Friday, December 18, 2015



Instructors Dave Roberts and Dan Kellogg

1234 Hammel Rd.
Eagle Point, Or 97524

Saturday, January 16th, 2016
9am to 4 pm

How Much & What’s Included?
Just $50.00, All Materials and the thread.

What to Bring?
Tools, a light, and a lunch.

Only a couple spots left so call Dave @ 541-601-5658 to reserve your place in this truly informative class. You will come away with the knowledge to tie purposeful and effective flies for all the important stages of the Mayfly.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


  The December SOFT meeting will be held on Tuesday the 8th and will feature tying demonstrations by Dave and Cathy Hamilton. These two received the Fly Tyers of the Year Award from the Oregon Council at the Expo in Albany last spring so we are in for a real treat this month. Dave plans to tie some chironomid patterns and a feruled red worm. Cathy will demo the Bitch Creek Nymph, a well known woven pattern. Don’t miss this one , it’s two for the price of one. Meeting starts at 6 pm and the demos will start at 6:30. Bring some flies or materials for the raffle and bring a friend or fellow fly tier. If everyone will bring some goodies the club will provide some Holiday beverages.


    After the first of the year The Fly Tyers Den will again be offering tying classes for intermediate and advanced level students. In order for us to make the categories appealing to your wants and needs we are asking for your feedback. Please review the following list of proposed class subjects and e-mail your choices asap so we can get the classed set up and scheduled. You can choose as many categories as you wish and we are definitely open to other suggestions. The classes will be held on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm at Dave’s place near Eagle Point. The number of students will be limited to 10 for each session. The cost will be only $50.00 per student and will include hooks and materials. This a great opportunity to further your fly tying education. We value and appreciate your input. It makes it possible for us to offer the classes YOU want.

    This is a list of the suggested categories. Thanks for your help. Please e-mail your response to Dan at
Mayflies – Top to Bottom
Caddis Flies – Top to Bottom
Stoneflies – Top to Bottom
Wet Flies and Soft Hackles
Traditional Steelhead Flies
Traditional Streamer Flies
Traditional Winged Wet Flies
Traditional Catskill Dry Flies
Stillwater Flies and Midges

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


It's official!

There will be a Super Duper Fantastic Fly Fishing & Tying Materials Swap Meet on Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm at the The First Baptist Church of Medford, Oregon.

Setup will begin at 7:00 am, and take down must be completed by 5:00 pm, but you may take down sooner if you desire.

Admission and selling is no charge.

Please, no explosives.

This will be sponsored by Rogue Fly Fishers, Southern Oregon Fly Fishers, Southern Oregon Fly Tyers, and any other clubs or organizations that want to participate.

First Baptist Church is located at 649 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, OR, 97504.

Tables will be provided at no cost and are available beginning at 7:00 am on January 23, first come, first served.

A maximum of 2 tables may be used, until 9:00 am, at which time all unused tables will become available.

Tables measure 8' by 30". A few smaller tables may be available.

You may bring and use your own tables and/or displays with no restrictions.

Lots of chairs are available.

Bring your own electrical cords.

Coffee and water will be available, but bring your own food and snacks.

You may call Dale Heath at 541-973-3490 for additional information. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Flies for Waterwatch

Dear SOFT fly tyers and donors. WaterWatch very much appreciates the flies that you tie and donate every year. They bring in a considerable amount of funding at the annual WaterWatch auction and are very much appreciated by all those who get to view them and bid on them. In order to better facilitate getting the flies inserted in fly boxes and getting them to the auction committee in time for them to be properly processed in a timely manner, SOFT is adopting the following guidelines.

Flies need to be turned in by the second Tuesday of May, which is our final meeting before we break for the summer. Any flies turned in after that date will be carried over to the following year. Flies don't need to be in fly boxes. SOFT will supply enough fly boxes to WaterWatch to hold all the flies. We will turn the flies and fly boxes over to WaterWatch for their processing. Again, any flies turned in after the second Tuesday in May will be carried over to the following year, but are still very much needed and appreciated. Thank you for your donation, participation, and cooperation.

Friday, November 6, 2015

SOFT Meeting on Tuesday, November 10th


 We're just a friendly group of fly tyers who like to get together at least once a month to tie flies. We have no formal structure, no officers, except for a few dearly beloved deceased members, and no dues. Anyone can be a member. Just come to the meetings.

The building will open at 5:30 PM for setup and chit chat, but the meeting won't begin until 6:00. All tyers, whether experienced or inexperienced, all are welcome. Heck, you can come even if you aren't a tyer. You’re welcome to watch, ask questions, drink coffee, eat cookies, and just hang out.

We've been running a bucket raffle at the last few meeting with lots of goodies up for grabs. It's always handy to bring a few extra dollars. There's always something for sale, and tips and donations are very welcome.

