The Spokane Fly Fishers is active in a number of youth and family activities. If you want more fun than you can handle, head to Kids fishing Day. This event is held early every May at Clear Lake. Nearly 1200 kids and families rotate through for 45 minute fishing expeditions with over 5000 hungry Trout waiting to be caught. The club is one of many sponsors involved in this great event.
September brings us to Bear Lake County Park for water resources day. 300 fifth graders gather for a day participating in mini seminars relating to our water resources. These include; panning for gold, conservation, riparian habitat and fly casting. Four or five help with the casting and ten or twelve with tangles! We actually manage both tasks with six or seven members.
Our March meeting is the Conservation Raffle. This is a terrific opportunity to throw a ticket or two in the pot for some great items. We typically have professionally guided trips, not so professionally hosted trips, waders, rods and reels, fly’s, nick-knacks and generally everything you’ll need for you fly vest (we might even have the vest!).
Growing larger and better every year is our Extravaganza. Held at our April meeting, we bring representatives from Washington and Idaho Fish and Game, The Forest Service, Outfitters, Shops, Demonstration Fly Tiers and the Federation of Fly Fishers. We also get the regional fishing forecast from Washington Fish and Game. This is a great chance to learn not just about the club, but fly fishing in general.
Outings, tons of them. Twenty were scheduled in 2014 to be exact. We hit most of the local lakes early in the spring and head to the rivers after the snow melt. In the past we’ve fished the Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe, Kelly Creek, North Fork of the Clearwater, and Lochsa Rivers. These Idaho Rivers are smaller and afford a great opportunity for families to experience fly fishing on a comfortable level. The Clark Fork in Montana is always on the schedule and we might make it to the Big Hole, Bitterroot, Missouri, Clark Fork, Yellowstone and the list goes on. These are typically hosted by one of our resident “experts” and we’ll have an evening family BBQ at some.
We don’t want to forget the “One Fly” contest. Pick a fly, fish a local lake for three hours without loosing it, check in with the host and wait for the official count. You might win a terrific prize! Followed by a gourmet BBQ and awards ceremony.
Check our calendar page and the newsletters to find out specifics. The calendar page is also where you’ll find updates on any cancellations or changes.
This is just the beginning of what we, The Spokane Fly Fishers, do. Check us out the second Wednesday of the month at Ft. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy at 7pm. September to April.
OOPS! In case you didn’t see this………
By: Judy Kaufman
“Stanley Miller is a painter and illustrator dedicated to capturing the essence and thrill of the sporting life in his art.” This is the opening sentence of the article that appears in the In the Studio section of the May/June 2015 issue of Northwest Fly Fishing.
Yes, SFF’s own Stan Miller is featured in the section and deservedly so! The article is about his life and artistic career. It’s great to see Stan’s talent and work recognized.
We are fortunate to have Stan as a member and volunteer of the Spokane Fly Fishers. He ties flies for the Fly Auction, helps with instruction for Intermediate Fly Tying, donates his art work to the Conservation Raffle and has helped chair the Fly Auction. Thanks Stan!
Grande Ronde Trip October 9,10, 11th Info and Update
Host: Rick Newman
Update to Barbless Article
I recently fished at both the mouth of the Grand Ronde and above Boggan’s Oasis where the Grande Ronde River runs under Highway 129. The weather was similar to Spokane’s, cool at night and T-shirt weather during the day. The river level is still low, in fact very low. At 11:40 AM on the 1st of October the river is flowing at less than 500 CFS. Rock gardens are very exposed and very competent river skills would be wise to have to get through these areas. I could see where boats may have to be carried through several sections because they are so shallow.
Based upon my experiences over the last few days I will be camping at the Cougar Creek campsite. It isn’t labeled as such but it is just a couple of hundred feet downstream from Cougar Creek. It is on the north side of the river, 4.3 miles from the bridge over the Grande Ronde at Boggan’s. There is also a campsite 1.3 miles upstream from Boggan’s. None of the campsites have anything but a toilet and campfire rings for the fires we can’t have. You will need shelter, food, water for the extent of your trip other than what you procure along the way or at Boggan’s Oasis. Here is the link to their website www.boggans.com. The website shows some nice meals. I have seen what appears to be and have heard of some nice milkshakes available there. They offer shuttle services, they have rental cabins, guided fishing and more. Phone number is 509-256-3372.
