Central Oregon Flyfishers

Upcoming events

    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • 25 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Sponsored by FFI Charter Club

    Welcome to Winter “ZoomTying”
    Thursdays through March 2021
    5PM -7PM PST

    This 20 class series is presented by Central Oregon Fly Tyers Guild (COFTG) of Fly Fishers International, Inc.

    "ZoomTying" Class #11

    Thursday, 25 February @ 5PM PST

    One of the premier hatches on western lakes, including many in Oregon, is the callibaetis.  It hatches in huge numbers, often over a period of several hours, and each stage of the insect is readily available to feeding trout.  As the stages develop, trout will often key in on one stage at a time, ignoring other stages that may be present, and thus the angler needs to be prepared for all three when fishing this hatch.

    In this class we will learn proven patterns for each callibaetis stage: nymph, dun and spinner.  Insect recognition and angling techniques will be discussed as well.  Tools needed will be the usual, but must include a hair stacker and a bobbin loaded with tan or grey 8/0 thread.  The characteristics of needed materials will be explained.

    TLF Possum Hair Nymph / TLF Pin Fly / TLF Hair-Hackle Go-Too by Jerry Criss

    ZOOM TYING Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 764 840 2522
    Passcode: 11112020

    For more information, please contact:
    Sherry Steele

    • 02 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • 06 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Ephrata WA

    Washington State Clark Skamania Flyfishers / COF
    East Side Lakes (plus one spring creek) Outing
    May 2 - 6, 2021

    COF has been invited to attend the East Side Lake outing

    Clark Skamania Flyfishers Fishmaster:
    Roy DeRousie,  rderousie@gmail.com  503-522-4214
    Clark Skamania Flyfishers Grand Fishmaster:  Donna Newcomb

    If you are planning to attend this outing and to make reservations, now is a good time.  Please let Roy or Donna know your lodging plans, email address, cell phone number AND THAT YOU ARE FROM COF.

    We will meet for a BYOB Happy Hour at the city park next to the Oasis RV park on Sunday, May 2 at 5:00 pm. to go over fishing information.

    Because Covid-19 will probably still be a concern, please wear a mask and social distance when in groups.  Unfortunately, there will also be no potluck dinner the last night this year. 

    If you have any questions contact Roy DeRousie at 503-522-4214 or rderousie@gmail.com.

    Motel Reservations:  The Best Western Rama Inn, 1818 Basin St SW, Ephrata, WA 98823

    • The Best Western has a double queen or king room for $129.99 plus tax
    • Call the hotel directly at 509-754-7111 weekdays between 9am-5pm
    • Tell them you are with Clark Skamania Flyfishers

    You can book online at any time using the group code:       

    https//www.bestwestern.com/en US/book/hotel-rooms.48417.html?groupld=P88GL0G0

    Camping and RVs:  Oasis Resort RV and Golf Course, 2541 Basin St, Ephrata, WA 98823   509-754-5102 or oasisrvandgolfcourse.com   The Oasis has showers, tent sites and an RV dump.  The sites currently reserved have water and electricity but no sewer.  If you want full hookups, let the Oasis know, there may be some that open up at a later date. There are also undeveloped campgrounds at some of the lakes and creeks, such as Coffee Pot Lake.

    Fishing Information:  Tour Grant County has a website, TourGrantCounty.com, which has the top 35 fishing waters in Grant County, as well as attractions, accommodations, and recreation.  I also have a dozen booklets which have the same information and map for these waters.  Some of the spots are Rocky Ford Creek, Blue Lake, Deep Lake, Quincy Lake, Coffee Pot Lake, Pacific Lake, and many more.  A fish finder is helpful on the lakes.  It can be very windy on some of the lakes.  If you can get a weather report with predicted wind speed and direction, it would be helpful.

    Additional Information:  There is a Safeway and several gas stations in Ephrata.  There are some restaurants in Ephrata and Soap Lake, but their open status in May is unknown.

    Don’t Forget:

    Washington fishing license
    Discover Pass
    Watch for rattlesnakes
    And as Jack Whiney says, “Keep your rods inside your vehicles when traveling at Highway speeds.”

