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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Outing Leader: Ron Romeis and Stephen Willams
Again, this year the outing will be held on the Metolius River at Pine Rest Campground. This is a beautiful river with very nice camping and the reputation for being a tough river to catch fish. Last year, everyone who attended caught at least one fish. Not something that can be said about some of our outings. In September, there are numerous hatches of mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies. The Golden Stoneflies persist on the upper stretches of the Metolius well into September. The water temperatures on this river are relatively stable and will be in the middle to high 40’s. Wading the Metolius can be dangerous, as there are areas of swift currents and drop offs. Use a wading staff and exercise caution when stepping into the river. It is often deeper than it looks close to the banks. There are other fishing options in the area. Three Creeks Lake is nearby and so is the Middle Deschutes River. Sisters, Oregon offers shopping, restaurants, and also makes a decent location to base camp for heading off to the High Cascade lakes or other rivers in the area a bit over an hour away.
Pine Rest Campground will be the main HQ on the Metolius River. However, it is for tent camping only. I've chosen this site because it has a very nice gazebo that would be good for the cooking area and provide cover in the event of rain. It is the best site for managing our group. This site does not have potable water, but water is available at another nearby site. Alternatively, the Gorge Campground is less than 2/10 of a mile away; and is available for RV, or trailer campers. Both of these sites offer beautifully shaded, well maintained sites and are right on the river. None of the sites at Pine Rest campground offer reservable sites. Other campgrounds are reservable through Hoodoo Recreation’s website. However, I will go to Pine Rest in advance of the outing and pitch tents to hold at least three sites. Each site is large enough to accommodate at least two or three tents. There are numerous other camping sites on the Metolius, but none have a gazebo or other "group" site set up like Pine Rest. Camping fees are $16.00 per night, per site. If there is more than one vehicle on each site, they charge an extra $8.00 per vehicle, per site, per night. I will attempt to hold some sites, but would appreciate it if everyone registered would provide me their Golden Age Pass number, if you have one, and your vehicle license plate number. That way I can save a few bucks on the sites.
NFA will provide all the meals for the weekend fromSaturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Saturday dinner will be available between 6 PM and 10 PM. Bring your own beer, wine, and hard stuff. The outings fee is $25. I do not have the kitchen gear to prepare the meals for this large group. I will need some help from the club with the kitchen gear, table ware, etc. If I am unlucky, and the sites are all occupied at Pine Rest, I will attempt to get sites at the Gorge Campground close by. There are plenty of sites, but no gazebo at the Gorge.
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River flies: bead head nymphs (12-18s) and elk hair dries (14-16s). soft hackles 18-20’s, golden stone nymphs, mayfly emergers, parachutes,16-22’s.
Lake flies: green, brown, and black woolly bugger and mayfly dries (14-20s). Callabaetis dries and nymphs.
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
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.
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Directions and map to Stinson Flats.
HOW TO GET THERE:
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