The Central Oregon Flyline
Online Newsletter of the Central Oregon Flyfishers

August 2002

Raven fishing in BC
COF Outing - July 2002

Annual Picnic
Random Casts
Trapper Creek
Tips and Tricks
Wha Sup?
Kokanee Karnival
Internet Stuff
Support Our Local Flyshops
Officers and Board Members
COF Committees

Annual Picnic
August 21st
Don't Miss It!

We won't meet at the Board Of Realtors for the August meeting. We will have more fun PICNICKING at Aspen Hall (Shevlin Park). This is a great location for a summer evening gathering. A bit cooler than Bend, with shade, grass, and a lake. If thunderstorms threaten we can move the chairs and tables back into the hall and start a fire in the massive fireplace if necessary.

Shevlin Pond provides trout fishing for anglers 17 and younger. The lake and large grassy area provides an excellent place to try out a new (or older unidentified) rod and line. Don't be bashful about bringing equipment that you may have questions about. No rod --- bring a croquet set or other lawn game.

Our past president Jack Bloom has turned the reigns of entertainment over this year but may sit in with his banjo. Marg`s Music will provide music and song for our pleasure; and there will be a small silent auction that will include some Federation Of Flyfishers donated chicken necks (high quality capes that is).

FOOD.... YES.... COF will start hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill about 6:30. Our club also provides cold pop, plates, plastic ware and condiments. Please bring a side dish to share with 5-6 people. We welcome and wish to share your desserts - salads - vegetables - or finger foods. Decide you can attend at the last minute... pick up some chips and dip to share. We always have extra burgers and hotdogs so bring family and friends, if you are a large group - bring extra side dishes. DON`T MISS THE PICNIC, BRING A DISH TO SHARE.

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Random Casts

There are some things happening this month that you might want to check out. First, and foremost, it's PICNIC time. Bob Griffin, and his group of helpers, will be doing the cooking on the main part of the meal and there are so many great side dishes, brought in by those attending, that you have to be there. Another reason to attend is a chance to meet others in the Club while enjoying that great food. Along with the great food and the music there are a couple of special announcements to be made that I think you'll want to hear. If you would like to help out on the picnic, call Bob Griffin and let him know.

Planning ahead is a very important part of the every day life, and that is especially true when it involves lots of other people. Now is the time to plan ahead for the "Fall Streamside" portion of the Kokanee Karnival. This year it is the last four weekdays in September (24-27) and it will all be held at Brown's Creek. For those that have done this in the past you know how informative this is. For those that haven't been there I recommend that you at least stop by one day and see what it has to offer. Kurt Boettger is the one to contact for more info on this event.

More miscellaneous stuff. September of 2003 will feature a 3 day fly fishing conclave on the Oregon Coast at Seaside. This is being done by the Oregon Council Federation of Fly Fishers and sounds like it will be well worth attending. There will be numerous displays by fly fishing related vendors, fly tying demonstrations, casting areas and classes and too much more to list here. Stay tuned for more info on this as it develops.

High lakes fishing report: Not much activity yet, unless you want to go in and fish the last 20 minutes before dark, spend the night, and fish the hour or so before the sun hits the water in the morning. On most of the lakes, during the sunshine hours, the fish are "in hiding" and not very active. That should change shortly though as the sun gets lower in the southern sky and the lakes start to cool down. Be at the Picnic and I'll answer all of the questions I can in regards to the trails, how hard it is to get there and how the fishing is. I did talk to Ted at ODFW about Doris, Blow, Charlton and Gold after they did some observing and testing and was told they found very little at Doris and Blow. Charlton was OK and Gold was rolling with good sized ones. For Gold you just have to figure out how to get the little Blue & Black Damsel fly you use to hover about three inches above the water. That was the 2nd lake where we saw fish taking the Damsels in flight. It's great to watch, but frustrating to fish.

See you at the Picnic.
Phil @ COF

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Trapper Creek Restoration Benefits Bull Trout

by Alan Ome

On July 10th, 2002 the finishing touches were completed on the first phase of the Trapper Creek bull trout restoration project. Trapper Creek is located approximately 70 miles south of Bend and 20 miles west of Crescent, and is the main creek flowing into Odell Lake. Odell Lake provides a home for a unique population of bull trout a species listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Trapper Creek provides this population with its only spawning and rearing habitat; however, this habitat as it existed was limited in structure e.g., pools and spawning areas and was susceptible to the washing away of critical habitat during high water conditions.

To address these conditions and to comply with the ESA, a four-year study of Trapper Creek was implemented. The study and final project design carefully balanced the short-term ecological, environmental, economical impacts with the long-term benefits from providing a sustainable future for the Odell Lake bull trout population. The final design's dual purpose was to: (1) enhance stream channel stability during high flow water events; and (2) to increase bull trout spawning and rearing habitat without adversely affecting the existing kokanee salmon population.

