Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jake Crawford, Native Fish Society

Jake was recently spotted in Glide at the UVFF Fly Tying Festival manning an information table then again manning a table at the Rogue on the Fly event at Indian Mary Park.  Jake is the Native Fish Society Southern Regional Manager, overseeing the organization’s work in Southern Oregon and Northern California.  The NFS is an organization that works to protect and recover wild, native fish across the Pacific Northwest.  

Jake works with local people to provide up to date information and monitoring on the ground and helps them be more effective at protecting sensitive native fish populations and their habitats.  Teamwork is usually the optimal situation.

Jake, a fisherman and outdoorsman is eager to be a driving force to protect the native fish.  Jake came to Southern Oregon from Colorado where he studied environmental policy and earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from Colorado State University.  It looks like he found a home.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Orleans Fly Fishers 8th Annual Rio Rodeo Recap

New Orleans Fly Fishers 8th Annual Rio Rodeo Recap
Written by: Sean B. Gilthorpe
The New Orleans Fly Fishers Rio Rodeo was created in 2009 by then Club President Larry Offner.  The Rio Rodeo was originally created as a way for Louisiana fly fishers to come together, and help raise awareness of the Rio Grande Cichlid, an invasive species in Louisiana.  Since the beginning, the Rio Rodeo has achieved these goals, and in the process become one of the largest fly fishing tournaments in the State of Louisiana, as well as the Gulf Coast Region.  For the last 3 years, the Rio Rodeo has consistently seen the number of participants exceed 30 fly fishers, with the greatest attendance reaching 35 participants in 2015.  While there were 3 fewer participants for the 8th Annual Rio Rodeo in 2016, it was still a great success. 
On October 1, 2016, the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club hosted the 8th Annual Rio Rodeo.  The weather was perfect and the Rios, as usual, presented a formidable challenge to all.  There were a total of 32 fly fishers who registered and participated in this year’s Rio Rodeo.  There were 7 Rio Grande Cichlids submitted and measured, ranging in size from 6" to 10-1/2".  Prizes were awarded for 1st through 7th place participants.  The results are as follows:
Rob Bergeron - Fin Addicts Fly Fishers - 10-1/2"
Stephen Robert - Fin Addicts Fly Fishers - 9-1/2"
Joe Illg - NOFFC - 8-1/4"
Joe Bandera - NOFFC - 8"
John Engert - NOFFC - 7-1/2" 
Kyle Moppert - Red Stick Fly Fishers - 7-1/2"
Ray Baltz - NOFFC - 6-1/2
The New Orleans Fly Fishers would like to thank everyone who participated in the 8th Annual Rio Rodeo, as we raised $400 for Second Harvest Food Bank!  With the money raised, Second Harvest Food Bank can load HALF an 18 wheeler with food, to distribute to those in need.  This couldn't have been possible without those of you who competed in the rodeo or could not attend and donated to our cause.  We would also like to thank all the sponsors who donated the prizes for the rodeo.  Capt. Tristan Daire of Olde Towne Fly Shop & Outfitters and Larry Offner donated prizes for the winners. 

Finally, there are a few NOFF members who deserve recognition for their tireless efforts to make the 8th Annual Rio Rodeo successful.   Al Kellogg, our club Treasurer, took care of all the record keeping and received registration forms and fees for this Rodeo.  His hard work helped ensure Second Harvest Food Bank received all funds received from the Rodeo.  A.J. Rosenbohm, our club Vice President, who coordinated with Second Harvest Food Bank for the donation presentation.   He also helped greatly with the logistics of putting on the rodeo.   Sean Gilthorpe, who served as Past –President, was responsible for the food service for the Rodeo.  Sean donated, prepared, and cooked the food for the barbeque lunch, which received rave reviews!   Thanks to the contributions and hard work of these members, the 8th Annual Rio Rodeo was a great success!
Note from the blogger; Living in the Northwest, I had never heard of the Rio Grande Cichlid.  A quick look at Wikipedia soon made me very aware of the damage caused by these non-native invasive fish.  High five to the NOFF.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Orleans Fly Fishers Club

Note from the blogger:  Thank you to the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club for the sharing their activities with the IFFF.  I hope you can send a story about the Annual Rio Grande Cichlid Rodeo along with some nice pictures.  We love to share.  

 This past Saturday, October 1st, the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club held it’s Annual Rio Grande Cichlid Rodeo in New Orleans. We decided to donate all registration fees to Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans. They have been instrumental in feeding people whose homes were devastated by the recent flooding in Louisiana. We raised $400, which will enable Second harvest to fill a half tractor trailer with food to distribute to the hungry. I am attaching a picture which shows (from left to right) club president Jim Fullmer presenting the ceremonial check to Heather Sweeney of Second Harvest along with club treasurer Al Kellogg. I thought this might be something the Federation would like to publish to show what one of their charter clubs is doing to help out in the community. I wasn’t sure who to send this to so I sent it to you. If there is someone else that I should contact please let me know.


A.J. Rosenbohm
Vice President/Events Coordinator
New Orleans Fly Fishers Club

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.