Thursday, September 15, 2016

8th Annual North Umpqua Fly Fishing and Tying Festival

Sometimes these small local venues can be the best experiences of the year. This past Saturday in Glide, Oregon it happened.  The Oregon council has their big and exciting event every year in Albany, Oregon where everything seems larger than life and packed with more than seems possible but I always feel rushed because I might miss something.  In Glide I can relax, slow down and talk with virtually every tier in the room.  These are some good artistic and talented people.  Most of them are the same people you see in Albany.  In the mix I noted someone from Everett, Washington.  This drew my attention because here was someone who made an extra effort to come to a smaller show and it was a younger person.  We talked.

I found out that his name is Nicholas Riggs and he is 28 years old and had been tying since he was 13 years old.  He said he had been tying at the Albany show for the past 2 years.  I don't know how but I had just missed seeing him there.  He mainly ties northwest flies but said his favorite is Atlantic Salmon Flies.  Nicholas has a degree in "media arts and animation".  His e-mail is  You can find him on Instagram as "papercreekart", and his new website  Nick is a multi-talented young man who also shot the cover photo that will be appearing on the fall issue of Frank Amato's Fly Fishing & Tying Journal.  We will no doubt see more of Nick in the future. 

Nick at the vice in Glide, OR

Nick working on a Umpqua Special Variant

Monday, September 5, 2016

New Video, Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary

Pacific Rivers based in Portland, Oregon has made a video about the proposed Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.  This is a well made video that is available on Vimeo and YouTube.  Click any of these links to see this great video.  Don't forget to write and call your legislators to support this effort.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Next Generation

Last March I attended the Northwest Fly Tyer Expo in Albany, Oregon.  One of the demonstration tiers was Paul Wolflick, a member of the Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers.  I stopped to visit with Paul and the conversation got around to the lack of youngsters in the outdoor sports and fly fishing in particular.  I told him I needed a story for the IFFF blog about getting youngsters into our sport.  He said I have one and he is right over there.  Paul also said He is 15 years old and is a very good tier.  I went over and introduced myself to Bryson and his parents.  Check out the pictures below.

Here is Bryson’s story in his own words.  This is from emails that were put together and slightly edited.  Tom Collett, Blogger

Coming from a family that taught me at a young age how to fish, I just wanted to do something different, something that my family has never done before or knew anything about. I have always loved fishing as long as I could remember.  I just wanted to beat my brothers at fishing. The reason I wanted to learn how to fly fish was because I would tie a fly and then have to put it on a spinning rod and fish that way. After a couple of weeks attending Paul’s fly tying class, one of the men asked me if I would be interested in learning how to cast a fly rod.   I took him up on the opportunity and the rest is history. These guys have taught me so much not just how to fly fish and to tie flies but life lessons every week.
When I started to tie flies, I went to one of the local fly tying meetings here in Roseburg to see if there was anyone I could meet to show me how to tie. .  As I walked in the room, I realized that there were a lot of older men and women. In fact there was no one there that was my age. After talking to a few people, they were shocked and excited that I was interested in tying flies. They would constantly say that we needed younger kids interested in tying and that I was the future in tying flies and fly-fishing. Looking back now I understand what they meant. When I go to fly tying class at Paul Wolflick’s house, they are all retired gentlemen. When I go to the fly tying expos to tie, many older women and men walk up to me and start talking to me. When I walk around the fly tying shows there are very few kids, interested in tying flies.
Honestly, I enjoy listening to the older folks as they have years and years of experience.  Not just in fly tying but in life.  Each week after fly tying I learn something more about the life of someone in the group.  They are constantly giving me advice, and tips about fly tying and fly-fishing. I have learned at a young age to not take people for granted. About a year and a half ago I lost a dear friend and fellow fly tier, Les Ferguson.  After losing him, it really changed my point of view of life and in fly tying, and every single time I spend with these older fly tiers, I cherish. Before I started tying I was not doing that well in school I couldn’t stay focused and I just didn’t feel like doing my schoolwork. However, since I have been tying flies I have learned to be patient and it has helped me to stay focused. I learned that you need to stay focused in tying a fly and I have seen a big improvement in my schoolwork and my grades.
When I first started to tie I was horrible, just flat terrible at it. However, after attending a few meetings, and fly tying classes at Paul’s, I have gotten much better. After a few weeks of going to Paul’s house, I have learned to tie different patterns, he has taught me new techniques, and most importantly he taught me how to be a fly tier and fly fishermen.