Project Coordinator, Brad Houslet, a Crescent Ranger District Fisheries Biologist, and Lewis Wasniewski's, a Forest Hydrologist, and also the Project Designer, orchestrated a collaborative effort between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the National Forest Foundation to complete and fund the multifaceted project.

The 745 ft reconfiguration design of Trapper Creek was accomplished mainly by heavy-duty equipment. The construction included: increasing channel sinuosity; incorporating 60 cubic yards of spawning gravel to increase the amount of available spawning habitat to accommodate nearly 20 redds; using nearly 300 boulders to increase the number of pools; decreasing both the streambed elevation and the gradient; and increasing the flood plain area in order to dissipate high water flow velocity. Under the supervision of Houslet and Wasniewski's, the construction took three weeks to complete and came in under budget and ahead of schedule. For the next five years appropriate monitoring will take place to determine bull trout and kokanee use, as well as changes in the lake populations of these species.

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Tips and Tricks

This time of year, when the waters get a bit on the warm side, there is a practice that works fairly well in the lakes. Look for the "drop off" edges into the deeper water and fish on the edge of that "drop off". You'll find that many of the fish gather in the deeper water but will travel up into the shallows to feed. The most effective times in these waters are before the sun hits it fully, or after the sun gets lower on the western side. In the flatter bottom lakes look for those "bald" spots in the algae growth and fish the edges of those spots. Usually these are underground water outlets and provide a cooler area for the fish to stay in during the day. Fishing along the edges of the "bald" spots proves to be most effective.

Lots of people forget to read the reg's before they go fishing and that can prove to be a very expensive practice. Just the other day on Hosmer 2 people were headed out on float tubes that were not aware of the "floatation device" regulation requiring that you have one with you. This can be a sizable fine. Later one of them mentioned using bead shots on the line to get the flies down to the fish. In "fly fishing only" waters that is totally illegal. For technical purposes each cast could be charged as a violation and the fines can be $125, or more, per violation. Take the time to read the reg's fully before making an expensive mistake.

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The Grindstone Experience

by Mark Reisinger

I was lucky enough to win the Grindstone Lakes raffle this year, so on June 27 Ken Stringer and I ventured out to the ranch and had one of the best fishing experiences we've ever had.

Grindstone has always been known as a great fishery but recent improvements have made it a much more comfortable place to be as well. First of all Roger and Audrey Carbone have been hired to manage everything and they've made several significant changes all of which enhanced the experience. Roger's two assistants/guides were extremely helpful leading us out to the lakes and providing any assistance we required while there, including lunch. They also prepared the rest of the meals as well, which were terrific and enough to feed an army. I'm a big dessert fan and I had to pass on the sweets one night.

Another improvement is to the old 1940s style bunkhouse. The remodeling project and new furniture made it down right pleasant as opposed to the old flophouse it used to be. Construction was still ongoing in order to add space but it didn't impact us at all.

We were lucky to have a terrific group of fisherman along with us. I believe there were a total of 10. They were mostly local but one was from Anchorage and another from California. A gentleman from Black Butte Ranch caught the biggest fish which probably went close to 10 pounds. However Ken and I represented COF in fine fashion by catching so many fish we lost count. We started using small nymph patterns, then damsels, but we caught the most on black crystal woolly buggers. All fish were between 15"and 24" and good fighters.

I highly recommend the "Grindstone Experience" since I've been there twice and have had a great time on each occasion. If you're paying your way it's not cheap, but if you're looking for that perfect fishing trip and you're willing to pay for it, do it. Also, if the Grindstone folks are generous enough to donate the trips again next year be sure to purchase you raffle tickets. If you win you'll be glad you did.

A huge thank you is in order to the Grindstone people for their donation in support of Kokanee Karnival and to Doyle Goolsby for helping us with it each year. My estimate is that we've raised about $4,000 over the last few years for KK so it's a winning situation for everyone.

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Wha Sup?

It's that time of year again when a fly fishers fancy turns to the opportunity to have a long term, positive, and rewarding, effect on our local fish, fisheries and fishing. We're talking about the Fall Streamside portion of the Kokanee Karnival Comprehensive Program. The last week of September (24, 25, 26 & 27) will be that time again. This year the total project has been cut back to 8 schools and it will all be held at Brown Creek on the "back" side of Wikiup Reservoir.

For those that have never taken part in this program you really should take a look at it. You will be pleasantly surprised with how much you can learn in just a couple of hours at the streamside and even more pleased with the results you see in the kids attending. If you're not ready to take part as one of the volunteer instructors you can still stop by and listen in at the various stations, stop by Fall River Hatchery and see what happens there, and come out of it much more educated on the entire fisheries system.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help out on the Program is invited to call Kurt Boettger at 383-3480. Those just wanting to stop by and learn more about what is taught at these events can call Phil Hager at 317-1075. Kurt and Phil will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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There is no new information on the Outings, so the editor assumes that there was none in July and that the Outing in August will be at Crane Prairie on August 23rd as previously planned. Everyone wishing to attend should make themselves aware of the fire conditions and plan accordingly.

