The Central Oregon Flyline
Online Newsletter of the Central Oregon Flyfishers

May 2002

Random Casts
Upstream events
Angling Clinic
May Program
Meeting Date and Location
Tips & Tricks
May Outing
New Members
Do You Belong?
Metolius News
Internet Stuff
Support Our Local Flyshops
Officers and Board Members
COF Committees

Random Casts

Lots of great things in April and, hopefully, we can keep some of that happening in the upcoming months.

First, a real big thank you to Art McEldowney, Clyde Keller, Tom Philiben and Bulletin writer Gary Lewis for helping put on a great meeting. Lots of good information passed on there, and lots of compliments to all of you for what you presented. I even saw some long time members that I had never seen at a meeting before and they were all pleased with the presentation.

Because of the reception that program received we are already working on more "local knowledge" meetings that, hopefully, pass on lots more of the information you want. We have Skip Morris for this month and he provides lots of great local info, especially since he likes fishing around this area, and will be providing that to one and all. . For June we are already working on a package that will include reports on the North Fork of the Crooked River and Deep Creek, a special presentation by members on fly tying vises, and what they prefer about their choice, and, with a little luck, a list of the "hatch schedule" for several local waters. For July we're already looking at a possible presentation on the choices of rods and how to choose the right one for you, reports on some of the high lakes, weather permitting, and maybe a map making it easier to find your way around a local area. Watch the newsletter for more on these and other "local knowledge" meetings.

Another "Thank You" goes out to all of those that helped out on the Kokanee Karnival event at Shevlin Park. Look around in the newsletter and you'll find a thank you from a couple of the teachers that had their class involved in the full program, and the effects it had on the kids. Things like that make it all worthwhile. Also, a real big "Thanks" to the crews from Sun River Anglers that helped out in the kitchen and the tear down both Thursdays. Made it much easier to get out of there when it was done.

Finally, Dan Driskill, great outing. Those that attended were well served by all that you had put together. John Anderson did a great presentation on entomology, Dennis Roberts did a fine job with the information on the river and was a great help on getting some "first timers" off to a smooth start. You'll even find one of Dennis' tips in this months "Tips & Tricks".

Finally, if your interested in fly tying, or flies that some of us tie for specific waters, make it to the meeting early for the demonstrations. With a little luck there will be least 2 people each month showing some examples of the how to's and what to's for the local waters.

Phil @ COF

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Upstream Events


5/2 Thursday 7 PM
COF Board Meeting at The Environmental Center.
5/6,5/13,5/20 Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Beginning Flyfishing at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park - contact Bend Parks and Rec. 389-7275, Graduation 6/23 all day
5/8-5/12, 5/15-5/19 9AM to 12 and 1 PM to 4
Fall River Hatchery Fin Clipping - Contact Gene McMullen 312-8939 or e-mail to
5/15 Wednesday 6:30 or 7 PM
COF general Meeting at the Board of Realtors building Skip Morris presents "Flyfishing Salt Water for Salmon and Searun Cutthroat.
5/25 Saturday
Davis Lake Outing - Contact Dan Driskill at 388-1572 or e-mail to or sign up at the General Meeting on 5/15
Remaining Outing Dates for your convenience. Details will be furnished later. They are:
  • 6/22 the Upper Deschutes
  • 7/23 East Lake
  • 8/23 Crane Prairie
  • 9/28 Miller Lake
ODFW projects have been severely cut because of lack of state funding. Many volunteers are needed to either begin or complete important fish inventory, habitat projects, and educational programs. STEP involves volunteers in projects that directly benefit fish populations. Please let the state legislature know how much will be lost if they proceed with intended funding cuts for ODFW and the STEP program.

