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5:30pm Dinner Meeting and Fly Fishing Presentation by Mark Bachman
December 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 social hour and fly tying, 6:30 Club Meeting, 7:00 Dinner, 7:30-8:30 Fly Fishing Presentation. 8:30-9:00 Raffle Proceeds matched for donation to Casting for Recovery
Mark Bachmann grew up fishing in the Lake Pend Oreille drainage in northern
Idaho. At the age of 11, he caught his first trout — a 15” native cutthroat —from
Grouse Creek, which crossed the family’s cattle ranch. At times, this creek was home
to migrating Kamloops and Bull trout which fed on Kokanee salmon and grew to
huge sizes. This private water was the class room for Mark’s formative years.
Having grown up catching large trout from rivers, it was natural for Mark to fall
in love with steelhead and salmon when he moved to Oregon in 1963. It was then that
he landed his first steelhead from Oregon’s North Umpqua River. In 1965, he caught
his first winter steelhead with a fly from the Sandy River. He has now fished the
Sandy for over 50 years and is one of the steelhead fly fishing pioneers on this river.
His best fly rod season on the Sandy was the winter of 1969-70 when he landed 64
steelhead, the largest 42”.
The Sandy River is Mark’s home water where he fishes 35-40 winter days a year.
He spends even more time guiding and fishing summer steelhead on the Deschutes
River. Mark started fishing the Deschutes for steelhead in 1967. He became a fly
fishing guide there in 1981. Floating camp-out trips are his specialty. Both single and
two-handed fly rods are employed with floating and sinking tip fly lines.
When Mark is not guiding or fishing for steelhead, he spends over 100 days fishing
in Belize, and nearly as many days exploring both the east and west coastlines of
Mexico. Fly fishing continues to provide an avenue to explore and experiment with
the natural world that surrounds us. You can never know too much. At an age when
many guys are enjoying retirement, I feel I am finally hitting my stride and am continuing
to read, practice and study every day. Like every other dedicated fly fisher, I
am still learning too.