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Kokanee Karnival Fundraising/Donations

Due to the growth and success of the Kokanee Karnival Youth Education Program over the last several years, the associated cost to run the program has increased as well. In response we have increased our fundraising efforts to include grant foundations and other organizations that are capable of providing larger donations in support of worthy programs such as KK.

During the last couple of years several of our members did a lot of homework so that we could learn how to write grant proposals and be successful. I'm happy to report that they did a great job because our success rate is improving significantly and the outlook for sustaining this success looks good. A huge thank you is in order to Doyle Goolsby, Don Johnston, Art McEldowney, and Patty Bowers for getting this started and for the donations directly generated through their efforts.

Using the materials and information put together by the aforementioned "fundraising forefathers" we recently received a donation of $5,000 from Brooks Resources Corporation which is a local real estate development organization. Through Awbrey Glen Golf Club Brooks also has made annual contributions in support of our annual banquet and fundraising events, so these folks have provided a significant amount of support and we owe them a huge thank you. Thanks Brooks!

We also recently received a check for $5767.43 from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) from a reimbursement grant that was put together by Don Johnston and Art McEldowney. This grant provides a total of $7500 to repay us for funds expended for aquarium chillers for the egg incubation program and for school bus transportation for students attending various KK activities. Thanks OWEB!

We still have additional funding requirements this year in order to fund the entire $33,000 KK budget for the 2002/03 school year so our grant proposal efforts are continuing. In addition, our local fundraising campaign for local businesses will commence in August, and we will once again provide an opportunity for our members to make a contribution along with your annual dues payment during November and December.

If anyone has any suggestions or questions regarding our fundraising efforts please contact Mark Reisinger at 389-4124.

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There is nothing new to report for the Conservation Column. If you wish to contribute to any upcoming event of which you may be aware, please contact Gene McMullen at 312-8939 or contact him by e-mail at

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Plans are already in progress for the 2003 trip. Gordon has promised a report on the 2002 trip for next month's newsletter. In the meantime here are a few more photos from Gordon Chandler.

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Internet Stuff

Some interesting links
Eastern Oregon STEP Page is
From Susan Halblom, FFF VP of Education - a website with lots of links
YourRiver - Educational and up to date information
Waterworkswonders - A Fish Species Reference of 188 fish gives information and drawings of each type. It includes descriptions and life cycles, where they live, what they eat and much more on each type of fish.
Scott Cotter, a member of COF

COF Links:



E-MAIL is:

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Support Our Local Flyshops


  • Deschutes River Outfitters, 61115 S. Hwy 97, 388-8191
  • The Fly Box, 1293 NE 3rd St., 388-3330
  • The Patient Angler, 55 NW Wall St., 389-6208
  • Fly & Field Outfitters, 143 SW Century Dr, Suite A, 318-1616
  • G.I. Joe’s, 63455 N. Hwy 97, 388-3773


  • Camp Sherman Store, Camp Sherman, 595-6711


  • Cent Wise Sporting Goods, 498 SW 6th Street, 548-4422
  • Central Oregon Outdoors, 1502 SW Odem, 504-0372


  • The Fly Fisher’s Place, 151 W. Main, 549-3474


  • The Hook Fly Shop, Sunriver Village Mall, Bldg. 21, 593-2358
  • Sunriver Fly Shop, 56805 Venture Lane, 593-8814


  • Numb-Butt Fly Co., 380 N. Hwy 26, Madras, OR 97741, 325-5515

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2002 COF Officers & Board Members


PRESIDENT - Phil Hager
TREASURER - Viki Ramming
SECRETARY - Harry Harbin

Board Members

Art McEldowney
Ron Anderson
Bill Lundy
Gene McMullen
Tom Philiben
Harry Harbin
Dan Driskill
Vicki Ramming
Earl Rettig
Phil Hager
Hank Sailor
Mark Reisinger

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COF Committees

AMBASSADORS - Doyle Goolsby
AWARDS - Rex Harrison, Don Johnston
BANQUET - Tom Philiben, Dennis McMahon
ENTOMOLOGY - John Anderson
FLY TYING EXPO - Bill Lundy, Dan Driskill
HISTORIAN - Rex Harrison
INSTRUCTION - Gordon Chandler
LIBRARIAN - Gordon Chandler
NATIONAL FISHING DAY - T. Philiben, P. Hager
OUTINGS - Hank Sailor
PROGRAMS - Dave McNall, Gene McMullen
PUBLIC RELATIONS - Phil Hager, Harry Harbin
RAFFLES - Ken Stringer
WEBSITE - Gordon Chandler
WELCOME - Hank Sailor

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