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Volunteers Produce a Sucessful
2002 Spring Angling Clinic

Volunteers from five organizations (and some with no affiliation) contributed their time and effort to make this year's Kokanee Karnival Spring Angling Clinic a great success. The individuals are too numerous to name here but represent Sunriver Anglers who provided lunch for everyone all six days; U. S. Forest Service; ODF&W; Central Oregon Llama Association; and COF. Congratulations and thank you for doing such an outstanding job for the kids.

Approximately 320 nine and ten year old students from twelve local classrooms attended the clinic over six days and participated in educational activities including Fish Biology/Care of the Catch; Water Safety; Casting; Knot Tying; Fishing Tackle/Equipment; and Fly Tying. Each afternoon they put their newfound knowledge and skills to good use while fishing at Shevlin Pond. This year the weather was a lot like our recent winter. The first week was downright freezing with intermittent snow showers and very cold temperatures. This produced ice on the pond which was broken just in time for fishing by Bob Griffin and Art McEldowney who devised creative icebreaking methods. The second week's weather was more spring-like with sun and warm temperatures. Unfortunately the changing conditions contributed to low catch-counts most days but as I heard several volunteers explaining, "That's why they call it fishing and not catching".

Once again thanks to everyone for your help and special thanks to Adrianne Hanway for helping me coordinate this year's program.

Mark Reisinger

Here is a comment by Rayna Nordstrom, one of the Redmond teachers involved in the program:

Janet and I both noticed how the experiences provided by Kokanee Karnival greatly helped our students on the State Science Test. Through the KK program our students have had hands-on experiences with life cycles, food chains, predator-prey relationships, environmental issues and recording and interpreting data.

Many of the questions on the state test revolved around these basic scientific themes. Our students were able to apply their first-hand knowledge of the fish life-cycle to the question on the test about a butterfly's life cycle. Students can now understand the stages in development of various organisms, not just fish.

Also, the Angler Education book helped us by having charts and diagrams to interpret and understand. We appreciate and fully utilize all that we learn in Kokanee Karnival. Thank you all for helping our kids to learn and more importantly for teaching them how to be good stewards.

Rayna Nordstrom

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May Program

Skip Morris will present "Flyfishing Saltwater for Salmon and Searun Cutthroat". Mr. Morris currently resides in Port Ludlow, Washington, which is located on Puget Sound, just south of Port Townsend. His childhood was spent on and around Puget Sound, and he has fished most of his life. He started tying flies at age 10, and tied commercially at age 13. Mr. Morris is co-author with Brian Chan of "Morris and Chan on Flyfishing Trout Lakes". He is the author of 10 other books about fly tying and fishing. Skip will hold an informal fly tying session demonstrating flies for the program. He will also have some information about where to go, and where to stay.

When Skip Morris speaks about flyfishing, people listen. Come listen to Skip's presentation and add a dimension to your own flyfishing.

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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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May Tips & Tricks

In the March issue of Fly Fisherman Jason Borger recommends using a "Three Point Grip" for casting. We've tried this grip and we've switched to using it exclusively. In the three point grip the forefinger is placed on top of the rod handle instead of the thumb being on top. This three finger grip is more comfortable, provides better control, and solves the problem of dropping the rod too far on the backcast. Give it a try.
Ron Anderson

If you are in waters where you need to add a little weight to your line it might help to add on additional piece of tippet material, a little more than you think you might need, to the existing tippet material. The reason to do this is the knot you use makes a great "stopper" for the BB shot weights and keeps them from sliding down against the fly. It also gives you consistent length of tippet from the weight to the fly and makes it easier to determine how much is actually needed once it's in the water.

Dennis Roberts

The method used to recover a streamer can play a major part in how effective it is no matter what type of water you are using it in. Most the time we do our recovery with the rod pointing down the line we are recovering. A simple change in this practice can cause the streamer to take on more of a swimming action, and be more of an attractant. Start with the rod pointed down the line then flex the rod to the left and recover the line as you return the rod to the center. Now flex the rod to the right then recover the line as you return to center with the rod. By switching from side to side with the rod it causes the line to sweep back and forth with the same effect on the streamer. This causes the streamer to appear to be "swimming" from side to side instead of straight ahead.

