Friday, December 30, 2016

Rogue Fish District Updates

I received a phone call from Ryan Battleson and then a followup e-mail.  The easiest way is just to forward the the whole message in original form.  Tom Collett


Good talking with you this morning.  If you could please add this link to your SOFT Blog and also coordinate to send this out to whoever manages your list serve, that would be great.   We recently started a list serve for emailing Rogue Fish District Updates to interested members of the public, guides, NGO’s, etc.  We currently have over 1100 people signed up to receive updates.  This is similar to getting email notifications regarding Cole Rivers fish counts, summer Huntley Seining project updates, etc.  I included the rest of the Holy Water committee as we had discussed this.  Get on it gentlemen if you did not receive an update yet!

Below is the first December issue:

Additionally, my program, the Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP), also puts out a quarterly newsletter called “Fishworks”.  It is a joint Restoration and Enhancement Grant Program (R&E) and STEP newsletter that you can subscribe to by email.  Unfortunately, on our website I only see the winter 2014 .pdf newsletter.  More current versions have been coming out by email.  I’ve notified my statewide coordinator of this in order to get the most current versions updated to the web.

Thanks for your help,


Ryan Battleson
Assistant District Fish Biologist
Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP)
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Rogue District Watershed
1495 East Gregory Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502

541-826-8774 ext 226 (Office)
541-826-8776 (Fax)

To receive the quarterly STEP and R&E newsletter by e-mail please sign up at

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Addendum for December meeting

At the December SOFT meeting the Tech Table will be sharing some helpful tips on mounting hair wings. You may pick up a new method or two for making the task a bit easier.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

SOFT Meeting, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mr. David P. McCants will tie two trout flies for the Rogue River (Holy Water and Upper Rogue).  These flies have been fished in multiple rivers in California and Nevada with great success.  The McCBear’s - Two Bobbin Baetis has also been fished by Mike Lawson on the Henry’s Fork with much success.

McCBear’s – Chorus Girl has also been used successfully on the same rivers and has landed a 28” inch rainbow on California’s Putah Creek (Dave’s former home water).

The patterns are as follows:

         McCBear’s - Two Bobbin Baetis

  • ·       Hook – Gaelic Supreme Syl Nemes up eye hook in size 15 or 17 or similar hook,
  • ·       Thread – Body Grey Griffiths 14/0,
  • ·       Tail – Lemon Wood Duck fibers or Brown Partridge,
  • ·       Rib – Black 6/0 Uni Thread on a separate bobbin,
  • ·       Underwing – 2 sprigs of micro pearl krystal flash,
  • ·       Overwing – Marc Pettijean Iron Blue Dun CDC (either trimmed or not)
  • ·       Large Head – Rounded Black Uni 6/0 thread.

McCBear’s - Chorus Girl (in order of tie in steps):

  • ·       Hook – Daiichi 1150 16-18 or similar hook like Dairiki 135,
  • ·       Thread – Montana Fly Co. 8/0 red or Guidibrod 10/0 red or Veevus 16/0 red,
  • ·       Breathers – White Polar Bear stubble,
  • ·       Bead – 11/0 or 14/0 glass bead,
  • ·       Rib – Fine gold wire.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SOFT Meeting, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    The November meeting of the Southern Oregon Fly Tyers will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. Our featured tying demo will be done by Paul Wolflick from Roseburg. As always Paul will be showing us couple of his killer flies and some new techniques. Bring some flies for the club fly box to be included in the outstanding raffle items.
After the demo stop by the “TECH TABLE” for some useful hints on biots and how to get the best results.
No reservations needed, just show up with a friend or two and enjoy the evening with your fellow tyers.

    At our October meeting the members elected a new President. Dave McCants will take over the leadership role from Dan Kellogg after he has served as President for the last 18 years. Dave brings to us many years of fly tying from the Bay Area along with plenty of new ideas for the club and lots of enthusiasm. If you haven’t met Mr. McCants attend the November meeting and get acquainted.

The B Fly
·        Hook                    Tiemco 5262 #10
·        Thread                 6/0 Black
·        Tail                        Olive Marabou and Crystal Flash
·        Body                     4 strands Peacock Herl
·        Rib                        Gold Wire Fine
·        Thorax                 Ice Dub Golden Brown
·        Head                     Ice Dub Black Peacock
1.      Tie in tail and 1 strand Crystal Flash alongside the tail.
2.      Tie in rib and ½ hook shank with peacock wrap.
3.      Rib body.
4.      Dub thorax.
5.      Dub head.
6.      Whip finish.
7.      Brush head and thorax to simulate legs. 


