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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rogue Climate LNG Repost

Members of the Rogue Climate Action Team show off their art forthe upcomming rally.

    Come Help Us
Over the past three months, tens of thousands of people have submitted comments to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) demanding our agency denies permits for the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. This is a record breaking number of comments EVER submitted to DEQ!
This Thursday at the Medford DEQ office, impacted landowners, tribal members, youth, anglers, rafters, business owners, health professionals, local elected officials, and allies from across the region are gathering for a rally to ask DEQ to protect our home by denying the Clean Water Act permit Jordan Cove needs to move their project forward. Can we count on you to be there on Thursday? 
WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
WHERE: Medford DEQ office (221 Stewart Ave)
The rally includes energizing speeches, chants, beautiful art, and a celebration of the tens of thousands of comments submitted to DEQ. 
Smoke or clear skies, we’ll be there and we hope you’ll join us too. See you on Thursday!
Allie and the “No Pipeline Team”
P.S. Don’t forget to submit your comments before the August 20 deadline online here!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LNG Letter

The following is a letter sent by one of our members.  Feel free to use it as is or modify the center paragraph or replace it.  Please confine your concerns to the water related concerns.  Share how the project would impact you and your water related activities.  Use the old school snail mail.  A paper letter is harder to ignore as compared to an email.  Send two letters since we want booth entities to deny this project.

(mail to both please)
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
North Bend Field Office
2201 North Broadway Suite C
North Bend, OR  97459-2372

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
165 E. 7th Ave.  Suite 100
Eugene, OR  97401
Attn:  401 Water Quality Certification Project Manager, Chris Stine

Dear Mr. Krug and Mr. Stine:

I strongly oppose the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Pacific Connector Pipeline project (NWP-2017-41) because it will significantly harm southern Oregon’s rivers, streams, wetlands, and estuaries. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should deny the Clean Water Act 404 and 401 permits because the project does not comply with the Clean Water Act and it is not in the best interest of Oregonians.
The state of Oregon has expended a great deal of money and effort to improve the quality of its waterways. The Rogue River is one of them. As you may be aware, the Rogue River is currently expected to have a very good run of fall chinook salmon.  It is one of the few rivers in CA, WA and OR that is doing well with regards to salmon and steelhead.  Why in the world would anyone approve of a project in which a pipeline will be buried in the Rogue River?  The damage done to the river by the construction of a buried pipeline would be immense and would certainly cause irreparable harm to its ecosystem. There is no way that this project could be completed without doing severe damage to the Rogue.  For this reason alone, the case for denying the permits should be clear.  The Rogue fisheries are improving, perhaps due to the removal of several dams that impeded the spawning of salmon and steelhead.  It would be madness to pursue a project that would harm the improvements that have been made. This project is not in the public interest.
There are many other reasons as to why the necessary permits should be denied.  I will not detail them because the problem outlined above is so very clear that this alone should make the denial the rational choice.
I strongly oppose this project and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should deny the Clean Water Act 404 and 401 permits. 
Thank you for your time and consideration on this important issue.
(insert your name and address)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Message from Oregon DEQ

Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended by 30 days the public comment period on an application for water quality certification from the Jordan Cove Energy Project. DEQ received a large number of public requests for an extension. The project proposes building a liquefied natural gas facility on the North Spit of Coos Bay near North Bend and a connecting roughly 230-mile pipeline near Malin that would cross Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.
View the full news release at:
Learn more about the proposed project at:

This email was sent to using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite #600, Portland, OR 97232 · 503-229-5696

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time Is Short

Sorry about the bad link in the last blog post.  The correct link is

Belog is a repost from Rogue Riverkeeper.  Thank you for all your good work.

IMPORTANT: 3 more weeks to submit your comments!

On May 22nd, a public comment period began for important Clean Water Act permit applications for the Jordan Cove LNG project. These permits are required for Pembina, a Canadian energy company, to construct and build the 229-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline and associated Jordan Cove LNG terminal. Rogue Riverkeeper and the coalition to stop this project are working hard to submit technical comments and assist YOU in writing your own. The time to speak up is now!
The state of Oregon has the opportunity to stop this project in its tracks by denying these permits. Submit your personal comments and concerns regarding impacts to waterways like the Rogue and Klamath Rivers. 
Help stop the pipeline by submitting your own personalized comments! Comments are due Friday July 20th, 2018. 

