The Central Oregon Flyline
Online Newsletter of the Central Oregon Flyfishers

May 2001

Dick Schwenk Memorial
Mecca Flat - Deschutes River

Random Casts
Upstream events
New Members
May Program
Meeting Date and Location
Non-Toxic Weights
Kamloops 2001
10 Reasons
Past Presidents
The Cheater
Kokanee Karnival Korner
Internet Stuff
For Sale
Support Our Local Flyshops
Officers and Board Members
COF Committees

Random Casts

Ho Boy, another great month has passed and we're coming up on another busy one. It really makes it worthwhile to belong to a club like COF when you get to do this much "stuff".

Thanks Hank for a great outing. You prepared an outstanding stew for lunch and provided some great information thru Gerry and John. It's really a fine idea to make someone stop and think a little about water safety first and what you're going to use for a successful day in fishing second. It was also a nice relaxing way to end the 2 weeks of KK business. We had several guests that are just getting started, and are now new members, that we had a chance to share knowledge with, a chance to educate some young fishers on proper catch and release and some great "social" time while telling true stories about fishing. I'm really looking forward to the next outing on May 31. (More info elsewhere in the Newsletter)

Speaking of KK, kudos to all of those that helped out at Shevlin Park on the Angling Clinic. Six days and more than 300 students makes for a tiring routine, but still rewarding. Bill Lundy and I did the Fish Biology section for the entire sequence and I have to recognize the Teachers and Students that attended. To do 24 sessions, and have no problems with any of the students, makes for a great 2 weeks of teaching. One of the great parts about helping out on the KK projects is the amount that you learn by teaching. I can honestly say that I've learned more about fish and fishing from teaching than I ever learned as a student. Ask me and I'll explain it. If you're interested in becoming more involved in the KK process contact Art McEldowney, please. We want to keep Art involved and it will take 5 special people to do that.

In closing, I hope to have some ideas to present at the May meeting regarding KK fundraising that you will like, a financial report on how much federal funding ODF&W gets from our efforts and a good joke to get started with. Also, starting with the May meeting we'll be doing a brief "Liar's Corner Report" about fishing results around the area. It will be limited to 2 minutes so let me know before the meeting starts if you want be the "Liar" of the night and I'll write you in on the schedule.

See you at the meeting May 16th.

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Upstream Events


Thursday, 5/3
COF Board Meeting at the Environmental Center
Saturday, 5/5
Dick Schwenk Memorial; May 5th - 9:30am @ Mecca Flats campground call Dave at 383-1732
Saturday 5/5
The Environmental Salmon Run in Drake Park 9 AM
Mondays, 5/7,14, 21, 6/4 all day 6/9
Bend Parks Fly Casting with Gordon Chandler. Contact Gordon at 383-2999
Thursdays, 5/3,10,17,24
Pks. and Rec. ODFW Angler Ed Flycasting. Contact Art McEldowney at 385-6789
5/8 to 18
Cranebow Fin Clipping at the Fall River Hatchery, morning and afternoon shifts. Contact Tommie Speik at 385-0445 or Phil McKee 593-1510 at the hatchery
Wednesday, 5/16
COF Monthly Meeting at the Central OR Association Board of Realtors
Wednesday 5/23
Jefferson County Outdoor School at the Big Muddy Ranch near Antelope, OR. Contact Art McEldowney at 385-6789


Saturday, 6/9
National Fish Week and Kids Free Fishing Day. Contact John Weber at 549-0832
Saturday, 6/9
Adopt a Road Clean up along Cascade Lakes Highway. Contact Bob Speik at 385-0445

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New COF Members!

Here is a list of our new COF Members:
  • Jim Fitzsimmons
  • John and Carolyn Fitzsimmons
  • Art and Lois Hearing
  • John Szabo and Gail Hogan
  • Phil Havens
Let’s all introduce ourselves to these new Members at our next meeting and invite them to go fishing at the next opportunity.

New Members, do not forget to pick up your copy of “Harry Teals No Nonsense Guide to Fly Fishing Central And Southeastern Oregon” from Bill Lundy at the “Welcome Table” at our next monthly Meeting. See you all there!

