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.
Grande Ronde Outing October 21, 22 and 23
Hosts: Rick Newman, Bill Murphy, Dan Wight
We 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. 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. I have had great hamburgers and milkshakes there. They offer shuttle services, they have rental cabins, guided fishing and more. Phone number is 509-256-3372.
Dress for the weather and come prepared for wind as downstream winds blow in the afternoons.
Anyway, we 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.
Some of the folks 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. Dan Wight is also available to assist.
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.
On October 8th when I write this outing description the Grande Ronde River is flowing at an average of 751 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 few 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.
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.
I have emailed and or phoned everyone who has signed up. I am awaiting response from most everyone to confirm their participation. 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.
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
LAKE LENORE OUTING – OCT. 15TH-16TH
Host: Shiraz Vira 509 754-2565
Directions: Drive I-90 W to Moses Lake and take Exit 179 (I-90 BUS/WA17 N). Turn right & go until you see the 17 N Ephrata/Soap Lake sign and go right. Stay on WA17 until junction WA 282. Take right and stay on WA17 to Soap Lake ( WA 282 will take you to Ephrata); go through Soap Lake and to Lake Lenore. Alternately, another route is via US Highway 2. Drive west from Spokane to Coulee City, then south on WA 17 and past Sun Lakes State Park.
Lake Lenore has three state launch sites. We will use the middle launch, called Sam Israel (WDFW) which has a boat ramp. Please refer to WDFW website on Lake Lenore for more detail.
Camping: Camping is recommended in Ephrata at Oasis RV & golf park, offering full camping services. Check them out http://oasisrvandgolfcourse.com
Water Craft: This lake is best fished from a boat, canoe, float tube, or pontoon boat. Internal combustion motors are prohibited. Electric motors only. Anglers are also ad-vised that wind can become very strong.
Special Instructions: A Discover Pass is required OR Vehicle Access Pass.
Sign-In: Everyone is required to sign in with the host to provide their cell phone #, emergency contact name & cell phone #, and sign the club’s waiver form. Please see the host before you head out.
Flies: Traditional fall flies for me have being Wooly Buggers (color Purple, Black & Brown). Chironomid fishing with either an indicator or long lining is also effective. Damsel nymphs slow striped alone the weed line can be very effective. All of these techniques depend on water temperature & wind. Check with Darc Knobel at Desert Fly Angler in Ephrata, 509- 754-4070. He keeps all the right flies on hand.
Foods/Meals: As of this newsletter, this outing is: “BYO/DIY” (Bring Your Own/Do It
Yourself). The host will contact those who signed up if there’s a change, such as a potluck.