Friday, August 7, 2015

Fly-fishing fanatics turn 50

Eagle Point's Dave Roberts heads fly-tyers at International Federation of Fly Fishers 50th anniversary fair in Bend

By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune

Posted Aug. 7, 2015 at 1:43 PM
Updated at 1:44 PM 

Fresh off a 13-month stint in Vietnam, Dave Roberts had a 30-day leave in which he unknowingly took part in a sliver of history for all those who see feathers and fur as a medium of functional art.
It was the summer of 1967 and the 19-year-old U.S. Marine Corps sergeant was asked to travel to Oregon and represent Southern California fly-tyers in some new-fangled "conclave" for a small cadre of fly-fishing aficionados.
"The way the rules were then is we had to wear our uniforms, so I sat there in my full uniform and tied," recalls Roberts, 67, now of Eagle Point. "There couldn't have been 25 tyers that whole weekend. But I sat there and tied trout patterns from the small streams around Southern California and the High Sierras.
"It was kind of cool," he says.  To continue reading click this link.

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