Sunday, March 10, 2019

March 2019 Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tyers
Meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:00 PM
8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill

Jim Eriser will be our demonstration tier for March.

B.C, chironimid bomber

Hook - saber 7018 klinkhammer size 8 to 16
Bead - white brass, taper drilled, size to hook
Thread - Uni 6/0 in black or red. This is the body.
Wire - UTC ultra wire. Small or brassie. Black, silver, white, red, gold.
Fly finish - Coat entire body with sally hanson's hard as nails.

Doc's Damsel

Hook - saber 7031 nymph hook (2x long, 1x hvy wire). Size 10,12, 14.
Weight - lead wire in .020 or .025.
Trailing shuck - Henry Hoffman chickabou in every color. Add 2 strands of Hareline krystal flash in the shuck, grey ghost or pearl.
Body - J. Fair short shuck in every color you can find.
Head - Thread, finish to 70%, then tye in 2 strands of krystal flash wings, whip finish, coat head with cement.

Maxine McCormick

You have to see this video.  Click the link.

Maxine McCormick

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Two Items, Read Both

Item One

This year the donations for prizes and raffles have greatly diminished with businesses citing changes in the tax code.  We can help.  We need at least a dozen people to tie a minimum of 6 flies that we will put in SOFT fly boxes.  This needs to be done soon.  Contact Dave McCants 541 973 3508 or Tom Collett 541 531 8501 when they are ready.

Item Two

It has become increasingly clear that Dave McCants cannot continue carrying the load on everything he has been trying to do for SOFT.  The February meeting got all out of whack because of guest tier illness and Dave had to fill in once again.  Dave has too many irons in the fire to be able to do it all.  We need to pitch in and help out.  Here is my suggestion for a better organization.

Dave McCants--"President"--The Organizer in Chief.

A Volunteer, this could be you--take charge of the projector, camera, and screen and bring them to every meeting.

Nine Guest Tiers--September through May.

A Volunteer, this could be you--a backup guest tier that could step in at the last minute in case of illness or other emergency.

Tom Corbiere--Raffle and Fly Boxes.

Dale Heath--Coffee, Cookies

A Volunteer, this could be you--a list keeper, sort of like a member list.  This would be a list of people who might be interested in what we do.  Keep this list up to date and available to those of us who need it to keep thing going.  Dave continually has problems contacting the demo tiers.  

Tom Collett--The Blogger and Instagrammer.

Michael Mazingo--YouTube

These are my thoughts, so lets hear yours at the next meeting.  Tom Collett

Friday, December 28, 2018

January 2019 Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tyers
Meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019
6:00 PM
8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill

Bill Logan will be our demonstration tier for January.  If you don't know Bill, here is what he says about himself.  

"I learned to tie flies and cast a fly rod from a family friend in 1960.  The flies were simple "bugger" styles for Bass, Crappie, and Bluegills.  Fly tying was kept as a "big secret" and there were no videos, no U-Tube, and very few books.  Herters was the only good supplier for materials.

In 1968 I tied flies for a general sporting goods store in Flagstaff  and the store on Woods Canyon Lake while  attending NAU.  Good source for beer money.

I moved to Roseburg in 1971 and tied Steelhead flies for Blacks Fly Shop for the next 3 summers.

I also did some flies for Cascade Tackle in Roseburg and Umpqua Feather Merchants in Glide.

When Joe Howell converted his garage to a shop I tied for him.  Joe eventually moved to Idleyld Park and created The Blue Heron Fly Shop.  I tied most of his Steelhead flies until the shop closed.

Since 2000 I have had the opportunity to instruct in 3 overseas factories in countries I would have probably never visited otherwise so the trips were more of a "world tour" for me."
I will probably do 2 "warm up" flies at the beginning of the presentation.  I think that technique and material handling is more important than actual patterns.
The Rogue Polar Shrimp will be tied using the "reverse wing" method with a "twist".

hook:  any good quality steelhead hook will work
thread: hot orange
tail (optional): red hackle fibers
underbody: flat silver mylar
body: hot orange Edge Bright
hackle: hot orange
wing: white polar bear, bucktail, calf tail, fox

Callibaetis nymphs are a medium brown but for some strange reason the grey pattern works well (but so does the brown).

