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