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May COF Program

Tyler Palmerton with "the Fly Box" will do a presentation on guided Alaskan fishing. Tyler has been guiding in Alaska and Montana for the last several seasons including time at Rainbow River Lodge on the Copper River (which is part of the Iliamna drainage) and with the "Western Alaska Fly Fishing Co" on the Upper Nushagak, a King Salmon Tributary. Tyler will also tie flies before the program so be there at 6:20 PM if you have an interest in tying.

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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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Non-Toxic Weights

By Rex Harrison

We are using more and more different materials for bead heads, split shot, etc. The following tables should be useful when judging the impact of changing materials from our old standby lead, to brass or tungsten. I reduced the specific gravity of the material by the sp. gr. or buoyancy of water (1.0) to find the sink factor. For instance, nylon sp. gr of 1.14 would have a very low sink factor of 0.14. 1 have not been able to find the sp. gr. of fluorocarbon leader matl. It should be around 1.5 -2.0 with a sink factor of 0.5 - 1.O.

Material Specific Gravity Sink Rate Factor Ratio vs Lead
Lead 11.3 10.3 1.0
Brass 8.5 7.5 .73
Iron 7.6 6.5 .63
Tin 7.4 6.4 .62
Tungsten 19.2 18.2 1.77
Zinc 7.1 6.1 .59


Bead head weights in grains

Size 3/16 5/32 1/8
Brass 113 83 38
Tungsten 305 224 102

As you can see, using tungsten beads will significantly increase the rate at which your fly will sink. If you want to increase the weight of your bead heads, you can pack about 5 turns of 0.010 lead wire in the tapered cavity of the bead head. Combine that with a tungsten bead and the fly will really go down.

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Kamloops 2001

We are making preparations for the annual club outing to the Kamloops area of British Columbia. This is a ten day fishing trip to some truly spectacular trout lakes in Canada. We will be camped on a small lake and sharing expenses and camp chores (cooking and cleanup). We depart from Bend on Thursday, June 21 and drive to our lake that day. We fish from Friday, June 22 through Friday, June 29 and return to Bend on Saturday, June 30. All COF members are invited. Come for all or part of the trip.

In response to requests from some of the folks that attended last year we will be doing two things differently this year. First of all we will collect camping fees and money for food and camping supplies prior to the trip in order to avoid the last minute aggravations of figuring out who owes what. Secondly we will have a schedule of who is cooking and who is cleaning up for each breakfast and dinner. This schedule will be prepared before we leave for Canada. Fees will be: $8 US a day per person for camping and $7 US per day per person for food. We will also collect $15 US per person to help cover the cost of purchasing whatever tarps, dinning canopy equipment, and cooking supplies we may need. If you were to attend the entire 9 days and had all meals with the group you would have to pay $150 US (9 times 8 plus 9 times 7 plus 15). The actual costs will most likely be less than this and if there is a significant overpayment everybody will be given an appropriate refund after the trip is over.

Cooking and cleanup: We encourage people who are attending this outing to think of a breakfast or dinner that they can prepare for a potentially large group. I think it’s only fair that the guys who plan and cook the meals should have to spend less time washing pots and pans, so the cooks will be assigned fewer cleanup duties.

Additional costs: The other costs of going on this trip are gas to and from BC and a fishing license. It’s about a 13-hour drive each way so carpooling not only saves gas money but also breaks up an otherwise long day behind the steering wheel. The cost of an 8-day Canadian fishing license is a little over 20 dollars in American money.

For further details and/or to sign up to go please contact Gordon Chandler at 383-2999 or by email: Please let me know as soon as possible if you are intending to go so I can start figuring out what kind of supplies we will be needing.

By the way, the folks at Logan Lake Fly Shop in British Columbia (the people that have been so helpful to our club in our past outings to this area) are hosting a fly tying contest to benefit Logan Lake by raising funds for aerators and spawning gravel. Details of that contest can be found at or This fundraiser is very worthy of our support.

