in this area. This will be Bob's first visit to our Club so lets encourage him to make it an annual affair.
We will have to wait for the final report at the April meeting.
The subject of the Officer Nominating Committee was discussed at length. Don Summers believes that an ideal way to line up future officers is to invite members to join the board with the idea that they may eventually have to step up and take a position. Don will be working to formulate the nominating procedures. Jack Byrd, who was also on the committee has had to bow out due to health problems with his wife. We wish both Jack and his wife. We want to wish Pat a speedy recovery.
Mike Bunney was tasked with developing a 5 year budget history on the club expenditures. With Normâs help, Mike reviewed this report at the March Board meeting. There will be more information on this subject as Mike fine tunes the Club's operating budget for the year. This budget will have to be accepted by the membership.
THE FOLLOWING IS A COPY OF AN E-MAIL I RECEIVED REGARDING THE STATUS OF VAIOUS FRESH WATERS IN EASTERN WASHINGTON.
From: Steve Konen
Sent: 03/11/2005 2:21:35 PM
Subject: Methow Closes Sunday
March 11, 2005
Fishing closures on Upper Columbia, Methow rivers
á Close the Columbia River from Wells Dam to Chief Joseph Dam to fishing for trout, including steelhead
á Close the Methow River downstream of the Chewuch River to all fishing
Effective dates: Closes one hour after sunset on Sunday, March 13, 2005
Species affected: Trout, including steelhead and whitefish
á Columbia River from Wells Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam
á Methow River from the Highway 97 bridge upstream to the confluence with the Chewuch River.
Reason for action: The cumulative wild steelhead impacts (incidental hooking mortality) allowed under the WDFW's NOAA ESA permit, which allowed these fisheries, are anticipated to be reached by this date.
Other information: The following rivers remain open to fishing for hatchery-origin steelhead with an adipose fin-clip and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin. Anglers are permitted a two (2) fish daily limit, 20-inch minimum size. Adipose fin-clipped steelhead containing a disk tag may also be harvested. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
áá Okanogan River from the mouth upstream, except closed waters from Lake Osoyoos Control Dam (Zosel Dam) downstream to ¹ mile below the railroad trestle. Night closure and selective gear rules in effect, except motorized vessels allowed. The Okanogan River from the Highway 97 Bridge at Omak to a line across the river 500 feet above the mouth of Omak Creek remains closed to fishing for all species.
á Similkameen River from the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam. Selective gear rules and night closure; whitefish gear rules do not apply.
Anglers fishing for other game fish species (including whitefish) in the Okanogan River and Similkameen River are required to follow the same gear restrictions and night closures as steelhead anglers. Night Closure and Selective Gear Rules are defined on pages 21 and 22 of the 2004/05 Fishing Rules pamphlet.
The Methow River above the confluence of the Chewuch River and the Similkameen River above Enloe Dam remain open only to fishing for whitefish through March 31, 2005. Anglers must follow winter whitefish gear rules: one, single hook 3/16" or smaller measured point to shank (size 14) bait allowed.
The mainstem Columbia River, from Rocky Reach Dam to Wells Dam closed to trout including steelhead fishing January 15, 2005.
Information contacts: Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 826-7341, John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330.
Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the current WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at wdfw.wa.gov for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500; press 2 for recreational rules;
Paul Reynolds with a nice rainbow from the Yakima river. Paul was using a pink San Juan Worm under a indicator. This was just one of a number of 14" to 18" inch beauties landed this day plus a few smaller ones too. A very unsettled day weather wise with sun in the morning and rain in the afternoon. Water temps still in the low 40's. The river is very low and clear now.
For those of you that may be looking for some new adventure fishing for rainbows, here is an interesting article on a lake in BC.
We first "discovered" Dragon Lake on a British Columbia steelhead trip several years ago. It had been raining steadily for a week, the rivers were raging and the color of Irish coffee. We were 18 hours north of the border with seven vacation days and a rental car. With all hope of 20-pound steelies shattered, we decided to investigate the trout fishing in the Cariboo region of central B.C. Fleeing south and inland, away from the torrential weather, we hit sunshine just north of the town of Quesnel, where we stumbled into "Cariboo Fly & Tackle."
In answer to our "How's the fishing around here?" the owner, Blair Powell, pushed a scrapbook of photos across the counter. To be sure, there were steelhead, salmon, and even some impressive brook trout--but what caught our eye were the numerous beautiful, heavy bodied, double-digit rainbows.
"Wow, where was this one caught?" we'd ask, to which Blair would answer simply "Dragon."
The next morning found us on Dragon Lake, which turned out to be about five minutes from our motel not exactly a remote destination in the B.C. backcountry. Well-kept cottages dotted the shoreline on the north end of the lake, nestled into the aspens and birch, or overlooking the lake from the pines on the surrounding hills. Rolling pasture and farmland formed the balance of the lakeshore. Since the marshy shoreline made bank fishing impractical, we rented a boat at a lakeside campground. Judging from the thriving weed growth extending far offshore, it was apparent Dragon had the fertility to produce big fish. While rowing to a hotspot suggested by the camp host, my partner John spotted several sizeable rainbows cruising the shallows. We dropped anchor near an island as a huge fish surfaced nearby.
The first fish hit within ten feet of the boat. A quick "thunk" and it was gone. On the second take I did slightly better--a short run, a cart-wheeling leap, and a beautiful 5-pound rainbow took fly number two with him. In short order I was out a half dozen flies, and I hadn't landed a fish! John shared my frustration, having lost a few bugs as well. We had been warned "Stick with 3X or 4X fluorocarbon" Blair had said. Call it cockiness, but who the heck fishes midges on 4X? By the time we'd beefed up our tippets, the sun was bright on the water and the action stopped.
A while later we anchored near an angler playing a good fish; and then another, and another. From our position we could see he was using a strike indicator about six feet above his fly.
"Hey, we can do this!"
John and I rerigged, and armed with indicators, 4X flourocarbon, and long, shock-absorbing leaders we began to pick up some amazingly beautiful fish--topped by a stunning 26-inch rainbow just before dark. Sometimes you have to pay your dues.
With newfound confidence (and stouter tippets), our catch rates soared over the following days. Typically we'd boat a dozen or more fish by noon, and double that number by dark. I wish I could say we hooked the 10-pound monsters we saw in the scrapbook, but if we did they were the unseen Humvees that burned 50 yards of backing before parting our tippets in weeds. What we did experience was one of the finest rainbow fisheries in Canada: A lake with fat, healthy rainbows that average 22 to 24 inches (three to five pounds), and where 26-inch or 27-inch trout barely raise an eyebrow. These trout fought like steelhead, with many fish going to the air for half a dozen high leaps, others running far into the backing.
For most of you, the Club outing to Corbett Lake in British Columbia has been an eventful way to spend Memorial Day weekend. Well, the trip is almost upon us again and if you are interested in going you need to do the following>
First: Check with your fellow Club members to see who is going and find out if there is still room available in the cabins that they have reserved around the lake.
If not, you will need to contact he resort directly to try and reserve a room if it I still available.
If there is noting available at the lake, you will have to consider getting a room at one of the local hotels in Merritt
Reminder: For those members that have not paid their dues by March 31st, you will be taken off the roster. If you still wish to be a member, you will have to rejoin, but be subject to a special review committee.