May 2020

Virtual Meetings,  Solitary Escapes, Restoring Sockeye to the Wallowa


President’s Message – May 2020

  I hope you all are staying safe, healthy, and at least somewhat sane now that we are in the second month of Covid-19 stay at home restrictions.  The Hillas family is managing to survive the quarantine but we all will be happy to get out of the house.   Fishless So Far Needless to…

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Member Matters – May 2020

Western Rivers Conservancy Presentation Available The FCO had their first Zoom presentation and Q & A hosted by Western Rivers Conservancy Director of Donor Relations and Club member, Jim Cox. Jim took us on a breathtaking trip to several of the spectacular rivers that WRC has worked to acquire and convey to public ownership. We learned…

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President’s Message – April 2020

I hope this message finds all of you safe and healthy in these challenging times.  The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed our world and changed our daily lives.  Businesses are shuttered, schools are closed, and many of our outdoor recreation opportunities have been severely limited.  Our new normal involves too much bad news and a whole…

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Member Matters – April 2020

Maintaining Our Fly Fishing Community Connections I was saddened to see that we had to cancel our upcoming spring meetings and fishing trips due to the pandemic that faces us all. But I was particularly deflated when we had to call off the annual auction. Our auction has raised remarkable sums each year for worthy…

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Amazing Winter Steelheading

  This is is a tough time to travel to a distant location to fish,especially as so many in our diverse society are in health and economic  trouble with the pandemic.  However, this trip was organized months ago and the dates were before the shelter in place decision was made.  All Oregonians were to keep a…

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Conservation Corner – Armchair Nature

Dreamin’ of Fishin’ Nature lovers and conservation enthusiasts have been creative during our “Stay Home Stay Safe” requirements. Here are a few trips you can take with your senses while being a responsible citizen and staying home. Love this You Tube video called Malheur Symphony by the Central Oregon Symphony with photographs by Terry and…

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2020 Auction Canceled

May 12th FCO/FFF Auction canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic  While we are very sad to cancel this critical event that is super fun, and that provides funds for conservation organizations, research at Oregon State University, and procurement for one of America’s finest fly fishing libraries — we just had to. The Foundation Board, with…

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2020 Auction – Fly Fisher Foundation Keith Hansen Memorial Paddle Raise Recipient

Oregon’s Williamson River is on many fly fisherman’s lifetime lists and legendary for its trophy native trout. The river’s large, native redband trout thrive on the river’s exception­ally high density of bottom-dwelling insects. In late spring and early summer, a prominent black drake mayfly hatch draws anglers from across the West to catch these trophy…

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