Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Rogue Goblin

By Ed Morphis

I was never in Bob’s tying class, but he gave me individual instruction in his workshop. When I had questions about tying his flies, he insisted I come to his home where he taught me how to tie a Vernille Caddis Fly that is a killer (I think he called it the Extended Body Caddis), and his patented Roberts’ Rogue Hopper (which is marketed by Umpqua Feather Merchants). He was very generous with his time, knowledge and energies. I was fortunate to take his rod wrapping class and help with it the next year (which means I got to experience the class again without paying for it). I am enriched because I knew him. He was a more valuable person than he realized.

Bob Roberts was a prime mover in developing the Southern Oregon Fly Fishers club, and determining the nature of it. He saw to getting world class presenters for the programs. He also served it in various capacities, both official and informal. He had, for many years, served the fly fishing community with guiding, providing materials; tying flies, building rods, etc.

I have been attempting to build the history of Bob’s steelhead fly, the “Rogue Goblin,” which he developed. Because Bob was always humble and low key about his accomplishments, I have been unable to retrieve much history from the memory of others about the fly. The only facts I have, come from John Shewey, Steelhead Flies, pp. 75 and 204; a column by Dick Adams in the Newsletter of the Southern Oregon Fly Fishers, May 2002 with a Spey version of the fly, with no attribution; and two different versions of the fly from estates of deceased members of the club (these only in my memory, as they were auctioned off, but they were labeled).

Therefore, the copies of the fly which I have tied come from Shewey’s book, where there are color pictures of the fly and the recipe. This version of the fly, I am convinced, is final, because Bob stopped tying shortly after the time of that publication.  I was able to confirm this by Steve Bonner, who was very close to Bob. After talking to Steve, I am confident in my research. Steve indicated that Umpqua Feather Merchants had marketed this fly as well as the “Rogue Hopper,” but I find only the hopper in their 2000 and 2002 catalogs.

Rogue Goblin tied by Ed Morphis

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Livingston, Montana

Livingston Montana was the gathering place as fly fishers around the world descended on the city in early August 2016 to take part in the International Fly Fishing Fair.  The week-long event brought some of the best fly fishers in the sport together to share their skills and learn new ones.  

A group representing Fishing Vision LTD attended and filmed portions of the event so that others in Japan and around the world could learn about the many activities of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.  Credit for the production include FISHING VISION Co.,LTD, , President Ryo Arisawa, Executive Director Junya Miyaji and 3 other production staff members. Click to watch the trailer."

Livingston will once again be the host of the International Fly Fishing Fair.  It will be held August 1-5, 2017. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Good Bye to 2016, Hello to 2017

Hello to 2017

Closing out a calendar year usually brings up sooner or later these two thoughts for me.  Income tax must be paid and I hate the process.  I feel very liberated once it is over.  Thought number two is that I didn’t fish enough and I should make a plan to fish more in the coming year.  This is an annual process that never seems to change.

Lets move on to our current daily business.  Today the water is too high and the temps are so cold that fishing won’t work for me.  I loose my fishing courage when my fingers begin to look like cherry popsicles.  So now what do I do?  I could tie some flies but some other things could possibly be more time sensitive.  Here is what I came up with for consideration.

  • ·      Renew or join the IFFF
  • ·      Renew or join your local club
  • ·      Renew your fishing licenses
  • ·      Renew your Park Passes
  • ·      Inspect and replenish your fishing gear
  • ·      Consider a donation to the non-profits that do conservation work
  • ·      Reassess your fishing and conservation values
  • ·      Ask your local club to display their IFFF affiliation on their website homepage along with a link
  • ·      If you use Instagram, use these hashtags, #fedflyfishers #ifffmember #catchandrelease

These are just some of my ideas.  I would love to hear yours.  Down at the bottom of each posted article is a place to post a comment.

Tom Collett, your IFFF blogger

Steelhead catch and release

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