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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tyers
Meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:00 PM
8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill

This months demo tier will be Dan Kellogg


The Orange Partridge (from T.E. Pritt, 1886)
Wings: Hackled with a well-dappled feather from a Partridge's back.
Body: Orange silk (This refers to orange tying silk, rather than silk floss. Silk floss has more sheen, and tying silk is stronger).
 
 
Partridge and Orange (American)
Hooks: MUSR70, TMC3769, or DIA1550, sizes 10-14.
Thread: Orange (note: Very often tied with black thread, Orvis makes them that way) E.A.
Abdomen: Orange floss.
Thorax: Dubbed with hare's mask fur.
Hackle: Mottled gray Hungarian partridge tied on as a collar.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tyers
Meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 PM
8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill


     I hope that everyone has had a great summer, a little hot for me but nonetheless some good fishing was had on our local streams and lakes.  Especially true for me on the upper Rogue river, the holy water, and Medco Pond.

    We will miss Dave Hamilton, but part of his legacy is the tying sessions and the fly’s he shared with all the members of SOFT.  It would be nice to set up a group tying session and horror him by tying 2-3 of his favorite fly’s which I will speak with Cathy Hamilton about.

     This session I will lead and tie a new pattern modeled after Mr. Paul Wolflick’s black Carey Special he uses on lakes very successfully.  We will also do a second variation of this fly which attempts to solve the “short strike” issue I found recently on the holy water of the Rogue River.  On 3 successive trips I have swung this fly successfully (17 for 25 with 14-22 inch fish, 8 for 13 with 10-18 inch fish and, 7 for 12 with 11-18 inch fish).  I broke many fish off on 3x tippet and finally went to 2x and the fish didn’t seem to mind.  A friend also nymphed with this fly for an 18 inch fish, also on the holy water.

     Let us not forget to bring flies for the raffle, and any items you may wish to donate for our raffle.  We also will have a table up for any items you may want to give to others (the “I have too much stuff” let’s give some to somebody else who can use it}.

    Also this summer the club donated 6 boxes of flies to Water Watch for their fundraising activities.

    I look forward to seeing everyone and the meeting and please bring friends or anyone who would like to participate with our group.


Pattern:          McBear’s UV Black Syn Carey (lakes) and Micro Intruder (rivers)

Lake version –

Hook – TMC 3761 size 8
Thread – Black Uni size 8/0 or 6/0
Body – Marc Pettijean Ice Dub #7, or Black UV Ice Dub from Hareline
Four Strands of Midge Flash Peacock (2 times body length
Hackle – Purple Pheasant Rump with one side stripped (2 – 3) turn
Black head with head cement

River Version – 

Senyo’s Micro Shank 23 mm (Fish Skull)
Hook- Owner Black Chrome Mosquito Hook size 8
Connector – White Spyder Line 20 lb
Thread – as above
Body – as above
Midge Flash – as above
Hackle – as above
Head – as above


Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

FALL 2017 PROJECT HEALING WATERS

Coming up in just a months time, the next opportunity to help a veteran.  This program can make a huge difference in someones life.  It really came clear to me when I heard one of the veterans explain how it worked for him.  "When I am casting I don't have time to think about all the s*** that has my life all messed up.  I have to concentrate on my hands, arms, the rod and line.  It just keeps your mind busy".

You don't have to be the best caster or fisherman to make a difference.  Just being there tells the veterans that you care.  Click on the Project Healing Waters tab at the top.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dave Hamilton Remembered

There will be a "Celebration of Life" for Dave Hamilton on Sunday, August 20, from 1 - 4.  It will take place in the Evergreen Room, the community room overlooking the Rogue River, right next to the Taprock restaurant in Grants Pass.  There will NOT be a formal program -- it will be very casual ... just "open house"-style, so people can stop in any time to enjoy some light refreshments, look at pictures, and remember a wonderful man.  We hope that many of Dave's fly tying and fly fishing friends will be able to make it.

If  you want to send a card, it can be addressed to, Cathy Hamilton, 1143 Sleepy Hollow Loop, Grants Pass, OR, 97527.  Also per Cathy's request:  "In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society."  

Dave 

Monday, June 5, 2017

RSVP Now! or sooner!

Annual SOFT Dinner 
Tuesday June 13, 2017 
5:00 Happy Hour 
6:00 Dinner 
7:30 Raffle 


Where: Madrone Hill Mobile Home Park, Conference Center,  8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill.

We are setting up our Annual BBQ /Potluck dinner for our June 13th meeting. Food and beverages will be provided and spouses and significant others are very welcome. As this has been a potluck in the past we ask that you let us know if you are planning to bring any side dishes and if not, what if any deserts or other interesting things you want to bring to share. 

We need to get a head count ASAP and we would like to know if you will be bringing anything so that we do not over purchase the main course / side dishes and beverages. 


Please RSVP to me (Dave McCants) at Davetyer@comcast.net or call Dave at 925 451 8705. If you could get back to us by June 7th that would really help with our planning for this event. 

For those interested, during happy hour, I will show how easy it is to make hot glue eggs for those of us who enjoy nymphing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

June SOFT Meeting

Annual SOFT Dinner 
Tuesday June 13, 2017 
5:00 Happy Hour 
6:00 Dinner 
7:30 Raffle 


Where: Madrone Hill Mobile Home Park, Conference Center,  8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill.

We are setting up our Annual BBQ /Potluck dinner for our June 13th meeting. Food and beverages will be provided and spouses and significant others are very welcome. As this has been a potluck in the past we ask that you let us know if you are planning to bring any side dishes and if not, what if any deserts or other interesting things you want to bring to share. 

We need to get a head count ASAP and we would like to know if you will be bringing anything so that we do not over purchase the main course / side dishes and beverages. 

Please RSVP to me (Dave McCants) at Davetyer@comcast.net. If you could get back to us by June 7th that would really help with our planning for this event. 
For those interested, during happy hour, I will show how easy it is to make hot glue eggs for those of us who enjoy nymphing.



We will have the following: 
Ribs and Chicken / Baked Beans / Potato Salad / Green Salad / Green Salad / Bread / 
Wine / Beer / Soft Drinks… and of course what deserts or other dishes you wish to bring along… 
I believe that this will be the last chance to bring flies for Water Watch and we will be silent (no meetings for July and August, September still a possibility). 
Also, please bring any flies or other donations for our raffle chairman as we will have a raffle after dinner. 
It has been a great tying season, high water and all! Kindest regards, Dave McCants