Stillwater Caddis Emerger
·        Hook                    Tiemco 5262 #12
·        Thread                 6/0 Olive
·        Rib                        Chartreuse BR wire
·        Body                     Diamond Brite Olive Brown
·        Wing Case & Legs  Brown Pheasant Rump
·        Thorax                 Ice Dub Peacock
·        Head                     Peacock herl
1.      Tie in rib & dub body ½ hook shank.
2.      Rib body and tie in wing case and legs.
3.      Dub thorax.
4.      Pull wing case over thorax and form legs.
5.      Tie in head and wrap.
6.      Whip finish.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SOFT Meeting, Tuesday, October !!th

Monday, September 12, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

8th Annual North Umpqua Fishing - Tying Festival September 10, 2016 Glide

September means it's time for the 8th Annual North Umpqua Fly Fishing and Tying Festival, at the Glide Community Center, 20062 North Umpqua Highway, Glide Oregon.  Mark your calendars for Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th, volunteers, tyers and vendors are invited to a BBQ-Potluck on Friday evening, as a thanks for setting up and then cleaning up, plus all of the activities in-between.  Friday morning volunteers start setting up the Casting Pond and in the afternoon others start getting the community center organized.  By 5:30 the work is done and we are ready for to relax with good food, and friends at the BBQ.  

Doors open at 7am on Saturday for last minute setup, coffee and breakfast burritos. This year we have over 20 tyers from Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho, they will be working on Steelhead, Salmon, Realistic, Traditional and flies of their own invention.  Sessions are from 9-noon and 1-4pm.    They are willing to share the expertise, for the novice or more seasoned tyer and there is always a great story thrown in.  Local suppliers of tying and fishing equipment will have merchandise for sale.  Can you think of a better way to spend the day for anyone who fishes?  What about those who don't fish...we have something for them too.  Woodcarvers, watercolorists, jewelry makers and other artists will have their wares for sale.  Dan and Kelly Brock will have vintage and antique fishing equipment for sale and be available for appraisals.   John Mathews can paint flies on cars, boats, or RV’s for a most reasonable rate- what a great way to show your passion for fishing.   There will be raffles and door prizes  throughout the day,  terrific silent auction items to bid on and a new member raffle for those that sign up on Saturday.  Sandwiches and snacks will be available through the day.  The Community Center has a new HVAC system, so rain or shine  we will be comfortable.  

Accommodations in Glide are limited (one), but within 20 miles to the east and west there are plenty of options.

This is a great way to spend all or part of the day, spending time watching other tyers and learning a new technique, or visiting with friends.    Admission is free, but we are collecting non-perishable food items for donation to the Glide Helping Hands food Bank, and we make a donation to the Glide High School Scholarship Fund.   If you have questions about the festival, or volunteering contact Tresa.  541-496-0770 or 

Check out the 7th Annual North Umpqua Fly Fishing Festival in Glide.
Click Here 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Is you is, or is you ain't coming?

Attention SOFT Members

Tuesday, June 14th
5:00 Happy hour
6:00  We eat

At our normal meeting place; Madrone Hill Mobile Home Park

    We are putting on a BBQ dinner for our June 14th meeting. All the food and beverages will be provided  and spouses or significant others are very welcome. We only ask that you might bring a dessert or something interesting to share. We need your help ASAP to get a head count of those who will be attending so we have enough food for everyone.
    Please RSVP to  Dale at Get back to us before  June 9th. Good food, good friends, and a great time. Be there.

WE got;  Ribs and Chicken
Baked beans
Potato salad
Green salad
Wine, beer, and soft drinks
We also got; plates, cups, napkins, and utensils

This is also the last chance to donate your flies to Water Watch.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

More BBQ /// email address corrected

If you responded already, you may need to respond again.  I just received this message from Dale.  The original message has now been corrected.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Attention SOFT Members
    We are putting on a BBQ dinner for our June 14th meeting. All the food and beverages will be provided  and spouses or significant others are very welcome. We only ask that you might bring a dessert to share. We need your help ASAP to get a head count of those who will be attending so we have enough food for everyone. We will be having ribs and chicken along with baked beans, potato salad, green salad and bread. Wine beer, and soft drinks will also be served.
    Please RSVP to Dan’s cell by text @ 541-200-4063 or you can e-mail Dale at Get back to us before by June 9th. Good food, good friends, and a great time. Be there.

This is also the last chance to donate your flies to Water Watch.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

SOFT Meeting and BBQ