Or Attend our Upcoming Comment Writing Workshop! 
Join us to write your personal comments and concerns regarding important Clean Water Act permits for the Jordan Cove LNG project.
Medford: Clean Water Act Permit Comment Writing Workshop
Monday July 9th, 6 - 8PM
Medford Library, Large Meeting Room
205 S. Central Ave
Medford, OR 97501

Rogue Riverkeeper staff will be on hand to assist with detailed specifics, talking points, letter templates and more. There will be a short presentation about the permits, what they mean, what they do, and how denials of these permits will stop this project in its tracks. Feel free to bring your laptop or we will have letter templates that you can fill out and we will mail in for you.
Your voice is needed if you......
  • Raft or fish on the Rogue;
  • Are a landowner with a well or wetland on your property;
  • Like to go clamming or crabbing in Coos Bay;
  • Live in Medford and get your drinking water from Big Butte Springs;
  • Fish on the South Umpqua;
  • Own or guide for a rafting company on the Rogue;
  • Enjoy spending time at Lake of the Woods;
  • Are concerned with blasting, diverting, and construction impacts to small streams;
  • Don't want to see fresh water from the Klamath River used to test a massive pipe; or
  • You simply value healthy, clean, scenic, quiet, beautiful rivers, streams, and wetlands. 
We have the opportunity to stop this project by raising our voices for the health and well being of our clean water resources! Please lend your voice by submitting comments or attending an upcoming comment writing workshop. 
Thank you.
For the Rogue!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Time is running out

Today in Astoria, Oregon a comment writing workshop is being hosted by  This coalition of conservation minded organizations knows that if this pipeline and terminal are built, then more are soon to follow.  Most of us do not want to live in what Oregon would look like with a network of pipelines and terminals.

On Monday, July 9th, Medford and Coos Bay will have their own comment writing

Thursday, July 12th, Grants Pass and Portland will have their own comment writing workshop.

This is a state-wide coalition effort.  Go to to see what this is all about.  

The Comment period for DEQ is slipping away.  Urge DEQ to deny this pipeline and terminal.  Come to the workshop on July 9that 6:00 in the Medford Library or July 12th at 5:30 in the Library in Grants Pass.
Join the crowd

Friday, June 22, 2018

This is a website everyone in Southern Oregon needs to see.  Watch the short video for a quick oversight and explanation of what this is all about.  Explore this website for ways to take action.

click here

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Rogue Riverkeeper has taken on the LNG pipeline with the goal to stop the pipeline once and for all. One of the ways we can help is to write letters and make phone calls.  Come to this workshop to get ideas on how to write an effective letter.  Below is their message.

Robyn Janssen invited you to NO LNG Exports's event
Medford: Clean Water Act Comment Writing Workshop
Monday, July 9 at 6 PM
Medford Library in Medford, Oregon
Not Interested
Join the "No LNG Exports Campaign" on Monday July 9th in Medford, OR to write comments to stop the proposed Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG export terminal! When: Monday Ju...
Lesley Adams and Will Johnson are also on the guest list.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Time to take action

Public Comment Period on Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline

On TuesdayMay 22, 2018 the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers kicked off a 60-day public comment period for two critical Clean Water Act permits required for the proposed fracked gas Jordan Cove LNG pipeline project. 

On Saturday, July 21, 2018 the comment period ends. 
Click on this, Read the Notice Here.  This is 16 pages of vital information and numerous maps and charts.
This hugely complex project would cross the Rogue and more than 400 waterways across our region. Join others like yourself to make a difference and stop the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline project!
Add your voice and ask DEQ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to extend the comment period and hold public information sessions in each of the four impacted counties!

When you click on this it takes you to a very good letter that is easy to send and someone has done all the work for you.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Meeting June 2018

Annual SOFT Dinner
Tuesday June 12, 2018 
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 would like to get a head count 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 If you could get back to us by Friday, June 8th that would really help with our planning for this event. 

For those interested, during happy hour, Dave McCants will tie a couple different patterns.

We will have the following: 
Ribs and Chicken / Baked Beans / Potato 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) for the summer. 
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, and I thank all of you who have participated in our tying sessions!

Kindest regards, Dave McCants