President’s Message – September 2018

The summer has flown by and here it is the week before Labor Day.  I am enjoying some time in the Methow Valley in Washington.  I spent my first two days still water fishing on Moccasin Lake and the hopper action was nothing shy of epic.  Yesterday I floated the Methow River with our good friend and excellent guide Kevin Van Buren, owner of North Cascades Fly Fishing.  It was a bluebird day with the slightest hint of fall in the air.  The day was a winner with many fish landed, and a couple of bright, colorful Cutthroats that will remain in my memory for many months to come.  If you haven’t fished the Methow it is worth your time.  The drive from Portland is about 7 hours and through some scenic valleys. The fall offers some glorious colors and hiking opportunities.  Winthrop has charming lodging and good local restaurants.

Methow cutt

The casting pond picnic was extremely well attended by our members, guests and local fly shops.  Ross did a wonderful job coordinating the evening- Bravo! The food, friends and fun were over the top.

Picnic fare

Tasty picnic fare

Thank you to our local fly shop friends who brought fun games and prizes galore.

Jack & Finn- Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters

Nick & Josh- Royal Treatment

Kelsey & Zach- Orvis Bridgeport

Remember if you need gifts for friends, family (Holidays approaching) or gear for yourself, maybe a trip on a local river, stop by one of these shops.  The quality of service & depth of knowledge from these professionals cannot be matched by an online purchase. Have a safe and fishy Labor Day!

My best to you,