The Weatherunderground website predicts the possibility of .1 inch of rain on Friday October the 9th. Highs are predicted to be in the mid to upper 60’s with lows in the 40’s. Dress for the weather and come prepared for wind as downstream winds blow in the afternoons.
I can happily report that there are steelhead in the river. I brought my first two steelhead on a fly to shore on Tuesday morning. A third one broke off my fly and I observed others swimming in shallow water below the bridge on Highway 129. There were deer, goats, turkeys and osprey along the river. There has been a fire burning in the area and it has driven animals out of the wilderness areas where the fire is still burning. I spoke to a local, long time Grande Ronde River guide on Monday. She stated that two dead cougars have been found on the road that follows the river. there have also been sightings of bears, probably black, much lower than normal. Something to be aware of, she suggested that I keep my dog in close sight and in my camper at night. I would also avoid hanging bacon near my tent. Hunting season will also be starting the same weekend.
Anyway, I plan to be camping at the Cougar creek campsite by Friday night. There are numerous places to wade and fish. a pontoon boat can also be handy to cross the river to get to more areas. I don’t plan on floating the river unless the rains come and the river’s level rises. People can make their own plans for drifting the river if they so choose. As mentioned before shuttles can be arranged with Boggan’s. I saw only two rafts operated by experienced river guides floating with clients. I only saw a few other persons fishing and no one in pontoon boats.
Some of the folks signed up are experienced in fishing for steelhead on the Grande Ronde River and can usually be convinced to provide a few tips for those of you with less experience. I will provide any knowledge of steelhead fishing and my experiences in the area and along the river that I can.
Here is the mileage from: Boggan’s to 1st camp site 1.3 miles
Boggan’s to Cottonwood fish hatchery 2.6 miles
Boggan’s to Cougar Creek camp site 4.3 miles
Boggan’s to launch site in Oregon 11.4 miles
Here is the Long and Lat for the bridge over the Grande Ronde River at Boggan’s Oasis.
-117.25278854370117 Longitude of Boggan’s Oasis
46.04022145276434 Latitude of Boggan’s Oasis
Studying Google maps is a handy way to acquaint yourself with the route to the river and you can also look over the river to get an idea of where the river may be deep enough to shelter steelhead.
Don’t forget that you need a Washington State fishing license and all the permits that allow you to fish for steelhead that have passed through the Columbia River. A steelhead punch card along with a marking instrument to immediately note the fact that you have kept a steelhead.
See you on the river.
Here is the writeup from the Barbless Flyer for those of you whom haven’t read it yet.
On September 21st when I write this outing description the Grande Ronde River is flowing at 536 cubic feet per second. In layman’s terms this means that the flows are very low, many rocks are showing in the river bed making the river difficult to maneuver in places. Last weeks fishing reports suggested that the fish should be in the river but that but that were no recent accounts of anyone catching fish. With that being said things can change overnight. At low water levels the Grande Ronde requires quick decision making because of the combination of rocks, rapids and shallows present at these water levels. Experience in reading the water, in rowing your boat, time spent running rivers is highly recommended. This is not a river to learn how to row on.
Besides bringing good river sense with you a properly fitting personal floatation device, a whistle, an extra oar (if you have one), and a family-radio-service (FRS/GMRS) style walkie-talkie, like one of the small Motorola. Along with these items appropriate clothing for the possible weather, waders, wading boots and wading staff should be packed for the trip. The Grande Ronde is very slippery and the more grip your boots have, be it studs, spike or aluminum bars the better you will enjoy your wading. High Top Converse basketball shoes won’t cut it here.
I am actively watching the river conditions and considering our options for this trip. Dependent upon conditions the days prior to our trip I am looking at a couple of options for this outing.
Option One; camp five miles above Boggan’s Oasis at the second campground. It has an outhouse and a spot to launch or retrieve boats. From this location we can access several sections of river to either float or fish from shore.
