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Coffee Pot Lake is best known for its prodigious chironomid hatches that feed rainbow trout reaching nearly 24 inches long. In addition to those big trout, swimming under the fly fishers radar are plenty of largemouth bass that go up to 5 pounds. It has black crappie and some yellow perch as well. Coffeepot is located in a deep coulee a few miles northeast of Odessa, so a floating device is necessary. We’ll stay at a primitive BLM campground at the lake, complete with vault toilet.
You’ll want chironomids–some with weight and some without. If the water is still cool, then the fish will be working deep. Last June, the fish were cruising the surface. TDC’s, Ice Cream Cones, and your favorite chironomid patterns in size 14-18 work. Dragonfly nymphs such as Chickabou Dragon or Draper Dragon (Flies Of The Northwest pattern book) on a sinking line will take fish. Of course the ubiquitous black or olive rabbit bugger will catch most anything.
All you need to have the most topwater fun with the largemouth is The Hamster (Flyfishing for Western Smallmouth) and expect a nasty strike from a big rainbow as well. Add a white baitfish pattern (ask Eric Olson for his pattern) and you’ll be set.
A $25 outings fee covers all food for the weekend.
What to Bring
Peter Maunsell and Bill Gibson will be co-hosting this multi-day float on Oregon’s John Day River for bass fishing. Expect to catch dozens of fish a day. This is one of Oregon’s most spectacular rivers. You must have a river boat or a spot in one to register. The $250 fee will cover shuttles and food.
Put-in & Take-out Logistics
The group will meed in Condon, OR on 6/25 at 5:00 at the Condon Motel parking lot to discuss the shuttle and put-in logistics. Lodging on 6/25 is available at the Condon Motel or the Condon Hotel. You need to make your own reservations. Camping is also available in the area.
Take out will be at the Cottonwood Campground. All of the equipment and boats, including the gear boats, will need to be cleaned and packed before anyone departs. Plan on being on the road ~4:30 pm and getting back to Seattle ~10:00 pm.
Here are pictures from a previous outing.
HOSTS: Maura & Carl Johnson
Carl and Maura Johnson host this Montana weekend at their cabin in Superior, Montana.
Is 430 miles one way a long way to go for a weekend of fishing? It depends on where you are going and whom you are going to be with when you arrive. Many people come from all over the world to fish in Montana. We only have to cross eastern Washington and the panhandle of Idaho to get there. Once you get to Superior (a 6-1/2 hour drive), you will be fishing with fellow NFA members and will be the guests of Carl and Maura Johnson. Carl has two drift boats plus a big outdoor gas grill and he knows how to use it. Maura is a great cook. Tenting is on the Johnson's large lawn which has the softest green grass in the neighborhood. There is a big porch with chairs and lots of shade trees. The list of amenities goes on and on. Most of us will float the river but there are places to bank fish. The $25 fee covers meals for Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.
Outing Leaders: Peter Maunsell and Peter Rubenstein
The float plane takes off from Stewart Lodge on Nimpo Lake in British Columbia. Everyone needs to be on the dock, packed, and ready to depart at 9:30 am. It is recommended that you stay at the lodge the night of July 15, the night before flying to the lakes. The contact info for Stewart Lodge is below. In addition, you will find more information on the web site discussion page.
Big bushy dry flies are of special interest to the large (up to 20 inches) cutthroat that live in the Methow River. Nymphs will also tempt these cutthroat and the healthy rainbow population. The Methow is a great river to float; fishing is allowed from the boat. Other flowing water venues are the Twist River and the Chewuck River; both best suited for wading. For the non-fishers, there is swimming, hiking, biking, shopping (Twisp’s Saturday farmers market and cowboy town Winthrop), and sightseeing (Grand Coolee Dam). We are camping at Lightning Pines Campground, on the river and across from the town of Methow. The camping fee is $10/ tent/night. The Outings Fee is $25 and covers all the food from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
To view pictures from previous outings, click here.
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Outing Leader: Dana Bottcher
If you would like to improve your stream fly fishing skills or would like to share your skills and knowledge about fishing streams, then this outing is for you. The idea is to put together a core of NFA mentors who love to fish moving water with some eager “students” in a one-on-one day of teaching and fishing on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, about 35 miles east of Seattle. We will all meet at EJ Roberts Park in North Bend and, as a group, go over some fundamentals then pair up and head for the river. Each pair will have several hours of mentoring and fishing on their own stretch of the river. We will all meet back at the park at 3 PM for a potluck picnic. There is no outing fee so people bring a picnic food item to share. If you would like to be a mentor or a student, you need to register as soon as possible so the outings host can make sure there are enough mentors.
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Trip Leaders: Matt Moore and David Williams
Fishing the salt from the beach is one of the fastest growing facets of fly fishing because Puget Sound is blessed with so many miles of beach and so many willing fish. This year the NFA will meet on Camano Island for our annual saltwater outing. Utsalady Bay will be the place where we will fish for feisty resident coho salmon, sea-run cutthroat and maybe a late pink. There is no outing fee, do bring some snacks for while you're out. Depending on the size of the group we can grill after, burgers, brats and veggies or what ever. We do have a house and boat on the beach so I can take small groups to near by beaches as
sea-runs move a lot.
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HOW & WHEN TO GET THERE
Specific River(s) tbd as the event gets closer
The outings fee is $25. NFA will provide all the meals for the weekend from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Bring your own beer, wine, and hard stuff.
To see pictures from previous outing, click here.
Outing Leader: Mark Conner
At over 100 miles, the Klickitat River, located in Southeastern Washington, is one of the state’s longest free flowing rivers from its glacial source to its confluence with the Columbia River. The river originates in the snow capped peaks of Mount Adams, a 12, 276-ft. active volcano. This renowned Pacific Northwest steelhead and salmon stream gains momentum quickly, dropping approximately 5,000 feet in elevation over its course. 100 year old “character” Oregon White Oak trees ornament the hillsides of the river gorge. The Klickitat provides passage and spawning grounds for a variety of native anadromous fish, predominantly spring and fall runs of Chinook Salmon but also Coho (Silver) Salmon.
The Outings Fee is $25 and covers all the food from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
To see pictures from previous outings, click here.
Directions and map to Stinson Flats.
Outing Leader: Scott McCracken
The Pass Lake outing is a great chance to land large brown trout as well as feisty rainbows. Everyone is bringing a floating device (float tube, pontoon boat, canoe, pram, etc.) since casting from shore is really not much of an option. It is well known that the lake’s browns are susceptible to large streamers and that a sink line may be the difference between catching one or not. If possible, we should plan to meet no later than 9:00 AM. There is no fee for this one-day outing, but please register for the outing so the club will know how many people to expect.
Map to Pass Lake
Photos of Pass Lake