 I see myself in the future as an instructor to others. I would like to carry Paul’s legacy as attending classes at my house (when I get older).  I don’t see fly tying as a career for me however I see it as a hobby for me that I will continue to do and teach, just like all the older men and women I see doing.

Monday, May 30, 2016

S.1448 - Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Designation Act

This is an opportunity to do something important and historic.  The North Umpqua and Frank Moore have been together so long that they are almost synonymous.  Rather than rewrite this story once again we have several attachments that tell this important story much better.  Please take the time to bring yourself up to speed on this proposed sanctuary and then get busy writing letters and making telephone calls in support of this legislation. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

E-mail from Rick Williams


Just found this in my copy of Angling News today, with a link below to the TU announcement.  

This victory on the Klamath is the result of a long and determined effort.  While TU took the lead, the victory is ours also.  This is a good example of the type of major impactful conservation work IFFF can do, perhaps not as a leader, as in this instance, but as an important and valued partner.  Appropriately, the TU announcement acknowledges the Northern California Council for their long participation in this effort as well.  Similarly, I was also involved early in this effort (2006 - 2007), when  I went down to Sacramento as an expert witness on rainbow and steelhead life history and the effects of dams and dam removal to testify before an Adjudicated hearing.  

Good piece for our E-News, emphasizing the victory for steelhead and our role as an important and long-standing partner in this effort

Rick Williams PhD
Fisheries - Conservation - Genetics

Note from the blogger;  The dams are one component of the Klamath Water Wars that have been ongoing for many years.  A related story appeared in this blog in January 25, 2016, titled "Klamath River, A New Old Story".

Monday, April 4, 2016

Important Changes Coming to the IFFF

April 5 - An Important Date!

Effective April 5 important changes are coming to the IFFF.  They include a launch of the new IFFF website, a new version of the electronic Flyfisher and changes to the membership categories.  Please read the following information carefully.  As a council/club officer or contact person you are being notified today.

At our Board of Directors meeting in Bend, Oregon several important Federation initiatives were unanimously approved. Some of those initiatives included simplifying operational processes, making sure we cover our operational costs and improving service to members.