To reach this site requires 3 to 3.5 hours of driving from Spokane, through Lewiston, Clarkston, Asotin, up the Rattlesnake Grade to Anatone then down the grade to the intersection of the Grande Ronde Road and Highway 129. Travel upstream approximately five miles to the campground on the north side of the river.
Option Two: Camp at “Medicare Beach” a few miles above the moth of the Grande Ronde where it meets the Snake River. It also has an outhouse and areas to tent or park your camping rig. We can also access both sections to float and banks and shoreline to fish from. To access this site takes less time and requires you to travel through Lewiston, Clarkston, Asotin and then south along the Snake River and up the Grande Ronde a short distance to the first ‘campground’ located on the north side of the river.
I plan on emailing and phoning everyone who has signed up to communicate the final campsite location. Plan to either float or fish from shore. The bottom line is we will fish for steelhead and the conditions and skill levels of the participants will dictate how and where.
We will be fishing with floating or sinking lines. A seven or eight weight rod is best. Either single or double handed will work. There are a variety of presentation styles that can be used. Swinging traditional steelhead flies or nymph fishing are two that come to mind. Flies that have worked in the past: Articulated steel-head leeches in black or purple, Green Butt Skunks, General Practitioner, Hot Stone, Lighting Bugs (size 6), Silver Hilton, Undertakers, Beats Me, Grey Herons or bring your favorite. Check with Silver Bow and other local fly shops for the latest patterns.
Boggan’s does have cabins, to make reservations call 509-256-3372. There is a restaurant and great milk shakes. There is no cell phone service in the canyon but they have a payphone.
If you plan on staying overnight you will need food and shelter. Camping is rough unless you choose to stay a cabin at Boggan’s. I have seen everything from folks sleeping in the back of their trucks to very fancy motorhomes. The Rattlesnake Grade is steep and twisty. Semi’s and logging trucks are able to make this drive so trucks with trailers and good brakes are no problem.
Bring a lunch and water for your daytime fishing adventures. Please contact me if you haven’t signed up and have questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or 990-0286 cell.
Sunday’s possibilities include shorter floats than Saturday or fishing from the bank. Conditions will suggest the options.
Tri State Hospital, Clarkston, 509-758-5511
St. Joe Hospital, Lewiston, 208-743-5211
NOVEMBER 11, 2015 — 7:00PM
ANNUAL FLY AUCTION
By: Fred Howe
It’s time to start tying flies NOW that you wish to donate for our November Fly Auction. As you know, this function is a major fundraiser for SFF with proceeds financing much of our functions, printing, postage and speakers for the year. Our club heavily depends on your generosity and donations. Even if you don’t wish to tie flies for the auction- consider purchasing flies for a donation.
This is always a fun meeting and a chance to pick up incredible flies tied by some of the club’s and Inland Northwest’s best fly tyers.
Please call this year’s chairman, Fred Howe, with questions or to arrange for a drop-off.
You may also bring your tied flies to our October 14 meeting. If you plan on bringing your donation the night of the auction, check-in time will be from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM.
Please call Fred at 509 448-4707 if you’d like to be on the Fly Auction Committee and help with this event.
SFF RIDE SHARE PROGRAM
By: Connie Tedrow
Some of our members may not attend SFF meetings regularly due to concerns about driving; we all would like to save money on gas. To address this problem we would like to develop a Ride Share Program. The idea is to link members who live in the same geographical area with members willing to provide rides with members wanting rides.
The program has many benefits – getting more members to meetings, saving money, getting to know members better (and maybe even gleaning some good fishing information from each other).
We need both riders and drivers to make the program work. The basic information needed is: Your name, address, phone number (and whether or not you have texting), your e-mail address and the general area where you live: North, South, Valley, West. If you are providing rides, please let me know how many persons it would be convenient for you to pick up. Sign-up sheets will be available at the meetings – find me, I will try to be up front and available after the meeting.
Or, you can contact me directly: Connie Tedrow, 509 220-4179 (I have texting), email@example.com.