Member Matters – August 2018

Send in Your Stories for the Flyline!

Hello FCO Members! Have you traveled to cooler waters during this long hot dry summer? If so, please consider sending a brief report and picture for Member Matters! And if you took an epic trip that deserves more prose (and maybe a little bragging), your story might go into our Literary Angler for all of us to cherish! This is your Club and your website so please consider sharing your news or story by sending it to your Flyline Editor, Lisa Hansen. Thanks!

Report from Grindstone Lakes from Member Jim Hillas

Grindstone Lakes are a series of five private lakes on the GI Ranch in Central Oregon about an hour and half southeast of Prineville, Oregon. Direct Adventures in Bend is the outfitter with the fishing lease and ran a nice camp although conditions were extremely dusty.


I spent three days with FCO members Rick Pay, Tony Reser, Mike Radakovich and two other anglers fishing for (and catching!) lots of LARGE rainbows on three of the lakes.

Average fish length was about 19” and several fish were up to 24” with broad shoulders. The fish are stocked at about 8” but winter over year to year and put on serious weight. The lakes are spring-fed impoundments that fish well even in the summer doldrums. Hot flies for our trip included San Juan worms, silver lightning bugs, black woolly buggers, and red chironomid patterns.

Rick Pay caught about 30 fish on our last day at Williams Lake in relatively shallow water by casting a woolly bugger on a sink tip and fast stripping it just above the weed beds.

Tony Reser and I had a lot of fun in the deep water near the dam at Black Snag lake suspending chironomids 10 to 12 feet below a strike indicator and twitching it every few seconds. Many other fish were caught in Grindstone Lake while trolling or stripping leeches and one of our non-FCO anglers managed to hook and land three 20” beauties in a row on a dry fly.

Submitted by Jim Hillas

Consider Serving on the FCO Board

There are a few vacancies on the FCO Board that we need to fill. Serving on the Board is a great experience! You have the opportunity to bring your energy to the Club and help us make improvements.  It is gratifying and inspiring to see the talented group of dedicated individuals that keep the Flyfishers’ Club of Oregon humming! Please consider joining us and making a difference for your Club!

Volunteers Needed for World Salmon Council’s Fishwatch Program

The Salmon Watch Program provides field trips that use wild salmon as a focal point to foster connections with nature and provide a multidisciplinary outdoor education. They also provide an in-class curriculum and facilitate service learning projects centered on community engagement with environmental issues.

World Salmon Council strives to expand their program with new volunteer educators. Volunteer training is held at the end of the summer and field trips are scheduled on weekdays in September, October and November. Please consider this important program to educate the next generation on salmon, conservation, and the environment. If you are interested in becoming involved, the application to become a volunteer educator can be found here: