Category: President’s Message

President’s Message – June 2021

May was a Big Month! Welcome to (almost) summer!  A stretch of warm weather last week offered a preview of abundant sunshine and shirtsleeve outdoor dinners, but as I write today, the temperature is below 60 and it feels much more like a traditional Oregon spring with showers and clouds. First and foremost, a big…

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President’s Message – May 2021

If your calendar didn’t remind you, the glorious stretch of sunny weather last month confirmed that it is indeed springtime in Oregon, and that means it is time for our auction.  Auction chair Janet Arenz has spent untold hours arranging this year’s event and deserves a big round of applause and more for her efforts.  Because…

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President’s Message – April 2021

Tilting the Axis Toward Trout Although the chilly rains of late March feel more like late winter as I write this, the tilting axis of planet earth has passed through the vernal equinox into spring, and almost everyone I know is enjoying the “extra” hour of evening light from moving our clocks forward. For anglers…

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President’s Message – March 2021

After February’s snow and ice and the resulting power outages for many people in the Willamette Valley, it’s a delight see the sunshine on a comparatively balmy 56 degree day as I write from my house in Northeast Portland.  I hope all of you managed to stay warm and safe during the storm.   Tomorrow marks…

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President’s Message – February 2021

  That’s Winter Fishing! Happy February!  Punxsatawney Phil has decreed another six weeks of winter, which appears to have been confirmed by the major nor’easter that dumped several feet of snow on the east coast earlier this week.  Out here in the Pacific Northwest, we are in a La Nina weather cycle, which often brings…

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President’s Message – January 2021

Welcome to 2021. As I write, the U.S. Capitol Building is currently overwhelmed by political protestors who have shut down the Senate and the House proceedings and forced an evacuation of our nation’s legislative body. The television news is full of disturbing images of mobs of people invading both chambers of Congress, and there is…

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President’s Message – December 2020

  After spending most of the year dealing with the pandemic, I won’t be sorry to bid 2020 adieu.  Our family, like many, celebrated a much smaller Thanksgiving than usual.  Following the recommended Covid-19 guidelines, we limited our gathering to six people from two households and used separate tables to ensure distancing.  Although it was…

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President’s Message – November 2020

  Wow, what a month!  A tumultuous presidential election that is undecided as of this writing, a rising tide of Covid-19 cases in Oregon and most of the country,  and continuing economic struggles for many individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic.  And November has just begun! A well-known Chinese proverb (curse?) says “May you…

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President’s Message – October 2020

  Welcome to the first full month of fall!  I spent a weekend in Central Oregon visiting my in-laws in Sisters.  It was a short trip to celebrate family birthdays so I didn’t bother to pack my fly rod but we enjoyed some (relatively) clear weather despite lingering wildfire smoke.  The vine maples have turned…

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President’s Message – September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered my perception of time.  Spring seemed interminable, with stay at home restrictions making one day blur into the next, and little difference between workdays and weekends.  Conversely, the summer has flown by faster than usual.  The past few nights have found me reaching for an extra blanket as cooler temperatures…

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