Club News For September

Text Box: The Ala Spit Outing Sept. 9th, 2005*

Where: Ala Spit is on the north end of Whidbey Island.  It is a undeveloped county park.  We will be fishing for pinks from the beach.  Fishing can be outstanding.  This beach is about 2 hours or less from Edmonds. Take I-5 north exit at Hwy 20 exit just past Burlington Go left on Hwy 20 then turn left again to go to Whidbey when you cross over Deception Pass Bridge onto Whidbey Island watch for Troxell road on your left. Follow Troxell road for about 4 miles till you see the water on the left and watch for a gravel road that goes sharp downhill to your left and there will be a small sign on your right that says Ala Spit County Park.  You will want to park on the road and then hike to the left on the beach trail to the Spit.

Fishing: Tides are important at this location as fish will hold outside of Deception Pass on the west side of Whidbey, till the out going tide goes slack then the fish will head into the Ala Spit area.  On September 9th low tide occurs at 3:30 AM so first light in the morning should be good.  High tide is at 10:03 AM.

SIGN UP: Call Dan Reynolds at 425 673 7028 if your interested in going or you have any questions about equipment, flies and ect.

*Note: If fish are not showing by the 9th then the outing will be moved to the 16th.  I have contacts on the Island and should know if its a go by the 7th.

Guest Speakers for the September Meeting

Dave & Rhonda Tucker of the guide service, "Dreams on the Fly," will be putting on a power point slide show of fishing some of the rivers of eastern Oregon, Idaho and Washington including the Owyhoo, Loon Creek, Silver Creek, Wood river and Lost river for trout and the Grande Ronde river for steelhead.  These are just some of the many places they fish in the northwest.

Dave is a FFF certified fly casting instructor, he started his career as a commercial fly tier as a teenager working his way to become the owner of a fly shop in Boise, Idaho. Dave has guided many of the rivers through-out Northwest.  Rhonda started fly fishing at a very early age and is also a excellence guide and casting instructor.

This should be a outstanding program to learn about many waters that most of us have never fished and as a added bonus Dave & Rhonda will be coming direct from the Grande Ronde river on the day of our meeting to give us a report on water conditions and the early season fishing.

The August Picnic

1st Annual Meadowdale Beach Club Picnic was a great success as we had a very good turn out, nice weather and a very good program and fishing demonstration on the water by Leland Miyawaki, store manager of The Orvis Fly fishing shop in Bellevue and renowned inventor of the Miyawaki Popper.  Leland has developed and refined this fly over the last decade.  He told us that he has used this fly for catching cutthroat, blackmouth and silvers and he hopes to use it this year to catch Pinks too.  At the September meeting we will have a hand out sheet for tying this pattern.

President Sauer asked that all members to start getting items for the December Auction and give Eric a call if you have any thing you want him to pick up.  All you fly tiers don't forget to tie up a dozen or more flies for the auction as these are a very popular item.

Eric also wanted to remind everyone that its time for nominations for next years officers as some  positions are open so give Eric a call if your interested or you think you know someone who could do a  good job for the Club.

Many thanks to Joe Conner for setting up this first time picnic at Meadowdale Beach and also hauling members in and out of the park.  Thanks also to Bill MacDonald for hauling people in and out of the Park.  Its a great beach and nice picnic place even if the fish were not around this evening.  Article provided by Dan Reynolds

The Tightline

Text Box: Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds                      Volume 4  Issue 9            September 2005
Text Box: Club meetings: 
The 2nd Wednesday of every month @ 
South County Senior Cntr.
220 Railroad Avenue
Edmonds, WA
Social hr @ 6:00 PM

Club Board Meetings: 
The 4th Wednesday of every month @
196th Avenue
Lynwood, WA
Dinner @ 6:30 PM
Text Box: Want a Classic Bamboo Fly Rod

Jack Byrd, with over 18-years bamboo rod making experience, will assist you in the designing and construction of your very own Classic Bamboo Fly Rod.  Jack will make his workshop, rod making special tools, machines, and devices available for your use, and help you  make your rod.  Your only cost will be for the materials and hardware that you use to make your rod.  Jack estimates this will be about $150 dependent upon the quality of the material you select.  Jack and his shop will be available for you for most evenings and many afternoons.  If you are interested please contact Jack Text Box: December Club Auction

It is that time of year again and we need to start thinking about items for the up-coming auction.  If you have an item you want to donate please let Eric Sauer or Mike Bunney know.  If you know of an organization that might want to donate an item please contact Eric.   If you have some extra time and want to help with the organization of the auction please contact  Eric or Norm Primc. This promises to be one of our best events of the year!

For those members who may be venturing out to participate in this years Pink Salmon run, the following is some general information about the fish that you may find of interest.

Text Box: Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds
PO Box 148
Edmonds, WA  98020

If you are planning in participating in the annual trek to the Grand Ronde River with Don Summers, the following is some very good information about the river and the fishing.