We have a different demonstration tyer at each meeting, usually followed by a tie-along session. The pattern and materials required will be posted to this blog. Bring your tools, lights, extension cords, and materials to learn a new pattern to add to your arsenal. Lots of fun for all, along with coffee and some cookies.

Please invite a friend and forward blog address on to anyone else who might be interested. Come early so you don't miss anything, and stay late. We've invited several new tyers to attend our SOFT meetings. If you see any new faces, please introduce yourself and make them welcome.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


We need your help.  We need your flies to fill some boxes to donate to the Waterwatch auction.  Please bring your donation to the October meeting  We will provide the boxes.

Friday, October 2, 2015

October SOFT Meeting

Our guest tyer for the October 13th SOFT meeting will be Dan Kellogg. He will present a program called “The Wet Fly , classic and contemporary”. Discussed will be some history, styles, patterns, authors, and demos on a couple of his favorites. It should be informative and educational, a good way to start the fly tying season.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


There is not going to be SOFT meetings in July, August, and September.  We do look forward to seeing everyone in Bend in mid August.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

June 9th Meeting

The club will provide complementary beer, wine, and soft drinks at the June meeting. 
 Everyone is encouraged to bring finger foods -- sweet or savory.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 12th Meeting

The May meeting of the SOFT club will feature a special guest from Cottage Grove, Oregon. Bob Wolf will be doing a special program on midges. It will include entomology, fishing and tying techniques. This is a Power Point presentation and features a tie along segment. We will have materials there for everyone who wants to learn the patterns Bob calls his Magic Midge series.  I watched him tie at Albany and Lewiston last month. You don’t want to miss this one.  Bring your tools and a notepad. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April SOFT Meeting


The April meeting of the Southern Oregon Fly Tyers will feature Paul Wolflick as our tying demonstrator. Paul always has a pattern or two that are unique and productive.

 I have been assured that we will have some great raffle prizes this month, so bring a few extra bucks and try your luck.  Congratulations to our members, Dave and Kathy Hamilton for winning the Fly Tier of the Year award at the IFFF Oregon Council Expo last month in Albany. They truly deserved it.

The Southern Oregon Fly Fishers will be holding their annual Fly Tyers Meeting on Thursday April, 16th at the Taprock Event Center in Grants Pass. Over 15 tyers will be demonstrating their skills and talents. Everyone can learn something new at this event.

The May meeting of the SOFT club will feature a special guest from Cottage Grove, Oregon. Bob Wolf will be doing a special program on midges. It will include entomology, fishing and tying techniques. This is a Power Point presentation and features a tie along segment. We will have materials there for everyone who wants to learn the patterns Bob calls his Magic Midge series.  I watched him tie at Albany and Lewiston last month. You don’t want to miss this one.  Bring your tools and a notepad. 

Friday, February 27, 2015


  The march meeting of the Southern Oregon Fly Tyers will feature a tying demonstration by Dan Kellogg. He will be tying a Classic Irish Salmon Fly. Many of the Irish flies were predecessors of our modern day Steelhead patterns. In the proper sizes they have proven to take the “Steely” on the Rogue and in smaller sizes many Trout. They are colorful and fun to tie. Most hair wing patterns can be tied with common materials and standard techniques. So bring your paper and pencil to take notes and your camera for a picture or two. Don’t miss this one, there might even be a couple in the raffle.
    Speaking of raffles, We will have a great one this month with lots of tying materials and accessories. Each person will receive a free ticket for a special item for one winning number. We will also put out the remaining items from Paul Cooks collection at drastically reduced prices with the proceeds going to the Chris Barnum collage fund. There will be lots of free items to take away too. 
    Bring a friend, it’s always a good time. The coffee is free and there might even be cookies.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Tuesday February 10th, 6PM

The February meeting of the Southern Oregon Fly Tyers will feature the liquidation of fly tying materials and accessories from Paul Cook who passed away a few months ago. It was his wish that the proceeds of this sale be split between the SOFT club and a college fund for Chris Barnum, two great causes.


* TOOLS - Bench accessories, Hook and material storage, Thread racks.
* FEATHERS -Saddles, Necks, Strung saddle, Marabou, Peacock, Guinea,
    Mallard flank, Partridge, Pheasant, Turkey tails. Crest & Tippets, Biots.
* FUR – Deer, Elk, Moose, Rabbit, Fox, Squirrel, Calf Tail, misc.
* Dubbing, Dubbing dispensers, Flash, Beads, Rubber legs, Body materials.
* Hooks, 100’s of spools of Thread, Floss, Wire, Tinsel, etc.
* Many misc. items too numerous to mention.
* A FREE BOX chocked full of very usable items.


This is a large collection of great usable material so bring lots of cash and your checkbook. Don’t miss it!