The Central Oregon Flyline
Online Newsletter of the Central Oregon Flyfishers

November 2002

Photo by Gordon Chandler

December Program
Meeting Date and Location
Upstream Events
Random Casts
COF Board Retreat
Egg Delivery
Fly Tyers
Bass Fishing For Cutthroats
COF Board and Officers 2003
Tips and Tricks
Welcome New Members
The Fly Fishing Disease
Internet Stuff
Support Our Local Flyshops
Officers and Board Members
COF Committees

December Program


Fly deprived members take heed! Be without no longer. Look, learn, linger, and love tying flies. Some club members will tie their favorite flies, and tell where and how to fish those favorite flies. There will be plenty of tires, and plenty of space to observe techniques. There will be two tables for non tires or beginning tires. You can poke, prod, project, pamper and appreciate the art of tying. Some flies to be tied: The K-Mart, Blue Death, Blue Winged Olive, Wooly Bugger, Black Bogus, Light Cahill, and a mystery fly only to be revealed at the event. A special leader tying table will be manned by Bob Griffin, who will demonstrate how to tie your own custom leaders. Ask questions, get more knowledge. Make it mean something when you wear your cap that says "Fish Fear Me".

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COF Meeting Date and Location

The Central Oregon Flyfishers meet on the third Wednesday of the month at The Central Oregon Association of Realtors, 2112 N.E. 4th Street, Bend,Oregon.

The Monthly gatherings start at 6:30 PM and the program begins at 7:00PM.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Invite a neighbor or friend to join us at the next meeting.

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Thursday, December 6
COF Board Meeting at 7 PM
Wednesday December 19
COF Meeting at 7 PM (gathering at 6:30 PM) at the Central Oregon Association Board of Realtors, 2112 NE 4th Street Bend, OR 97701
Tuesdays December 4, 11, 18
Fly Tying Group from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Bend Trap Club 61400 Brosterhous Rd. in SE Bend. Contact Harry Harbin at 388-8841.

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Random Casts

I was talking to my neighbor the other day about the Deschutes, the steelhead runs, the pleasure of catching them, and he made an interesting comment. He said that he had caught a hatchery fish and decided to keep it. On the way out he was verbally reprimanded by others for keeping the fish. That comment brought to my attention the need to make another effort to educate the public about catch and release versus catch and keep.

If you read the regulations you’ll find that yes, you are required to do the catch and release on the native (non-fin clipped) steelhead, but not the fin clipped hatchery fish. When I was instructing at the Women’s Outdoor class at Oak Springs Hatchery one of the areas I addressed was the proper method of handling fish for catch and release. Afterwards I was asked by management there if I would be change the presentation to first, explain how to differentiate between native vs. hatchery fish and, second, stress that the catch and release practice should only has to be used on the native species. The reason was really quite simple: the number of fish returning to the hatchery is too good.

The staff at the hatchery told me that there have been returns so great to the hatchery that they have netted some of those returning, loaded them into a transport and taken them back down to the mouth and put them back in the river to run again. Some of those fish have had several marks on their mouths where they have been caught and released before. That is the idea behind the hatcheries: to supply enough fish to the waters to allow those fishing to keep fish without damaging the native population. The other area to consider on the catch and keep of hatchery fish is to reduce the potential of the cross breeding of hatchery with native fish and, despite claims otherwise, no, you can’t taste the difference between hatchery and native steelhead.

Look elsewhere in this newsletter for the December program, but plan on being there. Not only can you learn a lot more about tying flies but you can also learn a lot more about which fly to use where, what it works on, when to use it and how to present it. Hope to see you there.

