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,

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)

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.