Monday, May 11, 2020

Message from Dave McCants

May 2020

Hello to all our members who have been dealing with the COVID reality. We have all been missing the comradery and learning of new tying skills and patterns.  

I too have missed our meetings, the local club meetings, the Albany ORCFFI show and other fun events.

Due to our state still being on lockdown and not knowing when it will end, there will be no meeting in May and June {annual BBQ}.  I therefor propose that our first meeting be in September, second Tuesday as normal and it be a combined BBQ, raffle and that we have 2-3 members tie at this event. I believe that this is the best “socially responsible” way to move forward with our group of wonderful friends.

Additionally, I have an idea to help get over our need for human interaction and to hone/improve our tying skills.  I will open a new ZOOM account in my branding name (McBears Specialty Tys) at the business level.  I will have tying sessions on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30pm starting this Thursday. I will also ask for other tyers to assist by being guest tyers every other week.  In order to do this I will need to know each members Name, telephone, and email address so that I can invite you and let each party know the passwords we will use for our ZOOM meetings.  I chose Thursday so as not to interfere with future clubs meeting and I hope this helps to keep us engaged and to continue our learning, teaching and develop our tying skills.

I hope that all of you have remained healthy and your families continue to be safe.

Kindest regards,

David P. McCants
Retired CFO/CPA and flytying nut

Monday, March 9, 2020

March and April Meeting Cancelled

Due to concerns over the ongoing Corona Virus outbreak the Board of Directors has cancelled the March and April Meeting. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

March 2020 Meeting

I called Ray to see if he had decided on the patterns he would tie, and he told me he had been thinking about it, and decided on tying Polly’s Fledermouse pattern, because it demonstrates several of Rosborough’s characteristic techniques. (This should not be confused with the Fledermaus pattern.) He will also tie a classic steelhead Rusty Rat on a dual barb hook (not to be confused with a Rogue Rusty Rat). 
I have known Ray for about 20 years, but never well. He and I would run into each other quite often at Rusty Randall’s shop, and chat awhile. I never got to watch him tie much, so I am really looking forward to his presentation. He told me he also is looking forward to it. I know I don’t have to urge you who know Ray to be here, and anyone who knew Polly will enjoy reminiscing with Ray about that. 
Those of you, like me, who never knew Polly will be enriched by the presentation. As a retired history teacher, I am always interested in first-hand information about important people and developments (especially in the area of fly fishing and fly tying).
The pictures below are not Ray’s flies, but pictures I pulled off the internet. The Fledermouse is supposed to be authentic, but I can assure you the one tied by Ray will be. And, the single hook Rusty Rat is just to show the basic pattern. If you have never tied on dual hooks, you will be interested in seeing how different that can be.
Tell friends you think of who might be interested, and we will SEE YOU THERE!

Monday, January 20, 2020

February 2020 Meeting

Peter will be demonstrating how to tie some flies he proved out over the past year, fishing the Holy Water, Silver Creek and the Owyhee. You won’t want to miss this presentation of flies proven to catch fish in our waters.

Ray is a resident of the Grants Pass area, long-time fishing guide and a founding member of Southern Oregon Fly Fishers, where he taught its fly tying courses for some years. He also tied flies for some time for Polly Rosborough.  I have heard that Polly was known for requirements for how his flies were to be tied. Ray told me Polly was left handed, so all the right handed tiers had to reverse tie the flies (that is, wrap under the hook). I promise you will enjoy this presentation, and I am sure those of you who knew Polly, will have things to discuss with Ray.