Phil @ COF

DON’T FORGET THAT DUES PAID BY THE END OF DECEMBER ARE ONLY $30 AND AFTER THAT THEY ARE $36 A YEAR. Beat the deadline-mail in the dues or bring a check to the December meeting

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COF Board Retreat

On October 4th and 5th your board of directors conducted a retreat at Elk Lake to contemplate the current programs and plans for Central Oregon Flyfishers and attempt to do some long range planning and budgeting. Contrary to the hopes of several participants, the retreat turned into a very focused two day meeting with the only fishing conducted on the pier for about one hour in the evening. Yes, there are a few decent brook trout in Elk Lake!

The board directed a considerable amount of attention to restructuring our committees and reviewing the Policies and Procedures Manual to streamline and organize activities. Time was also spent evaluating the types of political stances that the club might take and still remain within our charter as a 501c3 tax free organization. A third major topic was volunteer recruitment and member involvement.

Beat the deadline and either mail in the dues or bring a check to the December meeting. A complete review of our activities and programs led to our dropping several activities, specifically the free fish day at Wizard Falls, which never has aligned with our mission statement as a fly fishing club, and the Crooked River cleanup which has turned into a duplication of effort with several other clubs. Potential additions include selecting another river under the “adopt a river” program, sponsoring trips to the FFF Fly Tyers Expo in Eugene and the new FFF enclave in September, adding some extended overnight outings to our day outings, establishing regular beginner and intermediate fly tying programs, and establishing more educational programs at other than meeting times, including programs for women and youth. The board also intends to investigate more “self generated” conservation projects since the lack of ODFW funding and an empty STEP biologist position are leading to fewer joint projects with ODFW.

Other important issues included the need for more “local interest” programs at the general membership meetings, the combination of the Fly Tying Demo and Expo into one event, more promotion and explanation of the British Columbia, Canada outing, and completion of the Kokanee Karnival manual.

This retreat, along with the surveys that you are now completing, will allow the board to establish policies and programs to better serve all of the members. We ask for your assistance as we work to implement these new plans.

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Volunteers Make Egg Delivery a Success

Are they alive? How many are there? How do you count them? Where do they come from? When will they hatch? These are some of the questions volunteers answered as they delivered rainbow trout eggs to 13 schools supported by the Kokanee Karnival program in the Bend/Redmond area on October 21. Fish Eggs to Fry, ODFW ‘s classroom fish egg incubation program, lets teachers incorporate lessons in math, science, geography, and other subjects while students monitor the progress of the eggs daily. Teachers and kids love this program!

Many thanks to the following volunteers who delivered eggs and equipment to local schools: Ron Anderson, Jeff Grimm, Gene McMullen and Alex Page. Thank you Phil Hager for delivering eggs to Summer Lake to be picked up by schools from Silver Lake and Lakeview. (I hope you got in some good fishing.) Thank you Bob and Tommie Speik for driving, once again, nearly a thousand miles throughout the Oregon outback to deliver eggs to 20 schools in Eastern Oregon. Thank you Patty Bowers for your post-retirement involvement in this project. And, thank you Bill Lundy for making floating egg trays at the last minute. Each of you helped make this project a success.

The next egg delivery will be the first or second week in February 2003. If you would like to help with this great program (no special skills needed, minimal time commitment), call (318-0567) or send me an email message ( I’d love to hear from you.

Terri Grimm
Volunteer Coordinator

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Fly Tyers Rejoice!

Come one, come all! Central Oregon Flyfishers is starting a new winter fly tying group!

Last April, did you suddenly realize that your fly box was still empty and all those long winter nights had somehow passed you by without putting the vice to good use? Last winter, did you miss the companionship of your fishing buddies and all those tall tails and a few good true stories? Well, set aside your Tuesday nights and we will solve these problems!