Pink Salmon Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Identifying characteristics: Two dorsal fins including one adipose fin, dark mouth and gums, large oval black spots on tail and back (lake-run mostly silver), 13-17 rays in anal fins.

pink salmon painting

Known in its native Pacific Northwest as the humpback salmon, this Pacific salmon was unintentionally introduced into the Great Lakes in the mid 1950s. The population has maintained itself since then, slowly growing in numbers and spreading to much of Lake Superior and Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Pink salmon spawning runs begin in the summer in the Great Lakes. Females hollow out a nest in the gravel of a streambed by lying on one side and beating vigorously with their tails to remove silt and light gravel. The result is a deep trough with a raised rim of gravel at the downstream edge. Once they are fertilized, the eggs are covered. The female guards the nest as long as possible, but dies within a few days or weeks.

Depending on water temperatures, eggs hatch from late December to late February, and the young remain in the gravel nest until late April or early May. Once they are mature enough to leave the nest, they journey downstream in large schools. After about 18 months in the lake the young pinks have reached adulthood and will begin their spawning cycle.

Adult size for pink salmon is two to seven pounds and 17 to 19 inches in length. The average life span is two years, although some pink salmon have been known to live for three years. Great Lakes pink salmon eat a variety of fish and other aquatic animals. Young pinks, still in the stream, fall prey to trout, coho salmon, smelts, other predacious fish, fish-eating birds and some mammals.

Great Lakes pink salmon are rarely caught by lake anglers; those that are taken are caught while ascending streams. They are the most active steam feeders of all the salmon species that reside in the great lakes.

Grande Ronde River
Cooler weather may draw some fish out of the Snake River and into the 'Ronde. The river opens for steelhead fishing on September 1, and there may be a few fish present in the lower reaches in Washington, and maybe even around Troy--but not too many; most of the fish will show up in late September and in October.
However, the Grande Ronde is low--around 450 cfs--at the end of August, and it fishes best when it's at least 750 cfs, and preferably around 1,000. If rain is absent and the flows remain low, steelhead will be reluctant to move out of the Snake.
If the rains come and the fish start to move, the Grande Ronde can be a lot of fun. There's nothing special about Grande Ronde steelheading techniques. If you like
traditional tactics, this is your river. Holding water is fairly easy to recognize if you've had any experience with steelheading. The river is not huge, and intimacy is part of its appeal.
Because the Grande Ronde will be cooling down, some anglers will go deep with sink-tip lines and chartreuse and purple Marabous near the end of the month--if there's been enough rain to make "deep" a possibility. Other anglers, however, feel the Grande Ronde fishes fine with a floating line even when it's cool; they'll tie
Muddlers, Bombers, Green Butt Skunks, or Streetwalkers to their tippets. The best fishing is usually from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more tips, details, and map, see the article
Grande Ronde River.
If you travel to this delightful stream, get both Oregon and Washington fishing licenses; there's a lot of good water on both sides of the border

Grande Ronde River
by Scott Richmond
The Grande Ronde is a beautiful steelhead river that starts in Oregon but flows through southeast Washinton near its end. Located in a remote and isolated part of the Northwest, it's a long, long drive for most anglers--seven hours or more from Portland or Seattle. As far as the river's fans are concerned, that's just fine; they'd like to keep this gem to themselves.
However, it's a testament to the river's charms that you're seldom alone here. Despite the distance, you can always find a few dozen anglers who felt the rewards were worth the trek.
The Grande Ronde is reminiscent of the Deschutes, although it's much smaller, perhaps a third the size. And the vegetation is different: firs and pines rather than sage and juniper. Like the Deschutes, however, this is a classic step-cast-swing river. Most of the runs are easily read by an experienced angler.
The Grande Ronde's steelhead are summer-run fish, about 90% of which came from a hatchery. Most fish are between five and eight pounds.
When to Fish
These fish have to travel over 400 miles up the Columbia and Snake rivers to get here, so fishing doesn't get underway until mid-September at the earliest. By mid-November, the river has cooled, weather has worsened, and the roads have become dangerous. But in the six-week to two-month window, fishing can be excellent.
Special Regulations
Only fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead may be kept. Regulations change frequently and can be complicated. The most popular section flows through both Oregon and Washington, and the regulations can be different for each state. Carry a license and steelhead tag for both states and know the regs for each.
Getting There
Most Oregon anglers will reach the lower Grande Ronde by taking Hwy 3 from Enterprise. After leaving Enterprise, the road climbs to an elevation of 4,600 feet, then twists and turns as it drops almost 3,000 feet into the canyon of the Grande Ronde. Near the end of your downward spiral, you cross into Washington and the road is now Washington Hwy 129. You'll soon come to the river.
Anglers coming from Idaho or Washington will probably want to come down from Clarkston-Lewiston on Hwy 129.
Where 129 crosses the river, turn left onto Grande Ronde Road. This paved road follows the river upstream and reaches the tiny town of Troy in seven miles.
Some visitors to the Grande Ronde look at the map and see a "short cut" road between Elgin and Troy. Don't take it. It's a steep, twisting gravel road whose natural hazards are made worse by a few crazed hunters who roar up and down it like they were the only people on earth. Those who know the area don't use this road in fall