Monday, November 12, 2018

November 2018 Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tyers
Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:00 PM
8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill


Traditional Steelhead Flies ties with Ed Hass traditional winging method.  I will tie a Jim Pray Thor (first fly I caught a steelhead on in the Trinity River inCA ).  Then McBear’s Walnut Creek Special ( recently successfully used by Joe Knapick on lower river) and then a McBear’s Purple Walnut Creek Special. 

Thor: 
Hook: TMC 7989 or 7999 size 8-4,
Thread: Uni 8/0 black, 
Tail: Orange dyed Indian hackle,
Wing: Polar Bear Hair or white calf tail,
Body: Red medium chenille,
Hackle: Furnace softhackle, 5 turns,
Head: Black uni thread and 4 coats of varnish.

McBears Walnut Creek Special:
Hook: as above,
Thread: as above,
Tail: Red dyed Indian Hackle,
Wing: as above,
Body: Orange medium chennile,
Hackle: Light brown softhackle, 
Head: uni black thread with 5 coats of head cement.

McBears Purple Walnut Creek Special:
All as above except tail and Hackle are grizzly soft hackle and body is medium purple or claret chennile.

Please also ask the members for a list of tiers they would like to see.  Many members know who the excellent tiers in this are, however being new to the area I don’t know all these people. Just names from members would be a big help ( like who are the OR tiers of the year in southern Oregon. Thanks, Dave McCants



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mark McGinnis

This is copied from the website perlfuneralhome.com.

Mark Patrick McGinnis

MARCH 18, 1948 ~ SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 (AGE 70)
Monday, September 17, 2018, Mark Patrick McGinnis, adored husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away suddenly at the age of 70. 
Mark was born to Rod and Betty McGinnis on March 18, 1948 in Portland, Oregon. He attended Southern Oregon State College studying Business Administration until he joined the U.S. Army and proudly served in Korea as a Movement Specialist and Freight Traffic Agent.  He married his best friend and “catch of his life” Sheila Hutchinson on April 25, 1970 and immediately moved to Fort Eustis, Virginia until his service in the Army was completed. Once they returned to Oregon in 1971, he began his 38-year career in Telecommunications. He worked as an Installer, with various positions in between, and retiring as Managing Outside Plant Engineer and Contracted Engineer with Pacific Northwest Bell, US West Communications, Quest, and CenturyLink. His Fiber-optics work can be found in projects in cities up and down I-5.
Mark’s encore career as a Fly Fishing Guide on the Rogue River was a huge joy for him, allowing him the opportunity to share with others his love of the great outdoors and the art of catch and release.   He was a member of Rogue Flyfishers and Fly Fishers International and received several awards including 1st Place in the Rower Guide Award for Oregon State Steelhead Championship & Fly Fishing Challenge.
 A gentle soul with a witty sense of humor, Mark had warmth that was welcoming to all.  He loved Jesus; a country song with a good story; the sound of the river; target shooting; a big black lab named Hoppy; fine scotch; his shop full of family treasures and his greatest joy, his grandkids. As a big guy with an even bigger heart, his friends were his family.  Mark was an avid landscaper and was known for his meticulously well-kept roses that he always said were “for Sheila.” He honored his fellow Veterans by donating fishing trips and supporting the Wounded Warriors. He was a member of the Wounded Warrior Project and the National Rifle Association. He had a profound respect for his country. He loved his church, Ashland Christian Fellowship, and his role as an usher. His love ran deep for his daughters, sons-in-law and his grandchildren. He spared nothing when it came to investing in them with his time, love, laughs, and lessons.
He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 48 years, Sheila McGinnis, his daughters and sons-in-law, Lee & Brian Aguilera, Laurie & George Puente, and his grandchildren, Austin and Beau Aguilera, Gracen and Ella Robinson and Harrison Puente. He is also survived by brothers Neil and Scott McGinnis and their families.

A Celebration of Mark’s Life will be Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Ashland Christian Fellowship 50 W. Hersey Street, Ashland, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to his favorite charity, woundedwarriorsproject.org

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wildfire and LNG Pipelines

This has already been sent to the Mail Tribune and the Daily Tidings.  Feel free to rewrite it and use it to send to anyone and everyone that might be influenced to oppose the pipeline.

The wildfires in our area have been very destructive and disruptive for all of us.  Lives have been lost.  Homes, businesses, infrastructure and forests have been lost or damaged.  Some people may never recover their former lives.  Forests will take decades to come back as they were.  The fires are still burning and we are faced with the Canadian Corporation that wants to put a natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon. This is a 36 inch high-pressure pipeline filled with invisible and odorless deadly gas.  After breathing smoke all summer and watching endless destruction on television every single day, how can anyone with a lucid mind think this pipeline is a safe and plausible idea?

Here is another thought starter.

Unanswered questions---sample letter---For the newspaper, politicians etc.