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May Outing

Saturday, May 25, 2002, COF outing will be held at Davis Lake. The lake was formed about 3,000 years ago and is considered fairly young compared to some of our other lakes. Davis is a "fly-fishing" only lake since it was designated in the 1930's. A special fly tying demonstration of the best fly's to use will be given at the May 15th membership meeting.

We will meet at the east Davis Lake campground area at 9:30 am. So bring your float tube, pram, pontoon boat or similar devise, pack a lunch and be prepared for a great day of fishing.

For more details, sign up at the membership meeting or call Dan Driskill at 388-1572 or e-mail to A map will soon be available on our website which is: The first outing on April 27 at the Crooked River was a huge success. Don't miss this next one!

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New Members

  • Gary and Lisa Howe
  • Dave and Martha McNall
  • Carl and Koreen Sanders
  • Clayton and Amy Trenz
  • Eric Gewiss and Wendy Van Ostrom
  • David & Jannie Mitchell
  • Richard Flint
  • Jerry & Deb Kollodge Dave and Sandy Black
  • John & Carol Gallaway
  • Charles Stephany
  • Dave & Lanette Munks
  • Tim Goulart
  • Larry Fenili
  • Chuck Kern
  • Jeff Hauck
  • Jeff & Kelly Dooley
  • Jim Pease
  • Central Oregon Outdoors
When you see a face at the meetings that you don't recognize introduce yourself. Who knows, that other person may be just the friend or partner you've been looking for. New Members 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 he next Meeting on Wednesday May 15,2002

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Do You Belong?

Are you the active member,
The kind that would be missed,
Or are you just contented,
That your name is on the list?

Do you attend the meetings,
And mingle with the crowd,
Or do you stay home
And crab both long and loud?

Do you ever go to visit,
A member that is sick,
Or leave the work for just a few,
And talk about the clique?

There is quite a program scheduled,
That means success, if done,
And it can be accomplished
With the help of everyone.

So attend the meetings regularly,
And help with hand and heart,
Don't be just a member,
But take an active part.

Think this over, member,
Are we right or are we wrong?
Are you an active member?
Or - Do you just belong?

From the FFF March 2002 ClubWire

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Spring Chinook Fry Released In The Metolius Basin

By Jens Lovtang

Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife On March 15, 2002, approximately 55,000 spring chinook fry were released into the waters of the Metolius basin. The fry were incubated in streamside hatchboxes on Spring Creek, a tributary to the Metolius near the town of Camp Sherman. The release was attended by biologists from Portland General Electric (PGE) and Deschutes National Forest (DNF), as well as members of the Deschutes Basin Land Trust, members of the press, and several interested local folks. The fry were distributed into five locations around the basin, including the Head of the Metolius, Spring Creek, Heising Spring (House on the Metolius), Lake Creek, and Canyon Creek.

The chinook fry released in the Metolius Basin will be the subject of a master's thesis for Jens Lovtang, a graduate student at Oregon State University. This project, funded by PGE, will focus on the habitat use and distribution of the juvenile chinook salmon in relation to habitat availability and water temperature. Data will be collected on a seasonal basis in the spring, summer, and fall of 2002 and 2003. For more information about the project, you can contact Jens at

This year's release of chinook fry is the third in as many years. This release, and the habitat-use study, are both part of a larger, long-term plan by PGE and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) to reintroduce anadromous fish back into their historic spawning grounds above Lake Billy Chinook. Successful fish passage is a major mitigation goal associated with the relicensing of the Pelton / Round Butte Hydroelectric Project. Although several obstacles remain, PGE and CTWS hope to be actively engaged in fish passage within the next few years. If all goes well adult chinook could be spawning in the waters of the Metolius River as early as 2006.

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Internet Stuff



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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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