Wednesday, May 29, 2019

June 2019 Meeting

Annual SOFT Dinner
Tuesday June 11, 2019 
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 11th 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 Thursday, June 6th that would really help with our planning for this event. 

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… 
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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 14, 2019 meeting revisited

Muddler tied by John Matthews
Hook - size 4 or 6 Tiemco #9495 straight eye
Thread - 3/0 Euro Thread black or choice
Tail - Turkey quill
Body – Gold braid
Wing – Gray squirrel
Over wing – Paired turkey quill
Head – Deer hair trimmed
Super glue as desired to secure wings

Coon Muddler tied by John Matthews
Hook – size 4 or 6 Steelhead hook #7999
Thread – 3/0 Euro Thread black or choice
Body – Gold Braid
Wing – Wood Duck
Over wing – Coon body hair
Head – Deer hair trimmed
Super glue as desired to secure wings

Salmonfly tied by John Matthews
Hook – size 6 or 4 #200R
Body – Orange foam strips cut 2mm wide
             First 3 segments are tied on a needle. 
Wing – Moose hair
Optional over wing – silk screen plastic
Head – Deer hair tied bullet style
Legs – Round rubber legs
Pantone marker in light brown or gray to tone down the orange body foam

John used tools purchased from Hairline Dubbing.
Detached Body Tool #650 by Stonfo
Razor Stonfo #707  
These tools can be viewed on 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Paul Wolflick

Annabelle sent this email to Cathy Hamilton.

Hi Cathy, Just a note to let you know that the effects of Paul’s stroke have become worse. He’s been in the hospital for over three weeks. This was a sudden and unexpected change. We are very sad about it. I thought you would like to know. It’s okay to share this with the club. I know many of them care for Paul. Right now he’s very ill and cannot have visitors. If anyone would like to send him a card our address is 130 Summerwood St, Roseburg Oregon 97471. 
Take care 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 2019 Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tyers
Meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6:00 PM
8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill


John is not online to produce announcements about the demonstrations, so, you are stuck with reading Ed’s wanderings again. But if you were present for the evening of his tying the Sofa Pillow and Stimulator, you know to expect some good information about tying the Muddler with different types of material.

The Muddler was developed by Don Gapin in the 1950s up in the Great Lakes area to catch Brookies, but it has become popular all over. Of course, it is tied to simulate, or give the impression of a Sculpin fish, which is a bottom dweller in many waters in the northern hemisphere, both in streams and lakes. I believe this explains one reason for its effectiveness. I have found it to be a go to fly during spring run-off in mountain streams. I have gone to the stream when it is quite stained to muddy, thinking fishing to be unproductive, but put on a weighted Muddler, fished it near the bottom, and caught Rainbows and Browns. I think they were happy to see a nice bite of meat after the long winter.

As stated above, if you have seen John tie before, you know that he covers matters of tying and also of fishing the flies, as he has a lot of experience with both activities. If you have not seen his demonstrating, I urge you not to miss this month’s meeting.

Don’t forget to look through your materials to pull out and donate those you will probably never use again. We need them for the raffle, someone will have a use for them. Also, while you are doing that, pull out a couple of flies to go into the box of flies being raffled. I feel a little hypocritical here, as I forgot mine last month. I excuse myself by pointing to my many responsibilities! To keep yourself from feeling guilty, get them ready early! Seriously, when everyone pitches in to this totally volunteer effort, the more fun it is for all. Isn’t Tom doing a great job with the raffle?!!!! I am going to look through my materials and also get my two flies right now.


There's probably not a bird that flies that has more uses for the fly tier than the Ringneck Pheasant. From the top of its head to the tip of its tail, there's hardly a feather on a pheasant that can't be used to some good purpose. Whether it's hackle you need or tailing fibers, winging material or body material, shoulders or cheeks, whatever, it's all there. One cock pheasant of just average size will provide the resourceful fly tier with enough material to tie thousands of flies.