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  • CSF/Stonefly Maidens Central Oregon Cascades Fly-fishing Outing: Crane Prairie Campground See CSF Calendar for Official Dates CSF co-Fish Masters Russ Flaskerud and Timothy Buckley This year treat Dad to what he really wants for Father’s Day, a fishing outing! This year’s joint club outing is again planned for a base Camp at Crane Prairie Campground, because of its central location to lakes and rivers, and availability of camp spots (“deemed the mother of all campgrounds”). This is always a fun weekend full of many varied fishing opportunities. Numerous beautiful lakes, and rivers are there to challenge you (and some are the stuff of fly-fishing legend). Only a few will be mentioned here, on the following pages - along with fly patterns that have been known to be successful in the past. Crane Prairie –view from camp The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway passes through a volcanic and glacial landscape of incredible diversity and tremendous significance. Visitors encounter such diverse landforms as stratovolcanoes, shield volcanoes, cinder cones, sheets of pumice and ash, sheets of ash-flow tuffs, maars, caves, and several kinds of lava flows and domes. For more information on the beauty of the drive and sights please see the following Oregon Scenic Byway website: http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/SBcascadeLakes.asp Bring family, a friend, or even coordinate car-pooling (CSF members can use the CSF-Google Groups site). Scheduled events: 9am, Saturday Morning – Gather for knowledge sharing, beginner instruction, and mentoring: Tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning at 8am this year beginners and members can bring their breakfast and informally meet to share success stories, tactics, recommended flies to use, tips, pointers, and gear assistance for beginners, and even try to coordinate a buddy system for fellowship and safety. Check in to let the group know what lake(s) and/or river(s) you intend to fish during the day.

    Radios - If you have one, it is recommended to bring a 2-way hand held radio. We can designate a group channel for members to use (for safety, and especially informing the group of a hatch, or what flies are working for you!)

    7pm, Saturday Evening - Potluck Dinner There will be a potluck Saturday night, so please bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage to share as well as your fish tales, the CSF club will provide a main entre (TBD). RSVP Requested A head count of those planning on attending is always appreciated so the appropriate amount of food can be purchased. Please e-mail or call co Fish-Master Timothy Buckley at tbuckley@greenstonearchitecture.com please include the following subject: “Central Oregon Cascade Outing RSVP,” or call me at work at (360) 695-5454. Directions: The lake is about an hour Southwest of Bend. Passing Bend keep heading South on 97 to exit 153, head West on Nf-40, and at the round about take the second exit staying on Nf-40 (curving southwest out of the roundabout). Just after the road bends back to the west, take the very next left heading South on South Century Drive. Take the next major right to stay on South Century Drive – 42. (You will cross the upper Deschutes and after a bit will begin to parallel the Fall River, be sure to pull in and check out the condition of the Fall River!). Eventually you will Take a right on Nf-4270 (if you cross the Upper Deschutes again, backtrack just a bit). Head North on Nf-4270 about 4 miles follows the signs to a left hand turn into Crane Prairie Campground. (Our camp target area is to the left). Map location link: http://mapq.st/ga5KhR I am thinking we should target the Green or Blue waterfront spots (91 – 103) for our group (on the Left side of the camp ground). Watch for the white CSF signs. GPS Info: (Latitude, Longitude): 44.02444, -121.88194 For Camping information call :( 541)338-7869. Or you can visit the recreation.gov website at: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Crane_Prairie_Campground_Or/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode =NRSO&parkId=74097&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

  • (Note: There is a service charge when making reservations) – but there should be plenty of camp spots at this time of year on a first come first serve basis, and a few of us will arrive early and we can share spots too. Other Accommodations: Not into “roughin it”? If tent or trailer camping is not you cup-o-tea they do have room for big RV's at Crane Prairie too. There are motels in La Pine and rentals in Sunriver. (Or if not everyone in your party is a fisher) there are a range of accommodations and day activities in the nearby resort town of Sun River too: http://www.oregon.com/central_oregon_cities/sunriver Fishing Licenses Don’t forget to get an Oregon Fishing License! http://www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/index.asp On a budget? Consider a “daily license” (they offer them in 1,2,3,4 and 7 day licenses) THE LAKES (Information provided By CSF Member Russ Flaskerud, and some of my guide book research) See also the following web site for additional information, including many with insect hatch charts and fly pattern recommendations! http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/index.shtml