Every Tuesday night from 6:30PM until 8:30PM, the tying group will meet at the Trap Club of Bend. We will not meet December 24 or 31 due to the holidays. Experienced tiers should bring their vice and tools, plus enough materials to tie one of the flies missing from their box, and perhaps a light. Periodically, one of the group will demonstrate a new fly and provide enough material for everyone to tie a couple if they wish. New tiers should bring themselves for a few lessons with vices, tools and materials furnished by the group. Soon, we hope, you will graduate to the main group where plenty of advice will still be available. Everyone should bring a few tall tails, fishing pictures, newly discovered "holes" etc to keep the discussion lively. This is a meeting of all comers, so don't worry about not being part of a "group". If you are an expert, we hope you will come prepared to give some advice. If you are new, or just "all thumbs", we hope to give you all the help that you need. Whoever you are, bring a coffee cup if you "imbibe".

The cost for this program is free, although we may periodically pass the hat or do a project for the Bend Trap Club in return for their kind offer of the use of their facility. The Bend Trap Club is located 0.7 miles East of the Brosterhous and 3rd St. intersection at 61400 Brosterhous Road. As you leave 3rd on Brosterhous headed East, there is a slow 90 degree turn right, followed shortly by a sharp turn left. The club is on the left after several hundred yards. The building is a white wood frame structure with an exterior light and door on the side away from Brosterhous. If you have questions, contact Harry Harbin at 388-8841.

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Bass Fishing For Cutthroats

It was a few weeks ago, the last weekend of October at Mann Lake. The sun was shining, the water was very, very low and the lake was calm for hours at a time. The bottom of the lake was sink- to- your- calf muddy, the weeds were thick near the shore and a remnant of the summer algae bloom had blown against the shore putting a thick layer of green on top of the water. After struggling with the mud, we had switched to our pontoon boats and were casting back to the shore when I saw a sight that made me homesick for my years fishing in the South. There, against the weeds, was a big dorsal fin sticking completely out of the water as a big cutthroat crept along the weeds, probably searching for snails. Further down was the big tail fin of a fish rooting in the weeds as it slowly cruised along.

Reverting to old habits, I dropped a black seal bugger in front of the fish and just let it sit for a minute or so to give him a good, long look. Then I twitched the fly about an inch to give it life and sat back to wait for the big swirl as the fish took the fly. As soon as I saw the swirl, I leaned into the rod and wrestled the fish out of the weeds. He was only the first of many to succumb to the old bass fisherman, anywhere from 17” to 22”. I may get drummed out of fly-fishing for such thoughts, but for one day, at least, it was impossible to tell the difference between a largemouth bass sucking in a jig and a Mann Lake cutthroat taking a wooly bugger. It was a real pleasure to go back for just a little while.

Harry Harbin

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COF Board and Officers 2003
Election Results

At the November general meeting, COF members elected the following members to be their Club leaders for 2003:


  • Dan Driskill, President
  • Ron Anderson, Vice-President
  • Harry Harbin, Secretary
  • Neal Buxton, Treasurer
  • Dan Driskill
  • Phil Havens
  • Ron Anderson
  • Phil Hager
  • Harry Harbin
  • Earl Rettig
  • Neal Buxton
  • Gene McMullen
  • Dee Marsh
  • Tom Philiben
  • Dave Dunahay
  • Mark Reisinger
Welcome to all of you new and returning Board Members! THANK YOU to the retiring members Bill Lundy, Hank Sailor and Art McEldowney for your extraordinary contributions. May your every cast be perfect. Good luck and best wishes to all Officers and Board Members for the coming year. Editorial comment: Hang in there Dee. Your input will be extremely valuable at these Thursday night monthly Board Meetings.

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Tips and Tricks

Equipment care

This is the time of year that most of us clean up our equipment and here is something to think about on that process: When is the last time you cleaned the eyes on you rod(s)? A real easy way to clean them is to get a set of heavy cloth boot laces and dip one in a mild detergent solution (like Dawn because it cuts grease) and pull it back and forth thru the eyes a few times. This cleans out the hard to get to spots in the eyes.

After you have cleaned, rinsed and dried the eyes on your rod, take another boot lace and spray it until damp with a silicone based lubricant (like WD40) then drag that thru the eyes a few times. This not only protects the eyes but it also makes them a little slicker making casting easier and makes it easier to knock the ice off if you do any “cold” weather fishing.