Today a problem area of my mind is the proposed LNG pipeline.  I try to imagine what Southern Oregon will be like if the pipeline is really built.  I really don’t like that image.  A large area of Southern Oregon would be permanently damaged forever.  What happens down the road when the natural gas is no longer profitable? What would happen if they decide to sell the pipeline? What would it be like if they decided to run another parallel pipeline along the same easement?  What would happen if they decided to convert it to crude oil.  We need to ask a lot more questions and demand some truthful and realistic answers. Maybe, just maybe we could all work together to get those answers.

Monday, September 3, 2018

September 2018 Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tyers
Meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:00 PM
8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill


These flies and recipes are from Dave Roberts. Dave was also the recipient of the national Darwin Atkin Lifetime Achievement Award from Fly Fishers International, Inc. at the annual meeting in August.  We should be proud to have him counted amongst our members.  


Soft hackle Spey
Tag: silver tinsel 
Body: Orange seal fur (will have 3 different subs)
Rib: Oval silver tinsel 
Body hackle: Purple Spey hackle ( for the small10&12s) we will use a couple subs like hen or schlappen
Front hackle: Orange guinea fowl head black 
Note: I will supply hooks.
It isn’t necessary, but I use orange thread for body construction, and smaller size thread for nice small head (or as small as you can make on a double hook)


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Yates Variant dates back to around 1400's as an Atlantic Salmon fly.
Tag: Gold oval tinsel 
Body: Orange silk (you can use subs, but silk is what I think makes this pattern work) I will explain at the meeting, if you don’t show you loose. 
Under hackle: (you might only want to use this hackle) Brown soft hackle. Mottled.
Over hackle: Orange dyed Guinea, large spots.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Project Healing Waters


A new PHW class will start on September 7, 2018 at the "Dom" in White City.  Click on the tab at the top of this blog page for details.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rogue Climate LNG Repost



Members of the Rogue Climate Action Team show off their art forthe upcomming rally.

    Come Help Us
Over the past three months, tens of thousands of people have submitted comments to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) demanding our agency denies permits for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. This is a record breaking number of comments EVER submitted to DEQ!
This Thursday at the Medford DEQ office, impacted landowners, tribal members, youth, anglers, rafters, business owners, health professionals, local elected officials, and allies from across the region are gathering for a rally to ask DEQ to protect our home by denying the Clean Water Act permit Jordan Cove needs to move their project forward. Can we count on you to be there on Thursday? 
WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
WHERE: Medford DEQ office (221 Stewart Ave)
The rally includes energizing speeches, chants, beautiful art, and a celebration of the tens of thousands of comments submitted to DEQ. 
Smoke or clear skies, we’ll be there and we hope you’ll join us too. See you on Thursday!
Allie and the “No Pipeline Team”
P.S. Don’t forget to submit your comments before the August 20 deadline online here!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LNG Letter

The following is a letter sent by one of our members.  Feel free to use it as is or modify the center paragraph or replace it.  Please confine your concerns to the water related concerns.  Share how the project would impact you and your water related activities.  Use the old school snail mail.  A paper letter is harder to ignore as compared to an email.  Send two letters since we want booth entities to deny this project.

(mail to both please)
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
North Bend Field Office
2201 North Broadway Suite C
North Bend, OR  97459-2372

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
165 E. 7th Ave.  Suite 100
Eugene, OR  97401
Attn:  401 Water Quality Certification Project Manager, Chris Stine

Dear Mr. Krug and Mr. Stine:

I strongly oppose the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Pacific Connector Pipeline project (NWP-2017-41) because it will significantly harm southern Oregon’s rivers, streams, wetlands, and estuaries. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should deny the Clean Water Act 404 and 401 permits because the project does not comply with the Clean Water Act and it is not in the best interest of Oregonians.
The state of Oregon has expended a great deal of money and effort to improve the quality of its waterways. The Rogue River is one of them. As you may be aware, the Rogue River is currently expected to have a very good run of fall chinook salmon.  It is one of the few rivers in CA, WA and OR that is doing well with regards to salmon and steelhead.  Why in the world would anyone approve of a project in which a pipeline will be buried in the Rogue River?  The damage done to the river by the construction of a buried pipeline would be immense and would certainly cause irreparable harm to its ecosystem. There is no way that this project could be completed without doing severe damage to the Rogue.  For this reason alone, the case for denying the permits should be clear.  The Rogue fisheries are improving, perhaps due to the removal of several dams that impeded the spawning of salmon and steelhead.  It would be madness to pursue a project that would harm the improvements that have been made. This project is not in the public interest.
There are many other reasons as to why the necessary permits should be denied.  I will not detail them because the problem outlined above is so very clear that this alone should make the denial the rational choice.
I strongly oppose this project and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should deny the Clean Water Act 404 and 401 permits. 
Thank you for your time and consideration on this important issue.
Sincerely,
(insert your name and address)