    For more info call:
    Eric White

    • 16 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • 18 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Cascade Lakes

    COF Outing May 16 - 18

    Crane Prairie (Quinn River & Rock Creek) and Hosmer

    Crane Prairie is about an hour from Bend and the home to Crane bows. These rainbows are measured in pounds not inches. Crane has rainbows (14 – 22” is normal), Kokanee, Browns, whitefish and bass. There are 3 old underwater riverbeds that are about 12’ deep. Parts of the lake are 16’. The old submerged forest is still present and helps establish the location of the old river bed, especially at Quinn river. There is still a lot of the old forest above water, but be careful of stumps that are just under the water. There is a dam at the south end of the lake and the out-flow of the Upper Deschutes river that feeds into Wickiup.  Crane allows gas engines, but the speed limit is 10 MPH. You will see small float tubes to multi passenger boats fishing on the lake. Quinn River channel and Rock Creek are very protected from the wind. Rock Creek is more open water with a few old dead trees on the north side. Water can be deeper here. There is very limited bank access.

    Tackle and Techniques: Insect life varies with midges, caddis, mayflies and damsels.  Chironomids, Zebra Midges and balanced leaches under a strike indicator in the channels account for a lot of fish all season.  Stripping Damsels and leaches is also effective.  There are pockets in the “trees” that allow room to hook and fight fish. Use a 5 or 6 weight rod with a floater or sinking line.

    Camping: Camping will be readily available early in the season at Quinn river camp ground at Crane Prairie. The Quinn river boat launch is very close.


    Is about 40 minutes from Bend.  It is creek fed and very clear early in the season. Hosmer is flyfishing only and catch and release. The lake has Rainbows, Brook and cutthroat trout, 14” – 18” is common, but it holds fish up to 24”.  It has a lower and an upper lake connected by a slow flowing channel. The lower lake is 11’ deep, but you will find most of your fishing is 4 – 6’ deep. There is an additional finger off the main channel that leads to a small dam. The channel leads to the upper lake, about a 25-minute row. Hosmer allows electric motors only. With the clear water, you will be able to see fish easily in the channel and upper lake. Early season, there is extensive bird life and more importantly, there is few watercraft (SUP, Kayaks and canoes). Later in the season the lake can be very, very busy with visitors. There is almost no bank access. Arriving early, before 7:00, in warmer months is important. The boat launch can become very busy and parking may be non-existent. A trailered boat is OK, but parking will be a challenge at times.

    Tackle and Techniques: Insect life varies with midges, caddis, mayflies, damsels and dragonfies.  Chironomids, Zebra Midge and balanced leaches under a strike indicator along the weed edges in the lakes and in the channels account for a lot of fish all season. There can be very good Callibaetis dry fly fishing at times. Stripping Damsels and leaches is also effective.  Use a 5 or 6 weight rod with a floater or very slow sinking line.

    Camping: Hosmer has plenty of camping, but nothing close to the water.

    Meet Up

    16 May we will meet at the Quinn River boat launch (Crane Prairie) at 8:00 AM

    17 May we will meet at the Rock Creek boat launch (Crane Prairie) at 8:00 AM

    18 May we will meet at the Hosmer boat launch at 7:30 AM

    Near by camping: https://www.recreation.gov/

    Deschutes/Lava Lake Campground, Deschutes/Crane Prairie Campground, Deschutes/Cow Meadow Campground, Deschutes/Elk Lake Campground, Deschutes/Cultus Lake Campground, Deschutes/Rock Creek Campground, Deschutes/Quinn River Campground

    For more info contact: Eric White

CANCELLATION POLICY:  If you wish to cancel your registration, please do so on the website, or contact us a minimum of three days prior to the class and your money will be refunded.  Otherwise,  all registrations after the minimum cancellation of 3 days prior to class will require payment whether attended or not.

PAYMENT for Classes And Events:  Fees for all Education classes, seminars and events must be paid by the COF monthly meeting prior to the scheduled event.  Payments not received and processed by the prior COF monthly meeting will mean forfeiture of your reservation, and the slot will open up to those next in line on the wait list. Options for paying include paying on the website via PayPal, paying at the monthly meeting, or mailing a check, made payable to COF, to PO Box 1126, Bend OR 97709.

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