Over the last several months, a committee of the Board of Directors (BoD) and Council Presidents diligently studied ways to simplify membership categories while improving service. That membership committee was led by Tom Gadacz and included myself, Burr Tupper, Carl Johnson, Bob Shirley and Rhonda Sellers as staff support. Subsequently the recommendations of the committee were approved at the January BoD meeting.
We believe these recommendations, implemented over the next few years, will result in operational cost savings and a net revenue increase to the Federation. Most importantly, the recommendations will ultimately result in improved service to our membership.
The changes are significant. We have reduced the number of membership categories from 17 to 7 and general memberships will include the primary member, spouse or cohabitating partner and children under 18 years of age. Lifetime memberships may include a spouse or cohabitating partner.  All Federation members, domestic and international will pay the same $35 membership fee. Senior members will still get a discounted rate of $25 and students 22 and younger will pay $20. The membership category simplification will include an upgraded, electronic copy of the Flyfisher magazine.
The IFFF staff has been working hard to not only update the website, but also reformat the Flyfisher magazine to make it easily accessible and readable on tablet and mobile phone devices. A printed copy of the Flyfisher will remain available to all domestic members for a subscription rate of $10 per year to cover printing and mailing costs. International members who want a paper copy of the magazine can subscribe for $20 per year. All members will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the printed magazine during their regular renewal cycle. If you are a lifetime member, you will still receive a printed copy of the magazine unless you opt for an electronic copy. We will continue to provide paper copies of the magazine to all Councils and clubs for special-event distribution.
In the spirit of conservation, I want to reduce the amount of paper I consume and believe this is an important goal for the Federation to strive toward. Therefore I choose the electronic copy even though I'm a lifetime member and was entitled to a paper copy.
There are a few other important changes. We all celebrate our veterans’ service to our country! The Federation will now offer a significant discount to ALL veterans who served honorably. The new subscription rate for all veterans will be $25. The Federation will continue to support annual, free electronic subscriptions for special outreach programs offered to disabled veterans. We thank all veterans for their service and want them to know it!
Lifetime members will now be allowed to include their spouse or cohabitating partner in the membership category. The lifetime membership fee will now be $1000. For a $1500 contribution, lifetime members will receive a custom fly rod of their choosing!
We are very happy to announce the Federation has reinstated the affiliate club category. Already, we've received interest from a number of clubs who left the Federation when the affiliate club category was dropped several years ago. A new fee schedule has been developed for new affiliate clubs. The goal here is to broaden our reach and encourage relationships with those who love to fly fish!
The most important issue we must address is improving service to our membership. A common refrain when I reach out to clubs and councils is the question "what is the Federation doing for me?" This is an important question and we believe The Fly Fishing Academy will be a step toward improving the depth and quality of service to our members. We have several members working very hard in developing the Academy with Molly Semenik leading this effort. Molly and her team have developed a business plan and have committees defining curriculum in four areas - fly tying, fly casting, conservation and fly fishing skills. The goal is to develop a world-class curriculum and training, including instructors’ guides, all easily accessible to instructors around the world.
Additionally, the Federation will regularly provide news articles for all councils to distribute to clubs for their newsletters, websites and Facebook pages. We also want to develop a "speakers’ bureau" that clubs can access to identify qualified fly fishing or conservation presenters for club meetings. Again, the idea is to develop an easily accessible, electronic system where local clubs can identify a range of possible speakers for club meetings. We will also be taking steps to provide more assistance to Council-sponsored, fly-fishing events.
Change is not always easy but we think these are very exciting times for the Federation. We certainly appreciate your support as we move forward. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have other ideas on how to improve service to the membership.


Len Zickler
IFFF Chairman of the Board Committee

Saturday, March 12, 2016

FERC Denies Jordan Cove Project!!

Huge Victory! FERC Denies the Jordan Cove Project! 

Today we received amazing news that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay and its associated Pacific Connector Pipeline! This is a huge victory for our campaign, landowners, and the state of Oregon. 
Here is the link to FERC's statement today

Below are the basis for their decision. 
"Because the record does not support a finding that the public benefits of the Pacific Connector Pipeline outweigh the adverse effects on landowners, we deny Pacific Connector’s request for certificate authority to construct and operate its project, as well as the related blanket construction and transportation certificate applications.
Because the record does not support a finding that the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal can operate to liquefy and export LNG absent the Pacific Connector Pipeline, we find that authorizing its construction would be inconsistent with the public interest. Therefore, we also deny Jordan Cove’s request for authorization to site, construct and operate the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal."
A large coalition of organizations, concerned citizens, landowners, climate activists, conservationists, business owners and more have worked tirelessly to raise awareness around this misled proposal. The campaign has grown hugely over the last year making this project one of the most controversial fossil fuel export proposals in the country. 
While there will be more to do in the coming months, this decision is a huge win for our campaign! Thank you to all who wrote comments, attended hearings and meetings, came to events, made phone calls, donated money, and simply cared. People power has made all the difference. 
We will keep you posted on next steps but for now...we celebrate!
Thank you!

Bloggers comment.  This was a long hard battle by the folks in Southern Oregon who didn't want a pipeline and an export terminal on our coast.  This was a Canadian company exporting American natural gas to Asia.  They would have had the power of eminent domain to force it on private landholders.  It would have damaged many water features along the route.  Much gratitude to Rogue Riverkeeper for leading the fight to stop this project.