Hoping to see you in BC

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10 Reasons to take up Flyfishing

10 - Your spouse spends a considerable amount of time in "one of those days" moods.
9 - Lawn care is not one of your favorite "things to do".
8 - You need to "fine tune" your physical co-ordination.
7 - "Becoming one with nature" is an important part of your life at your current age.
6 - "Honestly, honey, it's a great way to find business contacts with money!"
5 - "I need a quiet place to figure out the problems with the business."
4 - "I ned a quiet place to figure out the problems with the kids."
3 - "It's one of those things I've always wanted to try."
2 - The Doctor said you need to slow down, relieve stress and learn to relax.
And the number 1 reason to take up flyfishing?
1 - You really need to make an effort to deflate that super ego you have.

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Central Oregon Flyfishers
Past Presidents

Please help us identify the past Presidents associated with the following dates. We are trying to update any information about COF and need your help. Please contact Rex Harrison at 388-5085 or Tommie Speik at 385-0445

  • 1979 Club formed
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1986 Craig Lacy
  • 1987 Bob Jackson (Shevlin Pk. Fire)
  • 1988 Mike Ogle
  • 1989 Gordon Chandler
  • 1990 Gordon Chandler
  • 1991 Jack Bloom
  • 1992 Jim Cave
  • 1993 Jim Cave
  • 1994 Raven Wing
  • 1995 Raven Wing
  • 1996 Dick Mayer
  • 1997 Dick Mayer
  • 1998 Dave McNall
  • 1999 Doyle Goolsby
  • 2000 Doyle Goolsby
  • 2001 Phil Hager
Possible missing Presidents are: Tom Porterfield, Don Boller and Eric Schultz.

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The Cheater's Mayfly

Supplies needed:
  • Standard 12-16 2x long hook
  • 8 lb. & 2 lb. Maxima Chameleon Dark Leader
  • Waxed Thread, Dubbing and Hackle in the color of choice. (I usually use dark green or medium orange tone)
Extended Body:
Cut 1 piece of the 8 lb. and 2 pieces of the 2 lb. leader about 1 1/2" longer than hook. Wrap the 3 leaders the length of the hook to the start of the bend. At the start of the bend wrap the hook between the leaders and the hook 2 or 3 times to build up a small ridge around the hook. Now take a wrap around the leaders, pull it slightly forward and do a reverse wrap around the hook shaft. Take another wrap around the leaders and another wrap around the hook shaft. Do this several times and return to the regular wrap direction.

Now, begin to wrap the thread up all 3 leaders toward The tail and stop when about 3/4" remains. Bend the 2 lb. sections back down the wrapped part and carefully melt the end of the 8 lb. as close as possible to the 2 lb pieces forming a small ball. Allow that to cool. Holding the 2 lb. pieces wrap up to the ball and start wrapping back to, and up, the hook shaft to midway. Now add a little dubbing, for body bulk, and 3 to 4 rows of hackle to finish it off.

Unlike using Moose hair for the tails, the leader doesn't break off on the second or third strike. With a little floating line treatment the leader also helps in the flotation. In use, I usually do a "wet fly recovery" of the dry fly and have really good results.

Several people have asked how to do it, and what it looks like, so I will have several in the green and the orange at the May meeting for you to look at. I might even bring the stuff with me to tie one up before the meeting starts so you can see how it's done.


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Conservation Column

We hope that you weren’t overwhelmed with all of the events presented to you at the April Meeting, but that is the only way to bring the projects to your attention so that you can decide when and where you want to volunteer this year. Patty, Wayne, Tim and the other ODFW folks do a wonderful job of making these fun experiences for all of us.

May is going to be another very busy month for the Central Oregon Flyfishers! Last months general Meeting was the one that we all have been waiting for so that we could finally set dates on our calendars. Now that you know that there are many events taking place at the same time it is up to you folks to choose which ones are of the most interest to you. Volunteers are always needed and the time that you contribute is very much appreciated by the ODFW or any of the agencies.

The projects will have sign up sheets circulated at each meeting but the ones that are the most interesting and most fun will be filled first so check your schedules and add your name as soon as possible. For a STEP project you should check for any changes in dates with the Eastern Oregon Step Page.

The events coming up in May include the Environmental Salmon Run in Drake Park on Saturday, May 5; The Bend Parks Flycasting with Gordon Chandler, instructor, for 4 weekly lessons beginning on May 7th and ending with an all day trip to the Crooked River on June 9th. At the same time but on a different day the Bend Parks and Recreation Department has asked the ODFW Angler Ed program to teach fly casting. You will need to check with Art McEldowney at 385-6789 about volunteering for this event. Then the Fall River Hatchery Fin Clipping is May 8 - 18.