Callibaetis (grey)
hook:  TMC 2488/DaiRiki 125 #12
bead: 1.5 mm silver
lead wire (optional): .010" lead
tail and legs: Teal or Mallard
body: grey 6/0 thread
rib: fine silver wire
wingcase: .5 mm grey foam


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December 2018 Meeting Revisited

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

The Brazilian is a clean design summer steelhead fly from Tom Larimer. It looks good and is simple to tie. Tom says it is a consistent producer on the Clearwater.
Start thread and tie down the back of return wire, laying a base of thread to just short of point of hook. Prepare a natural golden pheasant shoulder/breast feather (golden red) or a dyed red golden pheasant rump feather, by trimming out the stem down from the tip. This forms a “v” in the feather. Clean sides of the feather of shorter barbs and place it concave down on the shank for a tail. Make two loose wraps on the quill next to the barbs, and over the hook point. Folding the feather and lifting it with the left hand, pull the feather forward with the right until the tail extends to or just beyond the bend, and tie down. Tie in rib wire and secure. Form a dubbing loop about 5-6 inches in length, placing dubbing in it, spinning it until you have it in the form to make light spikey body, and wrap the body. Tie off, leaving approximately two head spaces. Wind the wire to form five ribs, tie off and trim.
Stack hair for the wing and place it, extending to about midway of the tail. (I normally trim the wing before tying it in.)  Tie in the wing with about 5 tight wraps (2-3 thread widths) and place a drop of head cement on the hair ends, continue securing the wing. Secure 4 strands of Krystal Flash in front of wing tie-in, pulling them back on either side of wing, trim to length of wing and tie them in place.
Prepare the guinea feather and tie in by tip where the wing is tied. Fold feather barbs and groom them back as you wrap the collar, ending just forward of the wing tie-in.  If stem is thin enough, wrap the bare stem 1-2 times around the shank under the head and form a head that pleases you. Finish. 
Hook: AJ or other steelhead  5
Thread:6/0 black        
Tail:Golden pheasant rump dyed red                                                
Rib:Wine colored wire                 
Body:Claret STS trilobal dub                                           
Wing:Arctic fox dyed black                                                                
Wing flash: Copper Krystal Flash                    

Tied by Ed Morphis

I love tying simple clean design flies. Tying flies is just about as close as I get to fishing anymore, so I haven’t proven the effectiveness of this fly myself, but it is well attested. Also, it has two traditional steelhead attractor colors, chartreuse and purple. The pattern was developed by Tom Larimer.
Here is how I tie it. Start by laying down a base of thread from headspace to the halfway point of the shank, secure the end of the tensile underneath at that point. At the same point, tie in the chartreuse floss and form the abdomen by wrapping back to just shy of the hook point (keeping tensile under shank), then forward to the tie in point. I tie the fly on a nickel hook, so the chartreuse does not need a base. If I were to tie it on a black hook, I would want a base of white thread under it. 
After tying off the floss, form a dubbing loop about three inches long and place the rough dubbing into it, twisting it to form the dubbing as I want it, then wrap the front half of the body fairly full. I don’t need to pick it out, but you may want to. Groom the dubbing away from the back half of the body and wrap the tensile to front of the dubbing. Tie in a sparse wing with tip ending just ahead of the bend, and before wrapping fully, use a drop of head cement. Tie in a few sparse strands of angel hair on either side of wing and trim to length. Tie in by tip a purple guinea feather, fold and wrap to just beyond wing tie in. If feather shaft is small enough, flatten with thumbnail and wrap 1-2 times around hook under head. Form a head that suits and finish.
Ed Morphis
Tied by Ed Morphis

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. 

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

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,