Rocky Ford/Yakima River Outing, March 18-19

Lone Lake Rainbow


Part 1 – Rocky Ford
Tessa and I are hosting an outing to Rocky Ford on Wednesday, March 18. The general plan would be to meet at the Safeway in North Bend at 6:30am so we can carpool. Those who do not want to carpool can head directly to RF. We’ll meet at the middle parking lot about 9:30am. We should be fishing by 10:00am. Fish until you want to leave. For those who want to extend the trip and fish the Yakima, read on.

Part 2 – Yakima River Float (guided)
From Rocky Ford, those that are interested in the Yakima float would head back to Ellensburg and spend the night. I’ll probably camp at the KOA. We’ll float with Ellensburg Anglers. They have a killer spring special of $99/person (2 per boat). This includes a hot shore lunch. We will meet our Ellensburg Angler guides at Jennika’s Coffee House off of exit 106 at 10:00am and float until about 4:00pm. Head home from there. The float is, of course, weather dependent. River flow needs to be OK.
Note that you can participate in Part 1 or Part 2 or both. Just advise me of your interest. I need a head count as soon as possible for the Yakima float. I’m sure we can get two boats but I can probably get a third if needed, so max of 6 people. The Yakima float will be first come, first served and Tessa and I already have one of the slots!

Please contact Bruce Tyson about this trip.


Overlake Fly Fishing January Casting Club will be on January 18th

October Caddis Dry
The Overlake Fly Fishing January Casting Club will be on January 18th, at 1 pm at the Downtown Bellevue Park rather than the fourth Sunday due to a conflict.  The theme for this Casting Club will be Avoiding Tailing Loops.  But of course, you can work on anything that you feel you need to.

I will again bring my 3 wt, fiberglass, automatic tailing loop generator rod for a challenge!  Hope to see you there.

Bill Wheeler

IFFF Certified Casting Instructor

Watch Your Backcast

OFFC Casting Club Meeting for December 2014

OFFC casting class
OFFC casting class


This month’s will be on December 28th as noted in the Windknots, but as much as we would like it to be light at 6 PM, it will be at 1 PM when there might be some sunlight. The days are starting to get longer, but it will be a while before we can shift to evening mode.

This month we will be casting different rods, lines and combinations. I will have a several rods with various actions and different lines for you to try. Bring a couple of your own so we have even more to try. We will be trying various combinations just to see how they feel and cast. See what it feels like to cast a slow rod versus a fast rod, how the taper affects the presentation, or how underlining or over lining impacts casting.

Hope to see you there. BTW, I will recording the Hawks game at home, so don’t let me know the score if you are following it during Casting Club!

Bill Wheeler
IFFF Certified Casting Instructor
Watch your backcast

Skykomish River Clean-up and Pink Salmon Fishing Outing

Cleanup/Outing Date and Time

September 7 – 8:00AM to 2:00 PM


Outing Start and Stop Locations – If you are floating the river

Start:   Ben Howard Boat Launch at 8AM

Stop:   Monroe Bridge Boat Launch at 2PM


Cleanup/Outing Information

We are combining a conservation stream cleanup with a fishing outing.  We will have two or three drift boats to help load up with stream trash – tires, float tubes, rubber inner tubes, beer and coke cans and bottles, and any other trash that can easily be removed from the river.  We hope that you will bring your cat-raft, pontoon boat, Avon style inflatable, or drift boat, and float the river with us.  We will hit the Pink hot spots as we float down the river, and we expect to reach the Monroe Bridge Boat Launch site by 2PM.  I expect that we will stop about half way down and have lunch and fish.  The club will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, condiments, and cold drinks. (You bring your own alcohol beverages).


Outing Launch and Pull out Locations


Directions from downtown Monroe to the Ben Howard Boat Launch

  1. From the Main East West Road thru Monroe – Route 2 – Drive South on Lewis Street, Route 203), through downtown Monroe and go over the Skykomish River Bridge.
  2. Drive south about a half mile from Route 2.
  3. Turn LEFT onto Ben Howard Road (0.2 miles after the bridge)
  4. Stay on Ben Howard about three miles to the boat launch.  If you start to go up a hill, you just passed the Ben Howard boat launch.
  5. Launch your boat and either park your car there, or shuttle it down to Monroe Bridge Boat Launch.