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Fly Art

Posted by Mark Friday, April 18, 2014 0 comments





A couple Scott Travis tied beauties. Always good to see him on the river, especially when he is bearing gifts like these.


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Fish Net and Fly Tying Box

Posted by Mark Saturday, April 12, 2014 0 comments

There has been some interest of late on some of these so I wanted to post the info again. Spring is coming on and trout season is almost here.These make great fathers day gifts for sure.

Boxes are alder or fir and inner storage trays are African mahogany and cedar. The nets are 59 1/2 inches long with a 56 inch hoop and are Jatoba,hickory and ash and are done with the rubber fish friendly ghost netting material. Net depths of 18 and 24 inches can ordered. They will hold a steelhead!

 I have had one of the fly tying boxes for a few years and love it. Holds a ton of stuff and the fold out table supports a vice. Great for the campsite or back of the pick up tailgate. When you need to whip up a few flies in a pinch along side the river, this is the ultimate answer.You could easily hold most anything you would need to tie winter or summer flies anywhere,anytime.

Boxes and nets are both priced at $210.00


If anything interests you please call the maker Chuck directly at 541-420-1918 or email me at riverflyguide@gmail.com  or leave a comment below and I can get you in contact with the maker for further details and pricing.
















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Night on the River

Posted by Mark Wednesday, April 9, 2014 0 comments



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Dropping In

Posted by Mark Friday, March 28, 2014 0 comments



Dropping In





The rain it dumps the rain it pours,

The rivers are rising bar the door

The graphs we watch the sky we search

We view the river from a dry perch

We wonder where the water goes

Will the ocean receive these awesome flows?

The sea accepts and sends them back

In perfect form the next storm track

And on these rises steelhead swim

To find their way to where they begin

The cycle revolves around again

The highs the lows you know not when

Then it finally stops, that rain on tin

Grab your rod it's dropping in......




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In The Trees

Posted by Mark Friday, March 7, 2014 0 comments

Water levels have been all over the board as of late and finding quality fishing levels has been difficult. The low waters of earlier in the winter have been replaced by the continuing flush of rain and snow melt. The fish are moving hard now into the North Fork and can finally rest a little, escaping the relentless pursuit of anglers from the main stem. This high water allows fish movement past much of the bait water and hopefully the relative quiet of the fly-water. Timing as always is everything, and being in the right place at the right time when the water drops is crucial. I love the unpredictability of this time of year and love to feel the warmer water and see the big fish that water brings. Its always a roll of the dice but the rewards are worth it.







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Saturday Cartoon Time

Posted by Mark Saturday, February 22, 2014 0 comments


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Just Say No!

Posted by Mark Monday, January 13, 2014 0 comments

Once again the idea of wild winter fish kill on the Umpqua drainage is on the table. Below is all the info from the Caddis Fly Blog. Get out to a meeting, comment and support a no kill position.  We need all ya to get out there and speak. All our voices together will be heard.

 

ODFW seeks comment on plan for six coastal salmon and trout species

Some of you may recognize the plan outlined below, in an article we ran five years ago. Well, it’s coming to fruition, and now is your chance to comment.

Via ODFW: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host six public open houses in January to solicit public comment on a draft management plan for six coastal salmon and trout species.

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The draft Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan describes the conservation status of these species and outlines a suite of actions related to harvest and hatchery programs, predators, and habitat to sustain these species and improve overall fishing. The goal is to better balance risks to wild fish populations by being conservative in some areas while also increasing fishing and harvest opportunities in others.

The species and area for the plan include spring and fall chinook, chum salmon, winter and summer steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout along much of the Oregon coast (from Cape Blanco to Seaside).
The draft plan was developed with input, compromise and consensus from four stakeholder teams distributed along the coast whose members represented recreational and commercial fishing interests, local watershed councils, conservation groups, resource producers, local government and Native American tribes.
In addition, the department conducted an opinion survey of anglers and non-anglers about their general views regarding fishing in Oregon and wild fish conservation, and received informal feedback from other individuals and groups, such as independent scientists and volunteer groups from the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program.

According to Tom Stahl, ODFW’s Conservation and Recovery Program Manager, all of this input was used to help develop the draft plan and the Department is now seeking additional input from the public before finalizing recommendations to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission later this spring.

The dates, locations and times for the public open houses are:
January 16 – Salem – ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, 6-9 p.m.
January 21 – Tillamook – Tillamook County Library Meeting Room, 1716 3rd St., Tillamook, 6-9 p.m.
January 23 – Newport – Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn, 3019 N. Coast Hwy., Newport, 6-9 p.m.
January 27 – Roseburg – Douglas County Library Meeting Room, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg, 6-9 p.m.
January 28 – North Bend/Coos Bay – North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway St., North Bend, 6-9 p.m.
January 29 – Reedsport – Reedsport Community Center, 451 Winchester Ave., Reedsport, 6 -9 p.m.


“The Coastal Multi-Species Plan is the agency’s first attempt to create a management plan for multiple species that are not listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act and for which the State of Oregon has a fair amount of management flexibility due to the relative good health of the populations,” Stahl said.
The Plan takes a portfolio approach where, for example, a hatchery program change on one stream to protect wild fish could be balanced by an expanded hatchery program on a nearby stream.


“We realize it’s unrealistic to expect that every river will be everything to everybody,” Stahl said. “So instead we are trying to create a portfolio of varied management actions throughout the Coastal planning area, balancing reduced conservation risk to wild fish with increased fishing opportunity in different locations.”
Some key elements of the draft plan include:

-Increases fishing opportunities – for example, total hatchery releases will increase 5 percent.
-Provides more protection to wild fish by clearly identifying areas that will not have hatchery programs.
-Proposes harvest opportunities for wild steehead in three new areas among the 19 basins with steelhead.
-Proposes two new spring chinook hatchery programs in Yaquina and Coos bays.
-Proposes managing wild coho, chinook, and spring chinook harvest on a sliding scale that increases or decreases the number of fish that can be retained based on anticipated returns.
-Calls for anglers and guides to provide more data for use in management through the mandatory return of harvest tags and a pilot program asking guides to keep logbooks of harvest.
-Identifies actions to address the threat that marine mammal, bird and non-native fish predators pose to wild and hatchery salmon and trout, as well as the overall fishing experience.
-Provides guidance on how to prioritize habitat restoration and protection efforts, but relies on local groups to continue working under the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds to identify the necessary projects and best areas to work in their local basins.

Members of the public will find the draft plan on the ODFW website at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/CRP/coastal_multispecies.asp, and can comment on the plan at a public open house, or by sending written comments to ODFW.CoastalPlan@state.or.us by February 10, 2014.
There will be additional opportunity for public comment when the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission considers the plan at two future meetings: March 7 in Tigard and April 25 in North Bend.

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