    Flies to use: Bring em all…these lakes vary in elevation and seem to provide almost every related food source available to the fish, so bring a wide variety of fly patterns to match the hatch. Below are some patterns that have been productive in this area: -General Lake patterns Dry Patterns: comparaduns, mayflies, damsels, caddis, callibaetis, Pale Morning Duns, Adams, midges, and mosquitoes Wet Patterns: Prince, buggers, leeches, scuds, callibaetis, damsels, Hares Ears, flashback pheasant tail, zug-bugs, and chironomids

    CRANE PRAIRIE: elevation 4,445’, 3,420 acres Rainbow, Brook Trout, Kokanee, Largemouth Bass. (The lake was formed from a meadow when the Deschutes River was dammed in 1922) Best fishing: 10am – 5pm? http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/craneprairie.shtml

    A large shallow lake with great supportive weed beds and associated insect life to support fish. In fact this is considered to be one of the most productive rainbow fisheries in Oregon, and is home to an estimated ½ of all ospreys in Oregon. According to Russ: “Personally, I have not spent a lot of time on this big water”, there are many access points to launch tubes and pontoon boats. The damsel and dragon fly population has drastically dwindled and there is an increasing number of bass in the lake. It does hold some huge rainbows which will break off many a 4X tippet, especially with the abundance of debris in the water. Many people fish large black, red, green and gray Chironomids just off the bottom. This has been a difficult lake for

    Russ, “…but I have caught some steelhead size trout out of here and others love this lake!” Timothy caught the two largest trout he has ever caught in this lake (hint: carey special) Little Lava: elev. 4,750’, 110 acres Rainbow and Brook trout http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/littlelava.shtml It is one of Russ Flaskerud’s two favorite waters in Central Oregon. He says”As you face the lake at the boat launch go to the north end, there is a little cove, fish the entrance to the cove and the cove itself, also fish

  • the north shoreline. Olive buggers, black buggers, marabou leeches, callibaetis nymphs, Hares Ears, and my best producer the flashback PT (flashback down the entire body). There can be good callibaetis hatches and I almost always use a comparaduns to match the color and size of the natural. I’ve had the best result using a split tail on my callibaetis. The naturals are usually cream or gray and size #16-#18. Little Lava also will produce fish on chironomids, give them a try. This is a small gem of a lake below Mt. Bachelor so doesn’t get as much wind as many others do. It is also the source of the Deschutes River. “ Big Lava: elev. 4,790’, 350 acres Rainbow and Brook trout Also a very productive lake, with mountain views. http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/lava.shtml This lake receives a large plant of fish and is fished heavily by the locals. It can be fun when the callibaetis are hatching. I usually fish the end of the lake by the resort and have done well on comparaduns and dry callibaetis to the left of the resort as you face the lake. Fish close to the shore and cast to rising fish. Match the color and size. For wets I use a cream colored callibaetis nymph or Hares Ear. Also use Flashback PT, and black or olive buggers. Watch the wind! Cultus: 4,650’, 785 acres & Little Cultus: 4,750’, 175 acres Mackinaw and Rainbow trout Rainbow and Brook trout, (generally receives little pressure) Curtis - http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/cultus.shtml Little Cultus -http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/littlecultus.shtml High lakes that Russ only fished a couple of times and “…got more mosquito bites than fish bites, I’m told they hold a large population of brook trout. You need to talk to Kuni to get the skinny on this”! Hosmer Lake: elev. 4,950’, 160 acres Land-locked Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/hosmer.shtml Fly-fishing only, this is another beautiful lake with stunning views of Mt. Bachelor. Russ has had some very good days here and some not so productive days, but it is always wonderful to watch the huge fish glide below your tube. He likes to fish th