Fishing Streams

Remember that during the winter months the stream temperatures tend to drop the further you get from their starting point. Even streams like Fall River get colder as the stream travels further from the starting spring. There is a way to fish the stream that tends to be a little more successful.

As the weather gets colder take the time to travel further up the stream than you usually do. You’ll find that the fish gather further and further up the stream and you’ll find yourself much more apt to catch them. Also remember that there are still hatches during the winter months but the time for the hatches is a much smaller window because the sun is on the water for considerably less time

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Welcome New Members

Michael and Lois Bailey

Let’s introduce ourselves. Mike and Lois please remember to pick up your copy of “Harry Teal’s No Nonsense Guide to Fly Fishing Central and Southeastern Oregon” from Bill Lundy at the Welcome Table at the next Meeting on Wednesday December 19, 2002.

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A Tongue-In-Cheek Description
Of The Progression Of The Fly Fishing Disease

FFF Clubwire May 97

STAGE 1: (unskilled innocence)
Has some fly fishing equipment but uses it in an awkward, fumbling way. Outings not usually met with success. Many dropouts.
STAGE 2: (innocence without conscience).
Survives stage 1, occasionally successful. Willing to kill fish and take advantage of new technique. Considers joining a fly fishing club. Buys a book on fly fishing.
STAGE 3: (experienced and sometimes ethical).
Usually successful. Is aware of limits and species differences. Acquires first truly balanced rod and line outfit. Joins a fly fishing club. Takes a fly tying class. Has 3-4 books on fly fishing.
STAGE 4: (turning point)
Fishes only with flies and is snobbish about it. Makes a 30-40 ft cast easily, catches most fish on flies he ties. Has 20 or more books on fly fishing. Gives advice to anglers in stage 2. Becomes a board member in a fishing club. Is looking to buy a sport utility vehicle.
STAGE 5: (Involved)
Fishes every chance he gets. Takes his family on a vacation to such garden spots as Lee's Ferry, Bighorn River. Owns 6-8 fly rods and a bookcase of fly fishing books. Subscribes to 5 fly fishing magazines. Teaches fly tying and becomes an officer of his fly fishing club. Buys a used sport utility vehicle.
STAGE 6: (Obsessed, demented)
Talks of starting a fly fishing business. Collects bugs and preserves them in alcohol. Badgers hunter friends about feathers and furs. Takes vacations alone to remote fly fishing destinations. Writes articles for club newsletter. Tries to sell his services as a fly fishing guide. Offers to give talks to his fly fishing club or to any group that will invite him. Boss complains, wife complains, bank account dwindles.
STAGE 7 (lost to humanity)
Quits job and lives on unemployment compensation. Ties #24 flies for local fly shop. Sleeps in car at streamside for the Hendrickson, Hexagenia and Gray Drake hatches. Can tie flies without a vise or cast a fly line without a fly rod. Babbles incessantly about midges, chest waders, double hauls, reach casts and Atlantic salmon.
*Portions of this article were obtained from the newsletters of the Kamloops Fly Fishers and the Fort Worth Fly Fishers.

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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 and Neal Buxton
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
KOKANEE KARNIVAL (Funds/Ang. Clinic) - M. Reisinger
KOKANEE KARNIVAL (Fish Disection) - Tom Walker, DNF
KOKANEE KARNIVAL (Eggs to Fry) - Terri Grimm
KOKANEE KARNIVAL (Fall Streamside) - Kutr Boettger
LIBRARIAN - Gordon Chandler
NATIONAL FISHING DAY - T. Philiben, P. Hager
OUTINGS - D. Driskill
PROGRAMS - Jeanene, Dick Stentz
PUBLIC RELATIONS - Phil Hager, Harry Harbin
RAFFLES - Ken Stringer
WEBSITE - Gordon Chandler
WELCOME - Phil Hager

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