Jefferson County Outdoor School will be on May 23rd at the Big Muddy Ranch near Antelope, OR and volunteers are needed for this too. For any of these events you may contact Tommie Speik at 385-0445 or send an e-mail to to sign up or check dates.

There are more projects scheduled in June and July but the camping events will take place at the end of July, August and September.

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Kokanee Karnival Korner Committee

Despite the weather, the 2001 Kids Angling Clinic at Aspen Hall was a rousing success. Students, teachers and accompanying adults all learned something and had fun in the process. Several times throughout the event, teachers and other adults commented about how well the volunteers worked with the children and were able to pass on to the students their knowledge and love of fishing. Thank you very much to the clinic volunteers for all of your knowledge and your willingness to share. A special thanks to the volunteers that have worked with the program for several years. It is your expertise that makes the clinic a showcase educational event.

As I mentioned at our last COF meeting, it seems I have been remiss in not talking about the Kokanee Karnival "Spawnsor" program. The "Spawnsor" program is the part of Kokanee Karnival that provides funding for all of the Kokanee Karnival events.

Spawnsors are individuals, organizations and commercial enterprises that donate money to the Kokanee Karnival program. In the past, individual members of Central Oregon Flyfishers have made donations ranging from $25 to $1000 to the Spawnsor program. These individual member donations help pay for programs and add credence to our requests for larger sums of money from grant giving organizations. Large granting organizations do not, in general, pay for entire programs. They like to see volunteer and donation support from the requesting organization (COF, SRA and COLA) membership, illustrating dedication and commitment to the program. Spawnsors are listed on the Kokanee Karnival "Spawnsor" board, which is prominently displayed and described at Kokanee Karnival field events. Spawnsors receive thank you notes and letters from participating school students and a note of thanks from Kokanee Karnival for the donating individuals tax records. Donations are tax deductible.

I ask that individual members of the three clubs producing Kokanee Karnival consider a tax-deductible donation to the Spawnsor program. Your financial support will help guarantee the continued success of Kokanee Karnival. The Kokanee Karnival Budget for calendar year 2002 is $30,995.00. Donations should be mailed to:

Kokanee Karnival
P.O. Box 1126
Bend, Oregon 97709.

Thank you,
Art McEldowney, Chairman, COF Youth Education Committee

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Internet Stuff



E-MAIL is:

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The next outing will be on Thursday, May 31st at Hosmer Lake instead of Davis Lake and will include a tutorial on "casting in the wind" by Phil Hager (assuming that there is wind present). A field lunch will be provided to those folks who have phoned confirmations to Hank Sailor at (541) 318-0046 or e-mailed him at: prior to May 29th. Specific outing dates will be announced at each COF Meeting in the month immediately prior to the outing and dates will be arranged on both weekdays and weekends to accommodate as many people as possible. Field lunches will be provided at no cost but you must contact Hank several days in advance so that the appropriate amount of food can be purchased and prepared.

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Check the Eastern Oregon STEP page for the latest information on project dates:
or check with Tommie Speik at 385-0445 or

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For Sale

7.5 ft. long hulls, 49 lbs.
aluminum/cedar frame with S/S fastenings
7 ft. oars, anchor, flippers
$300. Call Rex Harrison at 388-5085

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Please remember to let COF know if there is any change in your e-mail address, your mailing address or your phone number. It makes it much easier to contact you, whenever it may be necessary, if you keep us up to date. Thanks.

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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


  • 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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2001 COF Officers & Board Members



Board Members


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COF Committees

AMBASSADORS - Doyle Goolsby
AWARDS - Rex Harrison, Don Johnston
BANQUET - Mark Reisinger/Ken Stringer, Tom Philiben/Dennis McMahon
CONSERVATION - Tommie Speik/Bob Speik
ENTOMOLOGY - John Anderson
FLY TYING EXPO - Bill Lundy/Dan Driskill
HISTORIAN - Rex Harrison
NSTRUCTION - Gordon Chandler
LIBRARIAN - Gordon Chandler
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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